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September 14, 1984 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-09-14

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Friday, September 14, 1984 THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Wedding, Rehearsal and
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Detroit-Ramle connection

Stanley H. Kaplan

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newal sister city of Ramle,
where they were matched up
with 20 Israeli teens whose
families provided hospitality.
The teens took sight-seeking
and hiking trips, went snor-
keling, and, according to Amy,
"spent a lot of time with our
`families.' "
In addition, the teens
planted grass and palm trees
in front of the Fisher-
Taubman Community Center
in Ramle. In the next year, the
Detroit teens will perform a
community service with the
Jewish Welfare Federation, a
mission sponsor, or one of its
member agencies.
The trip also was conducted
in cooperation with the Fresh
Air Society, Jewish Commu-
nity Center and United He-
brew Schools.
The teens' Israeli counter-
parts will come to Detroit to
serve as shlichim with the
FAS camping programs, after
they complete their military
The cultural exchange was
the brainchild of the late FAS
Executive Director Michael
Zaks. Following his death,
Assistant Executive Director
Lenny Newman picked up the
reins and finalized the project.
Newman commented on the
uniqueness of the trip.
"There's never been a program
in Israel where Americans and
Israelis shared touring and
working together."
Plans for the trip took two
years to complete, Newman
said. He met with members of
the Ramle community and
finalized the itinerary. Grants
were obtained from the Max
M. Fisher Jewish Community
Foundation of the United
Jewish Charities.
According to Newman, the
FAS was chosen to coordinate
the trip because it is the camp-
ing agency of the organized
Detroit Jewish community.
The 20 Detroit teens were
screened and interviewed by
Risa Kreiselman Strauss,
youth director at Cong.
Shaarey Zedek and a former
Camp Maas supervisor. They
were accompanied on the trip
by Liz Licht and Robert Wein-
feld, who acted as counselors.
Of the four students who
spoke to The Jewish News
about their experiences on the
trip, each had found a new
"family" in Ramle.
Louis Sugarman said his Is-
raeli "mother" had assured
him that "This is your home,
and you're one of my children."
Alisa got a similar feeling
from staying with her new
mishpoche. "Just knowing
that have family and friends


Joining their Israeli counterparts, the Detroit teens work on a Jewish
National Fund project.

Detroit teen mission participants explore a historical site during their
Israel trip.

in Israel now — that means a
lot to me." Scott Warner called
his host family "the best on the
entire trip."
• Amy summed up the teens'
impressions of their visit.
"There is such warm feeling.
Everyone is so neighborly, so
warm. It's a refreshing experi-
For Amy and Alisa, going to
Israel has made a significant
impact on their futures. Amy
would like to spend her junior
year in Israel. Alisa has al-
ready informed her parents
she'd like to go back for a year
of study. In addition, the two
are corresponding with the
Ramle teens with whom they
were matched.
Scott said his Israeli coun-
terparts had a distorted image
of American Jews.
"The Ramle kids knew
about us (Americans) only
through Hollywood and TV .. .
They thought we were only in-
terested in giving money. Now
they know we're real people."

Louis added that although the
Ramle residents were grateful
for United Jewish Appeal dol-
lars, "what they really want is
If the Detroit teens spread
their enthusiasm to the com-
munal groups they'll meet in
the next year, Ramle, and Is-
rael in general, will get those

Up in smoke?

Tel Aviv (JTA) — The ministry
of health and the cancer society
which have launched a nation-
wide drive against smoking find
the greatest obstacle is the army.
A health ministry survey of
smoking habits showed that while
50 percent of new recruits are
nbn-smokers when they join the
service, over 70 percent are con-
firmed smokers by the time they
The survey also showed that
one in ten youngsters under the
age of 14 smokes and the ratio in-
creases with age.

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