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October 11, 1985 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-10-11

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watches tapes of previous
triathlons. DeRoven, too, is pre-
occupied by the race, reading
about it and watching tapes of
past events.
Diet is important to the two
athletes. For Cohen, vegetables
and fruit form the bulk of his diet,
and he limits his intake of red
meat to once or twice a week. De-
Roven, who admits to having a
weakness for desserts, especially
his mother-in-law's, said he con-
sumes about 4,000-5,000 calories
per day. He, too, makes fruit and
vegetables the staple of his diet
and is trying to eliminate dairy
products altogether.
Sports are nothing new to Co-
hen. The first-time Bud Light
triathlon entrant lettered in track
and cross country for three years
in high school.
While at Grand Rapids Junior
College, he also participated in
triathlons. Members of his family
are interested in sports, but not to
the extent Cohen is. His father, a
clothing store owner, is "real
good" in racquetball. Brother Jeff
excels at soccer, while sister
Laura swims.
DeRoven said he played tennis
and golf and at one time
snowskied and waterskied, but no
longer does. He didn't care for
high school or college sports. "I'm
not good at team sports and I
didn't like them. I like doing any
sports I did on an individual
basis."
Wife Risa is actively involved in
aerobics, doing it for her own
benefit and teaching as well.
DeRoven said it was she who
got him interested in exercise.
"I wouldn't be doing this if it
wasn't for her."
The slim, athletic-looking De-
Roven admitted that he was once
a heavy smoker and a slob. He had
just graduated from dental school,

ate poorly, smoked heavily and
got no exercise in addition to
being overweight. "I just didn't
feel good," he said.
Risa, then his fiancee, bought
him a membership to the Vic
Tanny health club, but he just
wasn't motivated.
One day, he read an article
about the annual Detroit Free
Press marathon, and decided "I'd
better do something for myself."
He quit smoking cold turkey, and
began running for exercise.
He read a lot about running,
kept up his regular jaunts and
watched as the weight kept com-
ing off. In 1980, he entered his
first Free Press marathon. He
trained with a neighbor and gave
himself a goal: he had to finish the
race in less than four hours. He
made it in 3:51.
Soon he was finishing long dis-
tance races in the top half of his
age group. "I get a lot of satisfac-
tion completing the race and
knowing I'm doing the best I can
do."
His in-laws and his wife are his
biggest supporters. Wife Risa is
delighted that he is participating
in the Triathlon.
"I'm real excited about it. It's a
real big accomplishment for him.
But, I'm a little nervous because it
involves So much physical effort,"
she said.
Does she care how high he
finishes3"I just want him to finish
in good health and walk away
from it."
Cohen said his family, too, is
supportive of his decision to enter
the competition. "They really like
it. It keeps me out of trouble."
Secretly, both are probably hop-
ing to reach the top spot. But
Cohen looks at it a little more
realistically. "I think I can be in
the top 75." Hopefully, they'll do
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Jerusalem (JTA) — A four-
week sit-down strike by Ethio-
pian Jews outside chief rabbi-
nate headquarters ended last
Wednesday after the strike lead-
ers were convinced that the chief
rabbis would formally endorse
an accord reached in a bitter dis-
pute over the Ethiopian immig-
rants' status as Jews.
The two chief rabbis, Mor-
dechai ,Eliahu (Sephardic) and
Avraham Shapiro (Ashkenazic)
had demanded that the emigres
submit to ritual immersion, a
religious conversion rite, before
they would be allowed to marry.
The Ethiopians considered this a
gross insult that questioned
their authenticity as Jews.
After weeks of negotiations in
which Premier Shimon Peres
personally intervened, an
agreement was reached whereby
a panel of 'Ethiopian kessim (el-
ders) would investigate the fam-
ily history of each couple apply-
ing for a marriage certificate to
ascertain they were Jewish by
halachic standards.
The marriage registrars will
be required to accept the find-
ings of the kessim, except where
the evidence was insufficient,

and ritual conversion would
waived.
The immigrants said they
would have several couples from
around the country apply for
marriage licenses under the
agreement to test its sincerity
and workability.

Ethiopians Starve

Chicago — At least 87 Ethio-
pian Jews have died in the past
few months as famine continues
to spread across Ethiopia, ac-
cording to reports released by
the American Association of
Ethiopian Jews (AAEJ). Reports
indicated that the deaths might
have numbered as many as 300,
but confirmation was not com-
pleted. Suffering from starvation
and governmental restrictions,
6,000-7,000 Jews await rescue
from Ethiopia to Israel.
"The recent death list in
Ethiopia should unsettle those
who think that either the
famine is not so severe in
Ethiopia or that all the Jews
have been rescued," stated
Nathan Shapiro, president of
AAEJ.

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