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September 12, 1986 - Image 71

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-09-12

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Build a better life

AN OPEN LETTER TO THE COMMUNITY

their summers at a Camp
Gan Israel.
I've talked about the be-'
ginnings of a Lubavitch
camp. I thought that once we
had a camp going, my job
was done. It seems I was
wrong. Rabbi Shemtov had to
have a synagogue in the De-
troit area, and then a Day
School. Then we became in-
volved with students at the
University of Michigan, so we
installed a hotline, with the
approval of the university, to
listen to the students' prob-
lems. And then a Chabad
House, with a synagogue,
kosher meals, a library, even
a modern Mikvah. A full-
time rabbi was engaged to
encourage use of our services
and facilities. Then we
started a publication, "A
Thought for the Week." And
then a weekly radio program
by Rabbi Kagan.
After all these twenty-six
years, Rabbi Shemtov, Rabbi •
Kagan, and other associate'
rabbis are opening up
Chabad houses and syna-
gogues in other Michigan
communities, along with
mobile Chabad houses- with
monthly outreach visits to
the smaller communities who
have only a . few scattered
Jewish families.
I could go on to mention
the activities of the women of
Lubavitch and their program
of visiting hospitals, teaching
girls to light the Sabbath
lights, conducting the
pushka, or charity-box, pro-
gram.
There is so much to talk
about — but it isn't fair to
single out only a few of their
activities. For many years my
wife Lenore has 'been receiv-
ing Conversations Avec Les
Jeunes, a pamphlet printed
by the Lubavitch movement
in France. It has been a tool
for teaching Hebrew history
and liturgy. Today, my wife
joins in the Sabbath and
holiday services, singing "Ein
"Adoin
Kalohanu"
and
Olom," instead of just follow-
ing .the services in English.
Both my life and the lives of
my family have been
enriched in Jewish learning
by Lubavitch.
So you see, Lubavitch has
touched my life at many
points, on the grand scale
and in everyday ways. Who
could have known in 1960
what a difference one conver-
sation would make?

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Soviet-Israel Ties
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Monthly sessions of the
Einstein Luncheon Forum
will resume noon Tuesday, at
Hamilton Place in Southfield•.
Guest speaker will be Zvi
Gitelman, professor of politi-
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of Michigan'. He will discuss -
"Soviet-Israel Relations:.
Breakthrough or Illusion?"
An authority on Soviet 'n
Jewry and Eastern Europe .
and author of a number of
books and monographs on
East-West relations, Com
munism and Jewish national-
ity in the USSR, Prof. Gitel-
man has traveled extensively
in the Soviet Union, Europe
and Israel.
Prof. Gitelman has served
as visiting professor at Tel
Aviv University, director of
the University of Michigan's
Center for Russian and East
European Studies and has
lectured at the College of the
City of New York, Columbia
University and the YIVO In-
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The Einstein Luncheon
Forum is co-sponsored by
Metro Detroit ZOA and the
Zionist Cultural Center. For
reservations, call the ZOA,
569-1515.

Alzheimer's Unit
Has Respite Care

Alzheimer's. Disease and
Related Disorders Association
(ADRDA), Detroit Area
Chapter, has developed an
in-home respite program for
families who have a member
afflicted with Alzheimer's
Disease or another irreversi-
ble dementia.
Services are available any
time between 9 a.m. and 5
p.m. weekdays. In October,
services will be extended on
Tuesdays and Thursdays
until 10 p.m. In most in-
stances, no fee will be
charged; in other cases, a
nominal fee will be assessed
according to a sliding fee
scale.
For information, call the
ADRDA, 557-8277.

Named To Board

Lee Jaffe of Detroit has
been elected secretary of the
board of directors of the
American Red Cross, South-
eastern Michigan Chapter.



$25 fee includes Hebrew-
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Dear Friends:
I had never heard the
name of Lubavitch when the
late Morris Schaver (of
blessed' memory) phoned me
one morning at my office. It
was 1960, and Morris usually
called me for a few dollars for
one Jewish cause or another.
But this time was different.
It was not for money. He
wanted me to talk to a young
rabbi who, he explained,
wanted to start a camp for
Jewish boys and girls.
I met Rabbi Shemtov and
took him to my office. For the
first 'time in my life, I heard
the name "Lubavitch." They
would like to have a camp:
with .forty or fifty acres on a
fresh-water lake. Mr. Schaver
had told :Rabbi Shemtov that
I was something in Boy Sc-
outs and I knew all about
camps. Maybe I could find a
camp that some Boy Scout
Council had outgrown, not
too far from Detroit?
I listened to the young
rabbi as he outlined his re-
quirements, and finally
agreed to find out if the Boy
Scouts had a camp they were
not using. And then I asked
in Yiddish, "Rabbi how much
money are we talking about?
How much money do you
have to buy a campsite?"
Rabbi Shemtov answered,
"Gelt? Gor n-isht!" ("Money?
None at all!")
I replied, "Rabbi, I don't
mean any disrespect, but you
gave me your tentative
needs: Forty to fifty acres of
waterfront property on a
lake, not too far from Detroit,
electric lights, and possibly
buildings. How do you expect
to buy — or even rent a piece
of property without money?"
He looked at me and said
simply, "Gott vet helfen. Mr.
Schaver vet gebben a por tol-
lar; Mr. Hordes vet gebben a
por tollar; it vet gebben a por
tollar. Mir velen gefinen
fraint vos velen helfen." ("God
will help. Mr. Schaver will
give a few dollars; Mr.
Hordes will give a few dol-
lars; you yourself will give a
few dollars. We'll find friends
who will help.")
And that is the way it hap-
pened, just as Rabbi Shemtov
predicted.
I quickly found out that
Camp Gan Israel was more
than just a camp. The
enthusiasm of the boys for
the games and waterfront ac-
tivities was enriched by
prayer services and learning.
The yiddishkeit was a part of
their daily life. And over the
'years, my grandchildren were
directly influenced by
Lubavitch to attend Jewish
day schools at the primary,
high school, and college
levels, as well as spending

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Charles Feinberg

* * *

The Lubavitch Foundation
Dinner-Concert honoring
Jack and Miriam
Shenkman and featuring
Pinchas Zukerman and or-
chestra, will be held on
Tuesday, September 23,
1986 at the Masonic Tem-
ple. Tickets are $125, ta-
bles $1250 (tax-deductible
contributions). Black tie
optional. Co-Chairmen:
Paul Borman and David
Hoporary
Hermelin.
Governor
Chairman:
James J. Blanchard. For
information call 626-7023
or 548-2666.

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