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March 20, 1987 - Image 68

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-03-20

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Jerry Lewis In Drama
On Tikuach Nefesh'


Special to The Jewish News


oronto — Comedic
actor Jerry Lewis is
well known for his
unwavering support of the
fight against muscular dys-
trophy. In his first TV-movie
appearance, his character has
a similar concern. Lewis and
Patty Duke will star in Fight
for Life, set to air, 9 p.m.
Monday, on WXYZ Channel


Purchase tickets to all three

productions and save $30.*

For more information call (313) 874-SING.

by Giacomo Puccini
May 9-1ó, 1987
Three Performances Only!
A spectacular production of
Puccini's opera thriller.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles

(The Barber of Seville)
by Gioacchino Rossini
May 23-30, 1987
Three Performances Only!
Delight to the comic antics of Seville's
legendary barber Figaro.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles

By George and Ira Gershwin
June 3-7, 1987
Seven Performances Only!
America's own operatic classic
includes "Summertime" and
"I Got Plenty of Nuttin'. "


(313) 874-SING

*When purchasing a pair of subscriptions

68 Friday, March 20, 1987

David DiChiera,
General Director


The true story, set in Col-
umbus, Ohio, in 1977, re-
volves around an Orthodox
Jew, Dr. Bernard Abrams,
played by Lewis, and his
battle to save the life of his
six-year-old adopted daughter
Felice, who is suffering from
epileptic seizures.
Cantor A. Eliezer Kir-
shblum of Adath Israel Con-
gregation in Toronto, who
was hired as a consultant to
ensure the authenticity of the
Jewish scenes, said the film
focuses on the concept of
Pikuach Nefesh, saving an
endangered life. "We know
that in Jewish law it's an ac-
ceptable principle that we
sometimes put aside a law in
order to achieve the ultimate
end," he said.
When Felice, played by
Jaclyn Bernstein, begins to
experience about 15 seizures
a day, she is rushed to the
hospital, where she under-
goes tests. While seemingly
alright for the next couple of
months, she suddenly falls to
the floor with violent seizures
during a Sabbath dinner.
Abrams discovers that the
drug Valproate has been used
successfully in England for
20 years to treat a form of
epilepsy, and seems as if it
could help Felice. However,
when he attempts to get it he
is turned down by every doc-
tor because it is illegal in the
He later realizes that
200,000 other kids in
America have this same type
of epilepsy and don't have the
money to go to England to
get the needed drug.
Just before leaving for
London with his family and
his best friend, a Catholic
priest, Abrams is offered the
drug on a compassionate-use
basis • by U.S. authorities.
However, he decides it is
morally incorrect to take the
drug for themselves while
other children with the same
form of epilepsy have to suf-
fer. "If a child loses its mind,
isn't it, in a sense, losing its
life? The Talmud says that to
save a life we can put aside
rigid laws, and apply the
moral principle," Abrams de-

With the help of his friend,
5,000 boxes of the drug are
smuggled back home to help
other children suffering from
While sounding like a typi-
cal Hollywood plot, the story
has a happy ending. Felice
survives, and today at age 16
is doing fine. The drug even-
tually was legalized in the
Iry Wilson, executive pro-
ducer of the film, said that
when Lewis was sent the
original script, which didn't
have as much of the "Jewish-
ness" as the final version, the
actor was "enormously
"He never does TV except
for his own telethon, and
what obviously attracted him
was his basic philosophy of
trying to save kids, which
this piece is about," Wilson

Copyright 1987, JTA, Inc.

Jewish Choral
Music On Tuesday

The Michigan Women's
Chorale and Cong. Shaarey
Zedek Men's Choir, directed
by Cantor Chaim Najman,
will present an evening of
Jewish choral music, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, in celebration of
Jewish Music Month.
The Women's Chorale,
.comprised of women from De-
troit area sisterhoods, will
perform a suite of Yiddish
folk songs in English transla-
tion, entitled "Singing of
Angels," arranged by Charles
Davidson. The choral suite
will be accompanied by
Leypsa Groner, pianist, and
an instrumental ensemble,
with narration by Rabbi
Groner. The men's club will
present a program of Hebrew
Admission is free and re-
freshments will be served.
The musicale is sponsored
by the music division of
Cong. Shaarey Zedek's cul-
tural commission, Dr. Samuel
Stulberg, chairman and Dr.
Harold Daitch, music chair-

Judy Goldstein
At Center Sunday

folksinger whose repertoire
spans more than 100 years of
Jewish history and culture,
will appear at the Jewish
Community Center in West
Bloomfield, 3 p.m. Sunday.
There is a charge. For in-
formation, call the cultural
arts department, 661-1000,
ext. 341.

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