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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-06-19

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Machon L'Torah

The Jewish Learning Network of Michigan

15221 West Ten Mile, Oak Park, Michigan 48237 — 967-0888 or 968-4835

Up Date

"ISRAEL-USA CONNECTION"

Machon L'Torah, the Jewish Learning Net-
work of Michigan, in conjunction with
Machon Shiorno of Jerusalem, Israel and its
affiliate, Torah Institute of America of
Moodus, Connecticut, has launched an in-
triguing "Israel-USA Connection" program.
The program is targeted towards intellec-
tually motivated young Jewish men between
the ages of 19-28 and is made available
through a special scholarship fund. The pro-
gram will begin on July 15, 1987 and end
on August 24. For more information, please
call (313) 968-4835 or (313) 967-0888. Many
applications have been received and as of to-
day, the following have been accepted:
David Arfa, Yuri Reyzelman, Russ Segal,
Sanford Shulman, Greg Snett, Bob Sobel.

NATHAN AND ESTHER KORMAN BUILDING

In 1986, Machon L'Torah was the beneficiary of a special and generous gift specifically
intended for the purchase of an outreach center in our Jewish community.
The funds were provided in memory of Nathan and Esther Korman, dedicated and commit-
ted Jews who understood the need to wage battle against the tide of assimilation.
The facilty located on Ten Mile Road in Oak Park, will house our library, administrative
offices, study lounge, synagogue and learning center.
Many of our fine supporters have already begun to aid in our effort to complete the struc-
ture. Of particular note is the recent gift from the families of Mr. Leonard Borman and Mr.Paul
D. Borman which allows us to begin construction of the lecture hall addition.
If you wish to eternalize the memory of a loved one by bridging our nation's heroic past,
with a promising future, you may do so by donating the following gifts.

Lecture Hall
Lounge

$30,000
$10,000
Executive Office

Library
Classroom

$20,000
$ 7,500

$5,000

COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT

To quench the growing thirst for Jewish
knowledge and to meet the challenges of con-
temporary society, Machon L'Torah, has in-
itiated a Basic Jewish Educational Series in
addition to its regularly scheduled classes.
The response to this thought provoking new
series has been truly ovewhelming. The
following are only a few of the far ranging
topics covered in these sessions.

Do "Bad" Things Happen to
"Good" People?
"The Day After":
A Jewish Perspective
Jewish Belief:
Myths and Realities
Talmud:
The Ultimate Challenge
to the Human Mind
Freedom of Choice or
Choice of Freedom
"Kosher": Why? and How?

BOOK AND TAPE LIBRARY

Through a generous gift from the Korbman
family, a complete Jewish Tape Library has
been established. Many tapes have already
been purchased and catalogued and are
readily available for public use. The tapes
cover a wide variety of the most contem-
porary issues in modern Jewish life.
This new addition to the already existing
extensive book library will greatly enhance
this community educational project. Special
thanks to Dana F. Charles for her generous
gift of library furnishings. Library hours are:
Monday through Friday from 9:00-12:00 a.m.,
and Sunday afternoon from 2:004:00 p.m.
The library is located at our new facility at
15221 West Ten Mile Road in Oak Park.

SHABBAT AND HOLIDAY EVENTS

Intriguing intellectual forums, providing an
opportunity to acquire genuine knowledge,
thus aiding participants with both pre-
holiday information and with internalizing
the holiday experience, Included: pre-holiday
brunches and community wide holiday
seminars. Since Sept. 1986, Machon has
hosted 6 holiday "women's specials." Pre-
holiday brunches were held in-East Lansing,
Southfield, West Bloomfield and Oak Park.

MACHON LIDRAH

THE JEWISH LEARNING NET-
WORK OF MICHIGAN IS AN
INDEPENDENT NON-PROFIT COM-
MUNITY SPONSORED ORGANIZA-
TION, DEDICATED TO THE
PERPETUATION OF JEWISH
VALUES AND CULTURE.

RABBI AVRAHAM JACOBOVITZ,

DIRECTOR

MR. GARY TORGOW, CHAIRMAN

BANQUET

On Monday night, June 22, 1987, our annual banquet will be held at the Southfield Hilton
Hotel. Honorary chairman for the event is Mr. Sol Lessman, a noted and active Jewish philan-
thropist in our community. The dinner will feature Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg, Dean of Ner Israel
Talmudical Academy of Baltimore.
Patron chairmen Mr. George Weiss, Mr. Abe Schwartz and Mr. Stuart Snider, have produc-
ed an outstanding array of generous supporters who have insured the success of our organiza-
tion for another year. They include:

GUARDIANS

Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Berlin

Mr. and Mrs. Avraham Shenkman
Mr. Eugene Sherizen
Mr. Stuart J. Snider
Mr. and Mrs. Leo Stein
Mr. and Mrs. Gary Torgow
Dora and George Weiss

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Borman
Dr. and Mrs. Phillip Friedman
Rabbi and Mrs. Dov Loketch
Mrs. Anna Nusbaum
Rabbi and Mrs. Joseph Nusbaum

PATRONS

Dr. and Dr. Barry Braver
Mr. Mrs. Jeffrey Brodman
Dr. and Mrs. Maury Ellenberg
Mr. and Mrs. Morris Flatt
Mr. and Mrs. Seymour Greenstein
Dr. and Mrs. Harvey Lefkowitz

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Platt
Mr. and Mrs. Abe Schwartz
Mr. and Mrs. Tzvi Sherizen
Dr. and Mrs. Milton Shiffman
Dr. and Mrs. Robert Tamil

SPONSORS

Mr. and Mrs. Hyman Brown
Dr. Lawrence Brown
Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Carmen
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Carmen
Mr. and Mrs. Max Carmen
Elyn and Larry Charlupski
Jenny and Laizer Dorfman
Factory Steel
Paula and Louis Glazier

Mr. and Mrs. Simon Kresch
Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lowenthal
Mr. Ben Rosen
Mr. and Mrs. Burton Rosen
Mr. and Mrs. Alex Saltsman
Mr. and Mrs. Hershel Wrotslaysky
Dr. and Mrs. Joel Zacks
Mr. and Mrs. Sol Zeiler

DONORS

Anonymous
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Blumenkopf

Rabbi and Mrs. Naftali Deutsch
Dr. and Mrs. Sol Pesis

FRIENDS

Mr. and Mrs. Lee Applebaum
Caren and Dr. Jeff Goldenberg
Peggy and Marc Letvin
Mr. and Mrs. Hyman Beale
Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Goldner
Dr. and Mrs. Charles Levi
Jack and Donna Belen
Mr. and Mrs. Herman Goren
Dr. and Mrs. Myer Roszler
Mr. and Mrs. Allen Bell
Rabbi and Mrs. Eric Greenbaum Rabbi and Mrs. Sol Rothenberg
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Borsand
Rabbi Joseph Grunblatt
Myra and Abraham Selesny
Dr. and Mrs. Henry Brystowski
Dr. and Mrs. Ed Hurvitz
Dr. and Mrs. Isadore Steiner
Mr. and Mrs. Tzvi Burstyn
Judy and Allan Ishakis
Mr. and Mrs. Lou Stern
Dr. Robert Buxbaum
Mr. and Mrs. Ken Jacobs
Dr. and Mrs. Saul Weingarden
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Eizelman
Rabbi and Mrs. Eli Kaplan
Susan and Robert Weiss
Mr. and Mrs. Chaim Forst
Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Klaper
Dr. and Mrs. Arnold Zuroff
Rabbi and Mrs. Elchonon Freedman Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Last
Shifra and Jack Zwick

CAMPUS OUTREACH

Amidst the burdens of academic pressure,
the winds of social temptation, and cultural
turbulence, the universities' students find
themselves seeking identity and direction.
... It is at this time that the young adult must
make the most crucial decisions regarding his
or her future: socially, spiritually and profes-
sionally. The Learning Network of Michigan
has launched a college assault program to
listen, to guide, to counsel, to educate, and to
reawaken the warmth of Jewish unity amongst
the campuses' students.
. . . In addition to the regularly scheduled
classes, over twenty special events have been
held on Michigan campuses during the
fall/winter semesters. The following is a sampl-
ing of some of these events.
. . . On November 7, 1986, a special weekend
was held on the M.S.U. campus. Enthusiasm
was the response as close to fifty students join-
ed the Machon L'Torah staff in the very special
atmosphere of a Friday night Shabbat dinner.
The delicious meals, the songs, the discussions
and the general feeling of elevation that mark-
ed the entire Shabbaton "left a deep impres-
sion, an experience never to be forgotten," to
quote one of the participants. Special thanks
to the B'nai B'rith Hillel staff who were
wonderful hosts.
. . . A united effort orchestrated by Machon
L'Torah, the Jewish Learning Network of
Michigan, organized by the AEpi Fraternity,
the SDT Sorority and the Hillel Jewish
Students organization at East Lansing was a
joint brunch on Sunday, March 8, 1987. The
ratings by the students: an overwhelming suc-
cess. The only complaint received was — too
much good food. The discussion led by Rab-
bi Jacobovitz sparked an intense debate on the
theme of Jewish Belief: Myths and Realities.
To the group of students who filled the
reception room of the AEpi Fraternity of
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on March
17, 1987, the shock, the revelations and the
inspiration were incredible. They were
presented with the bittersweet truth of Jewish
struggle and revival in atheist Russia,-led by
Rabbi Dr. Jerry Teller, dean of Midrasha, and
enhanced by his slide show. Rabbi Teller spoke
of the unusual experiences that he and his wife,
who had recently returned from a visit to
Russia, encountered. Students left the even-
ing program determined to become more in-
volved in the struggle for Jewish survival.
. . . "Why should we celebrate an event three
and a half thousand years old?" asked one of
the participants at the Passover seminar spon-
sored by Machon L'Torah at Central Michigan
University in Mount Pleasant at the Bovee Stu-
dent Center. "My dear friend," responded
Rabbi Jacobovitz, "the event is not three and
a half thousand years old but rather three and
a half thousand years long ..." and so the
discussion continued well into the night, mak-
ing this year's Passover celebration so much
more meaningful for those who attended this
Machon educational forum.

NEW STAFF

Due to a special funding grant from the Avi-
Chai foundation of New York, Machon L'Torah
is pleased to announce that two new members
have been added to our staff effective
September 1, 1987.

Rabbi Shmuel Zimmerman will assume the
position of administrator and Rabbi
Menachem Z. Greenfield will become the
director of our community enrichment
program.

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