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January 08, 1988 - Image 76

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-01-08

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 1988

Everyone
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Bargains
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Brooks Will Leave
Hillel . Temporarily

SUSAN LUDMER-GLIEBE

Special to The Jewish News

ichael Brooks, exec-
utive director of the
B'nai B'rith Hillel
Foundation at the University
of Michigan, has begun a
seven-month sabbatical.
Brooks has been with Hillel
since 1980; prior to that he
served as principal of the
Hebrew high school of Cong.
Shaarey Zedek in Southfield.
Hillel, with its cornucopia
of activities, events, programs
and classes, is the second
largest student organization
at U-M. But Hillel's presence
is not limited to the U-M cam-
pus. It's become a major com-
munity resource, something
Brooks thinks is both
necessary and good. "When
we run classes it's important
that students and communi-
ty people come together"
Joseph Kohane, presently
assistant director, will be at
the helm during Brooks'
absence.
Brooks admits that he's am-
bivalent about taking an ex-
tended leave, especially this
year. "It's going to be difficult
to leave here," Brooks said
from his temporary office at
339 E. Liberty where he was
packing some materials. "I'm
going to do it cold-turkey?'
Hillel is in the process of
building a new 27,589 square-
foot, $3 million facility on the
site of its recently torn-down
building on Hill Street. The
new facility is expected to be
completed in October or
November of 1988.
The soft-spoken Brooks
acknowledges that it makes
sense, personally and profes-
sionally, for him to get away
from a job he loves so much
that he doesn't even consider
it work. On the other hand,
Brooks thinks a little respite
isn't a bad idea. "I feel like a
dried out sponge," he ex-
plains. "I feel time slipping
away?'
Though Brooks will be bas-
ed in Ann Arbor during his
sabbatical he will be busy. He
will be travelling and lectur-
ing across the country. In
March, for example, he will
speak at the College of
Jewish Studies "on situations
in Jewish history where
there's a conflict between two
or more Jewish values,"
Brooks says. He hopes to ex-
plore, with others, responses
to this conflict and what Jews,
as a community, can learn
from their own history.
Not all his time will be
spent in such serious pur-

suits. Brooks will continue to
play racquetball and he'll try
to make a dollhouse for his
daughter.
The 41-year-old Brooks will
also do something he hasn't
done in a while. He'll think,
"I don't have much time (now)
to think. And for me thinking
means projects." And projects
mean new ideas for Hillel.
Brooks says, for example, that
he's very excited about a new
project sponsored by Hillel
called "Talk to Us," which ex-
amines significant social
issues using a theatrical
framework.
And he also intends to write
a book or two. One of the
books is on an unusual, some
might say peculiar, topic. "I'll
be working on a book on
humor from the Holocaust
(period)," Brooks says. "It's
powerful. Poignant, Bit-
tersweet?' Brooks intends to
interview World War II sur-
vivors for their recollections
of jokes.
Brooks' choice of idiosyn-
cratic topics isn't new. In the
past he's given a lecture to
synagogue and Jewish federa-
tions called "What's A Nice
Jewish Boy Like You Doing In
A Place Like This?" which
discusses what it's like to be
a Jew in a U.S. prison, a sub-
ject he's familiar with because
of his decade-long work as a
chaplain at the Federal Cor-
rections Institution in Milan.
But in the fall he will
return to his "job" at Hillel,
to interact with another
group of students.

•••1 LOCAL NEWS 1••

Library To Hold
Used Book Sale

The Friends of the Hun-
tington Woods Library will
hold its "Bagfull of Books"
used book sale. A bag of
paperbacks will cost one
dollar. The sale will take
place beginning at 10 a.m.
Saturday in the basement of
the library.
The library will also spon-
sor the following events: a
classical concert performed by
the Edwards family, 1:30 p.m.
Sunday; "Folktales Around
the World" for children ages
5-9, 7 p.m. Tuesday; and a lec-
ture by art historian Dr.
Joseph Gutman, "The
Pompeii of the Syrian
Desert," 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.
For information, or to
donate books, call the library,
399-4047.

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