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December 02, 1988 - Image 47

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-12-02

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CONGREGATION B'NAI DAVID
IS NOW IN WEST BLOOMFIELD!

Congregation B'nai David is very proud to announce the
OPENING of our new SUNDAY SCHOOL in West Bloom-
field, located at the MAPLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (15
Mile Between Halsted/Haggarty). The School is OPEN to
MEMBERS and NON-MEMBERS of the community. Initial
Session for our K-1 program is JANUARY 8, 1989, and
on Sundays for the remainder of the school year.

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For ENROLLMENT information, CONTACT THE
C.B.D.S. SCHOOL OFFICE AT: 557-8210.

OPEN HOUSE

December 11, 1988
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Lori Fox and her parents, Judi and Tom, participated in the Adat Shalom
gathering.

together." For Mrs. Fox, the
Family Living Room gives
her "a firmer understanding
of my Jewishness and how it
relates to families." Daughter
Lori looks at the program as
a chance to meet other Jewish
teens as well as learn about
Jewish identity "and how it
relates to the real world."
Mrs. Brookenthal of Bloom-
field Thwnship and daughter
Heidi said they would con-
tinue the evening's discussion
in the car on the way home.
Heidi saw the evening as an
opportunity to hear how other
Jews feel. "It strengthens our
commitment to a firmer
understanding of our Jewish
beliefs," her mother added.
To Rabbi Aft, these
responses show that the pro-
gram is achieving what it set
out to do: to give parents and
teens an opportunity to learn
about what Judaism says
about ethical and moral
issues; to give the teens a
forum in which they can com-
municate with their parents
in a non-combative at-
mosphere and to help the par-
ticipants internalize Jewish
values. Rabbi Cohn said he
hopes that the parents and
teens will use what they've
gained from the sessions and
try to learn more.
"My main goal is that they
should come away wanting
more," Rabbi Cohn said. "We
want them to say 'yes my
Judaism has something to of-
fer and I want to look for it: "
Mrs. Appelman said the ses-
sions are providing families
with topics they may not have
ever pursued. "We've opened
the door for constructive
discussion. We want them to
explore some new things that
Judaism has to offer."
The Family Living Room
was kicked off last August at
Congregation Beth Shalom,
where the topic of discussion
was relating to the elderly. A
program was held at Thmple
Emanu-El in September. lb

date, other congregations
which have already par-
ticipated or have a program
on tap include Thmple Beth
El, Adat Shalom. Synagogue,
Thmple Shir Shalom, Thmple
Kol Ami and Thmple Shir
Tikvah (formerly Troy Jewish
Congregation).
Based on the Life and
Values Experience Program
for teens developed by New
York educator Rabbi Norman
Amsel for NCSY, the Family
Living Room project brings
together parents and teens to
enhance communication bet-
ween them as well as to point
out how Jewish values affect
daily life. Jewish textual
material also is introduced in
the sessions.
Each of the constituent
organizations has something
special to offer to the Family
Living Room. NCSY picks out
the TV programs, reviews and
edits them and creates a cur-
riculum. It has already seen
success in Cleveland, Dayton
and Cincinnati, Ohio. The
UHS has the responsibility
for recruitment and
marketing. Not only is the
program offered for two hours
every Sunday in its Com-
munity Jewish High School,
but outreach is made to the
various synagogues and
temples as well. In addition,
the UHS provides the fun-
ding. Since the J.E.F.F. pro-
gram's focus lies in family
education, it is contributing
its expertise, materiali and
staff. lb date, nearly 300
parents and teens have
participated.
In light of the current "Who
is a Jew?" controversy, the
sponsoring groups point
strongly to the fact that the
program is conducted by a
Reconstructionist rabbi (Aft),
an Orthodox rabbi whose ex-
pertise is working with teens
(Cohn) and a Jewish family
life educator whose programs
span the spectrum of Jewish

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COME MEET OUR HIGHLY QUALIFIED
INSTRUCTOR, AS WELL AS OUR CLERGY
AND ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF.

— Refreshments will be served —

CONGREGATION B'NAI DAVID IS MICHIGAN'S LARGEST TRADI-
TIONAL SYNAGOGUE .. . SERVING THE NEED AND EDUCATION
FOR OUR LEADERS OF TOMORROW-TODAY.

UMW

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