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February 17, 1989 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-02-17

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STEVEN M. HARTZ

Jewish News Intern

B

oth Southfield high
schools battled for the
last words at the State
Championship Debate lbur-
nament Feb. 2-4 at the Novi
Hilton.
The two schools, Southfield
High and Southfield-Lathrup,
argued their way past the
other 26 schools in the class
A division and won the
chance to face each other in
the final round.
Southfield High, led by
seniors Elizabeth Holcomb
and Derek Gaffrey, went 14-2
in the preliminaries and then
defeated Ann Arbor Pioneer
in the quarterfinals and Bir-
mingham Seaholm in the
semifinals.
Lathrup's team of seniors,
Ben Kasoff, Scott Chupack,
Nathan White and Bob Hoff,
went 12-4 in the
preliminaries and then beat
Sterling Heights Stevenson
and Traverse City in the
quarter- and semifinals.
Southfield High won the
championship with a narrow
2-1 decision over Lathrup.
This was the first time
Lathrup Debate Coach Art
Voisin's team and his former
protege, Southfield Coach
John Lawson, met in the final
round of astate tournament.
It was also the first time that
two schools from the same ci-
ty have placed one and two in
state competition.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 1989

J

embers of B'nei Aki-
va of Detroit are vy-
ing to see who can
can make the best "Purim
Connection" with Israeli
soldiers on active duty during
the holiday.
Each of the 50 youngsters
in the Religious Zionist youth
group is soliciting letters or
cards of cheer along with $5
contributions to cover the cost
of Purim baskets. The items
will be delivered by Sar-el
(Hebrew for "Service")
volunteers on Purim to the
soldiers.
Prizes will be awarded con-
test winners, according to An-
nette Appel, B'nei Akiva
youth co-director.
lb date, 20 contributions to
"The Purim Connection"
have been received from peo-
ple not affiliated with the
youth group, Appel said.
The purpose of "The Purim

Connection" is to show unity
and solidarity with Israel by
extending moral support, en-
couragementand holiday
cheer from Detroit communi-
ty members to chayal (Israeli
soldiers) in the Israel Defense
Forces.
Deadline for contributions
is Feb. 25. For details, contact
the B'nei Akiva office,
967-3742.

Temple Effort
Nets $28,000

Birmingham Temple raised
$28,000 for the Allied Jewish
Campaign during its phona-
thon Feb. 2 from United
Hebrew Schools, according to
Leonard Millstone, AJCam-
paign associate.
During the 1 1/2-hour
phonathon, which was the
first ever conducted by a
Detroit area synagogue for
the AJCampaign, some 25
volunteers recorded 337
pledges, with 41 pledges
totalling $5,500 coming from
temple members. Of the lat-
ter, 25 were new contribu-
tions totalling $1,100.
Millstone said the total
represented a 15 percent in-
crease over 1988 pledges from
the same individuals.

Ethiopia Expert
To Speak Here

Susan Pollack Schechtman
of the American Association
for Ethiopian Jews (AAEJ),
will speak in Michigan Feb.
23-25 following her return
last week from Gondar Pro-
vince, Ethiopia. Schechtman
documented the living condi-
tions and human rights
status of the remaining
Ethiopian Jewish community,
now numbering 15,000.
Schechtman will report on
her visits to isolated villages
which have not been con-
tacted since before Operation
Moses, the Israeli airlift of
November 1984.
She will speak at Temple
Emmanu-El during Shabbat
services 8:15 p.m. Feb. 24, at
Congregation B'nai Moshe
8:45 a.m. Feb. 25, and to Con-
gregation Benjamin in Mt.
Pleasant on Feb. 23.
Schechtman, a New York
City resident who formerly
served as executive director of
the Canadian Association for
Ethiopian Jews and associate
director of the Jewish Thle-
graphic Agency, has worked
with the Ethiopian Jewish
community for eight years
and has travelled to Ethiopia
on four occasions. Her ap-
pearances in Michigan are
part of a 90-day • national
speaking tour.

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