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April 28, 1989 - Image 111

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-04-28

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people, the Extension Group
offers travel and theater,
writers' and discussion sub-
groups plus bowling, ethnic
dining, Yiddish lessons,
poker, bridge groups and
ballroom dance lessons.
Another group, called "Cut-
ters and Pasters", features ar-
tistic members who are
responsible for party
The Group hopes to form
choral, Pan and walking sub-
groups and the organization
also maintains contact with a
Chicago counterpart.
Says Hirsch, "We have been
fortunate to have people come
in at the very beginning who
became part of it and made it
The Extension Group has
its own bylaws which, Hirsch
says, not only specify when
and how elections are held,
but also detail financing for
new activities sub-groups.
"We do watch and try not to
get involved, but just make
sure our special interest
groups keep within certain
rules and regulations,"
Hirsch explains.
"This keeps me young — no,
it keeps me crazy," laughs
Hirsch, a retired auto
About 40 to 50 percent of
the JCCenter's Single Parent
Family Club are age 40 and
up, Gunsberg says. The
group's first activity, a
spaghetti and bingo party for
parents and children, drew 65
"There were kids ages 3 to
13, but they all played
together beautifully,"
Gunsberg notes. A picnic and
kite day at Camp Ruth and
an Oneg Shabbat potluck din-
ner are planned. Debra
Waldman is the layperson
coordinating activities.
Solo, the Temple Israel
group, hopes to help single
parents connect socially as
well as with their children,
says Sherrie Stern, the
group's director.
She says the group will
decide whether it will be a
parents-only group or will in-
clude children in activities.
For now, she says, the group
makes it possible for non-
custodial parents to meet
others in the same situation
without bringing their
Stern says Solo offers an
alternative to JCCenter pro-
grams. For one thing, she
says, "Nobody likes to be at-
tached to a group with the
word 'singles' at the end of its

Solo, she says, is "a small,
intimate group — a person
does not have to walk into a
large atmosphere. It's on a
smaller scale than what the
Center has had." ❑

Parents Plan
Picnic, Garden

The Jewish Community
Center's Single Parent
Family Club will hold a pic-
nic and kite day on Sunday,
12:30-2:30 p.m., at 'the
Maple/Drake building, Camp
Ruth II.
A barbecue lunch and kites
will be provided. There is a
charge. Reservations deadline
is noon Friday. Call 661-1000,
ext's. 347 or 267.
The club will plan a sum-
mer community gardening
project in West Bloomfield at
a 7:30 p.m. meeting Wednes-
day at the Maple/Drake
Jewish Community Center.
For information, call Debbie
at 357-3922.

Games, Potluck
Are Scheduled

The Jewish Community
Center Social Singles (40-55)
will host a card-and-board
game gathering at the
Maple/Drake building, 7:30
p.m. Tuesday. Bring your own
card-and-board games. For in-
formation, call 661-1000, ext.
347. _
A Shabbat vegetarian
potluck dinner will be held at
the Aldingbrooke Clubhouse
7:30 p.m. May 5.
Call 661-1000, ext. 347, by
Wednesday to RSVP and
record food contribution.
Possibilities include salad,
beverage, hors d'oeuvres,
entree, dessert or side dish,
but no meat products.

New York Sets
Holiday Party

New York — A Jewish
singles Memorial Day
weekend based at the St.
Moritz Hotel is scheduled
May 25-29 by Singles Scenes.
Plans include a cocktail
party, tours of Jewish and
secular sites and evening
festivities. Rates are available
with or without hotel
For information, call

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