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February 23, 1990 - Image 51

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-02-23

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COMMUNITY

Comedian Will Close
Allied Jewish Campaign

Contributors who have
made their pledges to the
1990 Allied Jewish Cam-
paign are invited to a
community-wide celebration
at the Campaign closing
event March 22 at the Jewish
Community Center Maple-
Drake campus.
Comedian David Brenner
will be the guest performer.
Last fall, he starred in his
own one-man show on Broad-
way. Brenner enjoys telling
stories about the Jewish
neighborhood of his
childhood.
The event will start at 7:30
p.m. with a wine and cheese
buffet. A dessert reception
will follow the program,
which will include "A Day in
the Life . . .," a photographic
essay about Federation
agencies.
Although the Campaign
has raised more than $22
million to date, this figure is
far short of the funds needed
to provide vital services
through Federation agencies.
The biggest budgetary con-

Workers To Hear
Zvi Gitelman

University of Michigan pro-
fessor Zvi Gitelman, one of
the world's authorities on
Soviet Jewry, will speak
before Allied Jewish Cam-
paign workers, 6:45 p.m.
Wednesday at United Hebrew
Schools.
Dr. Gitelman will address
the workers on "A New Ex-
odus: Soviet Jews in the Age
of Perestroika" at the pro-
gress report meeting. Workers
will also receive an update on
the 1990 Campaign. A light
supper will be served at 6:15
p.m. Avanced registration is
required.
For information, call
Federation, 965-3939.

Students Aid
Yad Ezra

Reform and Conservative
congregations in Metro
Detroit will join with Temple
Emanu-El to help eliminate
hunger in the Jewish
community.
Through March 24, each
synagogue and temple's 6th,
7th and 8th graders will col-
lect non-perishable, kosher
food for Yad Ezra. There will
be a community-wide dance
for those students 7 p.m.
March 25, at Temple
Emanu-El.
For information, call Gary
Dembs, 646-1740.

cern is the need for assistance
to new Americans arriving
from the Soviet Union. This
year, 1,000 Soviet Jews will be
reunited with their families
in Detroit. They need food,
clothing, shelter, job training
and other services provided
by Federation agencies.
While the immigration of
Soviet Jews is an important
issue, there are many others
in the community who need
help from Federation agen-
cies and, from funds raised
through the Campaign, of-
ficials say. The elderly need
housing and health care;
young people need a quality
Jewish education; and troubl-
ed families require counsel-
ing through Jewish Family
Service.
Besides funding local pro-
grams, Campaign funds
enable thousands of Jews
around the world to receive
medical assistance, food,
clothing and education. In
Israel, Campaign dollars also
help the resettlement of hun-

2nd Holocaust Tour
For Teachers Planned

David Brenner

dreds of thousands of im-
migrants, most of them from
the Soviet Union, Romania
and Ethiopia. Faced with a
possibility of U.S. cutbacks in
foreign aid, Israel will depend
on Campaign funds more
than ever.
For reservations to the clos-
ing event, and to make a
Campaign pledge, call
Federation, 965-3939.

Israel Summer Trip
Scholarships Available

This summer, Jewish men
and women between the ages
of 18 and 25 have a unique op-
portunity to spend four weeks
touring and studying in
Israel.
Ten full and 10 partial
scholarships will be awarded
to qualified applicants on a
"first come, first approved"
basis. The tour is sponsored
by the Jewish Learning Net-
work of Michigan and seeks
to provide participants with
an appreciation of Israel from
a Jewish perspective. Full cost
of the trip, including room
and board, is $2,500.
The tour leaves Detroit on
June 25 and is scheduled to
return July 22. A major por-
tion of Israel will be toured
with experienced guides in-
cluding Masada, the Galilee,
the Dead Sea, the Old City of
Jerusalem, and the Negev.
The tours are designed to
combine the educational
significance of each area with
the opportunity to relax and
enjoy the scenic beauty and
sense of history. Between
tours, there will be academic
options, designed to supple-
ment the experiences. Lec-
tures will be in English and
will provide an overview of
current Jewish events,
biblical analysis and Jewish
history.

"This program is a response
to the times," explained Rab-
bi Avaham Jacobovitz of the
Jewish Learning Network.
"We live in an age in which
the concepts of Zionism are
under attack by the press,
academia, and forces within
the Jewish community itself.
No longer can we assume that
our young people will be
staunch supporters of Israel
merely because their parents
were. We must provide them
with the knowledge and
understanding that will
enable them to make their
own decisions.
"This program attempts to
provide the student with di-
rect exposure to Israel's peo-
ple, culture, history and socie-
ty. Only in this way can we
hope to achieve a truly mean-
ingful learning experience."
The scholarships are being
co-sponsored by Tenenbaum
College — Ohr Samayach and
a local donor. The academic
programs will be based at
Ohr Samayach in Jerusalem.
"We went 2 1/2 years ago
with eight students," Rabbi
Jacobovitz said, "and seven
ended up going back to
Israel."
Those interested in the tour
and scholarships may call the
Jewish Learning Network of
Michigan, 967-0888.

The Holocaust Memorial
Center will hold its second In-
ternational Summer Seminar
on the Holocaust for
Educators. The three-week
program is designed for those
currently teaching the
Holocaust to teens and
adults.
The program will open at
the HMC on June 24, with
three days of intensive study.
The seminar's faculty will in-
clude Randolph Braham,
Ph.D., director of the
Csengeri Center for
Holocaust Studies, City
University of New York; Carol
Danks, instructor at Kent
(Ohio) Roosevelt High School;
Yehuda Nir, M.D., associate
professor of psychiatry, Cor-
nell Medical College, Cornell
University; Leatrice B. Rabin-
sky, Ph.D., instructor at
Cleveland Heights (Ohio)
High School; Rabbi Charles
H. Rosenzveig, director of the

HMC; David Weinberg, Ph.D.,
Bowling Green State Univer-
sity; and David S. Wyman,
Ph.D., University of
Massachusetts.
From June 27 to July 5, the
group will tour several sites
in Poland, including Warsaw,
Cracow and Lublin as well as
Majdanek, Auschwitz-
Birkenau and Treblinka con-
centration camps. Holocaust
survivors will join the group
for the tours and will provide
first-hand accounts of the
destruction that occurred.
The final ten days of study
in Israel will focus on the
Holocaust and Jewish
responses to it. In Israel, the
group will tour Yad Vashem,
Bet Hatefutsot (Museum of
the Diaspora) in Tel-Aviv, the
Ghetto Fighters' Museum,
Rosh Hanikra, the Galilee
and Massada. There will be
an overnight stay on a kib-
butz and personal visits.

Women's League
Holds Luncheon

Michigan Branch Women's
League for Conservative
Judaism will hold a Purim
luncheon and program "To
Celebrate The Israeli Ex-
perience" at noon March 5 at
Cong. Beth Abraham Hillel
Moses.
Geri Levitt, will entertain
with her guitar, singing
Hebrew, English, and Yiddish
songs. She has been a teacher
at Cong. Shaarey Zedek and
at the College of Jewish
Studies. She has performed in
New York, Israel, Chicago
and California, and has been
featured with the Bel Canto
and the Shaarey Zedek choir.
Sonny Lippenholtz, will
assist.

There is a charge. For reser-
vations by Feb. 28 call Frieda
Davidorf, 661-4389,

Event For Soviets

Shalom Sunday, a program
for Soviet newcomer families,
will debut 3 to 7 p.m. Feb. 25
at the Jimmy Prentis Morris
Jewish Community Center. It
will include Jewish ex-
periences, parenting classes,
sports, crafts and entertain-
ment on a weekly basis. The
program will offer education
and relaxation in a Jewish
setting for the entire family.

"The Ethnic Connection," a
Jewish klezmer band will be
featured Feb. 25. On March 4,
a tutoring program to help

school-aged children with
their studies will begin.
On March 10, families will
be invited to go by bus to Con-
gregation B'nai David to hear
the Megillah and celebrate
Purim with the congregation.
March 18 will feature a bus
tour of old and new Jewish
Detroit.
The program and a light
dinner will be available for
purchase. Translators will be
available.
To volunteer call Sheryl
Litt or Sue Stettner,
661-1000.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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