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March 02, 1990 - Image 47

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-03-02

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Center Will Hold
Intermarriage Workshop


Special to The Jewish News

Editor's note: The needs and
lifestyles of senior adults cover
a full range — from those who
are independent, but require
affordable housing, to those
who are frail and require
ongoing nursing care. The
Jewish Home for Aged pro-
vides a comfortable setting for
those in need of constant care.
This story shows how Allied
Jewish Campaign helps.
little over four years
ago, Dorothy Bodzin
was faced with the
toughest decision of her life.
Her husband of 45 years,
Harry, had suffered a serious
stroke and she realized she
could no longer care for him.
"To put your loved one in a
nursing home seems like the
end of the world," she said.
"At the time, I remember feel-
ing like a zombie, but I realiz-
ed I could not handle it (care
for him) . . . It wouldn't be the
right thing to do.


Focus On Talk

Joan Kort, vice president of
B'nai B'rith Women, will
discuss the current dif-
ficulties between B'nai
B'rith International and

"Having to put your mother
or father in a nursing home is
a different thing," she said.
"But my husband, someone
my age, it feels like the begin-
ning of the end. But now, I
have no guilt feelings. I know
he's well cared for, and I see
him every day."
Dorothy's husband is a resi-
dent at the Jewish Home for
Aged Prentis Manor. It is one
of three facilities operated by
the JHA and supported by
Allied Jewish Campaign
Over the years, the nurses,
aides and other employees at
Prentis have become very
close to Dorothy.
"I see these people every
day, and we've become like
family," she said. "Because
I'm here all the time, I see
what's going on and I don't
have a negative thing to say.
You can see how clean
everything is, and as far as ac-
tivities, there is always
something going on here."
Part of the reason there are
so many activities is because
of Dorothy. She serves as a
liaison between the Prentis
staff and 40 volunteers who
help at parties and other
One of the activities is a
special dinner once a month
at which one of the residents
and his or her immediate
family are served a sit-down
meal by volunteers in the din-
ing room.
The Bodzins themselves
were honored this past

Harry and Dorothy Bodzin

August. For their 50th wed-
ding anniversary, the staff at
Prentis threw a huge party
for the couple.
"It was truly special,'
Dorothy said. "They set up
one long table, where we all
sat (45 family members), and
they served us a beautiful
cake and fruit salad.
"Then I got up and spoke
. . . I just told everybody how
wonderful the day was and
what beautiful people there
are here, from the ad-
ministrators to the nurses
and aides.
"On that day, I purposely
wore numerous pieces of
jewelry . . . I explained each
piece and what it meant to
me and the circumstance
Harry had given it to me.
"It was the most beautiful
thing they (Prentis Manor)
could have done. I cried, but
they were tears of joy, not
sadness." ❑


Joan Kort
B'nai B'rith Women at an
open meeting for all members
7:30 p.m. March 5 at United
Hebrew Schools.
Kort served as chairman of
the BBW Gateway Region, as
president of the Greater Kan-
sas City Council and in a
number of leadership roles
with former BBG District
Two. •
For information call, B'nai
B'rith Women- Council,

For information about the
workshop, call the JCC,

Miriam Klein Shapiro will
speak at Adat Shalom
Synagogue at 7:30 p.m.
March 6. Shapiro will focus

Miriam Shapiro

on "Women in the Minyan —
A Different Perspective — A
Feminist's Point of View."
The program is part of Adat

JPI Food Drive
For Yad Ezra

Naham Barnea

history and political science
from Hebrew University.
Many meetings with
Jewish and non-Jewish
groups have been scheduled
during his visit, and his talks
will cover the intifada.

Bruce Tabasahneck
661-1000, ext.. 204. There is
no charge for the program.

Adat Shalom Hosts
Miriam Klein Shapiro

Howard Salter is a public
relations associate of the
Jewish Welfare Federation.

Israeli Journalist
Is Detroit Scholar

Israeli political columnist
Nahum Barnea will visit
Detroit March 16-26 as the
Detroit Zionist Federation's
1990 Scholar-in-Resi-
The program is conducted
under the auspices of the
American Zionist Federation
and the World Zionist
Organization, with the
assistance of the Jewish Com-
munity Council.
Barnea writes a weekly col-
umn for Yediot Achranot and
is the author of the book,
They Shoot and They Cry. He
was awarded the Sokolov
Prize for Journalism in 1981
and was formerly editor in
chief of Koterit Rashit, a
weekly magazine. He has
been a political columnist,
Washington and Jerusalem
correspondent for Davar and
holds a bachelor's degree in

Bruce Tabashneck will hold
a workshop on interfaith mar-
riages 1 p.m. March 25 at the
Maple-Drake Jewish Com-
munity Center.
Tabashneck, a clinical
therapist associated with the
Birmingham Clinic, holds
degrees from Ohio University,
Ohio State University, and
Wayne State University.
His program will address
parents of inter-married
couples and their families
and focus on communication,
in-laws, holiday celebrations,
children and life cycle events.

The Jewish Parents Institute
will have a kosher canned
food drive through Thursday
at the Maple-Drake Jewish
Community Center. Donated
food will be distributed by
Yad Ezra, the new kosher food
bank in Southfield.
A box will be placed in the
lobby of the JCC for contribu-
tions, which must be non-
perishable and kosher.
The drive is sponsored by
Club 9 students Mara
Bruton, Adam Gusman and
Sam Hirschman, under the
direction of club leader Ellen


Campaign Close-Ups •
A Home With Help

Shalom's ongoing study of
Women in Judaism, the Con-
servative movement, the
synagogue, and in the
Shapiro is a graduate of
Barnard College, Columbia
University, and the Jewish
Theological Seminary. She
directs the Principals' Ser-
vice/Resource Center and is
an education specialist for the
Westchester, N.Y., Board of
Jewish Education. She is a
visiting assistant professor at
the Seminary, has lectured
extensively and written
numerous articles.
There is no charge. For in-
formation, call the
synagogue, 851-5100.

Sets Meeting

Kadima, Jewish Residential
Care and Support Services for
Adults with Mental Illness
will hold its annual meeting
7:30 p.m. on March 12 at
United Hebrew Schools.
Kadima operates one group
home and a semi-independent
apartment program in
Oakland County for adults
with histories of mental
Backwards to Back Streets,
produced by Roger Weisburg,
will be shown. This film por-
trays what has happened to
the institutionalized mental-
ly ill released into com-
munities across the country
since the 1970s and what ser-
vices are needed to re-
integrate this population in-
to the community.
There is no charge.




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