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March 30, 1990 - Image 104

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-03-30

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Announcing .. .

Rappin' Jewish

;',` the opening of Jeff Friedman's

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schedule, Winter encourages
troubled teens to call him
anytime —day or night.
"Working with teens is not
a 9-5 job," he explains. "It's
more like a 9-9 career."
Part of a Jewish education
includes NCSY's social ac-
tion programs where teens
help out at area soup kitch-
ens or old-age homes and col-
lect food or clothes for the
needy. Winter is also busy
giving Torah classes or run-
ning the intergenerational
workshop Family Living
Room with Jewish Experi-
ences For Families and the
Agency for Jewish Edu-
cation.
While he stresses com-
munity service, Winter
doesn't forget to pencil in
scavenger hunts in limos,
ski trips to Mt. Brighton,
skating parties, or games of
whirlyball for the teens.
"I like to see kids have a
good time. There are a lot of
kids out there who only re-
member Judaism as some-
thing they were forced to
do."
With "Kumzitz," which
will move to the 9 p.m. slot
April 1., Winter can combine
community service and fun.
"We feel like we are doing
a service to the community,"
Winter says. "There's no
other show like us on the
air."
Putting together
"Kumzitz," which means
"come sit," was Winter's
idea.
"It was something I want-
ed to do. I never thought it
would happen," says Winter,
who had a part-time disc
jockey job in New York and
occasionally wrote songs for
Jewish groups like Schlock
Rock.
Winter called area radio
stations and discovered
WCAR had an available slot
in November. Four days
later, Winter was on the air.
Winter and Rabbi Cohn
work together finding com-
mercial sponsors for the pro-
gram. Both men work about
three hours a week prepar-
ing for the show.
"The first week on the air
we didn't know who, if any-
one, was listening," Winter
says. "We were surprised
when we asked a trivia ques-
tion and the telephone swit-
chboard began lighting up."
Because the station does
not have Arbitron ratings,
Winter does not know how
many listeners regularly
tune in. But he estimates he
reaches 4,000 to 6,000 people
every week.
When a teen is inter-
viewed on the show, he en-
courages his friends who
might never listen to
"Kumzitz" to do so, Winter

said. That increases the ex-
posure "Kumzitz" gets, es-
pecially in the public
schools.
"I like to see Jews in the
public schools feel good
about themselves.I want to
give kids a Jewish identity.
Judaism should be in your
heart. My goal for NCSY is
to get kids involved."
Suddenly Winter bursts
into a toe-tapping rap song
called "Rappin' Jewish" by
Schlock Rock.
"Jewish pride keeps you
young and strong, makes our
people last real long. La die
do I'm a Jew because I think
its cool. Yeah I eat kosher
meat because I ain't no fool."

"We feel like we
are doing a service
to the community."
Dave Winer

Making teens proud of their
Jewish tradition is why
Winter plans to stay in
Detroit for a while.
"If I leave I don't think
that my seeds will grow. I
want to have an affect on as
many teens as possible. I
want people to know who
Dave Winter is and what
NCSY is. I want to know I
have been successful. There
are so many who don't know
about Judaism."
As "Kumzitz" winds down,
Winter plays a few dedica-
tions and reminds the au-
dience of upcoming NCSY
events. In the studio,
Schochet, NCSY national
president, sings along with
Jeff Braverman's "Songs of
Peace." Winter signs off
with a brief thank you. The
sounds of the Star Spangled
Banner drift through the
studio. The station closes for
the night. 0

YOUTH 1`•

Youths To Visit
College Students

The Youth Departments of
Adat Shalom Synagogue and
Congregation Beth Abraham
Hillel Moses will visit college
students from their congrega-
tions who are at The Univer-
sity of Michigan and Eastern
Michigan University.
The synagogues' rabbis,
staff, students and parents
will visit students and bring
a Kosher dinner on April 1 at
the U-M Hillel building in
Ann Arbor.
A visit to Michigan State
University students at the
MSU Hillel House is set for
May 24. For information, call
Adat Shalom Youth Director
Miriam Starkman, 851-5100.

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