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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-10-26

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20 FRIDAY,,OCTOBE L R 26, 1990

King Solomon
wrote in Ecclesi-
astes that there
is nothing new
under the sun.
But he did not
discuss the mer-
its of borrowing,
stealing or co-opting good
ideas.
Following are several pro-
jects that have been suc-
cessful in other cities or set-
tings that might be adopted
by the Detroit Jewish
community.
• Jewish Wedding Day for
Soviet Jews. In Philadelphia,
the organized Jewish com-
munity coordinated a Jewish
Wedding Day last week for
40 Soviet Jewish couples
renewing their vows in the
Jewish tradition. The idea
was to allow the couples,
who had been married in
civil ceremonies in the
USSR, to increase their con-
nection to the Jewish com-
munity and their heritage.
The public was invited to
attend and, in lieu of wed-
ding gifts, guests at the
various synagogues where
the ceremonies took place
were asked to contribute to
Operation Exodus.
Perhaps the Jewish Wel-
fare Federation of Detroit, in
cooperation with its agencies
and local rabbis, could
organize a similar large-
scale project for Soviet Jew-
ish couples here.
• Showcasing our schools.
The Park School, a
Baltimore private school
with a large Jewish enroll-
ment, is holding a Brain
Thrust evening next month.
The event, held every other
year, offers a variety of mini-
courses on a given evening
presented by alumni, facul-
ty, parents and grand-
parents.
This year's workshops and
seminars include Kathy
Levin, a theatrical producer
and graduate of Park, speak-
ing on "Producing a Hit
Broadway Play" and Judith
Rosenfeld, a faculty mem-
ber, discussing "Sharing
Literature with your Chil-
dren: Pre-school to Adoles-
cence."
Bill Bernstein, senior vice
president of the The Assoc-
iated Jewish Charities and a
Park parent, will discuss the
impact of glasnost on
Baltimore.
Brain Thrust is the brain-

child of Annette (Netsie)
Lieberman, a former direc-
tor of development and
parent at Park, who now
works at the Baltimore Jew-
ish Council. She said that
over the years, dating back
to 1972, the event has been a
great success in showcasing
Park and attracting a
majority of attendees from
the general community.
Why not highlight Jewish
schools in a similar way?
Parents, alumni and
teachers from local day
schools could present a full
range of enlightening topics.
• JCC Scholar-In-Residence.
Perhaps the best way for
Jewish community centers
to deal with assimilation
and lack of Jewish education
is not to offer more exercise
bikes and fitness programs
but a real live scholar-in-
residence who could relate to
youngsters and adults.
Of course, the operative
rationale is that you won't
attract people by offering
them lessons in Talmud and

Some say this is not
a good time to plan
a mission to Israel.
But in a way there is
never a good time.

tefillin, but you've got a
chance if you offer modern
recreational facilities in a
Jewish environment. .
That's all well and good,
but we as a community are
fighting an uphill battle for
Jewish survival, and we
need to do more. One way to
attract marginal Jews is to
challenge them and provide
them with quality pro-
gramming.
A Jewish community
center in northern New
Jersey has had a scholar-in-
residence for several years,
and it's time for Detroit to
explore the idea. The scholar
could offer classes in the
JCC for kids, for adults, and
for families, as well as be
available to meet one on one
with individuals.
Yes, we have numerous
classes offered each day in
synagogues and halls of
learning already. But a seri-
ous effort at Jewish pro-
gramming within the JCC,
which draws on a wide con-
stituency, would be a power-
ful symbol of a serious
outreach effort.
• Community-wide Missions
to Israel. The Detroit Jewish

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