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March 29, 1991 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-03-29

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I DETROIT

The
Wachter Family

Christians

Continued from preceding page

wishes you & yours
A Healthy & Happy

Passover!

May Israel be blessed
with everlasting peace

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when Jesus told his disciples
the bread was his body, the
wine symbolized his blood
and created the sacred rite of
communion. It is widely
believed by Christian schol-
ars that the Last Supper was
actually a Passover seder.
By recreating a seder simi-
lar to the one Jesus
celebrated at the Last
Supper, it becomes a mean-
ingful experience for Chris-
tians, said Diane Dillard of
Sacred Heart Church in
Auburn Hills. She helped
organize a March 28
Passover celebration at the
church to mark Holy Thurs-
day.
"We are redoing what
Christ and his apostles did
at the Last Supper and for us
there is meaning in the
seder," said Ms. Dillard.
Because many churches
are interested in recreating
a seder as Jesus would have
celebrated it, they are turn-
ing to the Jewish community
for help, said Miriam Im-
merman of the Jewish
Community Council. Area
rabbis had so many Chris-
tian requests that the Jew-
ish Community Council cre-
ated an annual program a
few years ago to teach Chris-
tian clergy and lay people
how to put together their
own seder.
For some Christian clergy,
the Passover seder is a
chance to combine both Jew-
ish and Christian traditions.
Rev. Bennett Stiles said
although the seder will
follow Jewish customs, there
will be no meal and a com-
munion service will be added

as they drink the third glass
of wine, known as Elijah's
cup. Many Christian schol-
ars believe Jesus first per-
formed communion at that
point in the seder.
Other church leaders pre-
fer to stay closer to Jewish
tradition. Sister Jane Rose
Schlinkert, who organized
the seder, said St. Germaine
used to hold sedarim with
Christian elements thrown
in, but a few years ago aban-
doned the practice and

The seder links
Jewish and
Christian
traditions.

stopped the seder all
together until this year.
This time, the church
wanted to be true to its Jew-
ish heritage, Sister
Schlinkert said. She asked
an old acquaintance, Larry
Gunsberg, a Congregation
B'nai Moshe member, to
lead the seder. They will also
use a revised Haggadah, The

Passover Celebration,

published by the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai
B'rith and the Liturgy
Training Program of the
Roman Catholic Archdiocese
of Chicago.
"We're not doing this as a
mockery," said Ms. Dillard.
"But we want to learn and
maybe incorporate it into
our own belief. We see it as a
link. That's really impor-
tant, especially in today's
world." ❑

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rally in Ann Arbor
went largely ignored
Saturday, and the leader of
one local Jewish group said
even if they had been aware
of the rally they would not
have organized a protest.
In previous years, the SS
Action Group of Detroit has
demonstrated in downtown
Ann Arbor, and alerted local
left-wing opponents of their
appearance. Last Saturday's
rally took place in an isolated
park in southern Ann Arbor,
adjacent to the Ellsworth
Road landfill. Local activist
groups were not aware of the
rally.
Nazi leader Angel Sum-
mers said they chose to
demonstrate in the middle of
an empty baseball field to

"get our message across
peacefully."
During the rally, about 25
men and women wearing
swastika armbands chanted
"White power" and "The
master race" and waved
swastika flags and a Con-
federate flag.
A member of the group said
their appearance in Ann Ar-
bor was a recruiting drive for
those who support white
supremacy and segregation,
and are against racial mixing.
It was the SS Action
Group's first appearance in
Ann Arbor since 1988, when
hundreds of counter-demon-
strators turned out to throw
rocks, eggs and tomatoes at
one dozen Nazi demonstra-
tors. Four counter-demonstra-
tors were arrested and store
windows were broken.
"Their (1985) rally at the
Federal Building lasted 30

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