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I SYNAGOGUES

Young Israel of Greenfield
Young Israel of Oak-Woods
Young Israel of Southfield
Young Israel of West Bloomfield
Members of the Young Israel
Council of Metropolitan Detroit

Cordially Invite You To Attend Their

First Annual Joint Dinner

Honoring

Rabbi Samuel and Hadassah Prero

Monday, June 3, 1991 - 21 Sivan, 5751

At

The Hyatt Regency - Dearborn

Featuring

Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach

and the Lenny Zimberg Orchestra

Cocktails 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.

Couvert $75.00 per plate
Black Tie Optional
For Further Information Call:
Young Israel of Greenfield — 967-3655
Young Israel of Oak-Woods — 398-1177
Young Israel of Southfield — 357-3113 or 358-0154
Young Israel of West Bloomfield — 851-8771

You are Cordially Invited to
the Temple Shir Shalom

Annual Fundraiser

Enjoy Fine Foods and Wines
Prepared by Twenty of the
Area's Most Popular Restaurants

Palate Pleasers • RIKS • Mark of Excellence
• Home Sweet Home • Platinum Treats • E.G. Nick's
• Rikshaw Inn • Beau Jacks • Punchinello's
• Famies Chicken • Taste of Seasons • Vineyards
• Stage & Co. • Honey Tree • Buddy's • Deli Unique
• Marty's Cookies • Uptown Deli • Orchard Lake Deli • Rozie Ruggies

• Silent Auction •

• Detroit Tiger Fantasy Baseball Trip • Big Screen Sony T.V.'s • Robert Alexander Jewelers •
Darakjian Jewelers • Weintraub Jewelers • Tapper's Jewelers • Atlantic City Trips • Round Trip
to Las Vegas,airfare compliments Key Tours • Dinner for Four at Les Auteurs • Autographed Piston
Basketball • Autographed Lion Football • Tiger Box Seats • Art piece from Mesa Arts • Dinner
for two at Beau Jacks, I visit per month for 6 months • Airport Limo Ride • Overnight at Comfort
Inn, Metro Airport, for two • Bedtime Story by Rabbi Schwartz • Guided tour of New York City
by Rabbi Schwartz • Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Photography Packages • Many Others

• Raffle - $50 per ticket
• Door Prizes
• Music & Dancing

1st Prize — 7 day Carribean Cruise on
the S.S. Norway for two
2nd Prize — 4 days and 3 nights in
Las Vegas for two
Fundraising Event $50 per person • Saturday, June 1, 1991 • 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
Triatria Building

32255 Northwestern, Farmington Hills

Habitat Gallery will be open and will give a 10% refund to the Temple
for any purchases made during the course of the evening.
— All checks payable to Temple Shir Shalom —

Please respond by May 24.

42

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 1991

Call Temple Shir Shalom 737-8700

Family At 50

Continued from preceding page

to build the temple's edu-
cation programs. "My
number one goal is Jewish
education — not just for the
child but for the adult," the
rabbi says. "I'd like to see
every adult Jew set aside
two-to-three hours a week
for Jewish study."
His office reflects Rabbi
Syme's commitment to Jew-
ish education. Books about
everything from the Lodz
Ghetto to Maimonides line
the shelves. In between are
cassette tapes made by his
piano-playing son, David,
and writings by his other
son, Daniel, a rabbi and vice
president of the UAHC.
Twenty-one years ago,
Rabbi Harold Loss also join-
ed the Temple Israel staff.
Like Rabbi Syme before him
and Rabbi Yedwab after, he
came in and remains
without a contract, simply as
"rabbi." There are no "assis-
tant rabbis" or "senior
rabbis" at Temple Israel.
Rabbi Loss, in 1970 a new
graduate from HUC-JIR,
admits he was on his way to
serve at another congrega-
tion when Temple Israel
board members convinced
him to visit Detroit. That
one visit was all it took. "I
felt intuitively that this was
the right place for me," he
says.
Rabbi Loss says he was
impressed by the congrega-
tion's Zionist history, by its
lay leaders and by the
warmth of the temple mem-
bers.
"We work as a team and as
friends," he says. "And we
have common goals. There's
so much support for every
new project. This is the kind
of congregation that's
prepared to say: 'Let's do
it.' "
Rabbi Loss helped develop
the temple's Zionist pro-
gramming, each year
leading teen-agers and adult
congregants to Israel. He
also is committed to edu-
cation and social action, sin-
gles programming and work-
ing with Jews by Choice
(converts).
All three rabbis teach in
the temple's religious school,
which offers both adult and
youth education. Believed to
be the largest in the country,
the religious school even
manages to retain pupils
after b'nai mitzvah. It's not
unusual to see 400 high
school students attending a
Monday night program,
Rabbi Syme says.
Many temple members
credit Rabbis Syme and Loss
and the congregation's
newest rabbi, Paul Yedwab,
with making Temple Israel
what it is today.

"I think our success has to
do with the rabbis," says
Bernard Linden, a past pres-
ident of the temple. He also
believes the congregation's
ability to retain members
from generation to genera-
tion is a reason for its
success.
He points to his daughter
in Florida who recently
called with a question about
her son's brit. She asked Mr.
Linden to pass the question
on to Rabbi Loss.
"But you have your own
rabbi there," Mr. Linden
told his daughter.
"I know," she said. "But
will you still ask Rabbi
Loss?"
This long-standing com-
mitment to the temple
where they grew up is
typical of his children, Mr.
Linden says. "No matter
where they are, they're still
part of Temple Israel."

xactly what it is that
makes Temple Israel a
success continues to
mystify even its members.
Many point to the rabbis;
some stress the warmth of the
congregants; others single out
the temple's extensive pro-
gram development.
Nancy Gad-Harf, program
coordinator, says Temple
Israel is "known as a place
where creative ideas are r .=
nourished and nurtured."
But all share the goal of
"helping people live Jew-
ishly."
She lists the temple's sup-
port groups for those with
cancer, for bereaved family
members, for single parents,
for seniors with Alzheimer's,
for recovering alcoholics and
for the developmentally
disabled.
The latter group was
started when a woman, not a
member of the temple, asked
about a Jewish group for her
developmentally disabled
but highly functioning <
daughter. Temple Israel had
no such group at the time,
"So we said, 'Let's do it,' "
Dr. Gad-Harf says. "The
next thing we know, we had
a group of eight young
adults and their families."
"Maybe we will only meet
the needs of 10 people (with
a new committee)," says
Temple Administrator Eva
Shapiro. "It doesn't matter
how small the need is, as
long as we can help
somebody."
"We never turn anyone
away and we never say,
`This is impossible,' " Dr.
Gad-Harf adds. "The key is
that we don't do for others.
We work with others to fit
their needs. That's what
makes it work."

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