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September 18, 1992 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-09-18

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Celebrating 50 years of growth with the Detroit Jewish Community

THE JEWISH NEWS

20 ELUL 5752/SEPTEMBER

Strange
Bedfellows

_ Tired of the Dems and the
GOP? Take a look at who else
is on the 1992 Michigan
ballot.

ELIZABETH APPLEBAUM ASSISTANT EDITOR

or those dissatisfied with
both the Republicans and
the Democrats, there are five
other parties to choose from
on the November ballot in Michigan
-- but be prepared for some rather
bizarre views.
For instance, the Natural Law
Party, which advocates Transcen-
dental Meditation as a cure for the
world's ills.
Many problems today are the re-
sult of "the stress level of the na-
tion," according to Joseph Boxer-
man, Natural Law Party spokes-
man. This is reflected by crises in
the economy, education, health care,
crime and the environment, the five
main issues on the party platform,
he said. The cure: TM.
"When prisoners practice TM,
we've seen a 30-40 percent reduc-

BEDFELLOWS/page 20

Yom Kippur Gift

Area synagogues will ask congregants to take home bags before
the holiday to help Yad Ezra.

ELIZABETH APPLEBAUM ASSISTANT EDITOR

M

embers of area syna-
gogues and temples are
being asked to can it
this Yom Kippur. But
it's all part of a good

cause.
Yad Ezra, the kosher food bank,
is sponsoring a new kind of food
drive for the High Holidays. Plastic
bags bearing the Yad Ezra logo will
be placed on seats in synagogues
throughout the city, which congre-
gants will be asked to fill with
canned and other nonperishable
goods before Yom Kippur.
Donated food will be distributed
to Yad Ezra clients, who have con-
tinued to increase each year since
the organization started.
"We've been able to maintain so
far," said Nancy Welber Barr who,
with her husband, Richard Barr, is
coordinating this year's drive. "But
frankly our resources are really
stretched. The need is growing."
Last month, Yad Ezra served 596
families (1239 persons) and hand-
ed out 25,339 pounds of food. One
year ago, August 1991, that figure

was 379 families (836 persons) and
16,100 pounds of food.
With the exception of three syna-
gogues which already have inde-
pendent High Holiday programs to
aid the needy, all
local congregations
are participating in
the Yad Ezra drive.
Last year, the
food bank held
a High Holiday
campaign which
brought in canned
and packaged food
and small dona-
tions. Then work-
ers learned that
Temple Shir Sha-
lom had been plac-
ing shopping bags,
to be filled with
food for the needy,
on congregants'
chairs during the High Holidays.
Last year, the temple collected two
tons of food.
"I thought, if Shir Shalom can do
it, why can't Yad Ezra expand on

that?" Ms. Welber Barr said.
The Barrs managed to find an
anonymous donor and a business
which agreed to give the food bank
a price break on the purchase of
bags, guaranteeing that the latest
drive "will not cost Yad Ezra a pen-
ny."
"We wanted the bag with our logo
as a tangible reminder," Ms. Welber
Barr added. "People won't be able to
miss it."
Ms. Welber Barr said she was im-
pressed by the fact that so many

synagogues, and also the Federation
Apartments, agreed to participate
in the drive.

YAD EZRA/page 28

CLOSE-UP

It was an opportunity to trace the
escape routes of their relatives from
the German occupation of
Czechoslovakia. Using a touring bus,
30 members of the Weiss family
traveled through the Czech country-
side. They saw the small villages their
family members ran from. They saw
the hilltop where their family hid from
the Germans. Most of all, they learned
of the miracle of their family's
survival. They were able to trace the
steps and meet some of the people
who were there when the world of the
European Jew came apart.

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The Possibilities
Of The High Holidays

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