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December 04, 1992 - Image 25

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-12-04

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unaffiliated with any branch
of Judaism, and many fam-
ilies also have interfaith
marriages. The presence of
GPJC made it possible for
Rebecca Opdyke, daughter
of Dr. Bill and Karen
Opdyke, to observe her bat
mitzvah during GPJC reli-
gious services.
"We want Jews to feel
comfortable knowing they
can move here to Grosse
Pointe," Dr. Weingarten
said. "They need to know
that there is now a Jewish
community available to
them."
Mr. Feldman said that liv-
ing on the east side of town
almost forces a Jew to work
for a stronger Jewish iden-
tity because it's not as easy
to find as on the west side.
"We find each other,"
GPJC vice president Mich-
ael Kasky said, "and when
we do, there's a certain
sense of appreciation know-
ing that we're here in this
area."
"I think we're kind of sick
of the reactions we get when
Jewish people find out we
live here," Mrs. Weingarten

Amy Moulton, Janet Weingarten and
Stephen Goldstein are among 130
member families of the Grosse Pointe
Jewish Council.

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gethers such as the book
(.. club, the gourmet club, a
summer picnic, a lecture se-
ries, ski club, social action
group, children's cultural
i group, adult cultural group,
a lox box delivery on Moth-
er's Day and even a road ral-
ly.
Perhaps the GPJC's most
important ongoing service is
its religious school, which
falls under the guidance of
the Agency for Jewish Ed-
ucation.
The school is in its second
full year with 18 students in
kindergarten, first and sec-
ond grades.
"We're all part of a Jewish
community now," said
Karen Opdyke, who is the
-o-president along with Ron
Feldman. "We know and see
one another and we look for-
ward to growing stronger
and stronger."
GPJC's rabbi for the High
Holidays was Reform, but
the organization doesn't af-
filiate with any of the
branches of Judaism. In-
stead, it opts to be open for
anyone's level of belief.
Many of its members were

said. "So many Jews here in
Grosse Pointe have said that
they never had that sense of
belonging on the west side
that we can offer them here
now."
"This is an area that is
beautiful and has access to
downtown," Dr. Weingarten
said. "And for many people
who work downtown and
who need to get to the west
side as well, there is a real
attraction." ❑

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