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December 25, 1992 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-12-25

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Celebrating 50 years of growth with the Detroit Jewish Community

THE JEWISH NEWS

1 TEVET 5753/DECEMBER 25, 1992

In The Spirit

Detroit Jews lend a hand on Christmas Day to a
variety of humanitarian causes.

LESLEY PEARL STAFF WRITER

ast Christmas Day, while many
Jews were sleeping late or
watching movies or eating
Chinese food, Mark Diem and
Marc Shaye were working in
Detroit's Cass Corridor.
They were dishing out a holi-
day meal with the Salvation
Army when they met Lt. Colonel
Clarence Harvey, Eastern Mich-
igan divisional commander for
the Salvation Army. Impressed
by the Jewish men devoting
their day off to help others,
Colonel Harvey shared with
them his experiences in other
cities where Jews helpe4- the
Salvation Army on Christmas
Day.
Dr. Diem and Mr. Shaye con-
sidered getting synagogues in-
volved. With the help of Colonel
Harvey, Dr. Diem and Mr.
Shaye formed the Shine a Light
in Darkness feeding program.
Dec. 25, the men's club of
Congregation Shaarey Zedek,
the social action committee of

hoods, sisterhoods and social ac-
tion committees will also aid the
needy this season.
For six years, Young Adult
Division (YAD) of Detroit's
Jewish Federation has been do-
ing just that — volunteering
time and services on Dec. 25 at
Jewish Federation Apartments,
Jewish Home for Aged and Sinai
Hospital.
This year YAD will expand its
scope, including Women's Divi-
sion and Business and Pro-

Congregation Beth Abraham
Hillel Moses and other Jewish
volunteers will join the Salva-
tion Army in feeding 1,000
needy and
home-bound
people in north-
central Detroit.
The meals will
be prepared Dec.
23 at the Sal-
vation Army's
Southfield Corps
Community
Center, then
packed and de-
livered from 8
Colonel Clarence Harvey, Rabbi Irwin Groner and Dr. Mark Diem
a.m. to 2 p.m. on will
help feed the hungry on Christmas Day.
Christmas Day.
Approximately 150 individu- fessional Women of Jewish
als have agreed to volunteer Federation in their activities.
their time.
Volunteers will return to the
"There was minimal opposi- Jewish organizations and St.
tion to this," Dr. Diem said. Leo's Parish Soup Kitchen in
"Some people feel Jews should Detroit (YAD's first experience
be helping other Jews. We do with non-Jewish outreach last
that, too, in different ways."
Other congregation brother- VOLUNTEERS page 15

Aside

POLITICS

Grass Roots

The key to change
is involvement
of the citizenry.

Page 33

Taking Sides

A day off from drama leads
to impassioned dialogue.

Page 37

Different Boutique

Annette Newman makes
women feel good after surgery.

Page 47

HOLIDAY

Special Exhibit
Of Classic Menorahs

For six weeks. the Mainsters ate
nothing but pineapple sandwiches.
Another time. they lived in a virtual
coffin for two." They always boil
their water — assuming its available.
Every summer for the past 22 years.
Dr. Harris Mainster and his family
have spent their vacations helping
indigent residents in Third World
countries. They receive no compensa-
tion and travel at their own expense.
Among the places the Mainsters have
worked: Uganda. India. Cambodia.
Indonesia and Pakistan.

-

In TheWi

A Moldavian diva
re-starts her career
in Detroit.

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