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April 16, 1993 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-04-16

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■ 110

leven years ago
bring up like sex.
Barbara Bockoff
The Americans With j
found her life dra-
Disabilities Act is a sched-
matically changed
uled topic, to inform chal-
and challenged by a wheel-
individuals of their-,
rights. Exercise is also on
She attended various
the agenda.
support groups, but was
"When I was first in the
disappointed at the lack of
chair, I bought a motor-
one-on-one contact with
ized one. In rehabilitation
other physically chal-
my therapist told me to
lenged adults. Most groups
get rid of it. 'If you can,
were led by able-bodied
you're going to use your
arms,' he said. Just
Ms. Bockoff took her
because you're in a chair,
frustrations and her
you don't neglect your
knowledge to her people.
body," Ms. Bockoff said.
She approached Temple
Perhaps the most innov-
Israel with the idea for a
ative aspect of the pro-
support group for physical-
gram is an emphasis on
ly challenged Jews. Her
concept was different —
"We need to let people
facilitators with expertise,
have a place to go, to meet
exciting topics and the
people with a common
opportunity to meet and
bond. Eleven years ago, I
make friendships.
d idn't know anyone else
The group will hold its
physically challenged. \
first meeting April 20 at
Now I do and it's a nice
Temple Israel. For eig ht
balance," Ms. Bockoff said.
weeks, from 7:30 p.m. to
Temple Israel's pro-
9:30 p.m. weekly, a varie ty
gramming director, Dr.
of practical and huma n
Nancy Gad-Harf, is opti-
ideas will be discusse d.
There is no charge for the
"The focus of the ses-
group. It is open to th e
s ions is empowerment,"
community for all cha 1-
D r. Gad-Harf said. "We
lenged individuals.
h ope people will leave with
"I never had one-on-on e
n ew skills."
contact with another pe r-
For more information,
son in a chair. I neede d
c ontact Dr. Gad-Harf at
that human aspect. I need -
6 61-5700. ❑
ed someone else who cool d
tell me what to expect an d
how to function," Ms
Bockoff said. "Now I wan t
to help other people real
ize that life goes on."
"The Longest Hatred," an in-
Ms. Bockoff invited facil
depth analysis of anti-Semi-
itators who will aid her i n
tism, will air on PBS Channel
this mission.
.56 1 a.m. April 22. The series,
divided into three parts,
Anita Haenick is a phys
explores the roots of anti-
ical therapist and coun-
Semitism and reports on con-
selor. Joy Sherman is a
psychologist concentrating
• "From the Cross to the
in the area of reacclimat-
Swastika" traces the troubled
ing to life.
relations between Judaism
They will offer informa-
and Christianity from Roman
tion on travel, legal issues,
times through the present.
• "Enemies of the People"
grief and loss, nutrition,
and sexuality.
explores the link between
extreme nationalism and
"I travel a lot. I keep a
anti-Semitism evidenced in
journal and make notes
Eastern Europe.
about accessibility," Ms.
• "Between Moses and
Bockoff said. "In general,
Muhammad" focuses on anti-
we will be talking about
Semitism among Muslims
issues that are obvious,
that results from the Arab-
but that no one wants to
Israeli conflict.

TV Program
Traces Prejudice

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