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May 14, 1993 - Image 45

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-05-14

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Israel: On And Off The Tour

Rabbi Spectre is escorted under the chuppah by Frankel students.

continues to tie the
school with the Detroit
Jewish community," Mrs.
Goldsmith Levin said.
"We're moved by the help
we receive from the
Detroit Jewish communi-
ty. These children know
this is a special day. This
is something they'll
always remember
because they're living it;
they aren't reading about
it; they're actually expe-
riencing it. People find
they have few opportuni-
ties to witness something
as special as this."
"It's
difficult
to
describe the joy one
feels," Rabbi Spectre
said. "As a rabbi, you see
from experiences such as
this one that one's work
isn't done in vain."
During the festivities,
the children danced with
the Torah and took it
inside of the school
where it was placed in

its new ark. Miracle
Mission members were
then given a school tour.
They learned how stu-
dents adopted the names
of children who perished
in the Holocaust, twin-
ning with those names so
that they were remem-
bered all the way
through graduation.
They learned how the
school's gym teacher, a
popular man, was killed
in military action and
how the gymnasium was
named for him.
When the school visit
was over, the visitors left
for lunch and then a free
afternoon before they
had to check out of their
hotels and return to Ben-
Gurion Airport.
This time, when Rabbi
Spectre boarded his bus,
there was an empty seat
next to him. Yet, at the
small wooden ark inside
the school, two little

girls came by holding
hands. One opened the
ark. They both leaned in
and gave the Torah a
kiss. They quickly closed
the ark door as if they
had done something
wrong.
It was all very right. ❑

The Torah finds its new home while Timna
Straus and Tamar Cohen talk of its arrival.

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