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David Wolock and daughter Lia work together.
he mylar balloons and fre-
netic youthful energy in
the social hall of Congre-
gation Beth Shalom on
Saturday evening evoked the
feeling of a bar or bat mitzvah
However, it was a more cus-
tomary ceremony: Havdalah.
Seventh-grade and high-
school seminar (which includes
grade 8) students and their fam-
ilies met not only to light can-
dles, pass the spice box and close
Shabbat, but to learn a little his-
tory, collaborate on a stained-
glass art project, and talk.
Throughout the year, Beth
Shalom Educational Director
Shoshana Ben-Ozer invites two
grades and their families for a
dinner, service and project. At-
tendance has numbered around
100 each time, including many
"A way to make
siblings and grandparents.
"I limit the evenings to two
grades so families have an op-
portunity to create more per-
sonal friendships," Ms.
Following a dinner of hot dogs,
chips and salad, and a short talk
on the Rambam prepared by a
congregation family, old and
young worked with scraps of pol-
ished glass under the watchful
eye of local stained-glass artist
"Obviously they're not going
to create in one evening the kind
of work I do," Mr. Katsir said,
referring to his mezuzot and
dreidels. "We'll be working
tonight in raw materials and a
lot of glue."
Participants didn't seem to
Tenth-grader Jana Wolock
was joined by her parents David
and Rosemary and her sisters
Rachel and Lia.
"What makes the program for
me is to see all the other kids.
There are so many people here
and they're all having fun with
each other," Jana said.
Jana's father, David, added,
"In this day when we have two
working parents, and we're all
very busy, it seems right to par-
ticipate when the shul makes
these efforts. We can't pull it off
at home as often as we'd like, so
this is a way to make Shabbat
Sharon and Paul Levine also
attended with their daughters.
All three girls attend Hillel Day
School, but have made friends
with their peers at the syna-
gogue through programming
like Saturday evening's. The old-
est, Jennifer, attends Beth
Shalom's monthly senior semi-
nar which includes dinner,
speaker and discussion.
"Throughout the country,
children in day schools face the
same problem. When they enter
the synagogue, they feel a dis-
tinction (by not being a part of
the congregational school).
It's an issue here in Detroit,"
Mrs. Levine said. "Shoshana
(Ben-Ozer) has brought families
together. It doesn't matter
where the education is coming
from, as long as all the children
are getting it.
"Tonight, we're all just Beth
Shalom families. My children will
meet a number of new friends
tonight. It's an opportunity for
them to get involved." ❑