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February 25, 1994 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-02-25

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synagogue is not just a place to
pray," he said.
He also plans to talk to the
congregation about what it
should look for during the
Torah reading and hold a dis-
cussion afterward. In addi-
tion to his new position, which
began earlier this month, Rab-
bi Tolwin will continue as the
educational director of Aish
Young Israel of West Bloom-
field, which occupies a store-
front on Farmington and
Maple roads, has been without
a rabbi since the synagogue
was established five years ago.
Before Young Israel of West
Bloomfield moved to their cur-
rent location last April, services
were held in the basement of
Sinai Hospital's Health Center
across the street.
William Leuchter, president
of Young Israel of West Bloom-
field, said the congregation de-
cided to hire Rabbi Tolwin
because of his "dynamic per-



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sonality" and teaching ability
and they felt he represented
the leadership they were look-
ing for in a rabbi. The syna-
gogue currently has a
membership of 22 families.
"I want this shul to be a mir-
acle mission," Rabbi Tolwin
said. "I want it to be so appeal-
ing and attractive and the ser-
vice to be inspiring and the
educational program to be en-
lightening enough for people to
want to bring their friends. I
want it to be a grass-roots shul
where people feel ownership."
Young Israel of West Bloom-
. field is one of four relatively
new Orthodox synagogues in
West Bloomfield, and Dr.
Leuchter feels confident the
community is "demographical-
ly bound to expand" and will be
able to support the synagogue.
`The Orthodox population in
West Bloomfield seems to be
growing because people are
moving in from out-of-town and
> from other neighborhoods,"
Rabbi Tolwin said.
Before coming to Aish Ha-
Torah, Rabbi Tolwin taught in
Jerusalem for 10 years. In 1980
he was co-principal of a north-
ern California yeshiva and
from 1981-82 he taught at Bais
Yaacov in Detroit. He also
spent some time working in the
field of computers.

He recently moved to West
• Bloomfield and on March 13 he
will be getting married to Cana-
dian Chaya Sara Brand.

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