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April 01, 1994 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-04-01

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DETROIT

THE JEWISH NEWS

20 NISAN 5754/APRIL 1, 1994

Celebrating Freedom

Top Gun

HEALTH

An interfaith seder brings blacks and Jews together
to reaffirm commitments.

A howitzer finds a home at
Machpelah Cemetery.

Walk On!

JENNIFER FINER STAFF WRITER

ALLAN HITSKY ASSOCIATE EDITOR

Friendship and fitness
develop step by step.

Page 38

Coffee Talk

Brothers hope a successful
new business is brewing.

Page 48

ALTERNATIVES

From The Tap

Bartenders play friend,
therapist and entertainer.

Page 87

Contents on page 3

Hundreds of Jewish
boys in metropolitan
Detroit are Boy
Scouts and Cub
Scouts, working on
merit badges and
achievement awards.

he voices of over 300
blacks and Jews were
overwhelmingly power-
ful. They joined in hand
and in song to the tune
of "We Shall Overcome"
at the culmination of
the fifth annual Black-

Jewish Seder.
The entire evening made a state-
ment.
By its end, phone numbers were ex-
changed, bonds were formed and the
response to the evening was positive
praise.
The seder, held at Temple Israel on
March 24 and sponsored by the Anti-
Defamation League and the South
Oakland National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People, is part
of an ongoing effort to encourage
understanding and dialogue between
the black and Jewish communities.
Temple Israel and Trinity-Faith United
Methodist Church were this year's
co-celebrants, but the event was open
to the public.
"Each seder you see the same faces
but you also see some different faces,"
said Bingham Farms resident Ted

J

Wells. "It's a learning process that
allows you to see the commonalities
between the two groups. There's really
not a big difference. We're both shoot-
ing for freedom."
Throughout the seder, members of
both communities were invited to lead
various parts of the Passover service,
which was written to incorporate an
overall message of freedom.
Richard Lobenthal, the Michigan di-
rector of the Anti-Defamation League,

ust about everybody on U.S. 23
was stopping to look.
The truck, tugging its heavy
cargo en route to Detroit, was
just the kind of thing to attract
attention. It isn't every day that
a 13,000-pound howitzer passes by.
The cannon's history dates back to
the 1960s, when it was used in
Vietnam. Then it was put aside in an
empty lot in Pennsylvania, where it sat
for years. Finally, it found a home in
Michigan.
Several weeks ago, Machpelah
Cemetery placed the howitzer in its
veterans section. It will stand as a trib-
ute to the fallen soldiers, making
Machpelah one of the few cemeteries
in the state to own a former piece of
Army artillery.
"When I took over, the most that had
ever been done was placing the flags
on graves on Memorial Day," said
Machpelah manager Paul Saville. "I
always thought something should be
erected for the veterans."
Someone suggested a granite mon-
ument. Mr. Saville feared "it would be
too cold."

FREEDOM page 10

TOP GUN page 15

Photo by Glenn Triest

Inside

Marc Days and the Rev. Ed Einem participate in
the seder.

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