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September 16, 1994 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-09-16

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ARTISTIC page 15

1994 Sedan DeVille

For All

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at the end of Northwestern Highway


ple who were wandering.
They were people on a quest
and believed in a higher exis-
tence. A person on a quest is
after something. We tried to
create that and we tried to ac-
complish the functional aspect
of covering someone and mak-
ing it a work of art."
Each participant brought
their own experiences and in-
terpretations to their designs.
West Bloomfield artist
Joanne Blau Bellet's hand-
held sukkah incorporates
three scenes on each panel,
similar to one she and her
children have created for their
own home.
Her model depicts a family
on one side, food on the other,
and a woman lighting Shab-
bat candles on the third.
Across the gallery is a
small wood sukkah that Bruce Duchan looks at a small sukkah for a
almost looks like a phone book digital age by William Jay Hartman and Jon
with a satellite on top.
"This but presents condi-
tions of form and expression that the project from different ap-
comment on the contemporary proaches. Joel Smith, of Kenneth
circumstances binding technolo- Neumann/Joel Smith & Associ-
gy with the celebration of custom ates, wanted something practical
and tradition," writes William that could be duplicated in some-
Jay Hartman about the sukkah one's backyard on a larger scale.
he built with Jon Bell, both of Michael Wolk, of
Smith Hinchman & Grylls Asso- Luckenbach/Ziegelman and Part-
ciates, Inc. "In addition to the ners, Inc., wanted his design to
usual features expected in a be rustic, simple and made from
sukkah, this but is adorned with natural materials.
The celebration of Sukkot be-
the paraphernalia of our elec-
gins at sundown Sept. 19. 0
tronic world."
Two other architects tackled

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f, at the Jewish Federation's
annual meeting, David
Mondry delivers a speech in
Yiddish, don't be surprised.
The language still comes pret-
ty naturally to him. He spoke it
before he learned English — 70
years ago in Detroit where his im-
migrant parents committed
themselves to raising Mr.
Mondry and his brother, Eugene,
in a Jewish home.
The elder Mondrys (Harry and
Adella) left Poland in the early
1920s to start a new life in Amer-
ica. As Labor Zionists, they
stressed the importance of a Jew-
ish state.
"My parents were supporters
of Israel before it became fash-
ionable," Mr. Mondry says. "I
grew up with that atmosphere at
This cultural upbringing paid
off. As an adult, Mr. Mondry be-
came a leader in the Jewish com-
munity, and recently the Jewish
Federation named him the 1994
recipient of the Fred M. Butzel
Memorial Award for Distin-
guished Community Service.
The honor — considered Fed-

eration's highest — was created
in memory of an early leader and
organizer of Detroit's Jewish com-
munity who died in 1948. Mr.
Mondry will accept the award
Oct. 4 during Federation's annu-
al meeting at Temple Beth El.
"I saw my parents involved in
and concerned about things be-
sides their own financial for-
tunes," Mr. Mondry reflects. "I
came from a very, very warm
house, and my parents were very
interested in the future of Ju-
daism. That has had the most
powerful influence on me, seeing
where my parents' emphasis was,
in spite of not having all kinds of
financial security."
Mr. Mondry describes his high-
school years as "tough." Born in
1923, he was a teen-ager during
the Great Depression. His fami-
ly, which opened Highland Ap-
pliance stores, encountered
financial problems before World
War II, and the young Mr.
Mondry helped support his kin
by working after school.
Through it all, Mr. Mondry's
parents made sure he and his kid
brother received a Jewish edu-

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