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PHOTOS BY GLENN TR IEST
Justin Shane, Jarett
Ettinger, Jeremy Zaks and
Seth Gold draw a picture
arly last Sunday morning, Jerry Laker got a phone call. It was his
3-year-old grandson. He wanted Mr. Laker to know he had on his
yellow sweater and asked if his grandfather could wear a yellow
Mr. Laker followed his grandson's request and when the two ar-
m rived for their Grandtime for Grandparents program at the Shaarey
Zedek's Applebaum Parenting Center, both wore matching sweaters.
While Mr. Laker and his grandson participated in storytime and
the "Hokey Pokey," a variety of other Jewish activities were in full
swing along a small stretch of Walnut Lake Road in West Bloom-
Between the Applebaum Parenting Center, Temple Israel's Sun-
day school classes at Green School, Temple Kol Ami and Temple Is-
rael activities, Jews — young and old — spend their Sunday mornings
engaged in Jewish learning along Walnut Lake Road.
On Oct. 9, as many as 50 high schoolers from Temple Israel were
out in the community performing mitzvah projects to raise money
for upcoming youth-group programming. That same day, children
were led by Rabbi Harold Loss in a baby-naming ceremony for their
handmade paper dolls and adults were studying for the bar or bat
mitzvah they never had.
Coffee, bagels and juice were plentiful at many tables of activity
on this cool, but sunny fall morning. Traffic along Walnut Lake Road
was moderate to heavy depending on whether Sunday school was
about to start or had just ended.
Third-grader Melanie Corlin woke up early in the morning so that
she could be at Temple Israel by 9:30 a.m. for Sunday school. She
was greeted by substitute teacher Bobbie Green, who began by tak-
ing attendance and collecting tzedakah.
"I give to charity because it makes me feel good," said third-grad-
er Julie Kaplan of Farmington Hills.
Further east on Walnut Lake Road, Chriss Golden of Farming-
ton Hills walked through the doors of Temple Kol Ami — which were