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October 14, 1994 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-10-14

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Teacher Susan
Barr reads to
grandparents and

Laura Segal and her
son, Daniel, prepare
for a day in class.

No other road in the area has as much
Jewish activity on a Sunday morning as
this small stretch of pavement.

propped open by two flower pots — for choir practice. Once a month
she and the rest of the adult choir perform during Shabbat services.
The group practices every Sunday from 10 a.m. until noon in the
lower level of the temple.
Upstairs, the library was occupied by Rabbi Ernst Conrad and a
dozen adult bar and bat mitzvah students. Rabbi Norman Roman
was across the hall, in the main sanctuary, for a third-grade family
program on Jewish names.
While Dorothy Roer was listening to Rabbi Conrad discuss the
Shrna, Abby and Neal Pook, along with their son Robert, were par-
ticipating in Rabbi Roman's program.
Ms. Roer and her classmates meet every Sunday to prepare for
Oct. 21, 1995 when they will be called to the Torah for their bar or
bat mitzvah.
"On the theory that it's better late than never, I joined the class,"
Ms. Roer said. "I'm very excited. I grew up in a very Orthodox en-
vironment where women sat separate from the men. Years later,
my husband and I evolved into more liberal practices of Judaism
and I realized I wanted to have the personal experience of this rite
of passage."
The Parenting Center, located at the corner of Green and Walnut
Lake roads, sees more activity during the week than on Sunday.
On Oct. 9, aside from the grandparenting class led by Susan Barr,
the Michigan Branch of the Women's League for Conservative Ju-
daism hosted Rabbi Moshe Tutnauer for a discussion on family crises
in the Bible.
No matter how many people were in each of the buildings along
Walnut Lake Road, by lunchtime, most structured Jewish activity
had ended and the parking lots were clear. Some said they were
headed to the Lion's game; others to lunch with family. Next Sun-
day, each will travel down Walnut Lake Road to return to their Jew-
ish roots. ❑

Dana and Carly Sugar
head to kindergarten on a
busy Sunday morning.






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