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November 04, 1994 - Image 19

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-11-04

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Israel Apprehensions,
Video Tape Discussed

JENNIFER FINER STAFF WRITER

W

hen Henry and Susan
Shevitz of West Bloom-
field heard about the
Oct. 19 bombing of a Tel
Aviv bus, their thoughts imme-
diately turned to their son Loren,
who is spending the year in Is-
rael.
They were particularly con-
cerned because Loren, 21, was
supposed to take a bus to Tel
Aviv to pick up the graduate
school applications they had sent
with friends.
"We did not know what day he
was going," Mr. Shevitz said.
"Naturally, we were worried."
A phone call from their son
eased their minds.
The minds of other Detroit.
area parents, whose children are
in Israel as participants in Pro-
ject Otzma, were also put to rest
with similar calls.
Project Otzma is a 10-month
program offering young adults
20-24 the opportunity to learn
and volunteer in Israel. Volun-
teer work includes activities like
working on a kibbutz, tutoring
students and performing urban
renewal work.
By coincidence, exactly one
week after the bus bombing, par-
ents were invited to watch two
video tapes of their children in Is-
rael. The tapes were brought

Hills, to watch their son's plea on
video: "Send my ski magazines
and don't forget about the law
school applications."
"His hair is longer and he looks
a little scruffier, but he looks
good," Ms. Ephraim said.
As for their feelings about
•Scott being in Israel right now:
"We are concerned, not wor-

"He is not in a place
that is inherently
dangerous."

Henry Shevitz

ried but concerned," Ms. Ephraim
said. "He feels comfortable and
he is really enjoying it. We talked
to him (tonight) and he is doing
great."
During that conversation,
Scott told his parents about how,
during an excursion, they were
close enough to the Israel/Jordan
treaty signing that they saw the
balloons released during the cer-
emony.
Loren's parents also are not too
concerned about their son's safe-
ty•
"He is not in the West Bank or

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Otzma participants, top, Rebecca Cook, Ronit Hoffer, and, bottom, Greg Goldfeder,
Adam Goldsmith, Scott Ephraim, Oren Golan, Carrie Newton, Loren Shevitz.

back by Renee Himelhock, the as-
sistant director of the Michi-
gan/Israel Connection, who just
returned from Israel.
The two tapes played back
greetings to families and talk of
the Detroiters' first few months
on a kibbutz, just outside Ne-
tanya. None of the eight Detroi-
ters mentioned any of the
terrorist attacks.
Scott Ephraim's parents,
Michael and Barbara Ephraim,
were on-hand at the Max M.
Fisher Building, in Bloomfield

a place that is inherently dan-
gerous," said Mr. Shevitz, who
watched as his son held up the
graduate school applications he
picked up in Tel Aviv.
Nina Goldsmith of Birming-
ham said seeing her son, Adam,
on video was very emotional but
she was glad to have the oppor-
tunity. Like the other parents,
she is a little apprehensive.
"Terrorists are not looking for
me," Adam told his mother in a
recent phone conversation. "They
are looking for Israelis." ❑

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