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and are strengthened through
"I liked the music and the skits
the experience."
and the food. I liked the whole
The convention began with thing," Blis said. "But the best
registration and a dinner part was meeting the girls from
Thursday night. From that time the other schools. That was fan-
on, the attendees were bom- tastic."
barded with seminars and speak-
Moderators said the conven-
ers, skits and meals and tion reminded them of when they
workshops. The activity came to traveled to other cities as stu-
an end with a banquet Sunday dents.
night, and the girls left for home
Monday morning.
The students, mostly seniors
and juniors, stayed in homes in
the area immediately surround-
ing the Oak Park school. So
many neighbors offered to take
girls in that some volunteers
were turned away.
"I couldn't believe the number
of people opening their homes to
us," said Florene Sperka, Beth
"It was a good time then," said
Jacob principal. "It says some- Naomi Roberg, a 1963 graduate
thing positive about the commu- of Bais Yaakov. "We developed
nity we are in."
friendships that lasted for years,
Groups were designed to mix a sense of community amongst
students from all the schools, ourselves and a sense of pride
both at the convention and in the about being Jewish."
homes. The result was the be-
The convention takes place
ginning of long-distance friend- every five years in Detroit.
ships.
Schools in Cleveland, Baltimore,
Blis Harrold roomed with four Toronto and Montreal alternate
girls from Connecticut and ex- hosting the annual conven-
changed addresses to keep in tions. ❑
touch.

Students from 38
Bais Yaakov schools
stayed in area
homes.

Jill Davidson Sklar hard at work.

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Clara did just that. She bought ever will be a welcome addition
gifts for Janet — a necklace with to the Jewish community.
Before her conversion cere-
a Star of David, a Havc1alah can-
dle, a note pad with her Hebrew mony, Clara asked Janet what
she might do if God forbid, an-
name, Hannah.
She also invited her women's other Holocaust occurred. It's a
study group to greet Janet after question rabbis often ask poten-
she came out of the milevah. They tial converts, to see how sincere
all hugged her and welcomed her they are about their Judaism.
A number admit, 'Well, prob-
to the Jewish community.
Janet and David are getting ably I would try to use the fact
married this month. I know that that I was born a gentile to get
Janet will still have many chal- out of the country."
Such a thought never crossed
lenges in the Jewish communi-
ty. There will be customs that are Janet's mind.
"My fate," she said, "would be
utterly unfamiliar and new
with my people, because I will be
things to learn every day.
But for the most part I'm con- a Jew, too." ❑
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