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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-01-20

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The Anti-Defamation League


The National Council of Jewish Women
Greater Detroit Section

thing. Our workforce is finally
turning for advice to "consul-
tants" who are expert counsel in
selective areas. Many business-
es are paying large sums to spe-
cialists in order to understand
how to improve their production,
morale or "bottom-line."
There is one other lesson which
can be clearly derived from this
portion. As human beings, there
are limits to our capacities and
energies. Moses was interested
in the welfare of the Israelites
and he almost wore himself out.
The severe pressures of the work-
place lead many of us to do the
same. As we age, our limits be-
come clearer to us, although we
seldom wish to admit the in-
evitable. But, we all need to heed
the sage advice of this Torah por-
tion as uttered by the words of
Jethro, our non-Jewish consul-
The Torah understood the sig-
nificance ofJethro's counsel and
we should utilize this example for
our own benefit and those of our
families. It is also well to keep in
mind Ibn Ezra's interpretation in
which Jethro advises Moses to
choose "capable men who fear
God" — who fear God, and not
men. ❑

Judaism Course
At Beth El

Temple Beth El will once again
offer a 15-week seminar, "Intro-
duction to Judaism," for prospec-
tive converts, non-Jewish
partners of Jews and Jews seek-
ing a better understanding of
Judaism. The class, which pro-
vides an opportunity to explore
Judaism in a comfortable and
congenial atmosphere, will be led
by Rabbi Jonathan V. Plaut,
visiting rabbinic scholar.
The group will meet Monday
evenings, 7:30-9 p.m., beginning
Jan. 30, at the temple. The course
will focus on Jewish practices,
customs and ceremonies; biblical
foundations, history, the basic be-
liefs of the mainstream branches
of Judaism and more.
Couples are encouraged to
take the course together and will
be charged a single fee. To regis-
ter, or for information, call the
Religious School, (810) 851-1100.

Social Action
Service Set

Temple Kol Ami's Social Action
Committee will sponsor Shabbat
services Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. Guest
speaker will be Sharkey Haddad,
community liaison specialist for
the West Bloomfield school dis-
Mr. Haddad, a leader in the
Detroit area Chalean community,
will address the history of the
Chaldean culture and its devel-
opment in this area.

invite you to

Examine the Issue of Prayer in the School

Addressing the social, religious, legislative, moral and education
aspects of this issue will be our panel:

• JOE STROUD, Editor, Detroit Free Press
• REV. HARRY T. COOK, Rector, St. Andrew Episcopal Church
• BILL BRODHEAD, Former United States Congressman
• HOWARD SIMON, Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union, Michigan Chapter
• DR. SEYMOUR GRETCHKO, Superintendant, West Bloomfield School District

Panel Moderated by


Oakland University, Department of Rhetoric, Communication & Journalism

Tuesday, February 7, 1995
7:15 PM
Adat Shalom Synagogue

29901 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills, Michigan

Co-Sponsored by:
The Jewish News, Ecumenical Institute for Jewish-Christian Studies, Hadassah,
Jewish Community Council, St. Andrew Episcopal Church, Women's American ORT,
Oakland County NOW, Temple Emanuel Social Action Committee, Birmingham Unitarian Church,
B'nai B`rith Michigan Regional Council

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