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May 12, 1995 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-05-12

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12 IYAR 5755/MAY 12, 1995

Mission II
Takes Off

Close-U p


of the

Over 800 travelers turn Metro's International Terminal
into a temporary Jewish neighborhood.


n 1993, Rabbi Efry Spectre of Adat Shalom community in a long time,"
brought Miracle Mission I to a climax when said Barbara Grant, who
in an emotionally charged service, he per- was traveling with her hus-
sonally delivered a Torah to the children of band, Dr. Allan Grant.
"People don't realize how
the Frankel School in Jerusalem.
This time, his bus probably won't be met great this community is. I'm
with a chuppah, nor will El Al need to wired about this trip."
In the background at the
reserve an extra seat for a Torah, but Rabbi
Spectre is making a return delivery visit to the airport, one could hear Mr.
Conservative day school. This time his package also Hermelin over the loud-
will serve as a medium of continuity and connection speaker instructing people to
for the Jewish people. It contains a modem. He's hug the person to their right and kiss the person to
taking it there in conjunction with Miracle Mission their left. In the meantime, a security policeman
II as a means of communication between Hillel Day ducked under the hora-dancing travelers and got a
School and the Frankel School.
bowl of water for his dog.
Rabbi Spectre was one of
"We have higher secu-
over 800 who turned the
rity for these types of de-
Metro Airport's International
partures," Ed Conway,
Terminal into a festive depar-
an airport security
ture point. With Mission II
spokesman, said. "There
honorary chairman David
are a lot of plain- clothes
Hermelin leading the crowd in
security people here who
Israeli songs and dances, par-
you never would know
ticipants kissed loved ones and
were security. I see two
friends goodbye for an adven-
people in my line of vision
ture that will last through May
who aren't really passen-
17 and include stays in both
Eilat and Jerusalem. Over 500
The Miracle Mission
of the participants will be mak-
participants went through
ing their first trip to Israel, rid-
a final security check be-
ing directly aboard two El Al
fore boarding their planes
jets that came to get them at
at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. The
11-hour flight would take
Marlene Nessel of South-
them directly to Eilat.
field is one of those first-timers.
Stacy Waldman, 20,
She said she had to be talked
and her sister Melissa, 22,
into taking the trip by her chil-
of Farmington Hills were
dren, who sort of reversed roles
traveling to Israel for the
on her.
first time with their par-
"They've been the parents
ents. The trip was in hon-
through this one, while I've
or of their dad Jay's 50th
been the child," she said while
L -L E, birthday and their par-
waiting to check through se-
ents' 25th wedding an-
curity. "I've really never been
o mversary.
far from home, but this is
"I guess I'm interested
Jennifer Satovsky waits her turn
something my family wanted
in the people, and in see-
to board the plane to Israel.
me to do."
ing how a modern society
Stuart and Iris Goldstein de-
grew out of an ancient
cided it was time to take the trip after all three of one," said Stacy, an Oakland Community College
their children had already been to Israel.
student entering the University of Michigan.
"I'm expecting a hustle-bustle type of place when I
"I want to look into the people as well as the cul-
get to Israel," said Mrs. Goldstein. "It's got to be a fast- ture," said Melissa, who attends Madonna University
moving society. I was told by friends to be assertive." in Livonia.
"This is the most exciting thing to happen in this MISSION II page 20


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Story on page 36

Searching For Space

AJE is not on the sale block;
schools consider other options.



hen Darchei
Torah's vice presi-
dent Stuart Sand-
weiss opened his
mail the other day, he wasn't
surprised but he was a little
Inside an envelope from
the Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit was a
check he had written months
earlier as a deposit on the
building that houses the
Agency for Jewish Education.
The Orthodox day school
rents 10 classrooms in the
building 10 months of the
school year and was hoping
to make the facility its per-
manent home.
A short note explained
that Federation and United
Jewish Foundation would not
be selling the property.
"We were hoping they
would sell us the building,"
Mr. Sandweiss said.
Another bidder on the
building, Akiva Hebrew Day
School, also learned the news
this week. Barry Eisenberg,
Akiva's executive director,

said Federation officials
made it clear that while the
building was not now on the
sale block, Federation was
willing to help the school seek
spatial options.
"According to them, the
door is still open," Mr.
Eisenberg said. "They want
to help us in any way they
To both Orthodox day
schools, the news was a sig-
nal they must re-double ef-
forts to find more space for
their growing student bodies.
'We are already five class-
rooms short for next year,"
Mr. Sandweiss said. "We
have to find something soon."
The decision to keep the
building was conveyed to
both schools by representa-
tives from a day-school task
force. That group was as-
signed by Federation to help
the schools, which are expe-
riencing a rise in enrollment
at the same time that space
is becoming scarce.

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