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August 18, 1995 - Image 23

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-08-18

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FALL/HOLIDAY '95

6 1
A MATTER OF STYLE

blues, jazz and everything else
the Dead did."
Since Mr. Garcia's death, im-
promptu vigils, including a
memorial service last Sunday at
Golden Gate Park in San Fran-
cisco, have drawn hundreds of
thousands of mourners. Jimmy
Sklar didn't attend the funeral
or the memorial as some fans did,

but planned on honoring Mr.
Garcia's memory.
"Jerry was the heart and soul
of the Grateful Dead," said Mr.
Sklar, who saved ticket stubs,
magazines and other Grateful
Dead memorabilia. "The Dead
have a song called 'The Music
Never Stopped.' With him gone,
the music has stopped."

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arbara Blum can't help but
At one point, Paula Anne and
laugh when she thinks Ms. Blum learned about the im-
about her best friend from portance of religion in South
16 years ago.
American countries. When the
"She was from France and group left on a bus trip, some of
didn't speak English, and I didn't the staff asked the children to
speak French," Ms. Blum said.
pray silently, a common practice
"Yet, somehow, we were able to in South America.
communicate."
Paula Anne felt uncomfortable
At the time, Ms. Blum was 11 and later raised her concerns
and spent a summer in Sweden. with the staff. They apologized
She was participating in an in- and told her they never intend-
ternational program aimed at ed to offend anyone.
H promoting peace education
and cross-cultural friend-
ship.
Earlier this month, Ms.
Blum, now 27, returned
from an intercultural vil-
lage in Londrina, Brazil. It
was her fifth Children's In-
ternational Summer Vil-
lages experience.
This time, she took six
14-year-old Michigan teen-
agers, including Paula
Anne Newman, a soon-to-
be sophomore from Hunt-
ington Woods.
"They experienced things
they will never encounter
again," Ms. Blum said. "The
kids planned all the activi- The American delegation visits Iguacu Falls in
ties and spent 3 1/2 weeks South America.
with their peers from oth-
er countries."
"The whole friends thing was
Delegations from Canada, Por- the best part for me," Paula Anne
tugal, Argentina and Brazil also said. "I now have friends in a
participated. Classrooms in a bunch of different countries and
Brazilian school were converted know I can visit them and they
into living quarters.
know they can visit me."
Before the program started,
Ms. Blum still keeps in touch
the delegations put together cre- with her CISV friends. Sixteen
ative informational booklets for years ago, she met an Israeli girl.
the 30 participants. The teens A few years later, the girl mar-
wrote about who they were, what ried and her husband was trans-
they liked to do and about their ferred to Michigan. Ms. Blum
hometowns. One delegation gave was living out of state at the time,
everyone a tape recording of their but made sure her friend made
country's most popular songs.
new acquaintances.
"We learned about each oth-
"Anyone who has any mind to
er's cultures and now I and the do this should," Paula Anne said.
other participants can teach cul- "I came home with a great warm-
tural understanding to the peo- fuzzy feeling. You have to be
ple we know," Paula Anne said. open-minded and you can't be go-
"One of the differences I noticed ing around saying 'I can't believe
about South American culture is what they're doing.' You have to
they're a bit more relaxed. I also accept other people's differences.
don't think the women's lib thing It's more interesting when you
went over very well there."
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