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Young Tutors Reveal
ABCs Of Partnership
RUTH LITTMANN STAFF WRITER
our metro Detroit young
people shut their school-
books this spring only to
assume a different acade-
mic role during their summer
"Their doors were open for
neighbors just to come in and
visit," Mr. Spector notes. "Here,
our doors are closed, but (in Is-
rael) we would sit on the porch
every night. People would come
and sit with us. Neigh-
bors and relatives would
come over just to eat and
Partnership 2000 is
premised on the belief
that more than charity is
needed to sustain West-
ern interest in the State
of Israel during the cen-
tury ahead. Mayors from
the central Galilee have
visited metro Detroit, and
later this month, repre-
sentatives of Sinai Hos-
pital will embark on
another bond-building pil-
Aaron Starr with a child from his host family.
grimage to Detroit's sister
region. Additional projects
As part of the Partnership are brewing, community leaders
2000 program — aimed at bind- say, funded in part by Allied
ing American and Israeli Jewry Jewish Campaign dollars.
through academic, profession-
"In order to understand each
al and cultural exchange — other, you have to establish con-
Aaron Starr, Shira Eisenberg, tact with each other, face to face.
Sam Spector and Gabriel Adiv This is all to see what synergies
taught English to Kefiada Day can be developed (between De-
Camp children, ages 11 to 13, troit and Israel). We're develop-
living in the central Galilee.
ing a mutual admiration
Lessons began with a morn- society," says Peter Alter, Detroit
ing skit introducing a special co-chairman with Stuart
theme for the day.
Hertzberg. "It's like a relation-
"Based on the theme, we'd ship that works. You can't al-
teach them 10 related words," ways figure out why. It just
Mr. Starr says. "For career day, clicks."
for example, we'd teach them
Shira Eisenberg, 18, speaks
lawyer or doctor. For trans- Hebrew fluently but conversed
portation day, we'd teach them in English while tutoring the Ke-
subway or motorcycle."
fiada children. At a young age,
Afternoons featured other in- Israeli students begin studying
teractive, informal but educa- English in public school, but Ms.
tional games and tutorials.
Eisenberg says the Partnership
The learning went both ways. 2000 connection augmented
Because young metro Detroiters their language skills in a way
stayed with Israeli host families, that textbook lessons can't.
they picked up on facets of day-
"They got to speak English
to-day life in the Galilee.
and have fun with actual Amer-
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