6 ELUL 5755 / SEPTEMBER 1, 1995
Dedicating A Future
Congregants honor their past and celebrate the road that lies ahead.
JENNIFER FINER STAFF WRITER
s hundreds of
Shir Shalom con-
of their symbol-
ic walk —
in hand —
past a sign declaring: "Our
Future is in 0 days."
The route took its partici-
pants from the old temple
building, on Maple, east of
Orchard Lake, to the new
one, located at the corner of
Orchard Lake and Walnut
Lake roads. As walkers ap-
proached their destination,
they passed the banner
which, for 40 days, hung on
the corner of Walnut and
Orchard Lake roads, count-
graduation is the cul-
Torahs in hand,
ing down to the buildings ded-
mination of so many
ication, held Sunday.
years of schooling, to-
As many as 1,500 people
walk from the
old to the new.
participated in the ceremony,
marks the end of one
a culmination of Shir
era and the beginning
Shalom's seven-year history,
which began with a small group of
Like Ms. Uday-Riley, those who
families willing to organize a tem- came to celebrate the new temple
ple from nothing.
and the congregation's future be-
"Today reminds me of a com- gan their day at the office building,
mencement," said Marcey Uday- home to Shir Shalom for the ma-
Riley, a member for six years of jority of its history.
Shir Shalom. "In the same way
As the temple's Torah scrolls
were carried out, congregants lined
the sidewalk down Orchard Lake
Road, waiting to pass the temple's
first Torah, a scroll smuggled out of
Nazi Germany and donated anony-
mously to Shir Shalom, from one to
When the human chain of scroll
passers ran out, the Jewish War
Veterans led the processional the
rest of the way. En route, many
sang with the music that blared
from a truck that drove alongside.
Students at Akiva share their thoughts on beginning the first day
of the rest of their academic careers.
JILL DAVIDSON SKLAR STAFF WRITER
the shofar, Ahuva
could appreciate anyone
talented enough to blow one
note, let alone several clear and
So when Rabbi Karmi Gross,
her new principal at Akiva
Hebrew Day School, came to her
first-grade class to demonstrate
his shofar-blowing skills, it was
all Ahuva could do to keep her
eyes in their sockets.
"He was really good," she said.
"Did you hear him?"
All across the nation, millions
of children headed this week into
classrooms for the first day of
school. In Detroit, Yeshiva Beth
Yehudah, Bais Yaakov, Hillel
Day School and Darchei Torah
begin classes next week. Along
with a healthy dose of anxiety,
the beginning is usually marked
by new clothes, unscathed lunch
boxes, immaculate backpacks
and a box of fresh Crayolas.
While all of these were pre-
sent at Akiva, the shofar sound
set it apart, signaling to the chil-
dren the first day of the rest of
their educational. careers.
Although almost two-thirds
of the 46 students entering the
first grade had attended kinder-
garten at Akiva, some of the
old faces had changed and some
new ones were ci-_:-":-. , 1 Jed in the
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DEDICATING page 14
First Day, First Grade
fter a taxing attempt at
NOVELIST (AND NEW DAD)
Is LOVIN' LIFE.
Solomon Ylyaguev is pleased with his
A Federation president
reflects on his term.
He's a Blue bird
of happiness to fans.
A New Savior?
The Story King
An attorney comes
to Detroit's rescue.
It's no joke: Max Sosin
takes the honors.