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Rabbi Michael Moskowitz holds onto a
Rabbi Dannel Schwartz places a Torah in
Its new home.
Hundreds gather to celebrate a new
they can feel like
they've had a part in
Irene and Bill Beck stood in front of the many strip its beginning of a new
malls on Orchard Lake Road, waiting for the Torah chapter."
Once the proces-
saved during the Holocaust, and for the rest of the
Torah scrolls, which were walked under a chuppah. sional arrived at the
As the couple waited, they marveled at the temple's new building, Ms.
Uday-Riley, of Bloomfield Township, stood back away
"When we first joined, I really thought talk of a new from the crowd gathered at the temple doors. She was
building was a pipe dream," Ms. Beck said. "For a long almost as far as the parking lot, admiring the build-
ing and marveling at the number of fellow congregants
time, I never thought we'd see this day."
What initially attracted the Becks to Shir Shalom who joined in Sunday's celebration.
Ms. Uday-Riley said she was attracted to Shir
was the small, family-oriented nature of the congre-
gation. Although the temple's membership continues Shalom because she wanted a spiritual home for her
to increase steadily, the Becks and the rest of the con- husband, who is Catholic, and her children. Through-
gregation have been assured there will be no b'nai out the day, she said she was having a hard time hold-
mitzvah sharing and no double services for the High ing back her tears.
"The saddest part of all is Wally Sampson," Ms.
A little farther down the human chain, Debbie Eber Uday-Riley said. "He belongs here. He is every brick
stood with her children, Sara, 11, and Michael, 9. 'This and every blade of grass here. He's touched every one
is something we will always remember," said Ms. Eber, of us here."
The late Mr. Sampson was the immediate past
who joined Shir Shalom five years ago. "The congre-
gation will be a part of their (her children) lives, and DEDICATING page 19
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Ei their past and
2, celebrate the road
iD that lies ahead.
JENNIFER FINER STAFF WRITER