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help friends become bet-
"Even though people's
problems are so different,
you can still understand
what they're saying and
you can still try to help,"
Of many programs held
Nov. 3-5 in Fishman Vil-
lage, the "Smile Book"
might have best illustrat-
ed the weekend's goal.
This activity began with
pieces of blank paper on
Melissa Bolokofsky, Kathryn Mayer and Kim
which teen-agers wrote Mizell
quick notes to each of
their peers. For those unac- floor of. Fishman lodge to com-
quainted, the inscriptions were plete another chapter of their
initially nice but superficial.
Smile Book, more profound
"People wrote things like, 'You thoughts came to mind. Draw-
have great hair,' or 'I like your ing from two days of mingling
shoes,' " Tanya says.
and sharing, even former
On Sunday, when the youth- strangers had something more
groupers sprawled out on the meaningful to say. Ill
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WE'RE FIGHTING FOR YOUR LIFE
n February when Jacob sophomore, said he couldn't
Miller of West Bloomfield cel- think of an appropriate bar
ebrates his bar mitzvah, hun- mitzvah gift for his only sibling.
dreds of strangers from
"At first I wanted to get my
around the world will wish him brother a present," Mr. Miller
mazel toy on the occasion.
said. "But it's a hard thing to
buy. Then I thought I'd do some-
Because Jacob's brother, Ja- thing nice like take my camera
son Miller, asked them to send around campus and ask every-
good wishes via the Internet.
one from football players to
Last month, Mr. Miller, a 19- maintenance workers to say
year-old international relations mazel tov. But I felt it would get
major at Michigan State Uni- redundant and was too time-
versity, sent an e-mail to over 90 consuming."
Jewish listservs (a mailing list
Mr. Miller said one of the
over e-mail to which people with most touching responses came
a common interest can sub- from Harold Gordon, the author
scribe), asking Jews worldwide of The Last Sunrise.
to e-mail congratulations.
In his book, Mr. Gordon
He plans to compile all the re- writes about his life story as a
sponses — right now there are boy who spent his bar mitzvah
close to 500 — and give Jacob in a concentration camp.
a book containing each one. Bar
"I studied to be bar mitzvah,
mitzvah wishes have come from but my day did not come," Mr.
Jews in 20 countries and almost Gordon wrote in his e-mail to Ja-
all 50 states.
cob. "The Nazis came and took
Not everyone has embraced my family from me and sent
Mr. Miller's initiative. Some them to the gas chamber."
thought it poor etiquette
to use the listservs of
But, the dissenters are
in the minority.
Rabbis and close to 50
Israelis are among the
replies also came from
movie director James
Brooks, Grateful Dead
producer John Perry
Barlow and actor Ed As-
Mr. Miller, a MSU Brothers Jacob and Jason Miller