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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-12-15

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incline — due to the increasing
number of new babies preferring
a healthy compote over the
greasy stuff their parents ate.
1984: The Grekin family hon-
ors "Latka 13" with an engraved
kiddush cup.
1991: A record-breaking crowd
of 426 attends "Latka 20." Prior
to the event, the Nolishes recon-
figured their kitchen to accom-
modate nine oversized electric
frying pans. They added two
downstairs ovens to their set of
upstairs ovens. Renovations gave
them room enough to warm 480
latkes simultaneously.
They also rented a free-stand-
ing, heated bridal tent so the
overflow of guests could nosh and
drosh outside.
1991: The party outgrows the
Nolish home in Huntington
Woods. Owners of the Mill Street
Bar and Grill welcome the crowd.
1995: At "Latka 25," Shirley
and Sid Broida, in their late 80s,
were the oldest guests. Aman-
da Gable, 18, a freshman at East-

em Michigan University, expe-
riences a break with the past and
receives a latke-party invitation
all of her own.
"I'm at school, so to be invited
is really neat," she says.
As each Chanukah comes and
goes, new names are added to the
"Latka" mailing list. Children's
schoolteachers have attended.
Members from Temple Emanu-
El, where the families belong,
also come. The crowds get bigger
and bigger and seemingly hun-
grier, too. According to statistics,
kept diligently by Ms. Nolish, the
group has consumed approxi-
mately 20,000 latkes over the
course of 25 years.
Joy Gable, Amanda's mom,
volunteered for one shift as a
server Sunday at the "Silver Lat-
ka" party. She loves the job, the
people, the food.
"It's a lot of fu n," she says. "You
get to see everybody. You get to
talk to everybody. You get to eat
as many latkes as you want, and
they get better every year." I


Leaders Seeking
Peace Among Jews


our Jewish institutions
published a "Statement of
Unity" in The Jewish News
last week to stress the im-
portance of interdenominational
Amid reports of turbulence be-
tween religious and secular Jews
in Israel after the assassination
of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin
in November, a cross-section of
local leaders signed the state-
ment to underscore their belief
that similar unrest should not
poison relations among Jews
"We've always had a close re-
lationship in this community be-
tween all the denominations,"
says Bob Aronson, executive vice
president of the Jewish Federa-
tion of Metropolitan Detroit.
"We're not going to let whatev-
er rifts and conflicts exist beyond
Detroit affect our community."
The Statement of Unity was
signed by Rabbi Chaskel Grub-
ner of the Council of Orthodox
Rabbis, Rabbi Harold LosS of the
Michigan Board of Rabbis, Pres-
ident Robert Naftaly of the Jew-
ish Federation and President
Allen Zemmol of the Jewish
Community Council.
The statement condemns the
assassination of Mr. Rabin and
supports efforts "to secure a last-
ing and genuine peace for the
people of Israel." It repudiates
"strident rhetoric against any
group among us" and declares:
"All of us must search our
souls to eliminate stereotyping
and to reach out in friendship,


understanding and respect for
our fellow Jews."
Rabbi Joseph Krupnik from
the Council of Orthodox Rabbis
thinks the statement implies dis-
unity in metro Detroit and exag-
gerates the differences between
observant Jews and secularists
in Israel and elsewhere through-
out the world.
"I don't understand the as-
sumption that this is some kind
of widespread prokilem," he said.
"There's always room for better
understanding, but the fact of the
matter is I can't think of any par-
ticular front on which there are
any major clashes."
Like Rabbi Krupnik, Mr. Zem-
mol maintains that members of
metro Detroit's multifaceted Jew-
ish movements get along, but
"sometimes you have to repeat
the obvious. We're a united com-
munity and we oppose violence."
Mr. Aronson says the state-
ment demonstrates cooperation
between denominations. Feder-
ation composed a rough draft.
Less than two days later it was
ratified by all parties involved.
"I think we need to continue
the dialogue that we've begun,"
he says.
Rabbi Loss also hopes for in-
creased communication. Among
rabbis, he says, Reform and Con-
servative clergy interact, but Or-
thodox don't generally take part.
"I don't think there is anything
but a sense of harmony in terms
of our interaction, but the inter-
action is almost nonexistent," he
says. 0


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