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t wasn't a battle of the zip 21 had a lively discussion with
codes. In fact, it wasn't even a the rabbi. Harry and Miriam
Weberman, B'nai Moshe mem-
. Congregation B'nai Moshe bers for 36 years and residents
has begun a Chatauqua ap- of northwest West Bloomfield
proach to serving its congregants for 18 years, were happy to have
and attracting new members. On the synagogue visit their area.
Harold Michaels told the
March 21, Rabbi Elliot Pachter
visited congregants and non- group he was leading a seder for
members in the
48324 zip code area
of northwest West
an informal discus-
sion on Passover at
branch of the West
ship Library on
On the same
night in the south
end of the town-
-ship, the Agency for Harold Michaels listens to Rabbi Pachter's story.
and Temple Israel's Rabbi the fourth time and was seeking
Joshua Bennett attracted 115 new ideas. Peter and Rosalie
persons to Barnes & Noble book- Beer said they wanted to do more
than eat at their seder.
store for a similar program.
That struck a chord with Rab-
But B'nai Moshe membership
chairman Nancy Kaplan, who bi Pachter. The problem at a
started the AJE outreach series seder "is more the adults than
while she was director of its the kids," he said. "People come
IVIidrasha, wasn't playing a num- late, shmooze for a half-hour,
then are dragged to the table
`This is a way to showcase the where they ask, 'When do we
shul in a particular communi- eat?' "
He distributed a series of 10
ty where a lot of people are mov-
ing in," she said. Like the questions to foster seder discus-
Chautauqua Society's circuit- sions. They ranged from
riding rabbis of old, Rabbi whether Jews should enjoy or
Pachter and B'nai Moshe also despise the taste of matzah to
have scheduled a zip-code par- what Jewish practices should be
ty for members and prospective maintained even at the risk of
members in other areas of West death. He also distributed a
Bloomfield during Passover. packet on preparing for
They plan similar parties in Passover and other ideas to en-
Huntington Woods, Oak Park, gage guests in the seder.
"Our children bring things
Southfield and Farmington Hills
in the future, and this spring home from Hebrew school," Rab-
will hold a preschool series at bi Pachter said. "But when they
become teens, they don't want to
The dozen members and sing the (nursery school) frog song
friends at Westacres on March about Passover anymore."
commemorate the 150th an-
niversary of Ms. Rose's visit to
"It's remarkable," Ms. Brown
said. 'There is nothing on record
of a woman addressing a legis-
lature before her. As far as ally-
one knows, she is the first."
Because there is no record of
exactly what Ms. Rose said, Ms.
Rosenthal recited speeches Ms.
Rose delivered around the time
she appeared in Lansing.
"She is really an influential
woman whom most people don't
know a lot about," Ms. Brown
lieved in equality for women.
She traveled the country talk-
ing to anyone who would listen
to her abolitionist and suffrag-
ist messages. She appeared be-
fore the Michigan House in
1846, advocating women's vot-
The reenactment was
arranged by the American As-
sociation of University Women
along with the Michigan
Women's Hall of Fame. Two
years ago, Lynette Brown, the
public-information director of
AAUW of Michigan, vowed
something would be done to