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April 12, 1996 - Image 3

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1996-04-12

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Liwo Rabbis To Leave

BAHIV's A. Irving Schnipper and Emanu-El's Lane Steinger
will leave their pulpits June 30.




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First The Palace,
Now The Temple



Visitors will be able to learn
etroit philanthropist
William Davidson, one of about the Second Temple period
the first American man- with diagrams, artist renderings
ufacturers to set up shop and lectures.
The park will include nearly
in Israel, now is making the an-
tiquities of the Holy Land his 70 meters of the Western Wall,
and the remains of Robinson's
Arch, which was identi-
The owner of Israel's
fied in 1838. The arch,
Phoenicia Glass Facto-
Abo ye:
ry is behind the devel- An artist's drawing steps and a series of
vaults supported a flight
opment of the Second
of the S econd
of stairs leading up to
Temple Period Archeo-
Tem pie.
the Temple.
logical Park adjacent to
Bel ow:
The remains of a ma-
the Western Wall in
Bill Da vidson:
jor traffic artery of the
Jerusalem. Mr. David-
son is the president of Investing i n another Second Temple is being
Guardian Industries, fashion i n Israel. cleared as part of the
project. The Herodian
and is nationally iden-
tified as the owner of the Palace street is being conserved and re-
of Auburn Hills and the Detroit stored. Beneath the street was a
drain which served as the main
Pistons basketball team.
The Davidson park and ori- sewer of the city. When the park
entation garden features a por- is open, the public will have ac-
tion of the Western Wall, a large cess to both the street and the
cornerstone from the Temple and drain.
At several points along the
the Herodian street which ran
along the wall of the Temple street, piles of enormous stones
will be left untouched, a re-
There are also remains of a minder of the Roman conquest
number of Second Temple-peri- and destruction of the Temple.
"Every single person who
od mikvot (ritual baths) and fall-
en stones of the Temple from
when it was destroyed in the TEMPLE page 16
year 70.
The landscaped entrance
and orientation garden, named
for Mr. Davidson, overlooks the
park. The garden has seating
for 500. Visitors will be able to
learn more about the Second
Temple and the ongoing arche-
ological efforts.
The Second Temple Period
Archeological Park, now in its
first stage of development, is
west of the Temple Mount en-
closure. It is bordered by the
city wall on the south and the
ramp leading to the Gate of the
Mughrabis on the north. It will
be the largest site devoted to
the Second Temple period and
the building enterprises of King
Herod (37-4 BCE).



tacted the rabbinic placement
wo veteran Detroit-area a change," Rabbi Steinger said.
rabbis have announced "I'm doing something totally committee formed jointly by the
different, but I'll still be a rab- UAHC and Central Conference
their resignations.
of American Rabbis. Emanu-El
While Rabbi A. Irving bi."
He said he is looking forward President John Jacobs hopes to
Schnipper's congregants at Beth
Abraham Hillel Moses in West to the challenge of counseling, have a senior rabbi in place be-
Bloomfield have known, since programming and strengthen- fore the High Holidays.
`The congregation is sorry and
Rosh Hashanah, of his decision, ing congregations as a whole, al-
Rabbi Lane Steinger of Temple though he will "miss the saddened by Rabbi Steinger's de-
Emanu-El in Oak Park sur- opportunity to be close to and cision," Mr. Jacobs said. "We
prised his membership last with people at significant mo- made an effort to continue to re-
tain him and were unsuccessful.
ments in their lives."
He said the UAHC, too, is in He is a terrific rabbi, universal-
Rabbi Schnipper, who turns
69 this month, is retiring in June transition with new leadership, ly well-liked and well-respected
within our congregation."
after 34 years in Detroit.
Similar praise was
He became spiritual
voiced at Beth Abraham
leader of Beth Moses in
Hillel Moses by three
1962. Rabbi Steinger, 50,
of Rabbi Schnipper's
is leaving Emanu-El af-
longtime friends, all past
ter serving as its rabbi
presidents of Evergreen
for 20 years. He will take
Jewish Congregation and
a position with the Re-
Beth Moses in Detroit, or
form movement's um-
brella organization, the
"I have the utmost
Union of American He-
respect for Rabbi Schnip-
brew Congregations
per" said Isadore Bern-
stein. "He has principles
Rabbi Schnipper has
and he sticks to 'em."
one year remaining on
Franklin Levy lauded
his contract. "But I know
Rabbi Schnipper's work
change is coming, and
in helping to start three
why should I fool my-
hunger programs —Yad
self?" he said. Rabbi
Ezra, Mazon and Forgot-
Schnipper was ordained
ten Harvest — and his
at the Orthodox move-
pastoral work visiting
ment's Yeshiva Univer-
hospitals and nursing
sity and has long
homes. "My wife and I
opposed liberalization
feel like we're losing a
within the Conservative
member of the family," he
movement. "But it's get-
ting hard to swim
Added Ben Kinzer,
against the current," he
"Rabbi Schnipper is what
you call a mentsh. He's
He and his wife Bar-
got great compassion for
bara have purchased a
people and got us all in-
home near Maple and
"so it will be an exciting time. volved with Yad Ezra," the
Farmington roads, where
I've had 20 lovely years here kosher food pantry.
they will be within walk-
Rabbi Schnipper plans to con-
ing distance of two Or- Steinger in Detroit, and Temple
Emanu-El is a lovely congre- tinue volunteer work in retire-
thodox congregations.
After they move from their syn- gation with special people, so I ment, continue his chaplaincy
visits "and become a student
agogue-owned home behind have mixed feelings."
Rabbi Steinger will be based again" through Torah study. In
Beth Abraham Hillel Moses,
they will stay involved with the in St. Louis, Mo. He said his new his honor, the Charach family
Conservative congregation, he job calls for a lot of travel, "which this year established a Schnip-
said, but not be close enough to I love, but when I'm not travel- per Family Fund to defray the
walk to services on Shabbat and ing there will be more opportu- cost of membership at Beth
nity to be with (his wife) Linda." Abraham Hillel Moses for single
the holidays.
The Steingers have three chil- Jewish mothers.
Rabbi Steinger has taken a
Rabbi Schnipper also is proud
position as director of the Mid- dren, aged 21, 19 and 13. With
west Council of the UAHC. He the 13-year-old starting high of his work with JARC residents,
will leave Emanu-El on June 30 school in the fall, "this is a good initiating synagogue visits on
to help congregations from juncture to make a transition," the holidays.
Rabbi Schnipper lamented
Knoxville, Tenn., to Casper, the rabbi said.
Temple Emanu-El has formed
"I've been considering making a search committee and con- LEAVING page 16

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