ofthe (United 33tates
some said. They were at the
polls, passing out literature no
matter what. And the thrill of
working on a winning campaign
Members extrapolated other
tangible skills from their days as
members of the group of young
Democrats. Ms. Konstant can still
stamp and seal envelopes faster
than anyone she knows. The
group could address as many as
30,000 envelopes in 10 days.
Each of the members at last
week's meeting recalls different
experiences. The Northwest De-
troit Teen Democrats "gave me
a sense of enthusiasm," Jan
Goldman Brody said. "I felt good
about being a part of something
Barry Lepler, the catalyst be-
hind the upcoming reunion, said
the teens were a unique group
that got excited about politics.
"The candidates came to us
for help. We were manpower,"
said Mr. Lepler, now a teacher
who is still active in the Demo-
cratic Party. Next month he will
be a delegate at the Democratic
Convention in Chicago.
"I remember it being so excit-
ing," he said. "At the time, we
thought political candidates
were like movie stars."
Merton J. Segal
&uardia- n f the GClenarah
Chairman & CEO
Meadowbrook Insurance Group, Inc.
July 28, 1996
The calendar signals the beginning of a new era at
Michigan's oldest Jewish congregation.
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July 1 At Beth El
Temple Beth El
7400 Telegraph Road
Rabbi Daniel B. Syme
Mr. Weiss came to Detroit
from Hungary in 1957 after the
Hungarian Revolution. He
couldn't speak English, and he
didn't know anything about
U.S. politics. Ultimately, he got
involved in the group through
his summer-school teacher, Jack
Faxon. Mr. Weiss became a cit-
izen while he was active in the
teen Dams group.
"Everyone dragged someone
in," Mr. Weiss said.
"When I was a kid, it seemed
like everyone was a Democrat,"
said Richard Merson, who last
week was greeted by a series of
"Oh, my Gods" by former class-
mate Jan Goldman Brody. The
two had not seen each other
since high school.
"I think if I grew up in a Re-
publican neighborhood, I would
have been a teen Republican,"
Dr. Merson said. "I always loved
history. There is a strong con-
nection between what happens
in politics and history." Li
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or movie goers, mention July
4 this year, and the words
Independence Day, with its
excitement, drama and
chaos, seem to click in automati-
Over at Temple Beth El, men-
tion July 1 and there's also a
sense of excitement, as well as
plenty of drama. The chaos that
this 1,500-family Bloomfield
Township congregation lived
through during the past year
could have been inspiration for
any screenplay writer.
Instead, on a Monday afternoon
in early July, Rabbi Daniel Syme
is showing off a photograph of the
Beth El summer camp in which
kids are munching on ice cream
with the Good Humor man. The
following day, the Beth El staff
surprised congregational educa-
tor Joyce Seglin with a birthday
cake and the traditional "Happy
A birthday cake and a photo of
the Good Humor man. This was
exactly the message that Rabbi
Syme wanted to bring to his new
congregation. There was no talk
of divisiveness and not a mention
of the controversies that so divid-
ed this temple.
Walking through these same
airy hallways of the Bloomfield
Township synagogue a year ago,
it didn't take much for even an
outsider to feel a certain level of
stress. The temple's Rabbi Daniel
Polish was on a forced, one-year
paid sabbatical. His contract
would not be renewed and would
expire as of July 1, 1996. His wife,
Gail Hirschenfang, the temple's
cantor, would also leave as of July
The handling of the couple's fu-
ture, as well as the future of Beth
El, was debated, often bitterly, by
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