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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-08-02

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For Openers

Success Tastes So Sweet

1 :111 osh Lipshaw wasn't looking for fame. He just

wanted ice cream trucks to come to his West
Bloomfield neighborhood.
Now he's accomplished both.
Josh noticed something amiss last summer. His broth-
er Jeremy's T-ball- team patronized an
awaiting ice cream truck after each game
in every community they played but
West Bloomfield. Josh, now 10, had his
mom, Suzanne Lipshaw, find out why —
and she learned that a 1954 peddlers and
solicitors ordinance prohibited ice cream
sales within the township.
Not fair! The chiming, musical ice
ESTHER
cream truck — a cherished part of sum-
ALLWEISS
mer for most Americans --- could not
TSCHIRHART sell its frozen confections in Josh's home-
Special Writer town.
The news- media lapped it up when the
boy succeeded in getting the ordinance
changed. Josh's grassroots campaign included letters, a
petition drive and the heartfelt talk he gave promoting
the trucks — bells and all — at a Nov. 5, 2001, town-
ship board meeting. His latest accomplishment this
summer is that the board agreed to let the vendors con-
tinue working an hour later, until 8 p.m.
"It was a great learning experierice for him on how
government works," said Josh's dad, Mark Lipshaw,
whose family belongs to Temple Israel.
Josh now says he plans to run for student council at
his school, Pleasant Lake Elementary. The incoming
fifth-grader's career goal, however, is computer program-
ming, not politics.
Josh has received formal recognition for his efforts,
with certificates from state legislators and congressional

members, Oakland County commissioners and the gov-
ernor's office. The Greater West Bloomfield Michigan
Week Committee gave Josh a Youth Volunteer
Leadership Award.
There's also been lots of media attention. Josh's story
has been told in newspapers and on radio and television
stations throughout the world, said Mark Lipshaw. The
producers of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Good
Morning America called, and
though scheduling didn't
work out for Josh to appear,
Leno sent over a T-shirt.
Finally, and perhaps best of
all, is the free ice cream.
When ice cream truck driv-
ers find out Josh is the boy
who. got the West Bloomfield
ordinance changed, he and
his brother, Jeremy, 7, get
their goodies on the house.
Josh says he is sharing his
certificates for a free year's
supply of Edy's Ice Cream
with friends who helped him
with the petition drive. Some
of them are in his Cub Scout
Josh Lipshaw
Pack 107.
Josh's other interests
include taking tae kwon do at the Sports Club of West
Bloomfield. (he's a first-degree black belt) and participat-
ing in Tamarack Camps and Cranbrook Science Camp.
His favorite school subjects are science and reading.
And when it comes to ice cream?
"Chocolate and chocolate-chip cookie dough," said
Josh. ❑

Chaya Masha Stock and
daughter Itta Henya
Stock, 6, of Oak Park.

Shabbat Candid

"Shabbat candles brighten
up the earth."

Megan Rothenberg,
age 8, of Walled Lake

© 2002

IV bile not exactly the 10
lost tribes, some Jews
did not make the transi-
tion to rabbinic
Judaism once the Holy Temple was
destroyed. What happened to them?
— by Goldfein

•SOI3DOSV JO slopaz csasItiapH
‘suE9spio aumpaq Aatu, LIOAISLIV

Quotables

"You can get your Jewish fix outside of
Jewish institutions today. But the syna-
gogue is such a basic infrastructure to
the community, why not use it more to
help people build their Jewish lives?"
— Rabbi Hayim Herring, the new execu-
tive director of Minneapolis-based STAR
(Synagogues: Transformation And
Renewal), designed to inspire systematic
upgrades in American synagogue life, as-
quoted by JTA.

"To evoke the presence of anti-Semitism
in our society, or in some political
forces, or in the Catholic Church
demonstrates a mistaken image of our
country"
— Pielfernando Casini, the speaker of
Italy's Chamber of Deputies, in an address
to the congress of the Union of talian
Jewish Communities, as quoted by ILA.

"I consider the people of Israel my fami-
ly. And for the pain that they suffer, I
feel, too.".
— Shani Lerner, a past president of the ,
Baltimore chapter of Hadassah: The
Women's Zionist Organization of
America, at a Tisha b'Av vigil in
Baltimore for victims of the current
Palestinian intifada (uprising), as quoted
by JTA.

Yiddish Limericks

Staff photo by Krisra Husa

Sponsored by Lubavitch Women's Organization.To submit
a candlelighting message or to receive complimentary can-
dlesticks and information on Shabbat candlelighting, call
Miriam Amzalak of Oak Park at (248) 967-5056 or e-
mail: amzalak@juno.com

'cha
n't Know

Candlelighting

Candlelighting

Friday, Aug. 2: 8:33 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 9: 8:25 p.m.

Shabbat Ends

Shabbat Ends

Saturday, Aug. 3: 9:39 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 10: 9:29 p.m.

The world tells the Jews, "Easy does it.
Appeasement's the answer because it
achieves what you seek.
You'll see; turn your cheek."
"Meh ken leben,"I say, "nor men lost

— Martha Jo Fleischmann

* You could live, but they don't let you.

8/ 2

2002

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