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September 27, 2002 - Image 101

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-09-27

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All it takes is a little mixing: Epsom
salts, glycerin, kosher salt, dye and fra-
grance, which can be found at drug
stores and craft shops.
And after making scented bath salts,
what could be more fun than helping
pollute the earth?
"The Magic of Sukkot" event also
emphasized the environment. As part of
that theme, in the center of the room
stood a display featuring a plastic farm.
Nearby, one small bottle contained -
green "fertilizer" and another was "pesti-
cide" (also known as - powdered drink
mixes). Just a bit of either would land
on the plastic farm, then children could
make it "rain" with a water-filled spray

bottle. The red and green liquid "pollu-
tion" gathered in a tiny lake and in
droplets all over the farm.
Children would thus be able to see
how pollution spreads everywhere —
on the farm itself and under the land
(in containers beneath the farm), the
source of our drinking water.
The night was still very young when
the farm's cows had gone to greener
pastures: one was on its side; the other
had its legs facing skyward.
What a poignant scene, even if they
were just plastic.
"Yes, the cows died pretty quickly,"
said Marcia Horan, who was in charge
of the display.
Though whether it was the "pesti-
cide" or simply overzealous little hands
grabbing at the farm display we'll never
know.

Horan is chief of the Pollution
Prevention Section of the State of
Michigan's Department of
Environmental Quality. She came all
the way from Lansing to be here, and
she couldn't have been happier. She's
Jewish and she's passionate about the
environment. Her goal is teaching "not
creating waste to begin with, instead of
dealing with it after the fact."
Quite coincidentally, she noted, this
week also marks National Pollution
Prevention Week.

Zoom! Zoom!

Among those enjoying the power of
destruction with the spray bottle was
Sander Eizen, 4, of Oak Park. Brother -
Ari, 2, called "Zoom! Zoom!" as he
pushed the tractor about; Sander was
in charge of the water.
After so much work, a person needs -
sustenance. Fortunately, food was
there.
Guests were invited to taste the
seven species of Israel. Small white
cups contained samples of a barley
salad, dates, almonds, olives and more.
Joshua Diamond, 3, of Bloomfield
Hills, wasn't interested in the dates or
the olives but oh, those almonds. He
loved them.
"The adults like the barley salad
best," said volunteer Sandie Landau,
who was in charge of this booth.
"Four-year-olds like the crackers" (not
exactly a 'species' of course; just there
for eating pleasure).
"The almonds have been very popu-
lar," she added, but the dates were real-
ly good. So as to a single favorite this
evening? "Oh, let's just call it even
across the board."
All this came together thanks to Gail
Greenberg, JEFF'S director of commu-
nity programs. Working with a staff
she can't compliment enough,
Greenberg coordinated the event.
She loves to hear that the evening
was a lot of fun, but she doesn't want
it to end there.
Yes, she said, make a beautiful carna-
tion project, but don't just leave it on
your windowsill. Instead, take it home
and enjoy it in a sukkah and watch it
change during each day of Sukkot.
"Our goal is to disguise the fact that
people are actually learning," she said.
"We want people to come in and
learn something in a fun environment.
Then we want them to put it into
their family experiences." ❑

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