AT ITS BEST
Focus. Of SZ Show
Skyline & The Back Street
Simone Vitale Band
Hot Ice • Cassens Murphy
• Rave • JoyRide
Nightline • Radio City
• Persuasion • L'USA
Cheers • Intrigue
avid Sloan, an attorney from Huntington Woods, has
been discussing the plight of Jews in Argentina on a
cable-access program during October. He is a guest on
the Shaarey Zedek Productions' public-affairs show, this month
focusing on The Jews of South America.
Host Geri Levitt interviewed Sloan along with Chilean
native Rabbi Leonardo Bitran of Congregation Shaarey
Zedek West Bloomfield-B'nai Israel Center and his wife,
Silvana, from Argentina.
The Bitrans were married in August at Cong. Benei Tikva in
Buenos Aires, Argentina — "the same synagogue where I
attended my cousin's wedding ago a year ago," Sloan says.
Through a genealogical search, Sloan has discovered
more than 100 relatives living in Argentina. He'll be going
back with his wife, Kathy, and their son John, a Berkley
High student, in December, planning to visit family and do
volunteer work to help the Jewish community devastated
by Argentina's failing economy.
Broadcasts remaining this month include: Huntington
Woods channel 18, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29; Comcast
channels 18 and 25, 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31; Cable
Ready West Bloomfield channel 22, 10:35 p.m. Oct. 31;
and Time-Warner channel 12, 5 p.m. Oct. 31. For addi-
tional information, call Shaarey Zedek, (248) 357-5544.
— Esther Allweiss Tschirhart
Hillel Hosts ISACS
Wel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit, which
educates 720 students in grades K-8, is well on its
way to a second national accreditation.
A team of 12 educators from the Independent Schools
Association of the Central States (ISACS) will be visiting the
school Sunday-Wednesday, Oct. 27-30, as the final step in
the accreditation process. The visit culminates an 18-month
process of self-examination by all facets of the Hillel commu-
"Accreditation serves two purposes," said Dr. Mitch Parker,
the school's coordinator of special needs, who directed the
ISACS accreditation process. "It confirms Hillel's excellence
to the broader community and drives school improvement
for the next five or six years."
Now in its 45th year of serving the Detroit-area Jewish
community, Hillel, in Farmington Hills, already has accredi-
tation from the Solomon Schechter Day School Association
of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.
— Diana Lieberman
all for a free
Akiva Family Concert
Features Sam Glaser
op rocker Sam Glaser is on the road again.
The dynamic singer-songwriter, last in the Detroit
area two years ago, performs 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov.
2; at Yeshivat Akiva's family concert. Accompanying him this
time are his friends Naftali Finkel and Michael Ian Elias.
Together, they make up the band Chashmal.
The Hebrew definition of chashmal is "electricity," and
audiences have found Glaser and his Los Angeles-based
group full of the electricity of the Jewish soul.
Call (248) 398-9711
Fire At Yad Ezra
n electrical fire temporarily closed the Yad Ezra
warehouse in Berkley in the late afternoon of Oct.
22, the day after Michigan's only food pantry marked
its annual dinner.
The fire began as warehouse manager Bernard Phillips of
Hazel Park stacked pallets of pasta with the forklift. Its
motor surged and thrust the machine into the food, sending
out billows of black smoke, said Lea Luger, Yad Ezra co-
director with Elaine Ryke.
"Fortunately, Mr. Phillips immediately evacuated the
building and called 911, while hosing down the hi-lo," Luger
The Michigan Department of Agriculture, Food and Dairy
division inspected the food pantry the next day and
approved its re-opening Oct. 24.
Volunteers have a big cleanup ahead of them with the
smoke and water damage, Luger said. However, thanks to
Phillips' swift action, the value of the food lost is minimal.
The cost of a replacement forklift will run between $7,500
(for a used one) to $20,000 for a new one, Ryke said.
— Sharon Luckerman
e Jerry Ross Ban
"Sam is the most dynamic and positive
musical influence on the Jewish scene
today," said Rabbi Ben Zion Kravitz,
founder of the Los Angeles-based Jews for
Judaism Crisis Center. "His ability to
show people the spirit and the hipness of
Judaism makes him the best candidate to
bring Jews back to their roots."
The Akiva appearance is part of the
Singer-songwriter band's 50-site tour to promote the mes-
sage of its latest album, The Bridge. A
collection of 15 new songs celebrating
the unifying themes that bind the Jewish people, the CD
was sponsored by Israel's Common Denominator organiza-
tion, which seeks to foster communication between the
country's religious and secular communities.
The Bridge is Glaser's 11th Jewish-themed CD. The Nov.
2 concert, sponsored by Akiva's PTA, also includes the
awarding of the Distinguished Service Award to school vol-
unteer Arleen Platt. "Whatever the task, Arleen gives of
herself selflessly and graces her efforts with spirit and vitali-
ty," said Ariella Nadel, PTA board chair.
Tickets for the Chashmal concert are $12 for adults and $6
for children age 12 and younger. For reservations, call Mark
and Ariella Nadel, (248) 356-5663. Akiva is in_S.ou eld.
— Diana zeberman
505 S. Lafayette • Royal Oak
• In "Pleasures Of
Giving" (Oct. 18, page
48), the children pic-
tured should have been
identified as Rose Kim,
11, of Bloomfield-Hills;
Hope Peskin-Shepherd, 11, of West Bloomfield; and
Avi Greenbaum, 3, of Southfield.
• The correct name of the school that Special Writer
Rachel Kohn attends in Israel is Michlelet Orot ("An
Inspiration," Oct. 18, page 82)