100%

Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options

Share

Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

The University of Michigan Library provides access to these materials for educational and research purposes. These materials may be under copyright. If you decide to use any of these materials, you are responsible for making your own legal assessment and securing any necessary permission. If you have questions about the collection, please contact the Bentley Historical Library at bentley.ref@umich.edu

November 22, 2002 - Image 17

Resource type:
Text
Publication:
The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-11-22

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.

GRAND OPENING!

CANINE DAYCARE
& TRAINING CENTER

Leonard Nimoy
demonstrates how
the posture of the
praying kohanim
in his childhood
synagogue inspired
the Vulcan greeting
used on "Star Trek."

3131 Haggerty Road
Commerce Twp., MI 48390

248-926-1711

Busy Family

Lonely Dog = DAYCARE

Stop feeling guilty about leaving
your dog home alone!
We have the answer!

Let our experienced Playgroup
Supervisors organize an exciting,
energy-burning day for your dog!

DayCare hours Monday - Friday
6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Training Classes

for puppies & adult dogs

Focus On Photography

Nimoy draws 600 to Shir Shalom to hear about his controversial new book.

T

DIANA LIEBERMAN

Copy Editor/Education Writer

he National Foundation for Jewish Culture
(NFJC) will host 40-50 events this year in major
centers such as New York and Los Angeles.
But probably none will attract as large an audi-
ence as the Nov. 14 appearance of actor-photographer Leonard
Nimoy at West Bloomfield's Temple Shir Shalom, according to
NFJC's national president, James August of Bloomfield Hills.
About 600 people streamed into the synagogue's main sanc-
tuary to hear Nimoy speak about his newly published book of
photographs, Shekhina, which combines photographs of
female models with tefillin, tallit and other Jewish artifacts.
Nimoy had been booked as a guest speaker during the
51st Annual Jewish Book Fair, but community leaders and
rabbis objected to the juxtaposition of nude or nearly nude
female models with holy religious imagery. At an Oct. 23
community meeting to discuss Nimoy's appearance
("Community Consensus," Nov. 1, age 24), Rabbi Dannel
Schwartz of Temple Shir Shalom volunteered to hold the
talk at his synagogue instead of at its original venue, the
Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield. The Book
Fair and the NFJC remained as co-sponsors.
"We need to find an opportunity in community venues
for artists to exhibit their creations so that we can find out
if they are meaningful to us," said August in a conversation
before the event.
"We're very appreciative of Shir Shalom for opening their
doors to this program, but it doesn't solve the underlying
issue," he said. The community members' "being offended
is legitimate, and we can't destroy Book Fair over this, but
we need a way for new ideas and expressions to be dissemi-
nated in the venue of the community.
"I'm not saying this work is heroic," August added, "but
if you can't see it, how are you going to know?"

Private Lessons

**

ego

vg,

Available

ONE FREE DAY OF DAYCARE

Bring this coupon and receive one FREE
day of DayCare at our new DayCare &
Training Center. Please call for a

reservation. Some requirements apply.

One coupon per household

Nimoy said that his critics had "assigned themselves the
role of gatekeeper.
"I'm OK with that, but others might object. I think they
underestimate the public."

A Jewish Journey

Nimoy, whose role as Mr. Spock in the television series Star
Trek made him famous, called his creation of Shekhina his
"Jewish journey.
A first-generation American whose parents came from
Ukraine, he was raised in a home steeped in Jewish tradition,
with Yiddish as his first language. He made his stage debut as
the teen-aged son in Clifford Odets' 1935 play, Awake and
Sing. Nimoy said the story captures precisely what was going
on in his Boston apartment.
As an adult, he told the audience, "Judaism went flat for
me for a while. I went to services because I felt duty-bound
NIMOY on page 18

"

673670

AUTO LEASING
& BUYING
MADE EASY

ONE PHONE CALL
IS ALL IT TAKES

Specializing in:

BUSINESS FLEETS
HIGH-END IMPORTS
FLEXIBLE LEASES
HIGH-MILEAGE LEASES
INDIVIDUAL LEASES

All Makes and Models
Foreign or Domestic

Ask about our
Zero-Down Leases
No Cash Due at Delivery

We Po All the Work
Saving You Time and Money

LEE ROTH

GAGE LEASING COMPANY
28801 WOODWARD AVE.

Many of the 600 audience members stayed after the talk for
Nimoy to autograph copies of his book, "Shekhina."

248.414.5363
gageleasing@ameritech.net

a division of
THE GAGE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP
IN BUSINESS FOR 55 YEARS

11/22

2002

Back to Top

© 2020 Regents of the University of Michigan