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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-11-29

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HUIC K A M

T HE ER I S CPAI RN

I TSTYLE

The `Allergist's' Shut

Touring Fisher Theatre actors cast a little stardust
upon the Downtown Synagogue.

repeating the gist of an e-mail she for-
warded from Detroit member Louis
Nino to the Fisher Theatre in advance
he Isaac Agree Downtown
of the just-concluded touring produc-
tion of The Tale of the Allergist's Wife.
Synagogue has the dubious
honor of being located
And one thing more: the Downtown
across the street from a graf- Synagogue invited the predominately
fiti-filled alley seen in the new
Jewish cast to come to Shabbat servic-
Eminem movie, 8 Mile.
es and enjoy a Kiddush lunch.
That's the kind of depressing neigh-
"They're here!" someone shouted
borhood it's become for the venerable
Nov. 16 upon seeing the famous face
Conservative congregation,
of Valerie Harper, TV's
founded in 1934 by Agree
Rhoda, in the synagogue's
Below:
sons Charles lnd Nathan
foyer. Joining her were Mike
Congregants
for Jewish merchants, attor-
Jacaln Gendloff Burstyn, the stage, screen
neys and workers wanting
and recording artist, and his
o Novi and
to worship in downtown
wife,
Cyona. She remarked
Dr. Martin
Detroit.
that he is "starring as my
Herman with
With 350 members pay-
husband in real life, and
Valerie Harper,
ing $60 a year in dues, it is
Valerie's
onstage" in the
Mike Burstyn and
a struggle maintaining the
Charles Busch comedy.
his wife, Cyona,
turn-of-the-century build-
In the social hall, Kahn
at the Downtown
ing on Griswold Street, one
Synagogue.
was ebullieuz as she present-
block west of Woodward.
ed the honored guests. And
Still missed are longtime,
they were all graciousness to
beloved clergy Rabbi Noah Gamze,
the folks at the Downtown Synagogue.
who moved East with his wife, and the
Burstyn, born into a Yiddish the-
late Cantor Israel Idelsohn.
atrical family, said, "The fact is, she
In spite of everything, the largely
[Harper] isn't technically Jewish but
she has a neshamah — a Jewish soul."
suburban membership believes in the
Downtown Synagogue. And the
When Harper read the e-mail passed
multi-ethnic congregation, where
on by the Fisher's manager, she was
everyone is welcome to pray, is intent
touched by its poignancy. At the time,
on letting people know of its warm
she declared, "I am not Jewish, but I
fellowship.
will bring Jews." She apologized that a
"We are a small, poor shul — the
late-night anniversary party had delayed
last one," said congregation president
their arrival that morning and preclud-
Ellen Kahn of West Bloomfield,
SHUL on page 20

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