Becky Rubin Borak of Farmington Hills, Milton
Dzodin of Southfield and Ann Yashinsky of Oak
Park with the Sefer Torah dedicated by their rela-
tive, the late Leizer Dzodin.
Four Generations Gather
synagogue in Canada that was home for
many years ago to most of the local
Dzodin clan was the site of a four-genera-
tion family reunion on the weekend of Nov. 15.
Milton and Isabel Dzodin of Southfield organ-
ized the family Shabbat weekend at Shaarey
Zedek Synagogue on Giles Boulevard in Windsor,
Ontario. The Dzodins still attend services at the
shul when staying at their cottage near Windsor.
More than 40 members of the extended
Dzodin family, all related to the late Leizer and
Dvorah Dzodin, came together for the reunion. It
was timed to mark the 41st anniversary of the
presentation of a Sefer Torah to the congregation
by Leizer Dzodin on his wife's first yahrtzeit.
In attendance were the couple's surviving chil-
dren, Becky Rubin Borak of Farmington Hills and
Ann Yashinsky and Lillian Yashinsky, both of Oak
Grandchildren and great-grandchildren also
joined the weekend in Windsor, members of the
Schwartz, Dzodin, Lawson, Rubin, Zeitlin,
Yashinsky, Shapiro and Cohen families.
Representing the fourth generation was Emily
Feldman of Farmington Hills, daughter of Julie
and Brad Feldman.
Participants in the synagogue service included
Michael Yashinsky of Farmington Hills, Dr. Noel
Lawson of Bloomfield Hills and Steven Cohen
and Mayer Cohen, both of Oak Park.
— Keri Guten Cohen
remain open during the modifications and adjust-
"We are also ready to put in classy bar stools
and tables, a larger counter and decorative
While some of the staff is new, former owner
Ehrenreich says he will stay on for a short time to
help with the transition.
The restaurant is under the supervision of the
Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit.
Menu choices at the counter-service restaurant
are heavy on subs, which include meat, tuna and
egg salad, and such veggie choices as veggie burg-
ers, Turkish salad, baba ganoush (eggplant salad)
and hummus (mashed chickpeas). Most subs are
priced under $5. More salads and side dishes of
fries and onion rings also will be available.
For children, there is a menu of hot dog or
burger combos, chicken nuggets and the old sta-
ple of peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches.
A breakfast menu of omelet subs will be added
starting Monday, Dec. 9. That's when hours for
Subsation will be changed to Monday-Thursday,
8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; and
Sunday, noon-8 p.m.
Saturday night hours, as of Dec. 14, will be one
hour after Shabbat ends until midnight.
Information: (248) 432-5615.
For the first time, an outdoor menorah is marking
Chanukah in Birmingham. The 6-foot tall, eight-
branched metal menorah is situated in Shain
Park, alongside a holiday display featuring strings
of lights, a Santa house and a Christmas tree.
About three months ago, Rabbi Yochanan Polter
of the Birmingham Bloomfield Chai Center made
a request before the Birmingham city commis-
sioners to place the menorah in the park.
"No one had ever asked before," Rabbi Polter
said. "We had an attorney; they had an attorney.
It was a three-month process of reviewing and
finding the legality of it."
The menorah has been lighted each evening
since the beginning of Chanukah on the night of
Nov. 29, and will continue to be lit through the
last night, Friday, Dec. 6. A community lighting
ceremony was held on the evening of Dec. 4.
Although Seth Chafetz is Birmingham's first
Jewish mayor, Rabbi Polter says that fact didn't
filter into the city's decision, which was approved
during the last weeks of the previous mayor's
"I began this process and filed this petition
because I thought it would be a nice thing for the
Jewish community in Birmingham," the rabbi
said. "Any other religious entity wishing to have a
display of its own should follow the [same] proce-
dure. I'm for anything that celebrates religious
freedom — a basis on which America was found-
ed and known for.
"I encourage anything legal that follows city
ordinance and is permitted by city commissioners.
They might be surprised at the response, as I was
with my menorah.
"Our city is a city of diversity, tolerance and
religious freedom," Rabbi Polter added. "And
obviously, the menorah is a reminder of what
Chanukah and the lights are about — freedom,
liberty and democracy — all the things that make
our country great."
— Keri Guten Cohen.
With a change in menu and decor, the kosher
restaurant inside the Jewish Community Center
in Oak Park also has a new name.
During a quick Dec. 1 change of hands, Chuck
Ehrenreich's Miriam's Place became Eli
Weingarden's Subsation, named for the expected
sensational subs he offers.
"Over the course of the next month, we will
make both menu changes and physical changes,"
Weingarden says of the restaurant that will
A Chanukah menorah stands for the first time in Birmingham's Shain Park.