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"Through Our Doors
Come Only the Finest"?
Seven students from Yeshivat Akiva in
Southfield traveled last month to
Washington, D.C., to participate in
Panim el Panim, a four-day learning
program for Jewish teens. The
Detroiters were among 56 teens who
participated from four states.
"I gained a better sense of the issues
*-that are important in our country
today and also learned how to be active
on issues that are important to me,"
said Rivka Barth of Oak Park, an llth-
grade participant. "I am now able to
understand better the different sides to
Other Akiva students at the seminar
were 11th graders Yoni Winkler, Jeana
Beneson and Steven Lefkowitz, all of
Southfield, and 10th graders Leora
Schostak of Southfield, Rena
Rosenzveig of West Bloomfield and
Rachel Greenbaum of Southfield.
Assistant Principal Kathy Sklar accom-
panied the group.
Highlights from the Nov. 17-20
program included the keynote address
by Rabbi Sid Schwarz, founder and
president of seminar sponsor Panim:
The Institute for Jewish Leadership
and Values; a human rights policy ses-
sion featuring Dr. Roger Pilon of the
CATO Institute; talk by Mona
Cadena of Amnesty International; an
Israel advocacy session with Rebecca
Weiner of the Israeli Embassy in
Washington; and Noam Shelef of
American Friends for Peace Now, dis-
cussing the current situation and how
American Jews can advocate on Israel's
While in Washington, the students
explored the U.S. Capitol and visited
the U.S. Holocaust Memorial
Museum, the Smithsonian National
Museum of American History and the
Vietnam War, Korean War, Einstein
and Lincoln memorials.
On the final day, the group met with
Julianne Gade in the Washington -
office of U.S. Rep. Joe Knollenberg, R-
Panim el Panim has 9,000 gradu-
ates from 25 communities.
Synagogues, schools and other
organizations interested in partici-
pating in one of its seminars held
throughout the year may contact
Panim at 6101 Montrose Road,
Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852;
e-mail email@example.com or call
Says Rabbi Schwarz: "Not only does
Panim el Panim help students to relate
Judaism to the hot issues of the day, it
also helps them realize that their active
involvement in social and political
issues is a way to effect tikkun olam
(repair of the world)."
According to Rabbi Schwarz, "Panim
el Panim seminars are designed to pro-
vide teens with knowledge and the
skills needed for involvement and lead-
ership in the community.
Jolson AZA's football champs: Back, David Grant, Dan Levy, Scott Handel;
Scott Lachman. Front, Brian Rosenbaum and Steve Kahn.
Jolson Wins AZA, Title
Twelve teams and more than 120
AZA members participated in the
B'nai B'rith Youth Organization flag
football season this fall.
The playoffs followed the six-
week regular season, and featured
several major upsets.
In the first round, sixth-seeded
Greenberg AZA defeated third-seed-
ed Shapiro B, 45-18. In the second
round, eighth-seeded Shapiro A
upset previously undefeated and
top-seeded Kishon A, 50-48.
In the semi-finals, Greenberg
AZA collided with second-seeded
Kitzoni B. The advantage went
back and forth, with Kitzoni hold-
ing off Greenberg, 39-38.
In the second semi-final, Jolson A
dominated Shapiro A, 42-21. Steve
Kahn threw several touchdown
passes to Daniel Levy.
In the championship game, the
first half was closely contested, with
Jolson A taking a 28-20 half-time
lead. But the second half was domi-
nated by Jolson. Steve Kahn used
his speed and David Grant apd Dan
Levy used their size to beat Kitzoni
Scott Lachman, Scott Haider and
Brian Rosenbaum played outstand-
ing defense for Jolson, which also
won last year's championship.
This article was submitted by Jason
Garden of Shapiro AZA, the BBYO
flag football chair.