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January 24, 2003 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-01-24

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This Week

Staff Notebook

Wrapped
In Tefillin

hey may be called the
Federation of Jewish
Men's Clubs (FJMC), but
their World Wide Wrap project
encourages women's participation
as well.
The Sunday, Jan. 26 program,
to take place at all metropolitan
Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint and
Traverse City Conservative syna-
gogues during morning services,
will offer instruction in wearing
tefillin. In most synagogues, the
program is sponsored and run by
members of their Conservative
Men's Club, often under the direc-
don of their congregational rabbis.
"(It) brings men and women to
their regular Sunday minyanim to
lay tefillin," said David Marks,
chairman of the Michigan Sub-
Region of the Great Lakes Region
of the New York-based -FJMC.
"This has resulted in some corn-
ing back to wearing tefillin, who
probably haven't worn it since
their bar or bat mitzvah."
The third annual program - is
truly a World Wide Wrap,- taking
place in such countries as France,
Japan, Great Britain and Israel.
In addition to instruction on
wearing tefillin, Marks said,
"some clubs have made plans to

Presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman
attends City Year's Day of Service rally downtown.

Lieberman Lauds
MLK's Vision

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porting a new pair of running shoes, Sen. Joe
Lieberman, D-Conn., spread the words of Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. to an enthusiastic
group of volunteers in Detroit on Jan. 20.
He told the crowd of about 400 at the "Realizing
the Dream: Building Bridges Through Service," an
annual City Year Day of Service downtown, that he
had participated in the March on Washington for
Jobs and Freedom and heard Dr. King deliver his "I
Have a Dream" speech. The newly announced presi-
dential candidate said the civil rights leader spoke of
an American dream not realized by many in 1963.
"The dream that he described was the promise
that America makes," he said "that in this country
no matter who you are or where you started, if you
work hard and play by the rules, you ought to be
able to go as far as your God-given talents take you
— and that wasn't true then."
Lieberman was cheered loudly by the volunteers,
many of whom participate in City Year, a nation-
wide service organization of 17-24 year olds who
serve one year of community service. Detroit has 70
City Year volunteers.
"Dr. King had a dream, and his dream was that
we will all one day sit together around what he
called a table of brotherhood, and there would be
plenty on that table for all of us," he said.
After the hour-long rally and a short, but vigorous
round of calisthenics, Lieberman helped out at a
Habitat for Humanity house in Detroit.
"The work we're going to do expresses what Dr.
King preached to us, and taught us all, that the
dream will be realized in not just great acts of corn-
munity work, but in individual acts of service," said
Lieberman. "We can each in our own way change
the world, bring about progress and bring us closer
to the dream."

— Harry Kirsbaum

have tefillin checkers available to
make sure one's tefillin is kosher."
Although he advises those who
own their own tefillin to bring
them, he says congregations will
probably have a few available for
instructional purposes. Some will
also have tefillin for sale or for
order.
With "a growing number of
women who now lay tefillin,"
Marks said an egalitarian version of
the instnictional film is available in
addition to the non-egalitarian film.
"Each club locally will have a
photographer who is a participat-
ing club member," he said. "We
can all see ourselves later in the
day on the Web site."
vvwvv.worldwidevvrap.o inded.html
For times and information on
synagogue participation in the
World Wide Wrap project, con-
tact individual synagogues.
A 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday, Feb
2 program at Congregation
Shaarey Zedek B'nai Isiael in
West Bloomfield will highlight
women and tefillin.
"It's a Wrap: Women and the
Mitzvah of Tefillin" will be held
for women at the Kedushat
HaHodesh: Sanctifying the New
Month program with Rabbi Amy
Ruth Bolton. There is no charge
and reservations are not needed.

— Shelli Liebman Dorfman

Bernstein Joins
WSU Board

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ttorney Richard Bernstein of Birmingham
was sworn in as a member of the Wayne State
University Board of Governors Jan. 16.
The 28-year-old Bernstein earned a law degree
from Northwestern University after graduating
summa cum laude from the University of
Michigan. An attorney with the Law Offices of
Samuel Bernstein, he is one of three Jewish mem-
bers of the WSU board, joining Annetta Miller of
Huntington Woods and Eugene Driker of
Detroit.
"My major goal is to make Wayne State
University focus on its urban mission," he said.
"Rather than building its global influence, the
university should be building its relationships
with Michigan's public schools. No matter who
you are and where you come from, you deserve an
education."
In addition•to Bernstein, Michigan voters chose
elementary school principal Diane Dunaskiss for
an eight-year term on the WSU board.

.

— Diana Lieberman

U.S. District Court Judge Bernard A. Friedman
administers the oath of office to Wayne State University
Board of Governors member Richard Bernstein.

Correction

In the cover story on Lana Pollack ("What Makes
Lana Run," Jan. 10) she was misquoted on page
60. The correct quote: "A first step to improve the
environment is changing one's attitude toward
energy and water. They're not infinite."

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