of Metropolitan Detroit
My name is Monica Woll.
Israel has a special place in my heart,
and thanks to being a student at
JAMD, I have had many amazing
opportunities to express my love for
Eretz Yisrael. Last year, I partici-
pated in the nationwide march in
Washington, DC in support of Israel
and helped organize the first student
rally here in Detroit. But nothing
compares to our senior class trip to
Israel. I got to experience everything
I had been learning my whole life.
Stories I had read about in the Bible
came alive as I stood in the places
where they happened. When we
hiked in the desert, I imagined the
ancient Israelites wandering across
the same sands thousands of years
ago. When I stood at the Kotel, I felt
the kind of closeness to God that our
ancestors experienced. Being sur-
rounded by immigrants from Russia
and Ethiopia and survivors from the
Holocaust, I understood the Jewish
people's need for a homeland.
Everywhere we went Israelis
thanked us for visiting at a time like
this, and I couldn't help but feel
proud of who I am, proud to be a
Jew, and proud to be a student at the
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The Jewish Community Center of
Metropolitan Detroit's summer camp
program has created an e-mail group
for campers and potential campers.
The group is "managed" by Chicken
Head, the mascot of JCC Summer
Chicken Head can be reached at
Head sends group e-mails about once
a month, but will accept e-mails from
children and reply to each one per-
E-mails consist of camp informa-
tion, fun and games, and contests.
The current contest is to write a new
camp song based on the Chicken
Dance. The music is playing online at
The winner's song will be taught to
the entire camp and used as a camp
The JCC Summer Camps are avail-
able at both JCC locations.
To qualify for early-bird savings and
the chance to win a Chicken Dance
Elmo doll or dancing chicken, parents
should register children before March
2. For more information about JCC
camps, call the camp office at (248)
432-5460 or go to www.jccdet.org
Southfield-based Kadima's annual
Educational Conference for Adults
with Psychiatric Disabilities will be
- Wednesday, March 26, at
Congregation Beth Shalom.
There will be two sessions, one
from 1-3 p.m. for professionals; cer-
tificates of attendance will be given.
The second session will be 7-9 p.m.;
State Sen. Gilda Jacobs, D-
Huntington Woods, will moderate.
Keynoter Dr. Frederick J. Frese will
speak on "Myths, Mountains and
Miracles." Dr. Frese is a psychologist
who served for 15 years as director of
psychology at Western Reserve
There will be a presentation to the
first Consumer of the Year Award.
Ticket prices are $30 per person for
each session or $20 for a party of two
or more. To register for the confer-
ence, call (248) 559-8235.