Honoring Dr. Gretchko
he newest award in West Bloomfield's cele-
bration of Michigan Week, May 11-17, hon-
ors a man whose life was an inspiration to all
those who work with children.
Nominations will be accepted through March 24
for the first annual Dr. Seymour Gretchko Youth
Advocate Awards, to be presented during the
Michigan Week Breakfast, Friday, May 16, 2003.
Separate awards will be presented for an individual
and an organization.
Dr. Gretchko, superintendent of the West
Bloomfield School District, died suddenly on March
19, 2002. In his 20th year with the
school district, he had spent the pre-
vious evening in a typical way — at
the children's room of the West
Bloomfield Township Library.
"This award is our way of not only
remembering and honoring Dr.
Gretchko, but recognizing special
members of the community who mir-
ror his commitment to our youth,"
said Deborah Macon, who chairs the
Michigan Week awards committee.
To be considered for the award, nom-
inees must meet the following criteria:
• Serve the greater West Bloomfield area (West
Bloomfield, Orchard Lake, Sylvan Lake and Keego
Harbor) in a voluntary and/or professional capacity;
• Show evidence that youth advocacy and education
of youth has played a significant role during the indi-
vidual's lifetime or in the organization's operations;
• Demonstrate visionary leadership;
• Show outstanding contribution in building a
more inclusive society;
• Be recognized for sustained impact in the community;
• Create effective partnerships on behalf of youth;
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entered the United States via Latin
America, Canada and elsewhere.
Commission members largely said a
lack of time prevented them from
delving deeper into the approximately
1 million documents in the National
Archives on looted property.
London/JTA — London's first large-
scale eruv becomes operational this
-Shabbat after 13 years of planning.
The eruv provides a boundary that
enables observant Jews to carry some
items and push baby carriages within
its perimeter on the Sabbath.
The boundary covers an 11-mile
area that includes much of London's
most heavily Jewish neighborhood
• Motivate others to strive for professional excellence.
Nominations must include letters from two
sources describing how the nominee meets the above
criteria. Forms are available at the West Bloomfield
Township Hall, 4550 Walnut Lake Road.
Deadline for nominations is 4 p.m. March 24.
For more information, call (248) 626-4111.
— Diana Lieberman
Subsational Grand Opening
hey've been getting organized since December,
and now the Detroit-area's newest kosher
restaurant is ready for a two-day grand-opening
"We've been making changes all along," said Eli
Weingarden of Subsation, located inside theJewish
Community Center in Oak Park. The restaurant,
which has been open throughout its fix-up days, still
has a way to go, Weingarden said, "but the paint is on
and the new furniture is in and now we're really ready
for business and we're ready to show what we've done."
On Sunday, March 9, and Monday, March 10, the
100-seat casual dining and carryout eatery will be the
site of treats and reduced prices.
The specialty is — as expected — sub sandwiches,
"from teriyaki steak to tuna," Weingarden said. "But
our menu also has traditional hamburgers and hot
dogs, soups and kids' meals, like chicken nuggets."
The restaurant offers breakfast, eggs, subs and side
dishes, including french fries, onion rings and egg rolls.
Subsation, which is under the supervision of the
Council of Orthodox Rabbis of Greater Detroit, also
does party catering.
Grand opening days at Subsation will be noon-8 p.m.
Sunday, March 9; and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, March
10. The kosher restaurant is located inside the Oak Park
JCC, 15110 W. 10 Mile Road. (248) 248-432-5615.
To Rebuild WTC
New York/JTA — The architect who
designed Berlin's Jewish museum was
tapped Feb. 26 to create the glass tow-
ers and memorial that will rise from
the ashes of the World Trade Center.
The design by Daniel Libeskind's firm
calls for a subterranean memorial to the
victims of Sept. 11 surrounded by towers.
It also calls for a 1,776-foot-tall
spire that will stand taller than any
building in the world.
London/JTA — British Prime
Minister Tony Blair reaffirmed his
country's support for Israel.
Following several months of tense
Regular hours are: noon-8 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m.-8
p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday; 7:30
p.m.-11 p.m. Saturday.
— Shelli Liebman Dorfman
Alive And Poetic
iddish is not dead for Chaim Rozenthal of Oak
Park. The Russian-born author has published
his fifth book of poetry — and it's in the
mamaloschen (mother tongue).
"It's my fervent wish that our culture and our
beloved mother-tongue, Yiddish, be perpetuated," said
Rozenthal, whose earlier books
include Yiddish-language transla-
tions of Russian poets and stories
of Jewish holiday celebrations. He
has also published a Russian-lan-
guage book called Echo of the
Holocaust and a Russian transla-
tion of 19th-century Yiddish
writer Eliezer Shteinberg's stories
Soon after moving to Detroit
from Chernowitz, Russia, in
1991, Rozenthal and his wife,
Eva, joined the Yiddish Culture
Club. The poet soon took over as
Rozenthal's latest book of poetry, published in Israel,
is called Let Us All As One. A collection of original
poetry and translations of Russian poems, the book is
dedicated to the memory of the Yiddish Culture Club's
first director, Charles Driker, who died in 1984.
Copies of the new book will be available from
Rozenthal later this year. Call Chaim Rozenthal, at
(248) 968-0510, for more inforination.
— Diana Lieberman
relations between the two countries,
Blair recently told the annual dinner of
the Community Security Trust, a
British Jewish security organization,
that Britain "is a strong and close friend
of Israel, not a fair weather friend."
Blair also reiterated his commitment
to a two-state solution to the Israeli-
Stockholm/JTA — The. Swedish gov-
ernment mishandled the investiga-
tion into the disappearance of diplo-
mat Raoul Wallenberg at the end of
World War II, a Swedish commis-
Making use of documents found
in government archives, the panel
said Foreign Ministry officials
assumed Wallenberg was killed after
his arrest in Budapest by Soviet
troops in January 1945. The officials
also failed to follow up leads regard-
ing Wallenberg, who helped save
tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews
during the war. The commission also
found that the diplomat's links to
Washing-ton were closer than first
"One important thing we are
emphasizing is he was a Swedish
diplomat, but his task was formulat-
ed by the U.S government," a com-
mission member told Reuters. The
Soviets might have wanted to know
more about his mission and they
could have thought he was more
than an humanitarian agent."
Russia has said Wallenberg was
taken to Moscow's notorious
Lubyanka Prison, where he died in
1947. But Sweden says it cannot
close its files without conclusive
proof of Wallenberg's death.