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March 21, 2003 - Image 6

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-03-21

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Rabbi Syme
Tribute Moving

JAS Appreciates
Busload Of Help

As someone who is reminded each
week of your Tuesday deadline for
tributes and obituaries, I was particu-
larly moved reading your tribute to
our beloved Rabbi
M. Robert Syme on
the way to his funer-
al at Temple Israel
("A Life Of
Reaching Out,"
"Teacher of Torah"
and "Hand To
Hand," March 14,
pages 123-125).
Upon notification Rabbi Syme
of his death at 7:10
a.m. Tuesday, March
11, I immediately notified you in
hopes of having a brief tribute fol-
lowed by a more substantive tribute
the following week.
The fact that you could, with the
constraints of time, put together the
magnificent tribute to Rabbi Syme
that you did is not only a fitting trib-
ute to Rabbi Syme, but also a testimo-
nial to the dedication and profession-
alism of your staff. You have once
again exceeded the standard of excel-
lence to which I can only say, yasher
koach (right on!).
David M. Techner
Ira Kaufman Chapel

As community outreach coordinator for
Jewish Apartments and Services (JAS), I
was recently involved in making arrange-
ments for a group of our seniors to
attend the funeral of former Hechtman
resident Arlene Lerman.
Since many of the residents of the
Lillian and Samuel Hechtman Jewish
Apartments in West Bloomfield, where
Arlene once lived, did not drive, getting
to the funeral was a dilemma. Arlene's
husband, Sidney, asked for my help in
finding a bus and a driver.
The funeral services were being held
in two hours at the Machpelah
Cemetery chapel in Ferndale.
Fortunately, I was able to make arrange-
ments to use a 16-seat bus, owned by
Jewish Home and Aging Services, but
no driver was available.
One phone call to Alan Dorfman of
the Dorfman Chapel in Farmington
Hills (he had handled the funeral
arrangements) was all that was required.
Mr. Dorfman arranged for one of his
employees with a chauffeur's license to
leave work at the chapel and drive the
residents and me to the funeral.
The kindness and cooperation extend-
ed to Jewish Apartments and Services by
the Jewish Home and Aging Services
and Dorfman Chapel, especially on such
short notice, will long be remembered.
Esther Winer
community outreach coordinator;
Jewish Apartments and Services
West Bloomfield

Rabbi Brought
People Together



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The passing of Rabbi M. Robert Syme is
a great loss ("A Life Of Reaching Out,"
March 14, page 123).
His oratory skills were superb — but
just as important were his intra-faith and
interfaith skills.
The first recipient of the Ecumenical
Institute of Jewish-Christian Studies
Dove Award not only brought more
Judaism into Jewish lives, but also
brought people of various religious back-
grounds together.
Working with him on the ritual com-
mittee at Temple Israel, I saw him bring
the temple slowly away from classical
Reform Judaism to its present traditional
Reform Judaism.
My surrogate father, Rabbi Leon
Fram, is gone and now my mentor,
Rabbi M. Robert Syme, is gone.
May they rest in peace.
Leonard Trunsky
West Bloomfield

Hair Covering
Story A Mitzvah

I loved Debra Darvick's masterful arti-
cle about Lynne Schreiber's new book
and the issue of hair covering
("Dissecting A Mitzvah," March 14,
page 78).
I learned a lot from the piece. And I
also found it wonderfully sensitive and
nuanced, very warm and supportive of
all the interviewees — and also keenly
aware of all the different interpreta-
tions (and attendant anxieties) that
seem to be in play within the tradi-
tional community.
Interesting that few rabbis would
talk on the record about it. I hope that
Debra Darvick's sensitive "uncovering"
(so to speak) of this issue will spark
further conversation, learning and
awareness in our community.
Nancy E Kaplan
Wes t. Bloomfield

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