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Rabbi Aaron Bergman (now director of
- Jewish Studies at the Jewish Academy of
Metropolitan Detroit), founded Eilu
Eilu, the local Conservative movement's
adult Jewish learning project.
Looking to fill a need in the commu-
nity and "enable a small congregation
with limited resources and only one rabbi
to offer high-quality adult education,"
Rabbi Pachter says the group was created
to "partner with other congregations and
move classes to off-site locations."
What began with two congregations
now includes all of the metro Detroit
Conservative synagogues, Hillel Day
School of Metropolitan Detroit, the
Michigan Branch of Women's League for
Conservative Judaism, the Great Lakes
Region of JTS and the Great Lakes and
Rivers Region of the United Synagogue
of Conservative Judaism.
The 43-year-old rabbi continues to
bring education out of the confines of the
synagogue. He leads Mocha Moments,
an informal discussion group held
Thursday mornings at Barnes and Noble
Booksellers in West Bloomfield.
Since 1989, Rabbi Pachter also has
taught four classes a week for seventh-
and eighth-grade students at Hillel Day
School, where he also sits on the board of
He is vice president of the Michigan
Board of Rabbis, past president of -the
Michigan Region of the Rabbinical
Assembly (of the Conservative move-
ment) and is active in the West
Bloomfield Clergy Association and
Planning A Party
Nearly 100 members of B'nai Moshe
have been involved in the planning of the
celebration in honor of Rabbi Pachter's
10th anniversary at the synagogue.
"The success of the 'Perfect 10' cam-
paign is a direct reflection of how people
feel about the rabbi," said congregation
President Larry Gunsberg, whose children
are fifth generation members of the syna-
gogue named, in 1917, for Gunsberg's
great-grandfather Moshe Gunsberg.
"I've watched how people react to his
gentle manner, warmth, humor and gen-
uine concern for their well-being and that
of their families. I've watched the syna-
gogue and rabbi grow together over the
past 10 years."
Chaired by Anne Rottman and Alisa
Peskin-Shepherd, the weekend planning
includes Mike Grand, fund-raising chair
and another great-grandson of Moshe
Gunsberg, and Nancy Kaplan and Gayle
Taub, public relations chairs.
During Shabbat Services on Saturday,
April 5, Gunsberg will make a special
presentation, and a dvar Torah (Torah les-
son) will be given by Rabbi Pachter's
friend Dr. Mark Smiley, headmaster of
Hillel Day School. Cantor Berris will lead
religious school students in a musical per-
formance. A kiddush luncheon, spon-
sored by the sisterhood and men's club,
will follow The Shabbat programming
was chaired by Ann Wanetik.
On Sunday, April 6, the "Perfect 10"
family-oriented party, chaired by syna-
gogue member Debi King, will include a
strolling dinner, silent auction, a "roast"
of the rabbi and dedication of an alcove
in the synagogue building in Rabbi
Rabbi William H. Lebeau, vice chan-
cellor for rabbinic development and Pearl