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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-04-04

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services at B'nai Jeshurun. He went to
hear Jewish singers, including Craig
Taubman, who, like Rubin, is strongly
involved in Synagogue 2000, an organi-
zation leading synagogue-transformation
efforts nationwide. Rubin even spoke
with Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, chancellor of
the Conservative, Jewish 'Theological
Seminary of America in New York,
telling him of his frustration.

Clergy Involvement

Finally, Rubin decided to go to his own
clergy. A meeting was set with Adat
Shalom Rabbis Daniel Nevins and
Herbert Yoskowitz and Cantor Howard
Glantz, where a discussion of the creation
of a siddur specifically for use at Adat
Shalom ensued.
Also at the meeting was Rabbi Jay
Strear — who has since left Adat Shalom.
He contacted book publisher Dr. Joe
Lewis of Oak Park. In addition to creat-
ing several books used at Congregation
Beth Shalom, Dr. Lewis also produced
siddurim in other cities, including Friday
Night Alive, a collaborative effort of the
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
and synagogues in that area.
"I have seen how synagogues that cre-
ate their own siddurim can have hun-
dreds of congregants participating in the
services week after week after week," Dr.
Lewis said. "So I sat down with the rabbis
and the cantor and we discussed exactly
what they wanted included in their sid-
He then set to work writing, translat-
ing_and transliterating the traditional
Hebrew text into modern English, help-
ing design a siddur that follows the
Friday night service at Adat Shalom.

The new Adat Shalom siddur

manner most resembling how they are
often sung."
Ndaseh Venishmah also offers excerpts
written by Rabbi Nevins from The

Kaddish Minyan: The Impact On Ten
Lives, a book edited by Rabbi Yoskowitz
in 2001.
"This siddur can be used by anyone,"
Rubin said. "The service is complete for
those who are fluent in Hebrew. And for
those who are unfamiliar with Hebrew,
there is the transliteration."
An award-winning poet, Dr. Lewis
included rhyming in the translated text.
"There are lot of people who will be read-
ing the English alone and others who will
read the Hebrew but can still get a fresh
look at a new translation," he said.
In addition to being a Shabbat siddur,
Nakseh Venishmah also offers prayers and
blessing for festivals, including the
Havdalah service and holiday candle
lighting and kiddush.

The Music Of Prayer

What's Inside?

"Each section of prayers in the siddur has
an introduction written for our congrega-
tion," said Rabbi Nevins, who, along
with other synagogue clergy, determined
its content and proofread the siddur.
"Our team of clergy worked to make
this siddur a personal reflection of who
we are as spiritual leaders and to make
this siddur an accessible resource for
everyone," Cantor Glantz said.
"It also includes practical guidelines
about when to bow, sit and stand as well
as running commentary," Rabbi Nevins
Musical prayers in the siddur also were
created to follow the Adat Shalom serv-
ice. As a chazzan, it was important for
me to look at the siddur as a sheet of
music," Cantor Glantz said. "How would
it best be arranged to be conducive for
singing. At times, this meant the arrange-
ment of the words on the page in the

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The new Adat Shalom siddur follows the
recent release of the synagogue's Shabbat
Rocks CD.
The recording, given to all Adat
Shalom members, includes the entire
Friday night service. "Now anyone who
wants to learn the service can listen to the
CD, and follow along in the new siddur,"
Rubin said.
But for those who still want more, he
suggested to Cantor Glantz that he hold
parlor meetings to teach the melodies and
ideas behind the liturgy. "I will meet
them anywhere, anytime," was the can-
tor's response.
While Cantor Glantz maintains pas-
sages in the religious service are meant
for reflection and absorption or to be
said quietly, many "are naturals for com-
munal singing." For those, he said, "I
want the congregation to be comfortable
enough with our service that they can
drown me out."

The new siddur will be used during
monthly musical Shabbat Rocks Friday
nigh t services, taking the place of the cur-
rently used Siddur Sim Shalom. Until its
review by the synagogue's ritual commit-
tee, the new siddur will be used as a edu-
cational supplement on weeks when the
regular service is held.
The siddur's title, Nakseh Venishmah is
defined as, "We will act, and we will
understand," said Rabbi Nevins. These
words were spoken by the Israelites upon
receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai. The
phrase is also included in the design on
the ark in Adat Shalom's Shiffilian
Chapel, where Friday night services are
usually held.
Jewish songwriter and graphic design-
er Steve Klaper of Oak Park created the
siddur's cover.
The cost of the publication of the new
siddur was underwritten by nearly 40
m _ embers of the congregation.
"Our hope is that this siddur will draw
in many more people who currently are
unable to follow the Hebrew text," Rabbi
Nevins said.
"Ultimately, we hope that all these
people will take advantage of our Hebrew
literacy and other adult education pro-
grams so that the world of Hebrew text
becomes open for their exploration."
Rubin said: "Our goal should be to
educate people in a manner so they can
come to regular services, not only musical
or special services. Everyone should have
the opportunity to feel holy and partici-
pate in the service and to love the spiritu-
ality. No one should ever come to shul on
a Friday night and feel like a stranger."

A 5:45 p.m. Friday, April 11,
Shabbat dinner and table discussion
will be led by members of the con-
gregation's Synagogue 2000 team
chaired by Brenda Moskovitz and
Synagogue 2000 chairpersons
Phyllis Pilcowitz and T arry
Slabotsky. Siddur Nakseh Venishmah
will be introduced during the
Shabbat Rocks musical service at
7:15 p.m. An oneg Shabbat will fol-
low services. There will be program-
ming for younger children. The
evening will be chaired by Robert
For information on Siddur
Na'aseh Venishmah, access the Web
site of publisher Joe Lewis at:
Cost for dinner: adults, $10;
children ages 3-15, $5. For reserva-
tions call, Adat Shalom at (248)

Shaarey Zedek
Hosts Concert

Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Southfield will host "We Shall
Overcome: An Interfaith Concert in
Celebration of Passover, Lent and
Easter" 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6.
The event will feature African-
American gospel and klezmer music
by Metro Detroit Area Fellowship
Choir and Schmaltz. There is no
The concert is sponsored by the
Jewish Community Council of
Metropolitan Detroit together with
nine ministers and rabbis who
joined hands last spring on a mission
to West Africa and Israel:
Congregation Beth Shalom,
Community of Faith Baptist
Church, Greater New Mt. Moriah
Missionary Baptist Church,
Metropolitan Church of God, New
Light Baptist Church, Peace Baptist
Church, Plymouth United Church
in Christ, Congregation Shaarey
Zedek and Congregation Shir
For information, call Janet Pont,
(248) 357-5544.

Seder Includes
Labor Leaders

The Jewish Labor Committee/
Michigan Region will hold its Labor
Seder on April 10 at Congregation
Beth Shalom. The invited attendees
include labor leaders from a dozen
"The Labor Seder with the read-
ing of the Haggadah is an excellent
way to show our friends in the labor
movement why our connection to
them is well based in our heritage,"
said the region's executive director,
Selma Goode.
"We are told that when Rabbi
Levi Yitzhak [of 18th-century
Berdichev] discovered that the
young women who had baked the
matzah had worked from early
morning until late at night, he pro-
nounced the matzah treif [not
kosher] because it was produced
through oshek, oppression of work-
The labor movement's support of
a Jewish homeland goes back to the
1920s, Goode said. Samuel
Gompers, a Jewish cigar maker, was
the first president of the American
Federation of Labor.

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