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April 25, 2003 - Image 18

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-04-25

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Holocaust Remembered

Yom HaShoah programs honor victims.


A U.S.vAir Force honor guard will open the
Holocaust Memorial Academy 1 pm. Sunday, April
27, at the Jewish Community Center in West
The airmen will be from the Selfridge Air
National Guard Base in Macomb County.
Another event highlight will be the kindling of
candles by Holocaust survivors and their families
in memory of the Six Million who perished and in
memory of Israel's victims of terrorism.
Sponsored jointly by the West Bloomfield-based
Holocaust Memorial Center (HMC) and Sharit
Haplaytah, the event is presented in cooperation
with the Jewish Community Center of
Metropolitan Detroit, the Jewish Community
Council of Metropolitan Detroit, CHAIM
Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in
Michigan) the Federation of Jewish Child Survivors
of the Holocaust, B'nai B'rith Great Lakes Region
and the Anti-Defamation League.
Saul Waldman, HMC development chair, and
Alan Zekelman, HMC president, will chair the
event. Abraham Weberman, Sharit Haplaytah pres-
ident, will welcome guests.
Cantor Chaim Najman of Congregation Shaarey
Zedek in Southfield, accompanied by Cantor
Sholom Kalib of Beth Israel in Flint, will offer
memorial prayers and musical selections.
Rabbi Charles Rosenzveig, founder and executive
vice president of HMC, will deliver the memorial
Greetings will be expressed by Dr. Steven Grant,
HMC past president; Erna Gorman, representing
the Hidden Children; Dr. Charles Silow, CHAIM
president; Ann Zousmer, JCCouncil president; and
representatives of the JCC and Anti-Defamation
The academy will close at the Holocaust
Memorial Center, where yahrtzeit candles will be
lit. Rabbi Rosenzvieg will lead attendees in prayer.
No reservations are necessary for the public
event. The facilities are wheelchair accessible.

*A viewing of Genocide, a documentary narrated by
Elizabeth Taylor and Orson Welles, is part of a
Holocaust program at 7 p.m. Monday, April 28, at
Congregation B'nai Moshe.
The program also will feature discussions and a
candle-lighting ceremony led by Rabbi Elliot Pachter
and Cantor Earl Berris. For more information, call
(248) 788-0600.

*Mickey Shapiro, a member of the United States
Holocaust Memorial Council, will speak at a
Holocaust memorial service at 7:15 p.m. Monday,
April 28, at Temple Beth El.




The service also will feature a student-created learn-
ing exhibit depicting Beth El's connection to the
A survivors' story program will begin at 6:15 p.m.
For more information, call (248) 851-1100.

Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the Michigan Legislature
will remember the victims of the Holocaust at the
Official State of Michigan Holocaust
Commemoration Ceremony at noon on April 30 in
the Capitol Rotunda in Lansing.
The theme, "For Your Freedom and Ours," was
selected to honor those courageous individuals in the
Warsaw Ghetto who valiantly rose against their Nazi
oppressors 60 years ago.
Dr. Kenneth Waltzer, professor and director of inte-
grative studies in arts and humanities at Michigan
State University, will present the keynote address on
the Warsaw Ghetto Resistance.
Students from the Jewish Academy of Metropolitan
Detroit will perform music, and Holocaust survivors
will participate in a candle-lighting ceremony.
For additional information, contact Susan Herman
at the Michigan Jewish Conference, (517) 485-9199.


A communitywide Yom HaShoah commemoration
will be held at 7 p.m. April 27at Temple. Beth El,
5150 Calkins Road in Flint.
A memorial service and a candle-lighting ceremony
will be led by Rabbi Karen Companez of Temple
Beth El, Rabbi James Michaels of Congregation Beth
Israel and Rabbi Yisroel Weingarten of the Chabad
House of Eastern Michigan.
Corinne Stavish, senior lecturer in humanities at
Lawrence Tech, will be guest speaker. Stavish, a recipi-
ent of the Detroit Jewish Women Artist of the Year
for Literature, is a nationally recognized storyteller.
"We must continually remind ourselves of what
happened — we cannot allow the sacrifices made by
so many to escape us," said Mitchell Weiss, chairman
of the Flint Jewish Federation Public Affairs
For further information, contact the FJF at 767-

"Partisans — Heroes of the Forest," an interfaith
commemoration of the Holocaust, will take place at 7
p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at Shaar Hashomayim
Synagogue, 115 Giles Blvd. East, in Windsor.
Dr. Allan Levine, author of "Fugitives of the Forest:
The Heroic Story of Jewish Resistance and Survival
During the Second World War," will be keynote speaker.
The program is sponsored by Windsor-based syna-
gogues Shaar Hashomayim, Congregation Beth El
and Shaarey Zedek, and by the Windsor Jewish
Federation. ❑

Exterior Imposing

Holocaust Memorial Center on target for mid-October opening.


Staff Writer

onstruction for the exterior of -the new
52,000-square-foot Holocaust Memorial
Center in Farmington Hills is ahead of
schedule and will be completed by mid-
August. The opening is planned in mid-October.
"The interior design, which is quite complex, will
not be finished until mid-October," said Rabbi
Charles Rosenzveig, HMC executive director.
"That's the schedule and it looks as though it will be
done on time.
"We want to have the center ready when school -
tours usually begin," he said.
The building, located fairly close to the curb, is
clearly visible from Orchard Lake Road near 12
Mile Road. Much of the exterior facade has a blue
and light gray striped motif that suggests the uni-
forms worn by Jews in Nazi concentration camps.
Funding for the project has been slower than
expected because of economic conditions, according
Rabbi Rosenzveig, who remains confident of attain-



The exterior of the Holocaust Memorial Center, designed
to suggest the striped uniforms worn by _Jews in Nazi
concentration camps, will be completed ahead of schedule.

ing the goal of $17 million. So far, $6.5 million has
been raised.
"We are now working very hard to secure the
rest," he said. "We want everybody to have a part in
it because it is of such historic proportions." ❑

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