A 2002 Michigan Press Association
General Excellence winner
Friday, May 2, 2003
Nisan 30, 5763
Vol. CXXIII, No. 12
29 Open-Hearted Heroes
Senior volunteers win
"Eight Over 80" honors.
1948 veterans fight a final battle 55
years later — for historical truth.
B'nai Mitzvah . • • .39
Candlelighting . . . .9
Danny Raskin . . .78
Editor's Notebook . 5
Engagements . . . .42
Entertainment . . . 61
Out 8c About . . 62
Torah Portion . . 52
61 Back To Their Roots
Retro pop, community singing
45 Love And Harmony
Pops concert introduces temple's
new cantorial soloist, and his future wife.
9 Why Is This Birth
Keeping a kosher Pesach
is a labor of love.
14 Not On Our Watch
25 Responding To
Wayne State has an obligation
to community, Jewish students.
Caring for children
Holocaust service stresses remembering
so the slaughter won't happen again.
Commemoration marks 60th anniversary
of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
114 Edith Honigman
Attuned to people
Israel At 55
COVER STORY page 53
arly this week, there was guarded hope that peace talks could resume and
that Israel's 55th birthday could be celebrated joyously. Then another suicide
bomber struck Wednesday, killing three Israelis and injuring at least 55 other
people — reminding us that Palestinian militants still want the Jewish state
expunged from the Middle East, nothing less.
Whether new Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, whose own background
toward Jews brings his credibility into question, can deter such attacks remains to be seen.
One thing's for sure: Yom HaAtzmaut, Israel Independence Day, will come on Iyar
5 — this year on May 7.
Suggested names for the new state that would emerge from Palestine were many:
Zion, Ziona, Judaea, Ivriya, Herzliya. But the chosen name, Israel, honored the
Israelites, the name by which the Jewish people had been known since biblical times.
The War of Independence started May 14, 1948. It ended when a truce was agreed
to with Israel's Arab neighbors in early 1949. Israel was by then larger than the origi-
nal U.N. Partition Plan of 1947 had envisioned, but smaller than what was within
reach militarily. Israel's borders have continued to change.
Israel's population has grown from 600,000 in 1948 to 6.6 million today —5.3
million Jews and 1.3 million Arabs. Waves of
immigrants, especially from Eastern Europe,
the former Soviet Union, Argentina, Ethiopia
and Sephardi lands, have swelled the number.
Israel is a tapestry of military might, geo-
graphic beauty, historical treasure, farming
ingenuity, high tech leadership, cultural artistry
and spiritual diversity.
But it must stand sentry against radical forces
trying desperately to literally blow up any
chance of lasting peace in the region.
Shabbat shalom and chag sameach!
Robert A. Sklar, editor
113 Dr. Aaron Stern
Israel's Greatest Generation
renew popularity in Israel.
Page design, Alex Lumelsky
82 Celebrating Israel!
Authentic recipes for marking
Israel Independence Day.
85 He Wrote The Words
DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
The stogy of Hatikvah and the
sad life of man who wrote it.
Contrary to the cover reference, the
May issue of Style At The Jewish News
will appear next week, not this week.
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