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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-05-09

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In the JAMD hallways, Guyer speaks with Rabbi Baruch Lazewnik, rabbinics
instructor and fellow guitar player.

Cuban missile crisis, the entry of the
United States into Vietnam. With an
eye on the advanced-placement test,
which could earn students college
credit, Gutman steers the class into
examining the background and rea-
sons for events.
"I love this school," the teacher says
after class is dismissed. "I would wish
I'd gone here."

— a session spent analyzing the style
and arguments in two short works of
nonfiction with teacher Liz Vederman
— it's time for Rabbinics and Bible,
two classes that pinpoint the differ-
ence between the Jewish Academy and
other high schools.
Taught by Rabbis Aaron Bergman
and Scott Bolton, the two classes are
different in mood but share the open-
ended philosophy that characterizes
the JAMD approach to Judaism.
Acquiring The Tools
As Guyer puts it, "They encourage
Normally, Guyer would follow History introspection. One great rabbi might
with Spanish, but teacher Dan Greig is have said this; another great rabbi
otherwise occupied.
might have said that.
In addition to teaching Spanish, he's
"They teach you what you need to
also the school's director of musical
draw your own conclusions."
theater, and today he's rehearsing a
In the Bible Commentary class that
choir of JAMD students for their Yom
ends Guyer's day at school, students
HaShoah presentation.
begin to wrestle with the message of
So Guyer his friends have an
the Shema, the daily prayer of Jewish
impromptu study hall. Along with
identification. Bit by bit, Rabbi
junior Keren Stiebel of Bloomfield
Bolton, who teaches the _class, helps
Hills, he takes a few moments to dis-
them find alternative meanings for the
cuss the school.
opening segments of the prayer, from
Although Head of School Rabbi Lee "Hear, 0 Israel" to "all your heart, and
Buckman and most of the other
all your soul, and all your might."
administrators and Jewish studies
"If every Jew listens as one, then
teachers are themselves affiliated with
God will be one," Rabbi Bolton says.
the Conservative movement, the class-
Asked about the future of the
es "give us the tools to find out what
JAMD, Guyer says there isn't much
we think for ourselves," Guyer says.
he'd like to change.
"There's never straight dogma," he
"But, as the school gets more stu-
says. "In Rabbinics class, for example,
dents, I'd like to see more class
you don't get marked down for dis-
options, like Jewish philosophy and
agreeing.
literature," he says.
Stiebel adds, "You always have the
'Also the facility — it would be nice
option to bring in other things as well. if it was bigger, more private."
They're very open to what different
It's an exciting time to be a student
people do. There's no pressure. What
at the Jewish Academy, Stiebel adds.
you do in your own home is up to
"Being that it's such a young school,
you.
every year it's going to change. But no one
After Advanced-Placement English
knows what those changes will be." P1

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