talks, often done with accents, are laced with "human-inter-
S ometimes she's a Yankee Doodle Dandy.
stories, which help impart knowledge," Dunitz said.
Or she might be a clown, an aviator or "El
also donates her time to do a free presentation for
Orador Fascinador" — a saucy Spanish lady with a
service groups called
"Revolutionary Results in
Whoever she chooses to be when
Recessionary Times." The 30-40
she presents educational talks to
minute programs cover several
audiences, Carol Dunitz seeks to
"how-to" topics from the com-
make the experience entertaining.
munications modules, including
Dunitz, a veteran advertising and
shmoozing, working a room,
marketing "communicologist" from
improving sales and advertising
Ann Arbor, has
effectiveness and building non-
music and per-
Dunitz plays Uncle Sam for
the volunteer programs, and she
was only too happy to perform
was an undergrad-
one of her original songs for this
uate theater major
at the University
Jewish Community Council
of Michigan and
she received her
Executive Director David Gad-
Had, who attended Dunitz's
TSCHIRHART Wayne State
speech for the West Bloomfield
Special to the
Optimists, said she "was humor-
ous and outgoing and provided
us with pragmatic suggestions
on how we can communicate
Theater and Journalism.
Some 18 months ago, with her
Psychologist Robert Hack,
livelihood threatened by the eco-
who booked her for the West
nomic downturn, the mother of four Carol Dunitz as Uncle Sam, a persona she adopts
Bloomfield Rotary Club, said,
teenaged daughters "finally
when she makes presentations to civic groups.
"She had an interesting way of
embraced" a career path that people
putting her points across and
had frequently suggested for her.
looking at the positive side of life."
Dunitz reinvented herself as a speaker on business commu-
Gail Gotthelf Fisher, a media salesperson, heard Dunitz
nications — but a fun one.
speak to the Birmingham Lions and also knows her from
As part of her business, "The Last Word," Dunitz offers
advertising. "She's very witty and creative," Fisher said.
clients a choice of "info-tainment modules" that she pro-
"She has a knack for creating messages that grab your atten-
duces and performs herself. Costumed to suit each theme,
and get you involved."
she speaks and also sings to association and corporate
Dunitz has found her audiences to be very responsive:
groups in Michigan or as far away as Houston and Biloxi,
1 laughing a lot, posing questions and sometimes giving her
Handouts help the audience review her points about dry-
"They've even asked me to e-mail my song lyrics. It's a
sounding topics, such as "Communications for Health Care
Professionals" and "Top-Notch Customer Service." Her
"Lighting Shabbat candles makes me feel warm inside, and I am happy to
be doing something that God told us to do. It's nice to celebrate Shabbat
with the family."
— Lauren Goldstein, 11, West Bloomfield
Sponsored by Lubavitch
To submit a candlelighting
message or to receive
and information on Shabbat
candlelighting, call Miriam
Amzalak of Oak Park at
(248) 967-5056 or e-mail:
ews could be reminded to use
eight candles for Chanukah, as
opposed to two for Shabbat
and seven in the synagogue, by
looking at the first two Hebrew letters of
the holiday's Hebrew name. How?
•(sl-q2ii) Jo..qvu piOM
maiqaH atp jo .Tan al lsnj alp ‘unu sr
Jana' puopas sir !ni2ID • o uowenumu
-e!nutua2 E get' tptim %No Jana'
alp TplM str!2aq LIENnumo :Jamsuy
"A generation of young Jews grows
more distant from Israel as Israel
grows more distant from them. Public
relations campaigns aren't going to
bring more young Jews to Israel, just
as these same campaigns won't solve
the problems of contemporary Israel.
Only trading in hard political choices
will do that."
— Jo AnnMort, co-author of the new
book "Our Hearts Invent a Place: Can
Kibbutzim Survive in Today's Israel?"
(Cornell University Press), as quoted in
My tsi-tsiss* help me feel secure,
And not at loose ends, or unsure.
If I didn't wear 'ern,
Deep in my gederem**
I'd feel nahkedik,*** as it were.
— Martha Jo Fleischmann
* four-cornered, fringed religious
garment worn by men beneath a shirt
Friday, May 16, 8:30 p.m.
Friday, May 23, 8:37 p.m.
Saturday, May 17, 9:40 p.m.
Saturday, May 24, 9:48 p.m.
Source: From The New Joys of Yiddish
by Leo Calvin Rosten, edited by
Lawrence Bush, copyright 2001, by
the Rosten Family LLC. Used by per-
mission of the Rosten Family LLC.