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In honor of National Volunteer Week,
the Jewish Home & Aging Services
hosted the annual volunteer recogni-
tion party at the Fleischman
Residence in West Bloomfield on
May 1. Community volunteers
attended an awards presentation,
lunch and Mexican fiesta musical
The 2003 recipients of special vol-
unteer awards included volunteer of
the year, Terri Rossman; auxiliary per-
son of the year, Pearlena Bodzin;
benefactor of the year, Mark
Kowalsky; community group of the
year, Young Israel of Southfield;
young adult of the year, David Zhou;
junior volunteer, Sammy Dubin;
youth of the year, Yaakov Cohen;
JHAS Guardianship Program volun-
teer of the year, Arlene Tilchin; Jewish
Community Chaplaincy Program vol-
unteers of the year, Andy and Harriet
Gawronsky; Jewish Community
Chaplaincy Program group of the
year, Beth Jacob School for Girls;
Dorothy and Peter Brown Center vol-
unteer of the year, RUth Farber.
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The four candidates for two seats on the
West Bloomfield school board will par-
. ticipate in a forum 7:30-9 p.m. Tuesday,
May 20, at West Bloomfield High
School, 4925 Orchard Lake Road. The
forum will be broadcast live on Channel
19, the West Bloomfield School District
Educational Access Channel and repeat-
ed several times before the election.
The candidate forum will be conduct-
ed by the League of Women Voters
Oakland Area. The event is sponsored
by the Parent Communications
Network of West Bloomfield Schools.
The candidates for member of the
board of education are Sandra P. Colvin,
David G. Gad-Harf, Nelson M. Hersh
and Melanie A. Torbert.
Residents in the school district may
submit questions for the candidates to
be asked during the forum by attending
the forum in person or by calling (248)
865-6736 between 7 and 8:30 p.m. on
The school election is Monday, June
9. Qualified voters may apply for an
absentee ballot by calling (248) 865-
6432 or by going to the West
Bloomfield district office, 5810
Commerce Road at Hiller.
Alumni from Schulze Elementary in
Detroit will unite on May 28 for a kick-
off event at the school,
which will feature a
tree planting ceremony
and dedication honor-
immediate past presi-
dent Kathleen Strauss.
Straus is the parent
of two Schulze alumni
and is a long-term
member of the •
Michigan State Board of Education.
The tree planting is a gift from Council
in appreciation for Straus' dedication
and hard work during her tenure as
president. Included in the program will
be greetings from the current Schulze
principal, Diane Fleming, a presentation
by the school choir and a tour of the
new school building.
The Schulze alumni have formed a
volunteer literacy corps through the
Detroit Jewish Coalition for Literacy
and will servr as tutors, readers and vol-
unteers at Schulze during the summer
school session. Chaired by council board
members SallyJo Levine and Ellie Slovis,
the DJCL is an affiliate of the National
Jewish Coalition for Literacy.
For information on the May 28 event
or to volunteer as a Schulze literacy
reader/tutor, call Phyllis Jarvis, (248)
Irwin Cohen's late:s't book, Tiger
Stadium (Arcadia Publishing), tells the
story of Detroit's baseball franchise in
its Trumbell and Michigan location.
From the beginning in 1896 through
the Greenberg years to the last game in
1999, the book contains many never-
before-published photographs among
its 200 illustrations.
The author, who worked in Tiger
Stadium as a writer-photographer and
front office employee and earned a
World Series ring in 1984, pho-
tographed the historic ballpark from
locations not accessible to the public.
With the release of this book, Cohen
has gone back to work on finishing
Echoes of Detr oit's Jewish Communities,
which will tell the local Jewish history
from 1760 to the present.
If you have photographs of Jewish
neighborhood scenes to contribute, call
Cohen, (248) 968-5314.