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June 06, 2003 - Image 103

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-06-06

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reveals Harris, a CPA who had
doubts about practicing Judaism
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Darvick, who grew up iri an
assimilated household in
Atlanta, always had a strong
Jewish identity.
Forced to sing "Jesus Loves
Me" every morning in public
school, Darvick initiated a private
rebellion in first grade by avoiding red
and green (the colors of Christmas)
crayons for her pictures.
In her teen years, Darvick's paternal .
grandfather sent her on two trips to
Israel, and she began incorporating
more religion into her everyday world.
A lifelong member of Hadassah; she
attends services at both Congregation
B'nai Moshe in West Bloomfield and
Temple Beth El in Bloomfield
Township to honor the different beliefs
within her family, which includes
daughter Emma, a student at the Jewish
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"Bringing Jewish ritual and learning
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that I was determined to find a way
for others to connect to a tradition
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says Darvick, who also has included a
community prayer experience of fellow
Torah student Batya Berlin of
Bloomfield Hills.
"I thought that if I could just show
readers, via moving testimonies, what
they could be a part of, then maybe,
just maybe, some would be spurred to
check out this world called Judaism."
Darvick's writing and editing career
began shortly after her graduation
from Kenyon College in Gambier,
Ohio, where her love for languages
motivated her to earn a bachelor's
degree in Spanish and French. She
moved to New York, worked in suc-,
cessive jobs in publishing houses and
wrote for a financial publication.
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York, with a friend suggesting Darvick
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Michigan because of his work transfer.
The author, who put together news
bulletins for the Jewish Community
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