Kudos, Meals On Wheels
or 30 years, volunteers from the National
Council of Jewish Women Greater Detroit
Section have served kosher meals five days a
week to seniors in nursing homes, subsidized hous-
ing, apartment buildings and private homes
throughout metropolitan Detroit.
Even though the activity is sponsored by an
organization that includes the
word "women" in its name,
many of its newest volunteers
are men. And quite a few are
On June 9, many of the 150
Meals on Wheels volunteers were
honored at an anniversary lunch-
eon at the Anna & Meyer Prentis
Jewish Apartments in Oak Park.
"We prdvide meals for people
who can't get out easily; who are
Dorothy and Peter
unable to cook for themselves;
who don't see people day to
day," said Carol Sue Coden of
Bloomfield Hills, a past presi-
dent of NCJW Greater Detroit
thanks Meals on
and past Meals on Wheels chair.
"With Meals on Wheels, they
know they can count on seeing
people at least once a day."
Prentis Apartments, one of the four independent
living apartment buildings operated by Jewish
Apartments and Services, was an especially appropri-
ate place to hold the luncheon, said Andrea Ansarch
of Royal Oak, this year's Meals chair. Prentis is
home base for Jeff Rosenberg, who has been cook-
ing for the program at Prentis for 12 years. And
many residents of the building come to his kitchen
every morning to help pack the meals.
At a short ceremony, Ansarch presented each volun-
teer with a decorative candle, "to represent the light
that you bring into the lives of everyone you touch."
The NCJW program, which provides cold lunches
and hot dinners with soup, is the only such service
in metro Detroit to deliver kosher meals. Volunteers
are asked to commit at least two hours at least one
day a week.
Financial support for the program comes from
NCJW, supplemented by a grant from the Area
Agency on Aging. When possible, clients contribute
a portion of the cost.
For more information or to volunteer, call NCJW
at (248) 355-3300.
— Diana Lieberman
Honoring The Founder
orty years after founding the Humanistic
Judaism movement in the living room of a
private, suburban Michigan home, Rabbi
Sherwin Wine is preparing to retire from leadership
of the Birmingham Temple.
Rabbi Wine will be honored at Shabbat services,
followed by an oneg Shabbat, at 8 p.m. Friday, June
27, at the synagogue.
While he will be leaving his post at Birmingham
Temple in the hands of colleagues Rabbis Tamara
Kolton and Adam Chalom, Rabbi Wine says his
retirement is from the synagogue, not from involve-
ment in the movement. The rabbi's continuing par-
ticipation will include visits to the more than 60
Humanistic congregations established worldwide
Athens/JTA — Elie Wiesel was trans-
Oak Park — Monday, June 23, will
ferred from intensive care at a Greek
be an evening of both celebration and
hospital after receiving treatment for a
tribute for those involved with the
Oak Park-based Machon UTorah: The respiratory infection.
The Nobel laureate was in Greece to
Jewish Learning Network of
the country's Foreign Ministry
on human rights and foreign policy,
In addition to the presentation of
but the address was canceled due to
the Torah Legacy Award to Brent and
the infection. Wiesel, who survived
Nancy Triest of Huntington Woods
German death camps, is 74.
and the Community Service Award to
Dr. David and Leah Ungar of Oak
Park, recipients of the first Jewish
Awareness America (JAAM)
Maimonides Leader Fellowship at the
Jewish Resource Center in Ann Arbor
will be honored.
Washington/JTA — President Bush
For reservations and cost of attend-
again delayed moving the U.S.
ing the Machon L'Torah 23rd anniver-
Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
sary banquet, call (248) 967-0888. The
In a statement, Bush said it was in
celebration will be held at the
the "national security interests of the
Ambassador Hotel, 16400 J.L. Hudson United States" to postpone moving the
Drive, Southfield. The reception
embassy from Tel Aviv for an addi-
begins at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m.
tional six months.
and speaking on behalf of the movement.
The retirement celebration will include tributes by
Rabbis Kolton and Chalom as well as Rabbi Dan
Cohn-Sherbok, author and chair in Judaism at
University of Wales, and the Rev. Harry Cook of St.
Andrew's Episcopal Church in Clawson.
The program will include a presentation of the
book, A Life of Courage, an academic celebratory
volume of 25 essays from friends and colleagues of
Rabbi Wine's from around the world. It was com-
piled by Rabbi Cohn-Sherbok, the Rev. Cook and
Marilyn Rowens, director of the International
Institute of Secular Humanistic Judaism.
— Shelli Liebman Dorfman
Road Map Woes
he road map to peace can only be drawn if
the Palestinian Authority curbs and eradi-
cates terrorism — namely Hamas, said
Moshe Ram, consul general of Israel.
Sitting with the Jewish News between speaking
engagements and meetings with congressional staff
members in Detroit on June 16, Ram said the newest
road map has the same destination as the Oslo
Accords in 1993, but it's a more difficult road now
because of terrorism from Hamas, established in 1987.
"After Palestinian Authority President Yasser
Arafat signed the Oslo Accord papers with Israeli
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, it was much easier to
eradicate Hamas," said Ram, whose Chicago office
covers 11 states in the Midwest.
Arafat didn't understand that, as much as Hamas
is a threat for Israel, it is also a threat for the
Palestinian Authority. By being so vocal and so
against the peace process and of any negotiation
Since the Embassy Relocation Act
was passed in 1995, presidents repeat-
edly have postponed the move.
As a presidential candidate, Bush
had told Jewish leaders that moving
the embassy would be one of his first
Plan To Simplify
New York/JTA — Men who refuse to
give their wives a religious Jewish
divorce must pay $150 a day under a
revised prenuptial agreement released
by a coalition of Orthodox groups.
The pre-nup released by the Beth
Din of America, the Rabbinical
Council of America and the Orthodox
Caucus aims to resolve the long-stand-
ing problem of agunot, "chained
women," who are unable to remarry
because their spouses refuse to grant
them divorces. The new agreement
names the Beth Din of America as a
default venue for giving the get and
also simplifies earlier pre-nuptial
agreements, the groups say.
London/JTA — The British govern-
ment will ignore a semiofficial recom-
mendation that would outlaw kosher
slaughter, a source close to the govern-
ment has told JTA.
David Mencer, chairman of the
Labor Friends of Israel lobbying
group, said he had been assured that
Prime Minister Tony Blair and the
governing Labor party are committed
to protecting kosher slaughter.
Box Is A Fake
Tel Aviv/JTA — A burial box that was
purported to have once contained the
bones of Jesus' brother James is a for-
gery, Israeli experts said. "The ossuary