Jesse Arm, 7, and
Andie Harris, 5, both of
West Bloomfield, picnic
on the temple carpet.
Tessa Nosanchuk and
Mallory Baker, both
4 ofWest Bloomfield,
enjoy a kiddie ride
under the temple's
Devra Rude, 8, of
Farmington Hills learns
new dance moves
with Living Energy
Elizabeth Potoesky, 2,
enjoys the moonwalk set
All In A Day's Fun
Rain prompts Labor Day picnic
to be held both indoors and out.
light rain didn't keep families away from Temple Israel's annual Labor
Day picnic. Many activities were moved inside, although some remained
outside in the drizzle or under tents. The temple brotherhood held a
concurrent blood drive.
People were coming and going throughout the family funfest; Temple Israel's
Marc Berke estimated the turnout to be a few thousand.
Highlights included music, dancing, face painting, moonwalks, obstacle courses and
a 15-foot slide in the middle of the main atrium. Outside, a petting farm and pony
rides were set up on the lawn. Train rides were given in the parking area. A carousel
under the covered entryway drew younger children.
"I think it's a great event, especially for families," said Julie Sturman Frank of West
Bloomfield, who attended with her husband, Jeffrey, and their 2-year-son, Ryan. She
said Ryan "loved everything" and "got to ride a pony for the first
The free annual event is open to the community thanks to
a grant from the Bittker families and donated services from
the Cappuccino Man, Living Energy, Iverson's Bakery and
the International Brotherhood of Magicians. ❑
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Legging it out
Seniors to benefit
fr om Sunday walk.
Special to the Jewish News
f walkers need inspiration to par-
ticipate in the first "Walk of
Ages," a 3K community
walkathon Sunday, Sept. 7, to raise
funds to help support older Jewish
adults, they need only to turn to one
of their fellow walkers, Julius
Spielberg of West Bloomfield.
He'll turn 102 Sept. 5 — and he's
'still walking strongly. In fact,
Spielberg will serve as grand marshal
of the event sponsored by the Jewish
Home & Aging Services Auxiliary in
partnership with ElderLink Network
of Services and the Jewish News. The
proceeds will aid elderly residents of
Fleischman Residence and Danto
Family Health Care Center in West
Bloomfield and Menorah House in
The walkathon will cover about 1.8
miles around the Eugene and Marcia
Applebaum Jewish Community
Campus in West Bloomfield.
"I could even walk five miles if I
had to," quipped Spielberg, who has
walked in competitive races for almost
30 years in all 50 states and won 27
medals and a "room full of trophies."
He's a member of the Michigan
Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
"Walk of Ages" will begin at 9 a.m.
in front of the Fleischman Residence,
preceded by registration at 8:15 a.m.
and warm-ups at 8:45 a.m. A conti-
nental breakfast will follow at
"We hope the "Walk of Ages" will be
just that — people of all ages walking
together in a real family event to honor
the elderly," said Chairperson Geri
Margolis of West Bloomfield, who also
is past president of the auxiliary. "Events
like this ensure the highest standards of
support for elderly Jewish people. And
Sept. 7 is especially meaningful because
it's National Grandparents Day."
Costs for the event are $18 per person
in advance or $20 on Sept. 7, including
a T-shirt; $36 for a family (two adults
and four children) in advance, or $40
on the day of the event, with two shirts;
and $125 for a team of five with five
shirts, or $130 on Sunday.
To register, call Lori Smith,
JHAS Auxiliary coordinator, at
(248) 661-2969. ❑