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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-09-06

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video recordings of happy Jewish life-cycle
events, such as weddings, b'nai mitzvah, brit
milah and baby-naming ceremonies. Owner David
Newman and his staff also provide videography
for in-house trainings, commercials, legal deposi-
tions and exhibits. Their latest product is blowing
up documents to make into poster-sized images,
often used as party sign-in boards.
Claim To Fame: Superb editing
Other Choices: TONE-e Creative Video



DeeDee Hoffman Party Design
West Bloomfield
(248) 855-6582

"DeeDee Hoffman knows her stuff.
She has anything you would want for
a party, and does it the most efficient-
ly of anyone we've dealt with. It was a
true pleasure working with her on a
bar mitzvah and several parties at our
home. On a 1 to 10 scale, I'd give her
a 20."
Marshall Blau, Bingham Farms

In business for 21 years this September, DeeDee
Hoffman and her staff are known for putting on
memorable occasions. They can handle the plan-
ning for weddings, b'nai mitzvah and other special
events. As needed, Hoffman Party Design will
assist with event themes, facilities, invitations,
linen design, band booking and more. They will
arrange hotel boxes and itineraries for out-of-
town guests.
Claim To Fame: Attention to detail
Other Choices: Gail Ball, Andrea Solomon


Lee's Specialty
Bloomfield Hills
(248) 646-6700

Located across from Shain Park, the Townsend
Hotel exudes European elegance and charm,
while providing American comfort. Features
include antique-style furnishings, marble floors,
Waterford crystal chandeliers, Egyptian cotton
bed sheets, deep marble tubs and suites with full
kitchens. There's a 24-hour concierge and state-
of-the-art exercise facility. The Rugby Grille serves
Continental cuisine.
Claim To Fame: Favored by visiting celebrities
Other Choices: Ritz-Carlton, Hotel Baronette,
DoubleTree Novi


"They did the invitations for both of
my daughters' bat mitzvahs, and also
for their weddings. We received won-
derful personal service and I love the
quality of their merchandise."
Shelley Wainer, West Bloomfield

Lee's Specialty, owned by Solange Messelian, is
known for its huge selection of invitations and
stationery for weddings, showers, b'nai mitzvah,
births and virtually every other occasion in a vari-
ety of styles and price ranges. In addition to cus-
tom and special orders, they carry a large in-store
inventory of invitations and stationery.
Calligraphy, both by hand and machine, is also
Claim To Fame: Personal service — trained staff
members work with each customer to find just the
right merchandise to suit both taste and budget.
Other Choices: Deborah's Invitations, Greetings


Townsend Hotel
(248) 248-642-7900


Philip Roth

"I love his books because they are so
filled with passion and rage. There's
such depth to his work that it can be
read on many different levels."
Dale Alpert Rubin,
Huntington Woods

Philip Roth is a prolific American novelist and
short story writer who has won numerous awards
for his work, much of which has a Jewish theme.
The turning point of his career came in 1969, with
the release of the movie version of his novella,
Goodbye, Columbus, and the publication of one of
his best-known novels, Portnoy's Complaint, which
received a great deal of criticism for its negative
portrayal of the Jewish mother.
Claim To Fame: Philip Roth won the Pulitzer
Prize for fiction in 1997 for his novel, American
Other Choices: Chaim Potok, Jonathan


Joan Nathan

"We're lucky to have such a beautiful
hotel in downtown Birmingham,
where we can put up visitors. The
food is marvelous. The cakes and pas-
tries are outstanding."
Sandra Posner,
Huntington Woods

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"I enjoy looking through cookbooks
for recipes, meal planning ideas, etc.
Joan Nathan's cookbooks contain deli-
cious-sounding meals without a lot of
Frank Hoffman, Farmington Hills

Joan Nathan, a nationally acclaimed cookbook

author, is host and executive producer of the tele-
vision series Jewish Cooking in America With
Joan Nathan. The series is based on her award-
winning Jewish Cooking in America. She's also
written The Jewish Holiday Baker, The Children's
Jewish Holiday Kitchen, The Jewish Holiday
Kitchen and The Flavor of Jerusalem.
Claim To Fame: Expert in Jewish cooking
Other Choices: Temple Israel cookbook, Adat
Shalom Synagogue cookbook


Jerry Seinfeld

"Seinfeld was the best comedy show
I've seen in the almost 50 years I've
been watching television. Every one
of the characters was great, including
— Jerry Rosenthal,
West Bloomfield

Jerry Seinfeld, a native of Brooklyn, launched his
comedy career when he became a regular guest
on Late Night with David Letterman and the
Tonight Show, after years of doing odd jobs and
performing stand-up comedy in clubs, sometimes
without pay. In 1990, he created the now-famous
Emmy-winning "show about nothing," with part-
ner Larry David. Seinfeld, now a husband and
father, is still active as an author and stand-up
Claim To Fame: Seinfeld remained at the top of
the ratings right up until its ninth — and final —
Other Choices: Jackie Mason, Billy Crystal


Detroit Jewish Community Center
Jewish Book Fair
Held annually each November at the
Jewish Community Centers in Oak Park
and West Bloomfield
(248) 661-1000 (West Bloomfield),
(248) 967-4030 (Oak Park)

"I look forward to going every year
because of the wonderful speakers
and the great variety of books. I know
if there's anything new in the Jewish
book world, I'll find it there."

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