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September 06, 2003 - Image 38

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-09-06

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Population: 78,296

Agudas Yisroel Mogen Abraham
Beth Tefilo Emanuel Tikvah

Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Shomrey Emunah

Yagdil Torah

Young Israel of Southfield
Jewish Funeral Homes:

The Ira Kaufman Chapel
Educational Institutions:

Ohr Somayach Detroit
Partners in Torah

Sholem Aleichem Institute
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah School for Boys

Yeshivas Darchei Torah

Yeshivat Akiva
Jewish Agencies/Organizations:

Children of Holocaust Survivors Association in

Michigan - CHAIM
Council of Orthodox Rabbis/VAAD Harabonim

Detroit Jewish News/STYLE Magazine
Ecumenical Institute for Jewish-Christian Studies
Jewish Family Service
Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network
Jewish War Veterans and Ladies Auxiliary
National Conference of Synagogue Youth - NCSY
National Council of Jewish Women — Greater
Detroit Section


location in the "south fields" of Bloomfield

Township, of which it was originally a part. In

1830, it became a separate entity, although its City

Charter was not approved until 1958.

With 26 million square feet of office space that

includes more than 140 Fortune 500 companies,

Southfield is often referred to as the "Office

Capital of the Midwest."

Southfield has a large Jewish population of all

denominations, including many young families

who made use of interest-free loans through the

Neighborhood Project of the Jewish Federation of

Metropolitan Detroit.

Many synagogues, day schools, agencies and

organizations make their home in Southfield

because of its central location and excellent city

Jan Wanetick with her children Sala, 15, Francine and Natalie, 10


an Wanetick is not a
newcomer to
Southfield, having lived
there for the past 32 years.
She and her daughters have lived in their present house for more
than 11 years.
She and her late husband, Marvin, chose to buy their first
home in Southfield because of its stable neighborhoods and good
schools. They also liked the convenient location and the
proximity to shopping centers and to their synagogue,
Congregation Beth Shalom in Oak Park.
Now, as a widow raising three young children, she likes that
she is close to friends and family, and to the Detroit school where
she teaches special education classes.
"If I need to pick up my kids in the middle of the day, the
traveling distance makes it possible," she said.
Jan is an active member of Beth Shalom and a life member of
National Council of Jewish Women and Hadassah.
Every Friday, Jan and her children visit the Bake Station on
Southfield Road to buy their Shabbat challah.
"We love how sweet-tasting it is," she said.


An eruv (a ritual enclosure to ease Shabbat

restrictions in residential areas) includes the area

between 11 and 12 Mile roads and Telegraph

Road and Evergreen, and encompasses both

Young Israel of Southfield and Congregation

Shaarey Zedek.

Another smaller eruv in the Southfield

Gardens subdivision connects with Project Eruv

in Oak Park.

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"The kids like going to the Cranbrook Swim Club on Evergreen and 13 Mile, and the

custard shop at Woodward and 14 Mile is always a treat," said Jan Wanetick, "and

I love the Beverly Hills Grill.

"We also love the library; it's a great meeting place for people, more like a

downtown library. The other day I sat out on the patio by the fountain and read a

book, and there was classical music piped in. it's the kind of place where people

like to spend time."

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