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At 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, Dr.
John Merlde will speak at Adat
Shalom Synagogue on "Faith
Transformed: Christian Encounters
with Jews and Judaism."
Dr. Merkle will discuss how his
experiences and those of church
leaders and theologians have led to
new reflections on Christian faith.
He will discuss the controversy sur-
rounding the new Mel Gibson film,
On the evening of Saturday, Sept.
20, Dr. Merkle will speak at com-
bined Selichot services for Adat
Shalom and B'nai Moshe members
at Adat Shalom. His topic will be
"Christian Repentence for Anti-
Semitism." He will discuss the offi-
cial Catholic and Protestant church
documents that have expressed and
called for repen-
tance for anti-
the last four
decades. He will
propose steps to
foster respect for
Jews and Judaism
"John is unique
in that he is able to Dr. John Merkle
through the study of Judaism," said
Adat Shalom Rabbi Herbert
The program will begin at 9 p.m.,
followed by refreshments at 10:30
and Selichot services at 11.
Dr. Merkle is a professor of theol-
ogy at the College of Saint Benedict
and at St. John's University in
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Bracelets Support Terror Victims
On Steven Weiss' wrist is a bracelet
bearing the name of Israeli terror
victim Yaakov Kobi Mandell, who
was murdered by terrorists at age 14
near the eastern Gush Etzion corn-
munity of Tekoa in May 2001.
Weiss, executive director of
Congregation Beth Shalom, pur-
chased the memorial bracelet as a
part of the synagogue-based fund-
raiser to benefit All4Israel, an organ-
ization assisting victims of terror
with funding; employment, school
tuition, home alterations for the dis-
abled and access to medical care and
The bracelet sales were suggested
by the synagogue's executive vice
president, Zieva Konvisser of
Orchard Lake, who heard about
other local groups involved with
All4Israel. Ian Zitron of Bloomfield
Hills, executive board member and
-social action committee chair, took
over and ordered 300 bracelets for
the synagogue to sell at $10 each.
Each has the name of victim of a
terror attack in Israel and is accom-
panied by a history on the victim.
"Not only have they been selling
quickly, but people are buying more
than one, and some are making
donations, too," Weiss said. "It is
touching how people are thinking of
other people, in more than one
Beth Shalom President Nancy
Glen said, "Our membership was
extremely receptive and this pro-
gram gives everyone an opportunity
to feel they can do their part in sup-
porting Israeli families that have
been touched by terrorism."
The hope is for the synagogue's
religious school and nursery school
also to become involved in the proj-
All proceeds from the bracelet
sales will go to All4Israel because
administrative costs are being under-
written by the synagogue.
To purchase an All4Israel memo-
rial bracelet to help victims of Israeli
terror, call Beth Shalom at (248)
547-7970; send a fax to (248) 547-
0421, or send an e-mail to:
— Shelli Liebman Dorfman,