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September 19, 2003 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-09-19

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This Week

Service To Southfield

en Muriel Zweigel's two children

WI were young, she founded a Girl

Scout troop at their Southfield school,
served on the board of the Parent-
Teacher Association and frequently vol-
unteered as room mother.
The 38-year Southfield resident went
on to volunteer with the city's Mobile
Watch program, the Citizens' Advisory
Committee for the local U.S. Post
Office, the neighborhood association
and the Goodfellows. She serves on the
legislative commit-
tee of the
Chamber of
Commerce, as a
board member and
treasurer of the
city's Cornerstone
Authority, and reg-
ularly attends city
council meetings.
In recognition of her years of service,
Zweigel received Southfield's Greg
Kennedy Community Service Award at
the Sept. 15 meeting of the Southfield
City Council.
Known as Muriel Bensman when she
graduated from Detroit's Central High
School, Zweigel is a member of Temple
Emanu-El in Oak Park.
She is the third annual winner of the
Community Service Award, which hon-
ors the memory of Greg Ke-imedy, a
long-time Southfield resident who died
in 1998.
— Diana Lieberman

New Drug Cocktails

o cutting-edge drugs being devel-
oped in Israel may be another
advance in the fight against neurode-
generative diseases such as Alzheimer's
and Parkinson's disease, said a professor
at Haifa's Technion-Israel Institute of
Technology, during a stop in Detroit.
Dr. Moussa Youdin, a Technion's
medical school professor, led researchers
to develop the anti-Parkinson's drug
Rasagiline, and a derivative anti-
Alzheimer's drug currently designated
TV 3326.
Although more models and drugs
have been developed for Parkinson's,
nothing developed so far can halt the
progression of either disease, said Dr.
Youdim, during a lunch of dim sum in
West Bloomfield. "At best, we treat the
symptoms, which is not the most ideal.
It's like taking aspirin for a toothache."
Dr. Youdim spent Sept. 9-10

Something Extra

fundraising on behalf of the American
Technion Society.
Rasagiline, an anti-Parkinson's drug
recently submitted for approval from
the FDA, will hopefully be marketed in
2004, and the anti-
Alzheimer deriva-
tive drug TV 3326
is now going
through clinical
'studies, he said.
A drug cocktail
of TV 3326,
Rasagiline and
other anti-
Parkinson's drugs
may have "neuroprotective activity, that
it can prevent the death of neurons at
least in animal and laboratory studies.
We have to study it more closely in
clinical trials, and that's sometime away,
because it's somewhat expensive," he
said. "We hope to speed up the process,
because it's rather urgent to have these
"We know we're in trouble," he said.
"By the year 2020, there will be maybe
24 million Alzheimer patients, and the
cost to look after them will be $370 bil-
lion a year."
— Harry Kirsbaum

Beating The Chill


on Surath is back in town this
weekend for the Detroit Mumford
High School Class of 1963 40th-year
But in case you can't catch up with
the California resident at the Mumford
festivities, check him out at Barnes &
Noble on Main Street in Royal Oak at
6 p.m. Sunday. He'll be doing a book
signing for his new book, Conquering
Cold Calling Fear.
"This book is
not about teach-
ing anything to
the folks who call
at dinner time,"
says Surath. "It is
designed for busi-
sales people, job
seekers who can't
get potential
employers to call them back and anyone
who has to contact strangers in the
course of their day."
Surath earned degrees at the Universi-
ty of Michigan and at Wayne State
University before heading to the San
Francisco media market, where he sold
radio and TV advertising, trained sales
staffs, announced football and basket-
ball on radio and hosted a talk show.
— Alan Hitsky

TEAM Kicks Off

achers at Jewish supplementary
?scho ols teach the same students,
with the same educational, societal and
developmental problems, as teachers in
public schools - -for a fraction of the
In addition, they see their students at
a time when young people would
much rather be watching television or
playing soccer than sitting in a class-
But, according to Rabbi Elliott
Kleinman, with the right training,
tools and attitude, teachers have the
power to make religious school an
exciting and stimulating experience.
"When someone asks you what you
do, don't say 'I teach Sunday school,"'
he advised. "Instead, you should be
saying, 'Every Sunday, I take kids on a
field trip to Mt. Sinai.'"
Rabbi Kleinman, program director
for the Union of Hebrew
Congregations, spoke to 90 teachers
Sept. 11 at the Franklin home of
Doreen Hermelin. The occasion was
the kick-off to the second year of the
TEAM (Teacher Education
Advancement Model) program, which
g ives extra education in Judaica to
teachers in Detroit-area supplementary
TEAM began
last year with
programs for
teachers of
through second-
grade students.
This year, teach-
ers of third-
through fifth-
grade students will
attend classes the
second Sunday of every month, along
with other learning opportunities dur-
ing the week. -
Teachers receive a stipend for partici-
pation and, at the end of the two-year
program, will be eligible for a TEAM
trip to Israel at the discount rate of
The program is run by the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit's
Alliance for Jewish Education in part-
nership with the Hermelin-Davidson
Center for Congregation Excellence
and the William Davidson Graduate
School of Jewish Education, Jewish
Theological Seminary of America.

— Diana Lieberman


ilombining her
Ilhayears of expe-
rience as a fash-
ion executive and
designer with her
passionate advo-
cacy for peace,
has creat-
ed Wings
for Peace
"I know
a symbol
Wings for Peace charm -
can be to
create awareness and funding for a
cause," said Rosenberg of Bloomfield
Hills. "I have created a symbol that
represents a personal commitment to
"Wings for Peace features wings as
the unifying motif that connect to
symbols of faith," she said of the peace
sign, Star of David, cross, ohm and
sign of Allah.
Her designs — which include neck-
laces, key chains, lapel pins and belts —
vary in size and price, from small silver
birds with hanging symbols to an 18-
carat white-gold and diamond necklace
and a silver and diamond peace buckle
on an alligator belt.
A long-time organizer of prayer serv-
ices, workshops and dialogues between
diverse populations ; - Rosenberg saw the
jewelry as an opportunity to raise the
level of awareness for the need for
peace. She will donate profits to pro-
grams and organizations that work to
pursue peace.
For information or to purchase
Wings for Peace jewelry, call Brenda
Naomi Rosenberg at (248) 594-1545
or send an e-mail to:
wings4peacejewelry@comcast.net II
— Shelli Liebman Dorfman


• In "And All That Schmaltz"
(Sept. 12, page 76), the photo cap-
tions should have identified the
clarinet player as Shel Belenson.

• In "Controversial Vigil" (Sept.
12, page 22), the initial reference to
the synagogue should have been
Beth Israel Congregation.


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