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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-09-26

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Cover Story

The Wexner Foundation

Proudly Announces Its
Sixteenth Class of Graduate Fellows

Fellow

Career Area

Graduate Program

Michael Bergman
Noah Bickart
Yaacob Dweck
Leslie Ginsparg
Seth Goren
Vanessa Grajwer
Jonathan Gribetz
Alexander Herzfeld
Michael Kay
Abby Kornfeid
Asher Oser
Shulamith Passow
Rebecca Rosenthal
Rebecca Sasson
Ariana Silverman
Elizabeth Stoll
Stefanie Zelkind
Michael Zoosman

Georgetown University
-
Jewish Theological Seminary
University of Pennsylvania
New York University
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Reconstructionist Rabbinical College
Columbia University
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
New York University
New York University
Yeshiva University
New York University
Jewish Theological Seminary
Columbia University
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
Columbia Teachers College/J.T.S.
New York University
Jewish Theological Seminary

Jewish Communal Service
Rabbinate
Jewish Studies
Jewish Education
Rabbinate
Rabbinate
Jewish Studies
Rabbinate
Jewish Education
Jewish Studies
Rabbinate
Jewish Communal Service
Rabbinate
Jewish Education
Rabbinate
Jewish Education
Jewish Communal Service
Cantorate

The Wexner Foundation is guided by the vision of its founder, Leslie H. Wexner,

Chairman of Limited Brands and his wife, Abigail S. Wexner. The Foundation is
committed to excellence in Jewish leadership.

The Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program is designed to encourage the most

promising and talented Jewish men and women to pursue full-time graduate studies
leading to careers in professional Jewish leadership. The program provides full
academic tuition, generous living stipends, and annual Foundation-sponsored institutes
and learning experiences. Fellowships are awarded to outstanding candidates who
demonstrate the potential to assume major leadership positions in the fields of Jewish
Education, Jewish Communal Service, the Rabbinate, the Cantorate, and Jewish Studies.

The Wexner Foundation welcomes inquiries about its fellowship program
or guidance on training programs in professional Jewish leadership.

Information and applications may be obtained on our website
www.wexnerfoundation.org

The Wexner Foundation Graduate Fellowship Program

Rabbi B. Elka Abrahamson, Director
6525 West Campus Oval, Suite 110, New Albany, Ohio 43054
(614) 939-6060 • Fax (614) 939-6066

....../6952MISMANNAVIOMMIACIRRM

FOR ILAN RAMON

"I call upon every Jew in the world to plant a tree
in the land of Israel during the coming year
I would like to see 13 or 14 million new trees
planted in Israel exactly one year from now,
on the anniversary of the launching."
-Ilan Ramon

9/26

2003

102

To plant a tree in Israel in honor of
Ilan Ramon and his fellow
astronauts, go to
www.jewish.com .
Click on Donations to Israel.

SHOFAR BRIGADE

from page 101

in Toronto. "Over time, people have
seen the beautiful ceremony here and
more have become interested in blow-
ing shofar. This year, for the first time,
we have five shofar blowers. The idea
is for it to sound like the congregation
is in the hills of Jerusalem. Our hope
is to eventually have six or seven, with
some up in the balcony."
Becoming a shofar blower in the
main sanctuary at Shir Shalom
involves a climb up the shofar-blowing
ladder.
"We try to put the kids through a
step-by-step process," Mukamal said.
"Once they have had enough practice,
they blow shofar at the children's serv-
ice, then the youth service and then,
after their bar or bat mitzvah, they are
ready for the adult service."
This year, 13-year-old Stephanie
Steinberg of Farmington Hills has
reached that point.
Stephanie, who also plays the trum-
pet in her Warner Middle School
band, proved early on she was not eas
ily ciscouraged when she had an
unfortunate experience with her first
shofar.

Becoming a shofar
'
blower i n the main
sanctuary at Shir

Shalom involves a
climb up the shofar-
blowing ladder.

"She made it at Apples & Honey
when she was 6," said her father
David Steinbero. Shir Shalorn's irnme-
diate past president. "We kit the sho
far on the counter at home when we
went to services and when \ye got
home we discovered our golden
retriever had eaten it.
Stephanie said, "We found it in bits
and pieces under the dining room
table. I guess it was like a bone to
him."
Stephanie's first true introduction to
the shofar began with her grandfather.
"He has a shofar and one clay I tried
blowing it and realized I could," she
said.
While in previous years she used
one of the synagogue's shofrot, last
year she received one of her own as a
Chanukah gift.
Stephanie takes her shofar blowing

very seriously. "Sometimes, I know it
upsets my sister a little when I practice
when she's trying to watch a video or
read a book, but my whole family
knows how important this is to me,"
she said.
Other young Shir Shalom members
also regularly practice blowing shofar.
Zachary Friedman, 14, of West
Bloomfield [pictured on the cover] is
one who will blow shofar in the youth
service on Rosh Hashanah this year.

Who Blowing The Shofar?

This Rosh Hashanah, Stephanie will
join Mukamal, Scott Schwartz,
Michael Hoffman and Michael Eber
[also pictured on the coved, who have
blown shofar together at Shir Shalom
for two years.
At 17, Eber of West Bloomfield has
been blowing shofar for the last six
years.

"I first got into shofar blowing
when my mother rook me to Apples
& Honey to help volunteer and I
found a booth where some men from
another synagogue were sanding do
little shofars, said Eber.
"I picked one up and I could i
diately get a pitch. I used to play
French horn and, due to the narrow-
ness of both the French horn mouth-
piece and the shofar opening, I was
naturally inclined to the shofar."
Eber and others young <members
who blow shofar at Shir Shalom have
studied with cantorial soloist Penny
Steyer — who also blows shofar --- as
well as Mukamal.
`When the kids blow shofar it helps
link them in a very beautiful way to
our traditions," Mukamal said. 'It
brings them into a leadership role.
For Mukamal, the shofar-blowing
tradition has been passed down to his
daughters, Lauren, l I, and. Danielle,
9. "They would hear me practice in
the basement and would come down-
stairs and try it," he said.
Mukamal encourages the younger
generation to join him in shofar blow-
ing.
"I know how much nachas parents
get from watchinc, their kids," he said.
"I want them to have those memo-
ries."
And he wants the kids to share the
experience he has had with shofar
blowing.
"The shofar blowing is really a very
moving part of the service," he said.
"I have often looked out and have
seen people with a tear in their eyes
when the shofar is blown." 11

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