A Mitzvah To Remember
Added Hanna: "It makes me happy to do this. It's coming
hree West Bloomfield girls
from my heart. "
are hoping for wall-to-wall
Shir Shalom Rabbi Dannel Schwartz said a bar or bat
traffic at the corner of
mitzvah "should not have the emphasis on the `bar' — but
Walnut Lake and Drake
on the 'mitzvah.'"
roads Saturday night, Oct. 18.
"He or she becomes a responsible Jew in the eyes of the
Starting at 7 p.m., Melanie Kohn, Jessica
Jewish people. That means more than just learning Hebrew.
Cicurel and Hanna Freeman will be hold-
It means taking a share in the responsibility, not just to
ing a fund-raising party at U.S. Blades, the
Jewish people, but to society in general."
200,000-square-foot skating and entertain-
At Temple Israel, bar and bat mitzvah candidates must
ment center. And they've posted flyers all
participate in three kinds of mitzvah projects, said Rabbi
over town, inviting the world.
Each of the three will be celebrating a bat
These are classified as Ahavah, projects that help out
Temple Israel, such as baby-sitting
February, and the party is in par-
during religious services;
tial fulfillment of their bat mitz-
Tzedakah, making financial con-
vah requirement. Proceeds will
tributions; and community out-
help fulfill the wish of a critically
reach, projects that benefit the
ill 17-year-old who registered
non-Temple Israel community.
with the Make-A-Wish
"We have a list from the Jewish
Foundation. While many young
Community Council of organiza-
people ask for trips to Disney
tions that are in need of volun-
World or to meet their favorite
teers," said Rabbi Bennett, "and
rock star, this young man, who
that list is growing all the time."
lives in Monroe, has asked to go
The Oct. 18 event is open to
to the Mauna Kea Observatory
anyone who wants to attend —
in Hawaii to study the stars.
and they're hoping for hundreds.
"My daughter and I have
U.S. Blades has a capacity of
always done mitzvah volunteer
1,500 people, said manager Todd
projects," said Leslie Kohn,
Winnie, "300 on and off the ice
whose daughter, Melanie, will
Melanie Kohn, Hanna Fr eeman, and Jessica Cicurel, without appearing even slightly
celebrate her bat mitzvah Feb. 28 all 12, of West Bloomfield.
congested. We can handle 500-
at Temple Israel. "For her bat
700 without feeling like sardines."
mitzvah, she wanted to do some-
The entertainment complex, which has a policy of renting
out its facility for organizations and fund-raisers, is donating
Jessica's bat mitzvah will take place Feb. 27 at Temple
about $2,500 of its rental fee. "It's a service to the commu-
Israel; Hanna's bat mitzvah is scheduled for Feb. 21 at
nity and a service to us," Winnie said.
Temple Shir Shalom. After their February ceremonies, the
Admission to U.S. Blades, including skate rental, is $8.
three girls, all students at Orchard Lake Middle School, will
Use of the 30-foot bungee wall, the video arcade and con-
have a sleepover for a reasonable number of friends at Camp
cession stand are extra. Proceeds from all these areas will go
Tamarack in Ortonville.
"I feel really good about doing this," Melanie said. "I
"I've also received outside donations from people who
want to make a difference, especially since my health is good
come in and seen the flyer," Winnie said. ❑
and there are so many people who are suffering."
"When I light Shabbos candles, I think about the light and
warmth of the candles enveloping the world, and peace and
love spreading to every corner.
Gittle Gesina, researcher, Ann Arbor
Friday, Oct. 17, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 24, 6:19 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 18, 7:29 p.m.
he text found in the
Hebrew scriptures Exodus
Chapter 13 requires Jews to
celebrate Passover in the
spring. Why might this be difficult for
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"I came to the theological under- .
standing at the heart of the book as I
began to believe that God's role is not
to protect us from tragedy but to help
us deal with it."
— Rabbi Harold Kushner, author of
the 1981 bestseller "When-Bad Things
Happen to Good People"• quoted in the
October interview in "Had.assah"
"No more vilde chayehsP: I'm through."
Said Noah. "This ark is a zoo.
It's tog un nacht** rain.
I'm going insane.
It's starting to plucheh*** anew"
— Martha Jo Fleischmann
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Saturday, Oct. 25, 7:19 p.m.
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** day and night
*** rain torrentially
A cry of fear, astonishment, amaze-
ment; a cry for help; a desperate
expression of protest.
Source: From The New Joys of Yiddish
by Leo Calvin Rosten, edited by
Lawrence Bush, copyright 2001, by
the Rosten Family LLC. Used by per-
mission of the Rosten Family LLC.