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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-11-07

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Nights fell peacefully but ended prematurely at
the Kaplan family home in West Bloomfield,
when Steve and Lisa Kaplan's teenage daughter's
late-night returns would consistently wake them
in the neighboring bedroom. This coupled with a
dining room table that would no longer support
both dinners for 4 and Lisa's home office equipment
led the Kaplans to Gittleman, with a cry for more
space and privacy.

After customizing four distinct plans for the
Kaplan's selection, Gittleman allowed the couple
to modify the winning plan to their liking. "They
were really flexible," praised Lisa Kaplan, whose
3-bedroom ranch would soon include an
office—converted from hers and Steve's former
bedroom—and a new master suite added to the
rear of the house, strategically buffered by the
office to prevent sound from leaking,

The Kapians commend both Gittleman's
administrative staff and the crew for an unwavering
show of respect and courtesy while rearranging the
walls of their bedroom come office. Even their family
of gerbils went undisturbed.

Today, the Kaplans are thrilled with what is, essentially, a new home for them. Everyone sleeps soundly, and the
neighbors marvel at Gittleman's flawless matching of 30-year old brick. "l don't know how they did it!" said Lisa.

They may not share their secrets... but tney'll shape your dreams.

That, the Kaplans can tell you. OR Just ask the Kaplans.





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Pathway To Peace

Ambassador Ross tells Ann Arbor audience both
sides in Mideast have to adjust.

Special to the Jewish News

Ann Arbor
want people to understand that
the situation is bleak but not
hopeless — that there are
options out there," said Mideast
negotiator Dennis Ross.
Ambassador Ross, who
served in the Clinton and
elder Bush administrations,
examined the situation in
Israel and outlined potential
plans of action Nov. 3 at a
fund-raising event of the
Jewish Federation of
Washtenaw County.
Before a crowd of 500 at
the Ypsilanti Marriott at
Eagle Crest, Ross emphasized
the need to find a political pathway
with the Palestinians via a plan that
addressed "the reality on the ground."
The fatal flaw in the road map,
negotiated between the quartet — the
United States, the European Union,
Russia and the United Nations — was
"not in terms of content but in terms
of how it was put together," he said.
"Fifty-two paragraphs in the road
map, and the quartet didn't have
responsibility for carrying out even one
of the paragraphs," he said. "The
Israelis and Palestinians bore full
responsibility for carrying out that
road map. They were told they could
comment but not negotiate."
Instead of a peace process, the last
three years have been a war process,
Ross said, which has economically and
physically devastated both sides.
Ross said the security fence Israel is
building will be the future if diploma-
cy does not work — and outlined the
three factors that have to be taken into
consideration for an ultimate peace:
security, demographics and policy.
In Gaza, he said, having a fence has
prevented successful suicide attacks
since its construction; 80 percent of
the Israeli public support such a meas-
ure in the West Bank.
Having a fence calls on Palestinians
to take responsibility, he said, because
their actions will determine how long
the fence remains.
"Let the Palestinians demonstrate
that they are partners and they'll have


a partner in the Israeli public again,"
he said. "Stop the violence; stop the
terror; discredit those who carry out
the terror ... create an environment
that demonstrates that [those who
carry out terror] are a threat to the
Palestinian interests and hopes.
"If the Palestinians, in the end, can't
assume their responsibility, their irre-
sponsibly cannot be a basis
on which Israel denies itself
its Jewish character," he
"Both sides have to adjust,"
Ross said. "The Israelis will
have to adjust to giving up
control and the Palestinians
will have to adjust to con-
fronting those in their midst
who reject the very idea of
Ross said he thinks the situation will
eventually be addressed with a two-
state solution.
"Israelis cannot wish the Palestinians
away; the Palestinians cannot wish the
Israelis away," he said, "and that's, in
the long run, why I think that we will
end up with a two-state solution that
Ross urged audience members to
visit Israel to show Israelis that they are
not alone. He said the only noticeable
differences visitors find are more bag
checks and a shortage of other tourists.
"You have to go to Israel," he said.
"If you care about Israel, if you believe
in Israel, if you want to show your
support for Israel, go to Israel."
Ann Arbor resident Eileen Freed
attended the event with her 14-year-
old son, Ben.
"It's great to be part of an event like
this, to see our community is so big
and so amazing," she said. "You don't
realize how big the community is in
Ann Arbor and you get here and see
all the people in one room."
And the turnout was very telling of
the group's priorities, she said.
"It says that the members of this
community really care about Israel,
about Jews around the world and
about Jews in our community." she
More than $600,000 was raised at
the campaign event, up 13 percent
from last year, according to Allen
Harris, event chairman.

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