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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-11-21

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Outpouring Of Support

Sen. Hillary Clinton draws record crowd to Yeshiva Beth Yehudah dinner.

Staff Writer


and Meryl Podolsky of West Bloom-
field and the Guardian of the
Yeshiva award to Spencer Partrich of
Bloomfield Hills.
A much-anticipated segment of
the evening was the annual perform-
ance of the Yeshiva Boys Choir
under the direction of fourth-grade
teacher Rabbi Yerachmiel Stewart.
After introducing themselves in
French, Spanish, Russian, Hebrew
and English, the boys showed their
talent to the attentive audience, with
Torgow seen off to the side watching
with pride.
Political dignitaries from more
than one party were present —
including Gov. Jennifer Granholm,
who addressed the group with the
Hebrew words, Oseh shalom bimro-
may, Hu ydaseh shalom aleinu v'al
kol-Yisrael. V'imru, amein (May
God, who makes peace in God's
high places, make peace for us and
for all Israel. And we say, amen).
The event was also the perfect
place for a reminder of next April's
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
Detroit's Michigan Miracle Mission
4 to Israel.
The Yeshiva's Partners in Torah
Director Rabbi Avraham Cohen
summed up the message of the
Yeshiva's success in educating Jewish
children in both Torah-based and
secular studies.
"Starting with the pure children in
pre-nursery and with a selfless staff
of rebbes who teach the holy Torah
with love and kindness, the Yeshiva
establishes a foundation that future
generations can build on with confi-
dence," he said.
To the vast crowd in the hotel's
grand ballroom, he said, "Our dear
supporters are the other component
of kindness, for it is only with your
steadfast and unwavering support
that we can continue our holy

he attendees of an over-
booked Nov. 1 6 dinner
event were not all
Orthodox Jews and were
not all Democrats. But more than
2,400 people came together to hear
a keynote address by U.S. Sen.
Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and to
show support for Yeshiva Beth
The annual program brought a
strong show of financial and physical
backing at a time when it was sorely
needed by the pre-K through 12th-
grade Southfield-based school of 800
"The Yeshiva is struggling through
its most difficult financial period in
many, many years and, therefore, the
support we are receiving now is criti-
cal to the financial health of the
school," said Yeshiva President Gary
Torgow. "We are gratified for the
outpouring of support and friend-
ship witnessed at the dinner."
The $180-a-ticket event is the
school's major fund-raiser. At 2,423
people, this year's dinner broke
attendance records.
"I feel compelled to mention that
never have I seen anything like what
I am seeing here tonight," said
Rabbi Menachem Genack, the rab-
binic administrator of the
International Orthodox Union, who
introduced Sen. Clinton to the
group. "The amazing crowd and the
incredible dignitaries in this room
are a tribute to this extraordinary
community and the Yeshiva Beth
Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld, Yeshiva exec-
utive director, said: "It is a testament
to the value of Jewish education to
see such a powerful and diverse
group gather together in support of
the Yeshiva."
Most of the group brushed off the
greeting they received outside the
Staunch Supporter
Marriott Hotel Renaissance Center
in Detroit by supporters of a
Sen. Clinton looked out at the chil-
Democratic candidate for president.
dren and offered a reminder of the
They instead focused on the high-
Yeshiva's commitment to educating
lights of the evening, including the
and nurturing the next generation of
presentation of the school's annual
Jewish leaders.
Golden Torah Award to Dr. Terry
"Our children must be ready to


Top: Yeshiva President Gary Torgow displays the Golden Torah Award received by
Meryl and Dr. Terry Podolsky.

Bottom: Yeshiva Beth Yehudah Boys Choir was a highlight of the evening.

address the problems that our nation
and the world face, now and in the
future," she said. "In these trying
times, it is more important than ever
that they have quality educations in
order to prepare them for those chal-

While she spoke to general con-
cerns of Americans, Sen. Clinton
also focused on relations with the
Middle East. "One of the most

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