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in you,''' Albright says. "And she won
the university's concerto competition
with it."
Webster is a member of
Meadowbrook Estate, Oakland
University's vocal ja77 ensemble, sang
the lead in university's production of the
Maurice Ravel opera L'heure Espanol (in
the original French) and just completed
a two-week run in Maltby and Shire's
Starting Here, Starting Now.
"Whatever she does, she'll definitely
be singing," Albright says. Its part of
her soul."
Temple Israel's Cantor Corrsin, herself
an accomplished coloratura soprano,
says Webster "has everything — talent,
personality, the ability to relate to peo-
ple."
"If she becomes a cantor, she can do
so many things and touch so many peo-
ple."
Webster agrees. "Whatever I do, I
want to touch people's lives," she
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her senior recital at Oakland University
in Rochester Hills, she is weighing her
options for the future: pursuing a gradu-
ate degree in music, applying to cantori-
al school or attempting a performing
career now, while keeping one of the
two other options open for the future.
Musically, Webster is "a wonderful
coloratura [soprano with a light, agile
voice]," says Albright. "Her voice is still
developing. It's a stunning voice, with a
gorgeous crystalline quality."
. When Webster began studying with
her, the younger woman was dubious
about letting herself go emotionally in
her music, Albright remembers. Then
she began working on Leonard
Bernstein's virtuosic "Glitter and Be
Gay" from the musical Candide, a comic
aria crammed full of verbal wordplay
and innuendo along with every musical
ornament imaginable.
"I said to her, 'Come on, you have it

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My parents taught me at a very early
age that I needed to give back," he
said.
When the family couldn't afford the
full tuition to attend Camp Tamarack,
they received a scholarship.
"From the first day I went to camp
at 8 years old, my parents said, 'You
wouldn't be going to camp if we didn't
get this money, so when you're able,
you're going to give back," he said.
At Berkley High School, Eric
worked with a teacher to put together
a teachers' guide on how to teach
about genocide, including the
Holocaust, the Armenian genocide,
Rwanda and Bosnia.
After graduation in 1996, he attend-
ed George Washington University in
Washington, D.C., graduating magna
cum laude with a bachelor's in Judaic
Studies.
He called his junior year at the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem's One
Year Program for overseas students an
important event for the development
of my sense of attachment to Israel,
my understanding of Judaism and my
commitment to the Jewish people."
His interest in politics didn't begin
until his senior year.
"My roommates were all very inter-
ested in politics and they loved to
debate," he said. "There were four of
us, .and all-the time there was some
form of debate going on of one sort or

another."
That same year, he interned for the
United Jewish Communities
Washington action office, his first time
working in politics and learning about
the issues.
After graduating in 2000, he became
the BBYO assistant director of
Wisconsin Region in Milwaukee and
met his fiance, Karen Urman, who
worked for BBYO's South Florida
office. In 2002, he got the Council
position.
"I came home to work in Detroit
and made Mom happy," he said.
The job was a little bit overwhelm-
ing at first, but said he was fortunate
to have both Executive Director David
Gad-Harf and Associate Director
Allan Gale to help him.
"I've been in this job for a year, and
I've done things I never thought I'd
do," he said. Taking a group of state
legislators to Israel this fall is certainly
at the top of the list.
"Eric is a very quick learner and gets
along with people of all kinds in a
very smooth, mature, professional way.
He has good instincts," said Gad-Harf.
"It's helpful for me to have someone
who comes with a whole fresh out-
look. He is young and I think people
kind of underestimate him because of
his youth, and they come away
impressed with his maturity — which
is well beyond his years."

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