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November 28, 2003 - Image 41

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-11-28

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Invites the entire community to
an evening of retrospection
in memory of Rabbi Samuel Prero

Wednesday evening, December 3, 2003 at 8:00 p.m.

Top: Assistant teacher Racel Raimi works with Kyle McEown, 4'/2, of West
Above: Working at the Village are Marsha Mitnick, educational director; Sheri
Loeb, parent coordinator; and Dr. Ira Glovinsky, clinical director.

Affiance is part of the Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit.
"Marsha is a very creative person, an
outstanding professional," says Anita
Naftaly, the AJE's associate director for
special education. "She has a passion for
these kids."
In addition to hiring Mitnick to provide
workshops for day school teachers, Naftaly
and her smff members have visited the
Village to observe the school in action.
"It's a specialized school," Naftaly says,
"a. wonderful environment for children
who don't function in a typical pre-
school environment."
A typical day at the Village is anything
but typical.
"These are children who, when you
ask them to zig, they zag," Mitnick says.
For this reason, she has established
what she calls "transition time." On a
recent Monday morning, each child
took a turn bouncing on a one-person
trampoline. The trampoline is equipped
with a handle for safety, and is stationed
under a full-length mirror where chil-
dren can watch themselves having fun.

Then, Mitnick put on a small hand
puppet with a star on its tummy, and
asked the children if they want to punch
or kick the puppet, and how often.
Once the children get rid of their
extra energies in these two ways, they are
ready to concentrate on group projects.
Mitnick's own three children attended
Adat Shalom Synagogue preschool, and
she taught preschool at Workmen's
"Ideally these children should be in a
traditional preschool," she says. "It is no
fault of the teachers that they don't get
the training for the child who marches
to a different drummer."
Several of her students have trouble
with impulse control, she says, trouble
waiting their turn and looking at the
results of their acts.
"They planted bulbs this fall, to see if
you work hard something will happen in
the future," she says. "What they will see
is that every plant is a different size,
shape and color, but they are all
healthy." 0

Young Israel of Oak Park
15140 West 10 Mile Road

Guest Speakers: Rabbi Elisha Prero,
Rabbi James I. Gordon
and Rabbi Elimelach Goldberg

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