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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-12-05

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Israel Needs
More Visitors

We have recently returned from visit-
ing our children and grandchildren in
Israel. There were security guards out-
side of schools, supermarkets and
restaurants. Passengers on city buses
were a little anxious about who was
getting on the bus. (Tourists do not
go on city buses.)
Other than that, people were going
about their business; life was going on
normally. All around us we could see
the beautiful fulfillment of our peo-
ple's 2,000-year dream — the State of
Israel.
There are some American Jews who
say they would like to visit Israel, but
they are afraid of terrorism. Let me
put this concern in perspective. There
are about 5 million Jewish citizens in
Israel; 1 percent of that is 50,000. In
2002, there were 558 people killed in
automobile accidents; 300 were killed
in terrorist attacks. This does not
diminish the horror of terrorist
attacks. Every Israeli is emotionally
affected by them; we are affected, too.
It does show that the risk of becoming
a terrorist victim is minimal.
Through the 55 years of Israel's exis-
tence, including the last three years of
terrorist attacks, millions have visited
Israel and returned safely home.
Our Israeli brothers and sisters
maintain full time a Jewish homeland
for world Jewry in this anti-Semitic
world. Surely, many more of us
American Jews could make a brief
visit to Israel to see and appreciate
their great achievement — the State of
Israel.
Shoshana Wolok

MaNeetW t.
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The sessions at the G.A. were both
informative and stimulating. The valu-
able data gathered from the National
Jewish Population Survey served as a
springboard to examine Jewish identity
and affiliation, Jewish education, and
the organized American Jewish commu-
nities.
Sessions, also, focused on Israel and
the issues of aliyah and klitah (emigra-
tion from Israel). While all of these are
significant, the real story was people.
As Robert Aronson, Federation's exec-
utive officer, speaking before the Board
of Governors of the Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit, described how
people filled the streets of Jerusalem.
People filled the hotels; hotels once
closed were reopened. People connected
and shared stories. People felt united.
One day, 77 buses filled with G.A.
participants left for 52 different tours of
Israeli institutions and communities. In
addition, U.S. communities that
brought participants traveled through-
out Israel either prior to or following the
formalized portion of the General
Assembly.

SUPPORTS
ISRAECS
RED CROSS.

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will be more
meaningful when
you buy and enjoy
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a portion of your
purchase will
support ISRAEL'S
RED CROSS. Make
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special by helping
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contribute to this
worthy cause.

Dr. Lynda Giles

Bloomfield Hills

Corrections

• "Showing Off Detroit" (Nov.
28, page 10) should have identified
Jerry Rosenfeld's synagogue as
Temple Emanu-El in Oak Park

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• "Jammin' At JAMD" (Nov. 28,
page 43) should have stated that
Ryan Landau of West Bloomfield is
15 years old.

Oak Park

Making The
Connection

We sat at home watching and worry-
ing. They felt alone, but understood.
The first scenario described diaspora
Jewry; the second Israel. Both described
our sense of helplessness and the
sequence of events many of us experi-
enced once the matzav (the situation)
began.
Not anymore! This past Nov. 16-19,
4,500 Jews from the United States,
Canada and 12 other nations traveled to
Israel for the General Assembly (GA.)
of the United Jewish Communities, the
umbrella for North America's Jewish
federations.

• 'A Different Drummer" (Nov.
28, page 40) should have stated that
the Opening the Doors program is
a service of the Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit's Alliance for
Jewish Education. In addition, the
assistant teacher at the Village
Education Center should have been
identified as Rachel Raimi.

• "Good (And Funny) Grief!"
(Oct. 31, page 68) should have stat-
ed that playwright Esther
Blumenfeld — not her father,
Rabbi Karl Richter — attended the
University of Michigan in the
1950s. In addition, the college
course she taught should have been
identified as "How to Write a
Cookbook."

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