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December 12, 2003 - Image 108

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-12-12

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Jews In The News

A Tina Sivorinov-sky is an interesting woman —

she has carved out successful careers as a writer
on figure skating and as a romance novelist under
the name "Alina Adams." She's a contributing editor
to International Figure Skating Federation magazine
and is donating the profits from her 2003 novel,
Murder on Ice, to the Israeli Skating Federation.
Just before the 2002 Olympics, Alina revealed that
Russian skater Irina Slutskaya, who went on to win
the silver medal, was Jewish on her father's side. She
also provided the Jewish details about gold-medalist
Sarah Hughes' background. (Sarah is Jewish on her
mother's side.)
Thanks to Alina, another "Jew on ice' story has
come to light, as revealed in the November issue of
International Figure Skating Federation magazine.
Oksana Baia 26, the 1994 Olympic figure skat-
ing gold medalist, is Jewish on her mother's side.
Oksana,- herself, did not know this until recently
Born in Dnipropetrovsl, Ukraine, Oksana was the
only child of parents who divorced when she was 2.
Her father faded out of her life, leaving her mother
and her grandparents to raise Oksana. When Oksana
was 10, her grandparents died; three years later, her
mother died of ovarian cancer. Soon after, Ok.sana's
coach abandoned her immigrating to Canada.
Oksana, whose athletic abilities had been noticed
by the Ukrainian Skating Federation when she was a
small child, won her first competition at age 7. She
stunned the world by winning her gold medal at 16.
She placed in the top six at the World Professional
Championships in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000,
when she took some time off to focus on other ven-
tures, including a clothing line. She has recently
returned to skating.
Meanwhile, Oksana has become engaged to Gene
Sunik, a Russian Jew who settled in the New York
area with his family when he was 5 years old. Gene
is in the garment business and works with Oksana
on her clothing line.
It was Gene's Jewish background that prompted
Oksana to make
contact with her
father to find out
about her family's
roots. Oksana
recently traveled
to Ukraine and
met with her
father and pater-
Oksana Baiul, right, and fiance
nal grandmother.
Gene Sunik
They told her
that her mother
and maternal grandmother were Jewish. (Oksana's
trip home will be covered in a segment of ABC's
20/20 later this season.)
Both Oskana and her fiancé's family were very
happy about this news, and the skater is now quite
interested in exploring her Jewish heritage.
— Nate Bloom, editor, wwwjewhoo.com



along with vocals from accordionist
Shayla Fink — whom Down Beat maga-
zine referred to as "a Yiddish-speaking
composite of Edith Piaf and Marianne
Faithfull." Finjan stirs polka, gypsy
music, Greek sounds and jazz into the
klezmer mix. $13'.50. (734) 761-1451.

Classical Notes

Cantor David Montefiore of Temple
Beth El will be the guest soloist with the
Zamir Chorale of Metropolitan Detroit
3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Jewish
Community Center in Oak Park. The
concert, focusing on the American-
Jewish music experience, will be con-
ducted by Benjamin Cohen of Ann
Arbor and will feature Alice Parker's An
Michigan Classic Ballet Company per-
Arts &Entertain/nen/
American Kedusha, Kurt Weill's Kiddush
forms the Nutcracker Ballet, featuring
and Street Scene, Leonard Bernstein's
many young, local aspiring dancers, 11 a.m.
Simchu Nah and West Side Story, and
and 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13-
Lee Hoiby's Lady of the Harbor, based on the
14, at Mercy Auditorium, 29300 W. 11 Mile Road, in
poems of Emma Lazarus. Free and open to the
Farmington Hills. Adult, $18/seniors and children to
public. (248) 967-4030.
age 12, $14/group tickets, $12. (248) 334-6964.
Chamber Music Society of Detroit hosts acclaimed
pianist Emanuel Ax, the Jewish, Polish-born pianist
and multiple Grammy winner who came to promi-
nence in 1974 when he won the first
Bill Cosby's comedy pays
Arthur Rubinstein International Piano
to the traditions of great
Competition in Tel Aviv, 8 p.m. Saturday,
humorists like Will
Dec. 13, at Seligman Performing Arts
Fields and even
Center in Beverly Hills. He'll perform
The legendary
works by Debussy, Rameau, Ravel and
the stage 5 and 8
Chopin. $30-$67. (248) 855-6070.
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at
Wharton Center in East Lansing.
$27.50-$47.50. (517) 432-2000.


The Ark in Ann Arbor presents
Finjan, a six-piece klezmer band from
Winnipeg, Canada, 7:30 p.m. Sunday,
Dec. 14. Now in its 18th year, the band
hails from Winnipeg's heavily Eastern
European North End, and includes
clarinet, saxophone, accordion, violin,
guitar or mandolin, and double bass,


Klezmer band Finjan
performs Sunday at The Ark.

`Nobody's Gilgur


Special to the Jewish News

f you've got to be saddled with a gilgul —
that is, have somebody's soul from a past life
pass into you to resolve issues from
his or her time on Earth — it's only
fair that you, too, should gain
something from the exchange.
Nobody's Gilgul, Lois' Roisman's
comedic study of these metaphysical particulars hav-
ing its world premiere at the Jewish Ensemble
Theatre, offers an exceedingly pleasant experience,
thanks in equal parts to the cadence of Roisman's
writing and the deftness of JET's production.
Lily Gilbert (Robin Lewis-Bedz) is a feisty young
corporate attorney, seemingly heartless in her prac-
tice but actually without a soul, inadvertently passed
over when the powers-that-be handed our that
invaluable inner ether. Meanwhile, Lily's great-


The Detroit Film Theatre at
the DIA celebrates the centenary
of the birth of esteemed Japanese
filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu,
renowned for his intimate por-

great aunt Eva
Manners) has
been making a
case in heaven
to vindicate her
untimely death
by Cossacks
some 200
years ago by
finally bearing
a child with the
husband also
lost by their
hateful hands.
A scene from ',Nobody's Gilgul."
Why not pop
into Lily for a
bit and work things out for the both of them?
Between mending that oversight about Lily's soul
and giving Eva a second chance on Earth, a triumvi-
rate of rebbes above the clouds debate the finer tal-
mudic points of the mishegas that ensues below.

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