Kol Ami celebrates Chanukah early at Shabbat dinner.
Members of Temple Kol Ami in
West Bloomfield got a jump on
Chanukah at their "Lotsa Latkes
Shabbat" on Dec. 5. The well-
attended event featured a casual
Shabbat service geared toward the
holiday, followed by dinner with lots
Children decorated their own hol-
iday cookies and then there was time
for a little Chanukah gambling —
with dreidls, of course.
Above: Stephen Vorenberg, Jared Gross, Cameron Frill, all 10, and Adam Gross, 8,
all of Farmington Hills, get ready to try their first latke of the season.
Below: Adam Gross, Elaine Kotzne-Mdmyre, 5, of Novi and Stephen Vorenberg
decorate Chanukah cookies.
Special to the Jewish News
estern Michigan defensive
end Jack Gitler closed his
junior year season with a
Gitler had 11 tackles, including five
for loss, in a season-ending defeat against
Toledo. Western finished 5-7 overall, 4-4
in conference action. Gitler was one of
the Broncos' leaders with 55 solo tackles
this season, plus 32 assists.
He posted 19 tackles for loss, includ-
ing seven quarterback sacks. He was also
credited with eight quarterback hurries
and three fumble recoveries. Other sea-
son highlights for the Berkley graduate
included his first career interception, in a
victory over Ohio University, plus nine
tackles in a victory over Eastern
Farmington Harrison offensive line- .
man Andrew Diamond earned second
team All-Metro North honors.
Birmingham Seaholm quarterback Sam
Siegel was an honorable mention choice.
Both are seniors.
Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook wide
receiver Andrew Sherman was also hon-
orable mention All-Metro North and
was honorable mention on the
Associated Press Class B All-State squad.
Additionally, Sherman was selected first
team All-Area and first team All-Metro
Conference. The senior caught 57 passes
for 816 yards and 14 touchdowns this
season. He added two more TDs on
fumble returns plus seven sacks as a
"He was our go-to guy," said coach
Gary Gerson, "the toughest receiver I've
ever seen. He'd catch the ball and take
on anybody. He refused to be tackled."
Gerson said Sherman combined
"graceful receiving ability and physical
toughness." Sherman set Cranbrook
career records for receptions (95) receiv-
ing yards (1,421) and receiving touch-
downs (18). An excellent student, he is
hoping to play college football in the Ivy
Gerson coached Cranbrook to a 9-2
mark, setting a school record for victo-
ries in a season.
Jordan Gruber was the Michigan
State University soccer team's fourth-
leading scorer this season. The junior
midfielder from Birmingham Groves
had two goals and one assist in 15
games. Both his goals were game-win-
ners. The ,Spartans finished 11-5-2.
Junior defensive end Jack Gitler tackles
Bowling Green State University junior
wide receiver Cole Magner on Oct. 11.
In women's play, MSU sophomore
midfielder Erin Konheim was also
fourth in team scoring. The West
Bloomfield grad played in 14 games,
starting 13. She finished the season with
three goals and five assists, helping the
MSU women post a 12-7 record.
The IDF's gain is the Oakland
University swim team's loss. Israeli Thud
Segal was OU's top 100- and 200-meter
butterfly swimmer as a freshman last
season. But he's been called back to
Israel to serve in the armed forces for the
next three years.
The NFWB Cobras, a primarily-
Jewish13-and-under travel baseball
team, is holding a Christmas Eve fund-
raiser at the American Family Cinema at
the Livonia Mall (on the northwest cor-
ner of Seven Mile and Middlebelt).
Three separate theaters will show sneak
previews (Lord of the Rings at 6:30 p.m.,
Cheaper by the Dozen at 7 p.m. and Peter
Pan at 7:30 p.m.). Tickets are $10 and
include unlimited popcorn and pop,
with a large portion of the proceeds
going to the Cobras. Advance tickets
may be purchased for $8 by contacting
Jeff Levine at (248) 553-8858.
The Cobras will also raise funds by
working as busboys at Outback
Steakhouse in West Bloomfield on Dec.
13 from noon until 2 p.m. For $20 per
adult (not including gratuity), every
table will have an appetizer tray, five
choices of entrees and unlimited non-
alcoholic beverages. A cash bar will also
be available. For $10 (not including gra-
tuity) children can order kids, meals and
have unlimited soft drinks. Again, a
large portion of the proceeds will be
donated to the Cobras. El
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