Even after Microsoft Corporation took measures
to correct the inclusion of a font featuring two
swastikas in its latest version of Office software,
the American Jewish Committee still has con-
cerns about how the symbol was able to slip past
They did, however, commend the company for
its quick response.
"Since the swastikas were first noticed in the
new version of Microsoft Office products, we
have been heartened by Microsoft's honesty in
recognizing the seriousness of the problem and
then taking immediate steps to eliminate this
offensive material," said national AJC Executive
Director David A. Harris.
Customers worldwide were notified of the
problem and provided tools to remove and
replace the characters.
According to Reuters, Microsoft Office product
manager Simon Marks said the swastikas were
inadvertently included in Microsoft's "Bookshelf
Symbol 7" font, which was derived from a
Japanese font set. A form of the swastika has
been used in the Buddhist religion to symbolize
the feet or footprints of Buddha. The symbol,•
which also was used widely in the ancient world,
including Mesopotamia, Scandinavia, India and
the Americas, became common in China and
Japan with the spread of Buddhism.
"It was discovered by one of our customers a
couple weeks ago," Marks said, adding there was
no indication of malicious intent.
Reuters also reported that Microosoft contacted
Jewish organizations about the font and said a
utility would be immediately available on its Web
site that would remove the characters from the
— Shelli Liebman Dorfman
In Israel, Yaniv Tsaidi is the performer whose lat-
est CD, Bahkol (Everything), made No. 1 on the
charts at Radio Kol Chai (Voice of Life). He's the
only American artist to perform in last August's
Am Yisrael Chai (The Nation of Israel Lives) con-
cert tour and the guy whose upbeat music is
heard in shuls and supermarkets.
In Detroit, he's the oldest of four sons of Rabbi
Yigal Tsaidi, educational director of Yeshivat
Akiva, and his wife, music teacher Shulamit
"It's from Shula that my boys got their talent,"
says Rabbi Tsaidi, who has produced both of his
Yaniv Tsaidi returns to metro Detroit Monday,
Dec. 22, to perform at "An International Evening
of Jewish Music," sponsored by Machon L'Torah
at the Millennium Centre in Southfield. Also on the
program are singers Dedi and Shloime Kaufman.
Tsaidi was in town for a day's visit last week as
he moves from Chicago (where he graduated from
Loyola University) to New York (where he hopes
to ignite his already thriving performing career).
The 28-year-old singer said the message of his lat-
est CD is that "only through a . true connection
with HaShem does one have everything."
The title Bahkol also refers to the last line of the
biblical book of Kohelet, which he paraphrased as
saying, "In the end, everything will be heard."
Next on the agenda is a third CD. This time, he
will be joined by his brother, 26-year-old Yahav, a
guitarist and songwriter. His brother's music made
a great impression when he included it in a set
last month at the HotHouse in Chicago, Yaniv
said, and he's excited about bringing it to a wider
For more information about Machon L'Torah's
"Inspirational Evening," call (248) 967-0888, or
— Diana Lieberman
air two Friday segments — Dec. 19 and Dec. 26
— at 4 p.m., before Shabbat begins, and the
Saturday evening spot at 8 p.m., following the
end of Shabbat. Monday, Dec. 22 through
Thursday, Dec. 25, it will run at 7 p.m.
"We see this infomercial as being a moment
for the entire Jewish community to unite and
celebrate Chanukah together, watching the light-
ing with its unique expression and diverse ways
of celebrating it-every night," said Rabbi Kasriel
Shemtov of the Shul.
Anyone wishing to receive a menorah,
Chanukah candles and information on the holi-
day, at no charge, may contact the Shul by call-
ing, (248) 788-4000 or accessing the Web site
— Shelli Liebman Dorfman
Community members create a human menorah for a
Chanukah info m ercial.
Yaniv Tsaidi at his synthesizer.
Photo by David Bierkamp
Beginning the first night of Chanukah, Friday,
Dec. 19, and continuing for eight days, metro
Detroiters may tune in to a creative, 30-second
televised celebration of the holiday.
Sixty community members met at the Shul-
Chabad Lubavitch for a special taping of The
Eight Faces of Chanukah, a series of infomercials
sponsored, in part, by DSW Shoe Warehouse.
"Every night another individual or group will
be featured in a Chanukah infomercial," said
Rabbi Yochanan Polter, program director at the
Shul and creator of the project. On different
nights, the infomercials will feature a Holocaust
survivor, a member of the armed forces, a New
American family, a group of children and three
generations of a family passing the flame of a
Each night, to the background of Chanukah
music, a menorah will be shown with one addi-
tional candle lit.
The infomercials will be shown on both UPN-
50 and CBS-62 TV. Station personnel agreed to
Two 11th-grade students at West Bloomfield
High School have received 10-day suspensions
for writing anti-Semitic and other graffiti on the
walls of the high school Dec. 10.
District spokesman Steve Wasko quoted the
two boys as saying they "just wanted to make
things more interesting."
"Obviously, we didn't think it was funny,"
Although West Bloomfield High School is
equipped with security cameras, the graffiti was
found in areas the security cameras didn't reach,
such as stairwells, corners and restrooms.
West Bloomfield Schools does not tolerate
biased or discriminatory behavior, Wasko said.
"We celebrate the diversity of this community
every day," he said.
— Diana Lieberman