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January 09, 2004 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-01-09

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Whirl Away

Young ffnai ffrith network gets rolling.

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Group members on the
Whirlyball court

Event planners Hillary
Rubin and Adam Kresch

Jason Chess, Debbie Leib,
Michele Menuck, Craig

Jeremy Crane and Zak

Michele Menuck, Alan
Tobin, Stacy Lipson,
Hillary Rubin, Kevin

Zak Mali Daniel Katz,
Adam Kresch, Mitch
Pollack, Jeffrey Kresch

group of B'nai B'rith BBG and AZA
graduates are continuing the spirit
with a newly formed group for 20-
somethings called the B'nai B'rith
Young Leadership Network The group held an
event Dec.17, at Whirlyball in West Bloomfield.
More than 20 young adults attended for a night
of socializing and Whirlyball fun.
After years of trying to get a group started for
young adults ages 20-30, B'nai B'rith began its
planning last August with the help of Hillary
Rubin, Leslie Rosel and Adam Kresch, under the
supervision of adviser Smart Novick Novick,
who started the original group years ago,
describes B'nai Kith as a "community organiza-
tion and a family community where anyone can
feel comfortable."
Rubin, who volunteers at B'nai B'rith, run-
ning the Great Lakes Region Web site, believes
there are fewer and
fewer young people
getting involved in the
community. She want-
ed to help get this
group started because,
"our community is in
need of more strong,
young adults."
Says Rubin, "Ri ght
now, our main focus is
on getting people
active and keeping
them interested in the
Jewish community."
This new group is trying to get more people
interested by planning appealing events such as
the Whirlyball evening and monthly bar nights.
Besides social events, the group is involved in
social action to give back to the community. For
example, on Dec. 25, the Young Leadership
Network held a Mitzvah Day. On Feb. 28, with
Temple Beth El, it is planning a Latin American
Night that will include dinner, sangria and danc-
ing. In addition to the social aspect of this pro-
gram, it is being planned to raise awareness of
the deteriorating Latin American Jewry.
For more information on the B'nai B'rith
Young Leadership. Network, or to be put on
the mailing list, e-mail

— Story and photography
by Jodi Charnas, special correspondent

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