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January 09, 2004 - Image 34

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-01-09

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Nights fell peacefully but ended prematurely at
the Kaplan family home in West Bloomfield,
when Steve and Lisa Kaplan's teenage daughter's
late-night returns would consistently wake them
in the neighboring bedroom. This coupled with a
dining room table that would no longer support both
dinners for four and Lisa's home office equipment
led the Kaplans to Gittleman, with a cry for more
space and privacy.
After customizing four distinct plans for the Kaplan's
selection, Gittleman allowed the couple to modify
the winning plan to their liking. "They were really
flexible," praised Lisa Kaplan, whose 3-bedroom
ranch would soon include an office converted from
hers and Steve's former bedroom—and a new master
suite added to the rear of the house, strategically
buffered by the office to prevent sound from leaking.
The Kaplans commend both Gittleman's
administrative staff and the crew for an unwavering
show of respect and courtesy while rearranging the walls of their bedroom come office. Even their
family of gerbils went undisturbed.
Today, the Kaplans are thrilled with what is, essentially, a new home for them. Everyone sleeps
soundly, and the neighbors marvel at Gittleman's flawless matching of 30-year old brick. "I don't
know how they did it!" said Lisa.
They may not share their „secrets... but they'll shape your dreams.

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share his passion for India.
have to be stressed and competitive, I
Daughter Shira, 19, is responsible for
don't have to be a super achiever.
the costumes and also has a small part
"In India, anything is possible. You
in the film playing Sita, the mythologi-
don't need much to have a happy life.
cal lover of Rama, the Hindu god.
But at the same time, I am searching
Draped in a shiny orange sari, she
for meaning, trying to live the
hides behind a rock at the shore of the
moment, not re-live the past or worry
Ganges while Rama, played by an
about the future. And it's not easy;
Indian actor, looks for her.
sometimes, it's much harder than hav-
"Acting is totally new to me," she
ing a regular job."
confessed. "I would only do it in India.
The search for a more spiritual way
I feel very free here."
of life is also at the center of an Israeli
Shira, her older sister Liel and her
movie that was filmed recently in
younger sister Si have all celebrated
Rishikesh, a city that has drawn
their bat mizvahs in the ancient holy
numerous Westerners since the Beatles
city of Varanasi. This is her fourth visit
"discovered" it in the 1960s.
to India, and she is excited about the
The film, Letters from Rishikesh tells
prospect of moving here permanently.
the story of an Israeli man searching
"What attracts me to India so
for his daughter, who has disappeared
much?" Shira repeats the question,
among the ashrams and gurus that
waving her hands at the busy street,
abound here.
Dani Wachsman, 56, who wrote and crowded with temples, colorfully
directed the film, is himself in search of dressed pilgrims and wandering cows.
"Just look around you. I am totally
a new home in India. He plans to
in love with this place. For me India is
move here with his family and settle in
... home sweet home." ❑
a cooperative village in southern India.
"It's an old dream I had, and in India it
Ayelet Bechar is a freelance writer who
can come true," he said.
lives in Tel Aviv.
Wachsman's wife and four children
are part of the Rishikesh film crew and

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