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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-01-23

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Student Benefit
Is Appealing

Thank you for introducing Hillel
Day School of Metropolitan Detroit's
new lateral entry program for sixth-
graders to the community ("Middle
School Alternative," Jan. 16, p. 17).
However, we felt that too much
emphasis in the article was placed on
the economic ramifications to Hillel,
rather than the benefit to prospective
As the parents of two recent Hillel
graduates and a third child who is
currently a sixth-grader at Hillel, we
could not be more pleased that our
children attended Hillel through mid-
dle school.
Our children received a solid secu-
lar education that prepared them for
the rigors of high school. They were
well prepared to organize the
demands of a high school curriculum
and extracurricular activities, they
were well prepared in their analytical
and writing skills, and they were well
prepared to tackle the challenges of
high school math and science.
Our children's Judaic education has
benefited them and enriched our
entire family. Their study of Jewish
texts not only makes them more
knowledgeable and committed Jews,
but it benefits their secular studies by
helping them become more critical
thinkers. Their Judaic education also
helps guide them in making difficult
choices. Their Judaic education has
enriched our family as we take
tremendous pride in their ability to
speak Hebrew, lead services, read
Torah and take active leadership roles
in the Jewish community.
Beth and Steve Margolin

Orchard Lake

Day School
Embraces Transferee

My daughter is currently in the sev-
enth grade at Hillel Day School.
Because Lori was the first student
ever to be accepted by Hillel as a
sixth-grade transfer from a public
school, I read with great interest your
article about Hillel's new middle
school admissions program ("Middle
School Alternative," Jan. 16, page
In connection with your article, I
would like to give the entire Hillel
organization and family a public note

of appreciation for all of the warmth
and friendship extended to Lori and
our family. She was immediately
accepted by the faculty, administra-
tors and students as one of their own
— no different than if she were there
from kindergarten. She immediately
felt at home and has been very happy
at Hillel.
We have also been delighted with
the strong academic program, as well
as the attention to moral and reli-
gious issues. In fact, the Hebrew and
religious classes are among Lori's
Barbara Mandell

Beverly Hills

Hillel Sixth Grade
A Good Fit

Wewere thrilled to read the article
regarding Hillel Day School's lateral
entry program for middle school
("Middle School Alternative," Jan.
16, page 17). After reading your arti-
cle this month, we wanted to share
our positive experience when we
joined Hillel.
Our son first entered Hillel's mid-
dle school a year and a half ago fol-
lowing our transfer from Quebec to
Michigan. We were afraid this would
be a difficult transition, not only
because it was the third such transfer
in less than six years, but also because
he was entering adolescence.
However, both the administration
and the teachers at Hillel were so wel-
coming and reassuring that our son
breezed through the transition.
We appreciate the many aspects of
the school, including the caring and
nurturing environment and emphasis
on Jewish values and respect for one
another. Our son did not have to deal
with bullies; he was challenged by the
academic standards of the school, and
he greatly valued the opportunity to
join sports teams. All in all, these
years have been the best in our son's
school career, and we owe it in great
part to the excellence of Hillel.
Myriam Cohen

West Bloomfield

Israel Must
Protect Itself

For two days last week, we witnessed
the brutality of those who sponsor,
train and send young, innocent, mis-


led, indoctrinated people to commit
suicide: the father who had his son
sent to his death after a brother was
killed in violence; a mother of two
babies who was persuaded to neglect
her duties as a mother, all for the sake
of killing Jews.
The mother and her senders were
not concerned that these babies will
become orphans and that the liveli-
hood of thousands of Palestinians
who cross to Israel for work will be
cut as the border crossing had to be
Yes, these terrorists are interested in
creating more pain and suffering to
their brother Palestinians so as to
keep the kettle boiling and prevent
any chance for peace.
We are dealing here with crimes
against humanity; we have to wake
up and act. As Golda Meir once said,
"There will be peace only if
Palestinians will love their children
more than they hate Israel."
Clearly, with this mother homicide
bomber who exploded, this did not
happen. So don't be surprised that
Israel is fencing itself in. After all, it
has to protect itself from immoral
criminals who do not hesitate to send
mothers and children to do their
dirty work.
Dr. Isaac Barr


Conversion A
Worthy Option

A word was missing in Robert P.
Roth's commentary ("Preventing
Intermarriage," Jan. 9, page 25) and
most articles I see about intermar-
riage: conversion.
There seems to be an assumption
that gentiles will never convert - and
that the Jewish fate (not faith) has no
entrance door, only the exit.
The other side of the high inter-
marriage rate is not only acceptance
of Jews and Jewishness, but also a
society that can readily accept conver-
Why not address what I would
hope can be accepted as positive and
legitimate by the many streams of
American Judaism instead of con-
stantly bemoaning the demographic
Dave Richter

Bloomfield Township

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