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TEMPLE KOL AMI
5085 Walnut Lake, West Bloomfield, 48323, (248) 661-
0040. Rabbi: Norman T. Roman. Rabbi emeritus: Ernst J.
Conrad. Cantorial soloist: Susan Greener. Services: Friday 8
p.m. Saturday 10:30 a.m.
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1924 Coolidge, East Lansing 48823, (517) 351-3570.
Rabbi Emeritus: Morton Hoffman. Rabbi: Richard Baroff.
Cantor: Pamela Jordan Schiffer. Services: Friday 8 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.
TEMPLE SHIR SHALOM
3999 Walnut Lake, West Bloomfield, 48323, (248) 737-
8700. Rabbis: Dannel Schwartz, Michael L Moskowitz.
Cantorial soloist: Penny Steyer. Services: Friday 8 p.m.,
Saturday 11 a.m. Friday bat mitzvah of Mari Emma
Landis, daughter of the late Susan Zussman, Jeff and
Molly Landis, Joan and Mike Sussman. Saturday bar mitz-
vah of Joshua Reed Smith, son of Kate and Rick Smith.
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3900 Northfield Parkway, Troy, 48084, (248) 649-4418.
Rabbi: Arnie Sleutelberg. Services: Friday 7:45 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. Friday, renewal service.
THE BIRMINGHAM TEMPLE
28611 W. 12 Mile, Farmington Hills, 48334, (248) 477-
1410. Rabbis: Tamara Kolton, Adam Chalom. Founding
rabbi: Sherwin T. Wine. Services: Friday 8 p.m. Saturday
JEWISH CULTURAL SOCIETY
2935 Birch Hollow Drive, Ann Arbor, 48108-2301, (734)
975-9872. Board president: Karla Rice. School principal:
Ramona Brand. Shabbat services first Friday of every
month 7:30 p.m.; cultural Jewish celebrations, secular
bar/bat mitzvah programming, cultural Sunday school.
JEWISH PARENTS INSTITUTE
JCC, 6600 W. Maple, West Bloomfield, 48322, (248)
661-1000. Director: Marilyn Wolfe. Alternative cultural
Jewish celebrations; secular bar/bat mitzvah cere-
monies; adult programming; cultural Sunday school
from nursery through teen.
SHOLEM ALEICHEM INSTITUTE
28690 Southfield, Suite 293, Lathrup Village, 48076,
(248) 423-4406. Co-presidents: Alva Dworkin, May
Moskowitz. Holiday observances; Friday night oneg
Shabbat; cultural events.
WORKMEN'S CIRCLE ARBETER
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Soup, Early Bird Entree,
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Mon. - Fri. 4pm - 6pm (not 6:01)
KETER TORAH SYNAGOGUE
42050 Grand River • NOvi, MI
26341 Coolidge, Oak Park, 48237, (248) 545-0985.
Chair: Arlene Frank. Michigan district director: Ellen R.
Bates-Brackett. Year round holiday observances, Nokh
Shabbes Havdalah once a month; secular bar/bat mitz-
vah; Sunday school.
5480 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield, (248) 681-
3665. Rabbi: Michael Cohen. Services: Friday at candle-
lighting time; Saturday 9 a.m., Minchah 1 1/4 hours
before the end of Shabbat; Sunday 9 a.m.; Monday 7
a.m.; Wednesday 9 p.m., Thursday 7 a.m., 9 p.m.
6346 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 100, West Bloomfield,
48322, (248) 855-5007. Cantor: Ben-Zion Lanxner.
Services: Saturday 9 a.m.
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6710 W. Maple, West Bloomfield, 48322, (248) 661-
2999. Rabbi: Avie Shapiro. Services: Saturday and
Sunday 9:15 a.m. Minchah Monday-Friday 4:30 p.m.;
Saturday 1:30 p.m. Maariv Monday-Saturday 5:30 p.m.
YES H IVAT AKIVA
21100 W. 12 Mile, Southfield, 48076 (248) 386-1625.
Services: During the school year, morning services at
7:30 a.m.; afternoon services at 2:40 p.m. The commu-
nity is invited.
Family And Community
Ensure Jewish Survival
begins with the final plagues being
brought upon Egypt and with
Pharaoh's heart hardened. The tide
begins to turn, however, when Pharaoh
inquires of Moses who will go from
Egypt, should he allow anyone to go.
Pharaoh wishes that only the men
he book of Exodus begins
should go (Exodus 1 0: 1 1).
with an accounting of "sons
Moses refused, telling Pharaoh, "We
of Israel who came to Egypt
will all go, young and old; we will go
with Jacob" (Exodus 1: 1).
with our sons and daughters, our flocks
The Jewish Publication Society
and herds ..." (Exodus 1 0:8). For Moses
chose to translate b'nai yisrael as "sons"
and the people, a few leaving while
of Israel, when it is usually translated as
others were left behind was not accept-
"children" of Israel referring to the peo-
able. They came as a family,
ple as a whole. That choice
community, and that is
was made, I believe, because
they would leave.
of the phrase that follows the
continued to live
words b'nai yisrael: ish dveito
type of community
bdu, "each coming with his
forced by out-
This phrase is significant
Jews lived in
because without it, we could
assume that the sons of Jacob
came down to Egypt alone,
bility. Each community
leaving behind family and
that the needs of its
household workers. By
including those three addi-
tional words, we are informed
that the Israelites went down
Special to the
to Egypt as a group, a collec-
tion of households, a family.
After the death of Joseph
community and the community as a
and the generation that arrived in
whole. They faithfully upheld the rab-
Egypt, the Israelites continued to build
binic axiom of kol am yisrael eruvim ze
up their households and families. The
b'ze, "all the people of Israel are respon-
Torah tells us that in Egypt, the
sible for one another."
Israelites were "fertile and multiplied"
Hillel, through the text of the
so much so that they spread through-
reminds us that we "should
out the land (Exodus 1:7). In Egypt, as
not separate ourselves from the com-
in the land of Canaan, they fulfilled
munity.".Through the experience of
the commandment of Peru u'rvu, to be
our ancestors revealed in the text of
fruitful and multiply, and u'kivshuha,
Shemot and Bo, this lesson is taught.
conquer the land. Their diligent fulfill-
Hillel continues, "and let all who labor
ment of these commandments made
with the community labor with them
Pharaoh uneasy. He saw in the
for the sake of Heaven."
Israelites a community that was strong
We should care for each other and
in numbers and strong in faith —
take responsibility for one another not
bound together by a common history
just for the sake of historical continuity
and united by a family network.
or the health of our communities. We
Pharaoh was threatened, and he
must be eruvin ze b'ze, responsible for
reacted by enslaving the people. This
one another because that is the way
did not hinder their strength or their
God intended us to live. We must live
growth. We are assured by the words of
this way for God, for by doing so, we
the Torah that "the more they were
praise God's name. ❑
oppressed, the more they increased and
spread out." Though this did not win
them any popularity contests with the
Egyptians, they remained resolute in
their commitment to family and com-
How can we uphold this high
of community responsi-
In this week's portion, the Israelites
bility in our own lives? How do
are finally relieved of the centuries of
we contribute to the health of our
slavery that they endured. The portion
communities? Are we using our
Jennifer Tisdale Kroll is the rabbinic
community resources to their
intern at Temple Israel. Her e-mail
address is firstname.lastname@example.org