Bringing Purim To The Troops
Lack of a unified govern-
She said there's no coordi-
mental voice has caused
nation or cooperation among
Israel to trail the Palestinian
the highest layers of Israeli
Authority in the race for
government, from the prime
world opinion, a Bar-Ilan
minister's office downward.
University doctoral graduate
The result, she said, is "all
and lecturer in political
kinds of political troubles."
studies said Monday at a
• "Everyone wants to be the
West Bloomfield parlor
first one or the only one to
meeting of 27 Bar-Ilan sup-
speak up," she said.
The Palestinians are far
Yaeli Bloc h-Elkon more proactive in defining
"There's no unity," said
Yaeli Bloch-Elkon, 31, born in New
verbal targets and swaying world view
York but raised in Herzelia. Her 2003
to their side, she said. Israel needs to
dissertation was through the Public
Communications Program at Bar-Ilan,
"When there is no policy, there is no
located in Ramat Gan. She served in
PR," she said.
the Israeli army from 1991 to 1993.
— Robert A. Sklar, editor
On Purim, March 6, 400
... Purim, that represents
soldiers from Unit 270 of
for most of the Jews a festi-
the Israel Defense Forces
val of joy and miraculous
Tank Battalion will be on
salvation from the evil
active duty in Hebron.
decrees of the non-Jews, is
Thanks to Kollel Torah
ideal for strengthening the
MiTzion and their friends in
closeness between all parts
Detroit, they will be able to
of the Jewish people."
celebrate Purim in style.
Through Kollel Torah
Under the leadership of Tzvi
MiTzion, Jewish communi-
Schostak of Southfield,
ties host young couples from
Tzvi Sc hostak
Kollel Torah MiTzion presi-
Israel who teach in local
dent in the Detroit area, the
schools, synagogues and
group is collecting funds to send
Jewish centers. This year, four couples
mishloach manot (Purim food baskets)
represent the organization in the
to the troops.
"It is impossible to describe the
Each Kollel Torah MiTzion
importance of the project you have
mishloach manot basket costs $25.
proposed," battalion commander
Contributions must be received by
Bentzi Gruber wrote to Schostak.
Feb. 23. For more information, con-
"Soldiers in the field who get encour-
tact Schostak at (248) 354-1922, or e-
agement and support from Jews on
the other side of the ocean feel and
— Diana Lieberman, staff' writer
perform completely differently.
The Jewish Federation of Metropoli-
tan Detroit announced it has raised a
total of $24.56 million for the 2004
Annual Campaign. The announce-
ment came during a combined
Federation-Foundation board meeting
on Jan. 21.
The total includes $3.4 million for
the Sherman Family Challenge, which
will match any new or increased dona-
tions. Federation's goal is $34.4 mil-
Also announced, Peter Alter of
Bloomfield Hills will become the next
Federation president, taking the helm
from Lawrence Jackier in the fall.
— Harry Kirsbaum, staff writer
• In the AppleTree book reviews
(Jan. 9, page 27), the complete title
of the first book featured is Adam &
Eve's First Sunset: God's New Day by
Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, with illus-
trations by Joani Keller Rothenberg
(Jewish Lights, $17.95).
Anonymous meetings should have
included the Walnut Lake Road
Group, which meets at 8 p.m.
Thursdays at Temple Israel in West
Bloomfield. Call (248) 661-5700
and ask for the Robert Sosnick
Family Life Center, which offers 15
support groups that are free of
charge and open the community.
The temple has hosted an AA group
• In the cover story, "Fighting
Addiction" (Jan. 30, page 16), the
list of sites for Alcoholics
Arba kanfot are the Hebrew words for the four
fringes on a tallit (prayer shawl). The term also
refers to an archaic geographical description of the
world. Which one?
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Embassy Internship In Tel Aviv
The United States Embassy
program or in the midst of
in Tel Aviv recently hosted
a graduate program. Their
its first two American col-
stay would be for a mini-
lege students under its
mum of three months.
"It's a wonderful way for
university students to
The Commercial Service
learn how business is con-
program now is open to
ducted in Israel and to
other applicants. The
help American firms
embassy is looking for
export their products and
mature students interested
services to Israel," said
in international trade and
Richard Corson, director
Middle Eastern affairs, wrote senior
of the Pontiac U.S. Export
commercial officer Michael
Assistance Center in Michigan. For
Richardson. The program is search-
program information, contact
ing for students who are either close
Corson, (248) 975-9606.
to completing an undergraduate
— Sharon Luckerman, staff' writer
Do You Remember?
The wife of a fella named Mort
Said, "I'll make this simple and short.
The Super Bowl's nuts.
What kind of a yutz*
Calls getting ts'shrnettert** a sport?"
— Martha Jo Fleischmann
41/4-* al l beaten
Jewish Detroit was being entertained at 7 a.m. each
Sunday on WNZK 690 AM by a new sound.
Radio veteran Phil Fink of Ohio expanded his
"Shalom America" show to include Michigan and
five other states. The program had Jewish comedy,
Chasidic and Israeli music and weekly interviews.
Fink had studied broadcasting with Southfield's own
Specs Howard, aka Jerry Liebman.
— Sy !Vfanello, editorial assistant-