Through some gentle prodding from his
mother last fall, Adrian Chernoff of
Royal Oak entered a design contest
sponsored by Staples, the office supply
store. He is among a dozen finalists and
has won $5,000 so far.
Its remarkable," said
Chernoff, who moved here
from Albuquerque three years
ago and works for a General
Motors group called Design
He said he dug through
dozens of "idea journals" he's
kept over the years and
came up with the "Rubber
Bandit," a rubber band with
an attached label.
"Invention competitions or new ideas
don't reward like this," he said, citing a
$25,000 grand prize award and-or a roy-
His mother would be proud.
— Harry Kirsbaum, sta f f writer
Law Firm Live!
For the past seven months, the
Findling Law Firm of Royal Oak has
occupied the 2-3 p.m. Saturday after-
noon time slot on WKRK-97.1 FM.
Shown above are, front, 'Fred
Findling, and from left, David,
Darren, Daniel Findling and adopted
brother Robert Dubin. The group
answers listeners' legal questions-and
Established in 1957, the partners
specialize in personal injury, family
law, real estate, bankruptcy, probate
and business issues.
— Harry Kirsbaum, staff writer
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Budget Cuts And Politics
Israel's economic problems were
given a vivid portrayal recently
in metro Detroit.
Dr. Reuven Hazan, a visiting
political science professor from
Hebrew University in Jerusalem,
spent Feb. 13 speaking in politi-
cal as well as personal terms of
budget cuts and Israeli politics.
The root cause of Israel's eco-
nomic problems is security, he
said. It cuts the amount of
money from outside sources:
tourism and investment. The
government has had its income
level lowered, but its expenses
shot up because preventing ter-
rorism is expensive.
Hazan called Israeli govern- .
ment budget cuts of 5-10 per-
cent every two months "ludi-
"It's getting to the point
where my kids in Israel go to
school at 8 a.m. and school is
let out at noon because we can't
pay the teachers," he told Jewish
examples how families like the
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit staff.
Bronfmans have basically underwritten
When he joined his children's school
the Labor Party for years, and the
committee years ago, he thought he
Lauders have done it to the right."
would be deciding curricula. Instead, he
Hazan also explained the paradox in
was called upon to arrange armed securi- Israeli politics: Why Israelis voted for the
ty for the school.
right wing in the last two elections yet,
Professor Hazan also said American
according to the polls, are willing to
Jews have a great impact on Israeli poli-
make concessions to the Palestinians.
tics, and it's mainly about the money.
Three elections in the last four years
The "important" Jews, the ones who
"allows people to think that when we
have the money and have the knowl-
vote, it's not for the next four years, so
edge and have the time to care about
we can vote based on the short term,"
Israeli politics, have always had an
impact, he said. But "stupid loopholes"
Hazan spoke to Michigan State
also have an impact.
University Hillel students later in the
"The richest person in Israel is only
day before returning to Emory
allowed to give $1,000 to a candidate,
University in Atlanta, where he is on a
but that candidate can get on a plane
one-year sabbatical at the Institute for
and come to New York or L.A. and
the Study of Modern Israel.
meet rich Jews who can each give $1
— Harry Kirsbaum, staffwriter
million," he said. "There are wonderful
"Wearing his gas mask while driving, Yaakov
Iyukai was one of the only people on the road to
Jerusalem from Tekoa in the West Bank during
the recent war with Iraq. What was he doing out-
side during this dangerous time? Bringing bread
and other supplies to the makolet, the small gro-
cery shop he owns in Tekoa. Makolet owners dis-
tinguish themselves by their concern for their cus-
— Sherri Mandell's "Letter from Tekoa" in the
February issue of Hadassah magazine.
Talk about the broad education of our Hebrew
The surgeon general issued a report on smoking.
As a result, Hebrew schools throughout the country
were urged to incorporate into their health educa-
tion curricula programs of instruction to warn the
younger generation of the dangers of smoking.
The National Association of Hebrew Day School
PTAs issued a policy statement calling for this
— Sy Manello, editorial assistant
alty check. "I've submitted and won
before, won $1,500 and a job at Disney
many years ago as an imagineer.
He said he thinks he has a good shot
at the grand prize because it's very inex-
pensive to make and the applications are
endless, like Post-It notes.
"The best ideas are the simplest ideas,"
he said. "The ones you can
convey, the ones you can use,
and the ones you can sell."
A total of seven judges will
pick the winner. An online
poll is considered one of the
judges. The finalist with the
most votes online gets that
To vote for Chernoff, go
It's A Snap