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March 19, 2004 - Image 114

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-03-19

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Enlivening Education

Ann Arbor's Limud program pools resources for fresh learning opportunities.

Special to the Jewish News


Ann Arbor
inda Grekin of Ann Arbor is going to
Poland in May, so she attended an hour-
long class on Polish Jewish identity at
the Jewish Community Center of
Washtenaw County.
While she learned about the revival of Jewish
culture in post-Holocaust Poland, others learned
new Jewish songs to share with their families.
Grekin was one of about 60 community mem-
bers participating in Limud: A Community
Symposium for Jewish Learning, Ann Arbor's first
collaborative adult education program. Organizers
hope that the three-Tuesday program that began
Feb. 10 is only the first of many of its kind in
Ann Arbor. Limud is modeled after SAJE; Detroit
Jewry's annual adult education program.
Classes are taught by a variety of area leaders,
and courses are aimed at exploring Jewish com-
munities here and around the world, said Ann
Arbor resident Robert Silver, a Temple Beth Emeth
member on the Limud planning commitee.
Planning for the community-wide academic
program, which is both an educational effort and
designed to strengthen bonds between Jews in
Ann Arbor, started in November, Silver said.
Limud, Hebrew for "to study or learn," allowed
participants to take up to two sessions and select
from two classes each session ranging from music
to history to population studies and stories that
shape Jewish experience.
"For me, it is always important that we take an
in-depth look at issues that involve Jews not only
here in Ann Arbor but all over the world," he
said. "This is an attempt to add on to what edu-
cational programming goes on in the congrega-
tions or in the JCC."

Kaplan Seeks Court Seat

Steven Kaplan, a Macomb County assis-
tant prosecutor and West Bloomfield
Township trustee, will seek to fill the
open seat in the 48th District Court.
Kaplan in 1992
- and 1996 ran races
against Richard
Thompson and
David Gorcyca,
respectively, for
Oakland County
The 48th District
Court serves West



Jared Millen a University of Michigan business student
from Holmdel NI, leads- Limud participants in song.

Participants sing songs they can take home and enjoy
with their families during a Limud learning session.

He would like to see the program continue as
suits the community, with themes changing from
year to year.
Helping to coordinate the program was Glenda
Wucher, an intern from the University of
Michigan's Sol Drachler Program in Jewish
Communal Leadership, who works with the
Jewish Federation of Washtenaw County.
"We wanted, with the session leaders, to create
a mix of fresh voices," she said. "A lot of the peo-
ple we have leading sessions are not people who
do a lot of speaking within the community. We
do have some familiar speakers as well, but we've
asked them to speak about something new." .
Wucher hopes people leave wanting to learn
more, and that they'll start taking a look at other
opportunities for Jewish learning as well.
"We're using this program to hopefully create

an audience for the other programs already hap-
pening in the community," she said.
Ann Arbor resident -Paula Brown said she
enjoyed the courses she attended and picked up
some valuable hints for helping her son, Sam,
2 1 /2; enjoy saying the Shema.
"That was very helpful, as were the speaker's
handouts, her calendar with day-by-day ideas you
can do, ideas for interacting with your kids," she
Limud was sponsored by the Washtenaw
Federation and as well as the Ann Arbor
Orthodox Minyan, Beth Israel Congregation,
Federation Young Adult Division, Hebrew Day
School of Ann Arbor, the Jewish Cultural Society,
Jewish Family Services, the Reconstructionist
Havurah, Temple Beth Emeth and the Drachler

Township, Bloomfield Township,
Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Keego
Harbor, Orchard Lake and Sylvan Lake.
Kaplan is a board member for
Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the
Anti-Defamation League of Michigan.

Funfair Geared To Families

Greater Detroit Chapter of Hadassah
will host a Family Funfair on Sunday,
March 28, from 12-4 p.m. at the
Costick Activity Center in Farmington
The community event is co-sponsored
by the Detroit Jewish News, Metro Parent
Magazine and the Observer & Eccentric

Admission includes entertainment,
carnival games and prizes, face painting,
tattoos, moonwalk and a petting farm.
Pizza, pop and other refreshments will
be available for purchase.
Community organizations, such as
Young Judaea, Camp Tamarack,
Oakland County Parks and Recreation,
Shalom Street, Upland Hills Farm, West
Bloomfield Township Public Library,
will showcase their programs and offer
activities for all ages.
Admission is $5 per person and $20
for a family of five. All proceeds benefit
Hadassah's programs, including pediatric
cancer research and Young Judaea. For
information, call Hadassah, (248) 683-

WSU Alumni Visit HMC

The Wayne State University Alumni
Association and guests are invited to the
faculty lecture series, "Knowledge Road
Show," Sunday, March 28, at the
Holocaust Memorial Center in
Farmington Hills.
Wayne State Professor of English Anca
Vlasopolos will discuss her book No
Return Address: A Memoir of
Displacement, about her mother's experi-
ence in Auschwitz and three slave-labor
camps, as well as a meditation on their
influence on her life. A tour and recep-
tion follow. Cost is $15 for alumni asso-
ciation members and $20 for non-mem-
bers. Call (313) 577-2166.

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