Just A Little Waterlogged
The Power Of Questions
party" She gave special credit to Scott
Prentis Jewish Apartments in Oak
Young of Morrison Senior Dining
Park recovered quickly March 16 after
food service. He remained at the facili-
a resident fell asleep while cooking
ty after his shift and served coffee and
cake to staff and residents at 11 p.m.
The stovetop fire in the 13th-floor
Kamin also praised Oak
apartment set off the
Park Public Safety offi-
cers for their quick
response to the inci-
dousing the fire but
causing a 13-floor flood.
With the conversion
Prentis' second and
through the walls
third floors to Coville
soaked the floors of the
assisted living apart-
ments, JAS has received
below but, miraculously,
additional federal grants
most water damage was
to make upgrades to Prentis, which
confined to the end of the drip — the
opened in 1971. One of the grants
first-floor office of Jewish Apartment
paid for the fire sprinkler system.
& Services Executive Director Marsha
Kamin is busy seeking additional
funding to convert the fourth floor of
Prentis staff helped 22 residents
move to other rooms or stay with rela- Prentis, but she may have to use
tives for the night. Emergency workers another phone. Last week, when she
tried to call her executive assistant,
used giant fans and water vacuums
Aurelia Young, to tell her about the
throughout the night. Every apart-
fire, water came pouring out of the
ment was ready for occupancy by
Alan Hitsky, associate editoi
"Our staff was amazing," Kamin
said. "They turned this into a giant
Make the Pesach seder speak to children
and secular participants in simple terms
that they can understand and appreciate.
Don't try to impress them with how
much you know. Make the story of the
Exodus echo in 2004 terms that are
interesting and meanin
"If Judaism doesn't have meaning,
people aren't going to incorporate it,"
said Rabbi Dovid Orlofsky at an Ohr
Somayach Detroit lunch-and-learn pro-
gram on March 15 in Southfield. About
120 people attended.
Apathy can be over-
come, the rabbi said.
"You have to awaken
something within apa-
thetic people that says,
`This is compelling. This
is important to me. This
is something that chal-
Otherwise, he said,
these seder participants
will sit there with their
arms folded and a bored
look. Typically, they
know so little that they
won't even ask a question.
Only The Best
Music Of Shabbat
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— Keri Guten Cohen,
story development editor
Adding a new level to their Shabbat
candlelighting program, the Lubavitch
Women's Organization is offering a CD
of calming, inspirational songs.
The group, which provides the Jewish
News weekly Shabbat candlelighting
message, also distributes free candle
sticks, candles and resource materials.
"The CD of four songs about
Shabbos candles was taken from popu-
lar Jewish music," said Miriam Amzalak
of Oak Park, president of the Oak Park-
based group. "We would like to give
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They won't care. And that's the ultimate
"We have to inspire people to care,"
the rabbi said.
He said we must challenge the apa-
thetic with questions that inspire them
to come around and say, "Yeah, that's
interesting. How come we do that?"
We challenge them by showing we
enjoy learning about the heritage and
the rituals of Judaism, he said. "They
don't know what to do and can't figure
out what being Jewish means. They
- know you should be
miserable but don't
know why you're not.
That will inspire people
to say, 'Hey, What's
going on here?'"
As we prepare for the
first seder the night of
April 5, Rabbi Orlofsky
said, devise how you'll
help participants leave
the table saying, "This
touched my life. I've
walked away a better
— Robert A. Sklar, editor
them out to people who are not yet
lighting Shabbos candles to inspire
them about this age-old Jewish cus-
The CD was created by an anony-
mous student at the Lubavitch Girls
High School in Oak Park.
To receive a CD, free of charge, or
other Shabbat candlelighting items or
materials, call Amzalak at (248) 548-
6771 or e-mail at:
— Shelli Liebman Dorfman, staff writer
Do You Remember
"I just hope we win some games. I know there are
some teams we have no reason to lose against, and
if we can beat teams that are better' than us, then
why not? The more the merrier. I feel blessed to
have this opportunity to bring pride to my coun-
try during its bad times."
— Shana Sprung, 17-year-old quarterback of an
Israeli women's flag football team owned by Robert
Kraft, whose New England Patriots won the 2004
Super Bowl, on playing for the world flag football
title in the Dominican Republic, quoted by JTA.
It's not easy being green.
As a result of objections by devout Orthodox
Jews, the plan of a restaurant in New York City,
Bernstein-on-Essex, to have the staff wear green
yarmulkes on St. Patrick's Day was abandoned.
The restaurant, specializing in kosher Chinese
food, did, however, serve its annual specialty for
the holiday, Kosher Chow Mein a la Erin.
— Sy Manello, editorial assistant