City: Farmington Hills
Kudos: Joy Of Sax
Herb Couf has been principal clarinetist with the
Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO), owner of Royal
Music Center in Royal Oak, vice president of WT
Armstrong Music Publishers and an instructor at Wayne
State Universi t y Today, he's president of the Bohemian
Club, made up of DSO players, former players and
How did you get involved
marketing Couf saxo-
"Many years ago, I was
playing with the DSO at
Carnegie Hall. I went to
48th Street to buy reeds and
the owner gave me a sax to
try — it was excellent. I
found out the sax maker was
a Julius Keilwirth in
Germany. He asked if I
wanted to go into business
"The company made saxes exclusively for me, with
the name H. Couf on the bell. As fast as they came
in, I'd sell them. Grover Washington had a whole
Was there any problem working with a German
company so soon after the Holocaust?
"Right off, I told them, `I'm Jewish. If you have
any qualms with that, tell me now.' I never had any
problems. But that was why we put my name on
them — to market in the United States."
What is the Bohemians' 2004 Music Competition?
"It is for high school and college orchestral instru-
ment players from Michigan. The winner gets $1,500
and a chance to play with a local community sym-
phony; second place gets $1,000 and third place gets
$500. At least five of our winners have gone on to
— Diana Lieberman, stafFwriter
Performance tapes for the competition are due April
15. For an application, write Couf c/o the
Bohemians, 37685 Russert Drive, Farmington Hills,
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limited to the seder.
Any time is a good
time to learn.
With that in mind, here are
some Passover-related questions
to test your knowledge and-to
prove, once again, what sort of
interesting things are available
on the Internet.
1. According to Jewish law, salt-
water for the seder should be:
a. prepared the day before to allow proper distri-
bution of salt molecules
b. prepared by adding salt first and water second
if done on the actual day of Pesach
c. never prepared using organic sea salt because
Lot's wife was the real "salt of the earth" kind of
person and we should never forget to do as we
d. always stirred and never shaken; a sign of
e. a and b
2. Who is excused from reclining at the seder?
a. a seder participant in the leaning tower of Pisa
b. a disciple at his master's table
c. someone with an inner ear infection
3. Why do Sephardic Jews pour out water and
wine simultaneously for each plague?
a. many were ambidextrous and couldn't decide
which hand to use so they arrived at this as a
b. it's based on a Kabbalistic principle for meet-
ing out justice with mercy
c. they wanted to solve the age-old problem of
which falls faster, a drop of water or a drop of
4. Where is the prophet Elijah actually men-
tioned during a Jewish ritual?
a. on Passover when we open the door and yell,
"Eliyahu, come on down"
b. At Havdalah — you see him after inhaling the
right combination of spices
c. During the brit milah
d. During the Teletubbies' Chanukah celebration
as he holds hands with Tinky-Winky and carries
a matching purse
5. Which of the following is not a place to
search for chametz?
a. pant cuffs
b. computer keyboard
d. in the book Jewish Jokes for the John
e. telephone mouthpiece
6. Many food restrictions on Pesach are not
based on Halachah but on _customs. Some are
specific for small groups.
• Match the food usually not prohibited: 1.
carrots, 2. potatoes, 3. radishes, 4. cloves
• with the rationale for its prohibition: w. give
bad breath, x. resemble kernels of wheat, y. flour
can be made from it. z. Yiddish for this word
connotes multiplying as in rising dough
a. 1w, 2x, 3y, 4z
b. lz, 2y, 3w, 4x
c. lx, 2z, 3y, 4w
7. Why was Moses chosen to be leader of the
a. He was on a first-name basis with Pharaoh.
b. He knew how to dress to impress.
c. Disney already had dibs on Prince Charming.
d. A person who had lived in slavery would
never have had the nerve to demand everything
from Pharaoh — total emancipation.
8. Children at a seder realize power they do not
normally possess because:
a. Ingestion of mass quantities of matzah causes
young bodies to ripple with muscle.
b. They must find the afikomen and return it if
the seder is to continue.
c. Learning increases the ability of a child to bug
d. A few sips of wine can unleash a heretofore-
unknown energy. ❑
"When I light Shabbos candles, I literally feel our home transform to a place different than during the
week: a closer connection, a calmness, a security with God — like an elixir, only better."
Friday, April 2, 6:42 p.m.
— Aviva Gordon, Oak Park
Friday, April 9, 7:50 p.m.
Saturday, April 3, 7:45 p.m.
Saturday, April 10, 8:53 p.m.
TO submit a candlelighting message, call Miriam Aurzalak of the Lubavitchnmen's Organization at (248) 548-6771 or e-mail• email@example.com