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April 09, 2004 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-04-09

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Something Extra

Eight Over 80 Named

Things That Matter Most

The 11th annual Eight Over 80
Program-Senior Adult Jewish Hall of
Fame sponsored by Jewish Apartments
& Services will be held 11 a.m-2 p.m.
Sunday, May 16, at the Jewish
Community Center in West
Honorees are Alfred D. Bricker, Jack
Caminker, Nena Dillick and Julius
Harwood, all of West Bloomfield;
Sylvia and Harry Granader of Beverly
Hills; Bea Sacks of Huntington
Woods; and Belmont Kershenbaum
and Phyllis Newman, both of
Bloomfield Hills.
The honorees have committed their
lives to bettering the Metropolitan

After more than 25 years of working
with patients near the end of life, Dr.
Ira Byock emerged with four life-
affirming truths he has wrapped into a
new book, The Four Things That
Matter Most: A Book About Living
(Free Press, $23).
Dr. Byock contends that "Please for-
give me," "I forgive you," "Thank
you and "I love you contain the
most powerful words in our language.
His book shows through inspiring
real-life stories how these words — too
often left unspoken — can cut a clear
path to emotional wellness.
An international leader in the relief
of mental and physical pain for those

Detroit community through their
exemplary volunteerism.
Some 300 JAS residents have
incomes below the poverty level and
the money raised from this event will
ensure that every resident in need
receives a daily kosher meal. Last year,
the event raised $46,000.
Tickets are $65 per person, which
includes a brunch catered by Unique
Restaurant Corporation and dessert
from Milk & Honey of West
Bloomfield. RSVP: Pete Wurdock,
(248) 592-1101; e-mail:
— Keri Guten Cohen,
story development editor

Dershowitz's Case For Israel

Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard
University law professor,
showed he knows a thing or
two about linguistics while
speaking about his book, The
Case for Israel at Wayne State
University in Detroit March 25.
"Do you know where the
term 'checkmate' comes from?"
Dershowitz asked his audience,
which included WSU President
Dr. Irvin Reid, students and
community members.
"Sheik mate, the sheik is dead," said
Dershowitz, drawing a lesson for under-
standing Israel's assassination of Hamas
leader Shiek Ahmed Yassin. Dismissing
claims that the killing was a violation of
international law as well as the convention-
al wisdom that it would only inflame the
Middle East situation, Dershowitz pointed
out that it is well understood, particularly
in the Arab world, that killing an enemy's
leader is a path to victory.
Calling Israel the only "secular, multina-
tional, multicultural, multiracial democra-
cy in the Middle East," he explained
Israel's challenge is the same as other

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democracies: "to create equality
in fact as well as equality in
Singing the praises of the
Israeli. Supreme Court, he con-
trasted it to the International
Court of Justice in the Hague,
whose expected ruling against
Israel's security fence would fur-
ther "destroy the credibility of
international law."
While clearly expressing
support for a Palestinian state, he
believes it is "about fifth on the list of peo-
ple deserving a state" after the Tibetans,
Kurds, Chechnyans and Basques. He
noted Tibetans have no claims on China
and the Kurds have never been offered a
state, unlike the Palestinians who claim
Israel. "If the Palestinians had accepted the
offer of statehood, we would today be cele-
brating the third anniversary of the wealth-
iest Arab state, per capita, in the world."
Dershowitz spoke at Michigan State
University later that day. Both talks were
sponsored by campus Hillel foundations
and other groups.
— Don Cohen, special to the JN


What is a common expression said by Sephardic
Jews as their youth approach age 13?

— Goldfein

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suffering terminal illness, Dr. Byock is
director of palliative medicine at
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
in New Hampshire.
Hospice of Michigan and the Jewish
Hospice and Chaplaincy Network are
sponsoring a luncheon lecture and
book-signing session with Dr. Byock
at noon April 19 at the Ford
Community & Performing Arts
Center, 15801 Michigan Ave. in
Dearborn. Tickets $30 in advance.
Call (313) 578-5021 or go to
www.hom.org to register online.
Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.
— Keri Guten Cohen,
story development editor

Jeopardy! Experience

Bobbie Lewis of Oak Park had her
30 minutes of fame April 2, when
she was a contestant on Jeopardy!
She wasn't the champ, but ended
up in second place — and the only
contestant to answer the Final
Jeopardy! question correctly.
A longtime Jeopardy! fan
with a vast knowledge of
trivia, Lewis auditioned
for the show in November
in Dearborn and was one
of six from her group of
75 to pass the written
The show was taped on
Jan. 21 in Los Angeles
and broadcast April 2.
Lewis says waiting her
turn in the audience
made her more nervous
than playing. And she
says it was difficult to get
the hang of the buzzer and the
timing of when to buzz in.
Her $2,000 winnings paid for
her and husband Joe's trip to L.A.

and what she calls, "a once-in-a-
lifetime experience."
Lewis is director of communica-
tions at Lutheran Social Services of
— Keri Guten Cohen,
story development editor

Bobbie Lewis of Oak Park with
Yeopardy!s" Alex Trebek.

Quota bles

Do You Remembe&

"When we're working together in this ancient tra-
dition, doing the work of our ancestors, taking
care of the body of one of our sisters, we're like
souls working together. There's a kind of awe
knowing I'm going in, to face the end of life and
the maker of life. There's a powerful presence with
us in the room; it's when I feel closest to God.
When we leave that room ... we know we've done
a very important deed — a real mitzvah.
— Diane Levin, Aptos, Calif, in a story about the
traditional Jewish funeral process in the spring issue
of Reform Judaism magazine

April 1984
Special arrangements have been made for the Anti-
Defamation League of B'nai Kith-sponsored
"Jewish Life in America: Fulfilling the American
Dream" exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum.
The main exhibit is divided into five sections,
each bearing a nameplate and brief outline of high-
lights of Jewish life in America in that period: 1654-
1819; 1820-1880; 1881-1919; 1920-1945; after
1946. Synagogue models created by Detroiter A.
Kushner adorn the exhibit.

— Sy Manello, editorial assistant

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