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April 16, 2004 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-04-16

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Something Extra

Holocaust In Folk Songs

Nationally known performer Joe
Aronson will appear at a special
Havdalah service marking Yom HaShoah
at 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community
Center of Washtenaw County, 2935
Birch Hollow Drive in Ann Arbor. The
event is sponsored by the Ann Arbor
Reconstructionist Havurah.
Accompanied by his guitar, Aronson
tells the stories, sings the songs and
recites the poetry of victims, rescuers and
survivors of the Holocaust. The spoken
and musical histories he retells includes

`Jeopardy!' Memorializes Writer

the perspectives of partisans, Jews, gen-
tiles, fighters and liberators. He also
relates the post-war responses of prison-
ers, scholars, theologians and religious
denominations. The material is appropri-
ate for adults and mature teenagers only.
The performance will last about one
hour and will be followed by a dessert
potluck. For more information, call
(734) 913-9705 or e-mail: info@aare-

A special episode of the game show
Jeopardy! has been prepared to honor
the memory of its six-time Emmy-
winning senior writer Steven
Dorfman, who grew up in Oak Park.
At the funeral for Dorfman, 48,
who died in January of complications
from colon cancer, Jeopardy! host Alex
Trebek announced plans for the show.
It will be aired in Detroit at
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April
— Keri Guten Cohen, 21, on WDIV-Channel 4.
story development editor
"For 20 years, he was our
most imaginative and prolific
writer," Trebek said at the
funeral. "He had shoe boxes
filled with clues that hadn't
horseradish root was
been used yet."
the most bitter.
During his time at Jeopardy!,
The children
Dorfman created more than
played with Shalom
50,000 clues.
Street resident Ben
"The whole April 21 show
Bayit. In the work-
will include only material prepared by
shop, they painted a
Steven, but never used," said his
small work wagon to
mother, Debby Dorfman of West
hold charoset.
Bloomfield. She and her husband,
They also gave a
Neil, their daughter and son-in-law
little tzedakah (chari-
Lisa and Robert Mitchell and grand-
ty). The tzedakah box son Ben Mitchell, 22, all of
was not only the
Commerce Township; flew to Los
largest one they had
Angeles for the program's taping.
ever seen, it was also
"At the end of the show, Alex Trebek
Photo by Dina-Shrull-Leb&•'
see-through. Put in a
about Steven," Debby Dorfman
While at Shalom Street, students from the Ann Arbor Hebrew
coin and watch it
gave a beautiful tribute to
Day School sample root vegetables to see which is the most bitter. move in and out of
gears and shoots and
What will it
Ann Arbor Hebrew Day School students

care, food?
enjoyed a day in late March at Shalom
of giv-
Street, the Detroit Jewish community's
ing maot chitim (money to buy food for
interactive Jewish discovery museum
Dr. Andrei S. Markovits, the Karl W.
located at the Jewish Community Center the poor), the coins landed on food, of
Deutsch Collegiate Professor of
in West Bloomfield.
Comparative Politics and German
— Dina Shtull-Leber, Studies at the University of Michigan,
In preparation for Passover, the "Town
head ofAnn Arbor Hebrew Day School will speak on "Anti-Semitism and
Center" marketplace offered a variety of
roots. After tasting the beets, radishes,
Anti-Americanism in Europe: What's
turnips, carrots and horseradish, the chil- For more photos and full story, see
Old, What's New?" at 7:45 p.m.,
dren in grades K-2 concluded that the
Sunday, April 18, at Congregation
Beth Israel in Ann Arbor. Markovits

Shalom Street Roots

him and to his work."
While in California, the family also
attended a ceremony in which the
Jeopardy! library was rededicated to
become the Steven Dorfman
Memorial Library, with a special
plaque presented to his family to bring
home to Detroit.
Through the years, Dorfman was
known to prepare clues
about his family to be
used in episodes of the
"He once included
Neil's and my amateur
radio names and once
made a category called
`Aunt Esther' for his aunt
in California he was espe-
cially close with," Debby
Dorfman said.
Perhaps his most
touching tribute was created to honor
his Grandma Rae Dorfman Weiss of
Farmington Hills on her 90th birth-
While the show aired after Steven
Dorfman died, his grandmother was
able to view it, knowing the side-by-
side categories titled "Nana" and "Rae"
were created by her grandson in cele-
bration of her birthday.

— Shelli Liebman Dorfman,
staff writer

New View Of Anti-Semitism

Yiddish Limericks

What impact did a bureaucracy called the
Industrial Removal Office have on American Jews
early in the 20th century?

"The world isn't fair, and that's that,"
Complained a plump lady named Pat.
"A boofkee* at three
Is cute as can be,
But zaftik** by 30 is fat."

— Martha Jo Fleischmann

— Go ldfein

•sExal, SE mans saDuid
isuoD isua atp uo SIQICI3D uonuindod iolutu 3141
Jo aprslno slual2Ituun lisynaf Mau . aplDs 01 uojja
LIE SEM QDUJO TEA0111311 milsnpui aqJ :Jamstry



* chubby person
** hefty (fat)

was one of 20 scholars who presented
papers at the international symposium
at Brandeis University last month on
an historical perspective on anti-
Semitism and anti-Zionism. For infor-
mation, call (734) 665-9897.

— Keri Guten Cohen,
story development editor

Do You Remember

April 1974

A historic memento is being retained by
Congregation B'nai Moshe thanks to the Detroit
Common Council.
As the oldest B'nai Moshe structure on Beaubien
and Garfield was about to be demolished, its wood-
en Magen David (star of David) was saved for pres-
entation to Rabbi Moses Lehrman, following his
delivery of the opening prayer at the council meet-
Council president Carl Levin announced the pres-

— Sy Manello, editorial assistant

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