A contingent of Jewish youth group
advisers joined Federation's Michigan
Miracle Mission 4 to Israel as a reward
for doing good work as volunteer leaders
— and to hone their knowledge of Israel
so they can teach their teen charges
about our ancestral homeland.
"Helping shape young lives is the
greatest job in the world," said Jaclyn
Zelkovitz, assistant director of B'nai
B'rith Youth Organization-Michigan
Region, as Kabbalat Shabbat neared on
April 23, five days into the 10-day trip.
Federation's Millennium Campaign
_forDetroit's_Jewish_ Future _and_the_B en
Teitel Incentive Savings Plan for youth
travel to Israel funded the trip for the
23- to 30-year-old teen advisers.
"The expectation is that we'll bring
back to the kids what we've learned,"
said Jill Rosenfeld, 27, of Farmington
Hills, who leads BBYO's Koach Chapter.
Rosenfeld, a physical therapist, has
been to Israel twice now The average
age of mission-goers was 59. 'All ages on
our bus just clicked," Rosenfeld said.
"Israel needs us," she added, shrugging
off any feeling of anxiety over the
Palestinian intifada, nearing its 43rd
Ann Arbor 'Clip' Notes
Jill Rosenfeld and Jaclyn Zelkovitz
month. "Just being here, the experience
is hard to put in words. We've been well
received and I feel safe."
_Israers_beauty_and archeology were __
strong incentives to come, too. "BBYO
promotes a lot of Israel programs," said
Zelkovitz, joined on the mission by
Arnie Weiner, BBYO's popular longtime
regional director for Michigan.
BBYO's 12-person contingent includ-
ed United Synagogue Youth leader
Tracye Bello, 25, of West Bloomfield
and National Conference of Synagogue
Youth leader Ezra Drissman, 23, of West
There were 568 mission-goers from
Detroit, Ann Arbor and Toledo.
— Robert A.. Sklar, editor
Paper clips — so effective in keeping
loose pages together — may also prove
to be the tie that binds people together.
This weekend, two high school stu-
dents from rural Whitwell, Tenn., will
tour the bustling University of
Michigan campus during graduation
weekend, attend a Detroit Tigers-
Seattle Mariners game at Comerica
Park and then be guests of honor
Sunday night at a movie at Ann Arbor's
Casey Condra and Drew Shadrick
are two students featured in-Paper
Clips, the lead attraction of this year's
JCC Lenore Marwil Jewish Film
Festival, which screens 12 films in Ann
Arbor Sunday-Thursday, May 2-6. In
the documentary, Casey and Drew
relate how they hand-counted millions
of paper clips in an attempt to come to
grips with the magnitude and reality
that millions of people perished in the
"We counted millions of paper clips
one by one," said Casey, describing his
middle school's eighth-grade project. "If
we ever had a spare moment in class,
we did them. And we stayed after
school two or three hours and counted
or came before school."
Washtenaw JCC Director Leslie Bash
arranged for the teens' visit. "Everyone
on the committee is so excited — they
feel that this is a way of really under-
standing how the actual students felt
about the project," she said.
Bash credits Washtenaw Young Adult
Division members with suggesting a
unique idea for the showing — having
moviegoers write remarks to be sent to
Whitwell students and attach a paper
clip to each note.
Paper Clips will be shown 8 p.m.
Sunday at the Michigan Theater.
Tickets are $8. (734) 971-0990.
Other Ann Arbor films: Monday:
Different Drummers and Relentless at 5
p.m. and James' Journey to Jerusalem at 8
p.m.; Tuesday: The Collector of Bedford
Street and Molly: The Goldbergs at 5 and
Dummy at 8; Wednesday: Thunder in
Guyana and All I've Got at 5 and
Geburtig at 8; Thursday: My Architect at
5 and The Italians Are Coming at 8.
— David Sachs, senior copy editor
Sound Of Spring
The Oak Park Jewish Community
Center's intergenerational choir,
"Spring," celebrated its 10th anniver-
sary concert on Sunday, April 25, with
a standing-room-only audience in
Meyer and Anna Prentis Social Hall.
The 41-voice choir, made up of
New Americans — from tots to sen-
iors — included a repertory of
Russian, English, Broadway and
Yiddish tunes. The group practices
twice per week, under the direction of
founding conductor Larisa Matusova,
accompanied by Liliya Ostapenko.
— Alan Hitsky, associate editor
Galina Opochinskaya is at the micro-
phone with other singers who have been
with "Spring" for all 10 years. Larisa
Matusova, right, is conducting.
The two holiest sites in Israel for Jewish pilgrims are
the Western Wall in Jerusalem and the Cave of Our
Forefathers in Hebron. From 1948-1967 these were
in Jordanian hands and no Jews were allowed there.
Where, then, did Jewish pilgrims pray?
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Sams Inc. opened in the new Dearborn shopping
center, which is still to be completed and will consist
of 22 retail stores in the Michigan Avenue-Schaefer
Max Osnos, president of Sams, says this is the
first move in a plan to establish suburban stores to
better serve Detroit area residents.
A parking lot to accommodate 1,000 cars is a fea-
ture of the new center.
— Sy Manello, editorial assistant