The Clinic Classic
Reality TV And Real Life
The closest Dr. Gary Burnstein ever got
to being a real golfer was dressing like
Gary Player — in black.
"He didn't really like golf," said Ian
Burnstein, his son. "He only made it to
a real golf course once in his life and
preferred to hack things up on the driv-
In 1997, Dr. Burnstein, from St.
John's-Oakland Hospital, opened a free
medical clinic in the back room of the
Grace Center of Hope, a homeless shel-
ter in Pontiac.
The rebel with a cause, who stopped
wearing ties in the 1970s, operated the
clinic without fanfare or press releases;
he did it through personal and profes-
sional contacts — scores of them.
When he died of lung cancer last
Sept. 26, plans for renovating the
Di: Gag Burnstein
building were on the drawinc , table.
He loved glasses, watches and sports
Eight months after his death, the con-
cars. "He once event out for an oil
struction for the Gary Burnstein Free
change and came home with a car," she
Health Clinic, a 2,500-square-foot facili- said.
ty containing six exam rooms, two den-
Registration begins at 11 a.m. Cost is
tal suites and a pharmacy, is almost com- $250 for individual golfers, $75 for din,
ner only All proceeds will go to the clin-
In his memory, and with tongues
ic. Each entrant receives a T-shirt —
firmly in cheek, his family and friends
black, of course.
will host the "Gary Burnstein Golf
For more information, contact
Classic" at the Bay Pointe Golf Club in
Michele Atwell at (248) 334-2187, or
West Bloomfield on May 25.
"He's probably spinning right now,'
— Hari), Kirsbaum, sta f f writer
said Dana, his wife. Sponsors won't
include big-name corporations, but the
stores that fed his 'habits,' she said.
Far from the cam-
eras of NBC-TV's
dating show, Average
Joe: Adam Returns,
Jennifer Lifshitz is
preparing for a
much different gig.
"I will be giving a
sermon at Temple
Israel," Lifshitz said
of two talks Friday,
May 21: first during
the 7:30 p.m. alter-
Temple Israel service and later at the
9 p.m. young adult service.
"I will be speaking about being
young, Jewish and a mini-celebrity,"
Lifshitz said.. "I have a strong pas-
sion for the Jewish community. I
think it would be cool for young
people to see how you can live a
`normal' life and still include
Judaism in it."
Lifshitz, whose application to be
on Average Joe included her views on
high intermarriage rates among Jews,
will also discuss her personal deci-
sion to date Jewish men.
Since her stint on Average Joe in
March, Lifshitz, 23, of Chicago, has
been busy. A Jewish Telegraphic
Agency story on her ran in Jewish
newspapers throughout the country
and an interview in Entertainment
Weekly brought her 250
e-mails from interested
"Not too many Jewish
men, though," said the
Recently, she hosted
the University of
Michigan Hillel's Speed
Not only is Lifshitz
now recognized by
strangers, she said, "I
even had a fan create a
Web site for me."
As far as being in the
limelight, she said, "I am trying to
go. back to living my normal life, but
every now and then, I chat with the
(show's) producers. There has been
talk of my own show, but no official
offer on the table," she said.
In the meantime, the May 1 grad-
uate of the U-M School of Social
Work, Sol Drachler Program in
Jewish Communal Leadership in
Ann Arbor, is job hunting.
As far as men are concerned, "I
have gone on a couple of dates since
the show (and) I am still looking for
my nice Jewish guy," she said. "I
know he is out there somewhere."
For information on the Friday,
May 21, services at Temple Israel,
call (248) 661-5700. El
— Shelli Liebman Dofman
In making the endorsement, the board
affirmed aliyah "as central to the survival
of the Jewish state." Since statehood in
1948, Israel has welcomed 3 million Jews
from around the world.
The Detroit Federation supports many
programs that expose young people to
Israel, which influences the eventual
decision to make aliyah. These programs
include the Teen Mission to Israel, the
Young Adult Summer Mission to Israel,
the Ben Teitel Israel Incentive Savings
Program and Birthright Israel.
—Robert A. Skim; editor
The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
Detroit has reaffirmed its support of
aliyah as it means to help Israel meet
"serious demographic challenges that
potentially could undermine its character
as a Jewish state."
At a special meeting on April 23 in the
David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem during
Federation's Michigan Miracle Mission
4, the Board of Governors endorsed
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's aliyah ini-
tiative to bring 1 million immigrants to
Israel, primarily from North America, in
the next 15 years.
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Millions of Jews came from Europe to America
from 1880 until 1924, the year immigration
restrictions were enacted. The flow of immigrants
actually slowed down somewhat between 1910
and 1920, except in one American city, which
increased its Jewish population five-fold in those
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Do You Remembe&
As every psychologist knows,
Good parenting certainly shows.
The genuine test
Is what you invest.
Az me leygt arayn, nemt men arohss.*
— Martha Jo Fleischmann
* - What you put in, you take out.
Crates of documents from the Nuremberg _
Tribunals on Nazi war criminals, which had been
gathering dust since the late 1940s in the base-
ment of the State Cultural Education Center in
Albany, N.Y., were recently discovered.
•Recommendations are being sought from the
Library of Congress National Archives experts as
to the preservation and utilization of the docu-
— Sy Manello, editorial assistant