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The Detroit Jewish News, 2005-09-15

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We Get Questions


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death certificate. He died in Florida 16
years ago. Can you assist me?

A: Absolutely. Call and let me know

where your father died. I will call a
colleague in Florida to send you as many
copies as you need.

"In Search of Jewish History,"
On Five Continents, From A to Z:
One Historian's Journey,"
with author Sir Martin Gilbert
12:45 pm, Sun, Sept 25, 2005,
Congregation Shaarey Zedek,
27375 Bell Road, Southfield

Sir Martin Gilbert, historian

and official biographer of
Winston Churchill and author
of several books on Jewish
history, shares observations and
insight on Jewish history
spanning across five continents.


Presented in part by The
Jewish Historical Society of
Michigan. Made possible by
Lois and Judge Avern Cohn,
Elaine and Michael Serling.

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Birmingham, Ala.
abbi Cynthia Culpeper, the
first pulpit rabbi to announce
being diagnosed with AIDS,
died Aug. 29, 2005, after a 10-year
battle with the disease.
Rabbi Culpeper, 43, was diagnosed
in 1995 shortly before her first High
Holy Days after being ordained by
the Jewish Theological Seminary. A
native of San Francisco, she was acci-
dentally exposed to the virus the year
before while working as a nurse there
during a semester break from the
At the time of her diagnosis, she
was rabbi of Agudath Israel in
Montgomery, Ala. She was hesitant
about the reaction she would get
from her congregants; but after
announcing it, got hugs from all 150
in attendance.
She continued as the full-time rabbi
there until 1997, moving to Birming-
ham, Ala., to receive to receive fur-
ther treatment.
She became a "rabbi at large" for
Birmingham, teaching classes and, for
a time, speaking to Jewish communi-
ties nationally about AIDS. In 2000,
she became the first female rabbi to
lead religious services in Poland, con-
ducting High Holy Day services at
Beit Warszawa.
In 2004, she participated in an
Israel mission with her hometown
congregation, B'nai Emunah in San
B'nai Emunah Rabbi Ted
Alexander remembered how the
young Cynthia appeared at his con-
gregation one Shabbat evening, a
Catholic high school student with a
report to write about Judaism.
She asked him questions after the
service, returned the next week with
more questions, then came back the
third week with one question — how
to become Jewish.
One of the nuns at her school later
met with Rabbi Alexander. Instead of
telling him to stay away, she said
Cynthia confided in her, and said, "I
know she will not make a good
Catholic, so make a good Jew out of
She converted to Judaism as an
adult and decided to pursue the rab-
binate to deepen her personal com-
mitment. ❑

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