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October 27, 2005 - Image 55

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2005-10-27

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house the vast number of paper
clips collected.
The Schroeders will speak 8:30
p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the JCC
in West Bloomfield, following a
free screening of the movie Paper
Clips at 7 p.m., pending its release.
There is a $5 member/$8 non-
member charge for the Schroeders'
Every year, Book Fair features a
special program in commemora-
tion of Kristallnacht, Nov. 9-10,
1938 — the night of destruction
that accelerated the Nazi regime's
systematic slaughter of Jews. This
year's program features Dr.
Michael Good, author of Dr.
Plagge, the Nazi Who Saved Jews,
who will speak at the JCC in West
Bloomfield Wednesday, Nov. 9, at
10 a.m.
"Ifs a true, compelling story":
Fisher said."It's about a Nazi offi-
cer who saved about 250 Jews by
building a camp where they were
actually protected. The author is
the son of two survivors of that

Plagge was recently inducted
into the Righteous Among the
Nations at Israel's Yad Vashem
Holocaust Memorial., Fisher said.
Among this year's pre-Book Fair
activities is the first annual Book
Club Night Reception, to take place
Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Members of area book clubs will
have a chance to talk one-on-one
with. Ellen Feldman, author of The
Boy Who Lo* Anne Frank, at a
dessert reception in West
Bloomfield, limited to book club
members. The novel supposes that
Peter Van Pelg, who hid in the attic
with the Franks and died shortly
before the carps were liberated,
instead survived and ended up in
Jewish News arts writer Suzanne
Chessler will act as moderator for a
book club-style discussion at 8
p.m. following the reception.
Book Fair co-chair Amy
Hammer of West Bloomfield origi-
nated the fair's Health Awareness
Day last year, and this year's Teen
Awareness Day as well.

Local Talent

Motown authors showcase
their published works during
Local Author Fair.

Suzanne Chessler

Special to the Jewish News

t would be hard to imagine a
new college student not con-
cerned about both academic
achievement and social accept-
ance, according to David Schoem,
faculty-director of the Michigan
Community Scholars Program at
the University of Michigan.
Schoem, who heads an initiative
that places students in volunteer
roles, has dwelled on these con-
cerns for 25 years while he held
various academic responsibilities,
recently as assistant vice president
for academic and student affairs
and assistant dean of undergradu-
ate education.



October 27 2005

"I feel that we must meet the
needs of our community in terms
of promoting healthy bodies and
healthy minds',' Hammer said.
"Kids today, with their computers
and DVDs, aren't getting the exer-
cise they need, and Type II dia-
beteg is running rampant:'
Book Fair's Health Awareness
Day, Monday, Nov. 7, features two
authors at the JCC in West
Bloomfield. Dr. Robert Greene,
who wrote Perfect Balance: Dr.
Robert Greene's Breakthrough
Program for Finding the Lifelong
Hormonal Health You Deserve,
speaks at 11 a.m.; and Dr. Peter
Kramer, author of Against
Depression, at 1 p.m.
A healthy luncheon begins at
12:30. There's a $20 charge for the
luncheon, and reservations are
"Dr. Greene's book is not just
about the medical use of hor-
mones',' Hammer explained. "It's
talking about the perfect balance.
Diet, exercise and other comple-
mentary medications also affect

balcony overlooking the main
lobby at the West Bloomfield JCC.
"This book has been student-
proofed': says Schoem, 54, who
earned his bachelor's degree at U-
M before going on to get a mas-
ter's in education at Harvard and a
Ph.D. in education at the
University of California-Berkley."I
have asked students to read the

Communicating with students,
including his own daughters, and
making them feel comfortable
remain very important to him,
and he has done all this face-to-
face and through books.
Schoem's fatest writing project,
College Knowledge: 101 Tips for the
College-Bound Student (University
of Michigan Press; $17.95), was
planned to help with the transi-
tion from high school to college
and will be featured during this
year's Jewish Book
Schoem will be
( I/6PG
signing his books
alongside many local
writers 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6, on the

David Schoem:

College tips.

JCC Cultural Arts Director Elaine Schonberger and Jewish Book Fair

Co-Chairs Gail Fisher and Amy Hammer get ready for the 54th annual

Jewish Book Fair.

hormone balance, positively as
well as negatively"
At 1 p.m., just as Book Fair
patrons in West Bloomfield finish
their healthy lunches, the JCC in
Oak Park presents Don Siegel,
author of From Lokshen to Lo
Mein. With anecdotes and recipes
galore, Siegel examines the curious
relationship between Jewish people
and Chinese food.
Live and be well.
In a late change to the Book Fair
schedule, Karen Tulchinsk-y, author
of The Five Books of Moses
Lapinsky, has canceled her Lunch
with the Authors appearance
scheduled for noon Thursday, Nov.
10. The other two authors, Melissa
Bank and Alice Mattison, will

appear as scheduled.
In a late addition, nationally.
acclaimed mystery author Faye
Kellerman, whose latest book is
titled Straight Into Darkness, will
be speaking at a special presenta-
tion 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at
the West Bloomfield JCC. $8 mem-
bers/$10 nonmembers.

book before publication, and I
included vignettes that are com-
-posites of students I have known."
Schoem, who also teaches the
Sociology of the American Jewish
Community, explores what per-
sonal independence means and
provides tips covering subjects
from self-discovery to family
finances. His advice is based on
considerable research as well as
personal experience.
"I've tried to be thoughtful in
putting this book together, and I
feel good that my experience will
help students in the next genera-
tion," says Schoem, a member of
Congregation Beth Israel in Ann
Arbor. "I hope students will use it
to find their own voices in college
and really figure out their values."
Other Michigan authors and
their books include Irwin Cohen
(Crosley Field), Edith Covensky
(Anatomy of Love), Emily
Eisbruch (Curious Kids Activity
Guide to Michigan), Joni Hubred-
Golden (One Woman), Samuel
Hurwitz (Medicaid and Long-Term

Care), Shalom Kalib (The Musical
Tradition of the Eastern European
Synagogue), Steve Kay (Fantasy
Football, Where Do I Sign?) and
Zina Kramer (Doesn't Grandma
Love Me Anymore?).
More area writers and their
books are Elizabeth Landers (The
Script: The 100% Absolutely
Predictable Things Men Do When
They Cheat), Sam Offen (When
Hope Prevails: The Personal
Triumph of a Holocaust Survivor),
Craig Ross (The Obscene Diaries of
a Michigan Fan), Emanuel Tanay
(Passport to Life: Autobiographical
Reflections on the Holocaust),
Susan Tawil (Feng Shui-Oy Vay),
Irene Walt (Art in the Stations: The
Detroit People Mover) and Philip
Wohl (Keeping Up With the

See synopses for all the
books featured at the JCC's
54th Annual Jewish Book
Fair, as of press time, begin-
ning on page 56. For a com-
plete schedule of author
appearance times and ticket
prices, see page 61.

Book Fair's Local Author
Fair takes place 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6, on the balcony
overlooking the main lobby
of the West bloomfield JCC.
(248) 432-5577.


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