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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-03-16

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I Letters

Substance Abuse

On behalf of Jewish Family
Service and its Addiction Recovery
Program, we would like to thank
the JN for highlighting the grow-
ing problem of substance abuse in
the Orthodox Jewish community
("Orthodox Battle," March 9, page
27). Locally, we see the same issues
discussed in your article.
Since 2000, in response to a
continually growing need among
Jewish people at all levels of
observance, the JFS state-licensed,
CARF-accredited Addiction
Recovery Program has provided
comprehensive services to indi-
viduals and families challenged by
substance use issues. We offer inte-
grated co-occurring disorder treat-
ment (for those coping with both
mental health and substanCe use
problems), gender specific groups,
recovery yoga, and a specialized
treatment program for older adults.
JFS also offers treatment for
those whose chronic pain has
resulted in prescription drug mis-
use, abuse and dependence.
Thank you again for your efforts
in bringing -the discussion of
substance abuse issues into the

petition of Holocaust cartoons
was suggested by the president of
Iran. That these types of cartoons
as well as anti-Semitic and anti-
Jewish cartoons appeared for years
in the Muslim news media did not
concern many since there were
never demonstrations in the street
by Jews who were appalled by these
ugly presentations.
There are plenty of Holocaust
"revisionists:' Since the uproar
about the cartoons, endless efforts
were made to appease the Muslims
and even to sacrifice free speech
when it comes to Islam. There were
endless interviews of Muslims by
apologetic journalists, but no inter-
views about the Holocaust and how
much we Jews are hurt by destroy-
ing the memories of our brothers
and sisters.
It seems to me that our leaders
want us to be calm: We may anger
the Nazis who are leading us to the
gas chambers.
We should never forget. For
this reason, we should take to the
streets and voice our opinion loud
and clear: You cannot mess with us.

Isaac Barr, M.D.


Ellen Yashinsky-Chute

director, Clinical Services

Emilie Dauch

director, Addiction Recovery Program

Jewish Family Service

Wesf Bloomfield

Protest Revisionism

Once the Muslim uproar about
the Prophet Muhammad cartoons
started, the suggestions came that
this is a Jewish-Zionist plot. The
Danish denials of this conspiracy
theory were hardly mentioned in
the Muslim world; rather a com-

Extending A Hand

Thank you for your*updated cover-
age on the situation in New Orleans
("Renewal Amid The Ruins',' Feb.
16, page 27). It was refreshing to
see the city's revival.
At Teitel Jewish Apartments in
Oak Park, we have been closely fol-
lowing the situation at Woldenberg
Village, the Jewish senior apart-
ments referenced in your article.
In September, the residents and
friends of Teitel individually and
collectively raised close to $1,000
for the residents of Woldenberg,

As a comparable HUD-subsi-
dized building, where the average
annual income is around $7,000
a year, the residents felt a strong
bond with Woldenberg's residents.
Our residents wanted to tangibly
assist people like themselves. They
were all horrified at the thought
of being in a similar situation and
losing everything they had.
Please continue to keep the
Detroit community posted on New
Orleans' renewal.

Jenifer Epstein Rube

geriatric social worker

Teitel Jewish Apartments

and Services

Oak Park

Filling A Need

I want to commend you for your
touching and informative story,
"Fading Memory: Dementia,
Alzheimer's patients and families
can find help," by Ruthann Brodsky
(Feb. 23, page 15). In response, a
number of family members have
called the Brown Program, seeking
services for their loved ones with
memory loss.
It will interest your readers that
in addition to the programs cited
in your-article, the Brown Centers
at JVS (248-233-4000) and at
Jewish Home & Aging Services
(248-661-6390) in West Bloomfield
and Jewish Family Service (248-
592-2300), our Jewish community
now provides a complete con-
tinuum of caring for those with-
memory problems.
For those just starting to be
challenged by memory problems,
the Memory Club at JVS brings
together senior adults who are
still active and aware. They meet
to sharpen their memory skills,
to have fun together and to sup-

Most U.S. synagogues place their ark, containing the Torah scrolls, on the
eastern wall so congregants face east toward Jerusalem during prayer.
Congregation Beth El Keser Israel in New Haven, Conn., has an interesting
history as to why their ark is on the western wall.

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March 16 - 2006

Peter Ostrow, director

Brown Jewish Community

Adult Day Care Program

Oakland County

Rabbi Chaplaincy

The articles commemorating
Rabbi Morris Adler on the 40th
anniversary of his death did not

mention his role as an army chap-
lain in World War II (Other Views,
March 9, pages 32-33).
After his death, Goldie, his wife,
told me after I returned his picture
in uniform, that he was always
proud to have been a military
Our community should know of
his important role as a spiritual
advisor to Jewish servicemen dur-
ing the worldwide conflict.

Albert Rosen

Farmington Hills

Editor's note: Rabbi Irwin Groner's
actual sermon on the 30th anniver-
sary of Rabbi Adler's death did note
the rabbi's military service. The JN
published only an abridged version
of the sermon.

Eco Corner

Spring Cleaning: "Children are
the heritage of the Eternal and
the fruit of the womb is a reward"
— (Psalm 127:3).
We want our children to be clean
and safe, but cleaning products
can be among the most hazardous
chemicals in your home, office or
school. Borax, vinegar, lemon juice
and baking soda are safe alterna -
tives that clean and disinfect, and
are much cheaper than name
brand cleaners. Go to
Www.ecomall.com or http://world-
wildlife.org/toxics/you_do.cfm for


— Michigan Coalition on the
Environment and Jewish Life
(Ml-COEJL): Healing the Earth with
Jewish Environmental Values.
For more information,
call (248) 642-5393, ext. 7, or write:
mi-coejl@jfmd.org .

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port each other's independence.
Call Memory Club Coordinator
Ronnie Berman, (248) 233-4247
to sign up. -
For persons with more advanced
memory problems in need
of residential care, the Brown
Memory Care Pavilion at the
Fleischman Residence/Blumberg
Plaza provides state-of-the-art
dementia care in a warm, nurtur-
ing Jewish environment. Residents
benefit from the stimulation of
Montessori-based programming
and from celebrating the Jewish
holidays. For information or a tour,
call Admissions Director Tracy
Proghovnik at (248) 661-2999.
All these programs offer kosher
meals and spiritual and cul-
tural support. They are part of the
Elderlink network of older adult
support services of the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
that honor the senior members of
our community and support their
family caregivers. Your readers
may also call Brown Program staff
Dorothy Mantis, social worker/vol-
unteer coordinator (248-233-4392)
or Mindi Silver-Weiss, associate
director, (248-661-6390) to connect
with other memory loss resources
in the community.
I again send my thanks for your
article. You have helped to provide
information to individuals and
their families at a time when they
are most in need.

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reject letters. Letters of 225 words or less are considered first. Longer
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