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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-08-31

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Pho to by Je ff H ir

His first day in Jerusalem
changed his life most dramati-
cally. That's when he met his
future wife, now Rabbi Susan
Talve, the spiritual leader
for St. Louis' Central Reform
Congregation, where Rabbi
Goodman brings his musical
talents and ability to work with
children having special needs.
"I have patience, so I love
working with the kids others
Rabbi James Stone Goodman plays at a
can't work with easily," says
CD release party.
Rabbi Goodman, the father of
three college students. "I've trained
sessions he teaches at the St. Louis
many kids who are diagnosed with
Writers Workshop.
autism or learning problems. I pre-
Rabbi Goodman believes that all
pare them for bar and bat mitzvah."
of his interests are readily integrated,
Rabbi Goodman, who finds suc-
and they can become very personal
cess bringing his special students
as well as professional. One column,
into informal settings, also teamed
for instance, told about the work
up with a social worker to establish
commitments of his late parents and
Shalvah, Hebrew for serenity, to help his pride in what they did.
people who have coped with sub-
"All of my responsibilities are about
stance dependency. The two launched living and studying and teaching a
this project because they saw a need
spiritual depth that enhances and
that wasn't being met.
sustains life he says. "The music, the
Although affiliated with the temple poetry and the program combating
he founded, the group includes non-
alcohol and drug abuse are about
Jewish participants.
spiritual responses to the challenges
Those unfamiliar with Jewish
of life, and they connect with what I
practices can connect further with
do in my prayers."
the spirituality Rabbi Goodman
communicates by attending his
For more on Rabbi James Stone
music and poetry performances
Goodman,
go to
outside the synagogue, reading the
www.stonegoodman.com
, where
column he writes for the Arch City
his CDs are available for purchase.
Chronicle and participating in the

tury, is working
with the Jewish
Historical Society
of Michigan to
develop programs
for preserving his-
toric Jewish sites
across the state.
"I hope the
book will be a
catalyst for addi-
The Goodman family poses for a picture at the
flan&
research
bar mitzvah of James "Jimmy" Goodman, center,
and
publications
at Temple Israel in Detroit in the early 1960s.
on AMeric.an sub-
urban Jewish his-
through Tulane University in New
tory, especially in the Detroit
Orleans.
area," the author says. "I con-
"I wanted to make the pictorial
sider myself a preservationist
representation as all-encompass-
and not a true historian, so I
ing as I could. in the time period
hope history books such as mine
related to Jewish Metro Detroit."
also inspire people to become
Stiefel, whose family roots
more pro-active in preserving
in Michigan reach back to the
their cultural heritage."
second decade of the 20th cen-

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