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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-10-19

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The Vaad's Comeback

Dinner recalls
agency's edu-
cational, social
place in Jewish

Shelli Liebman Dorfman

Staff Writer


or the first time in 18
years, the Council of
Orthodox Rabbis of
Greater Detroit (the Vaad) is plan-
ning a fundraising dinner.
And they've chosen the event to
honor the lifetime achievements
of Rabbi Chaskel Grubner, who
served as head of the Vaad for 55
years as well as longtime rabbi of
Dovid Ben Nuchim synagogue.
The dinner also will include

While the Southfield-
a farewell tribute to
based agency still is
Rabbi Grubner and
involved with Jewish
his wife Rose, who
conversions, divorces,
soon will relocate to be
litigations and other social
nearer to their children
issues, Rabbi Bergstein
out of state.
said the lack of finances
The dinner, co-
"in the last few years has
sponsored by the
Rabbi Gru bner
shifted the focus to be
Jewish Federation of
primarily on the area of
Metropolitan Detroit,
will be held at 6 p.m.
Today, the Vaad
Monday, Oct. 30, at the
administers the kosher
Jewish Community
supervision of nearly 60
Center in West
establishments, including
restaurants, local caterers,
"We want this to
fast-food outlets, brewer-
become the major
Rabbi Ber gstein
ies and food manufactur-
event in the Jewish
ers. On that front, Rabbi Bergstein
community that it once was': said
said, "We are serving more people
Rabbi Chaim Bergstein of Bais
than ever, including overseeing
Chabad of Farmington Hills, who
the kashrut at Jewish apartments
serves as the Vaad's treasurer. "In
and camps."
past years, the dinner drew 1,000
Guest speaker at the event
guests, which brought the message
will be British Rabbi Jonathan
of the importance of the function
Rietti, an educational consultant
of the Vaad."

to parents of gifted children
and those with attention deficit
disorder, author and creator of a
curriculum that dovetails a Torah
education with Montessori meth-
A portion of the proceeds from
the dinner will go toward publi-
cation costs of Rabbi Grubner's
third volume of responsa, Knesses
"He could have written dozens
of volumes but he reviewed every-
thing he wrote so closely so its
clarity would make it accessible to
everyone': Rabbi Bergstein said.
A Torah shiur celebration of
the book will be held at 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 29, at Dovid Ben
Nuchim, to be followed by an 8
p.m. dinner. Rabbi Grubner's son-
in-law, Rabbi Yizchak Sorotzkin,
will give a d'var Torah and guests
will each receive a copy of the new
"Our hope is for the Vaad din-

ner to help stabilize the Vaad
financially so we can return to the
forefront of being the place where
people turn when they need
help with educational and social
issues," Rabbi Bergstein said. "We
want to be that place again, where
we can be involved in all religious
and moral aspects of the city" Ili

A 7 p.m. lecture and 8 p.m.
Torah shiur will be held on
Sunday, Oct. 29, at Dovid Ben
Nuchim in Oak Park. Cost is $50
per guest.
The Council of Orthodox
Rabbis of Greater Detroit
dinner will take place 6 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 30, at the Jewish
Community Center in West
Bloomfield. Cost is $180 per
For information on either
event, contact the Vaad office at
(248) 559-5005 or Rabbi Chaim
Bergstein at (248) 613-1809.

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