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The Detroit Jewish News, 2006-11-23

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Muslim Voices in Detroit

Messages to the Jewish Community

• Imam Mohammad Mardini of the American Muslim Center
• Professor Saeed Khan, Dept. of Near East and Asian Studies at
Wayne State University and Institute of Social Policy and Understanding
• Victor Begg-Chairman, Council of Islamic Organizations of Michigan
• Najah Bazzy, a community leader

7:30 pm, Thursday, December 7

at Adat Shalom. Synagogue, Farmington Hills

Rabbi David Rosen, the American Jewish Committee's Director of
the Department for Interreligious Affairs and Director of the Heilbrunn
Institute for International Interreligious Understanding will serve as the
evening's moderator.

This past year has been very difficult for both American Muslims and
Jews with family and faith ties to the Middle East. The conflict between
Hezbollah and Israel and the barrage of inflammatory statements from
local and national leaders has certainly raised the Jewish community's
interest and need to understand more about the Muslim Americans who
live in metro Detroit.

Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, Oak Park Mayor Gerald Naftaly, Yeshiva

Cosponsored by the American Jewish Committee
and Adat Shalom Synagogue - No charge
For further information, call the AJC office at
(248) 646-7686 or e-mail detroit©ajc.org

Dean Rabbi Avrohom Fishman and Rabbi Shmuel Irons, chairman of the

Yeshiva's Education Committee, look on as Rabbi Shmuel Kaufman, the


Yeshiva's scholarship director, is congratulated by Rabbi Eli Mayerfeld,
executive director of the Yeshiva. Rabbi Kaufman received the school's first
annual Rabbi Sholom Goldstein Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence,

named for the founder, principal and teacher of the Yeshiva's Beth Jacob
School for Girls. Rabbi Kaufman has served the Yeshiva for more than 51

years as a rabbi and teacher.


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And so, Torgow said, "I chose, at this year's dinner, during my remarks,
to emphasize the critical need at the Yeshiva to create an endowment fund,
which would help subvent the major budget deficits we sustain each year."
During the Nov. 5 event, which marked the 92nd annual dinner for the
school, Torgow announced, "I continue to hope and to pray that out of this
magnificent gathering, and from the ranks of our community, will arise that
visionary family or friend who understands the need, and wishes the eter-
nity that comes with such a gift."
The Yeshiva has nearly 800 students.
Torgow told the crowd, who filled the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott
Hotel Renaissance Center in Detroit and included a host of political leaders,
"I admit to a personal dream that plays over and over in my consciousness
as'Beth Yehudah struggles with its immense financial obligations, to sustain
an institution where over 80 percent of its student body are on full or partial
For the pre-school through high school students, whose tuition reaches
$7,950, he said, "That dream is that some worthy individual makes the
determination that the appropriate recipient of their philanthropic largesse
is the creation of a significant endowment which sustains this institution in
Torgow added, as incentive, "As our rabbis teach: When one provides the
sustenance and the education for a neighbor's child, immense and unimagi-
nable blessings are bestowed upon the contributor of that educational
opportunity." 1_


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