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"I believe we're here to improve
and repair the world:' says Wolfson,
who has visited Michigan to help with
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
Detroit initiatives for encouraging
synagogue attendance. "I also believe
that in a figurative way God depends
on us to be angels. We are expected to
do angel-like acts to find meaning in
life."
The book describes the angel-like
acts of many individuals, among them
Liz Lerman, who develops dance pro-
grams to link people together; Clara
Hammer, who provides food for the
needy in Jerusalem; and Andy Lipids,
who plants trees in California.
Wolfson came up with the idea for
God's To-Do List after reading a
Christian-based book, Rick Warren's
The Purpose-Driven Life. Wolfson
showed his book to Warren, and the
response was enthusiastic. Warren
endorses the book with these words:
"This book is built on a great premise.
Figure out what God does and then
do that with other people! Simple but
profound."

Neuwirth In Chicago

If you happen to be in New York
in the next three months, try
to catch Bebe
Neuwirth, 48,
in the Broadway
production of
Chicago as Roxie
Hart (the role
played by Renee
Zellweger in the
Bebe
movie). Ten years
Neuwirth
ago, Neuwirth won
the best actress Tony in the first
revival of Chicago, and that "reviv-
al" has never stopped running.
Neuwirth is a terrific dancer and
a good singer — talents she didn't
have the opportunity to exhibit
while playing Lilith on TV's Cheers
and Frasier. She says this will be
the last time she will appear in
Chicago.

Getting Trumped

Last season's runner-up on The
Apprentice, now a Trump mort-
gage executive, Lee Bienstock,
a Long Island native, joined
President George and First Lady
Laura Bush as well as many other

"God needs us as much as we need
God:' says Wolfson, whose "To-Do
Lists:' perhaps resolution lists, are as
basic as the following:
• Contact members of Congress
about causes.
• Let people get ahead of you in line;
yield to people trying to merge into
traffic.
•Write thank-you notes for good
service.
• Invite family and friends for a
Sabbath meal.
• Fight for the underdog.
• Remind children to call grandpar-
ents on their birthdays.
• Think of someone you've wronged;
call, say you're sorry and ask for for-
giveness.
• Create a shelf in your pantry to
store cans and designate them for the
local food bank.
• Perform random acts of kindness
— on purpose.
• Recognize everyone's spark of
divinity.

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political and civic leaders to light
the National Menorah and take
part in a Festival of Lights cel-
ebration at the White House last
month.
Bienstock, 23, is an observant
Jew who ate kosher food on the
set and famously declined tasks
for Trump's hit
NBC show due to
his strict obser-
vance of the High
Holidays. He was
hired earlier this
year as associate
vice president of
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corporate devel-
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Mortgage. Part of his position is
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spearhead the firm's corporate
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