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May 03, 2007 - Image 17

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2007-05-03

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In Step With The Spirit

Sunday's Independence Day walk includes Israeli music festival.


he Detroit Jewish community's
reinstituted Israel Independence
Day Walk will step off on
Sunday, May 6, from Temple Shir Shalom
in West Bloomfield. The Israel salute,
which takes place on Lag b'Omer, will
end with Israeli festivities back at Shir
Shalom. There is no charge.
Israel marked its 59th anniversary as a
state on Yom HaAtzmaut, 6 Iyar 5767, this
year April 23-24.
"A large gathering will send a message
to both the Jewish and general communi-
ties that there are a lot of Israel support-
ers willing to come out publicly and vis-
ibly to show gratitude and thanks for the
creation of the State of Israel:' said Mark
Segel, walk organizer for the second year.
The Southfield insurance agent and
financial adviser added, "It is the right
way to honor our quest for and subse-
quent realization of a national homeland
that was promised to us by God and
has cost us so dearly over our history of
"This walk isn't a political statement
except that we are saying with our feet
as well as with our voices — that we
love Israel and want to support Israel

in every way possible said
walk, clowns, face painting,
Rabbi Michael Moskowitz of
obstacle course, games. A free,
Temple Shir Shalom. "With the
American Israeli Public Affairs
current climate in our world,
Committee-sponsored commu-
any opportunity we have to
nity kosher pizza lunch begins
make that known is essential.
at 12:30 p.m. To register, call
I just learned that the British
Mark Segel, (248) 208-2773.
National Union of Journalists
The walk will start at 1:30
passed a resolution urging
p.m. Walkers will proceed
Rabbi Mo skowitz
a boycott of Israeli products
along Walnut Lake Road with
— and these are journalists who sup-
restroom, water fountain and rest breaks
posedly uphold a standard of objectivity.
at Keter Torah, Shaarey Zedek B'nai
Obviously not."
Israel, Temple Kol Ami and the West
Last year, the walk drew 350 people. An Bloomfield Library and Police Station.
Israel solidarity walk on Aug. 1 during
Walkers will turn around at Kol Ami
Israel's war with Lebanon attracted 1,200. (about 1.1 miles from Shir Shalom) and
This year, the festivities will begin
return to Shir Shalom for a 2:30 p.m. fes-
with Brig. Gen. Aviv Kohavi speaking at
tival with Israeli music, dancing, singing
11 a.m. about the challenges Israel faces
and kosher desserts. The Kids Klez Band
in the aftermath of the second war with
will perform. There is a sidewalk the
Lebanon. The Sunday Morning Club
entire distance of the walk on the north
of the Michigan Friends of the Israel
side of Walnut Lake Road. Walkers will
Defense Forces will host the talk.
need to cross over Walnut Lake to get to
At 11:45 a.m., Ann and Leonard
Kol Ami.
Baruch and Sam Berman will receive
"I hope the walk will give strength to
plaques from the American Red Magen
our Israeli brethren, who will see their
David for Israel.
diaspora relatives standing up for their
At noon, the Hadassah Fun Fair will
country:' Segel said.
begin with activities for kids — a moon
Added Rabbi Moskowitz: "There is

such a distortion of the realities that
Israel experiences on a daily basis. With
the new and accepted anti-Semitism
being anti-Israeli sentiment, we need
opportunities like this walk to connect
ourselves to Israel.
"Yes, there are times when I may not
agree with a particular decision and
action Israel's leadership takes — like-
wise, there are times when I don't agree
with our government's leaders and the
decisions they make. Yet, I still love Israel
and stand with our friends, family, broth-
ers and sisters there every day. How won-
derful to be able to show this sentiment
as a community." Li

Park and walk to the event at (see map):
• Temple Shir Shalom
• Keter Torah Synagogue
• Shaarey Zedek B'nai Israel Center
• Doherty Elementary School
• Green Elementary
Two-way bus service to Shir Shalom will
be provided for those who park at:
• Temple Kol Ami
• West Bloomfield High School
• Orchard Lake Middle School (south of
Shir Shalom on Orchard Lake).

Partial list of event sponsors: American

Israel Public Affairs Committee, Temple Shir

Lone Pine Rd

Shalom, Temple Israel, Adat Shalom, Israel

Chai Committee Temple Beth El, Stand With


Us-Michigan, Hillel Day School, B'nai B'rith



Great Lakes Region, Jewish Federation of

Metropolitan Detroit, Jewish Community Center

Synagogue Reststops

of Metropolitan Detroit, Zionist Organization of

America, Frankel Jewish Academy, Jewish Family

School Parking

Service, Greater Detroit Chapter of Hadassah,

Jewish Community Relations Council, Young

B'nai Israel

Walnut Lk Rd

Green School




Israel of Southfield, Shaarey Zedek, Detroit
Jewish News, B'nai Moshe, Anti-Defamation
League, Temple Kol Ami, Beth Shalom, Shir
Tikvah, American Red Magen David, Michigan
Friends of the IDF, Temple Emanu-El, Beth Ahm,
Birmingham Temple, National Council of Jewish
Women, Michigan Region B'nai B'rith Girls, Hiller's
Markets, Hillel of Metro Detroit, Sara Tugman
Bais Chabad Torah Center, Bar-Ilan University,
Jewish National Fund, Flint Jewish Federation,
Ira Kaufman Chapel, Fellowship of Israel and
Black America, Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy
Network, Jewish Parents Institute, Ameinu of
Greater Detroit, American Society for Technion,
Don and Rae Sharfman, Zekelman Holocaust
Memorial Center, Kroger (Crosswinds Mall).

May 3 d 2007


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