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The Detroit Jewish News, 2007-05-10

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ery school families and an early
childhood machzor (High Holiday
prayer book).
Involved in interfaith efforts,
Rabbi Berkun is a founding mem-
ber of the Jewish and African
American Clergy Alliance of
Metropolitan Detroit, with whom
he participated in a 2002 10-day
interfaith mission of rabbis and
African American ministers to
Senegal, West Africa, and Israel.
The Gospel-Klezmer concerts and
Black-Jewish Passover seders he
spearheaded were awarded national
recognition by the Religious Action
Center of Reform Judaism for out-
standing Black-Jewish relations.
Reflecting on his time at Shaarey
Zedek and in Michigan, he said,
"I love and admire Shaarey Zedek.
The gifts of friendship and the les-
sons of this exceptional community
will be the foundation of my rab-
binate throughout my life." 17:

A 6 p.m. Shabbat dinner and
7:30 p.m. Friday Night Fever
service honoring the Berkuns
will be held Friday, June 8, at
Shaarey Zedek in Southfield.
Dinner cost is $20/adults,
$7/children. RSVP: (248) 357-

Shavuot Study Session

Adat Shalom Synagogue's annual
Tikkun Leil Shavuot in Farmington
Hills will take place Tuesday night,
May 22. The evening will begin at 8
p.m. with festival services, followed
by refreshments.
Study sessions will extend until
1 a.m. Clergy and educators will
teach words of Torah. The following
presentations have been planned:
Rabbi Daniel Nevins: "Gems
from Tractate Chagigah"; Rabbi
Herbert Yoskowitz: "Why the Ten
Commandments Are Formulated
in the Singular — Insights from
Rabbi Joseph Soloveichik"; Rabbi
Rachel Shere: "Tackling Troubling
Texts in the Talmud; Cantor
Larry Vieder: "A Liturgical Poem
for Shavuot; Elissa Berg: "Rabbi
Heschel and the Art of Prayer:'
Traditional first day of Shavuot
services will be held at 9 a.m. on
Wednesday, May 23. Yizkor prayers
will be recited during the course
of services on Thursday morning,
May 24.

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