Under Their Wings
recent Mentor Connection event that featured the Detroit Red Wings alumni — including for-
mer stars Mickey Redmond, Dennis Hextall and Lee Norwood — against the Oakland County
Public Safety All-Stars, a team of police and fire officers from across the county, ended in a win
for the mentoring program of Jewish Family Service of Metropolitan Detroit.
More than 500 people attended the game at Compuware Sports Arena in Plymouth. In addition to
learning from the pros at a clinic for young hockey players, an autograph session and dinner, they
learned about Mentor Connection, a program that brings together young people from across Oakland
County who can benefit from encouragement and attention from caring adults who can provide that
support through structured mentoring relationships. In 2006, Mentor Connection served 98 children.
"The goal was to increase community awareness about the need for mentors, especially men:' says
Michelle Malamis, program director. "We currently have 57 youth waiting for mentors, a majority of
whom are boys."
To learn more or to become a mentor, call Malamis at (248) 592-2651 or e-mail at
email@example.com . Also check out the program's new Web site at www.mentorconnect.org .
- Keri Guten Cohen, story development editor
Eat And Donate!
Tyler Kramer, a sixth-grader at Clifford Smart Middle School, was
diagnosed with Type I Diabetes in 2005. He is doing well, but he and
his family — parents, Peri and Evan, and sister Allison — are hop-
ing for a cure. They will be raising money by riding in the American
Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure June 10 in Brighton.
On May 24, you'll be helping Tyler if you eat at Max and Erma's on
Orchard Lake and 14 Mile roads in Farmington Hills. The restaurant
will donate 20 percent of sales that evening to Tyler's fundraiser. Tyler
turns 12 on May 24, and, in lieu of presents and a party, he would like
people to support him in raising money to help find a cure for diabetes.
You can also make donations or register to ride online at
- Ken Guten Cohen, story development editor
Detroiters In Film Festival Film
"You're in a movie!" That's what Wilbert Simkovitz heard from a
friend on the other end of the phone. "She said she saw us in The Rape
of Europa at the Detroit Institute of Arts:' said Simkovitz of Oak Park.
The documentary film also will be shown at 5 p.m., Thursday, May
10, at the United Artists Commerce Township during the JCC Lenore
Marwil Jewish Film Festival.
"It is about Germany and the Nazis taking art from all over Europe,"
Simkovitz said. "The end of the movie shows my sons, Daniel from
Boston and Jon from California, and me dancing in a Staten Island
synagogue with a Torah with two rimonim [Torah crowns] that were
returned to our family from Germany."
The ornate silver crowns, which endured the Holocaust, a fire and 60
years in storage, were discovered by German historian Ralf Rossmeissl.
They were engraved with the names Jacob and Bertha Gutman
Weinschenk, Elsie's grandparents. Rossmeissl tracked down the family
and, in 2003, Daniel, Jon, their wives, Daniel's son and relatives from
Italy and Israel all traveled to Germany where they received the crowns.
The crowns were used at Jon's synagogue in California and later in
Staten Island where Elsie's brother, former Detroiter Ernest Buehler,
In late 2005, Rossmeissl visited Staten Island to meet with the
Sinikovitzes, Beuhlers and another family whose artifacts he also had
discovered. "A Simchas Torah party was planned," Wilbert said. "The
Torah was taken out of the Aron Kodesh [holy ark] and the crowns
were placed on it; then we danced with the Torah!' During the celebra-
tion, the documentary crew for The Rape of Europa filmed the dancing.
Wanting the crowns to be used rather than displayed, the family
moved the crowns to Israel, where they were used at a family wedding
and bar mitzvah.
- Shell' Liebman Dorfman, senior writer
AJC Head Q&A
Former Red Wing Mickey
Redmond signs autographs.
It's L000000000ng Gone!
All-Star outfielder Shawn Green has gotten off to a resounding start
for the New York Mets this season. As of Monday, May 7, the veteran
Green was hitting .351, with 18 runs batted in
(RBIs) in 30 games.
That RBI total has some important implications
for the UJA Federation of New York. As the Major
League Baseball season began last month, Green
announced that he would donate $180 (10 times
chai) to UJA for every RBI he drove in this year.
If Green matches his 2001 total with the Los
Angeles Dodgers — 125 RBIs, his 14-year-career
high — he would donate $22,500 to the UJA. In the
last four years, however, Green's highest total was 86
RBIs. Last year, in 115 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks and 34
with the Mets, he had 66 RBIs.
Green's salary this year is $11.8 million.
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An anonymous mailing threatening the Michigan director of the
Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR), a Muslim advocacy
group often at odds with the Jewish and pro-Israel community, was
condemned by community groups including the Jewish Community
Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit.
A brief, handwritten letter threatened, in part, "Our goal is to termi-
nate all Muslums (sic) in the Greater Detroit area ... This is George
Bush and America's holy crusade against all of Islam!" A crude, blas-
phemous drawing included in the mailing called Islam the religion
of Satan and Muhammad a false prophet and showed Muhammad
accepting Jesus as "the one true God!' The title at the top said,
"Zionism Forever!!!" and was flanked by Jewish stars. It also showed
American and Israeli nuclear strikes on Muslim holy sites.
CAIR Executive Director Dawud Walid hopes the FBI can track
down the sender. "We at CAIR are not jumping to conclusions that any-
one within the Jewish community sent this threat to us, although there
were supportive comments regarding Zionism and Israel," he wrote in
an e-mail that noted, "The cartoon also made reference to Jesus!'
The May 4 JCRC statement, which was printed in the May 5 Detroit
Free Press, condemned the mailing as "despicable and cowardly" It
called on others to speak out against it and other messages of hate.
In particular, it cited the April 20, 2007, sermon by a leading Hamas
official, the acting speaker of the Palestinian Authority's Legislative
Council, which called for God to kill Jews, American and their allies
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