As many of you know, my family experienced
a horrific tragedy this past November,-
we lost my precious daughter, Miya.
In her honor and memory, I am offering a special
portrait session for new and expectant mothers.
Mira adored babies, and we adored her.
Mothers and baby special
is offered for the
month of March.
Open to new and
expectant mothers and
babies up to one year old.
Portrait session is $125,
Call to reserve your date
Surgery and Sports
Ronald S. Lederman, M.D., P.L.L.C.
is pleased to announce the addition
of Dr. Mark Kwartowitz to the
Center for Orthopaedic Surgery,
Sports Medicine and Physical
Therapy. Doctors Lederman and
Kwartowitz focus on the prevention,
diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation
of problems that affect patients of all ages -
from children's fractures to sports injuries
to chronic arthritic conditions including
shoulder, knee and hip replacements.
Plus, Doctors Lederman and Kwartowitz
offer same day or next day urgent care
appointments at their new office in the
Lakes Medical Center in West Bloomfield.
CENTER FOR ORTHOPAEDIC
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Debt Of Gratitude
It is easy to feel buffeted by the riptide
of world events such that we retreat
and forget our responsibility to con-
front evil. Thank goodness there are
individuals of conscience like North
Farmington High School Principal
Rick Jones to remind us of the power
of one to inspire us to speak out
against hatred (Editor's Notebook,
"Silence Not Golden:' Jan. 24, page 5).
After learning of the swastika graf-
fiti defacing the schools iconic rock, I
contacted Jones to express my revul-
sion. He was sympathetic to my con-
cerns and entreaties that this despi-
cable act of hatred not go unanswered.
Frankly, I expected nothing less.
A much-admired educator, Jones
recommits daily to exemplifying what
it is to be a true leader. His quest is to
graduate young adults with principle
and passion to make this world a bet-
ter place. This is, after all, the same
principal who last year oversaw the
school's interdisciplinary study of
genocide, who brought in Holocaust
survivors to speak to the students
and who arranged for Hotel Rwanda
proprietor Paul Rusesabagina to come
to Farmington Hills to share his heroic
tale of courage and sacrifice in the
face of wanton violence and massacre.
And this is the same principal soon to
depart on a repeat medical mission to
bring help and hope to the people of
After I shared reports of alarm-
ing neo-Nazi and Klan resurgence,
of widespread swastika and noose
displays and of statistics documenting
the disturbing increase in anti-Semitic
hate crimes, Jones assured me the
district would serve notice that hatred
and bigotry will never find a haven in
the halls of NFHS or any other school.
Working with Superintendent Sue
Zurvalic, the district broadcasted an
in-house TV10 segment condemning
the swastika vandalism in forceful and
In so doing, Jones and Zurvalic
created the transcendent teachable
moment, standing down intolerance
and bigotry with conviction and
resolve. They fulfilled their responsi-
bility to our nation's civil rights laws
in assuring that students are protected
from actions that could engender a
hostile learning environment. And
they are to be lauded as much for their
moral leadership in denouncing anti-
Semitic racism — a hatred as abhor-
rent as any other.
We owe a debt of gratitude to Jones
and Zurvalic for excising hate at the
margin and setting a critical precedent
for all schools and institutions. The
least we can do is contact them to
convey our appreciation [NFHS, (248)
785-2005]. Let us learn from them
that there is never a good excuse for
remaining mute or apathetic. The only
resource that is necessary to speak out
is conscience and heaven forbid if we
ever have a shortage of that!
Great BBYO Support
On behalf of the Michigan Region
BBYO, I would like to thank the Jewish
News for the wonderful cover story
"Eternal Teen" (Jan. 10, page A13).
It is a well-deserved tribute to our
longtime director, Arnie Weiner, who
has devoted his career to helping teens
in our community find their Jewish
identities and develop leadership skills
and community service values.
Arnie Weiner, through BBYO, is an
important link in the constant effort
to maintain Jewish continuity. The
IN recognizes that in this prominent
We thank the JN for its continuing
generous coverage of BBYO, both in
the past and into the future. We have
always appreciated N's recognition of
the importance of our program.
Barbara Horowitz, chair
Michigan BBYO Commission
Insight Into Hoffa
Glad to see Jimmy Hoffa was a friend
and admirer of Israel ("Teamster
Connection:' Jan. 24, A19). Anyone
wishing to dispel negativity surround-
ing Jimmy Hoffa, Jack Nicholson's
portrayal of Jimmy in the movie Hoffa
was great and so was the movie.
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