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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-08-14

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Front Lines



This Week


Statewide Campus Outreach Initiative

Latest From Israel

Olympic Currents

Michigan State University Hillel is spearheading a Jewish outreach ini-
tiative to provide services to smaller universities and colleges through-
out Michigan. The program is funded by the Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit and the Kahan and LaKritz families.
For the second year, the Kahan-LaKritz Families and Friends
Engagement Fellowship will provide funding for Hillel staff to engage
Jewish students at Ferris State University, Central Michigan University,
Grand Valley State University, Albion College and Alma College.
The primary goal of the outreach program is to work with Jewish stu-
dents at the schools and assist them in developing innovative programs
to create vibrant Jewish life on campuses underserved by Hillel. The
students also will have the opportunity to attend national leadership
conferences and to participate in the Taglit-Birthright Israel Program.
Parents who have Jewish students attending these schools can
contact Judith Dworkin, the recently appointed director of statewide
engagement, at (517) 332-1916, or e-mail judith@msuhillel.org .

Additional Jewish athletes at the 2008 Summer
Olympics in Beijing include:
• U.S.— Cycling, Adam Duvendeck, Michael
Friedman; Soccer — Benny Feilhaber; Fencing,
Sada Jacobson;
• Germany — Swimming, Sarah Powwe.
Also, Judo athlete Daniela Krukower, who has
dual Israeli-Argentine citizenship, was on the 2004
Argentine Olympic team. However, she is not on the
2008 team as originally reported by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency
last week.
This information came to the IN from Nate Bloom, our Celebrity
Jews columnist.

- Keri Guten Cohen, story development editor

Subtle Olympic Politics
In an opinion piece in the Taipei Times
online, Nina Khrushcheva, the grand-
daughter of the late Soviet Premier
Nikita Khrushchev and a teacher of
international affairs at the New School
University in New York City, examines
the irony of China selecting Albert Speer
Jr., son of Hitler's favorite architect and
the designer of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, to create the plan for the
Beijing Games. The plan includes an imposing avenue to connect the
Forbidden City and the National Stadium.
She writes, "China's rulers see the Olympics as a stage for demon-
strating to the world the exceptional vitality of the country they have
built over the past three decades. And that demonstration serves an
even more important domestic political objective: further legitimizing
the regime's continuing rule in the eyes of ordinary Chinese.
"Given this imperative, an architectural language of bombast and
gigantism was almost inevitable, so it is no surprise that the Beijing
Games may resemble the hubristic Games that beguiled the Fuhrer
and enthralled the German masses in 1936.
Like the Beijing Games, the Berlin Olympics were conceived as a
coming-out party"

Wiesel Offers New Insights
Nobel Peace Prize-winning author and Holocaust
survivor Elie Wiesel will speak on behalf of
Rochester College at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at
Rochester Church of Christ Auditorium, 250 W. Avon
Road in Rochester Hills, adjacent to the 1,000 stu-
dent college.
Wiesel will present original material in his talk on
Elie Wiesel
"The Power of Language for Reconciliation:" He also
will give new insights into his career and his use of
language to help bring about reconciliation on many levels, including
social, psychological and spiritual.
Buy $15 tickets at www.rc.edu/eliewiesel or (248) 218-2020.

- Keri Guten Cohen, story development editor

ECOg6 _,Judaism

- Robert A. Sklar, editor


- Ken Guten Cohen, story development editor

Conservation Tips

• Do not waste water. It is precious and our life source.
• Hot water probably is the second-biggest energy expense
in your home, often adding up to about 20 percent of your
total energy bill. Most water heaters are set for 140 degrees.
That is hot! Too hot ... Water heated to more than 120
degrees will need to be cooled down, which is wasteful, so
turn down the thermostat on your water heater.
• Locate your water heater as close as possible to where
water will be needed. Hot water loses heat as it travels, even
if the pipes are insulated.
• Insulate the pipes. You will save heat, particularly on those
long runs to the upstairs bathroom.
• Be sure to insulate hot water pipes that travel through
unheated areas such as cold cellars. Use tubular or wrapped
pipe insulation. Both are easy to install.
• Use a tankless water heater that heats water as needed.

Water Warrior

Please contact Michigan Coalition on the Environment &
Jewish Life for global warming presentations: (248) 642-
5393, ext. 7, or mi-coejl®jfmd.org .

Alon Benjamin, 20 months, enjoys a swim in the outdoor pool
at the Jewish Community Center in West Bloomfield this sum-
mer. He's the son of Lizette and Yossi Benjamin of Farmington
Hills. His parents say he loves the water.

Source: Michigan Coalition on the Environment & Jewish Life


August 14 • 2008


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