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The Detroit Jewish News, 2008-12-18

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Kol Ami 'Green' Shabbat
On Friday, Dec. 19, Temple Kol Ami in
West Bloomfield will offer the first in a
series of "Green" Shabbat services.
There will be a focus on the first
of the three R's for a greener world,
Reduce. Services will begin at 7:30
p.m. and will include special environ-
mental readings.
The service will be followed by an
oneg, featuring homegrown foods. In
keeping with tradition, every Social
Action program has a component that
helps others in some way; please bring
new hats, gloves and scarves to donate
to those in need.
For information, check
www.tkolami.org or call the Temple
Kol Ami office, (248) 661-0040.

Beth El Winter Classes
Temple Beth El's adult education
classes will begin Wednesday, Jan. 7, in
Bloomfield Township. Lea Beurer, will
teach two Hebrew classes: advanced
Hebrew Wednesday mornings at 10:30
a.m., and conversational Hebrew
Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. Costs of
the 10-week classes are $50 for Temple
members and $75 for non-members.
Rabbinic Associate Keren Alpert
will lead a monthly lunch and learn on
selected Thursdays at noon and a par-
allel session on selected Wednesday
evenings at 7 p.m. Sessions will begin
Jan. 14 and 15.
Alpert will also teach "Alef Isn't
Enough", a three-session course, for
those who know how to read the Alef-
Bet, but want to understand what they
are saying. Class dates and time are
Wednesdays, March 18 and 25, and
April 1 at noon. The fee is $35 for
temple members and $50 for non-
Beginning Musicianship II, taught
by Marla Aviva Bentley, cantorial asso-
ciate, will explore music fundamentals
begun in the fall. There will be 10
Tuesday evening sessions at 6 p.m.
Cost is $50 for temple members and
$75 for non-members.
On Wednesday mornings, beginning
Jan. 7 at 9:30 a.m., Lea Beurer will lead
an ongoing study of the Torah text.
No Hebrew reading is required. The
charge for this class is $35 for mem-
bers and $50 for non-members.
For information or to register, call
the Temple Beth El Religious School,
(248) 865-0612.

The Shoah And Youth
Jerusalem/JTA — Most Jewish diaspora
youth say the Holocaust has shaped
their worldview but does not play a role
in their Jewish identity, a survey found.

The survey, based on questionnaires
completed by 60,000 Jewish teens
age 15-17 from more than 20 coun-
tries over 12 years, will be presented
Tuesday during a conference at Israel's
Bar-Ilan University, "Representing the
Holocaust: New Perspectives:'
More than 90 percent of the teens,
who were on youth group Israel trips,
said the Holocaust has an influence on
their worldview.
By contrast, however, most of the
teens did not believe the Holocaust
and rising anti-Semitism today play
a role in the formation of their Jewish
identity. Only 21 percent of the youth
indicated that they are Jewish in
relation to the Holocaust. A series of
other determining factors was more
prominent in determining their Jewish
identity, such as family, 96 percent;
birth, 90 percent; religion, 72 percent;
and culture, 67 percent.
"The Shoah is very important and
really influences our worldview, but
this fact doesn't explain why we're
Jewish:' according to Erik Cohen of
Bar-Ilan University's Churgin School
of Education.

Pardon A 'Mistake'
Washington/JTA — Pardoning Marc
Rich was a mistake, President-elect
Barack Obama said.
President Bill Clinton pardoned
the financier on the eve of Clinton's
departure from office in 2001. Rich
had moved to Switzerland in the early
1980s, fleeing racketeering and tax
evasion charges. He sought the pardon
because he wanted to return to the U.S.
Making his case were his ex-wife,
Denise Rich, a major contributor to
Clinton's presidential library; and a
number of top Israeli and U.S. Jewish
officials who cited Rich's charitable
contributions to a number of Israeli
causes, including promoting peace.
Eric Holder, then the deputy
attorney general and now Obama's
nominee for attorney general, shep-
herded the pardon through the Justice
Department although the decision was
Clinton's. Holder's role has led to some
criticism of Obama's choice.
In an interview in the Dec. 10 issue
of the Chicago Tribune, his first with a
newspaper since his election, Obama
said: "And Eric has acknowledged the
Rich pardon was a mistake on his part,
not having caught that earlier. I agree
with him. I think it was a mistake. But
when you look at the totality of his
experience, there's no doubt he's going
to be an outstanding attorney general."
The notoriety of the pardon kept
Rich from returning to the U.S.

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