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A Bridge Too Far

I is a long way from the
children's nursery game
of "London Bridge is fall-
ing down" to Sir Alec Guinness
strutting in The Bridge on the
River Kwai. Providing a con-
nection — or bridge, if you
will — I shall try to point out
the prominence of bridges in
our lives.
Anyone with children has,
no doubt, tried to bridge the
generation gap. Sometimes it
seems like an impossible task.
However, we can always recall
Mark Twain's observation, at
age 16, of how ignorant he
thought his father was and how
much smarter the man seemed
when Twain returned home at
age 21.
If you are a gullible person,
then you have heard, "Have I
got a bridge to sell you!" If you

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do not know that
you are familiar
you are gullible and
with the position of
you hear someone
the hand to guide
say that, do not feel
the cue in making
that you are getting a
a shot; this "bridge"
bargain; just get out
may also be found
of there.
at a billiards parlor
Many of our local
in the form of a
hockey players have
metal "rake" at the
had mouth injuries
end of a long stick.
and some may have
Buying a house
Sy M anello
resulted in the con-
requires major
Edi torial
struction of a dental
funding and some
Ass istant
bridge to fill a gap.
buyers find it nec-
In the field of
essary to arrange
entertainment, you may enjoy a for a bridge loan — interim
good game of bridge now and
financing. If you are to depend
then. A good foursome is, I'm
on friends' financial help, then
told, a great deal of fun. Then
it would be advisable not to
again, you may be a music fan
burn your bridges behind you.
and adept at recognizing musi-
Let's say that you are into
cal passages (bridges) that con- traveling; well, you might enjoy
nect main parts of a work. If
a stop a Bridgetown, Barbados.
you are a billiards player, then
Sitting in on court in session

might be quite enlightening
and will appear very colorful.
Or you could go to the Nevada
desert and view a bridge
brought from England; no
water; just a bridge in the des-
ert. Only in America!
What is the U.S. known for?
Why, enjoying celebrities, of
course. Therefore, we can look
to such stars as actors Beau
and Lloyd Bridges; Robert
Seymour Bridges, poet laureate
of England from 1913-1930 for
you Trivial Pursuit fans; and
even French film star Bridget
What do I have to offer the
non-traveler, nonplussed film
viewer couch potato? I hadn't
thought, but I'll cross that
bridge when I come to it. LI

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Story Development Editor: Keri Guten Cohen
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Maas Prize Awarded
The Benard L. Maas Foundation, in partnership with the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, has recently named Maury
Okun the recipient of the 2008 Benard L. Maas
Prize for Achievement in Jewish Culture and
Continuity/Performing Arts. Winner in the
category of individual achievement in per-
formance, Okun, of Novi, has been noted as a
"highly respected Jewish musician, arts educa-
tor, cultural leader and impresario who has had
tremendous impact by creating important rela-
tionships between Christians and Jews!"
Maury Okun
Okun received his bachelor of music degree
from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester,
N.Y., and a master of music degree from Northwestern University
in Evanston, Ill. He is the executive director of Detroit Chamber
Winds & Strings (DCWS), the Great Lakes Chamber Music
Festival and the Eisenhower Dance Ensemble.
As a founding member of DCWS, Okun played a cement-
ing role in the formation of the Great Lakes Chamber Music
Festival, which presents 20 spring concerts throughout southeast
Michigan, and is sponsored locally by Temple Beth El, St. Hugo's of
the Hills and Kirk in the Hills.
As an accomplished grant writer, he has assisted school dis-
tricts in writing successful grant applications for fine arts residen-
cies and educational opportunities. He has been a grant reviewer
for the National Endowment of the Arts, Michigan Council for
Arts and Cultural Affairs and Chamber Music America.
The Maas Prize and Award of $3,500 will be presented to Okun
at a special community awards celebration, scheduled for May 20.

Destination Israel Contest
In a contest designed to make spirits
soar, students in grades 4 – 7 can cre-
ate a logo for one of Nefesh B'Nefesh's
aliyah planes.
One grand-prize winner will be
selected to have his/her design repro-
duced on the plane and will receive
roundtrip airfare and accommoda-
tions for two to Israel for a four-day
three-night trip in the summer of
2009. This winner will also have
his/her work posted on BabagaNewz.com and announced on
Three runners-up also will have their artwork published and
each will receive a gift pack from BabagaNewz.com ..
The contest is ends at 5p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, and is open to
students in the United States and Canada. Complete rules and the
official entry form (to be signed by parents) may be downloaded
at BabagaNewz.com/destinationisrael.
BabagaNewz.com , an educational Web site for Jewish middle-
schoolers and teachers, is teaming up with Nefesh B'Nefesh, the
organization that is revitalizing aliyah (immigration to Israel)
from North America and the United Kingdom.
All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges whose deci-
sions are final. No purchase is necessary. Schools are encouraged
to submit groups of individual entries, one per person.
BabagaNewz.com is a non-profit project of JFL Media and the
AVI CHAT Foundation.

- Keri Guten Cohen, story development editor


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