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A Real Mitzvah
A cup of coffee, a bagel or a doughnut
fueled the energized 825-plus volun-
teers who checked into Mitzvah Day at
the Max M. Fisher Federation Building
in Bloomfield Township on Dec. 25
beginning at 7 a.m. It was a most
remarkable day, which proved again
"No Family Stands Alone" as we were
one big family going out to make a
better day for other families (page A8).
Thank you to all who volunteered.
Thank you for accepting last-minute
changes on an assignment. Thank
you for showing up even though the
weather was less than ideal. Thank you
for asking to do more and understand-
ing when the site didn't have enough
for you to do.
There were teens, retirerees, baby
boomers, men, women, children,
singles, families and even a dog ready
to give a few hours so others could
celebrate Christmas. Meals were
delivered to the elderly in Detroit and
surrounding communities; nursing
homes were visited; meals were pre-
pared and served at soup kitchens;
toys were delivered to needy children;
food was collected for Yad Ezra in
Berkley; assistance was provided
for the Friendship Circle Chanukah
Carnival in West Bloomfield.
Every volunteer made Mitzvah Day
2008 a success.
A large thanks to the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit
and the Jewish Community Relations
Council of Metropolitan Detroit for
sponsoring Mitzvah Day. We gratefully
thank Michael Daitch, Gail Greenberg
and Beverly Yost for their skills and
organization. We were privileged to be
part of Mitzvah Day.
Danielle Glickfeld, Micki Grossman
The Energizer Rabbi
Here we are in Florida, nice and warm,
and today I received my )1■T with the
picture of Rabbi Charles Rosenzveig
("Keeper Of The Flame Dec. 18, page
A13). I looked and looked and so
Our JN Mission
many memories exploded in my brain.
For 24 years, I have been a docent
at the Holocaust Memorial Center in
Oakland County. For 22 of those years,
I have been the docent educator/train-
er. The rabbi has been an important
part of our life for all that time.
When in Michigan, I am at the HMC
several times a week. I always felt his
warmth and kind personality. When I
needed to discuss something impor-
tant with him, he was always there.
When I had a problem, he would listen
At the HMC, he was like the energiz-
er bunny — always going, moving and
working to make the HMC a first-class
educational memorial and museum.
He did the work of at least four
people, traveling all over the world
to get materials for HMC exhibits as
well as raising funds to keep the HMC
Not once did I ever hear him com-
plain about not feeling well or not
being able to do something.
Martin and I will miss him. It is
our prayer that the community will
continue to support the HMC in its
For those who have not seen the
remarkable facility the rabbi created
through diligence and determination, I
encourage you to visit and to contrib-
ute. That is his legacy. May it continue
to education and inspire with the help
of the entire community.
EUROPEAN & AMERICAN
Lake Worth, Fla.
• In the Gift Guide article "Spiritually
Inspired" (Dec 11, page B18), the Web
address for Spiritual Artifacts should
have been: www.spiritualArtifacts.
net. The phone number is 1 (800) 269-
7095, ext. 704.
• The Special Report "Keeper Of The
Flame" (Dec. 18, page A18) should
have named Joel Smith and the late
Ken Neumann of Neumann/Smith &
Associates of Southfield as architects
of the Holocaust Memorial Center in
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