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January 08, 2009 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-01-08

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Making longtime dreams come true.

Weddings for those

who are not marr!e,

Jill Margolick of Farmington Hills and Idalene Fox of West Bloomfield with
Fleischman Residence resident Otto Herczeg of West Bloomfield.

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The Life and
Legacy of
Rabbi Joseph
B. SoLoveitchik

Presented by the Lenore Marwil Jewish Film Festival,
SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment) and Young Israel of Southfiel

Wednesday, Jan.14, 2009 • 7:30 .m

One showing only!

Lonely Man of Faith tells the story of the intellectual leader of modern
Orthodox Jewry and one of the most important thinkers of the 20th centu
Throughout his life - in Europe, New York and Boston - Rabbi Soloveitchik
struggled to forge a path between Jewish tradition and the contemporary
world. Though it was often a profoundly lonely path, Rabbi Soloveitchik
never retreated, leaving a legacy both complex and fascinating.
Director/Producer Ethan Isenberg joins us from New York for a
"Up close and personal" conversation after the film.

Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detro
D. Dan & Betty Kahn Building
ugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community C
6600 W. Maple Road • West Bloomfield, MI 48322

Limited seating. All seats are. 10. Tickets at t e door or
Please call 248.432.569




January 8 • 2009




t could be an elderly person's
first-ever journey to Israel or to
the U.S. Holocaust Museum in
Washington, D.C., or maybe a reunion
with a relative across the country. Or, it
could be just a short trip to downtown
Detroit to see a football or baseball
game or simply a visit to a favorite
local restaurant or to take a car ride
through a childhood neighborhood.
Whatever the longtime dreams of
seniors may be a new program called
DreamWeavers has been created in
the Jewish community to make them
come true. Sponsored by the Jewish
Home & Aging Services Foundation,
it's sort of a make-a-wish program for
seniors, similar to the popular concept
that grants trips and other wishes to
terminally ill children.
DreamWeavers is the brainchild
of Jill Margolick of Farmington Hills,
who first heard about the concept
while visiting her parents in Atlanta,
Ga. An organization there, under a dif-
ferent program name, helps realize the
dreams of older adults living in senior
residences. She returned home and
enlisted the aid of her good friend,
Idalene Fox of West Bloomfield; and
they became co-chairs of the JHAS
DreamWeavers program.
Margolick taught English to foreign
executives here and in Venezuela, co-
owned a party planning business and
spent 17 years as a local preschool
director. Fox is a former medical office
director, who, like Margolick, now
volunteers at JHAS and the Friendship
Circle LifeTown in West Bloomfield.
"We build our lives around our

families and, before you know it, the
years pass by and we do without:' they
agreed. "When we reflect on the past,
our dreams have been on the back
burner and never seem to happen.
DreamWeavers will help grant dreams
JHAS Director Carol Rosenberg
pointed out the pilot program, to be
carried out by volunteers, will allow
seniors to experience a life-changing
moment. "They can feel positive and
young at heart, and continue to feel a
sense of connection with the commu-
nity:' she said.

Different Roles
DreamWeavers is divided into three
categories: DreamCatchers, people
who interview the seniors and learn
their dreams; DreamSeekers, those
who make the dreams happen by
event planning, sponsoring a dream,
or fundraising in general; and
DreamMakers, those who donate tan-
gible and non-tangible items to make
the dreams come true.
Through a "discovery" process, the
DreamCatchers, plus family members,
conduct casual conversations with the
older adults and discreetly learn about
their dreams or interests.
"Then we will surprise them by
ultimately helping them carry out
a dream;' Margolick explained. "My
father had dreamed about doing a lot
of things, but he passed away before
we could make any of those dreams
come true
Added Rosenberg: "Some of the
100 volunteers formerly had parents
or other relatives in an assisted living

DreamWeaver on page A26

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