Spreading Good Will
Eagle Scout's project ushers in 2009 at East Lansing shelter.
Eagle Scout Ian Zinderman at Haven
House before the party
an Zinderman, 17, of Farmington
Hills has earned the rank of Eagle
Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.
He is one of the original Scouts who
started with Troop 364 in 2003, under
the sponsorship of the Men's Club of Adat
In February 2004, he was featured on
the cover of the Jewish News eating a hot
dog during a winter Scout campout.
He's come a long way since then. Less
than 5 percent of all Boy Scouts reach
the rank of Eagle Scout. One of the many
requirements for this rank is to show
leadership and to perform a service
project. While many Scouts will choose a
service project using physical labor and
building or repairing something for the
community, Ian chose to build relation-
ships and help improve the outlook for a
group of families that have fallen on hard
Ian organized, collected donations
and orchestrated a New Year's Day party
and meal for Haven House, a homeless
shelter in East Lansing that houses up
to seven families for a maximum stay of
He sent out letters to friends and rela-
tives asking for volunteers and support of
his project. He visited many local stores
and requested their support as well. With
the money collected, Ian went shopping
with his family and friends to put this
Because it is a Jewish Scout troop, Ian
made sure that the meal brought to the
party was kosher. This required cooking
the meal at home and bringing it there
along with all serving utensils. Some
Scout families helped by preparing pots
of vegetarian chili.
Seventeen volunteers carpooled to
Haven House to help celebrate the New
Year with the residents.
While the food was being set up, the
volunteers talked to the residents, played
games with the children and decorated
the dining area. A 15-foot banner was
designed with the residents and put up
in addition to streamers and New Year's
In keeping with the theme, a favorite
game of the children was pin the badge on
the Boy Scout.
A poster was drawn by Ian's brother
and friends depicting Ian in a Scouting
uniform, and the kids tried to pin a badge
on his pocket.
After lunch, Ian gave gifts he wrapped to
all the children. Each family also received
a gift basket of items they would need
once they moved out of Haven House.
These included brooms, waste containers,
diapers and personal hygiene items.
The party was topped off with a count-
down for the New Year with sparkling
cider, hats and noisemakers, wishing their
new year to be filled with hope, health and
Finally • • • The Winners
BBYO regional convention at JCC
provided competition for 400 teens.
'nai B'rith Youth Organization
Regional Convention in
December at the Jewish
Community Center in West Bloomfield
may seem like eons ago, but not to those
winning chapters still basking in their
glory. The IN usually lets readers know
who those winners are, and this year
should be no exception. Congratulations
— and sorry we're so late.
More than 400 teens from Oakland
County, Ann Arbor and Windsor partici-
pated from Dec. 21-25. That's 20 BBYO
chapters all together. Competitive events
included an Iron Chef cookoff, sports, a
talent show, chapter newspaper and cheer
contests — all leading to the coveted Most
Distinguished Chapter Awards.
And now, finally, here are the results:
• Most Distinguished: Savage BBG,
• Talent show: Gittleman BBG, Jolson
• Cheer: Emunah BBG, Greenberg AZA
• Oratory: Kulanu BBG, Greenberg
• Banner: Savage, Greenberg
• T-shirt/sweatshirt: Emunah, Fisher
Other winners: song: Ruach BBG,
Jolson; Iron Chef: Greenberg; art: Achayot
February 12 0 2009
BBG, Shapiro; literature: Achayot BBG,
Kishon AZA; handicraft: Achayot, Shapiro;
doubles ping-pong: Kulanu, Jolson; singles
ping-pong: Kulanu, Greenberg; storytell-
ing: Ruach, Kishon; swim relay: Ruach,
Kishon; swim individual: Ruach, Shapiro;
track relay: Gittleman, Jolson; track indi-
vidual: Gittleman, Fisher; video: N'sheekot
BBG, Fisher; volleyball: Ahavah BBG;
whirlyball: Savage, Rabin AZA.
Shapiro AZA not only won the basketball championship but also the Most
Distinguished Chapter Award for AZA chapters.
Gittleman BBG members perform at the regional convention
Shapiro AZA members perform a number from
talent show, which they won.
The Rocky Horror Shapiro Show.
Watch for teen 2 teen in next week's Jewish News