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Cantorial Soloist Kalmowitz of Temple Beth El leads her chorus.
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February 19 • 2009
ewish kids, none older than
12, gathered together at
Adat Shalom Synagogue
in Farmington Hills for Zimriyah, a
Jewish sing-along. Right after Sunday
school on Jan. 25, children from Adat
Shalom, Temple Beth El in Bloomfield
Township, Temple Emanu-El in Oak
Park, Hillel Day School in Farmington
Hills, Congregation Beth
Shalom in Oak Park and
Temple Shir Shalom in
West Bloomfield sang
their hearts out for their
family and friends.
"It's an exciting time
to sing for the corn-
Soloist Rachel Gottlieb
Kalmowitz of Temple Beth El said.
"It gives the children a sense of pride
and it gives them a chance to see what
other kids their age can do."
Kalmowitz is the director of the
Temple Beth El chorus, which has 11
kids in it, including two madrachim
(teen counselors) who wanted to
continue singing with the group. Each
choir contained kids between the third
and sixth grades.
The cantor also was on the commit-
tee that helped to plan Zimriyah for
"We basically started [working]
on Zimriyah the day after last year's
ended:' she said. "We had to figure
out a date and location first, then we
picked a theme for the song selec-
This year's theme was Chanukah.
Each choir sang about the holiday and
miracles. At the beginning of the show,
and to conclude it, all the choirs sang
The first choir
to perform was
from Beth Shalom.
they also had a
them, along with
the Kidz Klez Band
of Michigan, which
was there to perform in between
Overall, each choir preformed well.
It was not a competition, but it was
more of a family-friendly event to
showcase the talent of the children.
Zimriyah has taken place for a very
long time, and will continue on into
Mitchell Barnett, 18, is a senior at North
Farmington High School and a member of
the Kidz Klez Band of Michigan.
he Fialka-Feldman family of
Huntington Woods — Janice,
Richard, Micah and Emma
— will be presented with a Lifetime
Achievement Award by the national
organization Family Voices on Feb. 23.
The Washington, D.C., event will cite
the Fialka-Feldmans "for their creative
work for inclusion, parent/professional
partnerships, and disability rights and
Janice Fialka is a nationally rec-
ognized speaker, social worker, and
author of several books. Her Web site,
www.danceofpartnership.com, is a
comprehensive resource for parents
and professionals focusing on creative
ways to support people with disabili-
ties, their families and community. She
was honored as Social Worker of the
Year by NASW–MI Chapter in 2007.
For 40 years, Richard Feldman has
committed to creating a self-govern-
ing and self-transforming America
through his work with the James
and Grace Lee Boggs Center and as a
member of the United Auto Workers
in Detroit. Together, Richard and
Janice received the Besere Velt (Better
World) Award by the Workmen's Circle/
Arbeter Ring of Michigan for their
work on social justice issues.
They also co-produced the award-
winning film, Through the Same Door:
Inclusion Includes College. Their son
Micah is attending Oakland University
despite cognitive disabilities.
Daughter Emma attends Mount
Holyoke College in Massachusetts,
where she is studying education and
immigration policy. Her Letter to My
School, which challenged the use of the
word "retarded:' has been published in
several books and widely read in class-
rooms across the country.