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MJI offers electives
for high school students.
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Registration 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Program 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
If your life has been affected by multiple
sclerosis in any way. this is your chance to
connect with others in your MS community.
Whether you're being proactive about your
own health or helping, to care for someone
else. you can share your experience and learn
from others. Please join us to:
Learn about MS. treatment options, and
support services that are within your reach
Omar Khan. MD
Professor of Neurology
Director. Multiple Sclerosis Center &
Image Analysis Laboratory
Program Director. Neuroimmunolony and
Multiple Sclerosis Fellowship
Wayne State University School of Medicine. Detroit
Director. Multiple Sclerosis Clinic
o graduate from high school,
students must satisfy both
district and state require-
ments. Usually, a teenager's freshman
and sophomore years are consumed
with taking the required academic
courses. Then, in junior and senior
years, there's finally the chance to take
But what if your school doesn't offer
electives you want, such as Hebrew,
ethics or Jewish history? The only
local school that offers these topics as
accredited courses for high school stu-
dents is the Michigan Jewish Institute
(MJI) at the Shul in West Bloomfield.
Allison Rein, a Michigan State
University freshman, took "Exploring
the Holocaust II" at MJI. Her MJI class
had 10-15 students.
"I enjoyed the small class size': she
said. "I liked the way we sat around
one big table rather than smaller
tables with just one other person?'
The smaller classes enable students
to feel comfortable sharing opinions.
MJI is an accredited college, so
classes are very similar to AP classes
in high school. Many students decide
to enroll in a MJI class because they
would like to take a Judaic course not
offered at their high school. That class
also may provide them with either
high school and/or college credit.
As part of Michigan's Dual
Enrollment Program, eligible students
can take an MJI course as an "elec-
tive" for high school credit and their
school district pays a portion of the
But don't think the classes are not
"You have to be ready to do a lot of
reading and outlining on your own,"
Because of the commitment, she
suggested it is best for the student to
make the choice to take an MJI class,
and not the parent.
This fall, MJI is offering
Elementary Modern Hebrew,
Advanced Topics in Modern Hebrew,
Encountering Jewish Civilization I,
Exploring the Holocaust I and II, and
Ethics and Society. For more infor-
mation, visit www.mji.edu . 117
Rachael Vettese, 16, is a junior at
Bloomfield Hills Andover High School.
Harper University Hospital. The Detroit Medical Center
Share real-life experiences, resources. and
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Jewish Community Center
6600 W. Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
(call for directions)
Light appetizers and desserts served
Homemade Italian Dishes & Pastas
Fresh Seafood • Fresh-Cut Steak
Salad & Flat Pizza and more!
1/2 off all bottles of wine every Monday!!
Open Mon-Fri for lunch and dinner.
Saturday and Sunday dinner only.
Private Banquet and Conference Rooms
Up to 85 People
2 Dinner Entrees
Free entree up to $8 value with
ITALIAN GRILL & BAR
the purchase of a second entrée of
equal or greater value. Not valid
5600 Crooks Rd.
with any other offer or discount.
(North of Long Lake Rd.)
Maximum value $8.
Troy, MI • 248-813-0700
Wow Writing Workshop will offer
college essay writing workshops in
September to incoming high school
seniors in Berkley and Grosse Pointe.
The interactive workshop is called
"Wow Them with Your College Essay."
Each student will take home a pol-
ished college essay after attending the
The college admissions process is
increasingly competitive. Admissions
officers say essays on a college applica-
tion are the equivalent to an interview
with a university admissions counselor.
The workshops, to take place
through Berkley Community
Education and the Neighborhood Club
in Grosse Pointe, will be taught by
professional writers Susan Knoppow,
Marti Benedetti and Kimberly Lifton.
"College-bound seniors who complete
this workshop will learn how to turn
everyday experiences into compelling
stories that will catch the attention of
admissions counselors,"Knoppow said.
In addition to producing an applica-
tion-ready essay, students will learn a
step-by-step method for writing addi-
tional essays and improve their overall
writing skills, which will serve them
well in college and beyond, she added.
The workshop, which costs $175,
consists of three two-hour sessions
and a 20-minute one-on-one essay
review with a professional writer. Two
four-week sessions will be held at the
Neighborhood Club in Grosse Pointe
and at Berkley High School. Session
One is Sept. 14 and 21 and Oct. 5 and
12 in Grosse Pointe and Sept. 15 and 22
and Oct. 6 and 13 in Berkley. The sec-
ond session is Oct. 19 and 26 and Nov. 2
and 9 in Grosse Pointe and Oct. 20 and
27 and Nov. 3 and 10 in Berldey.
To register, call Berkley
Community Education at (248) 837-
8900 or the Neighborhood Club at
(313) 885-4600. Students should
bring a notebook, pen and a college
application to the first class.