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September 17, 2009 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2009-09-17

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JET Honoree

Theater to laud longtime arts
patron at annual fundraiser,



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Shaarey Zedek of Oakland County.
She is a patron of the Detroit
Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit
Institute of Arts, JET, Wayne State
University's Hilberry Theatre in
Detroit and the Stratford Festival in
Canada as well as the JCC's Jewish
Music Festival, Jewish Film Festival
and Jewish Book Fair.
Her honors include induction into
Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan
Detroit's 8 Over 80 Hall of Fame
and being a recipient of Federation's
Lifetime Achievement Award, the
State of Israel Bonds Award and the
2003 award in the theater category for
Jewish Women in the Performing and
Visual Arts.
Winer and her late husband, Sidney,
shared a passion for the arts. They co-
founded Center Theatre at
the Curtis-Meyers JCC in 1956. They
were active participants in its manage-
ment and the staging of productions.
They created the dance barn — which
bears their name — at Tamarack
Camps in Ortonville, a center for class-
es and programs of music and dance.
There is a scholarship in Winer's
name at the Hilberry Theatre at Wayne
State University where she received
bachelor's and master's degrees and
taught in the speech and radio depart-
ments (1940-43). While there, she was

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he Jewish Ensemble Theatre
will honor longtime commu-
nity activist and arts patron
Melba Sklar Winer at its fifth annual
Behind the Scenes Gala at 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Oct.6, at the Farmington Hills
home of Florine Mark.
All proceeds will
benefit JET's main
stage productions
and Youth Education
Foundation Youth
Theatre, which offers
four touring shows
to schools.
Melba Sklar
Founded in 1989
by Evelyn Orbach,
JET is a professional equity theater.
Winer sees the JET, housed at the
West Bloomfield JCC, playing an inte-
gral part of Jewish life. "Among the
precepts in Judaism is culture,' she
said. "For me, it is important to have as
part of the Jewish Community Center
a cultural concept like theater where
laughter, tears, joy and a different vision
than that of our ordinary lives helps us
in rounding out our existence. I have
worked for that concept all my life'
Even in her 90s, Winer is at the
forefront of women who foster Metro
Detroit's cultural and community life.
She organized and trained teachers
for the English as a Second Language
program for the Jewish Community
Center of Metropolitan Detroit. "Even
when, so many years ago, when I
was teaching English as a Second
Language, and I really knew nothing
about how to go about teaching in this
area and knew no Yiddish:' Winer said,
"I knew about theater; through drama,
I was able to teach English:'
Winer also trained docents for the
Zekelman Family Campus/Holocaust
Memorial Center in Farmington Hills.
She has directed shows for the
National Council of Jewish Women,
the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
Detroit, Hadassah and Congregation

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JET Honoree on page 22

2010 Main Stage Season

•The Blank Page by Kitty Dubin, Oct.13-Nov. 8, 2009
•The Big Bang, music by Jed Feuer, book and lyrics by Boyd Graham,
Dec. 8, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010 (with two New Year's Eve performances).
•The Tale of the Allergist's Wife by Charles Busch, Jan. 26-Feb. 21, 2010.
•Palmer Park by Joanna Glass McClelland, April 13-May 9, 2010.


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