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DECEMBER 51 5'
DETROIT'S ONLY AREA APPEARANCE
This engaging, multi-
features the famed
"chicken soup" slide,
a dress-up area, and
activity stations where
children can let out their
inner Wild Things.
It is disturbing to see that the Jewish
Community Center of Metropolitan
Detroit's upcoming Jewish Book Fair
is sponsoring an essay contest for
Jewish youth devoted to the question:
Who do you believe has the most
rights to retain control of Jerusalem?
("High School Essay Contest," Oct. 8,
There is something pathological
about a people that endlessly seeks
to justify itself, its rights and its exis-
tence not only to the world, but also
to itself. When will we Jews take our
rights as axiomatic? When will we
cease to infect our next generation
with this same pathology? The Land
of Israel and the city of Jerusalem
belong to us for eternity. We have no
need to justify our claim any more
than we as Americans would seek to
justify the claim to Washington, D.C.,
as our capital; than the French would
seek to justify their claim to Paris; or
the Saudis to Mecca.
Several years ago, I wrote a letter
to the Jewish News on the identical
subject. It is sad, but not surprising,
to see that there is truth to the adage
that "the more things change — the
more they stay the same."
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I also was fortunate enough to meet
Adam Lambert and Kris Allen at the
Adcraft Club of Detroit luncheon
meeting on Sept. 18 at the Ford
Conference and Event Center at
the Henry Ford in Dearborn ("Yes,
Adam!" Oct. 1, page 6).
Adam was particularly warm and
friendly. When I wished him l'shanah
tovah, he smiled and said, "Thank
you — same to you!"
It was a memorable concert by
both talented young men; and also, it
was an honor to meet and greet them
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Tears And Pride
Thanks to the Jewish News and Story
Development Editor Keri Guten
Cohen for the beautiful retrospective
of JARC's 40 years, which I read with
great pride and many tears ("JARC At
40," Oct 8, page 11).
It is moving to recall how our com-
munity embraced JARC over these
four decades and how, together with
JARC'S outstanding lay leaders and
staff, it continues to ensure that no
family takes this unique journey alone.
Yet it is the anticipation of what
is to come that is most heartening.
Rick Loewenstein, JARC's CEO and
my dynamic successor, is poised to
lead JARC into a new era of exciting
growth, innovation and collaboration.
JARC's godfather, Norman Wachter,
of blessed memory, believed that we
must never be satisfied with what is,
but instead reach for what can be.
How fortunate for JARC that Rick
too embodies this core belief in his
fresh vision and abundant enthusi-
I am proud to have helped bring
JARC to where it is today and thrilled
that Rick's leadership will take it
places beyond my wildest imagina-
retired executive director, JARC
Exposing J Street
Commentator Morton Klein does an
excellent job exposing the Muslim
Public Affairs Council and Salam Al-
Marayati for what they really are ("J
Street: Rescind Your Invitation," Oct.
1, page 33).
Marayati's defense of himself and
of J Street supports Klein's expose
by offering us a valuable look into
Marayati's core beliefs.
His claim that Israel should be a
suspect in the 9-11 attacks was not "a
mistake" as he claims. Rather, it was
a visceral reaction that comes from
that deep-rooted hatred which holds
"the Jews:' or, in this case the Jewish
state, responsible for all of the evil in
His apology was for accidentally
exposing his true feelings, not for his
scapegoating of Israel.
Marayati pretends to be work-
ing for peace, but even in defending
himself, his anti-Israel bias bursts
forth when he writes, "I believe also
that the injustices that the Palestinian
people have endured for more than
60 years as well as the ongoing occu-
pation that started in 1967 ..." Again,
it's all the fault of that Jewish state. In
his mind, the Palestinians are respon-
sible for nothing. History shows us
J Street, in inviting Salam Al-
Marayati to be a speaker at its
upcoming conference, clearly dem-
onstrates that it is working diligently
against Israel and the best interests of
the Jewish community.