DETROIT JEWISH NE
G E T
Stamp It Chanukah
The 2009 Chanukah
stamp went on sale on
Friday and should be
available at all local post
offices. It features the new
The U.S. Postal Service
has printed only 35 mil-
lion Chanukah stamps. So
distribution to local post
offices will be only 15 per-
cent of what it is for other
If the 2009 Chanukah stamp is not
available at your post office and the staff
tells you they never get Chanukah stamps
or they ran out of them, let Ronald
The Boynton Beach, Fla., resident
runs a Chanukah stamp
Web site: www.hanukkah-
stampquest.com. Send him
the town name and ZIP
code of the post office at:
"When you buy
Chanukah stamps:' he said,
"don't just buy enough for
your Chanukah cards. Buy
100 or more and use them
on all your mail through
the holiday season and
beyond. I buy 200 and use them on all
my mail for the entire year."
Scheiman wants the U.S. Postal Service
to issue a new Chanukah stamp each year
and hopes there's enough interest in the
stamp this year to help lay the ground-
work for that in the years to come.
Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw
County (www.jfsannarbor.org ) has earned
a $60,000 grant from the Community
Foundation for Southeast Michigan to
develop a Center for Caregiving.
The 14-year-old, Ann Arbor-based
agency provides employment services,
older adult support services and volun-
teer-based programs serving older adults.
The new center will offer direct and indi-
rect support to family caregivers of older
adults and, at the same time, develop the
unemployed, underemployed and other peo-
ple seeking meaningful volunteer work in
the senior service industry. The innovation
will benefit older adults looking for new job
skills in one of the few growing fields: senior
services, volunteer work, caregiving.
— notes by Robert Sklar, editor
• Purchase products from locally owned busi-
• Find out about the companies from which you
buy. Get a copy of The Better World Shopping
and learn which ones have policies consistent
with your values.
• Purchase biodegradable products.
• Give unneeded usable items to family mem-
bers, friends and neighbors. Other options are
donating them to charities or sell them at yard
sales or to secondhand stores. That way, others
can have reused/recycled items.
• Choose high-quality products that last longer.
• Use the online services Freecycle and
Craigslist to get rid of unwanted things.
• Find alternatives to compulsive shopping
(relaxing, visiting, gardening, etc).
• Wait a day or more before purchasing to real-
ly think if the purchase is necessary.
Jewish Thought On The Environment
"These are the generations of the heaven and
of the earth when they were created, in the day
that the Lord made earth and heaven."
— Genesis 2:4
sukkah is a fragile, temporary structure that was used by
our ancestors when they wandered the desert after the exodus
from Egypt and when harvesting the fields in ancient Israel.
The Detroit area found out just how fragile they are last week
when high winds Oct. 6-7 damaged many sukkahs, like this one
in West Bloomfield.
Our JN Mission
Please contact Michigan Coalition on the
Environment & Jewish Life for global warming
presentations: (248) 642.5393 ext. 7 or
mi-coejl®jfmd.org or www.mi-coejl.org .
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