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The Department of Michigan Jewish War Veterans of the USA and Ladies Auxiliary
took part in Veterans Day ceremonies at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly
Township. Mel Marsch of Livonia and State Commander Jerry Order of Oak Park
with his wife, Shelly, exchange greetings with U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich.
The Jewish Community
Center in West Bloomfield will
host a low-glycemic, weight-
loss program starting in
January. A free informational
meeting will be held and
6:30-7:15 p.m. Wednesday,
Dec. 15. Speakers will include
Jeffrey Weiss, who lost 250
pounds on the program, and
coach Mischelle Endsley.
The 12-week program by
Transitions Lifestyles will cost
$445, but will include a free
90-day cardio/fitness pack-
age at the JCC. To register:
com, or Daniel Wickman at
the JCC, (248) 432-5496.
Join us for an elegant, six-course dinner prepared by Heritage Chef Jay
Mahaffey, a Culinary Institute of Arts graduate. Each course will be
expertly paired by Master Sommelier, Ron Edwards, who has been
pairing fine wines with gourmet meals for several years. Chamber music
will be provided by the Sherwin-McGillivray Trio. A complimentary
bottle of wine will be presented to the first 30 reservations. There are
two convenient dates from which to choose. Make plans now to attend!
Friday, November 19 or
Wednesday, December 15
4 to 7 p.m.
Complimentary admission, dinner, refreshments & wine
For reservations or more information, call (248) 727-2008.
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38 December 9 • 2010
"We need more synagogues in
the major metropolitan centers,"
The recent economic down-
turn already has forced changes,
including the dismantling of
much of the Union for Reform
Judaism itself, where consultants
have replaced many staff depart-
ments. That was in the works
already, Reform leaders insist; the
recession just advanced the move
and gives a greater urgency to the
"This is not an ivory tower
think tank:' said Rachel Tasch,
president of Congregation Beth
Am in Los Altos Hills, Calif., and
one of the 33 leaders selected for
the Reform Think Tank. "We're
trying to make it a grassroots
thing, so people have a voice, a
way to have real input."
Those who want to participate
in the project can send in their
comments anytime over the next
year and a half. Pulpit rabbis
involved with the project will take
the conversation to their congre-
gations and "take the pulse of
the community" before the next
forum, Windmueller said.
The team also will consult with
youth groups, synagogue presi-
dents and other Reform activists.
"Most of the questions we
received were in line with the
questions we ourselves have:'
Tasch said after the first forum.
"The nature of community in a
world where everything is online;
the tension between face-to-face
communication and technology;
the nature of membership; what
does it mean to belong in a world
where everything is out there and
Yoffie believes that synagogues
will continue to be the foundation
of Jewish life in North America,
but must evolve radically to
adjust to how people communi-
cate and relate via technology.
"Social media can be conten-
tious:' he said, "and congregations
are not contentious places. It's
where you go for comfort and
support. So how do we deal with
the contention of modern media
while preserving the congregation
as a place of menschlikeit and
"The truth is, we have to take
risks if we're not going to be irrel-