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thousands and a cross-section of
the community. A long, colorful
line of participants, many pushing
baby strollers and even wheelchairs,
made a powerful, peaceful statement
of solidarity. Over time, the event
lost its vibrancy and disappeared
altogether until a grassroots group
of activists revived it six years ago.
While their efforts have attracted
more than 1,000 participants in
recent years, key communal orga-
nizations have only provided token
Raising The Bar
It's time for the community of Max
Fisher to embrace and uplift the
annual Israeli Independence Day
celebration and solidarity walk to
major-event status. With the inces-
sant cascade of hostility and negativ-
ity directed at Israel and American
Jews, there is no better time than
To members of our synagogues
and youth groups ... to Holocaust
survivors, their children and grand-
children ... to Tamarack campers,
alumni and families that hosted
Israelis from our Partnership 2000
region ... to Hillel students on the
campuses of Wayne State, Michigan
State, the University of Michigan,
Oakland University, University of
Technological University, Oakland
Community College, Eastern,
Western and Central Michigan
universities ... to Birthright-Taglit
alumni, day school students and
alumni ... to friends of AIPAC, the
IDF, Technion and Bar-Ilan ... to
supporters of Hadassah, the ZOA
and the Michigan-Israel Business
Bridge ...to Jewish Federation
of Metropolitan Detroit's Young
Adult Division, Israel and Overseas
Committee, Teen Mission alumni
and families, Board of Governors
and Lions of Judah ... activate your
networks. It's time to be proactive
rather than passive.
May 15 is our moment to make a
clear, large, positive and emphatic
statement to each other and the
general community. When it comes
to Israel and Jewish peoplehood, we
remain One. We walk as One. And we
will not go away, Helen.
Not Brotherly Love
The auditorium at the Holocaust
Memorial Center in Farmington Hills
was standing room-only with 325
people in attendance on March 9 to hear
Jihad Watch director Robert Spencer
speak on "What You Need to Know
About The Muslim Brotherhood."
Mr. Spencer warned us about the
threats of the creeping influence of the
Brotherhood throughout the supposed
democracy movements with its guise
of secularism and belief in democracy.
He noted that the Brotherhood's goals
and strategy are to share power with the
other groups and through intimidation
and coercion appropriate to power and
Spencer mentioned that is how Lenin
and Khomeini took power. He also
warned that the Brotherhood's infiltra-
tion of the Muslim communities in
Europe, Canada and the United States is
deliberate and calculated.
I congratulate Zionist Organization
of America Michigan President Eugene
Greenstein, StandWithUs-Michigan co-
chairs Barbara Moretsky and Margot
Gardner as well as Esther Krystal, chair-
woman of the programming committee,
and her team for their efforts.
Shul's Going Strong
Your cover story by Senior Writer Shelli
Liebman Dorfman "90 Years Young"
(March 10, page 8) is truly the first
accurate depiction of the Isaac Agree
Downtown Synagogue I have read since
taking part in the Detroit congregation.
The story is very well done. It will
serve our mission well for a long time to
come. Your dedication to this story and
affinity towards our shul is much appre-
ciated and necessary during this time of
great change in Detroit.
Thank you especially for noting our
upcoming fundraising efforts (the next
of which is "Making Minyan: 90 Years In
Detroit Creating Community:' 1-3 p.m.
Sunday, March 27, at the Gem Theatre
several blocks away).
Young Adult Energy
I was extremely pleased to read the
article Tribefest! by Special Writer Karen
Schwartz (March 17, page 8). I am so
proud to read of the 33 Detroit partici-
This is exactly what IN President and
Publisher Arthur Horwitz and CEO Scott
Kaufman of the Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit have been talking
about, even dreaming about.
I have increased optimism for our
Jewish community after reading of these
great young adults and how well they
represented this community.
Harvey S. Bronstein
Dry Bones HEARING TEST
• In "Museum Party" (Celebrate!,
March 17, page 33), the artist
who designed the City of Shushan
exhibit at Shalom Street at the West
Bloomfield JCC is Jennifer Maiseloff.
• In "90 Years Young" (March 10, page
8), the Zatkin family was among the
founding families of the Isaac Agree
Downtown Synagogue in Detroit.
The Lebanon Daily Star reported
earlier this month that Hezbollah
dismisses the tribunal investigat-
ing former president Rafik Harari's
murder as "an American-Israeli tool"
designed to incite sectarian strife.
The terrorist Hezbollah is setting up
Israel (and the U.S.) as bogeymen to
direct attention away from its culpa-
bility in the crime and from the real
internal divisions in Lebanese society.
- Allan Gale
Jewish Community Relations Council
of Metropolitan Detroit
Arthur Horwitz is serving as honorary
© March 24, 2011 Jewish Renaissance Media
chairman of the 2011 Celebration and
Walk for Israel.
March 24 g 2011