a guest for the
FDR, Churchill and Thomas Jefferson.
IRP members also read a novel by Ayn
Rand, who worshipped at the altar of
human reason and capitalism (during her
funeral, a huge floral arrangement shaped
like a dollar sign was famously set near
IRP members hated the book, and
they didn't like Ayn Rand, either,
Ellenbogen says. One even labeled her "a
Ellenbogen, a Detroit native and
retired "socially responsible stockbroker:'
favors IRP groups that focus on classi-
cal music (he loves Shostakovich) and
finance; his wife prefers movies and art.
So it's spicy, but it works because
there's a great deal of camaraderie, too.
"IRP is like a family," says LoPatin,
a Detroit native and still a very busy
accountant with two sons, five grand-
children and a long, active history in
"It's like a home away from home':
And for some, IRP offers that little
"Yes, romance has budded in the IRP
ranks': says Teviah Estrin of Huntington
Estrin is a native of Windsor who
saw an ad about the IRP in the Jewish
News. A retired attorney, he settled in the
United States, and he and his wife have
five children who live in Chicago, New
York and Israel.
Estrin, too, found himself drawn to
the IRP as though by forces beyond his
own will. He wasn't really interested in
history, but somehow he came to an IRP
group about history and the rest is, well,
These days, Estrin loves the IRP or, as
he puts it, "They have a way of sucking
Estrin likes the IRP because it's self-
facilitated, it's ongoing and it allows
members to participate in whatever
interests them. "It's more like a club': he
says, "and there's continuity."
The membership is diverse, though.
Those who are not Jewish, retired or for-
mer professionals are welcome, and even
Ayn Rand devotees wouldn't be turned
So is there any chance the IRP could
get too big?
"Don't worry,' LoPatin says. "We can
handle the success."
For information about the IRP, contact
Sharon Levine at (248) 967-4030 ext. 2018
or email@example.com .
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