Helping Kids Read
Jewish Community Relations Council Literacy Task Force co-chairs Ruth Grey and
Sue Birnholtz, left, join with Barry Rubin and JCRC Literacy Coordinator Linda
Foster during a September Detroit Jewish Coalition for Literacy (DJCL) volunteer
appreciation program at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield.
Rubin, a retired elementary school principal and education consultant for Oakland
Schools, was the featured speaker. He shared his insights about the appropriate and
helpful roles volunteers can perform in a school and discussed what volunteers can
do to optimize their chances of playing a meaningful part in a student's life. During
the program, seasoned DJCL volunteers also shared their experiences as tutors with
ZOA To Honor Krakoffs
At Balfour Celebration
The Zionist Organization of America-
Michigan Region is delighted to present
its highest citation of merit, the Justice
Louis D. Brandeis
Award, to Susan
and Rabbi Joseph
The Krakoffs are
ers of the State of
Susan and Rabbi
leaders of the
will be honored at the 78th Annual
Balfour Celebration at 7 p.m. Sunday,
Nov. 6, at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in
Also honored with the group's first
annual Young Leadership Award will be
U.S. Army Lt. Nick Israel for his efforts
in support of ZOA.
The celebration will feature a musical
performance by "Our Three Cantors:'
Meir Finkelstein of Congregation
Shaarey Zedek, Daniel Gross of Adat
Shalom Synagogue and Michael Smolash
of Temple Israel. A dessert afterglow is
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WMU Apologizes For Slating
Homecoming On Yom Kippur
Western Michigan University President
Dr. John Dunn offered a public apology
during his annual Convocation on Sept.
16 for the univer-
sity's scheduling of
Homecoming on Oct.
8, which is Yom Kippur.
Dunn called it an
dar error" that wasn't
noticed until it was
too late. "On Oct. 8, we
will hold our annual
tion on campus. Because Homecoming
revolves around a football game, arriving
at a date is a complex process involv-
ing the NCAA, the Mid-American
Conference, television networks, our ath-
letics department and other offices and
units across campus. It is often set, then
changed and set again.
"This year during that process, none
of us involved realized — until it was
too late — that the final date selected
coincides with the Jewish High Holy Day
of Yom Kippur."
Cultural awareness is one of the uni-
versity's key pillars, according to Dunn.
"Something like this must not hap-
pen:' he said. "Preventing such a recur-
rence is a personal goal of mine, and one
that I ask every member of our campus
community to embrace. When we offend
some members of our campus, we offend
all of the members of our campus. Our
Jewish students, faculty, staff, alumni
and community members have my pro-
found apology for this episode."
September 29 2011
Leads Midtown Tour
Hillel of Metro Detroit will hold its eighth
annual Hidden Jewel Tour from 11 a.m.-
1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11.
A private bus will take participants
through the Wayne State University cam-
pus and surrounding areas. Tour guide,
Eugene Driker, a member of the WSU
Board of Governors, will provide interest-
ing information about the landmarks
in Midtown, highlighting the numerous
buildings on campus named after Jewish
communal leaders. The bus will also stop
at TechTown for a brief visit.
"I was amazed at the housing and the
tremendous growth we saw. The area
is so clean, so polished:' remarked past
participant Arline Bittker, a HMD Board
of Governors member who had not been
in this vicinity for more than 20 years. A
short walking tour will showcase other
recent additions on campus.
Guests will then be treated to a kosher
lunch at Hillel of Metro Detroit. Allan
D. Gilmour, president of Wayne State
University, will address the group, as well
two HMD students.
The community is welcome to attend.
RSVP to Sheri Ginis at (313) 377-3459 or
hillelad@wayne. e du.
Justice Department Upholds
Deportation Of Accused Nazi
The U.S. Justice Department's
Board of Immigration Appeals on Sept. 20
upheld a Detroit immigration judge's Jan.
31 decision that John (Ivan) Kalymon, 90,
should be removed from the United States
due to his participation in lethal acts of
Nazi-sponsored persecution of Jews dur-
ing World War II.
Kalymon was ordered deported to
Germany, Ukraine, Poland or any other
country that will admit him.
Kalymon served voluntarily as an
armed member of the Nazi-sponsored
Ukrainian Auxiliary Police in German-
occupied Lvov, Ukraine. He is accused of
shooting and killing Jews during his ser-
vice, which he hid on his U.S. citizenship
In 2004, the Department of Justice filed
a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Detroit
seeking to revoke his U.S. citizenship,
which he acquired in 1955 after emigrat-
ing from Germany six years earlier. A fed-
eral judge granted the request in 2007.
Live Detroit Fund
Plans Launch Party
The Live Detroit Fund Launch Party will
take place 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at
PJ's Lager House in Detroit's Corktown.
Dinner and drinks will be hosted by
CommunityNEXT, Live Detroit Fund and
The event, part of a Detroit Nation
weekend event, "Discover the D," costs
$100 per person for the full program if
paid before Sept. 30 and $140 afterward.
More information on the Discover Detroit
Weekend can be found at the website
The Live Detroit Fund will provide rent
subsidies to 25 "next generation" change
agents to move to Detroit. Recipients of
the LDF will be required to host one com-
munity event a month that will strengthen
the Jewish and larger Detroit commu-
nity. Applications will be accepted at the
event. The fund is being managed by
CommunityNEXT. Visit livedetroitfund.org
to learn more.
BBYO Event Kicks Off
B-Fit Program For Girls
Michigan Region BBYO will hold a large
kickoff event for its eight-week exercise
and empowerment program called "B-Fit:
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds." This free
event will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday,
Oct. 2, at Tarn-O-Shanter Country Club in
This program, supported by the Jewish
Women's Foundation of Metropolitan
Detroit, will include an interactive presen-
tation with Caitlyn Boyle, creator of the
popular blog site "Operation Beautiful:'
Zumba and healthy snacks.
The B-Fit kickoff is open to all Jewish
girls in grades 9-12. Attendees must
reserve their spot online at www.blinked.
org (click on Michigan Region BBYO)
or by emailing Lindsey Rosenberg at
LRosenberg@bbyo.org . For information,
contact Rosenberg, BBYO program direc-
tor, at (248) 432-5680.
Annual Meeting Oct. 5
The combined annual meeting of the
Jewish Federation and the United Jewish
Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit will
take place 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, at
the Madeleine and Mandell Berman Center
for the Performing Arts, located in the D.
Dan and Betty Kahn Building at the Jewish
Community Campus in West Bloomfield.
Meeting highlights include the elec-
tion and installation of officers and
board members, and the presentation of
Federation's highest honor: The Fred M.
Butzel Memorial Award for Distinguished
Community Service, which this year goes
to Peter M. Alter.
Federation President Michael P.
Horowitz and Foundation President
Douglas M. Etkin will be presiding.
Adult Education Class
To Focus On Jews On Trial
Professor Howard Lupovitch will teach
"Jews on Trial: an eight-week class on
Tuesdays exploring Jewish history through
the trials of Dreyfus, Brandeis, Shylock
Classes begin Oct. 4 at the Max M.
Fisher Federation building in Bloomfield
Hills. To register or for more information
about other Federation FedEd classes or
the Melton Adult Mini-School, call (248)
205-2557, email email@example.com or go to