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November 10, 2011 - Image 24

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-11-10

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Mini Mall Sale To Benefit
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah
The Yeshiva Beth Yehudah PTA will hold a
Mini Mall 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20, in the
Beth Jacob School Gymnasium, 14390 W.
10 Mile, Oak Park.
Unique vendors from across the Metro
area will bring an assortment of fine
accessories, gifts, apparel for children,
teens and adults, cosmetics, unique art
pieces, makeup, luggage, jewelry, kitchen
essentials, tablecloths, toys, invitations,
art, sterling silver pieces and much more!
More than $1,000 in door prizes will be
awarded, with one announced every 30
minutes. Snacks will be available for pur-
chase. The event is open to the public.
A portion of the proceeds from this
fundraiser will support the YBY children's
extracurricular programming, including
science, art and library programs.
Door prizes are donated by BeneFit,
Ruby's Balm, Stone's Fine Jewelry,
Cinderella's Castle, Peek-A-Boutique, Bella
Belli Maternity and Slade's.
The PTA committee includes Michal
Belen, Becky Friedman, Micky Klein, liana
Silverstein, Shani Singal, Sara Wayntraub
and Miriam Zuroff.

Holocaust Survivors To Tell
About Warsaw Conference
Rene Lichtman of West Bloomfield,
a hidden child in France during the
Holocaust, will moderate "Impressions
of Poland Today:
Reports from par-
ticipants at the World
Federation of Jewish
Child Survivors
of the Holocaust
and Descendants
Conference, Warsaw,
Poland, Aug. 19-22,
Rene
2011."
Lichtman
The event will
take place 11 a.m.
Sunday, Nov. 20, at
the Holocaust Memorial Center in
Farmington Hills.
A number of Detroit Holocaust survi-
vors and their families attended the his-
toric Warsaw conference and will report
on their experiences, emotions and
impressions of Jewish Poland today.
For information, call (248) 932-1834
or email Holocaustchild@comcast.net .

'Mad As Hell' On
Orchard Lake Road

S

o let's set the scene to "Occupy"
Orchard Lake Road.
Hundreds of tents set up behind
Barnes & Noble and the strip
center that is home to Deli
Unique and the bakery. Before
you know it, the scene would
evolve into a catering bonanza
— bagels, brunch on Sunday
— flat-screen TVs to cover
Saturday and Sunday football.
Would it be possible for a
protest to be made, or would it
become our community's ver-
sion of a grand tailgate party?
All kidding aside, on a daily
basis the Occupy Wall Street
Movement is gaining atten-
tion. A typical day begins with
our politicians being quizzed as to their
thoughts on the issue. This approach-
ing an election year, we hear measured
commentary from the politicians who
acknowledge the frustration of many

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these days but say nothing more for
fear of saying the wrong thing and find-
ing themselves joining the ranks of
the 14 million unemployed
Americans.
Next up are the major net-
works who appear thrilled
with the job of covering the
occupants from city to city —
always focusing on the poor
sanitary conditions and trying
to gain insight into the move-
ment by stuffing a microphone
in the face of the first person
they can find for a heart-to-
heart interview on why and
how long the person is going
to stay the course. And then,
we have the talk radio hosts,
who have nothing but disdain for the
people who are there — calling them
"filthy losers."
In my view, there exists a real anger
and frustration that is shared by millions
of Americans — this includes the under-
privileged but is far more pervasive. It
includes everyone who has witnessed a
butchering of our economic system that
has taken from us the economic value of
our real estate — the primary asset most
of us vested our future on.
Three years post November 2008, we
find that we have irreversibly lost the
value of our homes and commercial real
estate and face a financial community
that accepts no responsibility or willing-
ness to share in the loss — in spite of the
fact that we, as taxpayers, provided them
the money and time to stabilize, recoup
and survive. Worse yet, it is abundantly
clear that we will be called upon to dou-
ble our loss in the form of higher taxes
along with valueless real estate.
So how can we Occupy Orchard Lake
Road in a way that demonstrates the
anger and frustration that so many of
us do feel? Perhaps we can't. After all, it's
getting too cold outside, and good food
is not enjoyable unless there are infrared
heaters! There is one thing we can do:
Let the media know that those who are in
the street may not say precisely what we
want to say or how we would say it, but
that everyone should know — as Peter
Finch said in Network in 1976 —"We're
mad as hell and not gonna take it any-
more!"

Ken Gross is an attorney with Thav Gross and

host of Financial Crisis Talk Center, a radio

program that airs weekly at 10 a.m. Saturdays

on Talk Radio 1270 WXYT AM.

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