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December 29, 2011 - Image 12

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-12-29

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Getting In The Mood

Adat Shalom's pre-holiday lunch prepped family and friends for Chanukah

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he Adat Shalom Synagogue fam-
ily and friends had a festive pre-
Chanukah lunch on Sunday, Dec.
11. Co-sponsored by the Education and
Youth Department and the Men's Club,
staff members supervised Chanukah craft
and cookie-decorating stations, while the
men served up lots of latkes and more.
Children and adults danced to the great
sounds of Joe Cornell Entertainment, and
Hazzan Daniel Gross directed the Adat
Shalom Ruach Youth Choir in a lively
Chanukah songfest. II


Ruthe Levy of Waterford and Jordan Mandela, 7, of

Several of the Men's Club food prep team: Joe Wener of West

Farmington Hills with his mom, Melissa, and brother
Jonathan, 5

Bloomfield; Weston, 15, and Cameron, 17, Blum of Beverly Hills;

Ken Podell of West Bloomfield; Robert Blum of Beverly Hills.

In the middle in the back is Marty Kaye of Farmington Hills.

Joshua Cooper,

1, of West


4 0

Hazzan Daniel Gross and the

Adat Shalom Ruach Youth Choir

Exploring The '50s

Akiva first graders celebrate their 50th day of school in style.


Left: Having fun in '50s outfits are Yael Ney,

6, Allah Lofman, 5, and Ellen Morgan, 6,

all of Southfield; Noga Feldman, 6, of West

Bloomfield; Ela Fisher, 6, and Maliyah Sigler, 6,

both of Southfield; Golda Rappaport, 6, of West

Bloomfield; and Orit Bluth, 6, of Southfield.

Photos by Je rry Zoly ns ky

first-graders at Akiva Hebrew
Day School in Southfield cele-
brated the 50th day of school on
Dec. 6 with a real, old-fashioned "sock
hop." The students in Lori Rashty's class,
along with parapro Cookie Saltsman,
dressed up in poodle skirts and scarves,
leather jackets, T-shirts and jeans, then
twisted and hula-hooped to '50s music.
To kick off the festivities, the students
watched the start of the old Happy Days
TV show on the Smart Board.
"We watched the beginning of the
show, where the theme song plays and
the kids could see the clothes and cars,
just to help them visualize the '50s era:'
Rashty said.
The students read 50 words and then
rotated through many different 50th-day
activities, including tallying numbers
to 50, counting by 5s and lOs to 50, and
sorting pictures from the past and today.
And they made 50 Fruit Loop necklaces
to wear.
"The program integrated all subject
areas: reading, math, social studies and
science, and it was so much fun," Rashty
said. "At the end, each child made his or
her own root beer floats to cool down
from an eventful and exciting day" 7

Yona Benjamin, Max Grossman and Avi Selesny, all of Southfield, Rafi

Weinstein and Elior Haddad, both of West Bloomfield, and Amrani

Akinyele of Oak Park, all 6, get into the swing of the sock hop.


December 29 • 2011

Ellen Morgan tries out the hula hoop.

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