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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-12-29

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metro >> on the cover

ear In Review

Jewish community celebrated milestones
and focused on future generations.

By JN Staff


sense of adventure and hope for a brighter
future. The communal house, one of 36
like it in 14 countries, is meant to serve as
a hub of activity for Jewish young adults.

June 14
More than 200 people, mostly Muslims
and Jews, showed up at a Farmington
Public Schools meeting to register their
opinions on the proposed sale of Eagle
Elementary School to the Islamic Cultural
Association. The long, acrimonious meet-
ing ended with board members admon-
ishing community members for alleged
anti-Muslim prejudice before voting
unanimously to approve the deal.

Most of Metro Detroit's Conservative

rabbis get ready to do culinary battle:

Usher Terry Hollander helps Robert and

Susan Rollinger of West Bloomfield find

Rabbis David Nelson, Robert Gamer,

their seats in the Berman theater.

Aaron Bergman, Jonathan Berger,

Jason Miller, Joseph Krakoff, Aaron

March 23
A new era in Metro Detroit theater
began when the Berman Center for the
Performing Arts at the Jewish Community
Center in West Bloomfield opened with a
concert by composer/conductor Marvin
Hamlisch. The 1,500-square-foot theater
holds up to 600 people and can be refig-
ured to hold an intimate 350.

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Starr and Steven Rubenstein.

Republican-led congressional redistrict-
ing places Metro Detroit's Jewish hub
in Rep. John Conyers' domain. Conyers
later declares for a different district, leav-
i ing U.S. Reps. Gary Peters and Hansen
Clarke to battle for the 14th District in an
upcoming Democratic primary.

Holocaust survivors Ilona Havas and Eva

Wimmer, standing, and Nasthan Rostker,

Shirley Raclin and Manya Friedman, all of

West Bloomfield, at the exhibit opening.

the lives of local Holocaust survivors
opened at the Holocaust Memorial Center
Zekelman Family Campus. "Our Portraits
of Honor: Michigan Holocaust Survivors:'
is part of the Program of Holocaust
Survivors and Families, a service of Jewish
Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit.


May 1
A musical concert honoring Rabbi
Norman T. Roman's 25 years at Temple Kol
Ami in West Bloomfield was held at the
Berman Center for the Performing Arts.

Young members are bringing new ideas.

March 27
The Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue
celebrates its 90th anniversary at an event
at Detroit's Gem Theatre and looks toward
its revitalized future with an infusion of
young members.

May 1
A new interactive exhibit portraying


December 29 2011

May 21
At Shabbat morning services on May 21,
which included a special Kiddush, and
throughout the weekend, Congregation
B'nai Moshe in West Bloomfield celebrated
100 years as a family-friendly, participa-
tory synagogue.

June 1
Metro Detroit's Conservative clergy face
off at Adat Shalom Synagogue for the hon-
ors of Top Rabbinic Chef. Proceeds ben-
efited the Jewish Theological Seminary.


At Temple Israel, it's time to film the

Moishe House residents: Josh

Gershonowicz, Ariella Morrison, Allie

Gross, Danniell Nadiv and Justin Jacobs.

June 1
Motor City Moishe House opened in
Midtown Detroit. Residents included two
graduate students, three business owners/
entrepreneurs and an inner-city grade-
school teacher. The six Jewish 20-some-
things share a pioneering spirit, a mutual

eulogy scene in Have a Little Faith.

July 18-19
Temple Israel's West Bloomfield sanctu-
ary was transformed by dozens of film
production managers, who moved in with
massive lights, cameras, booms and other
equipment and nearly 200 extras — most
of them Temple Israel members — for
the filming of Have a Little Faith, the
Hallmark Hall of Fame movie based on a
book by Detroit author Mitch Albom.

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