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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-05-31

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New York Times bestselling
investigative author

Growing Experience

EDWIN BLACK

J-Serve gives teens ways to help others.

presents two riveting events

The Farhud:

Roots of the Arab-Nazi Alliance in the Holocaust

Monday, June 11 at 7:00 pm

Holocaust Memorial Center, Farmington Hills

The stunning details of the Arab-Nazi collaboration during the
Holocaust, including the history of affliction suffered by both the
Jewish and Christian communities and the refuge given to Nazi
war criminals.

J-Serve teens are ready for a day full of service.

Iran and the Nuclear Dynamic

Tuesday, June 12 at 7:00 pm

Adat Shalom Synagogue, Farmington Hills

How close is Iran to developing a nuclear weapon? What are the
numbers? How close is Israel to striking? What happens if Iran
,
blocks the Strait of Hormuz and the United States suffers an oil in-
terruption? What if Iran retaliates? Is a Second Holocaust pogitire?:=

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Justin and Tyler Radin of West Bloomfield work on a J-Serve project,

building the garden at Shalom Street at the Jewish Community Center in

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West Bloomfield.

Noah Betman
Teen2Teen Writer

D

uring J-Serve (a community-
wide Jewish teen service
day) on April 22, I and other
Jewish teens went to a project run by
the Greening of Detroit, a nonprofit
dedicated to guiding and inspiring a
"greener" Detroit. It was an experience
I will not soon forget.
Many people say you don't know
what someone's life is like until you've
walked a mile in their shoes. This hap-
pened for me at J-Serve. Hearing the
stories of the women we were working
with really showed me how everyone
gets to their current situation in so
many different ways.
While at the Greening of Detroit, we
stripped tomato plants. We had to pay
close attention to detail as we handled
the delicate plants. As it was explained
to us, the young tomato plants we were
helping to grow will be distributed
to hundreds of people in the city of
Detroit to grow and eventually eat.

Seeing how, in a few short hours,
one can make such a big difference
really makes me think about how
meaningful community service can
be. It is also very humbling to ponder
about how privileged many people,
including myself, are, and how others
live a much more difficult life. That's
the biggest thing I will take from
J-Serve, the knowledge that with just a
little effort, anyone can make a big dif-
ference in the lives of others.
Teens in our community are very
fortunate to have the opportunity to
volunteer at J-Serve, thanks to the
dedication of more than 20 sponsor-
ing organizations as well as funding
provided by grants from PANIM and
the Stephen H. Schulman Millennium
Fund of the Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit.
For more information on J-Serve
and its projects, go to ww.jservedetroit.
org. ❑

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