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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-06-14

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Shalom Street Exhibit
Focuses On Creation
The Jewish Community Center of
Metropolitan Detroit's Shalom Street
Museum will host its new exhibit "Be
Kind to Our World: Shomrei Adamah"
now though November. The exhibit
considers the four elements of creation
(fire, water, wind and earth) and fea-
tures interactive activities for children
and adults.
Rabbi Rob Morais is director of
Shalom Street, and "Shomrei Adamah"
marks the first exhibit the museum
developed and created under his
supervision. He says the project gives
guests the opportunity to experience
the creation of the world.
"We spent a lot time discussing
how best to represent the elements of
creation and incorporate three ideas
— Israel, a secular component and
something of Jewish content — into
each:' he said.
The result is a bright, fun exhibit
with something for every age; there's
a butterfly garden, a display about
wind energy and an actual hydroponic
garden.
Guests can visit a "coral reef" and
experience the colorful world under
the sea, learn about the importance
of wind to the world's agriculture and
view examples of the biblical use of
fire, such as the Burning Bush. There's
even a real etrog tree, the leaves of
which smell like a sweet and citrusy
perfume.
"Shomrei Adamah" also includes a
hurricane simulator where guests can
step inside and see exactly what it's like
to be in the eye of the storm.
The exhibit further provides an
opportunity for children to create their
own fire, water, wind and earth crafts,
including planting seeds and making
kites and windmills.
"Shomrei Adamah" was funded
thanks to the Charles H. Gershenson
Trust Fund. The exhibit was designed
by Christopher Carothers and spon-
sored in part by Display Group.
Construction was done by the staff of
the Berman Center for the Performing
Arts.
This summer, the exhibit will be
expanded as Shalom Street staff super-
vises Judaic content at Center Day
Camps at the JCC in West Bloomfield.
Plans are underway to allow campers
the chance to do a bit of solar cooking
(chocolate fondue is a distinct possibil-
ity, Morais says) and to plant a garden
with tomatoes, herbs and vegetables,
after which the children will make their
own pizza.
Shalom Street is free and open to
the community. Hours are Monday,
Wednesday and Thursdays 10 a.m.-
7 p.m. Tuesday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and
Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. To arrange a
tour or for more information, contact
(248) 432-5411.

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