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My Adopted Children Are
Same As My Biological Kids
I am responding to the article "The
Other Side" (July 19, page 31).
I am now a single mother of six
children. Three are biological and three
are adopted. They are all my children.
They are 41, 35, 30, 28, 26 and 24. They
act the same, they fight the same, and
everyone of them are special.
I adopted them through fostering
when I was married. They were 14
months, 26 months and 28 months.
They have all been there for me as I
have for them. None of my children are
perfect, but nether am I.
I love them unconditionally. They are
We Need Peace In
And we wonder why there isn't peace in
the Middle East? We can't even manage
it in our own neighborhoods!
As if the unfortunate dispute between
Chabad-Lubavitch of Michigan and the
Bais Chabad Torah Center isn't distress-
ing enough, we now have a truly toxic
situation erupting regarding the sale of
the Eagle School for a proposed Islamic
Certainly, there is confusion about
the sale amid suggestions that the
Farmington Board of Education acted
improperly in approving it. But now that
we have the Thomas More Law Center
entering into this fray (which just added
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann to its citi-
zens advisory board), I would hope all
parties would step back and consider
what this means!
For starters, I am a Farmington Hills
resident who is proud of the city's iden-
tity as a multi-cultural community. It
made sense to me that the school board
would try to find additional funds to
maintain the excellent programs that
benefited my children and, more recent-
ly, two grandsons.
In the past few years, the district
has had to close four schools includ-
ing Eagle, but it is Eagle that is prob-
ably more marketable with its location
on main roads. It is no secret that if
the buyer wanted this property for a
Christian or Jewish center, it is unlikely
it would have evoked controversy. Those
who oppose it may want to punish the
school board for its seemingly secretive
actions, but to what avail?
Do we need Michele Bachmann and
the Thomas More Law Center to weigh
in on this so that it goes viral — and
it will! Predictably this will tarnish the
reputations of Farmington Hills and
West Bloomfield, create dissension
in the community, cause enormous
expense in legal fees and send a mes-
sage to the Islamic community that they
are not welcome.
Bottom line, what is the goal of those
who are organizing these protests?
Frankly, I wish they would take their
grievances to the Middle East!
(1 to R): Michelle Bass,
Mindy Behrmann and Diane
Weisberg preparing to light
the Shabbat candles
Nearly 60 young
adults and their
families enjoyed a
Shabbat BBQ held at
JARC's Laker Home.
Special thanks to
Michelle and Aaron
Bass and Diane and
Cantor To Assist
At Beth Shalom
Cantor Frank Lanzkron-Tamarazo will
lead High Holiday services this year for
Congregation Beth Shalom in Oak Park
and will lead services at least once a
month throughout the year as cantorial
soloist, beginning in late August.
Lanzkron-Tamarazo was ordained
as a cantor with a master's degree
in sacred music from the Jewish
Theological Seminary of America.
He served congregations in Cranford,
N.J., and Willmette, Ill., before serving
as cantor at Adat Shalom Synagogue
in Farmington Hills. After leaving
Adat Shalom, he started Hava Nashira
Congregation in Oak Park.
The cantor is also president and
master roaster at Chazzano Coffee
Roasters in Ferndale. He has been
active with many professional organi-
zations, including a term as president
of the Michigan Board of Cantors.
Although he is retiring from regular
cantorial duties at Beth Shalom, Cantor
Sam Greenbaum will continue to tutor
bar and bar mitzvah students and
help with men's club and sisterhood
for chairing the
event, and to all the
amazing guests who
made the occasion so
meaningful for those
Cantor Frank Latakron-Tamarazo
Get Ready To Brag!
ational Grandparent's Day is Sept. 9. To celebrate,
the Jewish News will run its second annual
"Grandparents' Brag Book" in our Sept. 6 issue.
To participate, send in a photo of your grandchild (with
name, age and place of residence) along with a cute or funny
comment he or she made to firstname.lastname@example.org with
"Grandkids" in the subject line. Photos should be high-
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You can also mail photos and the required information
to the Jewish News, 29200 Northwestern Highway, Suite 110,
Southfield, MI, 48034. Deadline for submitting photos is
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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August 9 • 2012