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A blend of enthusiasm, teamwork
and student engagement brings
congregational schools into focus.
Keri Guten Cohen I Story Development Editor
Aging Jewish War Veterans post fights
to attract new and younger members.
Bill Carroll I Contributing Writer
Standing: Dan Arnold, West
Bloomfield; Charles Finkelstein, West
Bloomfield; Bob Russman, Farmington
Hills. Seated: Al Colman, Southfield;
Willie Stone, West Bloomfield.
hey fought for their country,
honorably and faithfully —
most of them during World
War II. Now they're fighting another
battle, using what one of them calls "our
last few ounces of kaiach (strength)."
They're the community's aging
Jewish War Veterans, who are seeking
to bolster their identity, increase their
ranks and preserve their beloved PFC
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If you're among
today's grandparent or par-
ents, the memories these
words conjure usually aren't
pleasant ones. Yet things
are changing, with more
hands-on projects, camp-like
experiences and more use of
technology — all with an
eye toward engaging young
"In recent years, congre-
gational education has been
the stepchild taking a back
seat to day schools, Jewish
day camps and Israel trips:'
said Jeff Lasday, director of
At Shaarey Zedek,
Federation's Jewish Alliance technology like this
for Education (AJE), the
central resource for edu-
cational services in the
Metropolitan Detroit Jewish
community. "They have had major funding, with none for
congregations, though they serve 75 percent of our children in
a formal synagogue setting."
In Detroit, that percentage means 3,196 in 20 congrega-
tional schools and 1,072 in six Jewish day schools. In North
America, that translates to 230,000 Jewish students in more
than 2,000 congregational schools.
The funding picture changed in 2010 when Detroit received
$300,000 spread over three years from Federation's Hermelin-
Davidson Center for Congregational Excellence and a national
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