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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-10-11

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OAKLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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ARTS @ OCC

FALL 2012 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

2 Pre-Election Party

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October 25, 2012

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26th Annual Wassai
13).eceMber 6, 2012

yVomencenter Art Show,

Sepmber 27 - October 26
10 am - 4 pm

Smith Theatre

Fall Semester Production:
The Great American Trailer Park Musical,

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Performances - November 8 - 10, and 15-17 i 8 pm
College Events: OCC's Got Talent, December 7 •
Doors open at 6:30 pm. Event starts at 7 pm.

Community Events at the Smith Theatre:

Woodward Corridor Musicians, October 17 • I pm - 3 pm
Denriis Cyporyn Band, October 24 • 1 pm - 3 pm
Detrdit Dance Collective; November.30 • 7:30 pm

ALL EVENTS ARE HELD AT THE OCC ORCHARD RIDGE CAMPUS, FARMINGTON HILLS

For more information - www.oaklandcc,eclu/connect

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Please join us as we celebrate the

22nd Anniversary of Yad Ezra

the kosher food pantry feeding
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vulnerable famill

Rissa and Sheldon Winkelman
2012 Honorees

Sandy and Alan S. Schwartz and Esther and Neal F. Zalenk©
Dinner Chairpersons
Richard Simtob, Yad Ezra President

Monday, October 29, 2012
at Congregation Thaarey Zedek

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Strolling Supper 6:0(4n,
followed by a brief program 7J

Covert $180 per adult
$90 per young adult (1940 years)
$60 per youth (8-18 years)

Yad Era is a 501 (p)(3) orokaon.

Itinr questims Please call (7A8) 548-5663
or email infotqadezra.org

Yad Ezra

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October ii E 2012

is not, however, difficult compared
alph Waldo Emerson said,
to other life traumas.
"Life is a journey, not a
Financial distress is a stressful
destination." Sometimes
problem, but once it is analyzed, a
it is simple, but other times not. I
set of defined options are identi-
often allude to my children (young
fied that present solutions.
adults whom I adore)
Once the analysis is com-
and lament that they
pleted, the anxiety of not
are still going through
knowing what to do or how
stages and changing every
to cope with the problem
other month. We watch
is dissolved. The path
our children grow and
forward then becomes the
experience life, and the
cure and your new journey.
more in tune we are with
In this context, solving
what they are doing and
financial issues is a con-
experiencing, the greater
crete process. Of course,
our awareness as to the
you're going to be better off
emotional swings they
if you are careful and select
experience.
the right person to do that
But what about us? We
analysis and assist in executing the
are the children of our parents — so
plan, but you don't need a miracle or
are we still going through stages
breakthrough in modern science to
and changing every other month?
resolve the problem.
I believe the answer is yes. It's just
Other journeys of adversity are
up to us to observe our behavior
more difficult, because they lack
because our parents may be gone
the "clear path forward" or "solu-
or beyond the age where they are
tion." Illness where there is no cure
observing the day-to-day traumas
or where there are options but they
that life holds for us.
involve risk assessment without
The journey includes joyous occa-
definitive success present much
sions, but the path also includes
greater challenges. In my estimation,
adversity. Financial adversity is one
such an event presents adversity that
arena I am acutely aware of these
none of us wish to face, but then, we
days, but, as I'm sure you can relate,
cannot program the coordinates of
there are many more, from trivial
our journey into our GPS of life.
matters, to health, family trauma,
Think of the current instances in
relationships — the list goes on, as
your life where family and friends
does the journey.
are facing such adversity. I marvel at
The adversity itself is not a stage
their optimism, clarity of heart and
that we go through; it is an event
soul, and their selfless concern for
that arises from time to time in the
everyone around them in contrast to
journey. The manner in which we
any form of self-pity. These people
address adversity is, in my view, a
are the true soldiers of the journey
function that matures (or should
and demonstrate to us how to face
mature) over time.
true adversity. ❑
In my law practice, I witness vary-
ing stages of coping skills among
clients. In financial areas, the skillset Ken Gross is an attorney with Thav Gross
and host of the Financial Crisis Talk Center
for coping ranges from avoidance,
radio program at 8:30 a.m., Saturdays, on
panic and emotionally distraught
WDFN 1130 AM, "The Fan." His new book,
behavior on one end, to disciplined,
Dump Your Debt, is available on Amazon.
rational decision making on the
COM.
other. Addressing financial adversity

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