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December 27 • 2012

Hosts Susan and Gary August receive a gift from Rabbi Leiby Burnham of
Partners in Torah.

Shine For Sandy

Partners in Torah Chanukah party
allows guests to "gift" essentials to
storm victims.

I

t began with a simple question:
"What can we do to help brighten
Chanukah for those in need?" It
ended with more than $50,000 in aid
and an extraordinary Chanukah party
in Bloomfield Hills.
Susan August of Bloomfield Hills
posed the question to the staff of
Partners in Torah's Women's Division,
a program of Yeshiva Beth Yehudah in
Southfield. Together, they decided to
host a unique Chanukah party in which
the guests would not give gifts to each
other, but rather they would "gift" those
in the hardest-hit Jewish communities
devastated by Superstorm Sandy along
the East Coast. Shine for Sandy took
place at the August home on 12-12-12,
a day designated nationally for Sandy
relief events.
"Thanks to the profound generosity
of the Detroit Jewish community, we
will be able to help even more people
in need:' said August.
Displayed prominently at the party
was a table beautifully set with various
items crucial to people trying to restart
their lives: dishes, food processors,
baby linens, car seats and more, each
with prices from $18-$180.
Teens attending got big mitzvah
points by circulating the rooms with
iPads preset with the gifts. Attendees
simply chose what they wanted to give
and swiped their credit cards on the
dongles (secure credit card readers)
attached to the iPad.
"I encourage everyone to make the
effort, even if small, to find out about
Partners in Torah and everything they
do:' Gary August said. "The wonderful
women of this organization have made
such a meaningful difference in my
wife's life and, ultimately, the lives of
our entire family"
Rabbi Leiby Burnham of Partners
in Torah spoke about the indomitable
spirit of the Maccabees. He compared
the charity being done that night,
when people got together to bring rays

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of light into the lives of people who
experienced total devastation, to the
courage of the Maccabees, who fought
to bring the light of the Menorah back
to the Temple despite the devastation
and impossible odds they faced.
Shine for Sandy also benefited from
Chanukah miracles. Even before the
event, generous donations began pour-
ing in. Shanfields-Meyers of Windsor
donated 150 sets of china, Mark and
Barbara Eisenberg of Southfield and
Bubba Urdan of West Bloomfield
donated thousands of dollars' worth of
new clothing. When added to the gen-
erous giving at the event, the total aid
delivered by truck last week was more
than $50,000.
"Shine for Sandy far surpassed our
expectations:' said Chaya Shaindel
Rubin, director of the Women's
Division of Partners in Torah. The
two-year-old division already has seen
success with its Mission for Moms to
Israel, engaging lectures, social events
and intimate one-on-one learning.
"The dynamic, well-run programs
are designed to positively impact
Jewish families through the power
of their mothers:' said Jill Menuck, a
participant on the Israel mission and
other programs.
Up next is JEM (Jewish Empowered
Moms), a curriculum developed by the
Women's Division to create a vibrant
Jewish future led by a new generation
of moms with Jewish wisdom, culture
and heritage. Participants will hear
lectures on various relevant Jewish
topics led by nationally acclaimed
communal leaders, Torah teachers
and rabbis. Designed to accommodate
the busy mom, weekly class options
include morning and evening tracks.
Classes run from Jan. 15-Feb. 20. A
New York Metro Trip- Moms' Getaway is
scheduled in early February. Course cost
is $199 for the five-part series and trip.
Space is limited. For more information,
call (248) JUDAISM (583-2476).



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