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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-03-07

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Margh Panes*,

Josh Nelson Performs
At Beth El Weekend
A rousing weekend of song is planned
for Friday-Saturday, March 22-23,
when Josh Nelson, a popular per-
former and composer of modern
Jewish music, comes to Temple Beth
El in Bloomfield Township.
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, he will join
the Beth El clergy for an intimate
Shabbat service open to the commu-
nity. Then, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nelson
will be on stage for a free concert,
also open to the community. No res-
ervations are needed.
A multi-instrumentalist and song-
writer whose music is celebrated and
integrated into the repertoire of con-
gregations, camps and communities
around the world, Nelson also heads
the Josh Nelson Project, five talented
performers who deliver high-octane
Jewish rock while presenting a posi-
tive role model.
Nelson is the music director for the
Union of Reform Judaism Biennial
Convention, a faculty member of the
Hava Nashira Music Institute and


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Defense attorneys Jerome Sabbota
and Stephanie Sabbota are represent-
ing Layne. The prosecution is repre-
he trial began this week
sented by Assistant Oakland County
for Sandra Layne, the West
Prosecutors Paul Walton and Kelli
Bloomfield grandmother
who was arrested on
Sabbota claims Layne
May 18, 2012, after tell-
killed her grandson in
ing police she shot her
self-defense and cautioned
grandson, 17-year-old
jurors that the defendant's
Jonathan Hoffman.
innocence should be pre-
Following jury selection,
sumed unless the prosecu-
which was completed
tors prove, beyond a rea-
Monday, March 4, open-
sonable doubt, that this was
ing arguments and tes-
not the case.
timony will be heard by
Layne, now 75, is
Oakland County Circuit ;17- 30E:nit
charged with open murder,
Judge Denise Langford-
which means she could be
Sandra Lay ne
convicted either of first- or
At the time of his
second-degree murder
death, Hoffman was living with
if a guilty verdict is returned. She
Layne and her husband, Fred Layne,
has been held without bond in an
while his divorced parents, Michael
Oakland County jail facility since
and Jennifer Hoffman, were in
her arrest and could face up to life in
Arizona caring for their daughter,
prison, depending on the verdict.
who had been diagnosed with a brain
The Hoffmans, who traveled to
tumor shortly after the family moved
Michigan for the trial, are seques-
from Farmington Hills. Jonathan
tered nearby in case they are needed
had originally made the move, but
to testify As potential witnesses, they
his grandmother invited him to live
are barred from the courtroom dur-
with her so he could graduate from
ing the proceedings.
Farmington Central High School,
"We're here for Jon; we're here for
where he was a senior.
justice said Michael Hoffman.

Contributing Writer



an artist in residence for the JCC
Maccabi Artsfest.
For more about Josh Nelson, visit
www.joshnelsonproject.com . For
information about the weekend, call
the cantor's study at (248) 851-1100,
ext. 3150.

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Begins In Teen's Death



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