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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-07-11

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Empowered from page 9

Stuart, as a Partners mentor, must
come well prepared.
"The near-trite statement, 'You have
to know it to teach it weekly replays
itself; he said. "We may spend 45 min-
utes reviewing just a couple of lines of
text, but that represents a lot of before-
hand looking and thinking both as to
content and presentation:'
A hush falls over the Partners room
during the last five minutes of each
Tuesday night session as Rabbi Cohen
or one of his Partners associates, Rabbi
Burnham or Rabbi Tzvi Muller, share,
with insight, clarity and often humor,
a message about the weekly parshah

(Torah portion).
As Nancy Triest so aptly put it, "It's
our food for thought — something to
take home:'
On a recent Tuesday night, Rabbi
Burnham's message conveyed how
Torah teaches that nothing, on the
surface, is good or bad; everything is
dependent on how we use it.
"Things that seem to be terrible," he
said, "could be huge blessings:'
For example, nuclear power is not
good or bad; it's how you use it.
"Everything in life, good or bad:' the
rabbi said, "will be determined by how
we use it, not by what it's made oC'


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uesday night study is
Partners in Torah's flagship,
with an average of two new
partnerships a week, but the rab-
binic staff also provides learning
in homes and offices as well as on
university campuses. Classes are
held in various locations throughout
the year.
The Women's Division of
Partners Detroit — led by Chaya
Rubin, Aviva Schechter, Sara Aliza
Scheinberg and Henny Shoshana
— offers assorted activities: holiday
events, Israel missions for moms,
lunch-and-learns, classes, lectures,
challah-baking classes, Shabbatons,
retreats as well as programming tai-
lored to young mothers, young pro-
fessionals and daughters of division
participants. Last year, the division
held a Superstorm Sandy fundraiser.
Rabbi Leiby Burnham, a board
member of Federation's NEXTGen
Detroit Department, develops learn-
ing opportunities specifically for
young adults — such as Dinner
Drinks & Discussion and identity-
building trips.
"I could teach something 100

times, but my students always
approach it from a different angle,
with fresh questions:' Burnham
All Partners classes are recorded,
with CDs housed in a library that is
open and free. Partners maintains
online archiving for hundreds of
classes and outside resources.
Donation and foundation dollars
underwrite Partners' annual budget
of about $500,000. Other educa-
tors are Rabbi Dovid Bausk and
Rabbi Baruch Gendelman. Rachel
Leah Black is program coordinator.
Chanche Frankel oversees special
projects. Shira Klein is administra-
tive assistant.
While donations always are
accepted for Partners, there is no
cost to participate in, and never
solicitation at, Tuesday night
learning; contact Partners Detroit:
248-JUDAISM. Other Partners
classes may carry a fee.
A free subscription to Partners
Detroit's erev Shabbat e-newsletter,
featuring the Torah portion, is avail-
able through Rabbi Burnham:
info@partnersdetroit.org .

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