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We Must Teach History
Of Israel To Our Youth
The letter "Supporting BBYO
Ensures Jewish And Israel Survival"
(Sept. 5, page 3) hit the nail on
the head when it pointed out that
Jewish youth are not prepared to
deal with the anti-Israel propaganda
on college campuses. Various orga-
nizations are working to address the
problem, but the real Israel educa-
tion problem starts at home.
The baby boomers growing up in
the '50s and '60s still had the end
of World War II and the birth of the
Jewish state on their minds. The
Six-Day War and the Yom Kippur
War were very real to us, and we all
knew that Israel was "David" in a
world of "Goliaths." In the past 40
years, Israel has become the Goliath
in many people's minds, and the
Palestinians have become the poor
In the process, knowledge of the
struggle involved in Israel's found-
ing has been lost. Too many of the
present generation take Israel's exis-
tence for granted or don't care.
The Palestinian propaganda has
been very effective. School text-
books, in many cases, help spread
the Palestinian narrative. Our
schools teach their students that
they are people of the world, not
proud American citizens, in too
Then there is the idea of moral
equivalency where there is no right
or wrong. If we are to positively
impact our youth, we need to influ-
ence their parents and grandparents
with pro-Israel education and a little
pride so they can pass the message
on. We need to consider if Israel and
Jewish history are well presented in
our Jewish day schools and Hebrew
When was the last time present-
day Israel was mentioned in a
rabbi's sermon? How many recent
Hollywood movies portray Jews and
Israel in a favorable light? Are our
community leaders and the institu-
tions they represent protecting us?
Unfortunately, I believe we are
frogs in a pot of slowly boiling water,
and the majority of Jews aren't at all
aware that the temperature is rising.
Will we hop out before it's too late?
Because history does repeat itself,
we better start learning our own his-
tory so we can be part of the solution
to ensure that our kids, grandkids
and all of Israel can have a bright
future. We can't afford to repeat the
relative silence of our American
Jewish community during WWII.
In "Liquid Gold" (Aug. 29, page
40), Jeff Binder was misquoted. His
quote in the first column should
have stated, "The company was
turning down about $250,000 of
work a week because they didn't
have the capacity."
The event took place at Jewish Family
Service in West Bloomfield.
With individual financial support,
treasury gifts from B'nai B'rith lodges
and units, and donations from Farm
Fresh Market in Oak Park and Busch's
Market in West Bloomfield, the B'nai
B'rith Great Lakes Region was able to
Ehr hot gedavent* mit kavona**
with awe and fear.
Gefast*** all day, oy vey is mir!****
Ehr gayt a haim,*****
And, what's his name?
Ehr vet kumen****** again in just a
* Ehr hot gedavent — he prayed
** mit kavona — with intention
*** Gefast — fasted
**** Oy vey is mir! — woe to me
***** Ehr gayt a haim — he goes
****** Ehr vet kumen — he will
- Rachel Kapen
help these Jewish families in the com-
munity have a happy holiday.
Playing key roles were Bill Braun and
Sid Roth and his community service
committee as well as volunteers from
Fisher AZA who helped out this year.
B'nai B'rith Assembles
Holiday Food Baskets
As part of B'nai B'rith's national
program, Project HOPE (Helping
Our People Everywhere), volunteers
packaged 100 kosher, non-perishable
break-the-fast food baskets for dis-
tribution to less fortunate families.
Find A Sukkah On
A worldwide registry of sukkot has
been set up and is listed online at
The directory has been designed for
Jews to locate a sukkah near to them,
so that they can go there to eat. The
main focus is to enable people who
work on chol hamoed to eat lunch
in a sukkah close to work. In 2011,
Android and Apple apps were released.
If you have a sukkah that you would
like to register, email details to
Okay - no kidding around. It's the
New Year and there is no better time
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$150,000. Plan now, and save the
$150,000 for your children. Other
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nursing home care exists for you
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