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Volunteer, 77, Assists At
IDF Medical Supply Base
I'll never forget the fleeting feeling of
surprise as the bus taking us to the air-
port is pulled over by the Israel Defense
Forces base commander. Climbing
onto the bus, a battle-hardened man in
uniform sweeps the bus with his experi-
His tone is
soft and warm
for our valuable
the IDF during
the two weeks
we served with
Su-El on a med-
ical military sup-
ply base. He gra- Stan Levine on an
us over and over
time spent working in southern Israel
alleviates the military's need to send
active-duty soldiers to fulfill this vital
job. It may even potentially have saved
many IDF soldiers' lives.
Why would I, a 77-year-old man,
decide to embark on such an adventure?
I heard through friends and articles
how Volunteers for Israel/Sar-El's mis-
sion was so critical to the survival of the
IDF and was looking for something to
give back to the State of Israel. Instead, I
found that this experience gave me back
so much more than I ever could have
Working side-by-side with people
from all over the world, many of whom
were not Jewish, was a life-altering expe-
rience. It was the third or fourth time of
service for some of the people I met, and
their dedication and profound sense of
duty was inspiring.
Although the conditions were rather
spartan, the camaraderie of all the vol-
unteers connected by a mission made up
for any inconveniences.
The friendships I made will long be
cherished. Every evening after dinner
we would sit in a conference room with
our IDF liaisons and learn about their
But the best memory that is etched in
my mind is the morning ritual of rais-
ing the Israeli flag, and the soldiers and
volunteers saluting it. Just knowing that
in a small way I may have helped to raise
the flag another day will inspire me for
the rest of my life!
Volunteers typically spend two or
three weeks living and working along-
side Israelis at an army base, warehouse
or service base. The program offers a
way to contribute to Israel in a very
For information, call or email Ed
Kohl at (248) 420-3729, michgan@
vfi-usa.org; Paul Matlin at (248) 557-
0004, firstname.lastname@example.org ; or visit the
VFI-USA website, www.vfi-usa.org .
Gerrilli schilfelaxing by
the lake at the Labes Horn
And The Pew Report
In last week's corrections on page 5,
"Oakland As manager Bob Melvin is
also Jewish. Both men (Brad Ausmus)
have Jewish mothers. Both managers
were catchers for the Tigers:"
Melvin was raised as a Christian
while Ausmus was not raised in any
religion. Tigers second baseman Ian
Kinsler, acquired for Prince Fielder, has
a Jewish father, and like new manager
Brad Ausmus, has a Catholic wife.
While their Jewishness is nothing to
cheer about, we should root for them
because they are nice guys and wear the
uniform of our home team.
There were 15 players in the major
leagues last season who had at least one
Jewish parent. Only one, however, of the
married players had a Jewish spouse.
We're all familiar with the Pew Report
that claimed more than 70 percent of
non-Orthodox Jews choose to marry
non-Jews. Well, in Major League Baseball,
the rate is well more than 90 percent.
Kosher Meals On Wheels
Aids Elderly And Infirm
Over the last month, there has been
much written about the closing of two
food markets in the community and the
impact those closings might have on peo-
ple who adhere to the laws of kashrut.
To those who might be impacted, I
want to remind you about a program
that has played an important role in our
community for the past 40 years.
National Council of Jewish Women,
Greater Detroit Section, Kosher Meals
on Wheels (KMOW) is a not-for-profit
program that provides two nutritious
kosher meals (lunch and dinner) five
days a week to those in our community
who are unable to provide for them-
selves or who have no one to assist them
with meal preparation.
Meals are prepared and delivered
from the kitchen of Sodexo Senior
Living, located in the Jewish Senior Life
Prentis Apartments in Oak Park. The
kitchen is under the supervision of the
Vaad Harabbonim of Greater Detroit.
Funding is provided by Area Agency
on Aging 1-B through the Office of
Services to the Aging and through the
The men from
a few days up
Dos is Thanksgivukah, oy vey!**
Ich been farmisht,*** what can I say?
Der hindik,**** latkes, so much to eat,
And on der fentzter***** di meno
rah is lit.
Ich vill****** back Chanukah and
* Dos is — This is
** Oy vey — (needs no translation)
*** Ich been farmisht — I am confused
**** Der hindik — the turkey
***** der fentzter — the window
****** Ich vill — I want
t JARC's newly-
found that quie
— Rachel Kapen
Federal Older Americans Act in com-
pliance with Title V of the Civil Rights
Act of 1964. The DeRoy Testamentary
Foundation also provides support as do
donors from the community at large.
Jewish Family Service provides the
intake and casework services.
So, if you or someone you know is
• temporarily unable to prepare meals
following a hospital stay
• disabled and unable to provide
meals for themselves
• homebound without someone to
help with meal preparation
• elderly needing assistance in main-
taining independence in their home, then
Kosher Meals on Wheels is the answer.
Those needing more information
about receiving meals should contact
Jewish Family Service at (248) 592-2313.
to Laura and
and Ellen and
Jim Labes for
KMOW Program Coordinator
The name of the third-
place winner in the
ages 10-12 category of
the JN's Chanukah Art
Contest (Nov. 21, page
10) was misspelled. His
name is Spenser Keys.
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Spenser Keys, 11,
November 28 • 2013