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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-02-06

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Enhancing
Judaism

Two new internship programs boost
interaction with young people.

Barbara Lewis I Contributing Writer

T

Local athlete helps Israel assemble an Olympic curling team.

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Harry Kirsbaum I Contributing Writer

11 hey don't consider themselves
enough to compete in the 2018 Winter
Jeff Lutz
a 21st-century version of the
Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
is ready to
Jamaican bobsledding team, nor
The odds are long. They need to find
release a
does Jeff Lutz, 29, of Bloomfield Hills and
people
who are willing to become Israeli
curling stone,
his curling colleagues from far and wide
citizens
and — if young enough — perhaps
or "rock."
have enough time in the day to think about
serve in the military. Then they have to
who would play them in the movie version,
possess the mad skills to win a qualify-
or what that movie would even be called — Cool
ing championship to become one of only 10 teams
Brooms, perhaps?
allowed to play for gold. But to Lutz, it's worth the
Lutz is far too busy helping to field an Israeli
late-night emails to Israeli officials and curling clubs
Olympic curling team from his house.
around North America.
With a mid-May 2014 deadline, the goal is to
"We're starting from scratch:' said Lutz, who has
find a team of curlers — four men and four women,
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either Israeli or with dual-citizenship — good

wo innovative internship programs, the Ramah
Fellowship and the Steinsaltz Ambassadors, are
enriching Detroit's Jewish educational institutions
with young adults intent on sharing their love of Judaism.
The Ramah Fellowship program, funded by the
Davidson Foundation and being piloted for two years in
Detroit, has a simple premise.
Jewish communal professionals know that Jewish camps
are a great way to build Jewish identity, said Rebecca Starr,
who works part time as mentor and supervisor to the three
fellows. What if they could bring the camp model to a
community year-round?
Ramah, the camping arm of Conservative Judaism, oper-
ates eight overnight camps, three day camps and several
Israel programs.
The fellowship grew out of the Ramah Service Corps,
which started three years ago and employs students who
work part time in several Jewish communities. Detroit's
Ramah Fellows work full time.
The fellows, all Ramah alumni, arrived in September
and are working with six Conservative congregations,
Hillel Day School, Frankel Jewish Academy and University
of Michigan Hillel. They'll be here through the end of the
school year and then will work at one of the Ramah camps.

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