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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-02-13

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Labor Of Love
For Israel
I just returned from a month-long
trip to Israel — my first visit in more
than 50 years. The main purpose
was to volunteer on an Israeli Army
base as part of the Sar-El program.
In addition, I toured and visited rela-
The reserve base on which I
worked was about 45 minutes from
Tel Aviv. Our group of 16 men and
women organized warehouses and
packed backpacks. While the work
was menial, it was valuable in that,
for some of the tasks, outside con-
tractors would have been used at sub-
stantial cost, and for others, we were
freeing up reservists' time for more
important duties.
We lived in army barracks and ate
our (kosher) meals alongside young
soldiers. We worked four-and-a-half
days a week and were free to travel
for the balance. Every night, we met
for a short program, which included
learning about the Israeli army, talk-
ing with soldiers, and discussing
Israeli music and culture. Our group
visited an active-duty paratrooper
training base and several muse-
ums. On these side trips, we shared
buses with Sar-El volunteers from
other parts of the world — Hungary,
Finland, Canada and Australia,
among others.


together, and we divided our duties
so that the heavier work was done by
the stronger group members.
My trip to Israel was not "fun" in
any traditional sense. It was not a
‘`vacation." However, it was interest-
ing, gratifying and inspiring.
Volunteers for Israel-USA (VFI-
USA) is associated with Sar-El, which
administers the program in Israel.
Ed Kohl and Carol Kent speak to
groups and individuals about the
program. Contact Kohl at (248) 420-
3729, michgan@vfi-usa.org; or Kent
at (248) 865-8580, carolkent@aol.
corn; or visit the website www.
vfi-usa.org .

Charles Soberman

Perhaps a third of the volunteers
were not Jewish. When asked why
they had volunteered, they uniformly
responded, "to support Israel." It was
gratifying to see this support from
people all over the world.
Although some of the work was
physically exhausting, all of the
volunteers in our group — male
and female, ages 49-82 — worked

hare the joy of your simchah
with the community in the
JN's March 20 Celebrate!

We're inviting readers to send in
photos from their weddings, bar/bat
mitzvahs, brit milah, baby namings
and other ceremonies from 2013-
14 for our annual "Community
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Photos must be high-resolution
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Email photos by
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Will it get
warmer soon?

Glenn Beck Reference
Missed The Mark
I take issue with the letter "Column
On Patterson Stepped Over The Line"
(Feb. 6, page 5.) The negative por-
trayal of Glenn Beck is completely
gratuitous. If the writer wishes to
name a news personality in that light,
he would be better advised to men-
tion "Reverend" Al Sharpton who is a
"commentator" on MSNBC.
Sharpton is the one who falsely
depicted a Brooklyn, N.Y., car acci-
dent (where a 7-year-old black child
had been killed) as a racist homicide
perpetrated by a Chasidic Jew. In
1995, the good reverend organized
a deadly boycott against a Jewish-
owned clothing shop in Harlem, N.Y.
There, among a number of black
protesters, he shrieked that a number
of "greedy Jew bastards" and white
"crackers" had been taking advantage
of them.
Not to mention what happened
with Tawana Brawley, a black girl
who had claimed she had been
raped by police, which happened to
have been a hoax. The reverend was
forced to pay a fine for defamation
to a police officer. I do not think that
Glenn Beck in his worst moments
could match that.

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