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March 13, 2014 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-03-13

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Weekend pampering

included individualized

welcome baskets in

each mom's room

Sisterhood from page 8

at every meal. We were continually
delighted by tables festooned with glit-
tery runners, color-coordinated cloths
and satin napkins, and the piece de
resistance: napkin rings made from
miniature loaves of braided challah. We
dined on dishes such as Asian Ginger
Steak Salad with Julienned Peppers over
Baby Kale, enjoyed an elaborate break-
fast buffet with yogurt, fresh fruit and
homemade granola, and indulged in a
mid-afternoon ice cream bar complete
with toppings.
Friendship Circle supporters Ron
and Ronda Ferber provided a Saturday
night dinner featuring grilled Ahi tuna
and curried bisque served in hollowed-
out acorn squash bowls.



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10 March 13 • 2014

When we were not eating, we kept
busy with fun and enlightening group
activities: small group discussions
about various ethical issues, a lively
Zumba class where I released my inner
klutz, a pajama party where a game
of telephone charades had all of us
howling with laughter, and a songfest
with Friendship Circle mom and tal-
ented children's musician, Marlowe
Bechmann of the "Swingset Mamas:'
My personal favorite activity was
a panel discussion called "Ask the
Rebbetzen," where Bassie, Bayla and
Sarah revealed answers to questions
we submitted prior to the retreat.
These brave and terrific women told us
were-afraid-to-ask, and nothing was off
limits — well, practically nothing.
"The weekend was something
I needed that I didn't even know I
needed:' said Sarah Rosenzweig, who
was able to release some of her feelings
about the challenges facing her 3-year-
old daughter Ellah.
Our guest speaker was Chana
Weisberg, author, director of editorial
management at the Jewish website
Chabad.org and worldwide lecturer
on issues relating to women, faith,
relationships and the Jewish soul. Her
wisdom and inspiring stories encour-
aged us to find balance in our busy
lives through prayer and spiritual con-
"The amazing group of women who
attended shared openly and bonded

honestly and genuinely:' Weisberg said.
"Their striving for growth and spiritual
perspective through their challenging
situations is inspirational ... the envi-
ronment was imbued with an aura of
out-of-this-world holiness:"
Words like "life-changing; "trans-
formational" and "awe-inspiring" were
heard throughout the weekend, but the
overriding sentiment was how refresh-
ing it was to be with other women
who "get it" in a way that even well-
meaning friends and family members
do not.
"The weekend was special on so
many levels — new friendships were
made, old friendships were strength-
ened and, most valuable to me, it feels
like the beginning of a circle of support
that will be a much-needed addi-
tion in my life said Lisa Menuck of
We watched a moving video clip of
the late Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem
Mendel Schneerson talking about how
every soul is special and how impor-
tant it is to treat people with disabilities
as equals.
"I felt inspired to keep going amidst
the chaos, celebrate the little mile-
stones, remembering to cry when I
need to and appreciate all the amaz-
ing things our special ones do for the
world and those who live in it:' said
Jodie Jacobs of West Bloomfield.
The Rebbe's words provided a new
perspective to some of the moms, who
began referring to their children as
"exceptional" rather than different.
"I think it was life-changing because
it made me fall back in love with my
children:' said DeAnna Granitz of
Walled Lake.
Maggie Egrin of Huntington Woods
expressed her gratitude at being able to
come together with other like-minded
"My daughter Kailey has made
me a better person, and being with a
group of moms who just 'get it' filled
my soul: Egrin said. "These women
inspired me in a way I did not think
was possible:'

For more information on Friendship Circle

of Michigan or to donate to the August

fund for future retreats, contact (248)

788-7878 or visit www.friendshipcircle.org.

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