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Meals On Wheels
To The Rescue
I was recently laid up and unable to pre-
pare meals for my husband and myself.
Thanks to the Kosher Meals on Wheels
program, we have been receiving nutri-
tious and tasty meals five days a week by
courteous and dedicated volunteers. We
are so fortunate to be living in a commu-
nity where this service is available.
Congratulations to Rick Emmer and
his wonderful staff of volunteers for a
job well done.
In reading the Adat Shalom Synagogue
Voice newsletter, I became aware of the
"Adopt-a-Kaddish" program in which the
synagogue is participating, run by Otto
Dube from Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
In the program, Adat Shalom families
say Kaddish on the yahrzeit of a child
who was murdered in the Holocaust and
remember that child during Yizkor.
This is a good program for the com-
munity. [Its website is www.
Arab Baptist Reports
Persecution In Bethlehem
Daniel Collins, the U.S. Representative
for the Holy Land Missions, spoke on
"Persecuting Palestinian Christians:
The Untold Story" on Sunday, March 2,
p.m. at the Corners in West Bloomfield.
Mr. Collins told us about the found-
ing pastor of Holy Land Missions, Dr.
Naim Khoury, who pastors First Baptist
Church in Bethlehem, which has been
firebombed 14 times.
We learned that, as a matter of policy,
there is a pattern of unlawful killings
and unwarranted injuries of Palestinian
We learned how a conversion to
Christianity would lead to the family
ostracizing the convert and possibly
The program was sponsored by the
Friends of Israel, the Zionist Organization
of America-MI, StandWithUs-MI, ACT!-
MI and Walk for Israel.
Jews Are Only A Small
Percentage Of Prisoners
In "Jews Behind Bars" (March 6, page
8), Rabbi Menachem Mendel Katz is
quoted as saying "there are approxi-
mately 4,000 Jewish inmates in the
United States, comprising about 1.5
percent of the total prison population of
1.9 million!' In fact, 4,000 is only about
0.2 percent of 1.9 million.
The "core" Jewish population in
the U.S. (total of those born with at
least 1 Jewish parent or converted to
Judaism, regardless of current affilia-
tion) is approximately 2.2 percent. One
would have been surprised to learn that
approximately a similar percentage of
the incarcerated population in the U.S.
is Jewish, had the incorrect figure of 1.5
percent been true — in contradiction to
oft-stated observations that Jews in the
U.S. are disproportionately not incarcer-
ated relative to the population in general.
Joel C. Seidman, M.D.
• In "New York Bagel Man" (March 6,
page 34), the name of one of the origi-
nal owners of New York Bagel, Eugene
Meznek, was omitted.
• "Wrestling's Heyday" (March 6,
page 1), incorrectly mentioned the
name of wrestler Gentleman Jim Hady.
On Purim di gantze megillah* we
Of King Ahashverosh and
Mordechai der Yid.**
Un sheynike*** Esther the
Un Haman so hateful and
Nu ess sheyn dayn hamantash,****
* di gantze megillah — the whole
** der Yid the Jew
*** Un sheynike — and beautiful
**** Nu ess sheyn dayn
hamantash So, eat your
***** Tayerer — dear
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tax bracket, do you know how much
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and net $6,000 to pay the taxes? The
Answer is $8,571. If you are making
$85,710 per year, do you know much
of your income you are wasting on
the interest? The Answer is 10%. Next
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do you know how much the $8,571
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Jewish Women's Roles During Great Depression
he Cohn-Haddow Center's
2014 Zeltzer Lecture on
Women and Judaism will
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Wenger will deliver
a lecture titled
and Babies: Jewish
in the Great
The lecture will take place at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 19, at Temple Kol
Ami in West Bloomfield. The event is
free and open to the public.
Wenger, who is spending this year
as a fellow at the Frankel Institute
for Advanced Judaic Studies at the
University of Michigan, is an expert
on American Jewish history. Her
book New York Jews and the Great
Depression won the 1998 Salo Baron
Award from the American Academy
for Jewish Research.
Jewish women, says Wenger, expe-
rienced difficult situations and cir-
cumstances differently than Jewish
men, and the hardship of the Great
Depression was no exception. In
her lecture, she will explore the sur-
vival strategies employed by Jewish
women in difficult economic times
as well as the new family patterns
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