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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-03-20

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LET US CREATE

celebrate

YOUR EVENT

. . .

a guide to simchahs

Personal Touch

ONE BITS Al A TIME

Custom benchers for any celebration.

Ronelle Grier

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Contributing Writer

eciting the grace
after meals, or

or explanations of the
prayers and practices,
such as the bencher
Lewis created for the
wedding of Aaron
Konvisser and Hailing
"Diana" Huang. While
the bride had converted
to Judaism, most of
her family members
were not familiar with

Birkat HaMazon,
is a time-honored Jewish

custom, especially at cel-
ebrations such as wed-

dings and b'nai mitzvah.
Prayer booklets known
as benchers, from the
Yiddish word "to bless,"
Joe Lewis
have become common
accessories at these events, helping Jewish wedding customs, so Lewis
included explanations of the chup-
guests to follow the service and
serving as a keepsake of the occa-
pah (wedding canopy) and other

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lifelong scholar of Jewish tradition,
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Lewis, who started his business

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modate family members who were

uncomfortable with the traditional
books because they did not read
Hebrew.
"Sometimes you have people
coming to a Jewish experience, and
they feel out of place because they

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don't know what to do," Lewis

said. "We show them what to
expect and what to do."
His prayer books feature a three-
column format with Hebrew, stan-

dard transliteration, and an English
translation written by Lewis.
"The translations make the
prayers sing-able, so everyone can
follow along," he said.
Some books include footnotes

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Grace After Meals •

couple's ketubah.
"It was a perfect way to blend
the two cultures in a book that

everyone could understand,"

said the groom's mother, Zieva

Konvisser of West Bloomfield, "and
the way he translates things is
really so beautiful."
Marcia Tilchin, the cantor at
Congregation B'nai Israel in Tustin,
Calif., had no time to spare when
she contacted Lewis one month
before her daughter Sheindl's bat

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traditions.
"You want to welcome your
guests, and you don't want to
leave them scratching their heads
and feeling out of place," Lewis
said.
The bencher for the Konvisser-
Huang wedding included childhood
photos of the bride and groom,
words of devotion written by the
couple, and greetings from both
sets of parents, translated into
English and Chinese. The cover
artwork, designed by an artist in
San Diego, was also used on the

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In mourning though they sow their seed,

Hazorim bedima

In happiness they'll reap their yield.

berina yiktzoru.

To sow the seed, bowed with grief

Haloch yelech uvacho

The plowman plods his weary way;

no'se meshech hazara,

His heart will surely feel relief

bo yavo verina

Bringing in the sheaves on harvest day.

no'se alumotay.

"Then will-be-filled with joy our mouth, and our tongue with joy."

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Portions of a bencher page showing the Hebrew, English and transliteration.

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