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This Pesach, Think B.I.G.!
... 'Buy Israeli Goods'
StandWithUs-Michigan (SWU-MI),
in cooperation with its international
parent organization, is asking individu-
als and local Jewish organizations to
participate in the "Buy Israeli Goods"
campaign by purchasing Israeli goods
at local stores before and during Pesach
and all through the year.
In partnership with the American-
Israel Chamber of Commerce, this is an
effort to counter the ongoing boycott
of Israeli products by groups involved
with the Boycott, Divestment and
Sanctions (BDS) movement, whose
goals are to demonize Israel and dam-
age its economy.
Just as the University of Michigan
students worked together in support
of Israel to defeat a BDS resolution,
Passover is a perfect time to continue
strengthening Israel's economy while
shopping, something everyone can
do. To find such things as food items,
wines, women's clothing, shoes, Judaica,
giftware, books, music, jewelry and
much more in our area, go to
www.buyisraeligoods.com. Look for
Michigan in the list of areas.
The Michigan page has a listing of
product categories; clicking a category
brings up a page of online companies
followed by the names of local stores
carrying Israeli products in that cat-
egory. Those searching for the perfect
product may discover stores new to
them that carry just what they want.
For background information about
the Buy Israeli Goods campaign, go to
www.standwithus.com. SWU encourages
Israel supporters to take along a camera
when shopping and email pictures and
videos of their efforts on behalf of Israel
to standwithusmichigan@gmail.com .
For information, contact SWU-MI at
(248) 325-5306 (office voicemail) or at
the SWU-MI email address.

Barbara Moretsky
President, StandWithUs-M1
Bloomfield Hills

Birmingham Temple
Celebrates Shabbat
We are writing in response to the "Shabbat
Memorials?" article (April 3, page 14).
We were the successive executive
directors of the Birmingham Temple for
more than 20 years, during which time,
numerous memorial services were
held on Shabbat, if that met the needs
of the grieving families. Rabbi Kolton
was either one of the rabbis or the only
rabbi during many of those years. It is
a mystery why the story stated that she
could not recall any previous Saturday
funerals at the temple.

To a large extent, the religion of
Judaism is what Jews are practicing
and believing, and within the many
branches of Judaism, there exists a wide
view of how to express those practices.
Some Jews would say that it is not "OK"
for a rabbi to drive to synagogue on
Shabbat and conduct a bar or bat mitz-
vah service. Are they "less Jewish" for
doing that?
Rabbi Kolton says that she "hopes
that Humanistic Jews would pick the
Sabbath as something meaningful to
them:' Again, she fails to remember that
we hold a Shabbat service every week.
We also acknowledge that some Jews
use Saturday to drive children to lessons,
pick up the dry cleaning and then go
out for Chinese food. We recognize the
diversity within the practice of Judaism.
Rabbi Falick is new to the Detroit
Jewish community and we imagine that
he hoped that the Michigan Board of
Rabbis would be a good way to get to
know the other members of his pro-
fessional organization. His memorial
service met the needs of the Rowens
family. This is what rabbis do.
The members of the Birmingham
Temple have welcomed him with open
arms, and we hope that his fellow col-
leagues concentrate on their common-
ality and not their differences.

Helen Forman
Bloomfield Township
Judith Freund
Commerce Township

Yiddish Limerick

Your Legal


Di tzimer is lichtik, * the table will
Gefilte un knaidlach ** un glasslach
of vine.***
We'll read yeder vort**** and we
won't skip a beat
Mir zingen un trinken***** and
then we will eat.
All hungry come over, kum aher, gay

* Di tzimer is lichtik — the room is
filled with light
** un knaidlach — and matzah
***glasslach of vine — little glasses
of wine
**** yeder vort — each word
***** Mir zingen un trinken — we
sing and drink
****** kum aher, gay arayn —
come here, go inside

— Rachel Kapen



Cap & Gown Coming In May

he Jewish News will honor all Jewish students who are graduating
this spring from Michigan high schools in our new Cap & Gown
Yearbook 2014. The Yearbook will be published in the May 22 JN.
For free, we will include a photo and up to 40 words listing the student's
name, school and accomplishments. We also encourage families to honor
their students or out-of-state graduates with a congratulatory ad.
It is easier than ever for students and their families to submit their
information for the Cap & Gown issue - it's all online. Log on to www.
thejewishnews.com/contact/cap-and-gown/free-listing . Follow the prompts,
upload your photo and hit "Submit." Family members can submit paid
congratulatory ads at the link as well.
All free listings must be submitted by May 3.
Any questions? Call Jackie Headapohl, (248) 351-5110 or jheadapohl@
renmedia.us .

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