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Torah Portion: So Many Contradictions

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Among all these contradictions, what is our future, our present, our past? We are ashamed that we have strayed, oppressed buy the fearful conviction that we will stray again. Yet we are buoyed by the hope that we may repent and be forgiven.
Dan Yessian at the Steinway previously owned by Burt Bacharach.

Reimagining a Burt Bacharach Classic

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“We recorded this song in the studios of Yessian Music in Farmington Hills,” Yessian said. “We have numerous studios including ones in New York, Los Angeles and Hamburg. Ohad and I spend a lot of our time in the Farmington Hills studio, so we relegated this to our home office.
Aliyah helping out a local village in Fiji.

Volunteer of the Week: Sharing the Spark of Life

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Frankel Jewish Academy (FJA) nominated Aliyah Lofman, 16, of West Bloomfield as Volunteer of the Week for her active role as a leader in school activities and passion for community service.
Noodle Power Bowl

How to Prepare Your Body for Yom Kippur

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Shirah Fish of the Lunch Box shares how she prepares her body for Yom Kippur fast.
The falls were spectacular, even on a cloudy day

Faces & Places: Congregation Beth Ahm at Niagara Falls

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A small group of congregants from Congregation Beth Ahm in West Bloomfield recently returned from a trip for to visit a kosher winery at Niagara on the Lake in Ontario. 
Clover Hill is expanding the landing to the entrance of the Davidson/Hermelin Chapel.

Clover Hill Park Cemetery Planning to Open Newly Expanded Shiva Center Just After the...

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With the ground broken in December of last year, Ken and Mari Barnett have endowed a 1,000-square-foot glass-enclosed room overlooking the cemetery where families can host shivahs and guests after unveilings. It will be named in their honor as the Barnett Family Shiva Room and is designed by architect David Lublin. The project is now nearing completion.

Michigan’s “Count Day” to Fall on Yom Kippur This Year

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While some view the timing of the holiest day on the Jewish calendar falling on the day when school administrators encourage perfect attendance to leverage maximum per-pupil funding as nothing more than a bureaucratic oversight, others see it as insensitive in an age when society continues to stress representation and inclusion.
Eli’s entrance to Tiger Camp on Day 1

Li’l Eli, the Tiger: First Time at Day Camp Was a Learning Experience —...

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The pandemic has presented significant challenges to everyone — seniors, children, adults and for us, young families. Being transplants into a city with no family members or relatives, but surrounded by a community of friends, we embraced our first child amid everything being shut down: Eli Levy, born October 2020.
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Astrolojew Horoscopes | Tisrei 5783: It’s a “Gimel” Year: Start Off on the Right...

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Tishrei’s energy empowers us to find the perfect balance for who we are now. The Gimel of the year 5783 empowers us to start off on the right foot. Blessings for your best foot forward into 5783!

A Word of Torah: The World is Waiting for You

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When-ever you find yourself distressed because someone hasn’t done for you what you think they should have done, turn the thought around; do it for them.

Politics from the Pulpit

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Rabbis across the spectrum will try to connect the classical themes of the season to the lived reality of their congregants. Any advice about the lives of congregants, though, might touch on deep political divisions.
Adam Zussman (second from right) played in a foursome with (from left) Bill McKeogh, Eric Rillo and Lowell Scott at the 2022 Lois Zussman Golf Classic

Gesher Golf Outing Raises Money, Awareness For Activity Center/Clubhouse

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Gesher was launched Jan. 1, resulting from the 2021 merger of the nonprofit Kadima and JVS Human Services that separately provided services for 12,000 clients of many religious and ethnic backgrounds in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne counties with mental health challenges.

Purely Commentary: The Fast I Have Chosen

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Elliott Shevin wrote up an incident that occurred at our synagogue a few years ago, when he was shul president. His account was never published.  It occurs to me that, as we prepare for the Days of Awe this year, we should know this story:
Then Prince Charles in 2017

Purely Commentary: Will King Charles III Change Course on Israel?

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Now King Charles III is in charge. After the tears dry, he will have to deal with ongoing criticism over the very existence of the monarchy.
Franci Hirsch pictured with a Your Generation band member

Faces & Places: Federation’s Affinities Remix

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On Tuesday, July 19, almost 200 Detroit Gen Xers gathered at Federation’s Affinities Remix outdoor concert event at M1 Concourse. It was a hot and gorgeous evening as the crowd danced to live music from Your Generation, snacked on carnival food, refreshed with boozy slushies and visited with friends, old and new.

Celebrating Rosh Hashanah in 2022

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Teiglach, sore feet and a houseful of cousins: These are my Rosh Hashanah memories from childhood.