Archive for 2014

Dear Debra

Send your questions to deardebra@renmedia.us  or use this anonymous question submission form. Dear Debra, My mother has told me that she doesn’t want her sister to attend her funeral. Mother is ill but certainly not on her death bed. My aunt is a real scene maker and has been nasty to my mother for as…

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Jewfro: The Future Is History, Part II

Last year, I went down the rabbit hole of the new Detroit Jewish News archive, as much to understand the present as the past, and found parallels that would make the mad hatter spill his tea. I’m grinning a Cheshire Cat grin and going back — now through The William Davidson Digital Archive of Detroit…

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Free Food?

Self-sufficiency expert hopes to open his first Free Food Factory in Detroit. Free food and groceries? Dan Martin wants to make that a reality all over the world. He’s a self-sufficiency expert who wants to create a grocery store and restaurant in Detroit where all comers can eat for free. Martin, 37, grew up in…

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MatzoBall Detroit

Jewish singles now have their own party on Christmas Eve. It’s Christmas Eve. All the cool nightspots are closed for the Christian holiday. What are Jewish young adults to do? This year, they’re invited to let loose at Detroit’s first MatzoBall at Twist Night Club in Ferndale. They’ll be joining thousands of young Jewish singles…

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Stolen Menorah

Grandson builds new lawn menorah in memory of his grandfather. Brendan Newman must have felt a little bit like Judah Maccabee. He didn’t restore a Holy Temple lamp, and there was no oily miracle. But last year, when he replaced the family’s stolen lawn menorah with one he built himself, he brought back a cherished…

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Darkness To Light

Menorah in the D shines a public spotlight on Jewish unity. As Detroit emerges from the darkness of bankruptcy into the light of regrowth, this year’s fourth annual “Menorah in the D” celebration — starting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Campus Martius — holds particular significance. Organizers of the Chanukah event see it…

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BDS Bait & Switch

Professor schools audiences on real goal of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) is the anti-Israel approach of choice on college campuses across the nation these days. Framed as a pro-peace, pro-justice struggle, its proponents say it will level the playing field so Palestinians and Israelis can live together in peace.…

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After The Flood

Gratitude and perspective are common feelings among those hit hardest. If Daniella HarPaz Mechnikov of Huntington Woods could write some Twitter-style hashtags about her feelings during the months following this summer’s floods, they would be #perspective and #gratitude. Just two years ago, Thanksgiving 2012 was the last she would spend with her mother, who died…

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Jewfro: Deborah Hecht Studio

Growing up, I was pretty sure about a couple of things. First, my dad was not Alan Trammell, but he could type everything I said as fast as I could say it on our Apple IIGS without looking at the keyboard. Second, like mine, the art in other people’s houses was made by their moms.…

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Dear Debra

Send your questions to deardebra@renmedia.us or submit a question anonymously here: Dear Debra, Nearly 30 years ago, I had a close friend whom I met in a mother’s group when our kids were infants. We were still close when our children started kindergarten. Then one day she dropped me as her friend. No explanation, no…

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