Archive for October 2014

Jewfro: Beyond Binaries

 By Ben Falik The Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue was kind enough to invite me to give the D’var Torah at Rosh Hashanah. My thoughts: The only absolute binaries that I know — things that can truly be only one or the other — are the following: unique and non-unique, pregnant and phew. Those can only…

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Dear Debra

Send your questions to deardebra@renmedia.us or use this anonymous question submission form Dear Debra, We have dear friends with whom we enjoy many cultural events. The downside is they are always late. They arrive at 7:20 or 7:30 for 7 p.m. dinner reservations. Last week we were meeting at the symphony. They arrived so late…

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NEXTGen Detroit Board Shapes The Future Of Jewish Detroit

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s NEXTGen Detroit Board met for its monthly meeting on Oct. 21 at Hillel Day School. The Board’s 50 members, ages 23 to 40, gathered in Hillel’s mercaz (center) to hear from Head of School Steve Freedman, take a tour of the new innovation hub and regroup in the recently…

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Quick Click: Oct. 30, 2014

William Eisner (1917-2005) was a Jewish American cartoonist internationally recognized as one of the giants in the field of sequential art. During Eisner’s early career, he contributed to WOW, What a Magazine! and started his buccaneering saga entitled Hawk of the Seas. His popularity and recognition rose sharply with the debut of his character The…

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Shabbos Project

Detroiters join in worldwide Sabbath observance, including Great Big Challah Bake. Some came to be inspired. Others came out of curiosity, or because a friend had invited them, or simply to be part of a community-wide women’s event. The Great Big Challah Bake on Thursday, Oct. 23, was the opening local event of the 2014…

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High-Tech Project

Grandfather and granddaughter work to keep Ugandan Jews sustainably wired. At Hillel Day School in Farmington Hills, all students learn to click, drag and research in fully wired media labs equipped to educate in today’s digital age. Far away, in a remote village in eastern Uganda containing a large percentage of the country’s 2,000 Abayudaya…

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Senior Services

Jewish Senior Life reviews its accomplishments, challenges after its first five years. Five years ago, two major community agencies came together to provide more efficient services to Metro Detroit’s sizable Jewish elderly population under one umbrella organization known as Jewish Senior Life (JSL). Today, the agency’s leaders look back with pride at what has been…

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Ready For Shabbos?

Detroit to join in global project to celebrate Shabbat together. Maybe you observe Shabbos every week in true Orthodox style. Maybe Saturday is just another day for you, a time to go shopping and catch up with housework. Wherever you usually fall on the spectrum of Sabbath observance, consider participating in the Shabbos Project Oct.…

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Reunited

A Holocaust survivor and American soldier share their disparate yet remarkably similar stories. Fourteen-year-old Perry Shulman was lying immobilized on April 11, 1945. He had contracted frostbite on his feet during the Death March from Auschwitz-Birkenau to Buchenwald, and a Russian prisoner, claiming to be a butcher back home, chopped off his toes with a…

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Perfect Fit

Krakoff channels pastoral care passion into Jewish Hospice job. Rabbi Joseph Krakoff is moving on to the next chapter of his professional life. The rabbi, who served Congregation Shaarey Zedek for 16 years until the congregation’s board ended his tenure on July 31, is now handling community outreach and education for the Jewish Hospice and…

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