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Posts by Julie Edgar

Sean Forbes, center, and Jake Bass, left, perform in Tel Aviv to a large crowd of excited concert goers

Deaf Jams

Musical legends join forces for the Deaf and Loud Experience. Julie Edgar Contributing Writer Rapper Sean Forbes and two other deaf performers will share the stage with the DSO at Orchestra Hall Dec. 16 for a performance of Motown and other Detroit-centric music that is bound to be as profound as it will be unusual.…

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“Hallel” by Abre Ettah, New Malden, Britain, UK: This sukkah brings together the historic elements of Sukkot — light, water and festive celebration. Part of Sukkah x Detroit

Sukkah x Detroit

Downtown Synagogue’s design competition to bring Sukkot alive at Capitol Park. A sukkah can be a humble thing, a hut made of plywood two-by-fours and nails with a roof of evergreen branches. It can be chateau-like in miniature, with chandeliers, carpets and windows. Or it can be egg-shaped and covered in petal-shaped shingles. However plain,…

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Madlyn Burkert gets to handle Star Wars treasures. C-3PO, STAR WARS™: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK AND R2-D2, STAR WARS™: A NEW HOPE. © & ™ 2018 LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. USED UNDER AUTHORIZATION. PHOTO VIA STARWARS.COM © 2018 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. KYLE KAO AND AMANDA JEAN CAMARILLO

Guardian Of The Galaxy

Local native Madlyn Burkert travels to a galaxy far, far away every day. Madlyn Burkert describes herself as a “reasonable fan” of the Star Wars franchise — and it’s probably good to have a bit of emotional distance when you’re handling the very costumes, lightsabers, droids, ships and other ephemera that populate filmmaker George Lucas’…

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The mural at the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue.

A Mural Of Many Colors

L.A. muralist Bunnie Reiss coats the Downtown Synagogue. Los Angeles muralist Bunnie Reiss left Detroit’s only synagogue a lot more colorful than when she arrived, cloaking it in symbols of luck, love and protection. Reiss, 43, took a week to paint her mural on the back of the four-story Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue on Griswold…

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Rabbi Asher Lopatin will lead the new Modern Orthodox Kehillat Etz Chayim started by a group of families in Huntington Woods.

Mixed Welcome

A Modern Orthodox maverick, Rabbi Asher Lopatin faces Orthodox disdain — and support. Detroit’s Modern Orthodox community is about to welcome a controversial but beloved rabbi into its fold. Rabbi Asher Lopatin has made a name for himself as a maverick, a spiritual leader who is unafraid to stake unpopular halachic (legal) positions on women’s…

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At night around the camp fire, staff and campers check in and discuss weekly goals.

Wilderness Therapy

Sponsored by our community partners Pain Free Life Centers Photos courtesy of BaMidbar Wildnerness Therapy Detroiter helps shape Colorado camp for young Jews struggling with mental health issues. Growing up in a Lubavitch home in Oak Park that was open to all Jews but closed to secular values, Hindy Finman reached adolescence in a happy bubble.…

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To Be a Jew at OU

Dovid Roetter doesn’t mind being in a tiny minority of Jewish students at Oakland University — estimated at around 200 of about 20,500 undergraduate and graduate students. As a religious Jew, his kippah and tzitzit make him easy to spot. The Oak Park resident, 21, is studying journalism at OU and working at its TV…

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OU President Ora Pescovitz brings her Jewish values to the job

To call Ora Hirsch Pescovitz an overachiever would be a vast understatement. She went to medical school at Northwestern University at 17 years old. She practiced and taught pediatric endocrinology. She ran a hospital in Indianapolis. She headed up the University of Michigan Health System. She served as senior vice president at Eli Lilly and…

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BDS Resolution Passes at U-M

After nearly a dozen attempts over more than a decade, the Central Student Government at UM voted for a resolution to divest the university’s holdings in companies that do business with Israel. The secret ballot vote was 23 to 17, with five abstentions, and came after hours of debate in the wee hours of the…

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