Posts Tagged ‘Friendship Circle’

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Where You Go Is Not Who’ll You Be

Jackie Headapohl Managing Editor Best-selling author coming to Detroit Oct. 3 to talk to kids and parents. Federation CEO Scott Kaufman gets a lot of calls from members of the community about reference letters for college applications. “I’m happy to do it when I know the student,” he said, “but sometimes the tone of these…

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Weekly Torah Portion – A Place For Everyone

Parshat Haazinu: Deuteronomy 32:1-52; II Samuel 22:1-51. Sometimes we catch ourselves repeatedly saying something to our kids and not being listened to: “Turn off the light;” “Don’t stay up late;” “Do your homework.” Other times we go so far as to list outcomes and consequences to different actions but still it feels like we are…

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In Their Own Words

Sponsored by our community partners Pain Free Life Centers Essays from local teens dealing with mental health challenges. Teens involved in UMatter at the Friendship Circle in West Bloomfield periodically submit essays to the organization’s website that deal with their own personal struggles with mental health. Friendship Circle is sharing these anonymous essays with the JN.…

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12 Steps On The Spiritual Path

High Holidays provide inspiration for recovering addicts. The High Holiday season has a special meaning for most Jews, regardless of their level of observance. For those who are recovering from addiction, these holidays, especially Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, have a distinct significance. The 12 Steps, which serve as the guiding tenets of recovery…

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Publisher’s Notebook: Staying Mission-Focused In Turbulent Times

As we enter the new year 5779 and the accompanying Days of Awe, we are compelled to reflect on our shortcomings, seek reconciliation with those we have wronged and commit to a path of self-improvement. This period of somber introspection is currently framed and besmirched by a loss of civil discourse, absence of empathy and…

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The Maccabeats in New York City. Julian Horowitz is on the far right.

They’ve Got The Beat

The Maccabeats bring their golden voices to the 2018 Walk4Friendship. Julian Horowitz grew up with a Modern Orthodox outlook and especially enjoyed singing holiday songs around the Shabbat table and participating in the melodic portions of synagogue prayer. Attending a Jewish high school in Brooklyn, he broadened his interest by participating with choral groups. When…

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Walk4Friendship Set For Sept. 2

Walnut Lake Road in West Bloomfield will once again become a “sea of purple” as thousands of families, teams and individuals wearing Friendship Circle T-shirts take part in the 13th annual Walk4Friendship on Sunday, Sept. 2. The community event raises crucial funds and awareness for Friendship Circle and individuals with special needs. Friendship Circle is…

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UMatter volunteers Leah Dunn, Rabbi Yarden Blumstein, Benny Fellows and Mac Bauer share a moment at Friendship Circle.

Teen Mentor

Rabbi Yarden Blumstein listens intently, supports fully and connects spiritually to local youth. Whether at his full-time job as teen director at Friendship Circle of Michigan or leading his minyan class at Frankel Jewish Academy or on the phone with a concerned parent or troubled teen, Rabbi Yarden Blumstein, 34, can be found listening intently,…

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