jewish en How diversity can help Michigan arts organizations <p>Gabriela Frank is probably not what comes to mind when you think of a contemporary classical music composer. &nbsp;For starters, she considers herself a hippie.</p><p> “I was born in the 1970s in Berkeley, California, during the Vietnam protests," says Frank. "My dad was a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx who married a Peruvian woman from the coast. I’m also a woman and I have a hearing loss, so technically I’m disabled as well.”</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 17029 at How diversity can help Michigan arts organizations Children's opera performed in concentration camp coming to Detroit <p><a href="">The Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus</a> will perform Brundibar this weekend at the Detroit Opera House. The children's opera was originally performed in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.&nbsp;</p><p>In the 1940s, European Jews were sent to Theresienstadt in the Czech Republic. It was a transit camp where Jews were sent before being moved to other concentration camps, including Auschwitz.<br /><br />The Nazis also used Theresienstadt in their propaganda efforts.</p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 16856 at Children's opera performed in concentration camp coming to Detroit The Jewish contribution to American cooking <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's an exhibit going on now&nbsp; through December 8 at the Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan. It's entitled "American </span>Foodways<span style="line-height: 1.5;">: The Jewish Contribution."</span></p><p>Janice Bluestein Longone is the co-curator of the university's new exhibit.</p><p>She has spent more than four decades creating a 25,000-item library of American culinary literature -- one of the largest, most acclaimed private collections in the world.</p><p>But, Jan says she was surprised by the outpouring of support she received from the Jewish community.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:31:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 15449 at The Jewish contribution to American cooking Saving Detroit’s last Synagogue to help rebuild Detroit <p>Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, begins this evening. Half a century ago, that would have meant thousands of Detroit’s Jews streaming into temples and synagogues in the city, but then the modern exodus began.&nbsp;</p><p>Most Jews, like most other whites, fled the city. The last home of Temple Beth El, the city’s oldest congregation, is now the site of an African-American church. Other former synagogues have long since been converted to other uses or torn down.</p><p>There are few Jews left in the city itself. But one house of worship remains: The Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue on Griswold, which once had hundreds of members and catered to&nbsp;Jewish businessmen who might end up in the city on Shabbat or during the High Holidays.</p><p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:28:15 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14408 at Saving Detroit’s last Synagogue to help rebuild Detroit Anne Frank cantata helps keep Jewish history alive <p></p><p>When older generations die, there’s always the fear that we’ll lose their stories.</p><p>But in metro Detroit’s Jewish community, they’re trying to keep history alive…through music.</p><p>And they’re doing it thanks to Anne Frank, her chestnut tree, and a stressed-out high school orchestra in metro Detroit.</p><p>Specifically, the Berkley High School orchestra.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 17:33:44 +0000 Kate Wells 12515 at Anne Frank cantata helps keep Jewish history alive EMU to offer new degree in Jewish Studies <p><a href="">Eastern Michigan University</a> students who want to immerse themselves in Jewish history and culture will now be able to get credit for it; the school now offers a minor in Jewish Studies.</p><p><a href="">Marty Shichtman</a> is director of Jewish Studies at EMU. He says classes will range from the history of Judaism to the Holocaust to the state of Israel and the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict:</p> Thu, 23 Feb 2012 21:49:49 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6343 at EMU to offer new degree in Jewish Studies Preserving Jewish community in Detroit <p>Detroit&rsquo;s shrinking population is <a data-mce-="" href="">well-documented</a>, as are the <a data-mce-="" href="">many incentives offered to people</a> to move back into the city center. These efforts are a mix of hyping what Detroit can become and offering economic incentives for those willing to give it a try. A group of Jewish organizations in Metro Detroit has been using the same formula to keep young Jewish people from leaving the area.</p><p>The Jewish population in Michigan is <a data-mce-="" href="">less than 1 percent</a>, according to the U.S Census. The overwhelming majority of those 87,000 people live in Metro Detroit, in an area east of M5 and north of Interstate 696, according to Joshua Goldberg of the Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit. But the area&rsquo;s Jewish population has been falling steadily for at least the last few decades. <a data-mce-="" href="">Mirroring a trend in the state overall</a>, in the Jewish community the young people are leading the march out of state.</p><p>Arthur Siegal wants to reverse this. The 50-year-old attorney and Wayne State graduate conceived of the <a data-mce-="" href="">Back Stage Pass MI program</a>. The four-year program started last year selects promising Jewish high school students before their junior year and culminates in a Detroit internship placement after the student&rsquo;s sophomore year of college. Along the way, the program takes its cohort of around 20 students a year to cultural and social events designed to show Detroit at its best.</p><p>&ldquo;These young people are really wanted in this community, they are going to be sought after here,&rdquo; says Siegal. &ldquo;There are amazing opportunities for people who stay. Land is cheap, labor is cheap, and the opportunities to do your own thing and make your own mark are unparalleled. &rdquo;</p><p> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 14:43:36 +0000 Sarah Alvarez 3851 at Preserving Jewish community in Detroit Group seeks to create Detroit Jewish neighborhood <p>DETROIT (AP) - A group of young Jewish professionals attracted to the vitality of Detroit&#39;s evolving downtown wants to bring others into the city decades after their parents and grandparents left.</p><p>CommunityNEXT Director Jordan Wolfe says the 25 people targeted through a rent program would help return Jewish culture to Detroit and contribute to the city&#39;s revitalization.</p><p>Subsidies of $250 per month for a year will be offered. Wolfe says he is seeking to bring in people &quot;who get a kick out of building a community.&quot;</p><p>The rent program piggybacks offers major corporations and businesses are making to entice their employees to relocate downtown or to Detroit&#39;s growing Midtown area.</p><p>A dodgeball tournament fundraiser is scheduled for Saturday in Detroit and will be followed Sunday by a kickball tournament in Los Angeles. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:10:05 +0000 The Associated Press 3827 at Group seeks to create Detroit Jewish neighborhood Helen Thomas tells Anti-Defamation League to back-off <p>The <a href="">Anti-Defamation League</a> called Helen Thomas anti-Semitic after <a href="">some comments she made last week</a> at a speech in Dearborn.</p><p>On a radio interview last night, Thomas shot back at Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League:</p><blockquote><div><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">I'm getting tired of his intimidation. I'm going to report him to President Obama and all the proper authorities. He better stop intimidating me.</div></div></blockquote><p>Thomas was interviewed by Scott Spears on <a href="">WMRN radio</a> in Marion, Ohio. Here's a clip:</p><p></p><p>No comment yet from the ADL. Wed, 08 Dec 2010 19:55:49 +0000 Mark Brush 510 at Helen Thomas tells Anti-Defamation League to back-off Helen Thomas fires back at Wayne State University <p>Detroit native and a longtime journalist Helen Thomas is outspoken when it comes to defending her controversial comments.</p><p>Last week, Thomas <a href="">defended the comments</a> that got her fired over the summer. In that defense Thomas said that many American institutions are controlled by Zionists.</p><p>Here are her comments posted by <a href="">Politico</a></p><blockquote><p>"Congress, the White House and Hollywood, Wall Street, are owned by the Zionists. No question in my opinion. They put their money where their mouth is. ... We’re being pushed into a wrong direction in every way."</p></blockquote><p>The <a href="">Anti-Defamation League</a> said Thomas has "revealed herself as a vulgar anti-Semite."</p><p>After her remarks last Thursday, the <a href="">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that Wayne State University ended the Helen Thomas Spirit of Diversity Award. When the paper called for a comment, Thomas had this to say:</p><div><blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">"The leaders of Wayne State University have made a mockery of the First Amendment and disgraced their understanding of its inherent freedom of speech and the press." Mon, 06 Dec 2010 16:50:02 +0000 Mark Brush 474 at Helen Thomas fires back at Wayne State University