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Flint Jewish Federation--The Smart, Meaningful Way to Give!
In This Issue
Interfaith Seder
Abrahamic Tradition Dinner!


TUESDAY MARCH 19, 2013 7:00pm


Full meal not included

Just the traditional Seder ritual foods and delicious Passover Macaroons!



810 720 9494 BY TUESDAY MARCH 12


Make checks payable to Temple Beth El 5150 Calkins Rd., Flint MI 48532 



Do you own a papercutting, or microcaligraphy that you are willing to lend?

The Federation is seeking papercuttings and microcaligraphic works to display at the Abrahamic Traditions Dinner on March 5th.  If you are willing to lend yours please contact the office at 810 767-5922 or amusser@tm.net to make arrangements for pickup and return.



Stop by,call, fax or mail with your payment to the Federation office 619 Wallenberg St., Flint MI 48502

(810) 767-5922

(810) 767-9024 (fax) by

March 11, 2013


Choose your size:

1" x 5"                $15

2" x 5"                $30


Eighth Page        $60

Quarter Page    $100

Half Page         $200

Full Page          $300


Choose Your Greeting:


Happy Pesach!


Wishing you and your family a Meaningful Pesach




Print your name and how you would like it to appear in the greeting.



For many years, JCS has been able to directly provide some emergency financial assistance to community members in need. We know that sometimes just a little financial assistance can make a significant difference in someone's life. In the past, for example, JCS could assist with medication co-pays or partial payments to prevent utility shuts off or evictions. JCS is proud to have been able to assist people with the limited funds we had available; however, decreases in funding from a variety of sources have left us without the capacity to currently provide this type of assistance.

We would welcome your donation to help us reinstate this emergency fund. JCS is able to take your calls, discuss your needs and assist you in accessing help through other agencies.  Eligibility guidelines vary by program and agency. If someone needs transportation to another agency to apply for help JCS will do our best to schedule a ride through our local transportation services. If you have an urgent need and we are unable to take your call, you can call Resource Genesee for information and referrals at 810-767-0500. If you call 211 on your phone, any time of day you will also be able to reach resource specialists who can refer you to community resources.



Is there someone in your family 6 months to 8 years of age who might enjoy Jewish books? Do you know of a family with such a member? The Flint Jewish Federation and members of the Tri-Cities Jewish community with help from the Ravitz Fund is bringing the PJ library to our area. Children of participating families receive a Jewish book each month, free of charge. There will be special story reading programs offered to these families, as well. Sometimes there is also a CD of Jewish music for participants. If you or someone you know would like to join the PJ Library email Susan Low at shlow@sbcglobal.net.


Together We Do Extraordinary Things: JFNA 2013 Annual Campaign Video
Together We Do Extraordinary Things: JFNA 2013 Annual Campaign Video

Call 810 767-5922 or

mail your donation to

619 Wallenberg St.,

Flint Michigan, 48502

Have you included the Federation in your will?


Tuesday March 5, 6pm

Riverfront Banquet Center,

1 Riverfront Center, Flint


Plan to join us for an interesting interfaith event on Tuesday, March 5th, sponsored by the Niagara Foundation.  Members of the Flint Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities will gather for an evening of fellowship, presentations, displays devoted to strengthening ties of friendship and understanding.

A delicious dinner--vegetarian, fish, or chicken will be served. There is also a strictly kosher choice available. Edward Powers, of Congregation Beth Israel will present the Jewish perspective on the topic of "Stewardship of Wealth, Health and Time."  (Last year Rabbi Companez represented the Jewish community.)  Also speaking will be the Reverend Barbara Cavin of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Flint and Dr. Luay Alkotob of the Flint Islamic Center.


There is no charge to attend but an RSVP is required.  RSVP is by email to flint@niagarafoundation.org.


If you would like an email invitation or are interested in learning more about this event please call Executive Director (who, along with Susan will be attending.) at 810 767-5922 or email him at sclow@sbcglobal.net.


Do you have a photo or two to share?  Are you an aspiring writer or historian who would like to share your memories of the Flint Jewish Community?  Both the Blast and the Jewish Reporter are seeking photo essays, anecdotes,  and stories of the Federation, TBE, CBI, the Ivriah, the JCS, or your "historic" family to publish or slide shows or videos to which we can link.  Please send your article by snail or email to:  ATTN: YOJA Story Editor 619 Wallenberg St., Flint, MI 48502 or fjf@tm.net 



Sasha, 13, lives with her mother and her grandparents in Kiev, Ukraine. When she was only four, she was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and needed to get a back brace. The family would have to take her to St. Petersburg, Russia, to have it made, but they had no place to stay there and no means to pay for a hotel room. Sasha's family was also told that seawater baths were essential for her health-but how could they afford trips to the ocean? They couldn't even afford to fix the leaks in their dilapidated house, the same house in which Sasha's grandmother group up.

JDC's Beteinu program, funded by Federation Annual Campaign dollars, came to the rescue. Beteinu's staff found lodging for the family, helped them pay for the brace, and assists them with health-related trips to the ocean.But that was just the beginning. The family also receives clothes, and they participate in a food card program that helps struggling families pay for healthy groceries. And Sasha has learned all about Jewish values and traditions from Beteinu's summer camp and year-round programs.

The family's connection with Federation goes back even further than Sasha's childhood. Her grandfather, Grigoriy, explains that he himself was able to explore his Jewish roots thanks to a program funded by Federation. Growing up in Kiev in the 1950s, he learned nothing about his heritage at his Soviet school. It wasn't until he had reached middle age that he began to educate himself about Judaism. "I went to the Israeli cultural center," he says. "I was a grown-up man, over 50 years old - I started all that from the very beginning."       


Since the women of the household work long hours every day, Sasha's grandfather is her primary caregiver. When she was five, he took her to the Beteinu center in Kiev, where she could learn not only about Judaism but also acquire basic school-readiness skills. "When she first came there, she could do absolutely nothing. She couldn't socialize with kids or adults. She was a shy girl; it was painful. And now, thanks to her teachers' efforts... the child has changed completely. She went to school well-prepared. She could read very well; she could do everything. And she wasn't scared of anyone."


And as her grandfather had hoped, Sasha's knowledge of Judaism deepened. "Every year Beteinu goes to build sukkahs on Sukkot," she begins her list. "They celebrated all Shabbats there. Thanks to Beteinu, well, I know traditions... In Beteinu everyone gathers together. All my friends come to celebrate these holidays. And this way everyone remembers when these holidays take place and what they are."


The program has also strengthened her relationship with her grandfather. "We go together to all of Beteinu's camps," she says. "He developed a love of football in me."

"And chess," he adds.

"And a love of chess," Sasha concludes.

The family is thrilled with the program and its impact on Sasha. "Now she continues her quest for knowledge on her own," her grandfather says. "It helps develop children's spirits and gives them hope for the future."