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ONCOGLYPHS | The Language of Disease, Transformed Into Art

Saturday, July 26 | 3 pm at NCRC Rtunda Gallery

Join a reception from 3-5 in the afternoon, for the exhibition of “Oncoglyphs,” in the NCRC Rotunda Gallery. The decorative quilted wall hangings designed and executed by former Ann Arborite Susannah Elkin Zisk (1964-2011) are the product of her unique ability to transform the evidence of disease into elements of art.

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Visit NCRC Art Program website.

Issues for Aging:
Why Should I Have an Advance Directive?

People associate AD documents with decisions made near the end-of-life for older adults. Yet, ideally, these documents should be developed while a person is healthy, and can be completed by anyone over the age of 18. Diane L. Fenske, LMSW of JFS will discuss why AD’s are so important for all adults, and will provide attendees with a document they can complete and utilize immediately.
Wednesday, July 16 | 7 pm
Jewish Community Center
2935 Birch Hollow Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
There is no charge for this educational presentation, but registration is required. Please contact Diane Fenske at JFS at (734) 769-0209 or diane@jfsannarbor.org.

“JFS is hiring! We are looking for qualified individuals to fill a number of positions including Biller & Bookkeeper, Driver and Development Associate.

Please visit our site for more information!”

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OSRUI Adult & Family Programs

LEHRHAUS | Weekends in July, 2014

Lehrhaus is open to all adults interested in lifelong Jewish learning and living. Learn with teachers of extraordinary talent while you relax on the shores of beautiful Lac La Belle. Featured faculty this summer include: Rabbi Andrea Cosnowsky, July 4-6, 2014, discussing Renegades, Rebels and Rogues and False Messiahs and Professor Charles Richter, July 25-27, presenting The American Jewish Experience: On Screen and On the Air. For more information and to register, see our website: http://osrui.urjcamps.org/yearround/programs/lehrhaus/

DALET | Thursday, August 14 - Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Post-Camp OSRUI Experience for Friends, Families & Alumni. Come to OSRUI for a fun-filled weekend of camp activities and Shabbat. Dalet is an opportunity for friends and families, adults and children (up to age 12) to experience a weekend at camp. You'll sleep in cabins, help cook outdoors, participate in camp activities, and celebrate Shabbat OSRUI style! For more information and to register, see our website: http://osrui.urjcamps.org/yearround/programs/tzofimdalet/

URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute and the WRJ Midwest District present MAH JONGG & GAMES WEEKEND | September 12-14, 2014

For mavens and beginners! Come to OSRUI for a great weekend of mah jongg and games: play 'til you drop, improve your skills, meet other mah jongg lovers, share a relaxing Shabbat, and have a great weekend with friends. Mah jongg instruction will be available, and games will be organized by skill level. Participants are welcome to organize other games as well -- canasta, cribbage or bridge anyone? Registration opens June 1. For more information, see our website: http://osrui.urjcamps.org/yearround/mah_jongg_weekend/


Two Great Opportunities for Teen Israel Travel Financial Assistance:
Susan L. Lichter Memorial Endowed Israel Scholarship Fund and the Federation Subsidy for Teens
If you know a teen who is planning to go to Israel within the next 12 months on an organized program, please have him or her apply for the Susan L. Lichter Memorial Endowed Israel Scholarship Fund and/or the Federation Subsidy for Teens by visiting
Please note, the deadline for applications is Wednesday, April 16.

Dawn Farm | Free Education Programs on Addiction and Recovery

November 19 will bring back a very popular program on "Intervention" by best-selling authors and Intervention specialists Jeff and Debra Jay. New programs include a presentation on "Cultivating Mindfulness to Support Recovery" by U of M Research Assistant Professor Dr. Libby Robinson, and a program addressing the critically important topic of "Relapse Prevention" by Dawn Farm therapist Erik Anderson. Additional programs will address family recovery, co-occurring addiction and psychiatric illness, trauma, grief and loss, domestic violence, physiology of addiction, Collegiate Recovery programs, spirituality, 12 Step programs, tobacco cessation, eating disorders and more.

For additional information including a schedule and flier, please see http://www.dawnfarm.org/programs/education-series or contact 734/485-8725 or info@dawnfarm.org.


Participants will have the opportunity to earn badges as they are exposed to  

and learn skills such as:

Basic First Aid   


Jewish and Folk Songs



Basic Hebrew


Knife Handling



Camping Safety

Fire Building


Plant/Tree Identification

Tent Building and Site Preparation

Canoe and Kayak


Nature Crafts


Whittling/Wood Working




Questions? Contact Ethan Krasnow at ethankrasnow@jccfed.org or 971-0990