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March 18, 1960 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1960-03-18

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Detroiter Frita Roth Drapkin's
`Papa's Golden Land' Delights
Many Sharing Her Experiences

Frita Roth was an inquisitive,
alert and active child when she
came to Detroit with her par-
ents, and three younger broth-
ers, after an eventful trip
from the Old Country. (Another
brother was born in this coun-
try). Her impressions of "The
Goldeneh Land" became so
deeply imbedded that - she has.
recorded them in a book, now'
that she is herself the mother
of a 13-year-old daughter.
Frita now is the wife of Jack
Drapkin, the well known De-
troit photographer. They live
with their daughter, Jill, at
18509 Snowden. She was gradu-
ated from the Detroit public
schools, studied violin at the
Detroit Instiute of Musical Arts,
holds a B.S. degree from Wayne
State University, taught health
education and now is a kinder-
garten teacher in the local
She has a remarkable mem-
ory, and the details of her early
experiences as a "greenhorn"
are deeply imbedded in her
mind, as is evident in her book,
"Papa's Golden Land," which
has just been published by
Comet Press in New York.
This delightful story will
prove of interest to many De-
troiters who know both the
Roths and the Drapkins. The
autobiographer her story is
just that, the autobiography of
her childhood—is dedicated to
her four "little brothers," the
entire Auslander Family Club,
("Meyer-Molly Auslander Fam-
ily Club", named for Uncle Ig-
natz's first wife, Molly, and Un-
cle Meyer), the Harkavys and
The "little brothers''' all fig-
ure in her story, and so does the
Auslander Club, the founding
of which is referred to in

Beaux Arts Trio at
Institute of Arts

"Papa's Golden Land."

Mrs. Drapkin's story is a
tribute to her parents—to
her father who dignifiedly
and courageously sought the
finest advantages for his
family, and to the mother
who conducted her home in
the finest Jewish fashion.

They lived on Michigan Ave-
nue, and many of their activi-
ties were on 29th Street—in the
synagogue and Hebrew school
attended by the Roth family.
A normal lot, the children
often got into scrapes, but they
were wholesome, and except for
a few anxieties no one ever was
Among the exciting occur-
rences described in Mrs. Drap-
kin's story are:
Brother Al's disappearance,
when he was 12, the neighbor-
hood's search for him, the late
Jerry Buckley's frantic plead-
ings to him to return home, and
the word that finally came from
him that he was in California—
in search of a career and ex-
citement. He returned home
none-the-worse-off a year later.
Al's driving off in a funeral
car, which he steered around
the block, until he was finally
gotten out of it safely.
The family's being locked out
of the house, when Frita, who
was to be the sitter for the
youngsters, went to the corner
grocery store for sugar to make
candy for them. Those remain-
ing in the house threw the key
down the drain and the parents,
who were out for the evening
and returned to find half the
children locked in, crying, and
the others outside, in the cold,
unable to get in, finally getting
in by breaking a window in the
Papa's love of nature and his
planting of the peach tree, the
branches of which were broken
by the curious children.
These and many other tales

At 8:30 p.m. Sunday, the De-
troit Institute of Arts Concert
Series will present the Beaux
Arts Trio, hailed by the late,
great Toscanini as having pro-
vided him with "an inspiring
Daniel Guilet, violin; Bernard
Greenhouse, 'cello, and Mena-
hem Pressler, piano, will be
heard in one of their excep-
tional programs of chamber
music which they play with im-
peccable taste and musician-
Mrs. Michael W. Freeman is
chairman of the music commit-
tee of the Detroit Museum of
Art Founders Society which
sponsors the series.

Weininger Exhibit
at Werbe Galleries

,B Council Sets Week-End. Events

The first one-man show in
Detroit . of Freed Weininger,
consisting of 30 oil paintings,
will open March 20, at the
Werbe Galleries, 19458 Liver- .
nois. It will conclude April 1.
Weininger, who is in charge
of programming for older adults
at the Jewish Community Cen-
ter, is perhaps
best known as
a poet. His
current exhib-
it, -however,
work he has
done in the
last 14 years.
He has pub-
lished three
volumes of
Weininger Yiddish poet-
try, is ex-secretary of the Yid-
dish PEN Club, was listed in
"Who's Who in World Jewry"
in 1955 and "Who's Who in the
East" in 1957. He was recently
voted as a fellow in the Inter-
national Arts and Letters So-
ciety in Germany.
His first exhibition of paint-
ing was in Havana, Cuba, in
1946, and his first one-man
show took place two years later
at the Ward Eggleston Galleries
in New York. He also has ex-
hibited at the Jewish Museum
in New York and the Inter-
national Institute here.
A reception for Weininger
will be held at the Werbe Gal-
leries, from 3 to 10 p.m., open-
ing day. The artist is presently
studying for a master's degree
in social work at Wayne State

are related here. The author-
ess tells about Mr. Levenson
who called her "tantzerke"
when she danced for him.

The purchase of a piano, the
citizenship lessons, the neigh-
borhood games, the fights with
neighborhood, roughnecks, Fri-
ta's graduation from high
school and preparation for col-
lege—these and many more in-
cidents add to the story's de-
Mama's acquisition of citizen-
ship, meetings with teachers,
the friendship with the Kellys
are other incidents of interest.
A number of names that ap-
pear in the story will be famil-
iar to many Detroiters.
"Papa's Golden Land" is cer-
tain to find many boosters in a
Community that knows its inter-
esting cast of characters.

`Europe in Early 1900's'
Is SA Institute Topic

On Sunday afternoon, t h e
Three days of fun and seri-
ous business are in store for girls will hold their annual
members of the Greater Detroit Leaders' Lunch at the Hayim
BBG Council of the Bnai Brith Greenberg Center. A fashion
Youth Organization this week- show will be followed by a
series of leadership seminars
The Bnai Brith Girls will con- on the general topic, "H e r e
duct their annual BBG Sabbath Today—Where Tomorrow?"
at 8:30 p.m., today, at the
Ann Katkowsky, of Sy-Teens
Hayim Greenberg Center, 19161 Chapter, and Rosalie Zdanowiez,
Schaefer, under the chairman- of Gershwin Chapter, are co-
ship of Marion Helfer, Jewish chairmen of the luncheon.
heritage chairman of the
Special guests at the luncheon
Steve Weiswasser, a former are the following seminar
regional president of the Alpeh leaders: Morene Schankerman,
Zadik Aleph (AZA boy's organi- District 6 BBG president from
zation), will deliver the key- Grand Rapids; Phil Borden,
note address. An oneg shabbat District 6 AZA president; An-
nette Muller, immediate past
will follow.
The presidents of BBG Coun- president and counselor of the
cil chapters are sponsoring Greater Detroit BBG Council;
"Haman's Hideaway," a cabaret- and Steve Weiswasser.
style night club, on Saturday
evening, at Rainbow Terrace.
Music will be provided by
the Goldstones, and there will
be a special floor show, utiliz-
Master of Ceremonies
ing the talent of AZA and BBG
members. Dorothy B o r d e n,
Detroit's Leading Entertainer
Council second vice-president,
TO 8-2067
TO. 6-5016
is chairman of the event.
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Bar Mitzvahs

Mr. and Mrs. Morris B. Fink-
elstein, of 22549 Bellwood,
Southfield, announce the Bar
Mitzvah of their son, Robert, at
8:45 p.m., today at the Sholem
Aleichem Institute.
* *
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Z.
Weston, of 21760 Church, Oak
Park, announce the Bar Mitzvah
of their son, Stuart Allan, this
evening, at Temple Emanu-El.
An oneg shabbat in Stuart's
honor will follow services. A
dinner will be held the follow-
ing evening, in Sammy's Ava-
lon Room.
* * *
Mr. and Mrs. Max H. Myerson,
of 19482 Appoline, announce
the Bar Mitzvah of their son,
Jules Neal, this evening, at
Temple Israel. A reception in
his honor in the Leon Fram
Hall will follow services.
* * *
The Bar Mitzvah of Louis Is-
rael Jacobs, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Harold Jacobs, of 19965 Asbury
Park, will be observed on Satur-
day, at Cong. Shaarey Shoma-
yim. A buffet dinner in his
honor will be held Sunday, in
the family home.
* *
The Bar Mitzvah of Stewart
Rappaport, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Norville Rappaport, of 21351
Kipling Oak Park, will be ob-
served at 8:45 p.m., today, in
the Sholem Aleichem Institute.

A discussion of "Jewish Life
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Goldberg,
in Europe at the Turn of the of 17587 Steel, announce the
Century" will be featured in Bar Mitzvah of their son, Efrem
the "Living in Two Cultures" Ira, on March 26, at Cong.
series sponsored by Chapter Ahavas Achim. A dinner party
Two of the Sholem Aleichem in his honor will be held that
evening, in the Mayfair Room.
The program, featuring Dr.
* * *
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Beresh,
Jack Mandiberg, chairman, Be-
nesh Thatch, Mike Zeltzer and of 1324 Stuyvessant, Birming-
Dorothy Feinberg, will take ham, announce the Bar Mitzvah
place at 9 p.m., Saturday, in of their son, Bruce Edward, on
the Institute, 19350 Greenfield. March 26, at Cong. Shaarey
Zedek. A dinner in his honor
Tween Book Study Group The public is invited.
An oneg shabbat in honor of will be held the following eve-
A Tween Book Study Group,
co-sponsored by the Jewish Cen- Jewish Music Month will be ning, at the Book Casino.
ter, 18100 Meyer s, and the held at the Institute at 9 p.m.,
Center Dance Program
Council of Directors of Reli- March 25. Reva Usher and Ed-
"An Evening of Choreogra-
gious Schools, has been formed die Kalata will present a selec- phy" will be presented by the
to study books of Jewish con- tion of Jewish interpretive and Jewish Community Center Con-
tent and help bring knowledge folk dances. The audience will temporary Dancers at 8 p.m.
gained back to the religious be taught and led by the guests Sunday, in the Aaron DeRoy
school groups. The group, which following the program. Also Theater, 18100 Meyers, under
meets on the first Sunday of featured will be selections by the direction of Fannie Aron-
each month, is composed of the Sholem Aleichem Chorus of
new. Hebrew and Yiddish songs. son.
Tweens, 12-14.



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