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December 15, 1961 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1961-12-15

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Bnai Moshe Solemnizes Half-Century Histor

Congregation Re-Consecrates to
Spiritual, Cultural Service to Jewry

Marking the conclusion of a
series of events to commem-
orate the s'ynagogue's 50th an-
niversary, Congregation Bnai
Moshe held impressive events
Sunday that culminated with a
banquet at which Rabbi Moses
Lehrman called for re-dedica-
tion and re-consecration to the
synagogue and to service to
Jewry and humanity.
Transfer of plaques from the
Dexter to the present syna-
gogue on 10-Mile Rd. and Ken-
osha took place at a special
ceremony preceding the dinner
which was attended by more
than 300 members.

Benjamin F.

Goldman; a
past president of the congre-
gation, who, as the • s y n a :
gogue's historian, has
gathered all the historical
data of Bnai Moshe, pre-
sented to the members an
historical record since the
synagogue's founding in 1911.

all its implications."
Rabbi Lehrman concluded by
proposing that the motto, of
the synagogue henceforth
should be in the words of the
Scriptures: "Not by might, nor
by power, but by the spirit of
the Lord."

Goldman, who was toast-
master, recalled the past
history of the synagogue, the
activities of the synagogues
on Garfield and Dexter, the
transitions to English ser-
mons. He spoke of the cour-
age and the dedication of the
membership which kept alive
the spirit of the synagogue.

Greetings were extended to
the gathering b y the Bnai
Moshe president, Harry J
Gunsberg in whose honor the

name Bnai Moshe was given the
synagogue upon its founding.
A message of greeting also
was heard from Mrs. Herman
Roth, president of the Sister-
hood.
Cantor Louis Klein led in
singing of the national anthems
and in the Benshen and di-
rected the presentation of a
special cantata, "The Golden
Years," which was written by
Rabbi Lehrman and for which
he composed the music. Nar-
rators for the cantata were
Richard Gunsberg, also a grand-
son of the synagogue founder,
Nathan Sharon, Mrs. Solomon
Grand and Mrs. Karl Green-
berg. Mrs. Elliot Raskin was
the pianist.

An interesting feature of
the evening was the honor
extended to the executive
secretary of the synagogue,
Nathan J. Welch, on the oc-
casion of his 25th annivers-

ary of his services here. He
was given an engraved reso-
lution, expressing the congre-
gation's appreciation, and a
purse representing gifts from
members. T h e presentation
was made by President Guns-
berg.

Gunsberg also presented an
engraved resolution to Alfred
L. Deutsch and it was accepted,
in Deutsch's absence, by Mrs.
Bernard Alpert.
The transfer of plaques from
the former to the present syn-
agogue included the installa-
tion of memorial tablets pre-
sented by Mr. and Mrs. DaVid
Krause. The tablets transferred
included the plaque containing
the names of the original
founders of the Garfield Syna-
gogue, a tablet recalling the
establishment of the sch o o l
building in 1952, the commem-
oration of the Library Fund
made by the Auslander Family

Rabbi Lehrman spoke of the
sentimental aspects of the syn-
agogue. He paid tribute to the
founders and pioneerS of the
synagogue and pleaded that
congregants should not ask
"what will I get out of the
synagogue" — although one
should expect to receive the
proper inspiration f r o m the
house of worship — but shOuld
rather say: "What will I give,
what will I learn from the
_synagogue." He spoke of the
synagogue a s providing "a
sense of the sacred."
"We are not the transmitters
of futility," he said. "Through
the synagogue we acquire the
sense of belonging to a divinely
endowed community. The syna-
gogue is a citadel of God with

Club, the Charles Grosbergs'
gift plaque and tablets com-
memorating the naming of
rooms in the last school build-
ing.
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rger, the lorie sur-
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Books in Bible

The Talmud usually speaks of
25 books in the Hebrew Bible.
Technically, one can claim the
existence of 39 books, as they
are usually printed today. The
latter figure claims the 12 minor
prophets to be individual books
and counts such books as Sam-
uel II, Kings and Chronicles II
as separate volumes, and also
considers Ezra and Nehemiah,
and - the 12 minor prophets
group together as one book.
Josephus mentions the number
of 22 books. This is explained
by considering Ruth and the
Judges as one book and also
Lamentations and Jeremiah as
one book.
One rabbi in the Talmud com-
pares the 24 books of the Bible
to the 24 ornaments of a bride
(Isaiah 3:18) (Exodus Rabbah
41:5).
Another rabbi compares the
24 books of the Bible to the 24
divisions of priest and Levites
which would correspond to the
service of the temple. Knowing
the 24 books would then be like
a full measure of service to the
Deity.

. 3 Detroiters to Lead
Reform Campaign

Three prominent Jewish lead-
ers in the Detroit area have
accepted posts in the to • l der-
ship of the nationwide
campaign for Amer
Judaism.

They are
are C.
Hertz of
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B h El,
Sydney Sar.
and Leslie
Schmier.

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