It All Started in 'Heder'
Oak Park Window Cleaner Turns to the Arts
By MARCY MILLER
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Fromwashing windows to wash
ing paint brushes might seem lik e
an unusual transition, but it is on e
which Oak Parker Morris Bright
man, owner of the Bright WindoN v
Cleaning Co., manages almost dail y
Standing in his
with dazzling enthusiasm.
Improbable? "Not at all," he
shop, part - time
says. Brightman finds the hours
he spends in his basement work-
Brightman d i s-
shop or on Sunday afternoon
plays some of his
painting expeditions satisfying,
self-expressive and the culmination
as examples of
of a life-long ambition.
the diversity of
He has put to work the patience
and the insights into perspective,
work. His son, a
light and shadow, distance, and
noted Tel Aviv
character that grew out of his
artist, first en-
many years on window ledges,
conversing 200 feet above the
ban in this
ground with a variety of people
on an even greater variety of
"I've only been painting under
Instruction for eight or ten
years," Brightman explained as
he pointed out the most recent
works among the many that are
hung on the walls of his home
of the publicity he has arranged
at 21600 Kipling, Oak Park. "But
for them. He also has a permanent 1
even when I was a kid in Rus- roving exhibit of half a dozen
sia, living with two religious
paintings in the Men's Health Club
grandfathers, I would sit in the
at the Center and has participated
heder and draw pictures on the
in local and New York showings.
desk with my finger until the
For two years, Brightman was
rabbi would rap at my hands
a discipline of the Hylozoist group,
This Week's Radio and
to make me stop."
which believes that life is derived
Once in the United States, in from matter, and accordingly plas-
1921, Brightman found his artistic ters their paintings with sponge,
pursuits secondary to the more rope, or whatever else appeals to
Time: 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
pressing ones of earning a living them. Brightman says now, "Those
and supporting a growing family. pictures usually come out looking
Feature: Poet Mark Van Doren
His children occupied much of like a cross between an oil paint- and author Maurice Samuel will
his time, and it is through them, ing and a collage—or between a discuss the ramifications of knowl-
strangely enough, that he began fish and a dog, you might say. edge and the relationship of
to develop his artistic endeavors. The trouble with it is not the specialization to wisdom in "In-
"I used to work around schools a abstraction, but that they don't tellect and Intelligence," the fifth
lot," he explained, "and I saw what know what they mean to represent. of a series of "Moral Dilemmas of
the children liked to do. So I It's just not my conception of what the Bible."
* * *
would bring home to my own chil- I want to portray."
dren watercolors and clay, and in
Pointing to a mass of corrugated
showing them how to express tin and paint-hardened rags, he
Time: 10 p.m. Saturday.
themselves with them, I taught added, "Here's one you can hang
myself as well."
either way. What's the point?"
Feature: Mrs. Jack Iden, newly
Both children show strong signs
elected president of the Ladies
Brightman's current work is
of the early training they received
Auxiliary of the Jewish War Vet-
more representational, basically
from the Brightmans. They ac-
erans, department of Michigan,
landscapes and portraits: the
quired so much of their parents' morning mist over the docks at
will discuss the role and program
faith and hope in men, and their
the river, a Negro boy playing a of her organization.
dedication to Judaism and Zion-
* * *
guitar, the Canadian skyline
ist philosophy, that both settled seen from Belle Isle. One of his
THE JEWISH HERITAGE
in Israel. (Brightman still main-
more recent works in the Hylo-
Time: 11:30 p.m. Sunday
tains membership in the Zionist zoist tradition is a circle of rope
Organization of America, the Jew- figures dancing an oil-painted
Feature: A special broadcast
ish Center, Pisgah Lodge of Bnai horah.
depicting Jewish contributions to
Brith, the Esearion Club, the Ma-
"I have no one style yet—I don't American freedom, "With Faith
sons and the Oddfellows.)
Artistically, both children also want one," he explained. "If it in Freedom," will feature Irving S.
carry out the creative tradition comes out a nice painting, I like it. Cane, past commander of the Jew-
that was begun with Brightman's I don't care what style it is. I do ish War Veterans; Lawrence Gu-
early indoctrination. His son Jack, try to avoid having more than one bow, of the national executive com-
now 34 and living in Israel, has style in the .same painting, but if mittee of JWV; Walter E. Klein,
made an international name for I don't like it, I paint over it. executive director of the Jewish
himself teaching and creating arts That's how I learn, and I find that Community Council; and Joseph
and crafts, particularly miniature I learn more and more every day. Edelman, director of the Council's
statues of stylized animals and You might say—I love painting, Cultural Commission.
people in the Jewish tradition, period."
all hand-carved from wood and
Time: 9:15 a.m. Sunday.
things that I didn't anticipate.
think that is the greatest satisfac-
Station: WJBK and Channel 2.
The gifts that Prime Minister
Feature: "To Recount the Holo-
Levi Eshkol brought from Israel tion in the world."
caust—Mission of the Survivors,"
to the children of the late Presi-
with Dr. Leon Weliczker Wells,
dent Kennedy included a wood-
Name Marvin Berman author of "The Janowska Road."
en Noah's ark from Jack Bright-
man's studio in Tel Aviv.
Resident Director at Dr. Wells, who testified as a sur-
vivor at the Nuremburg trails and
Brightman's daughter, married
other trials of Nazis, will discuss
to Israeli writer Chayym Zeldis Camp Tamarack
and now living in New York City,
Camp Tamarack of Ortonville, relationship between men during
is carrying the tradition to a third Mich., has named Marvin Berman the holocaust and in general so-
generation. Yona Zeldis, at 6, is as the new resident director. He ciety with Sidney Shevitz, presi-
a three-year veteran of imagina- also will serve as the assistant dent of the Jewish Community
tive crayon and pencil drawings.
executive secretary of Tamarack
"One day Jack said to me, 'If Hills Authority.
you want so badly to paint, why
Berman has been associated Sao Paulo U. Bestows
don't you paint?' " Brightman re- with Camp Tamarack since 1955
called. From the simplest of be- as counselor, assistant village su- Hebrew Letters Doctorate
SAO PAULO (JTA)—The first
ginnings, the hobby grew, and Mrs. pervisor, village supervisor, canoe
Brightman finally convinced him trip specialist, and program di- doctorate of Hebrew letters granted
to take his work to a Jewish Cen- rector. Previous camping experi- by Sao Paulo University was award-
ter art class for criticism.
ence included counselinig at. the ed to the cultural attache of the
Under the tutelage of Saul Hor- Muskegon YMCA camp and the Israel Consulate here, Zvi Caspi,
witz, Ben Glicker and Gerome National. Music Camp at In Ler- for his thesis on "The Language
of the Dead Sea Scrolls as Com-
Kamrowski, Brightman has devel- lochen.
pared with the Language of the
oped his pastime into something
He received his BA from Bible."
worthwhile and profitable, with a Wayne State University in 1956,
Brazil's chief rabbi, Dr. Fritz
workshop in his basement that in- and his MA in history from the
cludes machinery to make his own University of Michigan in 1957. Pinkuss, professor of Hebrew at
frames. His paintings have been He taught social studies at Os- the university, presided over the
shown at the Center, the Raven born High School and was a doc- examinaion board which heard
Gallery, and Zampty Art Imports toral student and half-time in Caspi defend his thesis.
on Hamilton, where he is regarded structor in education at the Uni- THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
as something of a saint because versity of Michigan last year.
Friday, July 3, 1964
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State Pharmacists Marcia Kaplan to Wed
Give Top Award Paul E. Himelhoch
to Dr. Blockstein
Dr. William L. Blockstein, assist-
ant to the dean and associate
professor of pharmacy, Wayne
State University, was given the
Distinguished Service Award of
the Michigan State Pharmaceutical
Association at its 81st annual con-
vention in Grand Rapids.
The highest award possible for
Michigan pharmacy to bestow was
presented to Dr. Blockstein, 24100
Seneca, Oak Park, for his "un-
swerving devotion to duty in the
fields of public health, public serv-
ice and the advancement of the
profession of pharmacy.
A native of Pennsylvania, Dr.
Blockstein received his BS, MS
and PhD degrees from the Uni-
versity of Pittsburgh.
During the past five years, Dr.
Blockstein has served the associa-
tion as a member of several com-
mittees and for the past two years
has been chairman of MSPA's pub-
lic relations committee.
Dr. Blockstein recently was re-
cipient of the annual Distinguished
Faculty Adviser's Award from the
Wayne State University Beta Eta
Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa,
national leadership honor society.
On July 1, Dr. Blockstein will
assume new duties as chairman of
the extension services division of
pharmacy at the University of
Wisconsin, where he will also hold
an associate professorship in the
school of pharmacy.
MISS MARCIA KAPLAN
Mr. and Mrs. Sam Kaplan of
Muirland Ave. announce the en-
gagement of their daughter Marcia
Lee to Paul E. Himelhoch, son of
Mrs. _arry W. Himelhoch and the
late Mr. Himelhoch of Woodward
Ave., Royal Oak.
Miss Kaplan attended Michigan
State University and is currently
enrolled at Wayne State Univer-
sity where she is affiliated with
Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority. Her
fiance was graduated from the
University of Detroit, where he
was affiliated with Phi Sigma
The couple plans to marry Dec..
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