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March 18, 1966 - Image 11

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-03-18

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Nation, State, City Pay Homage to Rabbi Adler

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entire community. We all remem-
ber him in our prayers."
There were statements mourn-
ing Rabbi Adler's passing by Epis-
copal Bishop Richard S. Emrich;
Dr. G. Merrill Lenox, executive
director of the Metropolitan De-
troit Council of Churches; Walter
P. Reuther, president of United
Auto Workers Union; Rev. Ken-
neth Lindsay, executive director of
the Detroit Lutheran Center; Ed-
ward L. Cushman, vice president
of American Motors Corp., on
whose clergy panel Rabbi Adler
served as adviser on moral and
ethical matters involving manage-
ment; Rev. James E. Brennan,
president, Detroit branch, NAACP;
Dr. William A. Wexler, president
of Bnai Brith; local rabbis, organi-
zational leaders and scores upon
scores of leaders and laymen from
the entire country.
Dr. William Haber, in behalf of
ORT; American Jewish Congress;
Council of Jewish Federations;
American Jewish Committee; and
other organizations issued mes-
sages of condolence.

Especially moving was the
tribute paid him by his close
friend and associate in many
movements, the Rev. Henry Hitt
There were cabled messages
of condolence to the family from
Bar-Han University in Israel,
supplemented by tributes from
Detroit Friends of Bar-Ilan Uni-
A cabled message of tribute to
Dr. Adler reached The Jewish
News Wednesday from the
Southern California Jewish His-
torical Society, signed by Justin
G. Turner, honorary president,
and William R. Blumenthal,
president. Rabbi Adler will be
memorialized by the California
society on April 18. In behalf of
the Fellowship for Jewish Cul-
ture of Los Angeles, Blumenthal
wired: "We recall Rabbi Adler's
unforgettable address in Los An-
geles at the Founder's Day din-
ner of the University of Judaism
in 1962 and his lecture at Bran-
' deis University at Santa Susana.
At our meeting on March 27 we
will read Rabbi Adler's message
to 'My Dear "Unbeliever'." We
are moved by the message Rabbi
Adler received from Sister Mary
Lois which will not remain un-

their husband's and father's bed-
side when he died, Rabbi Adler is
survived by three grandchildren,
Judith, Jeremy and Joe, and a bro-
ther, Benjamin of New York. Only
the two youngest grandchildren
were not at the funeral service.

Members of the Adler family
who came here for the funeral,
besides Rabbi Adler's brother,
Benjamin were: Mrs. Adler's
brother, Sam Kadiche, and her
sister-in-law, Mrs. Sam Kadiche;
her brother, I. Kadiche; her sis-
ters, Mrs. Rose Wagner and Mrs.
Rebecca Meltzer, all of New
York; cousins and nephews, Prof.
Uri Funaroff of Washington, Mr.
and Mrs. Bernard Resnick of
New York, Joseph and Robert
Adler of Brooklyn, Max Tobin
and son Paul of Brooklyn, and
Miss Dora Adler, sister of the
late Prof. Saul Adler of Jeru-
salem, Rabbi Adler's first cou-

The pallbearers were the con-
gregation's officers, Louis Berry,
president; Dr. Samuel C. Kovan,
vice president; Dr. Samuel Krohn,
treasurer; and Mandell Berman,
secretary; and the congregation's
executive secretary, Howard Dan-
zig, and the sexton of the syna-
gogue, Jacob Epel.
Honorary pallbearers were mem-
bers of the synagogue board of
directors and the past presidents.

One of the former presidents,
86-year-old Maurice H. Zack-
heim, was brought to the serv-
ice in _.a ..wheelchair, accom-
panied by a male nurse.

Many community events were
canceled for the week, and some,
like the Hebrew teachers' dinner
and the Ahavas Achim concert,
were postponed, respectively, to
this Sunday evening and to April
Brought to this country as a
child, Rabbi Adler studied at the
Yeshivath Yitzhak Elhanan, was
ordained Rabbi at the Jewish Theo-
logical Seminary and received two
honorary doctorates — from the
seminary and from Wayne State
University. But he avoided using
the well earned title of Doctor and
preferred to be known as Rabbi.
It was as a teacher that he wished
to function and as such that he
was so highly honored.
He played significant roles in
many national as well as local
movements, as teacher, educator,
Besides his wife, Goldie, and his as Zionist leader, as head of the
daughter, Mrs. Eli (Shulamith) Bnai Brith adult education depart-
Benstein, both of whom were at ment.

The National Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs expresses its
deep sorrow at the loss of our beloved Rabbi Morris Adler.
His devotion to Judaism and his interest in advancing the
knowledge and committment of Jewish laymen will never be
forgotten. We mourn the passing of our good friend and


Mannye London, National President
Rabbi Joel S. Geffen, Spiritual Advisor .
I. Murray Jacobs, President Great Lakes Region

American Friends of the
Hebrew University

deeply mourn the passing of a strong
supporter and a great friend of higher
education in Israel,


and extend deepest sympathies to the
survivors. May his memory serve as a
blessing to all of us.

Chairman of the Board
Executive Vice President

Detroit Board Members
Regional Director

Last year, Rabbi and Mrs. Adler
were in Israel on a sabbatical
year, and both gained new recogni-
tion for their devotion to Israel
and to Jewish learning. During
that nine-month stay in Israel,
Rabbi Adler commenced new lit-
erary projects which he had hoped
to conclude during the coming
year. The work on Israel Fried-
laender, one devoted to the collec-
tion and editing of the essays of
Hayim Greenberg and other writ-
ings were on his agenda.

only a year ago, he spent over 10
months there, renewing and con-
firming his faith. He returned to
the United States determined to
give of his unbounded energies
and devotion to the strengthening
of the Zionist cause which he felt
to be a prime responsibility of and
challenge to the Jews of the
"Cut down under tragic circum-
stances, he leaves an empty space
against the sky which we who
were his co-workers, colleagues
In 1959 Rabbi and Mrs. Adler and followers must determine to
were members of the Detroit fill in the spirit of his life, teach-
delegation to the World Jewish ings and vision."

Congress plenary sessions in
Stockholm, Sweden.
On Dec. 17, 1943, Rabbi Adler

was sworn in for the chaplaincy
with the rank of first lieutenant
by Lt. R. T. McDonald, and was
the first Jewish chaplain to serve
in Japan during World War II. At
the funeral services on Sunday
there were several who served with
him in the armed forces.
He was deeply devoted to the
educational movements, and he
had important plans for the
Shaarey Zedek and other schools.
When the United Hebrew Schools
sponsored traditional Jewish Edu-
cation Months, he was chairman
of one of them, the year before
joining the armed forces.
He had authored several works,
one on the Talmud and a two-
volume collection, "Great Passages
From the Torah."
He would have been 60 on March
31, and plans were in the offing
to mark the event in this commu-
nity, with national organizations'
Carmi M. Slomovitz, president
of the Zionist Organization of De-
troit, expressing grief in behalf of
his administration, stated:
"The loss is too great for us fully
to evaluate it in the first hours of
"He was among the great leaders
in the movement that built a State
and provided a haven of refuge for
hundreds of thousands of oppressed
Jews, and we shall write his name
indelibly in Zionist history.
"Only a month ago, we added
to the notables in our ranks who
are honored in our Zionist Cultural
Center the portrait of Rabbi Morris
Adler, our teacher, our guide and
inspirer in the great tasks we are
engaged in.
"Blessed be his memory."
The Charles Learned Post of
the American Legion, one of the
largest posts in the land, joined in
paying special tribute to Rabbi
Adler. Joseph Jones recalled that
in 1940, just before Rabbi Adler
went into service as a chaplain, he
was unanimously elected the post's
chaplain. "It was a Catholic priest,
who was retiring as chaplain, who
proposed Rabbi Adler for the chap-
laincy," Jones said. "He was our
inspiration. He related to us his
experiences under General MacAr-
thur whom he described as one of
the great Americans and as a great
military leader. "He was our pride,
and now we are bereaved."
Jacques Torczyner, president of
the Zionist Organization of Amer-
ica, in behalf of the ZOA officers,
"The officers and members of
the Zionist Organization of Amer-
ica mournfully note the untimely
and tragic death of Rabbi Morris
Adler of Detroit. Distinguished
Rabbi in Israel, learned teacher
and advocate of the highest Jewish
values, he served his community,
State and Country with matchless
zeal. His place among the Jewish
people was characterized by de-
voted service and selfless leader-
"As a former president of the
Zionist Organization of Detroit, he
led Jews and Christians alike to an
understanding of Zionism and the
place of Israel among the democ-
racies of our day.
"Humble worker in philan-
thropic causes, he was a tribune
of the people in behalf of Israel.
Last visiting the State of Israel

Friday, March 18, 1966-11

They were unsung and unher-
alded, but during Rabbi Adler's
period of prolonged coma there
was a staff of doctors who dedi-
cated themselves to the task of
caring for him, of striving to
save his life, of prolonging life
and thereby giving hope for sur-
vival. That heroic group was
headed by Dr. Myer Teitel-
baum, Rabbi Adler's personal
physician, and Dr. Harvey Gass,
who twice performed surgery
in the effort to create that mir-
acle of survival. They were as-
sisted by Drs. Milton Sorock,
Eli Brown, Herbert Ravin, Sam
Kobrinek, Sol Rosenzweig and
Stewart Pursel. The resident
physician, Dr. Leonard Lachover,
whose family had been close
friends of Rabbi Adler, com-
pletely devoted himself to the

task of keeping a doctor's vigil
at his bedside.

Consultants who were called in
on the case were Drs. Edward
Kahn of the University of Michi-
gan and E. Stephen Gurdjian of
Wayne State University. And there
was a staff of dedicated nurses.
The role of Sydney Peimer,
Sinai Hospital administrator, is
well known. He played an impor-
tant role in providing the infor-
mation that was constantly sought
by news media, and in assuring
comfort for Mrs. Adler during the
27 days of her husband's state of
coma at the hospital. Assisting
Peimer in the.tasks he faced were
Dr. Julien Priver, executive vice
president of Sinai Hospital, and
Walter Doherty, the hospital's
public relations director.
While Rabbi Adler was in a
coma, there were daily prayers
for him by a devout man. While
the body was in the Shaarey Zedek,
Tehillim was recited constantly and
selections from the Psalms were
read by congregants in the main
sanctuary during the entire morn-
ing Sunday, preceding the service.
And in the hearts of those who
were so intimately involved in the
month-long vigil there is a sense
of gratitude for the deep interest
and cooperation of Sinai's staff
and the secretarial assistants of
Peimer and Dr. Priver, Mrs. Paul-
line Golden and Miss Andrea

The Zionist Organization of Detroit

expresses deep regret and mourns,
together with the family, the great
loss of our departed leader,


Rabbi Adler's untimely passing leaves
a void that will be deeply felt by his
relatives, friends and the entire com-

May the bereaved family be consoled
by the fact that his life was dedicated
to his people, the causes of Zion and
Judaism, and have borne fruit.

Carmi M. Slomovitz


Blessed Be the
Memory of Our
Saintly Leader

In the passing of Rabbi Morris
Adler we lose a friend, a co-worker in
the sacred causes of Judaism and Israel.
The period of Shivah for the Adler
Family also is a period of distress for us.
We wish to add our voices in ex-
pressing deepest sorrow, in paying honor

Moshe Haying Ben bray Yosel Adler

whose life was a blessing for Jewry, for
America, for humanity, whose creative
work, whose inspiration, have uplifted
all of us.
Blessed be the memory of this
saintly man.

The Stollman Family

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