24—Friday, August 8, 1969
New Photography Studio in View
Synagogue a Tribute to Servicemen
Manila Jewish Community Small but Active
While reminiscing about his army
experiences in the Philippines dur-
ing World War II, a "lifetime hon-
orary member of the Manila Syna-
gogue," Maurice Shepherd, got to
wondering what became of the in-
stitution he helped build.
Actually Shepherd, a Wayne
County civil service employe. was
one of many servicemen who, in
a unique interfaith project, con-
tributed to the building of the
Manila Memorial Synagogue in
tribute to the GIs who gave their
lives in the Philippines.
Shepherd holds a certificate of
his honorary membership as a con-
tributor to the rebuilding of the
synagogue erected in 1924 and gut-
ted by the Japanese in 1945. Com-
pleted by the small Manila Jewish
community in 1940, the building
was turned by the Japanese into
an ammunition dump. American
forces returned in February 1945
, to find the Japanese had blown
Leo Knight (left) together with Norman Feder (right), mayor up the synagogue Only the outer
of Southfield, Mrs. Knight and Dan Symez, builder, break ground for walls remained of this Jewish
the new Leo Knight Photography Studio, 12 Mile Rd. and Northwestern house of worship, the only one un-
Hwy., scheduled to open late this year. Knight is past president of both der the American Flag to be de-
the Detroit Professional Photographers Association and the Prefossional stroyed by the enemy.
Photographers of Michigan. He was Michigan Professional Photogra-
The servicemen's appeal be-
pher of the year in 1965 and holds the degree of Master of photography.
gan Oct 20, 1945, the first an-
niversary of D-Day in the Philip-
pines. On Nov. 9, the seventh
anniversary of the wholesale
burning of synagogues in Ger-
many, a memorial service was
July 2—To Dr. and Mrs. Milton
July 26—To Mr. and Mrs. Sey-
held in the ruins of the Manila
mour Lansat (Marilyn Cherrin). D. Friedman (Judith Sharon Coop- Synagogue. The following Dec.
27165 Everett, Southfield, a son. er). former Detroiters stationed in
7, on Hanuka and the anniver-
Guam, a daughter, Marci Beth.
sary of Pearl Harbor Day, the
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servicemen's gift was presented
to the Manila Jewish commu-
June 19—To Mr. and Mrs. David
July 25 — To Dr. and Mrs.
Richard S. Panush (Rena Joffe) Molitz (Leslie Sklar), 27415 Ever-
former Detroiters of Boston, a ett. Southfield, a son, Jason Ran-
Shepherd, who served in the sig-
daughter. Rachel Beth.
nal corps under General Douglas
* • •
July 23—To Mr. and Mrs. Robert
Sorock, 4517 Valleyview, Orchard
Lake, a son, Bradley David.
• • •
July 22—To Mr. and Mrs. Samuel
Barenbaum (Marsha Taylor of De-
troit) of Chicago, a son, Jerrod
* * •
July 20—To Mr. and Mrs. Ed-
ward Bayer (Tami Amar of Bat
Yam, Israel), 6873 Knollwood Cir.,
Birmingham, a daughter, Tali.
* * •
July 18—To Mr. and Mrs. Wolf
Katz (Clara Gulnick), 23425 Mar-
low, Oak Park, a son, Sidney Paul.
Asst. Director Picked
by Center Hebrew Dept.
MacArthur recalls the visits to the
island by Rabbi Morris Adler, who
was stationed in the Pacific as a
chaplain. The Detroiter referred
An assistant director has been to the late rabbi as an "inspira-
named by the Jewish Center He- tion" to the men as he hopped
brew department. He is Isaac Mar- from island to island.
galit of Kibutz '
Shepherd, father of Wayne Coun-
Na'an, a graduate
ty Supervisor John Shepherd, had
of the Hebrew
his son contact the staff of Ambas-
sador G. Mennen Williams to find
out the present status of the Philip-
pine Jewish community.
The synagogue finally was re-
and will assume
built at 1963 Taft. According to the
S. Embassy Cultural attache,
ties when Tel-Tsur
religious services ("middle con-
returns to Israel
are held Friday eve-
ning and Saturday morning al-
Born in 1937 at Moshav Mar
though there has not been a rabbi
Chaim in central Israel, Margalit
REV. GOLDMAN L.
since the 1950s. The small (300
served seven years in the Israel persons) but active community
Army, reaching the rank of cap-
also operates a Sunday school for
tain. He served as instructor at children age 6 and up. A fourth-
the officers' college and upon
generation Israeli, Amnon Wallen-
completion of his army service
stein, a businessman and Hebrew
enrolled at the Hebrew U. He scholar who has been in Manila
holds a BA degree in philosophy
for 31/2 years, is in charge of He-
and political science.
Margalit held a part-time job
Shepherd was informed in the
with the ministry of finance as or-
ambassador's office memo that
the community is divided even-
ordinator. He later taught humani-
ly of European, American and
Serving in Hospitals & Homes
ties at an ORT vocational school.
Middle Eastern Jews. In the
Married in 1958, Margalit and his
1950s, there was a large-scale
wife Miriam have been living at
emigration of Jews to Israel,
Kibutz Na'an since then. They have
the United States and Australia.
The last rabbi, a German Jew,
Recommended by Physicians
left for Israel shortly after state-
After completion of his studies at
hood was declared.
Hebrew University, Margailt re-
turned to the kibutz where, after
The community was a prominent
an initial work period in the kitbutz one in the 17th, 18th and 19th cen-
dairy industry, he taught social stu- turies when several notable Sep-
Serving Hospitals and Homes
dies at the kibutz high school. Oc- hardic families engaged in over-
casionally he lectured to Israeli seas trade from Spain, Portugal
army units on a variety of subjects. and other European countries.
Although its numbers have
Kutsher's Offering $1,000 dwindled, many members of the
are important in Philip-
in Hole-in-One Contest
MONTICELLO, N.Y. — Kutsher's pine business, cultural and politi-
the names are
Country Club will hold its 12th an-
nual Hole-In-One contest Aug. 26, Greenfield, Nathan, Westheimer,
Weinstein, Gaberman, Goldenberg,
owner Milton Kutsher announced.
A $1,000 prize awaits the first Kornfeld, Katz, Miller and Swiryn.
person who knocks the ball into the Jewish women married to Filipinos
cup of the 165-yard, par 3 hole. also are active in the community.
The majority of European Jews
A cup will be awarded to the golfer
coming the closest, in the event no have been in Manila since World
War II, maintain close ties with
one scores the hole-in-one.
Golf Magazine has rated t h e Israel and send their children
Kutsher's course as one of the 200 there for a higher education.
best in the United States. The last
The embassy memo states
hole-in-one registered in the contest further:
"The Jewish community in
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Manila has a very close relation-
ship with the Manila embassy of
the state of Israel, so close that
some of the Americans from re-
formed temples regard it less a
congregation than a political ex-
tension of the Israel mission.
"The ambassador is Yaakob
Abnon, a recent successor to
Abraham Kidron. The chancery
is on the fifth floor of the new
Metropolitan Building, 142 Ayala
Ave. in Makati, the flourishing
new suburb of Manila. In addi-
tion to the ambassador and his
wife, the official Israeli commu-
nity includes a military, naval
and air attache, Col. Zvi Benari,
resident in Bangkok, but ac-
credited also to the Philippines.
"Benjamin Abileah, who has
lived here about five years. is the
second secretary, and Ernest
history of the Jewish community
in the Philippines. The Manila
Community has on an irregular
basis issued a bulletin which docu-
ments the official news of its mem-
Filipino recipes called "So Eat A
"The Jewish community in the
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"While U. S., European and Fili-
pino historians have occasionally
written chapters on the history of
Jewish commercial, religious and
cultural life in the Philippines in
colonial times, there is no book, or
brochure, on the recent postwar
Goethe could not explain and so
Simke, a businessman who has
been here since before the war he said theory was gray.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
(when he was one of the founder-
owners of the well-known Philip-
pin jewelry manufacturer, La Es-
trella del Norte) is honorary con-
"The community has a women's
auxiliary presided over by Ruth
Greenfield with Margot Nathan,
Pat Dayan and Mina Gaberman
among the members of the board
The auxiliary is active in social
events, especially during Hanuka,
Yom Kippur and other high holi-
days. It has also published an
interesting cookbook of Jewish/
RABBI JOSHUA SPIRO
Philippines receives no annual
grant from either the Israeli
Embassy or directly from the
state of Israel. The dues paid
by its hundred families main-
tain its operations. Tuition fees
cover the maintenance expenses
of the Sunday school and the He-
brew language classes.
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