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January 30, 1970 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1970-01-30

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

14—Friday, January 30, 1970

Arson Blamed in Fire That Gutted Synagogue in NY, Ruined Five Scrolls

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NEW YORK (JTA)—Five Torah . if special arrangements can be ; two-story brick building that
scrolls from a burned-out syna-1 made.
living quarters
of Rabbi and
Toiv. the
gogue in the Bronx will be cere- Servics last weekend were in the I houses
the synagogue
monially buried when the gravy-' basement of the synagogue. The ' Fire marshals said the flames
diggers strike here ends, or sooner fire, at Cong. Ahavath Torah on apparently began near the pulpit
Monday night, was termed arson where the Torahs are stored an d
by the City Fire Marshall's office. spread through the building. Rabbi
MARCH 7-15, 1970
The Torah scrolls were valued at Toiv and several members of the
8 NIGHTS IN
more than $2,000 each. In addition, congregation whq were in the syna- •
SUNNY ACAPULCO
other religious articles and the liv- gogue when the fire was discovered,
ing quarters of Rabbi David Toiv escaped without injury_ But the
per
were damaged. The fire is being rabbi was made homeless by the
person
further investigated. , fire which destroyed the electric 10
Mayor John V. Lindsay ex- and heating utilities in his second-
at the MARRIOTT HOTEL, breakfast
& dinner, airport transfers and air
pressed "shock and outrage" and floor apartment.
fare Detroit-Acapulco included.
The fire was the latest in a series
said that he has asked the city's
For informations and
police commissioner to take of suspicious blazes in New York
reservations call
"extra measures" to capture the synagogues and Hebrew schools. •
arsonists. Investigators summon- They reached a peak in 1968 as a
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ed by the fire chief reported result of racial tensions generated •
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evidence of forced entry into the by the New York teachers strike.
Rabbi Toiv said his synagogue had
been at its present location for 15
years and endured no vandalism
YOUR SAVINGS START RIGHT HERE!
other than an occasional broken
SEE or CALL
window. But he blamed Monday's
fire on vandals.

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reports of enemy shelling of border settlements and resulting casualties. These indiscriminatory
attacks cause casualties not only among Israeli soldiers, but also among women and children who
heroically decided not to disband their homes. Mr. Silver kept saying to his friends that while
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vicinity of Kibbutz Gadot, does not come as a surprise to friends of the family. Kibbutz Gadot is
sponsored by a glorious group of devoted women known as the Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewish National
Fund. It is this group who was instrumental in building the "Pillars of Courage," and who are
presently in the midst of a campaign to plant a forest at Kibbutz Gadot. It has been the wish and
the sentiment of the Silvers' to build a medical clinic nearby in order to enhance the accomplishment
of all the devoted friends of Israel in Detroit.

The Silvers immigrated to Canada from Poland in 1925. In Poland Mr. Silver was the President
of the Zionist Organization of his town, and a regional Jewish National Fund Chairman responsible
for a district of the Warsaw region. In 1930 the Silvers came to Detroit and became members of the
Arlazaroff Branch of the Farband Labor Zionist Order. Mr. Silver served as Vice-Chairman of that
branch. From 1953 to 1955 Mr. Silver served as the President of the Jewish National Fund of Detroit.
and he has been one of the most active members of that organization ever since. From 1962 to 1963
Mr. Silver was the President of Congregation Ahavas Achim. Mr. and Mrs. Silver are life members
of the Zionist Organization of America, and are members of the Board of Directors of the Zionist
Organization of Detroit. Both have been ardent supporters of Bonds for Israel since its inception 111
1951, and have investments in Ampal, Rassco, Israel Development Corporation, and are involved in
many other pro-Israel actiities. It is noteworthy that Mr. Silver has been active also in non-Jewish
enterprises and has received many honors and recognition from commercial interests in the Ham.
ta-amek area, where he maintains one of his many business interests. Mr. Silver was the Chairman
and initiator of the Merchants Association of Hamtramck, and a member of the Board of Commerce.
He is also known as one of the founders of the First National Bank of Warren.

Mr. and Mrs. Silver have two sons: Joseph, who graduated from Wayne State University, and
majored in Business Administration, manages the family's business enterprises. Lawrence practices
law in San Francisco, and is a graduate of the Harvard Law School. The Silvers are looking forward
to a visit to Israel this summer when Mr. Silver will celebrate his 70th birthday. The plans call
for completion of the Kupat Holim medical clinic by that time, and preparations will soon begin
for the dedication ceremonies which they and their friends will attend.

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