Hias Reports on Refugee Aid
Some 76,000 Jewish men, women and children were resettled by
United Hies Service in the 1960s, said Gaynor I. Jacobson, executive
vice president of the worldwide Jewish migration agency, at its 15th
overseas migration conference held in Rome. U.S. Ambassador to
Italy Graham A. Martin was presented with a plaque by Harold
Friedman, president of Bias, as a tribute to his "contributions to
the solution of refugee problems." Pictured above are, from left,
Ambassador Martin, Friedman, Jacobson and Leonard Seidenman,
Hias director of European and North African operations.
Kate Winston, a devoted worker
for the Yeshivath Beth Yehuda and
many other traditional causes, died
June 18 at age 64.
Mrs. Winston, president of the
Ladies of Yeshivath Beth Yehuda
and Women's Sabbath League, was
described by a friend and co-work-
er as "eishet hayil," a woman of
valor. "Her work for Israel and
people were her major interests
"No job was too hard or too
small. Her Sabbath afternoons
were spent visiting the sick, where
she gave comfort in the traditional
way of 'mevaker holim.' She al-
ways had a good word as she was
a very kind woman, who gave all
of herself to Israel, the synagogue
and her people."
Mrs. Winston, 18618 Prairie,
was a member of the Jewish Na-
tional Fund auxiliary, Sisters of
Zion Mizrachi, Hadassah, the
Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewish
Home for Aged, Adas Shalom
Synagogue Sisterhood, Women's
six-Day Drive for Israel Bond
Launched by Rabi in 70 Cities
Jewish communal leaders in 70 the continued support of world
Jewry as a vital factor in the
cities throughout the United States
and Canada. including Detroit, survival of Israel.
were asked by Ambassador Itzhak
Rabin, who served as Chief of
Rabin of the State of Israel on Staff of the Israel Armed Forces
June 16 to take part in a "Six during the Six Day War in 1967,
Action Days for Israel" campaign
to convert into cash all or most of
$35,000,000 in Israel Bond commit-
ments before the end of June.
Rabin made his appeal for in-
creased Israel Bond capital in a
nation-wide telephone conference,
which emanated from the national
headquarters of the Israel Bond
Organization in New York.
Pointing out that Israel is faced
with a new element of danger
which has brought increased
political unrest and tension to the
Middle East, Ambassador Rabin
underscored the importance of
Minority Group Children
Taught Improved Reading
by Jewish Volunteers
NEW YORK (JTA)—More than
100 minority group children in the
Coney Island section of Brooklyn
have been helped to improve their
reading 'ability in two years of a
special project sponsored by the
Brooklyn Women's Division of the
American Jewish Congress in co-
operation with the Learning Dis-
ability Clinic of the Coney Island
Hospital. Most of the children,
aged nine to 12, are black and the
rest Puerto Rican and Jewish,
according to Abraham H. Kings-
berg, director of the division. H.-!
said plans are now being made for
the third year of the program.
starting in September.
The 50 children who took part
in the program during the school
year now ending were helped
by 20 volunteers from the wom-
en's division. The volunteers not
only tutor without pay but pro-
vide the children with parties
and favors in after-school pro-
gram. After three years of a
similiar program in the heavily
black Brownsville section of
Brooklyn, the Women's Division
turned the project over to the
block community in 1968.
The Coney Island project is oper-
ated in the Gospel Assembly build-
ing, a site chosen because of its
convenient location and because
the pastor of the Assembly, Jack
San Filippo and his wife, have
supported the project and have en-
couraged parents in the community
to involve their children in the pro-
The charms of a passing woman
are usually in direct relation to
the speed of her passing.
of kashrut at Sinai Hospital, died
of head injuries June 19, the day
after he presumably fell from a
ladder outside his home at 18693
Pinehurst. He was 56.
Rabbi Bakst, who came to this
country from Shanghai, China, in
1947, served at Sinai since 1953. He
was formerly executive director of
the Council of Orthodox Rabbis in
Detroit and served Cong. Ezrat
Rabbi Bakst was highly regard-
ed by his colleagues and lay mem-
bers of the Jewish community, as
well as by many outside the Jew-
ish faith. At funeral services Fri-
day at Hebrew Memorial Chapel,
RABBI DAVID BAKST
he was described as having a quiet
nobility and one who sensed a rare wife, Hanna.
concern and love for God and the
From 1944 to 1946 he served the
Cheil Moishe Synagogue in Shan-
men he served.
Rabbi Bakst was born in Dela-
His brother, Leib, then and still
tycze, Poland, 56 years ago, al-
a rabbi at Yeshivath Beth Yehuda,
though records reconstructed in
Rabbi Bakst to Detroit in
the aftermath of World War I
1947. In that year, David began
state that he was born there Sept.
Young Israel of Detroit
He was graduated from Yeshiva and in 1948 became executive direc-
Central Institute, Mir, Poland, in tor of the Council of Orthodox Rab-
1934. His postgraduate studies were bis in Detroit.
He also served Cong. Ezrat
interrupted in late 1938, before the
Achim and the Jewish Home for
outbreak of World War II.
Starting in late 1939, the college the Aged during interim periods,
moved successivily to Lithuania, until he came to Sinai in June
Russia, Japan and in 1941 to 1953, five months after the hospital
Shanghai, where Rabbi Bakst com- opened.
In addition to supervising the
pleted his education and met his
operation of the kosher kitchen,
Bicur Cholem Unit
urged maximum response to the
special cash collection campaign
for Israel Bonds so that Israel can
strengthen its economy as a means
of achieving peace.
"When it comes to our economic
strength," he said, "we have to
rely on you. Therefore all those
who believe in the cause of Israel
—who want to make it possible for
Israel to survive and to achieve
peace—have to do now what they
can and should do."
In addition to Rabin, other
participants in the conference
were Israel Finance Minister
Pinchas Sapir speaking from
Jerusalem and Samuel Roth-
berg, national campaign chair-
man of Israel Bonds, who served
as chairman of the coast-to-coast
Maly, Jim 26, 1970—U
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Rabbi David Bakst, Scholar
Active Worker and Sinai Hospital Official
Rabbi David Bakst, counselor.
for Community teacher,
translator and supervisor
Bertha Helfman, former Detroi-
ter of Miami Beach, died June 21
at the age of 84.
Born in Russia, Mrs. Helfman
moved to Detroit 62 years ago. She
was a life member of Bicur Cho-
lem an d H e b rev Academy of
MRS. KATE WINSTON
Besides his wife and brother,
Rabbi Bakst is survived by two
sons, Jacob of Chicago and Nor-
bert; three daughters, Mrs. Jacob
(Rival Rivlin of New York, Sarah
and Razlin; and three grandchil-
Miami and a charter member of dren.
Adas Shalom Synagogue.
She is survived by four sons,
Group for Bar-Ilan University,
Committee for Bonds for Israel Philip, Jerome, LeRoy and Charles
of Detroit; four daughters, Mrs.
and the United Hebrew Schools Sidney (Marian) Pozen of Coral
Gables, Mrs. Abraham (Edith)
Born in Poland, Mrs. Winston Lupovitch of Mineral Wells, Texas,
emigrated to Windsor at age 6 and Mrs. George (Mildred) Kollenberg
moved to Detroit when she was of Detroit, and Mrs. Maurice (Syl-
married in 1931.
via) Shacket of Detroit; three
Surviving are her husband, Mil- brothers, Harry Davis of Miami
ton; a daughter, Sue; two broth- Beach, Isadore Davis of Detroit
ers, Rabbi Sidney Mossman of At- and David Davis of Detroit; two
lanta and David of Windsor; and sisters, Mrs. Irving Rubin of Mt.
a sister, Mrs. Irving (Sarah) Kirz- Clemens and Miami Beach and
ner of Windsor.
Mrs. Ida Cohen of Detroit; 25
grandchildren and 12 great-grand-
Joseph M. Lefkofsky
In a brief message to the Jewish
leaders, Sapir emphasized that,
although Israel's citizens are pay-
ing higher taxes and carrying
more enforced loans than ever
before, Israel's foreign currency
level is dropping because of the Delicatessen Owner
Joseph M. Lefkofsky, delicates-
high cost of arms and other ma-
terials needed to strengthen the sen owner, died June 22 at the
age of 72.
Mr. Lekofsky, 22325 La Garonne,
Southfield, a resident of Detroit
Jerome Gibbs, Age 44, for 57 years, was born in Poland.
Long time delicatessen supplier
in Construction, Actor
and restauranteur, he retired eight
Jerome J. Gibbs, an actor and years ago.
owner of G. and G. home and com-
He was a member of Cong.
mercial modernization, died June Shaarey Zedek and Louis Marshall
24 at age 44.
Lodge of Bnai Brith.
He is survived by his wife, Ada;
Mr. Gibbs, 25430 Gardner, Oak
Park was a long time Detroit resi- four sons, Dr. Harold Lefton and
dent, was a member of AFRTA, Donald, Marvin and Robert Can-
the screen actors guild, and acted vasser; a daughter, Mrs. Myron
in TV commercials and other ad- Yudkin of Woodbridge, Conn.; one
brother, Sam Lekofsky and 19
He was a member of Zeiger grandchildren.
Bnai Brith, Navy League, Detroit
Lodge 55 of Nights of Pithyias.
Harry Bright, Age 76,
He is survived by his wife,
Jacqueline; three sons, Steven, of Bright Hardware
Howard and Charles; a daughter
Harry Bright, owner of Bright
Bonnie and one brother.
Hardware Store, 6200 Michigan
Ave. for 50 years, died June 20 at
World Union Conclave
Next month Amsterdam will be Mr. Bright, 20312 Rutherford,
in Poland, was a resident of
the 16th international conference Detroit for 51 years. He was a
of Labor Zionists and
of the World Union for Progressive
Judaism, international arm of Re- Sholem Aleichem. He was a vet-
form and Liberal Judaism. The
He is survived by his wife. Jes-
biennial convention, last held in
Jerusalem in 1968, will take place sie; two sons, Gerald and Ernest
July 1 to 6. The outgoing presi- D. of New York City; one brother,
dent is Rabbi Jacob K. Shankman Nathan; one sister in Russia and
of New Rochelle, N.Y.
Rabbi Bakst served in a minis-
terial capacity at the hospital
and maintained a close liaison
with rabbis whose congregation
members were in the hospital.
Tribute to Memory
of Herbert Ehrmann
NEW YORK—Philip E. Hoff-
man, president of the American
Jewish Committee, mourned the
passing of Herbert B. Ehrmann,
dent of the AJ
Committee and a
member of the
in the celebrated
Sacco - Vanzetti
case, as "a griev-
ous loss to Amer-
ican Jewry and
to the cause of
Samuel M. Jacob, 76,
M r. Ehrmann
Head of Bottling Firm
died June 17 in
Samuel M. Jacob, executive
•ookline, Mass. H. B. Ehrmann
vice-president of M. Jacob and
In his statement, Hoffman paid
Sons Bottle Distributors, 10101 tribute to Mr. Ehrmann's "lifelong
Lyndon, for 60 years, died June dedication to the protection of hu-
23 at age 76.
man rights, his outstanding career
Mr. Jacob, 23105 Providence, in the law and pioneering leader-
Southfield, a native Detroiter, was ship of the American Jewish Com-
a lifetime area resident.
mittee." His years of devoted la-
He was a member of Temple bor as counsel for Sacco and Van-
Beth El, the Master Brewers of zetti, when he served with William
America and the American Bot- G. Thompson, signified a passion-
ate devotion to the ideals of justice
tlers of Carbonated Beverages.
He is survived by his wife, and to the search for truth, Mr.
Hilda; two daughters, Elaine and Hoffman declared.
Mrs. Herbert (Beverly) Schakne
He also saluted Mr. Ehrmann
of Los Angeles; one sister, Mrs. for his service as president of the
Herbert (Reeve) Sobel of Chicago; American Jewish Committee from
1959 to 1961 and for his leadership
and two granddaughters.
of AJC missions which conferred
Pope Pius XII, Israeli Prem-
Lester Svner, Age 55,
ier David Ben Gurion and govern-
ment leaders in Morocco, Tunisia,
Lester S. Syner, a leather goods France and Italy.
Mr. Ehrmann was the author of
manufacturer and president of
House of Leather, 8626 W. Mc- "The Case That Will Not Die—
Nichols for two and one half years Commonwealth vs. Sacco and Van-
zetti," which won the Edgar
died - June 21 at age 55. '
Mr. Syner, 22130 Beverly, Oak Award of the Mystery Writers of
America for the best fact crime
Park, was a native Detroiter.
He leaves his wife, Sylvia; three book of 1969. He also wrote "The
sons, Robert, Martin, and Gary; Untried Case," which dealt with
his mother, Mrs. Becky Syner, his experiences during that case,
two brothers, Leon Syner of and a play, "Under This Roof,"
Rochester, N.Y. and Al Syner and which was produced on Broadway