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October 12, 1973 - Image 33

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1973-10-12

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Harold Kempner, Set for Aliya, Cited for His Aid to Businessmen

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, October 12, '1973

Harold Kempner, adminis-
trator of the Small Business
Development Center, was
honored by friends and col-
leagues at a recent farewell
luncheon on the eve of his
retirement and settlement in
Israel.
Representatives from city
a n d community agencies
joined in the testimonial to
Kempner for his contribution
to equal economic opportuni-
ties for Detroit's minorities

French Ease Libya Hold on Jews

and service in the promotion
and interests of the minority
business community.
Councilman E r n e s t C.
Browne, speaking on behalf

the Oakland Press; and Mel
Ravitz, president of the
Common Council. Rev. Otis
Saunders of Trinity Church
chaired the luncheon.
In his parting remarks
Kempner, administrator of
SBDC for the past five years,
stressed that as a member
of the oldest minority in the
world he merely followed the
teachings of his faith.
Kempner, who will settle
in Rehovot this year, has an
apartment within a mile of
his sister's chicken farm.
MUSIC BY
His children, Aviva and
Jonathan, are law students
at Stanford and Antioch.
During World War II,
AND HIS ORCHESTRA
Kempner served overseas
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and edited a publication for
Jewish servicemen in New
Guinea — "The Island
HAROLD KEMPNER
Glicken." He later edited a
of Detroit's Common Council, military government publica-
read a testimonial resolution tion in Berlin and served as
to Kempner.
A special tribute from the
state of Michigan, sponsored
by State Rep. Jackie Vaughn
III, cited the nationwide ac-
claim for Kempner's pro-
Three years ago, Detroiter
gram of management train-
ing that resulted in more David Rich was a "green-
than 4,000 small business- horn" in Israel — without
men and entrepreneurs in De- language, employment and
troit area completing 10-week whatever else it takes to
make a successful adjust-
management courses.
Greetings also were ex- ment to a new country. This
tended by Lawrence Doss, despite the fact that he had
president of New Detroit, training as an economist.
Today, Rich is perhaps the
Inc.; the Greater Detroit
Chamber of Commerce; Eco- best drum teacher in Israel,
nomic Development Corp.; on the staff of the Rubin
Philip Meek, publisher of Conservatory of Music and
Israel's first drum teacher
of deaf children, at the Niv
School for the Deaf in Yad
Eliyahu. But not permitting
and his ORCHESTRA
his background to go to
"Music of its Best
waste, he also is writing a
for Your Guests"
book on economics and
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translated a work into Eng-
lish for Tel Aviv University.
A graduate of Detroit's
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Rich, 33, is the son of local
real estate man Joseph Rich.
His desire to make aliya
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was born in June 1967 while
he was attending the London
School of Economics and
heard of the events trans-
: piring in the Middle East.
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Completing his studies, he

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long enough to pack. With a
few words of Yeshiva He-
brew and a little money,
Rich landed at Lod.
He made remarkable prog-
ress in the ulpan at ZOA
(Z i o n i s t Organization of
America) House, but his
success at the Hebrew lan-
guage didn't extend to em•
ployment. He went through
a long period of despair,
going from interview to in-
Orchestras & Cocktail Combos
terview and landing nothing
but periodic odd jobs.
of all sizes for all occasions
But an acquaintance from
—Including HOUSE PARTIES!
Rich's undergraduate days at
Featuring Solo Piano for cocktail hours.
Florida State University re-
called that Rich played
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drums, starting out to get a

music degree and only later
switching to economics.
To be sure, Rich had been
playing since age 11 and in
every kind of band, from
symphony to burlesque. In
London, he had been a mem-
ber of the London School
jazz band and had offers to
join several well - known
groups.
Rich sent for his drums,
and from the moment they
arrived in Israel his career
soared. His first engagement
was at a song festival at the
Soldiers House in Tel Aviv,
followed by performances
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public relations director for
the American Joint Distribu-
tion Committee in Germany.
In 1948, Kempner was field
director for the International
Refugee Organization in Ba-
varia and headed the DP
camps of Feldafing and Neu
Freiman, later utilized as a
collection point for the Aliya
Bet movement. During 1948-
49, he covered the "Exodus"
story for AJDC and the Jew-
ish Telegraphic Agency and
stayed in Israel to gather
material for AJDC and UJA.
He settled in Detroit in 1950,
and after two years with the
Allied Jewish Campaign en-
tered the real estate busi-
ness.
In 1965 Kempner went to 1
work for the antipoverty pro-
gram as coordinator for re-
search and finance for SBDC
and headed that agency the
past five years.

Ex-Detroit Economist Launches
Career as Musician in Israel

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mother and her son have answer to a request by Mrs.
been allowed to leave Libya Khalifi's family who live in
due to the intervention of Italy, contacted French For-
eign Affairs Minister Michel
French authorities.
The mother, identified only Jobert.
The French minister told
as Mrs. Khalifi and her son
Jacob, who are of French Marcus a few weeks later
nationality, left Libya at the that the French ambassador
beginning of September under to Libya had intervened on
exceptional authorization by the Khalifis' behalf and on
Libyan leader Muammar behalf of other Jews as well.
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planning to initiate a jazz
department, hired Rich as
the first drum teacher. From
a class of three, he soon had
the largest enrollment in the
school.
A colleague, Zira Vardi,
asked Rich if he would teach
drums to children in the Niv
School for the Deaf; she al-
ready was teaching them to
play other percussion instru-
ment s. Reluctantly, he
agreed.
His first class, five 11-
year olds, amazed him with
their ability to follow his in-
structions by reading his
lips and observing his hand
and foot motions. Their
talents and enthusiasm en-
couraged him further, and
now Rich and Miss Vardi
plan to form an orchestra at
the school.
Not willing to forget his
formal training in eco-
nomics, Rich spent eight
months translating a work in
economics into English for
Tel Aviv University, and he
is working on a book on
managerial capitalism and
economic growth.
As part of his new way of
life, Rich has become an
observant Jew and attends a
Talmud class given by an-
other new immigrant.

Yom Kippur Election
Brings Open Apology

HOUSTON (JTA) — The
Houston Area Rapid Transit
Authority has made a public
apology to the Jewish com-
munity for calling a county-
wide election for Oct. 6, de-
claring it was aware that it
was Yom Kippur.
In an open letter adver-
tisement in the Jewish
Herald Voice, the authority
said that Jews might feel
selection of that day was "an
affront" but added that
"none is intended." A box
in the advertisement explain-
ed how Jewish residents
could vote by absentee ballot-
ing.

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