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March 29, 1974 - Image 46

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-03-29

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Rabbi Soloveitchik
Condemns NRP

Israel's Florence Nightingale,
`Schwester Selma,' Honored at 90

spokesman for the Union of
Or thodox Rabbis of the
United States and Canada
has reported that Rabbi- Jo-
seph Soloveitchik of Boston,
the organization's ; honorary
president, condemned the
National Religious Party for
joining Israel's new coalition
Rabbi Soloveitchik, speak-
ing to the organization's ad-
ministration, said the NRP
had not adhered to the com-
mand of Israel's chief rab-
binate and of rabbinical au-
thorities throughout the world
who opposed the NRP's join-
ing the coalition as long as
the Israel Law of Return was
not amended to bar accept-
ance of Jewish immigrants
converted under non-OrthodoX
He said the NRP had des-
ecrated the honor of the rab-

March 19 — To Mr. and
Mrs. Paul Meyer (Marilyn
Ryder), 2402 Coolidge, Troy,
a daughter, Lezlie Karen.


* *

March 14—To Dr. and Mrs.
Abe Slaim (Joyce Berg),
25508 Shiawassee, Southfield,
a daughter, Melissa Beth.
* * *
March 11 — To Mr. and
Mrs. Mark Voight, 2817 Ren-
shaw, Troy, a daughter,
Joanna Michele.
* * *
Feb. 10 — To Rabbi and
Mrs. Leonard Cahan, former
Detroiters of Oakland, Calif.,
a son, Abraham Joshua.
* * *
March 9—To Dr. and Mrs.
Bernard Levi (Jeanne Ketai
of Detroit) of San Diego, a
son, Noah-Benjamin.
* * *
Jan. 18 — To Mr. and Mrs.
Bruce Se yburn (Joyce
Golden), 34411 Commons,
Farmington Twp., a daugh-
ter, Angela Ruth.




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JERUSALEM —' Nearly 60
years ago, petite Selma
Mayer left her job in the
Salomon Heine Hospital in
Hamburg to assume nursing
duties at Jerusalem's Shaare
Zedek Hospital, the only Jew-
ish house of healing in the
New City.
In a short and informal
ceremony held recently at
Jerusalem's City Hall, "Sch-
wester" (Sister) Selma
Mayer of Shaare Zedek Hos-
pital was awarded the Jeru-
salem Medal by Mayor Teddy
Kollek. Schwester S e 1 m e,
who celebrated her 90th birth-
day last week, was the first
nurse in Israel and has been
a celebrated figure to Jeru-
salemites since her arrival
in 1916.
In his presentation of the
medal, Mayor Kollek spoke
of Schwester Selma's pio-
neering role in the develop-
ment of modern health ser-
vices in Israel. She also was
presented with a bouquet of
flowers on behalf of the
Shaare Zedek School of
Nursing, which she founded
in 1936 and guided for more
than 20 years.
Schwester Selma recalled
her arrival at Shaare Zedek
during World War I, in the
midst of a typhoid epidemic
when Jerusalem had no elec-
tricity or piped water. Dr.
Moshe Wallach, the director,
operated by the flickering
light of kerosene lamps.
A year later, in 1917, she
was present when General
Allenby took over Jerusalem
from the Turks in ceremonies
conducted in the hospital's


In the photo at right, Jeru-
salem Mayor Teddy Kollek
presents Shaare Zedek Hos-
pital nurse Selma Mayer with
the Jerusalem Medal at an
informal ceremony • held to
celebrate her 90th birthday.
Below, a delegation of •stu-
dent nurses presents "SO-
wester Selma" with a bou-
quet of roses at the party
held in Jerusalem City Hall.

46—Friday, March 29, 1974


Postal Service Reaches Pact
on Jobs for Sabbath Observers

entrance hall, and she served Wallach usually made emer-
a cup of tea to the British gency housecalls on camel —
agreement has been reached
or horseback.
between the National Jewish
Her most difficult period, Commission on Law and
"In those days," she re-
called, "I was responsible she conceded, was during the Public Affairs (COLPA) and
for everything from heaven 1950 polio epidemic, when the U. S. Postal Service in
to earth at the hospital—from Shaare Zedek had Jerusa- the New York region design-
kashrut in the tea kitchens lem's only isolation ward; ed to speed resolution of job
to spiderwebs on the ceiling, treating not only the local problems faced by applicants
to every wad of cotton left population, but even British or postal workers because
on the floor. "Even 12 years army personnel from Jordan of their Sabbath observance
later, she was the 'only, one who were specially brought requirements.
assisting when the hospital across the border.
Under the agreement, there
performed operations for 23
is now prompt investigation
straight hours following the
and attempts to resolve Sab-
terrible massacre in Hebron. because they were afraid of bath observance complaints
catching the disease," said
Until 1930, lacking an as- Betty Meyer, then a polio by a Postal Service equal
sistant, Schwester Selma was patient and now head nurse opportunity- counselor, as in
responsible for her nurses of Alyn Hospital. "But Sch- the past, but if that coun-
and their total behavior. The wester Selma was never selor cannot resolve the
hospital was kept spotless. afraid, and she operated the problem, it can now be taken
Even today she still picks up iron lung that kept us alive. immediately to key postal
litter as an example to There are, nurses today who authorities for attention and
younger and less tidy mem: have more technical knowl- 'action, according to Howard
bers of the nursing staff.
edge, but few possess the I. Rhine, COLPA president.-
Prior to the implementa-
"My nurses in those days common sense and loving
were simple girls with no concern that made Selma, a tion of the agreement, Rhine
said, the matter could not be
training whatsoever," she great nurse."
taken to a higher level if
recalls. "I even had to teach
Although her pace has the counselor could not settle
them how to make a bed and slowed in the last decade,
d i a pee r babies as I had she still tries to keep up to the problem, leaving litiga-
learned in Germany." The date on new medical dis- tion as the only alternative.
nurses chafed under the coveries and gives advice to He said that since the agree-
strict rule of Dr. Wallach, nurses who ask for it. In the ment became effective some
who ordered a daily 8 p.m. mornings, , the diminutive eight weeks ago, three of six
complaints had been resolved
white-uniformed figure can at the higher level and three
Schwester Selma worked still be seen walking through were pending.
round the clock supervising the wards with the aid of her
The agreement grew out
her nurses, assisting in the cane, and talking to patients. s of a lawsuit brought in fed-
operating theater and filling
"I went into nursing be- eral court by COLPA_ for a
in as midwife. '
cause my mother died when Jewish Sabbath observer who
More beds were added to I was just 5," she said in a was fired because he refused
serve the growing number of mixture of German, Hebrew to work on Friday evenings
patients — Jews, Moslems and English, "and I decided and Saturdays. Rhine said
and Christians from all over to give others what I had most postal service facilities
the country — yet the staff missed so much — mother- are on a 24-hour, seven-day-
nevertheless managed to give love and concern for human a-week schedule and job as-
signments are made on the
the best care available. Dr. beings."
basis of seniority.
In that case, Rhine said,
settlement was reached prior
to trial, with the worker re-
instated and receiving full
back pay of more than
Rhine urged Sabbath ob-
servers seeking careers in
postal service to concentrate
their efforts on the larger
postal facilities where there

are usually many temporary
employes who can be reas-
signed to, accommodate Sab-
bath observers.
(The Jewish News report
ed in last week's edition that
Oak Park resident Ronald_
Schreiber, a student at the
University of Michigan, ha:
been compensated by the
U. S. Post Office after being
dismissed from a summer
job for refusing to w
the Sabbath.)

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