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April 12, 1974 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-04-12

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Resettlement Service President Recalls Newcomers in Old Delray

Editor, The Jewish News:
Hebrew Congregation, re-
The nicely written article minded me that Rabbi Glancz
by Shirley Gormezano in the preceded Rabbi Greenfield
March 29 issue of The Jewish as our Hebrew teacher in the
News stirred recollections of little heder that we attended
my first 18 years in Delray. daily with my brother Sam
My older brother Max, who and sister Goldie until into
came to Delray when 9 our teens.
months old in 1914, and who
I suppose that my interest
was Bar Mitzva at the First in Resettlement Service is a
direct outgrowth of that era
in the '20s and early '30s
w h en "landsleit" we r e
Friday, April 12, 1974-15 brought home by my father,
Aron Fried, who was in the
poultry business from 1914
until the early '30s when the
community started to reach
We hove hundreds of requests
its middle phase,
for alterations.
In this earlier phase, not
Bring them in.
remembered by Mrs. Gor-
We have the happy solution.
mezano, whose parents were
good friends of mine, the
Jews - were determined to
11 to 4
survive as a distinct ethnic
group and preserve its own
Fine Clothes for Over 38 Years
value systems.
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We had speakers come in
from the city, and I remem-
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Thurs. to 8 P.M.
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memory speak on parents'
obligation to help children
retain the love of Judaism
and to remember Israel as
our spiritual home. The col-
lectors came regularly to col-
lect for Zion and to help edu-
cation in Palestine. They
were welcomed with cake
and coffee. We listened with
great interest to the stories
of our dispersed brethren,
ending with the nostalgia of
how it was "at home" in
Since Dad was the only
live-poultry dealer in the
community, all the Jewish
ladies congregated at our
home to await his return
from the farms like Adrian,
Blissfield, etc., to come in
with choice chickens for the
Sabbath meal. My mother,
Fannie Fried, spent Wednes-
day and Thursday preparing
cake, strudel and other
goodies which she served
with coffee for the ladies, es-
pecially for those of the sis•
terhood of the shul which
was ever ready to prepare a
shower for a new bride with-
out parents (usually a newly
arrived immigrant or one
who came without family in
Hungary) or to plan a baby
shower for the poor family
who already was troubled
with managing or providing
for those children already
Because my parents were
most interested in having us
learn Hungarian which is a
very difficult one to master,
we spoke only Hungarian at
home and so did not speak
English when we beg an
school. Most of- our con-
temporaries did not either
(the. Slays, Poles, Armenians,
Gypsies, etc.). We learned
quickly, and our parents
were very proud.
When a newcomer came to
stay in our home, we always
thought he or she was a rela-
tive and they would disap-
pear and later we learned
that they were good friends
of my parents and stayed
until they got a place to live
more permanently or job
and could manage a bit with
the language. I was often
delegated to take them down-
town by. the time I was 8 or
9 to interpret either with im-
migration lawyers or helping
as I got older with applica-
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West End, and who became
a noted educator.
Henry Siegi, whose parents,
tobacco merchants, struggled
to provide the finest musical
education for him and saw
him become concertmaster
of the Detroit 'Symphony and
presently concertmaster of
the Seattle Symphony.
George Steinberger, whose
parents were in the insur-
ance business, now an im-
portant figure in Detroit in-
surance circles.
Also the Kepes brothers, a
pioneer family in Delray, who
are prominent today in build-
ing; the Steam family, tin-
smiths, whose sons went into
the tool and die business;
barber Mano Joseph's sons
Milton and Leslie, now prom..
inent ostheopathic physicians.
The Beschkys had a fine
men's apparel shop on Jef-
ferson, and Emil, their son,
became an architect. The
Spitzers had a yarn and
thread shop; their son Paul
is a college professor. The
Langs had a roofing shop;
and the Silvermans had a
variety shop (their daughter
Harriet became a fine teach-
er). The Siegels had a series
of small but excellent res-
taurants, and there were
many others.
These immigrant families
worked hard, learned the
language slowly but survived
with warmth and empathy
for each other. The syna-
gogue was the center of the
cultural and social life.
We remember the constant
concern about meeting the
mortgage costs. The. final
party to burn the mortgage—
the job that accompanied
this accomplishment — was
a momentous occasion. Of
course we were joined in this
effort by the Jews in the
Ecorse, Wyandotte and River
Rouge community.
These memories are
kindled anew by the efforts
of Resettlement Service, a
Jewish Welfare Federation
agency which tries to do
what in earlier years each
ethnic group tried to do for
itself. With the influx again
of newcomers rescued from
persecution, the Jewish , com-
munity as a whole has to
open its heart to the new-
comer in helping find jobs,
learn the language, socialize
and welcome our brothers
into this country.


Attorney Remembers Butzel

Editor, The Jewish News:
In 1929, having passed the
bar, I got my first position
in the law with Capizzi and
Rota, with offices at 1926 Na-
tional' Bank Bldg. (Now the
First National Bldg.).
Prior thereto, I had gradu-
ated from Western High and
what is now Wayne State
Law School. In the eight or
so years before, I lived with
my folks over our fruit store
located on W. Vernor Hwy.,
between Junction and Liver-
nois; and I worked parttime
in the store.
About a week after my
name went on the door of
1926- National Bank Bldg., a
tall thin man came into the
office and asked for Mr. Si-
mon. My desk being in the
reception room. I acknowl-
edged my identity. He looked
at me for a moment, then
said "Jewish, aren't you?"
"Sure," I said.
"I'm Fred Butzel. Why
haven't you reported to me?
I had heard of Fred Butzel
—what Detroit Jew -hadn't—
!rut had had no acquaintance
or contact with him from the
"Jewish backwoods" where
I lived and worked.
"Report to you? For what
"To provide necessary legal
service for indigent Jews in
this area. Be in my office at
5 today." Without waiting to
hear me reply, he-turned and
left the office.
My boss, Mr. Rota, a very
observant Catholic, was pres-
ent when the above took
place; this I noted as I sat
Mr. Rota: "Your appoint-
ments with .and assignments
from Mr. Butzel are to be
treated with the same respect
and fidelity as those with us."
I was there at 5 to 5 and
until I got married in March
1940, I handled about 20 mat-
ters a year. He paid the costs
and expenses, so far as I
know, out of his own pocket.
I recall three divorce cases,
because my assignments
were not completed until I
attended to getting "the
Gets" for the' women.
The Butzel offices were at
1990 National Bank. In 1932,
I went "in for myself" at
PAULINE GROSSMAN 1961 same building, and he
tried paying me for my serv-
Resettlement Service
ices. I refused pay from indi-
* * *

Baptist Convention Thanks Proprietor

Editor, The Jewish News:
I'd like to relate the won-
derful humantarian act by
the owners of Day's Fash-
ions, 9450 Joseph Campau in
Ha mtramck.
The ways and means com-
mittee of the Michigan Pro-
gressive Baptist Convention
presented the a n n'u a 1
Fashion Flair March 24 at
the Sheraton Cadillac Hotel.
The ways and means com-
mittee is an arm of the stew-
ardship division of the con-
vention and has as its chief
function an event to raise
scholarship funds for a
deserving black child. This
is the second year that Mr.
David Silver and his son of
Day's, have so graciously
given of their time and use
of their clothes for this very

worthWhile project. Mr. Silver
allowed our models to come
into the store and select
whatever garment they chose
to model,-with no restrictions.
In times like these, it takes
true grit and deep compas-
sion to involve oneself in a
venture that most certainly
will have far-reaching effects
toward improving relation-
ships in all facets of our
society. Our members have
pledged 100' per cent support
to Day's Fashions and we
are launching an all-out
"Patronize Day's" campaign
throughout all of the churches
that make up our convention.
Program Chairman
Annual Fashion Flair
Michigan Progressive
Baptist ConVention

gents, so he sent me some
paying clients.
He always got all the de-
tails of the cases, and was
amused when I learned that
some of the indigents de-
ceived him.
No matter how fast or com-
pletely Yiddish the words
thrown at him by the people,
he correctly got the gist of
what was said. Since he was
limited in Yiddish, I often
was called on to be his reply
mouth. But it never happened
that he did not understand
what was said to hint, and I
always admired his "sizing
up" of the problem, and his
practical approaches a n d
I recall his hatred of Jews
who could, but refused to, do
their share for the needy.

The Jewish News re-
grets that it cannot publish
letters submitted without
signature. Although the
name need not be printed
in The Jewish News, it
must be known to the

Collegian Differs
With Criticism of
Interfaith Event

Editor, The Jewish News:
I was distressed to read a
letter to the editor last week
which commented negatively
on the Jewish-Christian en-
c oun te r a,t Adat Shalom
which took place recently.
The letter was signed "A
Thinking College Student."
I, too, am a college student,
and I found the arguments
both repugnant and non-think-
ing. Furthermore, I attended
the entire 'day's events, and
I believe that I was the only
Jewish college student there
to make a judgment. (There
were many non-Jewish stu-
dents there.)
Ignorance can only hurt
us, as it has for centuries.
Christian_s who attended our
services cannot believe that
we have horns or that we use
blood of Christian children in
our ritual.
Similarly, our fears which
result from the mysticism of
Catholic services are explain-
ed away.
This does not mean that
we wish to merge the re
ligions, but they can co-exist.
One participant in these
encounters led her church to
send a petition with over a
thousand names to the secre-
general of United Nations,
expressing their indignation
with the Syrians' refusal to
supply names of their Israeli
At last month's encounter
a Christian reported that she
now understood that the
Holocaust was a direct result
of centuries of Christian per-
One must understand that
only the most sincerely re-
ligious persons of either faith
are willing to take part in
a full day's religious experi-
ence. People with such faith
are not likely to lose it after
one day's exposure to an-
other religion.

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