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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-06-21

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Cantor-Composer Sholom Secunda, 79;
Wrote Popular and Litutgical Music

NEW YORK —Sholom Se-
cunda, a cantor, conductor
and composer of "Bei Mir
Bist du Schoen," a song
which he sold for $30 but
which earned millions for
other people, died June 13
at age 79.

Born in Alexandria, Rus-
sia, Mr. Secunda came to the
U.S. at age 8, bringing with
him a reputation as a vocal
prodigy and cantor. He wrote
some 60 operettas and more
1,000 songs. He sold the

Schoen" in 1933 and 28 years
later had the copyright re-
turned. The song earned mil-
lions. for Sammy Cahn, who
wrote the English lyrics, and
for the Andrews Sisters, who
recorded-it.
Mr. Secunda, a musical di-
rector at the Concord Hotel
in the Catskills for many
years, conducted a 65-piece
symphony orchestra in a
series of Thursday concerts
which featured many Metro-
politan Opera stars.
Since his early childhood,
he conducted orchestras in
vaudeville, grand opera and
symphonies in major cities
throughout the country.
As a music critic for The
Jewish Daily Forward, he
won commendation from his
colleagues for the perception
of his articles, the New York
Times reported. He also lec-
tured on American and Jew-
ish music and wrote many
articles on 'music for news-
papers and magazines.

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Mr. Secunda once said
"One of the greatest satisfac-
tions I get out of my work is
the opportunity to show that
Jewish music is not neces-
sarily a wail. It can be as
merry and happy as the most
cheerful music of any other
race or nation."
Among his works are
"Clarinet Quintet," based on
hasidic modes; "String Quar-
tet in C minor," "Yom Ha-
kibutz," a symphonic work;
"If Not. Higher" and "Yiz-
kor," two oratorios; and a
musical "Hard to Be a Jew,"
which recently completed its
run.
A fellow of the Interna-
tional Institute of Arts and
Letters, Mr. Secunda re-
ceived awards from many
national and international in-
stitutions. He was a member
of the American Society of
Composers, Authors and. Pub-
lishers and had been presi-
dent of the Society of Jewish
Composers since 1932.

OBITUARIES

AARON FIELDS, 10040
Troy, Oak Park, died June
13. Survived by his wife, Vir-
ginia; a son, Jamie Scott;
two daughters, Kimberly
Lynn and Benita Ann; his
mother, Mrs. Esther Finkel-
stein; one brother and one
ZELDA BLACKMAN, 25632 sister.
Lincoln Terrace Dr., Oak
Park, died June 17. Survived
HARRY FLIESHER, 24717
by her _ husband, Charles; Rensselaer, Oak Park, died
three sons, Meyer of St. June 16. Survived by his
John's, Mich., Joseph and wife, Fay; two sons, Arnold
Hyman; two daughters, Mrs. and Harvey; his father, Isa-
Morris (Shirley) Steiner and dore; two brothers and, one
Mrs. Nathan (Irene) Light; sister.
two brothers, one sister, 14
grandchildren and 10 great-
grandchildren.
LEO GRAYSON, 11120
Freud, died June 18. He
JOSEPH H. COHEN, form- leaves two brothers, William
er Detroiter of Phoenix, died A. and Samuel Goldberg of
June 13. Survived by a son, Florida.
Sidney of San,-- Diego; a
daughter, Mrs. I. Goodman
ANNA GREENBLATT,
(Pauline) Cohen of Detroit;
four grandchildren and one 4015 Benjamin, Royal Oak,
died June 15. Survived by
great-grandchild.
two sons, Jack and Joseph;
three daughters, Mrs. Al
(Belle) Selter, Mrs. Jack
(Sally) Sandler and Ruth;
four brothers, two sisters,
first $15,000,000 loan for Is- six grandchildren and nine
rael from American banks
great-grandchildren.
and later negotiated loans to
Israel from banks in Switzer-
JACOB GROBMAN, 17116
land and Sweden.
He was credited with nego- Alta Vista, Southfield, died
tiation of a $5,000,000 loan June 17. He leaves a son,
here in 1950 in anticipation Sidney of Philadelphia; a
of the first Israel Bond issue. daughter, Mrs. Stuart (Syl-
During World War II, Mr. via) Hamburger; two broth-
Rothenberg was chief intelli- ers, two sisters and two
gence officer in the army's grandchildren.
China Wing Air Transport
Command.
ESTHER INDIANER, 16200

MEYER BERENT, 15020
Dartmouth, Oak Park, died
June 14. Survived by his wife,
Anna; a son, Emanuel of
Brooklyn; a daughter, Mrs.
Harry (Thelma) Kaplan; and
five grandchildren.

Nathaniel Rothenberg, Zionist Leader

NEW Y-0 R K (JTA) —
Nathaniel S. Rothenberg, a
New York attorney and Zion-
rights to "Bei Mir Bist du ist leader who negotiated Is-
rael's first loans from foreign
banks, died here June 11 at
age 61.
The Family of the Late
Mr. Rothenberg was a
PHILIP
member of governing bodies
of the United Jewish Appeal,
KAPLAN
a counsel and national sec-
Acknowledges with
retary of the-Jewish National
grateful appreciation
Fund of America and active
the many kind expres-
in the American Zionist Fed-
sions of sympathy ex-
ration. He was counsel for
tended by relatives and
Bnai Zion, the American
friends during the fam-
Zionist fraternal order, which
ily's recent bereave-
he also served as president
ment.
from 1956 to– '59.
Son of the late Judge
Morris Rothenberg, who was
N. S. ROTHENBERG
president of the Zionist Or-
In Loving Memory of
ganization of America, Mr.
Rothenberg was born in New in 1949, he negotiated the
"Our Dearest Mother"–
York and held a doctorate in
law from Brooklyn Law Ann Siegel, 64,
FRANCES
School.
(Fanny) ROTH
Mr. Rothenberg's career Longtime -Teacher
spanned
-a wide field of ac-
Ann Siegel, a teacher in
June 21, 1962
tivities in government, bank- the Detroit Public School
ing and law. As special coun_ System for 42 years, died
Sadness fills our hearts,
sel of the Treasury of Israel June 17 at age 64.
today,
A native Detroiter, Miss
12 summers ago, you
Siegel taught at Field, Win-
were called away.
In Memory of Our
terhalter and Courtis Elemen-
The years have never
Beloved Mother and
tary schools. She was a mem-
. dimmed
Grandmother
L_
ber of Parkwood Chapter of
The memory of your
IDA SAX
Women's American ORT,
face,
Business and Professional
Who-passed away June
The way you held your
Chapter of Bnai Brith Wom-
30, 1962, 28 days in
head,
en, Sinai Hospital Women's
Sivan. Sadly missed by
Your laughter, warmth,
Guild and the Jewish Home
her children, Mildred
and grace.
for the Aged Women's Auxili-
and By Zerkel, Elaine
The twinkle in your
ary. She resided at 18357
and Charlie Finkelstein,
eye—
Midway Southfield.
and Doris and Sydney
When we did something
She leaves a brother, Dr.
Kofman; and grand-
frand,
Henry; and a sister, Mrs.
children.
were the greatest
Albert (Shirley) Farber.
Mother,
In this entire land.
How proud we were, to
In Blessed Memory of Our Dearly
have you near,
Departed Loved One
To let the world know—
That you were ours,
LEWIS ZALMAN
forever dear,
Who passed away June 27, 1973. Sadly missed
And how much we love
you so.
and forever in our hearts, by his loving family.

SHOLOM SECUNDA

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Deeply missed and
loved by her children:
Robert Roth, Helene
Ha mmer, Shirley
Greengood, Geraldine
(Jerry) Mille r, and
Joan Adler, and her
grandchildren.

Lena Mitchell Levine;
Active in Groups

Lena Mitchell Levine, an
active member of several
local organizations, died June
15 at age 85.
Mrs. Mitchell, a native of
Russia, lived in the Detroit
area for 70 years. She was a
member of Pioneer Women,
Detroit Ladies Aid Society,
Golden Rule Society, Chaim
Weizmann Society and
the Jewish Center senior
adult group. For several of
the organizations, she had
served as hospital visitor.
She lived at 19801 Greenfield.
Survivors are two sons,
Sidney and Martin; three
brothers, Edward, Ben -and
Aid; a sister, Betty; four
grandchildren and two great-
grandchildren.

RDAEMEER
711M2 7117N

During the
coming week

Yeshivoth Beth
Yehudah will
observe the
Yahrzeits of the
following d a-
parted friends,
with the tradi-
tional Memor-
ial Prayers, re-
citation of
Kaddish and
Studying of
Mishnayos.

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Tammuz June

Anna Birnbaum 3
3
Emma D. Dana
Benjamin Krause 3
David Rosenblum 3
3
Yached Skorka
3
Sarah Zucker
David M. Blanke 4
Abraham
4
Domstein
Helen Goldstein 4
Dr. Joseph
Gruber
4
David Kabaker
4
Jack Markow
Louis Moskowitz 4
5
Moshe Baruch
S
Ben Gladstone
5
Anna Goldin
5
Julius Kasoff
_
Nathan
5
Levenberg
Yakel Pomerantz 5
5-
David Rosen
6
Sophie Cohen
Sarah
6
Finkelstein
Lester N. Freed 6
Louis Freedman 6
6
Ben Hersh
Bronia Nothman 6
6
Sarah Schmier
6
Pearl Shoskes
6
Mary Simon
7
Lena Brenner
7
Adolph Dinetz
Mrs. Duberstein 7
7
Karl Hess
7
Harry Peitz
Sam Pukowitsky 7
7
Philip Schlussel
8
Louise Bloch
Joseph D. Finley_ 8
Sarah Levin
8
Augusta
Mermelstein
t
Joseph Miller
8
Lee E. Segal
8
Louis Berkower 9
Ethel Goldberg 9
Mendel Gordon 9
9
Miriam Haas
9
Fay G. Levy
Lillian D.
Viedrah
9
Philip Yaker
9

W. Nine Mile, Southfield,
died June 18. She leaves her
husband, Morris; a son, Si-
mon; two daughters, Mrs.
Charles (Nancy) Reider of
Grand Rapids and Mrs.
Arthur (Marcia) Meyers of
St. Louis; and 10 grandchil-
dren.

RACHEL L. N'EUFELD, of
Bedford, N.Y. died June 15.
She leaves her husband, Ja-
cob; two daughters, Mrs.
Philip Wechsler of Detroit

Esther Tarnopol, 67
Group Co-Founder

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Esther R. Tarnopol, who
with'her late husband Meyer
founded the Mr. and Mrs.
Group of City of Hope 20
years ago, -died June 15 at
age 67.
Born in Boston, Mrs. Tar-
nopol resided at 20551 Lahser,
Southfield. She leaves two
brothers, Abram and Harry
Katz of Miami Beach; .and a
sister, Mrs. Joseph (Clara)
Shapiro.

Sidney A. Deitch
DETROIT
MONUMENT WORKS

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661 E. 8 MILE, FERNDALE
1 1/2 Blocks E. of Woodward
6 Blks from 3 Jewish
Cemeteries on Woodward

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, June 21, 1974-47

Worldwide Service

and Mrs. Dorothy Bickler;
and five grandchildren.
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GUSTAV SCHIMME L,
16861 Lahser, died June 17.
He leaves his wife, Tillie.
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DAVID STERN, 15201
Miller, Oak Park, died June
16. He leaves his wife, Tena;
two sons, Robert E. and Eliot
J.; one sister and seven
grandchildren.

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