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August 23, 1974 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-08-23

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14—Friday, August 23, 1974




Evelyn Benyas,
Longtime Nurse

Prosecuting Attorney's Efforts
Cited for Soviet, Syrian Jews

Flint Greeting
Sent to Ford

Robert F. Leonard, Gen-
esee County Prosecuting At-
torney, will receive the
Award of the Righteous Hu-
manitarian for his efforts on
behalf of Soviet and Syrian
Jewry at Flint Jewish Com-
munity Council's annual din-
ner 6:30 p.m., Sept. 8 at
Cong. Beth Israel.
Leonard and another dis-
trict attorney, Eugene Gold
of Brooklyn, recently visited
the Soviet Union on behalf
of the National District At-
torneys Association, investi-
gating allegations of the mis-
treatment and religious per-
sectition of Soviet Jews by
Soviet officials.
Since the Soviet govern-
ment would not grant any
government or person the au-
thority to investigate the
allegations officially, Leonard
and Gold entered the country
ostensibly as tourists with the
direct commission of the
NDAA to determine the offi-
cial basis for the arrests of
the Jews in Leningrad, Riga,
Moscow and Kishinev. Fol-
lowing this investigation and
repoft-, to the NDAA, the as-
sociation has officially gone
on record condemning these
Soviet actions.
o n a r_d was graduated
froth Michigan State Univers-
ity and received his JD de-
gree from Wayne State Uni-
versity'is law school. He
attended Michigan State Uni-
versity's graduate school
majoring in economics. -
He was appointed prosecut-
ing attorney .by the circuit
judges in 1963. Prior to that
appointment he was chief
trial attorney for the prose-
cuting attorney's office. Since
1963, Leonard has been
elected to three four-year
terms as prosecuting attor-
Twice chosen outstanding
prosecutor in the state of
Michigan by the Michigan
Prosecuting Attorneys Asso-
ciation, Leonard is vice pres-
ident of the National District
Attorneys Association.
Leonard is the originator
of the rumor control center
in his office to provide the
public with prompt, current
and factual information dur-
ing a crisis. He established.
the first prosecutor's con-
sumer protection commission
of its, kind in the nation
made up of citizen volun-
teers. He also established the
Genesee County Probation
Authority, which helps re-
habilitate nonviolent felony
first offenders with the use
of community agencies and
resources without the exper-
ience of arrest and trial.
In a letter from the Na-
tional District Attorneys As-
sociation to Syrian President
Hafez al-Assad on behalf of
the two Jews on trial for the
murder of four Jewish wom-
en, Leonard stated in part:
"As leading prosecuting at-
torneys in the United States,
we are concerned with the
administration of justice, not
only 41n our own country, but

In letter to President Ger-
ald Ford, Flint Jewish Com-
munity Council President,
Michael A. Pelavin congratu-
lated the president on assum-
ing his new post.
The letter stated in part:
"On behalf of the Jewish
Community Council of Flint,
indeed, on behalf of the en-
tire Jewish community of
Flint, permit me to extend
to you our sincerest congrat-
ulations on your assuming
the role of the President of
the United States of America.
"It is during these times
of economic crisis and world
unrest that a proven leader
Must guide our country "M
the paths that will maintain
the greatness, the integrity,
and the values of our found:
ing fathers. We are proud
that a Michigander of notable
public service has been
chosen for this position."


in all countries throughout
the world.
"The present trial of the
. . above defendants cer-
tainly has serious and con-
siderable political ramifica-
tions due to the fact that two
of the defendants are mem-
bers of the Jewish faith and


that the four murdered vic-
tims were also members of
the Jewish faith.
"Viewing this trial, then,
from the perspective of the
sensitive international com-
munity which is concerned
with the administration of
justice in every part of the
world, we strongly hope that
you will insure that the prin-
ciples of international due
process are met with during
this trial and thereafter."

Leonard also requested
that one of the NDAA mem-
bers be present at the trial.
Meanwhile, Leonard was
in New York Wednesday with
his staff member, Sheldon
Siegel, to present the letter
to the Syrian Ambassador at
the United Nations. However,
the ambassador refused to
see him, and the letter was
accepted by an aide.
Following the presentation,
there was a press conference
at which several newspapers
and news services were pres-
ent. Among ttini were, News-
day, the Jewish Telegraphic
Agency, Jewish • Week, Maa-
riv, Hador, WEVD, the Lon-
don - Jewish- Chronicle, the
New York Post and the New
York Daily News.

Rabin May Add 3rd
Sephardic Minister

Bulgaria Jews Cited

SOFIA (JTA)—Nearly half
of the 134 Jewish residents of
Evelyn Benyas, a longtime Varna, in Bulgaria, have
registered nurse, died Aug.
been decorated by the gov-
14 at age 53.
ernment for their contribu-
Born in Beaver Falls, Pa.,
Mrs. Benyas lived in Flint tions to socialism in the
for the past 11 years.. She country.
was a member of Cong. Beth
Israel, and resided at 1194
River Valley.
She is survived by her hus-
band, Arron; a son, Howard
W. of San Diego; two sisters,
Bess Caplan of New Castle,
Pa., and Ruth Epstein of
Chicago; and a brother, Dr.
Eugene Baiter of Chicago.


Milan Wineries, Detroit, Mich.



the return


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Comings • •
... Goings

Flint Postmaster Gen. Will-
iam H. Schwartz will co-chair
the government unit of the
United Fund campaign of
Genesee and Lapeer counties.
Schwartz is chairman of the
board of the Genesee
County Mental Health Serv-
ices and Greater Flints men-
tal health facilities. He is
Vice chairman of the human
services planning council and
a member of the United Fund
Flint Men to Join board of trustees and state
board of the Michigan Asso-
UJA Israel Tour
ciation, Community Mental
Louis Epstein, Lou Seide Health.
and Richard Krieger, along
with other American JeWish
leaders, will participate in
the UJA Prime Minister's
Mission to Israel Sunday
'through Thursday.
The mission includes dinner
meetings with Prime Min-
ister Yitzhak Rabin and Min- Aug. 26—Beth Israel Sister-
hood Board Meet-
ister of Defense S h i m o n
ing, 12:30 p.m., syn-
Per6s, a reception with Pres-
ident Ephraim Katzir and
briefings with top officials
Temple Beth El
including Leon_ Dulzin, treas-
Board Meeting, 8
urer of the Jewish Agency.
p.m., Temple.
The itinerary will include
27—Bnai Brith Board
meeting new , immigrants as
Meeting, 8 p . m . ,
they arrive at Lod Airport
home of Sam Win-
and visits to Ma'alot and Kir--
ston, 3202 Circle.
yat Shemona.
—Bnai Brith Women
luncheon and splash
Ramati to Address
party, 12:30 p.m.,
Bonds Parlor Event
home of Ilene Wise-
Shaul Ramati, Israel con-
man, 3421 Mackin
sul general for the Midwest,
* * *
will be the guest speaker at
a parlor meeting 8 p.m. Sept.
Bnai Brith W o me xi' will
11 at the home of Mr. and have a luncheon and splash
Mrs. Gordon Suber, as part party 12:30 p.m. Wednesday
of Flint's observance of Is- at the home of Mrs. Iry Wise-
rael's 26th anniversary.
man, 3424 Mackin, announces
Prior to assuming his Mrs. Max Brezinsky, presi-
present post in 1969, Ramati dent. Prospective members
was acting director of the de- will have the opportunity to
partment of information in meet with members of the
Jerusalem. He has held other board and to acquaint them-
foreign ministry posts.
selves with the workings of
The parlor meeting is one Bnai Brithi Women. Mrs.
of several Israel Bond events Wiseman and Mrs. Joe Apell,
which will culminate in an membership vice presidents,
Israel anniversary ' banquet cordially invite women who
Oct. 13 at Country Squire. are interested in becoming
For information, sail the Bnai Brith members. Ladies
Subers, 234-8383.
are asked to bring swimsuits
and towels. For reservations,
call Mrs. Wiseman, 732-6389,
or Mrs. Apell, 238-4295.


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highly placed source told the
JTA that Premier Yitzhak
Rabin intends to bring in a
third Sephardic minister into
his Cabinet in addition to
Shlomo Hillel (police) and
Aharon Uzan (agriculture)
and is holding the communi-
The Flint Jewish Commun=
cations portfolio open for this ity Council's men's softball
team won -its Aug. 15 game.

Sports Beat

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