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December 17, 1976 - Image 43

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1976-12-17

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Friday, December 17, 1976 43

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

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Irwin Shaw's Services Applauded
at Jewish Center Testimonial Fete

With "Thank You,
Irwin Shaw" as the motto
of a testimonial dinner at
the Jewish Center, Tues-
day evening was devoted
to recognition of the serv-
ices rendered during the
past 25 years by Irwin
Shaw, who has just re-
tired as the Center's
executive vice president.
Jewish Center Presi-
dent Hugh W. Greenberg
set the tone for the eve-
ning of tributes to Shaw
by emphasizing that the
man who had directed
Center affairs for a quar-
ter of a century was not
really retiring but was
accepting "new chal-
lenges" with a mission to
commence in February in
Israel in behalf of the
Jewish Welfare Board
and with services for the
Youth and Hechalutz
Department of the Jewish
Agency. Mr. and Mrs.
Shaw will leave for a
three-month stay in Is-
rael the latter part of
January.
Joining Greenberg in
expressing gratitude to

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IRWIN SHAW

Shaw for his many
pioneering efforts in his
Jewish Center directorial
role were Center Past-
Presidents Richard Kux,
Milton J. Miller and N.
Brewster Broder.
They were unanimous
in applauding Shaw's
tasks in advancing He-
brew studies in the
classes he established, in
the studies more recently
conducted for incoming
Russian Jews who were
assisted in learning En-
glish, in the establish-
ment of the Book Fairs,
the shlikhim program of
Israeli counselors and
other functions which
made the Detroit Jewish
Center a pioneer and a
guide for other centers in
the country in setting
policies for Jewish con-
tent.
Of special interest in
Tuesday's program was
the address of tribute by
Mrs. Sara Mittledorf who
presented Shaw with a
plaque in behalf of the
Association for Jewish
Retarded.
Mrs. Mittledorf de-
scribed how Shaw, in
1958, responded to a plea
for services for the re-
tarded, how he then pro-
vided directorial assis-
tance for the first group
of 10 retarded for whom a
class was formed at the
Center, and how that
service was expanded to
the present more than
100 who are regularly as-
sisted with special pro-
gramming — all taanks to
the responsiveness by
Shaw.
Shaw's successor as
Jewish Center executive
vice president, Dr. Morton
Plotnick, expressed ap-
preciation to Shaw for hav-
ing established the high
standards for Jewish
Center programming, and
expressed his own deter-
mination to carry on the
productive tasks.
There was a musical
tribute to Shaw in which
Melba Winer, Joan Lin-
den, Carol Milgrom,
Marge Cowen and Evelyn
Platt participated. Rabbi
Joshua Sperka gave the
invocation.
In his response to the
honors extended him
and the accompanying
awards, Shaw briefly out-
lined his experiences in
Detroit, the education he
derived from the local
Jewish school system and
the cooperation given
him in his labors by dedi-
cated community leaders.
Shaw studied at the

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United Hebrew Schools
and the Beth El College of
Jewish Studies, from
which he graduated in
1930.
He taught social studies
in the Detroit public
schools from 1936 to 1942.
He was also a teacher in
the religious school of
Temple Beth El from 1928
to 1935, and served as
principal of the Bnai
Moshe religious school
from 1935 to 1937.
His group work experi-
ence began in 1921 as a
member of a Young Ju-
dean Club. In 1926, he be-
came a Young Judean
club leader, and in 1928,
became the first paid field
secretary for the Young
Judean movement in De-
troit.
After being a member
of a Center club, he be-
came club leader at the
Detroit Jewish Commu-
nity -Center in 1929. Dur-
ing 1935 and 1936, he was
supervisor of the Young
Peoples Club of Cong.
Bnai Moshe.
His summers during
this period were spent as
counselor at various chil-
dren's camps, culminat-
ing in his appointment as
executive director of the
Detroit Jewish commu-
nity's resident camp in
1936 — a post which he
held until 1955.
He served as a lieuten-
ant in the U.S. Navy during
World War II, and then re-
turned to Detroit, as
executive director of the
camp and as administra-
tive assistant to the direc-
tor of the Jewish Welfare
Federation, Isadore
Sobeloff.
In 1948 Shaw was ap-
pointed assistant director
of the Federation. In 1951
he became executive di-
rectorof the Jewish
Community Center.
He continued as the
executive director of both
the Center and the camp
until 1955, when the ex-
pansion of both agencies
required a full time
executive director for
each. Shaw remained
with the Center, and in
1971 became the execu-
tive vice president.

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