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January 28, 1977 - Image 16

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-01-28

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16 Friday, January 28, 1977.

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Jewish Law and Transplants

Are Your

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(Copyright 1977, JTA, Inc.)

In performing trans-
plants from a corpse to a
living person there are
generally three issues in-
volved. There is a prohibi-
tion against deriving any
benefit for humans from
the dead.
Removing a cornea, for
example, involves cutting
the corpse which might be
considered a desecration
of the dead. The proce-
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cornea involves delaying
the burial of the dead,
which is not permitted.
The position which
permits eye cornea
transplants has been well
defined by the late Chief
Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi
Issar Yehuda Unterman.
He suggested that the
transplant of the cornea
could come under the
heading of saving a life
and in the case of an en-
dangered life the above
three restrictions are
suspended.
If the person would be
blind without receiving
the transplant it is consid-
ered a matter of life and
death since blindness
might lead to accidental
loss of life. The problem is
more acute when the reci-
pient has one good eye. In
such a ease, Rabbi Unter-
man argued that the
cornea becomes living
matter when it is trans-
planted and thus one is not
deriving benefit from the
dead tissue but from the
living organ. Since the
eyes of the dead are

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closed, removing the
cornea would possibly not
involve an embarrassing
desecration since the inci-
sion would not be visible
on the surface of the body.
Some rabbis only al-
lowed transplants for re-
cipients who were blind
otherwise in both eyes.
Other rabbis insist that
the donor must make a
declaration of his permis-
sion to transplant his
cornea to another indi-
vidual after his death.
This would especially
eliminate the problem of
a delayed burial which is
otherwise an insult to the
dead.
Some raise the issue as
to whether one can con-
tribute his cornea to
eye-banks. It has been
stated by some rabbinic
authorities that since
there are so many cases of
blindness that would
benefit from this cornea it
is to be regarded as if the
recipient was in direct
contact with the donor.
Since there are diverse
opinions on this matter it
should be noted that the
decision in any individual
case should be referred to
some responsible rab-
binic authority.

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
A Knesset education sub-
committee will propose
the establishment of a
national council for re- Women to Sponsor
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Keren-Or
Group,
Jews of Middle Eastern or
Hadassah, will sponsor, a
Oriental background.
Its purpose, according bowling party 8:30 p.m.
to subcommittee chair- Feb. 12 at Southland
man Haviv Shimoni of the- Lanes. Bowling will be
Labor Alignment, will be followed by dinner.
the enrichment of Israeli Friends are welcome, and
culture and incorporation there is a per-couple
of material on Middle charge. For reservations
Eastern Jews into the by Tuesday, call Marilyn
elementary school cur- Rosenfeld, 767-1211, or
Andi Silverman, 232-
riculum.
8598.

Flint Area News

Campaign Vice Chairmen
Picked for Flint UJA Drive

ISAACS

ANNE USHER SARAH USHER

Malcolm Isaacs, gen-
eral chairman of the Flint
United. Jewish Appeal
Campaign, announced
the vice chairmen of the
drive at the opening
meeting of the Campaign
cabinet.
Men's division , vice
chairmen are: Jerome
Kasle, Michael Melet and
Robert Silverman; and
women's division, Anne
Osher and Sarah Usher;
women's associate
chairmen, Zena Moss and
Barbara Schafer. Past
women's chairmen are
Florence Epstein and
Blanche Gordon.
Guest speaker Rabbi
Herbert A. Friedman,
former executive vice
chairman of the UJA,
talked about the Entebbe
rescue operation. Rabbi
Friedman said that Israel
risked a "great deal" by
going to Entebbe, but said
that the risks involved in
not going were even grea-
ter.
He said the Entebbe
operation demonstrated
that Israel protects Jews
all over the world, not
just those in Israel. "The
reason for Israel's exis-
tence is to save Jews who
are in trouble; Entebbe

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Monday — Temple Beth
El board meeting, 8 p.m.,
temple, and Cong. Beth
Israel Bar Mitzva pa-
rents' night, 8 p.m.,
synagogue.
Tuesday — Temple
Beth El Sisterhood board
meeting, noon, temple;
and Bnai Brith meeting, 8
p.m., Howard Johnsons
East.
Thursday — JWVA
meeting, 8 p.m., home of
Brenda Wisnudel, 2948
Concord St.; and and
Cong. Beth Israel board
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validated Israel's exis-
tence."
Mesdames Usher and -
Usher announced a Cam-
paign workshop for all
workers will be held on _
11:30 a.m. Thursday in
the home of Arlene' Har-
ris, 3490 Hawthorne Dr.
The co-chairmen invite
all women who are in-
terested in participating
in this year's campaign to
the workshop-brunch.
Ruth Broder, a Campaign
leader in Detroit, will lead
the briefing session and
review Campaign
techniques. For -informa-
tion, contact the Council
office, 767-5922.

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lint 0134• uaries
F
Fanny Colish, 79

Fanny Colish, an active
member of Flint Jewish
communal organizations,
died Jan. 17 in Florida at
age 79.
Born in Canada, Mrs.
Colish was a member of
Cong. Beth Israel and its
sisterhood, Order of the
Eastern Star and was a
life member of Hadassah.
Mrs. Colish and her late
husband, Louis, owned
the Square Deal Grocery,
later the Square Deal De-
partment Store, from the
early 1920s until 1967.
She resided at G-3720 Rue
Foret.
Mrs. Colish is survived
by a son, Erwin of Akron,
Ohio; a daughter, Mrs.
Arnold (Patricia) Hartz;
two brothers, William
Saltman and Hy
Saltman; three sisters,
Mrs. Shirley Tobin of
Chicago, Ill., and Mrs. Lil-
lian Shapiro and Mrs.
Belle Travis, both of Van-
couver, British Columbia,
Canada; eight grandchil-
dren, and one great-
grandson.

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