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October 07, 1977 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-10-07

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8 Friday, October 7, 1977



MOVING? Accolades for Louis Berry as He Celebrates 75th







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persons camps and their
evacuation. shortly after
World War II, Berry began
to devote himself to tasks of
rescuing Jews. During the
war he. together with such
national leaders as Dewey
Stone, Abraham Feinberg.
noted Zionists and others
joined in securing and
financing ships that took
Jews out of the displaced
persons camps for settle-
ment in Palestine which

Louis Berry will be joined
by his wife Vivian on a visit
to his birthplace in London.
where he will mark his 75th
birthday on Oct. 10. In his
adopted city and state,
where he has lived since
emigrating in 1922, spokes-
men for scores of causes to
which he has made notable
contributions, many of
which he has helped to
make great progress, will
join in greeting him in
appreciation for his many
tasks for the Jewish
- In the era of the displaced

His career began as a toy houses. From there it was a
salesman for People's Out-
real estate success story.
fitting Co. Then he found a
Now the president of Inter-
job sweeping floors for
national Hotels. Inc.. which
Isaac Schetzer of the dry runs a chain of more than 10
goods trade. Berry gradu- hotels from coast to coast.
ated to salesman, first he also was president of the
working on a street car Fisher and New Center
route and then via a Model buildings.
His son, Harold. and now
In 1938. Berry bought his
grandson Lawrence, join
first two old apartment him in the family

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was soon to become Israel.
Together with the late
Joseph Holtzman, Berry
visited the European DP
camps and Palestine, and
upon their. return they com-
menced their appeals which
contributed toward raising
the standards of giving to
the United Jewish Appeal
and to other causes in
— behalf of Israel.
Born in Liverpool, Berry,
the oldest of six children,
emigrated at age 20. His
father, a cabinet maker,
had died when Louis was 16,
yet young Berry managed
to bring the rest of the chil-
dren to the United States
within six years of his
arrival here.


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THE SCHOOL SEASON: The new Jewish school year is
bringing intensified demands for increased allocations from
Jewish federations for Jewish education, especially for the
growing number of Jewish all-day schools. Allocations by
federations for Jewish education now exceed $20 million a
year as•compared with $11 million 10 years ago.
The school season opened with more than 500 all-day
schools functioning in various parts of the country, in addi-
tion to afternoon and weekend schools. About 460 of the day
schools are under Orthodox auspices, 50 are part of the Con-
servative movement, and a few are conducted by Reform
temples which finally came to recognize the necessity of
Jewish day schools in the programs of strengthening Jewish
identity and continuity. The Jewish all-day schools offer a
combined curriculum of religious and secular studies.
Although the number of Jewish all-day schools is increas-
ing—with some non-Orthodox parents preferring to give
their children a general and Jewish education in a Jewish
atmosphere rather than in integrated municipal schools—
such schools face financial difficulties. They depend prima-
rily on incorne from tuition. and they suffer from mounting
ACCENT ON DAY SCHOOLS: . At a "mini plenary ses-
sion" of the American Jewish Committee, Yehuda Rose-
nman, director of the organization's Jewish Communal
Affairs Department, asserted that the Jewish day school.
through high school, represents the best model available
today in Jewish education. He urged that the Jewish com-
munity give Jewish education not just "priority" but the
"highest priority" in budgeting for local needs.
He forcefully explained to his audience that the Jewish
day school provides many of the ingredients essential to
identity formation, and that it is a total educational expe-
rience, integrating in an effective way Jewish and secular
learning. He even advocated the establishment—at least
regionally—of Jewish high schools of excellence to attract
gifted and motivated youth to prepare them for Jewish
Such a call coming from the American Jewish Committee
is a far dry from the time when Americanized Jews—some
of them second and third generation Americans—were fear-
ful that Jewish day schools might become "ghetto schools."
The march of time has shown that pupils who graduated
from Jewish all-day high schools have made the best stu-
dents in colleges and universities, excelling in general edu-
cation while possessing a fundamental Jewish education.
In the opinion of AJCommittee's director of Jewish com-
munal affairs, Bar Mitzva and Bat Mitzva and confirmation
must cease to be the termination of Jewish education and
become its commencement. Competent researchers have
established that 3,000 hours of Jewish schooling is the min-
imum threshold for effective Jewish schooling in order to
have a serious impact on Jewish identity.
EDUCATION FOR ADULTS: The largest single
institution propagating Jewish education in the United
States today is the synagogue-affiliate afternoon or Sunday
school. This type of school cannot meet the minimum of
3,000 hours of Jewish education needed as a requisite for
any permanent impact.
Statistically, the family and Jewish schooling have an
approximately even — 50-50 — influence on identity forma-
tion of children. An apostasy study, sponsored by the
AJCommittee and directed by Prof. David Kaplovitz of
Columbia University, found that the more cohesive the f am-
ily is, and the better the relationships between parents and
between parents and children, the greater the Jewish iden-
tity of the children.
The AJCommittee, therefore, also urges improvement of
adult Jewish education and involvement of parents in the
Jewish school program by requiring that they study min-
imally on an adult level the material covered by their


Other business interests
include a directorship of
Winkelman Stores, Inc.. and
the presidency of the Berry
Foundation, of which he is
He is a member of the
United Jewish Appeal
National Campaign Cabinet
and boards of the Jewish
Theological Seminary.
Weizmann Institute of Sci-
ence. Joint Distrubition
Committee. American ORT
Federation, Development
Corp. for Israel and United
Service for New Americans.
Locally, he is on the
boards of the Jewish Wel-
fare Federation, Sinai Hos-
pital, Jewish Home for the
Aged, Detroit Service Group
(past president) Clover Hill
Park Cemetery and Hillel
Berry has been chairman
of the cash mobilization
committee of the Allied
Jewish Campaign; chair-
man of the building fund at
Cong. Shaarey Zedek; and
chairman of the Allied Jew-
ish Campaign.

He received the Butzel.
Award in 1971 and Louis
Marshall Award of the Jew-
ish Theological Seminary of
America. He is a founder of
the Greater Seminary of
Jewish Theological Semi-
nary of America, and the
Berry Forest in Israel was
established in 1967.

In May 1973, Berry
received the sword of
Hagana Award from the
state of Israel. presented by
Abba Eban. That fall he was
chairman of cash mobiliza-
tion for the Allied Jewish
Campaign during the Yom
Kippur War. In June 1975 he
and his ion. Harold, jointly
received the American Jew-
ish Committee Human Rela-
tions Award.

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