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October 10, 1980 - Image 13

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-10-10

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IRE RINI! JEWISH NEWS

ONLY ONCE A YEAR
ALL WINDOW COVERINGS

Bialik House Caretaker Has Unfinished Work

By MOSHE RON

The Jewish News Special
Israel Correspondent

TEL AVIV — The custo-
dian of Bialik House in Tel
Aviv is Moshe Ungerfeld,
an ardent partisan of the
poet Haim Nahman Bialik.
The house is in the center of
the city, on Bialik Street,
and was once . one of the nob-
lest houses. Bialik and his
wife Mania lived in it until
his death.
In 1938, the Tel Aviv
Municipality decided to
i.rn the house into a
fuseum for school children,
students and tourists.
Ungerfeld has turned 80
and is no longer capable of
administering the Bialk
house. There are many
complaints about it. The
Municipality has already

--"Friday, October 10, MO 13

self is built in the Euro- and a cup of tea.
Ungerfeld met Bialik 42
pean style of the 1920s
mixed with Eastern years ago. Mania brought
him from Vienna where he
influence.
Inside the house there is was a student of philosophy.
much to see. Ungerfeld He wrote several books on
saved the cups out of which the philosophical subjects
Bialik drank his tea. In and decided to assist Bialik.
glass cases Bialik's gold
Ungerfeld has kept sev-
watch, pen and tea service eral of Bialik's writings
are displayed. In the hidden because he thought
kitchen, all of the utensils they were not for publica-
used by Mania Bialik re- tion. After Bialik's death, it
main in their place.
was planned to place books
Ungerfeld does not per- from Bialik's rich collection
mit anything to be moved. among outstanding public
He does not understand that libraries. Ungerfeld fought
the house has to undergo ex- this proposal and succeeded
tensive repairs. The books in keeping all the precious
are getting old and decayed. books in the house.
The Tel Aviv Municipal-
They have been on the
shelves for 42 years and ity is trying to repair the
they are only dusted from house. They do not want the
•precious collection of books,
time to time.
Ungerfeld lives in a sub- the original paintings of
urb of Tel Aviv. Every day Reuven Rubin and others to
he comes to the city on two be lost or damaged.
However it is not cer-
buses in order to receive vis-
itors to Bialik House and tain whether Ungerfeld
numbers, but non-Jewish give tours and explana- will be able to continue
spouses have actively in- tions. He has little strength his work.
The poet Anda Amir-
volved themselves, when and patience left. He is liv-
permitted, in the life of the ing in the past, seeing him- Pinkerfeld, who is responsi-
synagogue."
self in his fantasy as a ble for the "Woman's
The UAHC official ex- young man who follows in House" of Mania Bialik,
pressed the view that Or- the footstaps of his master says that the Tel Aviv
Municipality decided a long
thodox and Conservative Bialik.
synagogues face the same
"I have no private life, time ago that, as long as
problem — how to deal with no home, no wife and no Moshe Ungerfeld is alive,
the non-Jewish spouses of children," he said. "This he will not leave Bialik
Jewish members — but that house is my whole life. I House. This house is his life
to his knowledge no similar eat only once a day; my and as long as he can, he
survey had been under- meal consists of two should continue to adminis-
taken by them.
slices of bread, an onion ter the house.

hinted to Ungerfeld that it
might be wise to hand over
the administration to a
younger person:
Ungerfeld refused. He
said that he had dedicated
his life to Bialik. He has no
family. He was attached to
Bialik all his life. In Bialik
he saw the reviver of the
Hebrew word of Eretz Yis-
rael. He has saved every lit-
tle scrap of paper on which
Bialik had written a few
words.
Bialik House was built
in 1924. Time has left its
traces. Some of the walls
have cracks, the paint
has faded away. A young,
energetic person is
needed to restore some of
the original splendor of
the house. The house it-

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Responses to the survey
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