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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-03-13

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Friday, March 13, 1981

Funeral Rite Explained


(Copyright 1981, JTA, Inc.)

It is customary to put
some grass (torn from
somewhere else) or earth
over the grave before leav-
ing the burial ground at a
Generally it is considered
to be a duty of everyone who

Life in China
Includes Bagels
for NY Author

NEW YORK — Sidney
Shapiro, author of "An
American in China," has
had to forego many Ameri-
can amenities during his
34 years of existence in the
People's Republic. But one
luxury that the trans-
planted Brooklynite refuses
to do without is the bagel.
Shapiro, described by
James P. Sterba in a New
York Times feature article
as possibly the only Chinese
citizen who grew up in the
Flatbush section of Brook-
lyn, makes the bagels in his
home using a recipe for
Chinese steamed bread.
"I think I started making
them during the Cultural
Revolution when I was
searching for spiritual sol-
ace," Shapiro said. Shapiro
reports that there is no lox
- available in China, but a
kind of gouda-like cheese
and a salty, pickeled bean
curd can be spread on the
Jewish delicacy.

World Maccabi
Leader Dies

attends a funeral to con-
LONDON — Pierre Gil-
tribute some action in the
form of participation in desgame, president of the
order to honor the dead and World Maccabi Union since
to add something to his care. 1973 and its chairman for
Those who may not have many years, died March 4.
An accomplished horse-
had the opportunity of as-
sisting in shoveling the man, Mr. Gildesgame joined
earth back into the grave the equestrian section of
can at least put some Maccabi in London and soon
plucked grass or disengaged became the club's chair-
earth onto the grave. It has man. After World War II, he
also been customary to helped revive the move-
pluck some grass and throw ment in Europe and as
chairman of the Maccabi
it back over one's shoulder.
This indicates that the World Union, he traveled
living must not become widely helping to found
over-possessed with the Maccabi clubs.
He was one of the main
phenomenon of death
and so they toss the architects of the recreated
plucked grass over their Maccabia Games in 1950
shoulder as a symbol of and six years later was a co-
leaving the idea of death founder of the Maccabi Vil-
to the dead who have lage at Ramat Gan. A
been "plucked" from this Museum of the History of
earth by the hand of the Jewish Sport at the village
Almighty while they, the bears his name.
He is a descendant of
living, return to their
concerns and duties Rabbi Azriel Hildesheimer,
founder of Berlin's Rabbini-
among the living.
cal Seminary.
Some also contend that
the vegetative growth of Jacob Berkowitz
grass just plucked from the
, Jacob Berkowitz, who
earth will take root again in
another location (i.e., , was employed in the scrap
paradise) and thus death is and waste paper business
for many years, died March
not the end to everything.
5 at age 68.
Born in Romania, Mr.
Sages rank higher than
came to the U.S.
prophets, for the power of
prophecy does not abide 60 years ago. He was em-
with a man every moment, ployed at the Atlantic
but the power of wisdom Waste Paper and Metal Co.
for 30 years and for the past
—Zohar six years at the Winston
Metal and Iron Co.
He held membership in
the Brotherhood Lodge of
Bnai Brith for many years
and was the past_ president
of the Livonia Jewish Con-
gregation. He formerly was
affiliated with Cong. Bnai
He is survived by his wife,
Rose; two sons, Irving and
Michael; a daughter, Mrs.
Milton (Frances) Goldman;
a brother, Louis of Akron,
Ohio; and - six


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Thelma Polsky, a real es-
tate agent at the Center
Realty Lathrup office, died
March 7 at age 69.
Born in Saskatchewan,
Canada, Mrs. Polsky was
graduated from Wayne
State University and the
University of Michigan,
specializing in real estate.
She worked for the real es-
tate company for 15 years.
Mrs. Polsky was a
member of the American
Jewish Congress, Women's
American ORT, Music
Study Club, Cong. Shaarey
Zedek and its sisterhood,
National Council of Jewish
Women and Hadassah.
She leaves a son, Alex of
Long Beach, Calif.; a
daughter, Mrs. Paul (Rima)
Rabb of San Diego, Calif.; a
brother, Irvin H. Yackness;
and three grandchildren.

Major newspapers in
Israel include the Hebrew
afternoon dailies Maariv
and Yediot Aharonot (each
with a circulation of
225,000) and two ,morning
papers, Haaretz (circulation
65,000) and Davar (circula-
tion 40,000).

International Tributes Pay Honor
to Memory of Rose Zuckerman

Tributes that assumed an
international scale, hun-
dreds at her funeral services
at Kaufman Chapel Sunday
afternoon, paid honor to the
memory of Rose Zucker-
man, who died March 5 at
age 93.
Cabled messages of con-
dolences included tributes
from Israel Prime Minister
Menahem Begin, Labor
Party leader Shimon Peres,
Jewish Agency Chairman
Leon Dulzin, Jewish
Agency Treasurer Akiva
Levinsky and Jewish
Agency World President
Moshe Rivlin.
- An active role emphasiz-
ing assistance to survivors
from many crises marked
the life of the Grand Old
Lady whose inspiration to
her son, Paul Zuckerman,
who attained worldwide
recognition in Jewish lead-
ership, gained for her the

admiration of Jewish 'per-
sonalities in this country
and'in Israel.
Mrs. Zuckerman was
born in Constantinople (Is-
tanbul), Turkey, was mar-
ried there to Joseph Zuc-
kerman and they came to
Detroit when their son
Paul, also born in Constan-
tinople, was three years old.
With her husband
Joseph, who gained wide
recognition as an or-
ganizer of the leading
travel bureau in Detroit,
she was active in many
The late Joseph Zucker-
man was a linguist who
mastered 12 languages and
he served formany years in
important roles as trans-
lator in Michigan courts.
Mrs. Zuckerman shared
that glory with her knowl-
edge of eight languages.
She was an organizer of

Journalist Bernard Postal

Bernard Postal, editor,
author and publicist whose
career in Jewish journalism
spanned . more than half a
century, died March 5. He
was 75 years old.
Mr. Postal had been asso-
ciate editor of The Jewish
Week, an American-Jewish
newspaper serving the
Greater New York area, for
the past 10 years ever since
his retirement as public in-
formation director of the na-
tional Jewish Welfare
Board (JWB).
In the early 1920s, he was
a reporter for the New York
Globe and New York World.
From 1926 to 1928, he was
exchange editor of The New
York Times.
From 1929 to 1931
Postal was editor of the
Jewish Telegraphic
Agency Daily Bulletin.
From 1931 to 1938 he was
editor of the Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency Daily
Bulletin. From 1931 to
1938 he was editor of the
Seven Arts Feature Syn-
dicate and Worldwide
News Service.
He also edited the Jersey
City Jewish Standard from
1932 to 1934, and the
Jewish War Veteran from
1934 to 1937. From 1938 to
1946, he was public rela-
tions director for Bnai Brith
in Washington, D.C., and

left to assume a similar
position at JWB in New
York. He was editor of the
monthly magazine The
Jewish Digest from its in-
ception in 1955.
Mr. Postal was co-author
of 10 books of Jewish inter-
est. Among them were
"Encyclopedia of Jews in
Sports" (with Roy and Jesse
Silver); "And the Hills
Shouted For Joy: The Day
Israel Was Born" (with
Henry Levy); "Jewish
Landmarks of New York:
An Informal History and
Guide," and "Guess Who's
Jewish in American His-
tory" (both with Lionel
Koppman); and "Land-
marks of a People: A Guide
to Jewish Sites in Europe"
(with Samuel Abramson).
Another book, "American
Jewish Landmarks, Vol.
III," which he co-authored
with Koppman, will be pub-
lished this year by Fleet

During the 300th an-
niversary of American
Jewish settlement in 1954,
Mr. Postal was honored by
JWB's Jewish Book Council
"for his contributions to
American Jewish history."
Last December, he was pre-
sented with the Maggid
Award of the American
Jewish Public Relations

NY, Israel, School Chief
Nathan Brown Dies at 68

Nathan Brown, a school
administrator in New York
and in Israel, died March 5
at age 68.
Dr. Brown entered New
York City's school system as
a teacher-in-training in
1937 and then rose through
the administrative ranks to
become a principal and dis-
trict superintendent.
In 1966, he was named
executive deputy superin-
tendent of schools then
superintendent and prom-
oted to acting superinten-

dent in 1969. From 1965 to
1970, he was adjunct profes-
sor of administration and
guidance at Hunter College.
He also was the director of
the department of human
resources management and
development at the New
School in Manhattan, .a post
he held since 1976.

In Israel, Dr. Brown
served as president of the
Shenkar College of Fashion
and Textile Technology in
1971 and again from 1973 to


the Jewish Women's Euro-
pean Welfare Organization
whose rescue work of bring-
ing scores of orphans to this
country from Europe during
and after World War I gave
status to the compassion of
scores of local women who
dedicated themselves to the
rescue activities.
Tributes to her were in
evidence in front page
announcements in the Is-
rael press, English and
HebreW, and in British
and French circles.
Locally as well as in the
world capitals, there were
expressions of appreciation
which were marked for
many years, during her re-
sidence in the Borman
facility of the Detroit
Jewish Home for the Aged.
Her son, Paul, visited her
there several times a week
and with his wife Helen, vis-
ited his mother im-
mediately upon his return
from the frequent visits to
Israel, London, Brussels
and Paris, where he
attended world assemblies
in behalf of the United
Jewish Appeal and the
Jewish Agency.
In addition to the causes
she championed, Mrs. Zuc-
kerman held membership
in the Jewish National
Fund, was a board member
of the United Hebrew
School Woman's Auxiliary,
was active in tasks for the
Jewish Welfare Federation
and Allied Jewish Cam-
paign and the Sinai Hospi-
tal Guild.
Besides her son Paul,
Mrs. Zuckerman leaves two
more sons, Victor and
Emanuel; a sister, Zelda
Evans; seven grandchgirlderaetn-
and nine


Anne Hochstein,
of Jewish Week

Anne Hochstein, associate
publisher of The
Week, died March 7 ate
She was the wife of
Joseph Hochstein who pub-
lishes the American Jewish
weekly and , was the news-
paper's comptroller and
business manager.
Mrs. HOchstein was born
in New York City and pur-
sued a career in airline and
advertising and public rela-
tions. She served in those
capacities with Avianca,
the Colombian airline; Na-
tional Airlines and Alitalia.
The Hochsteins were mar-
ried in 1962 and lived in

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