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May 29, 1981 - Image 62

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-05-29

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62 Friday, May 29, 1981


Death of George Jessel Ends Long Show Business Career

George Jessel, a comedian
whose show business career
lasted more than three de-
cades and who was dubbed
by President Harry S. Tru-
man the "Toastmaster Gen-
eral of the U.S.," died May
24 at age 83.
The entertainer, who
raised millions of dollars for
Jewish and charitable
organizations, was most
famous for his appearance
in the 1925 play "The Jazz
Singer." He was approached
to play the lead role in the
movie version, the first
"talkie," but lost it to Al Jol-
son due to a contract dis-

died when Mr. Jessel was 9
years old, he sang in the
aisles of the nickelodeon as
the reels were changed.
From there he went to
vaudeville, where he met
Eddie Cantor and Walter
Winchell. Mr. Jessel drew
from his Jewish back-
ground for material for
his routines.
The decline of vaudeville
was actually a lucky break
for Mr. Jessel, who went on
to star in many Broadway
productions. He was a
writer, producer and in
some cases the star of the
His father prohibited him show.
Between 1943 and 1953,
from going into show busi-
ness, but after his father he pursued a career in Hol-

His speechmaking ta-
lywood, appearing in some
films and producing others. lents were known far and
Israel was among his wide and he often delivered
major interests and he gave eulogies at funerals. On
much time and energy to Is- Wednesday, his boyhood
rael Bonds and other drives. friend, Milton Berle, deliv-
During several visits to Is- ered the eulogy at the fun-
rael he traveled in cars plas- eral for Mr. Jessel.
tered with signs reading,
"This is the Toastmaster Tomatoes Boom
General of the U.S."
in Big Apple
The City of Hope also
benefited from his fund-
raising talents. He held Israel-grown tomatoes are
honorary membership in currently selling for $2.45
per pound in New York. The
188 synagogues.
In 1970, he was honored hothouse tomatoes, bigger
with the Jean Hersholt and juicier than their U.S.
Humanitarian Award of the counterparts, are in de-
Academy of Motion Picture mand even at the relatively
high price.
Arts and Sciences.


Adopted by the American Assembly for Zionism and Israel

REAFFIIZM our commitment to Zionism, asserting its profound moral purpose. and
rededicating ouN•lves to the further realization of its historic ideals.
0ur act of reaffirmation has been occasioned by our deep concern over the continuing assaults.
particularly in ihe major forums of the international community iii )on the values. the
accomplishments, even the name of Zionism.
WE REAFFIRM our commitment to Zionism as an ideology arld a movement whose purpose is
the cultural revitalization. the spiritual renewal. and the political and economic self-determination
of the Jewish people.
Its achievements in the past century include the reclamation and rebuilding of that people's
desolated ancestral homeland, and the establishment there of the State of Israel. In that State. Jews
from all parts of the Diaspora, seeking physical refuge or spiritual growth. become citizens of a
free, democratic, and pro g ressive society
WE REAFFIRM our commitment to Zionism as an id eology whose purpose is the safeguarding
of ihe f undamental human rights of Jewish individuals and communities anywhere in the world.
The Zionist idea continues to serve as a beacon and a catalyst in the struggle for human rights.
Thus. Zionism has been in the forefront of the search for cultural and religious freedom by those
who face the denial of their individual humanity or communal aspirations.

WE REAFFIRM our commitment to Zionism as a philosophy whose purpose is the

preservation and invigoration of the values embodied in the historic traditions of Judaism
Durfing the.past cii.nturv. Zionism has brought about the renewal of the Hebrew language, and has
given new meaning and vitality to the millenial Jewish religious and cultural heritage.
Sensitive' to its religious traditions, Zionism has accorded the highest respect to freedom of
worship. Thus. the rights of the other great world religions which have historic: association with
the I loly Land and their sacred sites, are protected in Israel in a manner unparalleled in the long
history of Zion anc1 Jerusalem.
In reaffirming our commitment to Zionism, in its past record of accomplishment anti in its present
endeavor. WC take full measure of its tasks and promise for the future.
The historic experience of the United States over two centuries and of Israel over three decades
has etched in die consciousness of humanity a deep awareness that societies. made up of people
who have found refuge by choosing to pioneer under conditions of adversity in a land of liberty
can make Inyaluahle contributions to peace and justice, through the furtherance 01 their common
ideals and values and the nurturing of their common spiritual roots.
In this awareness. as Americans, we dedicate ourselves anew to these cherished aims:

• The security of Israel and of the Jewish people throughout the world
• The achievement of peace between Israel and her .Aral) neighbors
• The strengthening of the social and economic fabric 01 Israeli society as an integral part 01 the
general welfare and stability of the Middle East
• The enhancement of Jewish religioUs and cultural expression. which will serve to enrich the
spiritual future of all nations
The ideals. which Zionism formulated and has sought to realize. are timele.ss; aspirations of the
human spirit: security freedom. autonomy growth. and renewal. Zionism has succeeded in
nurturing these universal values \vithin the particular frame of ihe Jewish experience. In doing so. it
has had to withstand the forces o f d ark ness an d t error, w h ose n u cl ei.; upon the Jewish people is
unique in the annals of modern history
We arc thelefore dedicated to the proposition that the course of the Zionist struggle for the security
and normalization of Jewish existence. and 1or the fulfillment ot Jewish ideals and prophetic
values. has lasting significance for all mankind. it is our profound hope t hat abiding faith in these
human values and aspirations will be as a light unto the nations in this generation and for

Elizabeth Bruss

Elizabeth W. Bruss, a
former Detroiter who was a
professor of English at
Amherst (Mass.) College
and chairman of the col-
lege's English department,
died May 8 at age 36.
Born in Detroit, Mrs.
Bruss earned BA, MA and
PhD degrees from the Uni-
versity of Michigan, where
she was a teaching fellow.
She was a member of the
Amherst Jewish Commu-
nity Center.
She is survived by her
husband, Neal H.; her
father, Melvin C. Wissman
of Plainville, Conn.; and a
sister, Mrs. Jane Buxton,
also of Plainville.

Spend your money on
good books and you'll find
its equivalent in gold of in-


The family of the late
Gussie Jacobs announces
the unveiling of a monu-
ment in her memory 11 a.m.
Sunday, May 31, at Hebrew
Memorial Park. Rabbi
Sperka will officiate. Rela-
tives and friends are asked
to attend.


The Family
of the Late


Announces the un-
veiling of a monument
in her memory 11:15
a.m. Sunday, June 7, at
Machpelah Cemetery.
Rabbi Stanley Rosen-
baum will officiate.
Relatives and friends
are asked to attend.

The Family
of the Late


Announces the un-
veiling of ,a monument
in his memory 10 a.m.
Sunday, June 7, at Adat
Shalom Memorial Park.
Rabbi Ernst Conrad
will officiate. Relatives
and friends are asked to
attend. -

The Family
of the Late


Announces the un-
veiling of a monument
in his memory 11 a.m.
Sunday, June 7, at
Machpelah Cemetery.
Rabbi Stanley Rosen-
baum will officiate.
Relatives and friends
are asked to attend.

The Family
of the Late


Announces the un-
veiling of a monument
in her memory 11 a.m.
Sunday, June 7, at
Nusach H'Ari Cemetery
(Woodward, south of
Nine Mile). Rabbi Ben-
jamin Gorrelick will of-
ficiate. Relatives and
friends are asked to

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