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October 29, 1982 - Image 78

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1982-10-29

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Friday, October 29, 1982


Writer Harold Ribalow Dies at 63

Mr. Ribalow's book,
Harold Ribalow, noted "Arnold Wesker," was
writer, editor and an- the first critical work
thologist of American published about the dis-
Jewish fiction, died Oct. 22. tinguished British
He was 63.
playwright. Other books
Mr. Ribalow, who was a included "Fighting
former sports columnist for Heroes of Israel," which
the Jewish Telegraphic cleat with military his-
Agency, was the author of tory; "The History of Is-
some 15 books which shared rael's Postage Stamps"
in common aspects of and "What's Your Jewish
Jewish interest but which I.Q."
covered a wide range of sub-
In addition, Mr. Ribalow,
His anthologies of short a journalist and sportswri-
stories included "This Land, ter earlier in his career, also
These People," "These Your wrote several books on
Children," "The Chosen," sports, notably, "The Jew in
and "My Name Aloud." His American Sports"; "The
work entitled "Mid- World's Greatest Boxing
Century" was an anthology Stories" and "Daniel Men-
of Jewish life and culture, a doza, Fighter from
subject also explored in Whitechapel."
"Autobiographies of Ameri- His most recent book,
can JeWs" and "The Great "The Tie That Binds," was a
Jewish Books." series of interviews with a

Bazaar to Benefit Programs
for the Retarded at Center

A member of Northwest Child Rescue Women
helps a participant in one of the programs sponsored
by the women at the Jewish Community Center pre-
pare for the gift bazaar.
The Jewish Community department, 661-1000, ext.
Center will be the scene of 180 or 181.
the annual holiday gift
bazaar sponsored by the German Terror
Junior League of Northwest Group Blamed
Child Rescue Women.
The gift bazaar will be in Bomb Attacks
held Sunday through Nov. 7
BONN (JTA) — Police in
in the Allan Lounge in the Frankfurt have established
main Center complex.
that bomb attacks there
Proceeds from the sale three weeks ago of travel
will go to programs for the offices doing business with
retarded at the Center.
Israel were carried out by
the West German urban
* * *
terrorist organization Revo-
Back Problem Clinic
lutionary Cells and an un-
Begins Tuesday ' identified Palestinian
Registration is still being group.
taken for the four-week
Police said they learned
back problem workshop at that a dispute within the
the Jewish Center, slated to urban terrorists group
begin 7 p.m. Tuesday.
broke out after the attacks
Directed by Susan Mar- because two victims of the
cus, the workshop is geared explosions had nothing to do
toward the prevention of with Israel.
back problems. There is a
according to
fee, and non-members are Frankfurt police, is the rea-
son that Revolutionary
For information, call the Cells did not claim respon-
Center physical education sibility for the attacks.

Martha Faxstein's Love Affair
With JNF Draws Much Acclaim

number of contemporary
writers of American-Jewish
Born in Russia, Mr.
Martha Faxstein was a
Ribalow emigrated to
lady in the traditional sense
America as a small child.
of the "Woman of Valor"
His father, Menahem
who labored for Jewry, Is-
Ribalow, was an author
rael and human values be-
himself and the founder and , hind the scenes. She shun-
editor of Hadoar, for many
ned publicity.
years the only Hebrew
It was only when she
weekly in the world outside
supervised provision of
the borders of Israel.
services for the .long-defunct
As a youngster in the
Baby Day Nursery on Row-
New York Jewish liter-
ena or assuring food for
ary world, Harold stranded travelers and
Ribalow become deeply scholars through the House
involved both in litera- of Shelter in numerous
ture and in Zionism.
neighborhood locations, the
While continuing to write
latest on Taylor Avenue, or
his numerous books, Mr. when she devoted herself to
Ribalow also served as the Red Feather causes
editor of the Independent which honored her im-
Jewish Press Service, the mensely, that the Shopping
managing editor of Con- News — of all papers —
gress Weekly, then of New gave her front page recogni-
Palestine and American tion.
Zionist. He was also a sports
Mrs. Faxstein, who died
columnist for the National last Sunday at age 92, had a
Jewish Post.
long record of services and
In addition, Mr. Ribalow her major love affair was
worked for 30 years in the with the Keren Kayemet
New York and national l'Israel, the Jewish Na-
publicity offices of the Israel tional Fund.
Bond Organization.
It was this devotion
A recognized authority in that drew, on short
the field of Anglo-Jewish notice, a capacity assem-
American fiction, Mr. bly of admirers of all ages
Ribalow was a judge of sev- to the funeral service at
eral book awards, including the Hebrew Memorial
the Edward Wallant Book Chapel on Monday after-
Award and the National noon'. There the officiat-
Jewish Book Award. He was ing Rabbis Benjamin
also a member of the Jewish Gorrelick and Leizer Le-
Academy of Arts and Sci- vin, and Cantor Max
Shimansky portrayed
not only the devotion of
Esther Niskar
the deceased to Israel
Esther Niskar, co-owner and Zionism but also to
of Charles Quality Foods in synagogue and commu-
Detroit, died Oct. 24 at age nity.
The tributes included
A native Detroiter, Mrs. recognition of the lifelong
Niskar was a member of partnership with Martha
Bnai Brith Women and Faxstein of her husband,
honorary president of Louis the late Isaac Faxstein, who
Marshall Chapter for 40 passed away eight years ago
years. She was a member of shortly after they cele-
the Sinai Hospital Guild brated their 64th wedding
and a Red Cross volunteer. anniversary. Isaac, like
She is survived by her Martha, was a pioneer
husband, Charles; two sons, Zionist and among the
Howard and Jerry; a daugh- prized _possessions of the
ter, Mrs. Baron (Ani- family is a certificate of the
ta) Cohen; two sisters, Mrs. Jewish Colonial Trust, the
Harold (Ann) Panter and first Zionist financial in-
Ms. Shirley Miller; and six stitution established under
the leadership of Theodor
Herzl, and purchased by Mr.
William Plotkin
Faxstein in 1901.
William Plotkin, retired
Mrs. Faxstein was one of
sales manager for Friend- the founders of Women of
ship Window Products, died Jewish National Fund, a
Oct. 27 age 66.
life member of its board, one
Born in New York, Mr. of the most generous in its
Plotkin was affiliated with ranks. With her husband,
the company 28 years and they planted the Faxstein
retired in 1978. He was a Forest in Israel 20 years ago
member of Marshall- and continued similar ac-
Suburban Lodge of Bnai tivities in the years that fol-
Brith and Mezeritcher lowed.
Mrs. Faxstein's daughter,
He leaves his wife, Lila; a Bessie (Mrs. Maurice)
son, Howard of London, Glazier shared the JNF
Ont.; a daughter, Mrs. Har- services with her mother
vey (Phyllis) Yates; a and continues her labors as
brother, Milton; and five a member of the JNF
Women's Auxiliary.


On her 90th birthday, the
Women of JNF presented
her with a certificate of
Other survivors are a
son, Manuel J.; five
grandchildren and five
There is a limitless record
of Faxstein services in De-
troit since she settled here
with her husband in Detroit
in 1920. They were married
in Providence, R.I., in 1909.
Born in Zhitomir, Russia,
in 1890, Mrs. Faxstein came
to the United States in 1906
and her first residence was
in Kane, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. Faxstein
were devoutly Orthodox
and were actively associ-
ated with Mizrachi, and
through the movement of
Orthodox Zionists were
among the lifelong associ-
ates in the ranks of Bar-Ilan
University. They were
lifelong members of Beth
Tefilo Emanuel Tikvah
As a Red Feather Award

Julia Ring

Julia Ring, a member of
Jewish communal organ-
izations, died Oct. 24 at age
Born in Hungary, Mrs.
Ring lived 70 years in the
U.S. She volunteered for the
USO during World War II.
Among the communal
organizations with which
she was affiliated, were:
Hebrew Ladies Aid Society,
president; League of Jewish
Women's Organizations
and its Cooperative Coun-
cil; Mo'os Hitim and Sinai
Hospital Guild.
Mrs. Ring held member-
ship in the Cong. Bnai
Moshe Sisterhood, Hadas-
sah and the Music Study
She is survived by a son,
Milton H.; three daughters,
Mrs. Simon (Hermina) Leib
of Flint, Ms. Isabelle Lloyd
and Mrs. Jack (Jeanette)
MacWilliams; a brother, Dr.
Isidore Singerman of Los
Angeles, Calif.; 15
grandchildren and three

winner, Mrs. Faxstein evi-
denced an interest in all
civic affairs. Her numerous
activities included Akiva
Day School and the Jewish
Home for the Aged.
Three decades ago, Mrs.
Faxstein was honored as
Volunteer of the Week in a
feature article in the then
Shopping Guide that was
widely distributed in this
part of the state.
She was always on hand
at the Jewish Home for the
Aged on Petoskey. She
helped provide entertain-
ment, arrange birthday
parties for the residents and
assisted in the sheltered
workshop. She drove resi-
dents of the Home for the
Aged for whatever visit
they desired to make. She
was then president of the
Bnai Israel Sisterhood and
treasurer of the House of


Bessie Meklir

Bessie Dater Meklir, a re-
tail used furniture dealer,
died Oct. 21 at age 82.
Born in Romania, Mrs.
Meklir lived 57 years in De-
troit. She was a member of
the Donald Fox Chapter of
Bnai Brith Women and
Zhitomir Progressive Aid
She leaves a son, Jerome
Dater of Winter Park, Fla.;
two daughters, Mrs. Gerald
(Renee) Gerger and Mrs.
Bruce (Clarice) Simons of
Glendale, Ariz.; a brother,
Sam Goldenberg of Los
Angeles, Calif.; a sister,
Mrs. Abe (Margaret) Ratner (-
of Los Angeles; seven
grandchildren and three (- 1

Israel Retains
Conference Role

The State Department said
it was pleased that the In-
ternational Telecommuni-
cations Union (ITU) at its
meeting in Nairobi, Kenya,
rejected a resolution to sus-
pend Israel from its confer-
An Arab-inspired resolu-
tion sought to exclude Israel
from all activities of the
organization "as long as Is-
rael does not fulfill its in-
ternational obligations."
The United States had
threatened to walk out of
the conference if Israel was
suspended. Secretary of
State George Shultz made it
clear last week, while the
resolution was pending,
that the U.S. would, in addi-
tion to walking out of the
conference, also withdraw
its funds from the ITU.
The U.S. provides $3.2
million, or seven percent of
the ITU's current $46 mil-
lion budget.


"Over 65 years of traditional service in the Jewish community with dignity and understanding."





Rabbi Israel I. Rockove
Executive Director

Alan H. Dorfman
Funeral Director & Mgr.



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