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July 08, 1983 - Image 49

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-07-08

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Friday, July 8, 1983 49

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

• Parley to Discuss
Martin Luther



ZOA Activist Leikin from Prominent Families

NEW YORK — Rabbi
Marc H. Tanenbaum of New
York, national interreligi-
ous affairs director of the
American Jewish Commit-
tee, will represent the AJ-
Committee at an interna-
tional consultation exam-
ing the theme of "Martin
Luther, the Jews, and
Anti-Semitism," in. Stoc-
kholm July 10-13.

Ezekiel Leikin, who has
just been named executive
vice president of the Detroit
District, Zionist Organiza-
tion of America, has had a
long career in Zionist public
service.
In January 1981, he re-
tired from his executive
position with the ZOA in
Philadelphia, capping 34
years of continuous service

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with the ZOA. Leikin was
the recipient of ZOA's high-
est citation, the Louis D.
Brandeis Award, presented
to him at ZOA's 82nd na-
tional convention in Wash-
ington, D.C.
He is a graduate of a He-
brew "Tarbut" High School
in Mariampole, Lithuania'
and the College of the City
of New York. As a youth he
was actively involved with
the Zionist-Revisionist
movement, founded by Zeev
Jabotinsky, and held lead-
ership positions in the Betar
youth organization in
Europe and in the U.S.
In 1936 he left the U.S.
for pre-state Israel,
where he served in Brit- .
ain's civil service. He was
active in the Hagana
and the Tel Aviv Special
Constabulary, a volun-
tary police force formed
to protect the all-Jewish
city against Arab
marauders. In -1943, he
enlisted in the U.S. Arniy
in Palestine and .sub-
sequently served with
army intelligence teams
in the Near East and
Europe. •
While stationefi in Egypt,
he collaborated with
Hagana emissaries in pro-
curing arms for the Jewish
underground. Leikin's es-
says on Zionism, Israel and
U.S.-Israel relations have
appeared in newspapers
and ideological journals. He
has been a frequent con-
tributor to Jewish news-
papers and has lectured ex-
tensively on Zionism and Is-
rael before Jewish and
non-Jewish audiences.
During the summer of
1982, he was enlisted to
work for Israel's_ Foreign
Ministry in Jerusalem as a
writer and public affairs
consultant.
Leikin's father, Dr.
George Leikin, was Chief
Rabbi of the Volga Region
with residence in Kazan. He
received simcha at age 18
at the famous yeshiva of
Volozhin, where his
classmates were Chayim
Nahman Bialik, the poet
laureate, and Rabbi Meir
Berlin (Bar-Ilan), one of the
founders and leaders of the
Mizrachi movement.
A protege of the vener-
able Chief Rabbi of Mos-
cow, Rabbi Jacob Maze,
Rabbi Leikin gained
prominence as one of
Russian Jewry's most
eloquent spokesmen.
Upon the advent of the
Bolsheviks, he fled in the
middle of the night from
his home in Kazan, hav-
ing been tipped off by. a
Jewish Communist stu-
dent , that a warrant was
issued for his arrest. He
managed to reach Mos-
cow and spent two weeks
hiding in the basement of
Rabbi Maze's home,
while the latter secured a .
visa for him under an as-
sumed name from one of
the Jewish Commisars.
Rabbi Leikin made his
way to Paris and then to the
U.S., where he conferred
with Rabbi Stephen Wise,
Judge Jonah Wise and other
Jewish leaders and was

EZEKIEL LEIKIN
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conferences and public
meetings on the condition of
Jews in Russia. He sub-
sequently held rabbinic
posts in Cleveland, Ohio,
and Ottawa, Canada.
Leikin's mother, Anna
Leikin Bramson, is the
granddaughter of Menahem
Mendel Bramson, author of
a talmudic tract, "Torat
Menachem." He was the
owner of one of Lithuania's

a prominent linguist and
largest estates, Lasevich.
Because of Rabbi Bram- mathematician, and later a
son's talmudic erudition, he heroic figure in the Kovno
was called upon to test and Ghetto.
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binic posts in the many Sculpture Show
Jewish communities in that
at Prentis Manor
area. As scholars and
The sculptures of Oak
philanthropists, the Bram-
sons were highly respected Park artist Henry Fried-
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place of assembly for Jewish Home for the Aged, Sunday
through July 22.
scholars and literati.
Friedman will give a lec-
One of their kinsmen was
Dr. Leo Bramson, founder of ture and demonstration at
"ORT"; another was the home at 10 a.m. Tues-
Michael (Mischa) Bramson, day.

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