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October 07, 1983 - Image 26

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-10-07

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THE DETROIT JEWISH- NEWS

26 friday, Ottobir 1;1983

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Bob Benyas' 60th Birthday
Recalls Family's Pioneering

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in the ranks of photo-
graphers he is seen more
often at most public func-
tions than even most or-
ganizers of such events.
On his 60th birthday, to
be celebrated Sunday at
Adat Shalom Synagogue, he
will have the acclaim of the
many who call upon him to
provide the photographic
record of what is ac-
complished here.
Although Bob's birth cer-
tificate reads Omaha, Neb.,
he really represents the
continuity of nearly a cen-
tury of family functioning
in Michigan.

His grandfather, David
Benyas, came from Po-
land about 1890 and set-
tled in Negaunee. His fa-
ther, Saul Benyas, was
born in Negaunee, Mich.,
and will observe his 90th
birthday next spring.

It was only for a short du-
ration that Bob's parents
moved to Omaha where he
was born, and his parents
returned to Detroit, which
has been their home for
more than eight- decades,
when Bob was two months
old.

The Cultural Commission Of

CONGREGATION SHAAREY ZEDEK

invites the community to hear

The Walter and Lea Field History Lecturer

DR. JUDAH NADICH

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 8 P.M.

in a discussion of his recently published book

JEWISH LEGENDS OF
THE SECOND COMMONWEALTH

which encompasses the history and lore of the Jewish people
with "generous sections on the sages who founded the schools
and bequeathed the intellectual and spiritual legacy that was to
evolve into the Talmud and Rabbinic Judaism."

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BOB BENYAS

Bob Benyas had his
Jewish education at the Un-
ited Hebrew Schools and
was Bar Mitzva at .Gong.
Shaarey Zedek. In a realis-
tic fashion he explains that
his schooling, which corre-
lates with his generation,
"was at Roosevelt, Durfee
and Central." He inter-
rupted his studies at Wayne
State University for U.S.
Air Force service in India
and while in Calcutta and
Bombay, where he was hos-
pitalized for illness,
he met another Detroiter,
George (Mike) Zeltzer, who
later became the president
of Detroit's Jewish Welfare
Federation.
Following his military
service, Benyas attended
the Institute of Design in
Chicago, Ill., from which he
received a Bachelor of Arts
degree in photography.

He - served as a free-
lance photographer for
the Detroit News and De-
troit Free Press for 10
years; and in 1951 formed
a partnership with Jack
Kaufman resulting in the
Oak Park-based
Benyas-Kaufman Photo-
graphers, Inc., a partner-
ship that continues to-
day.

Another
important
partnership was formed
that year when he married
the former Shirley Zaft,
who today is well-known
for acting in community
and Detroit theater and
especially for her dramatic
and Yiddish readings in
Jewish communal prog-
rams. Their children are
Mark and his wife Dorothy,
and Eddie.
Throughout his photo-
graphic career, Benyas has
served a variety of Jewish
and civic agencies. In addi-
tion, he served as the official
photographer for the
League of Catholic Women,
and official photographer
for the Michigan State Fair
and from 1970 to the pre-
sent and has been the offi-
cial photographer for the
Detroit Auto Show.
In 1976, he won first prize
in photography in the na-
tional communications con-
test of United Way of
America' and in 1981 won
first prize in photography in
the Council of Jewish Fed-
erations' public relations
award competition.

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And Relatives For Their
Support, Kindness & Love
During My Illness.

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