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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, April 27, 1984

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OBITUARIES

Former Cabinet minister Sharef dies

Jerusalem (JTA) — Zeev
Sharef, a veteran civil ser-
vant who served as secre-
tary to the first Israeli
Cabinet in 1948 and later as
a Cabinet minister, died
April 18 at age 78.
A native of Bukovina,
Romania, Mr. Sharef was
appointed by Premier David
Ben-Gurion as secretary to
the Cabinet set up on May
14, 1948, the day of Israel's
independence. He organized
the ceremonies at the Tel
Aviv Museum where the
Declaration of Indepen-
dence was formally signed.
Mr. Sharef is credited
with establishing the prin-
ciples and practices of Is-
rael's civil service in the
early days of the state and
was the country's first civil
service commissioner. In
the 1960s his nomination to
be state comptroller was
blocked by the Herut oppo-
sition on grounds that his
close ties to Mapai, a
forerunner of the present
Labor Party, posed a con-
flict of interests.
Mr. Sharef was elected to
the Knesset on the Mapai
slate in 1965 and appointed
minister of commerce and
industry. He subsequently
served one year as minister
of finance in the govern-
ment of the late Premier
Golda Meir and later as
minister of housing.
A political hawk, Mr.
Sharef was closely associ-
ated with Meir's policies

and was a personal friend.
His political career ended
when Mrs. Meir stepped
down in 1974.
Apart from his political
activities, Mr. Sharef was
deeply interested in educa-
tion and the arts and sup-
ported cultural and educa-

Bessie Nathan

Bessie G. Nathan, a
businesswoman, teacher
and active member of com-
munal organizations, died
April 25.
Born in Russia, Mrs.
Nathan had taught in the
Detroit Public Schools. She
also was the owner of Acme
Industries, manufacturers
of springs for the automo-
tive industry. Mrs. Nathan
worked with her husband in
Gendelman and Nathan
Iron and Metal Co., which
became the Detroit Scrap
Metal Co.
Mrs. Nathan was a
member of Cong. Shaarey
Zedek, Hadassah, Women's
American ORT and the
American Jewish Congress.
She leaves her husband,
Hyman R.; a son, Morry D.
of Ann Arbor; a daughter,
Mrs. David (Carol) Metzger
of Chevy Chase; Md.; two
sisters, Mrs. Max (Belle)
Somberg and Mrs. David
(Millie) Fidler of Los
Angeles, Calif.; and two
granddaughters. Services
12:30 p.m. today at Ira
Kaufman Chapel.

tional institutions in Israel.
In the years before his
death. he devoted himself to
voluntary work and lec-
tures to groups of soldiers.

Maxwell Katzen

Maxwell E. Katzen, an
attorney with the firm of
Schlussel, Lifton, Simon,
Rands, Kaufman, Galvin
and Jackier, died April 22 at
age 73.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y.,
Mr. Katzen was a member
of Cong. Shaarey Zedek and
the Michigan State Bar
Association of which he was
a 50-year member.
He was a vice chairman of
the Cranbrook Art
Academy, on the board of
governors of the Cranbrook
Education Community,
president of Shapero School
of Nursing, board member
of Sinai Hospital, board
member of Fresh Air
Society and a board member
of the Detroit Institute of
Arts.
Mr. Katzen was a
member of the National
Advisory Council, Ameri-
can Friends of Weizmann
Institute of Science. A chair
was endowed in his honor at
the eye research institute of
the Retina Foundation in
Boston.
He was graduated from
the Wayne State University
Law School.
He leaves a son, James;
and a daughter, Ann.

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