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October 12, 1984 - Image 102

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-10-12

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Friday, October 12, 1984



Rabbi James Gordon named chairman
of annual SZ Hospital benefit dinner

Rabbi James I. Gordon is
chairman of the annual dinner of
the Detroit Friends of Shaare
Zedek Hospital which will take
place on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. at Cong.
Shaarey Zedek.
Rabbi Gordon has been the
spiritual leader of the Young Is-
rael of Oak-Woods for the past 20
years. He is one of the founders of
Akiva Hebrew Day School and
served as chairman of its educa-
tion committee for the first ten
years of its existence. Currently,
Rabbi Gordon is vice president of
the Council of Orthodox Rabbis of
Metropolitan Detroit and a
member of the presidium_ of the
Religious Zionists of Detroit (Miz-


E. Germany agrees
to aid Palestinians

Bonn (JTA) — East Germany
has promised Yasir Arafat that it
will provide stepped up material,
political and diplomatic aid to
Palestinians in their struggle
against Israel.
According to East Berlin news-
papers, the promise was made at a
series of meetings between Arafat
and top officials of the ruling
Communist Party. Arafat, who
heads the loyalist faction of the
deeply divided Palestine Libera-
tion Organization was one of sev-
eral hundred foreign guests in-
vited to participate in celebra-
tions marking the 35th anniver-
sary of the Communist regime in
East Germany.
According to diplomats, East
Germany is willing to admit more
Palestinians to the military train-
ing programs it already conducts
for them at installations near
Weimar and at the military
academy of Dresden.
Officials will not say how many
PLO members are presently being
trained. Western estimates put
their number at 500-800. But it is
not known how many belong to
the faction loyal to Arafat.

More liberal WB
policy a possibility

Tel Aviv (JTA) — Defense
Minister Yitzhak Rabin has indi-
cated a new more liberal policy on
the West Bank. He assured Arab
Labor MK Abed Darousha at a
private meeting Sunday that the
government was "doing its utmost
to improve and cultivate the qual-
ity of life from the residents of
Judaea, Samaria and the Gaza
Rabin also promised to make an
effort to replace Jewish mayors of
Arab towns in those territories
with local Arab residents and to
encourage the inclusion of local
residents in the civil administra-
tons. This would be a sharp depar-
ture from the policy of the prev-
ious Likud-led government which
deposed the Arab mayors of most
large towns on the West Bank and
Gaza Strip and filled their offices
with Jews.

Rabbi James Gordon

He is a member of the govern-
ing board of the Jewish Welfare
Federation and serves on its
commission on education and cul-
ture. He is a past member of the
National Rabbinic Advisory
Council of the United Jewish Ap-
peal and a former chairman of the
Metropolitan Division and a past
chairman of the synaogue and
school section of the Allied Jewish
Rabbi Gordon has served on the
executive committee of the
Jewish Community Council and
is now a member of the executive
of the Jewish National Fund. He
is a former national vice president

of the Rabbinical Council of
America and is currently a
regional vice president of the
rabbinic alumni of Yeshiva
University. He is a former
national president of the
American Association of
Correctional Chaplains.
Rabbi Gordon is a former editor
of the Rabbinical Council of
America's Sermon Manual and a
contributor to many journals on
Jewish thought. He has been a
member of the board of the Detroit
Friends of Shaare Zedek Hospital
since its formation.
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Markel
have been chosen as honorees of
this year's event. They will
become founders of the New
Shaare Zedek Medical Center and
will receive the Founder Stone at
the dinner. Philip Slomovitz,
editor emeritus of The Jewish
News , will make the presentation.
Musical selections will be
presented by the pianist Mrs.
Norman Allan. Mrs. Allan has
been associated with Mrs. Markel
in many of her communal and
synagogue activities. Dr. Michael
Rosenbluth, director general of
the hospital, will be the guest
For information and dinner
reservations, call the Detroit
Friends of Shaare Zedek Hospital,
968-3288 or 968-0684


Pioneer librarian, religious
teacher Goldie Levine dies at 84

Pioneering in synagogue and
community library science as one
of the leaders in religious schools'
teaching roles marked the life
work of Goldie Levine who died
Oct. 6 at age 84.
With her husband, Reuben,
Mrs. Levine was a leader in Tem-
ple Israel activities from the very
founding of the temple. They were
an inspiration to the community
and especially to their daughter,
__Ruth Cassel, who, as city editor of
The Detroit Jewish News and pre-
ceding that as editor of the Wayne
State University Collegian, was
among the first women in the
state to hold editorial positions.
Mrs. Levine also taught at

Temple Israel, Temple Beth El
and prior to that at Cong. Shaarey
Zedek. She taught a course at
Temple Israel for five years called
"The Joys of Jewish Living."
Mrs. Levine was a founding
member of Temple Israel and a
former vice president of its sister-
hood. She was a life member of
Born in Romania, Mrs.. Levine
lives 65 years in Detroit.
She leaves her husband, Re-
uben; a daughter, Mrs. Louis
(Ruth) Cassel; a son, Dr. Walter of
Eastchester, N.Y.; a brother, Ab-
raham Schwartz; six grandchil-
dren and two great-grand-

Menswear store owner dies at 79

Samuel .James Benjamin,
former owner of Sam's, a retail
menswear store, died Oct. 7 at age
Born in Benton Harbor, Mr.
Benjamin resided in Ann Arbor
since 1942. He was graduated
from the University of Michigan
in 1927 and in 1929 was
graduated from the University of
Chicago Law School. In the 1930s,
he practiced law in Chicago.
He owned and operated his
store from 1945 to 1967. From
1962 to 1965 he was a member of
the Ann Arbor Human Relations
Commission. Mr. Benjamin also
was a member of the Beth Israel
Congregation in Ann Arbor, and

from 1968 to 1970 he was on the
board of directors of the congrega-

He also was a member of the
Ann Arbor Lodge of B'nai B'rith
and was its president in 1970-
1971. Mr. Benjamin was a found-
ing member and president of the
Society of Jewish Seniors.

He leaves his wife, Eva; two
daughters, Mrs. Zev (Bernice)
Harel of University Heights,
Ohio, and Mrs. Robert (Helen)
Abramovitz of Portland, Ore.; two
sisters, Lillian of Ann Arbor and
Mrs. Ruth Markley of San Diego,
Calif.; and one granddaughter.
Interment Ann Arbor.

In Loving Memory
of Our Beloved
Mother and


In loving memory of mother,
grandmother, great-grand-
mother and sister


Who passed away Oct. 3,
1975. Sadly missed and always
remembered by her children,
grandchildren, great-grand-
children and sister.
The Seyburn, Schlain and
Brenner Families
and sister, Frances Uhr

Who passed away Sept.
27, 1964 (21 days in Tishri).
Sadly missed and always
remembered by her
daughters, Mrs. Arthur
(Sandra) Shmarak and
Mrs. Jack (Rosalind) Mor-
ros; and families.

In Loving Memory of


Oct. 18, 1980
A perfect rose among lesser flowers, a golden mo-
ment among dull hours, a wonderful husband and
father, warm and true . . . I think of these because of
you. May His face shine upon thee and give you the
peace you so richly deserve.
Your loving wife, Sarah.

In Loving Memory
of My Beloved Husband


Passed away Oct. 13, 1964
Memories are treasures no
one can steal
This is a heartache no one
can heal
Some have forgotten now
that you are gone,
I'll remember you no mat-
ter how long.
Your loving wife, Sylvia, and Family




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