THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS Friday, November 30, 1984
"HONOR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER"
An article in the November 23 Detroit Jewish News entitled
"Council Maverick" quoted Detroit City Councilman Mel Ravitz, in
his discussion of his father Samuel Ravitz now deceased, thus:
"He was not doctrinaire and we had many discussions
about religion" said Ravitz. "I think my father
continued a religious life partly for Social Reasons."
We, the undersigned, who knew Samuel Ravitz want to set
the record straight, since Samuel Ravitz passed away, almost 4
years ago, and cannot defend himself. Samuel Ravitz was a proud
and positive Jew. He was a member of Congregation B'nai David
for a half century.
As President of the B'nai David Men's Club he sponsored
Scouting, and was Scout Leader of Troop #135. As Chairman of
B'nai David's Youth Group, he inspired them to join the Youth
Tanis and Tphillen Club, and he saw many of these youth become
leaders of the Jewish Community throughout the years.
Samuel Ravitz's dedication to Jewish life and culture was
outstanding. As Secretary of the Synagogue, as a member of its
Board of Trustees for many years and as a leader of the Maot
Chitim Fund Drive before Passover annually, he inspired us all.
Sam attended services with us on the Sabbath and all holi-
days. He loves his people and he loved his God and he involved
himself in every aspect of Jewish Life and thought. May the
memory and many good deeds of this fine man and good Jew
continue to be an inspiration to us all.
Phillip Bolton, President
Fred Ferber, 1st Vice Pres.
Nick Gonte, 2nd Vice Pres.
Irving Belinsky, Past Pres.
Gustav Berenholtz, Past Pres.
Morris Brandwine, Past Pres.
Harry Koltonow, Past Pres.
Jack J. Kraizman, Past Pres.
Mike Must, Past Pres.
Melville Richman, Past Pres.
Charles Shere, Past Pres.
Mendel Shifman, Past Pres.
Jerome Sable, Past Pres.
Max Sosin, Past Pres.
Lawrence Traison, Past Pres.
Alan Weiner, Past Pres.