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December 06, 1985 - Image 78

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-12-06

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, December 6, 1985

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Rabbi Fram: Honored on 90th

Temple Israel will celebrate
the 90th birthday of its founding
rabbi, Dr. Leon Fram, at reli-
gious services Dec. 1 and at sev-
eral other events planned in
honor of the occasion.
Rabbi Fram, born on the first
candle of Chanukah, Dec. 12,
1895 in Raseines, Lithuania,
will be the guest of honor at the
congregation's Chanukah family
dinner, which takes place at 6
p.m., and at the family service
that follows at 8 p.m. on Dec.
13.
Rabbi Loss will deliver a story
sermon for the children on the
subject, "Why the Candles
Glowed So Bright."
The birthday service will be
the second of three events mark-
ing the occasion. This Sunday,
the kindergarten classes of
teachers Marjorie Mellen and
Marcia Kahn will make a field
trip to Borman Hall where
Rabbi Fram is now a resident.
In addition to visiting with
Rabbi Fram, the young students
will greet and bring their youth-
ful cheer to other residents of
the home.
Members of the temple's
junior choir, under the direction
of Elaine Greenberg and accom-
panied by Zena Shaykhet, will
present a Chanukah mini-
concert for residents in honor of
Rabbi Fram's birthday at 2 p.m.
Dec. 15 at the home.
And at classes this Sunday,
each student from pre-
kindergarten through eighth
grade will sign his or her name
to a booklet being especially
prepared as a 90th birthday
tribute.

Rabbi Fram has served as a
member of the Commission of
Jewish Education of the Union
of American Hebrew Congrega-
tions for six decades and is cur-
rently an honorary member for
life.
In 1956, when the social hall
at the temple's Manderson Road
building was built, it was
named the Leon Fram Hall in
his honor.
With the building of the com-
plex in West Bloomfield, the
Temple Israel Religious School
was named in his honor.

Brought to Baltimore in 1900
by a sister who raised him after
his parents had died, Rabbi
Fram was reared in the Or-
thodox tradition. He was per-
suaded, however, to enter the
Reform rabbinate, and he was
ordained at Hebrew Union Col-
lege in Cincinnati in 1920.
Rabbi Fram's first pulpit was
in Chicago where he served for
five years before answering the
call of Detroit's Temple Beth El
to become assistant rabbi and
direct the Sunday school.
It was, in part, his disagree-
ment with Rabbi Leo Franklin
on the question of Zionism that
led Rabbi Fram and a group of
followers from Beth El to estab-
lish Temple Israel.
Rabbi Fram had been a
Zionist since 1924 when he
made the first of a score of trips
to what was then Palestine. He
joined the ranks of Rabbi Abba
Hillel Silver and Rabbi Stephen
S. Wise in working for the es-
tablishment of a Jewish state
and in espousing the Zionist
cause in Reform Jewish ranks.
Rabbi Fram has lived to see
the day when virtually all Re-
form rabbis and all Reform tem-
ples are members of ARZA
(Association of Reform Zionists
of America) with scores of pro-
grams in Israel.
Although he has remained a
bachelor all his life, Rabbi Fram
numbers the 1,900 families of
his West Bloomfield congrega-
tion as part of his personal fam-
ily.
In poor health for the past
three years, Rabbi Fram was
able to take an active part in
the ceremonies dedicating the
West Bloomfield synagogue in
1980.

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tural cooperation.

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