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September 05, 1986 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-09-05

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Businessmen Find
Friendship In Cards

CAROLE GARVIN

Jewish News Intern

0

n Mondays, Wednes-
days and Fridays,
laughter, shuffling
cards and cigar smoke per-
meate the Assembly Hall at
the Morris Branch of the
Jewish Community Center.
For the last 15 years, the
Center Businessmen's Club,
comprised of retirees, has
gathered there to socialize,
play poker and gin rummy,
and raise money for Israel.
"We are all old timers who
have lived all our lives in De-
troit and in our retiring years
we want to be together,"
member Saul Granadier said.
Three times a week, from
noon to 4 p.m., the men, who
are between the ages of 75
and 92, sit at tables that are
spread around the window-
less room, and deal their
cards. But there is more to
the club than just a "flush" or
a "full house."
Members take pride in the
fact that since they organized
25 years ago, over $250,000
has been raised for organiza-
tions such as the Israel
Emergency Fund and the
Senior Adults Patron Fund.
President Harry Friedman
estimates that $10,000 will
be donated this year.
Through personal contribu-
tions and the dollar that
members donate each time
they come to play cards,
money is accumulated and
sent to the Jewish Welfare
Federation. Friedman re-
members when one long-time
member passed away. "I
never knew he had money
and when he died he left
$60,000 for Israel."
In 1961, when the JCC was
still located on Meyers and
Curtis in Detroit, several
businessmen formed the club
out of a desire to "do some-

thing for each other." Social
activities included speakers
and parties. Now members
wives are invited to an an-
nual luncheon at the JCC.

When the club had 90
members it was restricted to
businessmen. With 42 mem-
bers now, anyone can join. "I
try to get new members but
times have changed. Now
they (the retirees) go to their
country clubs and golf
courses," Friedman said.
Jack Bressler retired in
1970 and "was going crazy."
A friend asked him to join
the Center Businessmen and
since then he has taken on
the task of sending out birth-
day, anniversary and get-well
cards.

Members are charged $53 a
year to cover the use of the
hall, coffee and cake on Wed-
nesdays and Bressler's greet-
ing cards.
Meetings are held each
Wednesday. "The meeting re-
lates to (card) games, our-
selves and we announce
birthdays, anniversaries,
deaths and births. They last
about a half hour," member
Louis Horne said.

All meetings are conducted
by Friedman, who will be
celebrating his 80th birthday
in October and has held the
position of president for six
years because "no one else
wants the job." In fact, he
holds the only position on the
executive board. "It's gotten
to the point where I do every-
thing. I keep them quiet and
watch them when they're
sick," he said. "They keep me
busy."
Harry Friedman is the pic-
ture of the club," member
Irving Hermelin explained.
"He sees we should have ta-
bles and chairs and holds the
club together." "If it weren't
for (him) there wouldn't be a
club today."

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