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October 03, 1986 - Image 136

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-10-03

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Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year.

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year.

SHIRLEY & SAVE
BERKOWITZ

ZEE & RAY BERNSTEIN

Best wishes for a
happy. healthy
New Year.

Best wishes for a

MR. & MRS. CHAIM
BLUMENKOPF

MARY BOOKSTEIN

happy, healthy
New Year.

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year.

DR. MORRIS & ANNE BRENT

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year.

DR. EARL K. BOGROW & STAFF

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year.

DR. AND MRS. HENRY BRYSTOWSKI AND FAMILY

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to all
our friends
and relatives.

MARION & SAM AUGUST

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to all
our friends
and relatives.

Author Recalls
Immigrant Life

MR. AND MRS.
NORMAN ADELSBERG

May the coming
year be filled
with health and
happiness for
all our family
and friends.

May the coming
year be filled
with health and
happiness for
all our family
and friends.

THE FRIEDMANS

LORETTA & LARRIE
GLOBERSON

HAROLD, BARBARA, EMILY & BRADLEY

L'Shana Tova

A Very Happy and Healthy
New Year to All Our Friends
and Family.

May the coming year be
one filled with health,
happiness and
prosperity for all our
friends and family.

HERB & PAT BIRCOLL
LARRY, STEVE & ADRIA

Wishing all our family and
friends a year of
health and happiness.

HARVEY & JOAN BROWN

A Very Happy and Healthy
New Year to All Our Friends
and Family.

MR. AND MRS. SOL AMSEL AND FAMILY

A Very Happy and Healthy
New Year to All Our Friends
and Family.

THE BLAZ FAMILY
JERRY; ILENE AND NEAL

May the New Year Bring
To All Our Friends
and Family — Health,
Joy, Prosperity
and Everything
Good in Life.

MARVIN & ROCHELLE BROOKS

136 Friday, October 3, 1986

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

To All Our
Relatives-
and Friends,
Our wish for a
year filled with
happiness,
health and prosperity.

DR. & MRS. LOU HEYMAN

JESSIE STERN

Special to The Jewish. News

illiam Gellin, who
recently turned 85
years old, has re-
turned to his craft and writ-
ten a new book for us to
savor.
Strangers No More (Shen-
gold Press); published in
1985, is the latest effort by
this gifted octogenarian to
heighten our awareness of
what it was to be an immig-
rant Jew on the Lower East
Side of Manhattan in the
first 40 years of the 20th
Century. Gellin captures this
moment in history as well as
any storyteller of our time.
The book is comprised of
two novelettes. The first,
Naphtali, reveals a young
Sephardic Jew alone in
America following the death
of his mother, Naphtali
Hitany's recollections take us
back in time to his early
childhood in Turkey where he
was the favorite grandson of
his scholarly and beloved
maternal grandfather, Rabbi
Yaakov Ovadia.
The story traces Napthali's
life in Turkey as a brilliant
young student and the
changes that occurred once
he and his mother made the
transisition to New York
City.
Naphtali's a frail and
aesthetic young man who
finds it difficult to adjust to
the world of small business, a
world forced upon him by the
financial realities of the
Lower East Side. Scholarly
by nature and influenced by
his famous grandfather, the
life of the intellect thrilled
him in his youth in a way
that his life in America could
not match. Working in his
mother's small business
drains him of his resolve, and
he becomes nervous and de-
pressed.
His first encounter with a
public library in New York
City, and the kindness of
Miss Tumulty, a librarian
who befriends him, help re-
kindle the spark of learning
which was so much a part of
his nature and earlier train-
ing. This experience exacer-
bates Naphtali's internal Con-
flict between his desire to
continue the apron manufac-
turing business his mother
started and his yearning for
the scholarly life.
Gellin expands his plot
around the passage in 1933 of
the National Industrial Re-
covery Act which gave or-
ganized labor legal guaran-
tees that required collective
bargaining no matter the size
of the shop. The problems for
the small businessman that
come about as a result of that
act form the basis for the
further development of Naph-
tali's story.
We are introduced to an
array of characters each of
whom play a major role not
only in dealing with the prob-

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