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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-01-30

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life was among the giants in
Labor Zionism
Therefore, in the compiling
of Detroit Jewry's history, his
name will be in the ranks of the
very distinguished.
Morris Lieberman was the
inspirational force in Labor
Zionism, and out of it de-
veloped an indentification
with everything related to all
Zionism, when the need was to
aid and defend Israel.
His friends will recall his
sharing of Labor Zionist lead-
ership with Morris Schaver
and Sidney Shevitz for some
three decades. In the last two
decades he was the respected
leader who spoke at massive
rallies for his movement and

enlisted wide support for it.
Heads of all labor movements,
governors of Michigan and
mayors of Detroit responded to
his request for cooperation on
behalf of Israel. Thus he
enlisted support from most im-
portant people and officialdom.
When he attend World
Zionist Congresses in
Jerusalem in recent years, he
was counted upon to head im-
portant commissions to plan
Zionist programming.
Morris Lieberman was a
leader, an able advocate of the
causes he represented, a re-
spected Jewish spokesman. As
such he has registered an im-
portant record in Zionist and
Detroit communal history.



A Tribute to David Zack

By Maurice Croll, M.D.

A great man died today.
He was a man for all seasons.
He was my brother-in-law
And I developed an intense admiration for
His wife, Evelyn, a grand, grandmother..
Always to me, "My little sister."
In my mind they are as one.
Blessed by the hand of G-D
Who brought them together
Into a completely fruitful union.

What is the measure of a man?
How do you evaluate the merits of a man?
It is not the number of years
That he dwelt upon this earth.
No indeed.
What did he accomplish in his lifetime?
Did he build a house of love
And raise children with love
In their hearts that overflowed to all their
fellow men?

Let us examine for a moment
This man, David Zack.
He was in an orthodox learned background.
He worked his way thru the University of
He directed his effort as an accountant.
He was, for 11 years, a member of the
Michigan State Board of Accountants,
President for 8 years – by appointment
of Governor G. Mennen Williams;
President of the Jewish National Fund for
many years;
Very active in Allied Jewish Campaign;
Same in Jewish Welfare Federation for 60
Vice President of Jewish Community
On executive committee for home for aged;
Trustee of Congregation Shaarey Zedek;
A founder and president of the Franklin
Hills Country Club;
Active in Sinai Hospital budget and finance

Need I say more?
This, then is the measure of a man, a
genuine Jew.
A son of Israel – married to a true daughter
of Israel –
Married to my "little sister," Evelyn.

I was a professional, a workaholic
In medical profession. A Professor
Emeritus in Ophthalmology.

How did Dave have the time to do
All these magnificent things?
Because all these causes dwelt deep in his
And he listened to what his heart spoke unto
And his was the same blood that flowed in
my veins.
My beloved little sister, Evelyn.

I know the gates of heaven opened
Wide – with guiding hands – to
Accept my precious friend, Dave.
Here he will dwell forever with
Evelyn at his side – as it was meant to be.
Their genes still dwell in their 3 lovely
children whom I love dearly.
And with their offsprings my heart rests at

Dave gave the most rarest, precious
commodity he possessed to all these
He gave of himself – to each his fullest
He gave, and gave, and gave
Until there was no more to give.
Then G-D called unto him –
"My son – there is a revered place reserved
for you
And you will not be alone.
You have my eternal blessing."

ADDENDUM: I had to write to my dear friend, Dave — my brother-in-law. Sure, I am
prejudiced in his favor, but I could not rest — it was bubbling in me,
ready to explode. Some of his genuine attributes rubbed off on me and
I am the better for it. His life made an indelible mark and I am the
better — sad — but proud.

30 Friday, January 30, 1987


Fresh Criticism Follows
Leumi Appointments

Tel Aviv (JTA) — A new
board of directors led by Dr.
Meir Heth, former chairman of
the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange,
was appointed for scandal-
ridden Bank Leumi Jan. 23
Heth was chosen from a field
of five candidates at a special
meeting of the board of the
Jewish Colonial Trust, formal
owner of the bank by right of
founder stock shares. He suc-
ceeds Eli Hurwitz, whom he
had also succeeded as chair-
man of the board of Tevah
Pharmaceutical Co.
The Bank Leumi board was
elected by a vote of five affir-
mative to three negative or
abstention. News of the ap-
pointment drew immediate
The 1986 Beisky Commis-
sion report into bank share
manipulations two years ago
had reproved Heth, who as
head of the stock exchange had
privately criticized but took no
action against the scam.
The banks were accused of
grossly inflating the value of
their shares. The stock market
collapsed when deteriorating
economic conditions triggered
a mass sell-out of bank shares
by investors who used the cash
to buy foreign currency.
But the Beisky Commission
did not suggest that Heth be
punished by being barred from
holding any future bank posi-
tion, as it had done with Ernest
Japhet, former chairman of
Bank Leumi, and the heads of
the other major banks in-
It was the resignation of
Japhet, and the recent reports
of his $30,000 monthly pension
and $4.5 million severance
pay, that forced the issue of a
new board for the bank.
Another criticism voiced was
that the general public was not
represented on the board. Most
of the new board members are
Likud coalition members or
backers and all are representa-
tives of official bodies.
When asked about this issue,
Jewish Agency Chairman
Leon Dulzin, a member of the


Jewish Colonial Trust, dis-
claimed any knowledge of the
political affiliations of the
members. Heth was known to
have been supported before his
appointment, at least pri-
vately, by Bank of Israel Gov-
ernor Michael Bruno and the
State Banks Examiner, Galia
In a later development, a
two-man committee set up to
study excessive severance pay
and pension awarded to Japhet
when he was forced to resign
last spring, recommended
Tuesday that the matter be re-
solved through negotiations .=-\
with Japhet or by legal action
in court.
The committee, composed of
Eli Hurwitz, who succeeded
Japhet as chairman and then
resigned on Sunday, and
former Justice Minister Haim
Zadok, also recommended that
the pension payments be

placed in escrow until the mat-
ter is settled.
The committee's report con-
tained disclosures embarras-
sing to the former board mem-
bers who resigned en-bloc
Sunday. It reported, for exam-
ple, tha Japhet managed to
delay his final act of resigna-
tion until the compliant bank
directors agreed to his de-
mands for severance pay of
$4.5 million and a $30,000 a
month life pension.
The committee also revealed
that payments of hundreds of
thousands of dollars were
made to several other top
executives of Bank Leumi, in
salary and later pension and
severance pay.


New York (JTA) — A World
Jewish Congress official has
expressed "outrage" and
"shock" at an "apparent
whitewash" of an Austrian in-
vestigation 41 years ago into
the Nazi activities of current

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