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September 04, 1987 - Image 27

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1987-09-04

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As honorary Chairmen of the Lubavitch Foundation's tribute
concert, we offer the following testimonial to this year's honorees,
two very special people, Mr. Norman Allan and his late wife, Mrs.
Esther Allan.

When we gather on the evening of Wednesday, September 16,
to dine together and enjoy the music of Maestro Itzhak Perlman,
we will show our esteem for a couple dedicated to developing the
foundation of Jewish culture and education in our community.

The loss of Mrs. Esther Allan was a painful blow to us all.
We can be grateful, however, that her husband continues her com-
mitment to those for whom she cared the most — the children
and young people. This commitment is exemplified by the Allan
Tribute Dinner — whose proceeds will help augment an endow-
ment fund for Camp Gan Israel/Esther Allan.

Wherever we turn in this great community we find Norman
Allan's name in the forefront of support and patronage: In the
synagogue community his efforts in behalf of Adat Shalom are
legendary, and he has also been a pillar of strength in the Young
Israel both locally and nationally and a member in other area
synagogues. He has held numerous leadership positions in sup-
port projects for Israel, including Israel Bonds, Jewish National
Fund, Capital for Israel, Zionist Organization of America, Universal
Yeshiva (Jerusalem), Bar Ilan, Shaare Zedek Hospital, ORT School
of Engineering, Ben Gurion University, the Haifa Technion, Weiz-
mann Institute, Hebrew University, Boys Town, the Dead Sea
Canal, and he founded the Norman and Esther Allan Child Day
Care Center in Haifa.
Norman's contributions to EDUCATION have been truly
outstanding. He is a recipient of three major awards for his efforts
on behalf of Yeshiva University, and he has been active in Akiva
and Hillel Day Schools and B'nai Brith Hillel at Wayne State. Nor-
man and Esther were the founders of Touro College and of the
Sally Ann Alexander Beth Jacob School for Girls (named for their
late daughter), and Norman was a founder of the Einstein Col-
lege of Medicine in New York.

Last voyage: American Air Force officers carry the coffin of Israeli Olympic weightlifter David Berger to an Air
Force plane for transport for burial in Cleveland, Ohio, home of Berger's parents.

and Arab terrorists hijacking a Lufthansa
jet the next month and demanding the
release of the three terrorists captured by
the Germans. The Germans complied.
Israel reportedly vowed to track down
and eliminate the terrorists responsible for
the Munich massacre, which they did over
the next several years.

Cancel The Games?

The next day's Games -were called off
and a memorial service for the slain
Israelis was held before 80,000 at Munich's
Olympic Stadium. Brundage's address in-
furiated many by comparing the murder of
the 11 Jewish athletes hours before to a
controversial political decision not to let
Rhodesia's team compete.
"The Games of the Twentieth Olyna,
piad have been subjected to two savage at-
tacks," he said. "We lost the Rhodesian bat-

tle to naked political blackmail . . . I am
sure that the public will agree that we can-
not allow a handful of terrorists to destroy
the nucleus of goodwill and coopera-
tion . . .The Games must go on."
"There was a real insensitivity on the
part of Avery Brundage and the Olympic
officials," said Tom McMillen. "The thing
that was most tragic was the degree of in-
sensitivity by the officials. I was one of the
few athletes saying the Games should be
A major debate at the time, and still
discussed, was whether or not the Games
should have been cancelled rather than
postponing them a day.
"I would certainly think that with this
kind of an outrage, the Games should have
been cancelled, right then and there," said
Cioffi. "(Everyone) should have con-

As for general humanitarian and cultural accomplishments,
we will only mention — for brevity's sake — Magen David Adorn,
ADL, Allan Towers Senior Citizens Housing Project, Harrison
Community Hospital, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Jewish War
Veterans, City of Hope, NAACP.

Norman and Esther Allan's support of Lubavitch dates back
to 1963, when they became "Foster Parents" in the Colony of Hope
project run by the National Committee for the Furtherance of
Jewish Education, a New York Lubavitch organization. They later
donated a room in the clinic at K'far Chabad (the Lubavitch town
in Israel), became Patrons of the Lubavitch Education Center in
Farmington Hills, and joined the Chabad "Chai Club" of endow-
ment donors.


Paul Borman

David Hermelin

Dinner & Concert honoring Norman Allan

Featuring Maestro Itzhak Perlman

Chairman, Fred Ferber;
Honorary Chairmen, Paul Borman and David Hermelin
Wednesday, September 16, 1987
6:00 P.M.
Masonic Temple, Detroit
Free Valet Parking
Black tie optional
Call (313) 737-7000
Tickets $125.



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