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November 18, 1988 - Image 32

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-11-18

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PURELY COMMENTARY

Genealogy

Continued from Page 2

5,414
OAKLAND COUNTY
POLICE OFFICERS,
FIREFIGHTERS,
AND PARAMEDICS
NOW HAVE
THE SAME
PHONE NUMBER:

W X Y

And now it's the only number you need to know. Thousands of emergency
personnel have joined forces through the new enhanced 911 emergency
system. When a Police, Fire or Medical crisis threatens,
simply dial 9-1-1 and help will be on the way . . . fast.
A two-second tracing system will automatically display your
address and other vital information on the 911 emergency
computer. Simple, even for children, the elderly, the
hearing impaired and non-English speaking persons.
911 is the right number for any emergency in
Oakland County.

01988 RS&A

and telephone numbers for
additional researchers. The
text includes 16 parchment
genealogical charts with 18
pages of photographs.
Rabbi Malcolm H. Stern,
the leader of the Jewish
Genealogical Society, who is
among the most noted
authorities on the subject,
stated about the Batkin book:
"The Batkin history may
seem to be a typical story of
the impoverished immigrant
fleeing from pogroms and
moving up the economic scale
. . . Its typicality is a tribute
to what the Jews have meant
to America."
Author-editor of the
massive book about his fami-
ly's roots, an alumnus of New
York University, Stanley
Batkin is an expert in
packaging and has several
patents in that specialty. He
has many organizational af-
filiations with national board
membership. With his wife
Selma he has established
several annual scholarships
at Israeli universities.
The illustrated section is
the family's cherished collec-
tion of photographs represen-
ting the roots for the Batkin
family tree. This is where the
assembled accomplish an in-
gathering of relatives from
many lands and generations,
all unified as a proof of
Batkin solidarity.
The interest in tracing roots
is growing immensely. Many
also are publishing. Betty
Starkman is among those
who are accomplishing im-
pressively in that endeavor
both on a personal level as
well as a teacher and guide.
Some of Betty (Mrs. Morris)
Starkman's guidelines have
already been among the
enriching factors in articles
in the L'Chayim sections of

The Jewish News.

Genealogy gains immense-
ly in popular interest in
works like Mrs. Starkman's
and the illustratively attrac-
tive Batkin volume and its
addenda which already at-
tained genealogical
leadership.

`Jewish Home'
Is Glorified

A

library of real merit
from the Union of
American Hebrew
Congregations keeps expan-
ding. Much of what has been
introduced in the past decade
was under the direction of
Rabbi Daniel B. Syme, who is
now a vice president of the
UHAC. Many important
children's books, devoted to
Bible and Jewish historical
topics, are to his credit.
Now there is an additional

32

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1988

Daniel Syme

important volume authored
by the former Detroiter, son of
Rabbi and Mrs. M. Robert
Syme. Under the title The

Jewish Home: A Guide for
Jewish Living is provided the

information that will enrich
knowledge family-wise.
Prepared as a guide for
Jewish living, the sequence is
at once indicated in the in-
itial chapter dealing with
"The Mezuzah" Immediately,
as "The Jewish Home" is
entered, the reader and the

The interest in
tracing roots is
growing
immensely.

family that commences its life
Jewishly begins to observe.
That the second chapter
should have been devoted to
"Shabbat" is an emphasis on
the sanctity with which the
home is to be treated.
Richly illustrated, the pic-
tures assist in retaining deep
interest in the contents of this
well-assembled volume that
guides the reader to creating
a sanctified Jewish home.
An appreciative introduc-
tion to the Syme book is by
Dr. Alexander M. Schindler,
president of the UAHC.
The festivals, the many oc-
casions in Jewish life that
derive their inspiration from
the home, the linkage with
school and synagogue, the
ceremonials — everything
relating to Jewish life and the
manner in which the iden-
tification is led to strength —
are in this book.
Rabbi Syme performed a
commendable service with
this compilation. No matter
how many books have ap-
peared on the subject, this ad-
ditional one is immensely
valuable. To Daniel Syme
goes deep appreciation for a
literary task well achieved.

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