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December 02, 1988 - Image 130

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-12-02

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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 1988

NAME: Hershel Zaklos
AGE: 43
OCCUPATION: Teacher at Lubavitch Day
School in Farmington Hills and director
of Chabad House on Wheels.
RESIDENCE: Oak Park.
FAMILY: He is married to Rochel Rubin,
a teacher at United Hebrew Schools.
They have eight children from ages
3-16. His father, Abraham, resides in
New York. One brother, Mayer, lives in
Montreal, while brother Yosef lives in
Israel.
EDUCATION: Ordination from the
Rabbinical College of Canada in
Montreal.
SYNAGOGUE: Mishkan Israel.
ORGANIZATIONS: Friends of Refugees of
Eastern Europe (FREE) and involved in
the Mitzvah Tank, sponsored by
Lubavitch Youth Organization.
FAVORITE BOOK: The Lectures and Talks
of Rebbe Schneerson.
HOBBIES: "I really enjoy peace and
quiet, but I can't say it's my hobby."
LATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: "I was one of
the organizers, together with Mr.
Khitrick and Mrs. Shemtov, of an
evening honoring five Russian boys who
just had a bris."
PHILOSOPHY: "Just like in the ground
there are many treasures and natural
resources, in every person, there are
treasures of good qualities and

characteristics. Sometimes you have to
work at it to bring it out. I look for the
spark and goodness in people."
BACKGROUND: Hershel Zaklos grew up
in Montreal. "In our schooling, we
learned simultaneously four languages
— English, Hebrew, Yiddish and French.
Now I really appreciate it," recalls
Zaklos.
He met and married his wife in
•Montreal. They first lived and studied
in New York. Then he taught at the
Akiva Day School in Nashville, Tenn.,
_ for eight. years. For the last nine years,
he has been teaching at the Lubavitch
Day School. Zaklos teaches general
Hebrew studies.
On Friday afternoon and during the
summer Zaklos is in charge of the
Mitzvah Tank of Chabad House on
Wheels which is a motor home filled
with Jewish literature and a bimah.
The slogan on the motor home reads:
Mitzvahs on the spot for people on the
go. Zaklos explains, "If some Jewish
people won't come to the synagogue, we
come to them."
Zaklos has traveled to the Upper
Peninsula, Canada, college campuses
and local neighborhoods distributing
literature on the holidays. "There is
something for every person," he says.
Zaklos notes that many people are
excited about the Mitzvah Tank. "One
lady exclaimed, 'Judaism is alive? "
When he handed out literature to a
non-Jewish policeman on basic
commandments, the policeman replied,
"This is what I'm trying to do."
One of his most interesting travels
was an encounter with a Jehovah
Witness believer who was born Jewish.
"We had many discussions, and she
started sending me literature."
For most people, he believes that the
Mitzvah Tank is successful in getting
people interested in Judaism and their
heritage.

TIDBITS

HILLEL AUCTION
The Hillel Auction had some unique
items for auctioneer DR. CONRAD
GILES and the audience. SID and
DIANE LUTZ bought a week at space
camp with kashrut observance for one of
their children for $650. Some people
even bid in absentia. DAVID
HERMELIN authorized someone to
purchase an American flag, donated by
SENATOR CARL LEVIN that flew over
the U.S. Capitol on Israel's 40th

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