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February 03, 1989 - Image 71

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-02-03

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Since 1968, Chase has raised
funds for the American Mogan David
Adorn for ambulances and medical
supplies for Israel. She helps her
synagogue, Congregation Shaarey
Zedek, with fund-raising projects. She
was a founding member of Kadima,
an organization formed to set up
group homes for emotionally handi-
capped youngsters.
Chase downplays her reputation
as a do-gooder. Others, she says, like
friends Bob Singer, Rabbi Gruskin
and Gerti and Zvi Golinbursky, work
with her. She modestly declines
recognition for her work. Her
business is helping others.
"We," she says, "bring goodness to
all of the people who need it."
To Chase, everybody is good.
"I learned a long time ago that
there is good in everyone," she says.
"If you look for bad, you will find it."
Chase has lived for 31 years in her
Oak Park home. A friend, Natalie
Barnett, stays with her. Her relatives
visit often.

ictures of family members
abound. Chase loves to
talk about her two grand-
children, Jody Mangen
and Michelle Mangen.
Framed on the walls are several
plaques and awards — one which
summarizes her accomplishments in
a Proverbs quote: "Let her deeds
praise her in the Gates!'
Her daughter, Elaine Mangen of
Farmington Hills, asked her to move
in with them. But Chase says she is
an independent woman and content
at home in Oak Park.
Sarah Hochman, Chase's co-
president of the David-Horodoker
group, explains, "Everybody is crazy
about Bessie.
"She has a good soul. She is my
inspiration. I have never heard her
speak a bad word about anyone?' ❑


Bessie Chase holds one of her memory-filled scrapbooks.



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