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December 08, 1989 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-12-08

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Dr. Mames

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Those who knew Dr.
Mames refer to him as Mr.
Shaarit Haplaytah, for the
years he devoted-to the
group of survivors. He was a
past president.
"Nothing was too much for
him to undertake," said Agi
Rubin, also a Holocaust sur-
vivor. "And he did it all with
a smile on his face."
Added survivor Abe
Pasternak, "John Mames
was the first to realize that
no one was listening to us as
survivors. He was a driving
force in furthering the
memory of the Holocaust.
"He was a gentle person
with a smile on his face,"
Pasternak said. "He was
very persistent. He listened
and he paid attention."
As a member of the Jewish
Community Council's com-
mittee on the Holocaust, Dr.
Mames regularly recruited
survivors to speak before
members of the Interfaith
Youth Symposium on the
Holocaust. He also coor-
dinated the committee on
the Holocaust for the
Greater Detroit Interfaith
Round Table of the National
Conference of Christians
and Jews. For years he
organized the annual
Memorial Academy of
Shaarit Haplaytah and the
Jewish Community Council.
"He could bring together
people at opposite ends of the
spectrum and, somehow, get
them to speak amicably in a
way that few people could,"
said Miriam Immerman of
the Jewish Community
He served on the board of
the Polish Americans and
Jewish Americans Interfaith
Roundtable and was a na-
tional board member for the
American Red Magen David
for Israel.
He authored several
essays on the Holocaust and
was also active in his con-
gregation, B'nai Moshe. He
was a former chairman for
the State of Israel Bonds and
the Alpha Omega dental
fraternity, Detroit chapter.
Among the organizations
he served, Dr. Mames was a
member of the American
and Michigan dental
associations, B'nai B'rith
Albert Einstein Lodge, the
Zionist Organization of
America, the Friends of
Israel Cancer Association,
the Jewish Association for
Retarded Citizens, the
Friends of Soviet Jewry Ed-
ucation and Information
Center and the Ecumenical
Institute for Jewish-
Christian Studies.
Wednesday was Dr.
Mames' day off. And each
Wednesday, Dr. Mames

spent a few hours shuffling
papers and doing other work
at the Holocaust Memorial
Dr. Mames summed up his
own sentiments on paper
before receiving the
Holocaust Center leadership
award last month: "We, the
survivors of the Nazi
Holocaust, feel that it is our
moral obligation and sacred
duty to perpetuate the
memory of our martyrs and
heroes and expose and teach
the grim lesson of this horri-
ble period with all its grave
"Also the myth of non-
resistance is a sacrilegious
rage and cruel vilification at
our Six Million murdered
_people. Throughout the
years, we attempted to
dispel this myth and vicious
In addition to his wife,
Eva, and his two children,
Dr. Mames is survived by his
sister, Mary Rem of New
York City and one grandson.
Service in Detroit; inter-
ment in New York.0

Child Abuse

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the Jewish community.
After getting a Skillman
Foundation grant in 1988,
JFS began its child abuse
prevention program, which
is funded solely by Skillman
Foundation grants.
Using individual, family
and group therapy,
Wineman, clinical coor-
dinator Marilyn Hertzberg
and three part-time social
workers try to prevent
families at high risk from
abusing their children. A
few children in the program
already were being abused,
she said.
The red flag goes up when
Wineman sees a single-
parent family where
economics is a problem, she
said. Often the parent is
isolated and has no extended
family or the extended fami-
ly doesn't offer much help.
These circumstances may
lead to spousal abuse as well
as child abuse. Recently,
Wineman got a call from a
client who needed im-
mediate shelter from an
abusive spouse.
In addition to therapy, the
JFS program offers a
homemaker project where
one of eight volunteers goes
to the home during the day
or after school and becomes a
family role model, Wineman
said. Often parents have few
cleaning skills or are too
tired to clean the house after
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