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December 08, 1989 - Image 7

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-12-08

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Dedicated Survivor John Mames
A Driving Force On Holocaust


Staff Writer


Phoebus Kaldobsky discusses travel options with Esther Schwartz at
the • Israel Travel Fair on SundayThe event was sponsored by the
Jewish Community Council and The Jewish News.

Glenn Triest

Grant Extends JFS
Child Abuse Program


Staff Writer


Jewish Family Ser-
vice program design-
ed to prevent child
abuse now has the money to
help even more families.
The Skillman Foundation
has given Jewish Family
Service a $250,000 grant to
continue a child abuse
prevention program that
helps Jewish and non-
Jewish families throughout
Oakland County and Detroit

deal with the pressures that
lead to child abuse. The
foundation, which serves
southeastern Michigan,
gives grants to programs
working with children, basic
human needs, culture and
the arts, community-wide
collaborative efforts and ed-
Marilyn Wineman, JFS
program community coor-
dinator, said more than two
years ago JFS realized fami-
ly violence was a problem in

Continued on Page 20

r. John Mames was a
driving force behind
the many causes to
which he dedicated his life,
friends and relatives said.
A survivor of a labor camp
in the Soviet Union during
the Holocaust, a quiet and
dignified Dr. Mames was
committed to Holocaust edu-
cation. Among his related
activities, he was in-
strumental in organizing the
Holocaust Memorial Center
and launched its oral history
project, in which survivors
recount their experiences on
In addition, Dr. Mames
and his wife, Eva, founded
the Michigan Region for
American Red Magen David,
Israel's emergency medical
service. Without his efforts,
a Michigan region for Magen
David Adorn might not exist
Dr. Mames, of Southfield,
died Dec. 1 at the University
of Michigan Hospital in Ann
Arbor. He was 67.
"He was one of the few
extraordinary men in our
community in every
respect," said Rabbi Charles
Rosenzveig, director for the

Holocaust Memorial Center.
"Whatever he did, he did
with devotion."
For his efforts, Dr. Mames
last month was honored by
the Holocaust Memorial
Center with its first Leader-
ship Award for pioneering
the oral history project.
From the American Red
Magen David for Israel, he

Dr. John Mames:
Driving force.

received numerous awards,
including the Gift of Life
award, the Humanitarian
award, the Helping Hand
award, the Shofar award and
the Pikuach Nefesh award.

"He had a Jewish heart,"
said survivor Sonia
Popowski. "He did every-
thing and anything that was
Jewish and good for our
nation and Israel. He was a
good father and a family
man. We lost a treasure. I
never saw such a dedicated
Dr. Mames was born in
Krakow, Poland, where he
lived until he and his family
were taken by Nazi troops to
labor camps. They all sur-
vived the camps.
Afterward, Dr. Mames
moved to Heidelberg, West
Germany, where he studied
at the university and receiv-
ed his doctor of dental
surgery degree. He moved to
Israel and then moved to
New York, where he joined
his sister.
In New York, he met his
wife, Eva. After they were
married, the Mames went to
Ann Arbor so Dr. Mames
could study dentistry at the
University of Michigan.
From Ann Arbor, the
Mames moved to Southfield,
where he practiced dentistry
and they raised their
children, Dr. Robert, now of
Gainesville, Fla., and Dr.
Andrea Rosenblum, now of
Boca Raton, Fla.
Continued on Page 20


New Tools To Study
The Holocaust

In 1992, visitors to A Liv-
ing Memorial To The
Holocaust-Museum of
Jewish Heritage in New
York will be able to enter its
learning center, sit down in
front of a monitor and, with
the touch of a finger, open up
a world of Judaic study and
The computerized Interac-
tive Encyclopedia of Jewish
Heritage will combine
words, animated graphics,
photos, moving images and
sound to provide visitors
with the tools to understand
the Holocaust.
A visitor who wishes to
learn, for example, about a
Jewish community in
Poland destroyed during the
Holocaust could read its
history, view a film or
newsreel clip, study
photographs taken in the
area before the war, hear a
popular song from the region
and see street maps of the
town simply by touching

The title screen of the
computerized Interactive
Encyclopedia of the Jewish

highlighted words in the
The museum, which is
scheduled to begin construc-
tion this spring, is being
created under the auspices of
the New York Holocaust
Memorial Commission.

Get Carrots
By Telephone

Ra'ananah (JPFS) — In the
beginning there was Dial-A-
Story. Now, there's Dial-A-
Carrot or Dial-A-Loaf of

Bread or Dial-A-Box of
Laundry. Take your pick.
The Supersol supermarket
chain in Israel launched a
new program called "Tele-
Sol" — computerized grocery
Using a catalog, customers
place their orders by tele-
phone through receptionists
at computer terminals in
Ra'ananah. The goods are
delivered within four hours,
and payment is made by
credit card.
During a six-week start-up
period, the Tele-Sol systems
has received an average of
50 orders a day.

Golf, Scuba And
Kosher Foods

New York — Adweek
magazine recently named
kosher foods among the hot-
test products of 1989, along
with camcorders, cowboy
boots, computers for kids,
golf and scuba gear.
Based on food companies'
increased kosher product

lines and rising consumer
interest, experts predict the
kosher food industry will
expand at a rate of about 15-
20 percent.

Calling All
Torah Scrolls

The Universal Torah
Registry is holding a drive to
register every Torah in the
United States.
The registry is an in-
dependent, non-profit agen-
cy created in 1984 in
response to thefts of Torah
scrolls. From 1980 to 1983,
more than 300 Torahs were
stolen from American
Rabbi Emanuel Holzer,
chairman of the New York-
based organization, said that
by utilizing a fine-point nee-
dle, an invisible code of
micro-perforations is applied
at strategic locations on the
parchment for identification
Should the Torah be
stolen, the registry will

begin a search for the scroll.
For information, call the
Universal Torah Registry, 1-

Jews Say It's Not
Time For A Change

London (JTA) — Saying
the move would impose a
hardship, Orthodox Jews in
Britain are fighting a
government proposal to in-
troduce daylight saving time
year round.
Under the proposed
changes, dawn would fall an
hour later in winter and
summer, creating problems
for Jews who must say morn-
ing prayers after dawn,
before leaving for work.d
Daylight would be pro-
longed in the summer mon-
ths, extending religious
fasts, which end only at
dusk. In the northern
reaches of the United
Kingdom, Shabbat would
not end until midnight.

Compiled by
Elizabeth Applebaum



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