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March 27, 1992 - Image 146

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-03-27

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American Jewish Congress,
still looks to the newspaper
for his Jewish news. "I've
read it most of my life," he
said. "I like how the paper
sends reporters after stories
and events taking place in
the community."

For these Detroiters,
the year 1942
marked a milestone
in their lives.

1 9



Staff Writer

Sheila Ruskin and
Robert Wolf.



erald Cook, who
turns 50 this year,
has used information
appearing in The Jewish
News to help family mem-
Years ago, his wife, Bar-
bara, noticed an item in the
paper detailing a change in
Social Security law.
"It was buried in the
paper," said Mr. Cook of
Farmington Hills. "But it
permitted my grandmother
to qualify for Social Security
she previously wasn't
covered under.
"The ad changed her life,"
he added. "All of her friends
had Social Security benefits,
so it made a qualitative dif-
ference in her life."
Some years later, Mr.
Cook's sister, Fran, noticed
another ad in The Jewish
News. She was home from
college in Canada and was
looking for a summer job in
social services.
"It was also buried in the
paper," Mr. Cook said, "but
she answered it, and has
worked for the Jewish Voca-
tional Service ever since."
Mr. Cook, former president
of the Detroit chapter of the

Irma and Al Pasick of
Southfield, one of the first
Jewish couples to marry in
wartime, are taking a 50th
wedding anniversary trip to
California and Arizona.
The Pasicks traveled a lot
following their marriage in
April 1942. The couple
visited 10 states that year.
Yet, after six months of
marriage, Mr. Pasick was
shipped overseas for 2 1/2
"I went back to work in an
office and I moved back with
my mother," Mrs. Pasick
said. "My sisters were also
Mr. Pasick still works
every day. He is a vice presi-
dent of a plating company.
Mrs. Pasick sings profes-
sionally in clubs as a mem-
ber of the Balladeers. She en-
joys popular music.
The Pasicks, who have
witnessed much during the
last 50 years, are most proud
of their only child, Dr. Robert
Pasick, a psychologist and
Harvard graduate, who lives
in Ann Arbor.
"Fifty years is a long
time," Mrs. Pasick said.
"But we're more or less the
same people we were 50
years ago."

Elaine Kadashaw married
Bill, the boy downstairs, 50
years ago.
"He used to baby-sit me,
but then he moved to New
York," Mrs. Kadashaw said.
The two were reunited in
December 1941 when Mr.
Kadashaw returned to
Detroit for a visit while he
was in the U.S. Army. They

were married in March
"We had the hardest time

from his commanding officer
getting time off to marry,"
she said.
Mrs. Kadashaw said she
always thought of her hus-
band as a close cousin. "We
wrote, but I hadn't seen him
since I was 10," she said.
"When we met again, we
were both hit hard. He pic-
tured me as a little girl. But
I'd just graduated from high
Shortly after they were

married, Mr. Kadashaw was
shipped overseas to Guam. "I
think I was one of the first to
marry a soldier," Mrs.
Kadashaw said. "He
enlisted right away."
To celebrate their anniver-
sary, the Kadashaws, who
live in Southfield, are plann-
ing a trip to Europe.

Harriet Wasserman had
one week to arrange her
Sidney Wasserman
enlisted in the U.S. Navy
Oct. 13, 1942, and was home
on leave.
"We'd known each other a
year, but didn't decide to get
married until he came home
that week," said Mrs.
Wasserman of West Bloom-
field. The two met at a hay-
ride sponsored by a social
group called the Archons.
"We just figured, why be
apart for a long time?" she
The Wassermans were
married at Temple Beth El
and had a small reception at
Mrs. Wasserman moved to
Chicago for a while and took
a job in merchandising.
"His whole family went
down to enlist together,"
Mrs. Wasserman said.

William and Elaine Kadashaw
today and, above, in 1942.

"They were very patriotic."
The Wassermans have
four children and six grand-
children. "We're very
grateful to be able to
celebrate our anniversary
this year. We're happy to be

World War II kept Rosalyn
Bronstein apart from her
husband Ralph Stone for
three years — the entire
time he was overseas.
"I gave birth while he was
away," she said.

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