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THE JEWISH NEWS

Friends Fondly Remember
Rabbi Abraham Gardin

N

ELIZABETH APPLEBAUM ASSOCIATE EDITOR

of long after Rabbi Abra-
ham Gardin's funeral, an
elderly woman ap-
proached the president
of the Kollel.
It was clear she was not a
wealthy woman, but she want-
ed to make a donation. Hand-
ing Abe Silverstein two
crumpled bills, she said, '1 want
to give these to the Kollel, in
memory of
Rabbi
Gardin."
When
Rabbi
Gardin
died on ik
March 4,
his funeral
was at-
tended by
some of the
leading
Jewish fig-
ures from
throughout
metro De-
troit. But
those com-
ing to pay
their re-
spects also
included
numerous Rabbi Gardin
senior citizens, like the woman
who wanted to make a donation
to Mr. Silverstein.
Many of those seniors at
Rabbi Gardin's funeral could
barely walk, but they were de-
termined to say goodbye to a
man who, through his long-
standing work as religous di-
rector of Borman Hall, had
deeply touched their lives.
"He was kind and generous
and loving," says Mr. Silver-
Istein, who was friends with
!Rabbi Gardin for more than 30
years. "He always had a good
word about every person he
`saw."
"He brought a real European
• Yiddishkeit with him," added
Rabbi Mordechai Wolmark,
head of the Mercaz, the lay-
men's association of the Coun-
cil of Orthodox Rabbis, where
Rabbi Gardin served on the
board. "He could communicate
with religious and non-reli-
gious, Jew and non-Jew. He al-
ways made people feel good
about themselves and he got
such joy out of helping others.
Someone like that is really hard
to find."
Born into a family with a
long rabbinic history, Rabbi
Gardin was a native of Poland.
He was studying at the Mirrer

Yeshiva near Minsk when
Hitler came to power. To escape
the Nazis, the entire student
body and staff of the school
moved to Lithuania From
there, they made their way to
Shanghai, where Rabbi Gardin
spent much of his youth.
In 1944, Rabbi Gardin set-
tled in the United States. He
studied in Detroit at Yeshivas

Levin, then with the Va'ad's
Rabbi Chaskel Grubner. He
was the kind of man to extend
his hand to even the youngest
members of the Jewish com-
munity, says his son-in-law, Dr.
Maury Ellenberg.
"He loved taking children
with him when he went to 'take
challah' at the bakeries," Dr.
Ellenberg says. (Jewish law
stipulates that a portion of each
loaf of bread be set aside and
given to the priest of the Tem---'
ple. Today, the reserved portion \
is burned.)
Rabbi Gardin died on the
day of the bar mitzvah of his
grandson, Odom.
Rabbi Gardin is survived by
his wife, Ruth; sons and daugh-
ters-in-law, Hershel and Joy,
Joseph and Gloria, all of Oak
Park; daughter and son-in-law,
Chana and Dr. Maury Ellen-F-/
berg of Oak Park; sister, Mala
Rothenberg of Florida; 13
grandchildren.

`

Autographs Raise
$141 for Charity

Chachmei Lublin on Linwood.
Later, he worked for many
years as a shoichet (kosher
slaughterer), and was active at
the Turover Shul before retir-
ing in the 1980s.
Then 14 years ago he suf-
fered a heart attack. Though al-
ways active in the Jewish
community, Rabbi Gardin's life
changed profoundly after the
illness.
"He promised himself then
that if God was so good to him
(to let him recover) he would
work for the Almighty," Mr.
Silverstein says. "He was al-
ready retired, but that didn't
stop him."
Among Rabbi Gardin's great-
est commitments was to the
Kollel Institute because, Mr.
Silverstein says, "he knew how
much the Almighty loves the
study of Torah." He volunteered
as a fund raiser and looked af-
ter the Kollel "just as a father
looks after his children."
In addition to his work at the
Kollel, the Mercaz and the
Home for Aged, Rabbi Gardin
served as a mashgiach (kashrut
supervisor) for area synagogues
and hotels and was active at
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah.
Rabbi Gardin studied Torah
first with the late Rabbi Leizer

A

STEVE STEIN STAFF WRITER

n autograph session fea-
turing Detroit Red
Wings center Keith
Primeau and ex-Wings
Alex Delvecchio and Johnny
Wilson raised $141 for three
charities.
"I was happy with the
turnout," said Ron Elkus, own-
er of the Shirt Box in South-
field, which hosted the Feb. 28 c
event. "I really didn't know
what to expect."
The money will be distrib-
uted evenly to the COTS
shelter, SHAR Inc. drug re-
habilitation center and the
Metro Detroit Youth Founda-
tion, which provides training
and tutoring for youths.
The Shirt Box also held its
eighth annual "Charity Trade- -\
In" during February, when
more than 1,000 pieces of used
clothing were brought in. The
same three charities were the
beneficiaries. ❑

Correction

The photograph identi-
fied as David Kramer in
Politically Speaking on
March 4 was actually
Danny Goldberg.

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