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April 08, 1994 - Image 82

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1994-04-08

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somebody who took over as
as Vegas is noted for many
master of ceremonies said that
things . . . fabulous shows,
I was a man and presented me
wonderful food, gambling,
with a fountain pen. It never did
great sight-seeing, wed-
write.
dings, etc.
"We moved to the Joy Road
Bar mitzvahs are not one of
and Dexter area, and I went to
its notes, although some of the
work with a paper route for a
nation's biggest and most lav-
few years. All money except 50
ish have been held in the City
cents for my amusement went
of Dreams.
to my parents. With that 50
For a recent weekend, the
cents, I had a wild time on Sun-
lights of Las Vegas had to take
day afternoons — 20 cents for
a back seat to the bar mitzvah
the Fox Theatre balcony, 20
at age 83 for Maurey Pastor, his
cents street car and 10 cents for
relatives and friends . . . So
popcorn."
much so that the celebration
was a three-day festivity.
Friday night services and cer-
emonies at Temple Beth
Shalom, with Maurey leading
the kiddush on his birthday;
Saturday morning bar mitzvah
at the temple; reception that
evening at Las Vegas Country
Club; and Sunday morning
brunch at LVCC.
At the bar mitzvah service,
Maurey read from the Torah
portion, Terumah, the spirit of
giving which coincides with his
endeavor, raising funds to help
feed indigent seniors.
The ritual and celebration
came 70 years later ... Maurey
had a little reception only at age
13 when about 10 people came
to his parents' little home on
Farnsworth near Hastings,
across from Levy's Coal Yard
. . . He never did have a bar
mitzvah service at the syna-
gogue because, as he says, "My
parents were too poor."
Maurey recalls Boesky's Deli
on the corner of Farnsworth
and Hastings, and across the
street was the Warfield The-
atre, admission two for five
cents or three cents for one .. .
He remembers going to the
schvitz every Saturday night Maurey Pastor: Celebrating 83.
with his father, and to Boesky's
At the bar mitzvah service,
for sandwiches to bring to the
Maurie's three sons, Herbert,
men playing cards in the bath
Denny and Sidney, presented
house . . . They were 10 cents.
him with a tallit, as he had done
"We lived in a small house,
with each of them when they
with a parlor stove in the mid-
were bar mitzvah . . . Maurey's
dle of the dining room which
teacher for four months was
was also an all-purpose room. I
Temple Beth Shalom Cantor
was told it was hard times and
Simon Bergman.
my father could not afford any
After the Torahs were carried
expense to the shul. To make it
and replaced, Maurey was in-
feel like something, several
troduced by Rabbi Earl Ki-
neighbors and friends got to-
deckel, and started his speech
gether and brought over some
by explaining why he wanted to
things which were spread out
have this bar mitzvah . . . "As
on a long table and everyone
the Bible mentions," said Mau-
helped themselves. I had about
rey, "man's life span is three
four friends. Those were from
score and 10. Plus the 13 of bar
the families that attended.
mitzvah age brings it to 83."
"Sometimes during the af-
Former Detroiters Fran and
ternoon party, I played violin
Joe Cohen, Ellie Callie, Sol
for their entertainment and

Goldberg and others were at the
Temple Beth Shalom Friday
night services . . . Former De-
troiter members of Maurey's
family, his nephews, Dr. Ronald
Stewart and Dr. Daniel Stew-
art, almost didn't show up .. .
their luggage went elsewhere
but finally arrived at the MGM
Grand . . . Ex-localites Pauline
and Sid Stoller made sure that
Maurey got a bar mitzvah pen
that did write; Jackie and Jer-
ry Rogers, Luba and Bill Haft-
ka, Esther Gewerter, Elaine
and Gerson Lacoff, Bea and Leo
Fogelman, and Mau-
rey's sons Herb, Denny
and Sid . . . Sister Faye
Freedland still lives
here and flew in for the
event.
Most of the guests
stayed at the Sahara
because it was close to
the synagogue . . . I
chose the new MGM
Grand and should have
known something
when entering and giv-
en a map at the door .
.. that's how big it is . .
. The new MGM Grand
is so huge that people
still get lost . . . even
with the map . . . The
cozy comfort that Las
Vegas hotels of yester-
years were known for
are gone except for
those that still remain
. . . 5009 rooms, a large
theme park, six or more
restaurants and a casi-
no the size of three foot-
ball fields is BIG! .. .
One of the phone oper-
ators at MGM is former
Detroiter Kathrine
Katz.
And to think that
one time I asked Morey
Yaeger, casino manager at the
old MGM Grand that today is
Bally Hotel, why they made it
so large . . . Even with its 3,000
rooms, Bally is compact and
properly coordinated.
We ate one afternoon at the
Stage Deli in Caesar's Palace
with Leah Marks who is now
living in Las Vegas . . . It is sup-
posed to be a replica of the fa-
mous one the late Max Asnas
founded in New York . . . Here's
where the commercialism of a
name has really taken hold but
is only that . . . Most of the peo-
ple who go there have never
been to the Stage in New York
so don't know the difference
. . . It's like night and day . . . For
example, when you asked for

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