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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-08-30

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Matthew's father, "some of our
guests came in and said they saw the
cantor at the corner of the subdivi-
sion, next to two sheriff's patrol
"We were concerned that maybe
he had been hit and was hurt, so one
couple went to see if they could pick
him up and bring him to the house."
When his guests got to the corner
where the cantor had been seen, the
cantor was gone, as were the patrol
cars, Gutman said, although the can-
tor's car was still there.
In the absence of a mohel, the bris
could not be performed at the ritual-
ly prescribed age of eight days.
But the family, including
Gutman's wife, Michelle, and their
older son, Zachary, 3, went ahead
with the meal and baby-naming cer-
emony that had been prepared for
their 70 guests.
"It was not quite the event we
wanted it to be," said Ken Gdtman,
principal of Scripps Middle School
in the Lake Orion Community
School District.
The next day, Gutman said, the
cantor "called to see if we wanted
him to come over that afternoon."
The family decided to wait one
more day, until Dr. Craig Singer, an
Oakland County pediatrician and
mohel who attends Temple Beth El
where the Gutmans are members,
was available. Only the Gutmans'
immediate family was present that
Ken Gutman said although he
wanted others to be aware of what
happened, he didn't want to see the
cantor "vilified."
"This was a routine traffic stop,"
said Oakland County Sheriff's
Department chief of staff Captain
Michael McCabe.
The cantor, he said, "was stopped
after a West Bloomfield Township
off-duty police officer observed a red
1999 Ford Taurus driving erratically
and called the sheriff's department."

When deputies arrived, McCabe
said, they also observed erratic driv-
ing. When they stopped the car, they
smelled alcohol and had probable
cause to pursue charges. "The driver
told the deputies he had performed a
bris at 2 p.m. that day and had had
a couple of glasses of wine at the
ceremony," McCabe said.

What's Next

Cantor Greenbaum, 58, awaits a
pre-trial hearing before Judge
Michael Batchik of 52-1 District
Court in Novi. The hearing original-
ly was set for mid-July, but was
rescheduled for Aug. 26 and then to
Sept. 30 at the request of the can-
tor's attorney, Gerald Gordinier of
Rochester Hills.
Cantor Greenbaum, a graduate of
the cantorial school of the Jewish
Theological Seminary of America in
New York City, has been part of the
clergy at Beth Shalom-since 1973.
There, his duties include cantorial
and pastoral responsibilities, working
with religious school students, train-
ing b'nai mitzvah students, teaching
adult education classes and conduct-
ing the youth and adult choirs. He is
a member of the Cantors Assembly
of America and has served as presi-
dent of the Tri-State Region Cantors
Council and the Cantors Council of
Rabbi David Nelson of Beth
Shalom said of his longtime col-
league Cantor Greenbaum:
"We are 100 percent behind him.
We support him. He is a wonderful
teacher and performs his sacred
function as a cantor in a way that
has made him a beloved figure.
"Anyone who has studied with him
for a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, or
adults who have studied with him,
love Sam. I love Sam.
"We feel terrible and we hope this
is going to come out in a positive
way for the cantor." ❑

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JN's 60th


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Awards for
Jewish Detroit

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DOB: 6-5-42
Husband: Robert Sovel, insur-

ance agency owner
City: Orchard Lake
Children (step): Karen Sovel
(married to Chris Dellavecchia),
Laura (Rick) Powers, Jeff and Joann
Grandchildren: 3
Occupation: Retired from real
estate management
Jewish affiliations: Adat
Susan Kahn Sovel
Shalom, Hadassah, ORT, NCJW
Other: Volunteer work for the
Detroit institute of Arts (DIA) for 28 years, 12 years on its board,
volunteer at the West Bloomfield Library
Jewish News: "How else would we know what's opening and
closing around town? It keeps us up-to-date on what's going on in
the Jewish community. It's where we find out about a lot of pro-
grams in the synagogues and elsewhere."



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