Rabbi Irving Schnipper:
Doing God's Work
abbi A. Irving Schnipper has been part of the Detroit Jewish community for 40 years, but it seems
like only yesterday that he arrived from Pittsburgh to take over the helm of Congregation Beth
Moses. He served that congregation, which later moved to West Bloomfield and became known as
Beth Abraham Hillel Moses (BAHM) and then Beth Ahm, until his retirement in 1996. During that
time, Rabbi Schnipper was also one of the founders of the Yad Ezra Kosher food bank.
Now 75, Rabbi Schnipper currently works with the Jewish Chaplaincy Service, a program of Jewish
Apartments and Services (JAS). He visits residents and holds services at 14 different facilities for people
with varying degrees of dementia and other age-related illnesses.
"We all have a mission to do God's work here on Earth," said Rabbi
Schnipper. "We don't do it for the reward. Detroit has a wonderful, very
Rabbi Schnipper Is
giving Jewish community."
New Spiritual Leader
Rabbi Schnipper lives in West Bloomfield with his wife, Barbara. He
of Cong. Beth Moses
has three children and eight grandchildren.
Cong. Beth Moses, 19160
Evergreen, announces the elec-
When asked about his retirement plans, he said, "I plan to continue as
tion of Rabbi A. Irving Schnip-
long as the good Lord gives me health."
per as its new spiritual leader.
Rabbi Schnipper comes to •
Detroit after serving Beth El
Congregation of South Hills.
Pittsburgh. Pa. Prior to that he '
had also served six years as
rabbi of Temple Beth El in
'ltehogue. N. Y.. and two years
- eas as a U.S. Army Chap-
hold a BA from Yeshiv
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U.S. Rep. Sander Levin:
One Thing Leads To Another
his campaign for the governorship of Michigan was featured in the Jewish News in 1970,
Sander Levin's sights were set on Lansing, not Washington, D.C. Today, the native Detroiter does
indeed represent his home state of Michigan — as the U. S. Congressman for the state's 12th
Congresional District, an office he has held since 1982.
He firmly believes that his gubernatorial campaign helped prepare him for his career in Washington,
which began when he took the position of assistant administrator in the Agency for International
Development in the late 1970s.
"One thing does lead to another, but often unpredictably," said Levin, who is known as "Sandy' to his
staff and many of his constituents.
Levin has made drug abuse a priority by co-authoring the federal Drug Free Communities Act, which
funds programs that help individual communities
throughout the country combat drug and alcohol
`Levin Winds Up Exciting
use among teenagers.
Sander Levin is winding up an
He lives in Royal Oak. His newly re-drawn
exciting and most active campaign
district encompasses several suburbs in Oakland
for the Democratic nomination for
Governor of Michigan.
and Macomb counties.
The organizational and media
effort of the Levin campaign for
"I'm happy to represent a district with so much
governor was aimed at showing
diversity," he said. "I believe that's its greatest
people: Sander Levin's record of
accomplishment, why he can get
things done, and Sander Levin's
stand on the issues, what he wants
Congressman Levin and his wife, Vicki, have
to get done.
four children and seven grandchildren. They are
111. e c a m paign is Sander Levin,
a rni s h ed.
members of Congregation Shaarey Zedek in
Lgvin • has the unqualified en-
'ment of labor and fraternal
Southfield. His brother, Carl Levin, serves in the U. S.
moons, and many congres-
groups in the
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