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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-12-20

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ics. The first is a large reference work
has been to the state many times and
covering Jewish traditions and the sec-
features stamps with at least two peo-
ond is about mitzvot (God's com-
ple who have lived in Michigan. Polio
mandments).
vaccine developer Jonas Salk, who
Eisenberg plans a second edition on
worked at the University of Michigan,
stamps related to the Jewish commu-
is memorialized on stamps from the
nity and hopes to hear from readers
United States, France and Transkei.
who can point out postal issues he
Swedish diplomat and Holocaust hero
missed in the first edition.
Raoul Wallenberg, who attended U-
He also is finishing a book on law
M, is saluted with stamps from the
and medicine for radiolo-
United States, Argentina,
gists, a project utilizing
Dominica and Sweden.
the law-degree credentials
While celebrating the
he earned after his med-
range of accomplishments
ical training.
postage stamps convey,
"Every book I've writ-
the author also descries
ten has been to answer
the absence of some peo-
my own questions, and
ple from this vehicle of
I've found out how much
recognition.
people
can learn about
Caught up in the world
history,
personalities and
of music through his
geography from stamps,"
wife's profession, he ques-
Eisenberg says.
tions why violinist Jascha
"Until I was making a
Heifitz and pianist
Vladimir Horowitz do not Author Ro nald Eisenberg valiant search for the
very last stamp I found,
is an avid collector of
have stamps in their
I'm not sure I would
Israeli sta m ps.
honor.
have had any idea of the
"Stamps pictured many
location of Micronesia, which is in the
people I had not realized were Jewish,
South Pacific.
especially those who lived in Eastern
"I ended up corresponding with the
Europe and other far-flung communi-
postmaster general of Micronesia, and
ties," said the author, who learned
about many of the individuals through it had tremendous personal relevance.
"There were 10 stamps of religious
a stamp dealer based in Quebec.
leaders
of the 20th century, and one of
The author, chief of radiology at a
them was Heschel, the rabbi who offi-
hospital that also serves as a trauma
ciated at my wedding." ❑
center, is active in a Conservative syn-
agogue in California, where he set up
a special program for bar and bat
To contact the author, write to
mitzvah students.
him do Schreiber Publishing
His religious interests are at the core
Inc., P.O. Box 4193, Rockville,
of his work on two upcoming and
MD 20849.
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