Mail-Only Club Boosts Israel
history, will discuss "Operation Jonathan, Rescue at Entebbe."
rompted•by a story in the Jewish
"I was in need of a hobby, and someone suggested stamp
News about a book called The
Schwartz said. "At first I thought it was just for
Jewish World in Stamps ("Tiny
the club and I've been a member ever since.
Snapshots," Dec. 20, page 62),
"I've gotten a lot of personal enjoyment. I've gained a lot of
Nate Peiss of Oak Park wanted the Jewish
knowledge about history and geography, and I've made many
community to know about a local stamp
club devoted to issues from Israel and
pre-1948 Palestine — or relating to any
aspect of Judaica.
He's a charter member of the Oak
Special to the Park Stamp Club, which has been
Jewish News meeting monthly for more than 40
Peiss inherited his interest and his
first stamp collection from his father, Leon Peiss, who
lived in Russia and then immigrated to Palestine. When
he came to America, he brought his stamp collection
Club president Ken Torby has been an avid stamp col-
lector since 1958. The Southfield resident who is 83 spe-
cializes in stamps that depict the history of the Holy
His personal collection includes the first Israeli stamp
ever issued. It's on a letter mailed from Israel to former
Jewish News publisher Philip Slomovitz in 1949. Torby
Longtime stamp collectors Nate Peiss and Jack Schwartz, both of
also has a stamped envelope sent from Palestine in 1938
Oak Park, talk about one of their favorite topics.
to Hollywood actress Alice Fay.
Originally called the Israel Stamp Club, the group of
friends and contacts over the years."
devoted philatelists changed its name when it moved its meet-
According to Peiss, collectors obtain stamps from a number
ing location in 1960 to the Oak Park Community Center to
sources, including purchasing new issues from the Israel
accommodate its many Oak Park members.
Philatelic Agency, stamp shows, trading with other collector
The club, which is a chapter of the Society of Israel
and from Internet sites.
Philatelists, has about 50 regular members. Although several
Peiss corresponds and exchanges used stamps with a man
since have moved out of state, between 15 and 20 attend on a
lives in Israel.
regular basis. The rest keep in touch through a monthly
sort of like having a pen pal, except we trade stamps,"
newsletter published by Peiss, which includes information
about upcoming meetings, local stamp shows, new issues and
The Oak Park Stamp Club meets on the second Tuesday
other news of interest to collectors.
evening of each month at the Oak Park Community
Longtime club member Jack Schwartz of Oak Park will be
Center. All meetings are open to the public and free of
the featured speaker at the Tuesday, Jan. 14, meeting of the
For more information, contact Ken Torby at (248)
club at 7 p.m. at the Oak Park Community Center. Schwartz,
who specializes in stamps relating to Israeli and Jewish military
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is an outrage. [The network] has
betrayed its viewers by presenting an
airbrushed, uncritical documentary of
a topic that has both historical and
contemporary significance. Its patron-
izing film might be fine for an Islamic
Sunday school class ... but not for a
— Daniel Pipes, executive director of
the Middle East Forum in Philadelphia,
as quoted in Jewish World Review.
A restaurant critic once wrote,
"The bread's dry and sticks in your
The meat is all tough,
Mine bubeh's tahm** , sums it." End
— Martha Jo Fleischmann
"During the week, we are under pressure; we work and go to school. Friday is a rush day — and
as soon as I light my candle, I can feel a sudden calmness. I treasure that moment for the entire
— Hindy Finman, 14, Oak Park
To submit a candlelighting
message or to receive
and information on Shabbat
candlelighting, call Miriam
Amzalak of Oak Park at
(248) 967-5056 or e-mail:
hen in Jewish prayer is it
traditional to pray for
the health and safety of
wives, sons and daugh-
ters of people unknown to us?
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(idiomatic) bad taste
Friday, Jan. 10, 5:01 p.m.
Friday, Jan. 17, 5:09 p.m.
A hapless, unlucky, clumsy jerk.
Source: The Joys of Yiddish by Leo M.
Rosten (McGraw Hill).
Saturday, Jan. 11, 6:08 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 18, 6:15 p.m.