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January 09, 2004 - Image 78

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-01-09

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A FREE SPIRIT from page 77

An All-Around Winner

age 70, he made his mark on the local
business scene.
Senior Copy Editor
Born in Russia, Mr. Spielberg came to
Detroit with his family in 1921 and
ulius Spielberg sped to his
three years later earned a pharmacy
100th birthday as a race-walk-
degree from what is now Wayne State
er — a gold medal-winning
University. In 1926, he
opened Spiel Drugs at
Fenkell and Birwood in
But another fete of
Detroit, the first of sever-
which he was also very
al drugstores. A market-
proud was accomplished
ing innovator, he opened
at a much slower pace —
Wrigley Drugs at Seven
walking door-to-door to
Mile and Wyoming in
raise funds to establish the
1948 — the first self-
Michigan Chapter of the
drugstore in the
Friends of the Israel
Mr. Spielberg
Defense Forces (FIDF).
received an honorary
For his efforts in raising
Doctor of Pharmacy
over $50,000, he was the
degree from WSU in
honored by 1,000 guests
at the chapter's second
Julius Spielbe rg
By the 1960s, Mr.
annual dinner in 1997.
owned several
"His pride and joy was
small discount depart-
the FIDF," said grandson
ment stores in suburban areas. But with
Alan Gorosh of West Bloomfield.
the rise of larger retailers, he opted for a
"He found out about the group in
new career in real estate development —
1974 while in Israel and realized that
building apartments, office buildings
Michigan didn't have a chapter. He liter-
and shopping centers, including the strip
ally walked door-to-door to get dona-
mall at 14 Mile and Middlebelt in
tions of $25, $50, $100, raising thou-
Farmington Hills.
sands of dollars until eventually the
Family was always first with Mr.
chapter was formed."
Spielberg. He married his wife, Anna, in
Mr. Spielberg, 101, of West
1926, and they remained together for 71
Bloomfield, died of an upper respiratory
until her death. "They were a very
infection on Dec. 31, 2003. But before
couple," said grandson Alan.
becoming a physical fitness enthusiast at



When son-in-law Laurence Gorosh
died at age 51, Mr. Spielberg became a
father figure and role model to his five
In his later years, Mr. Spielberg was a
volunteer, including delivering Meals
On Wheels. He was honored with an
"Eight Over 80" award from Jewish
Apartments & Services in 1998.
"He gave to every worthy cause you've
heard of, and then some, and took an
active role in a number of organiza-
tions," said his grandson.
As a senior athlete, Mr. Spielberg won
dozens of gold medals for race-walking
and set the age 90-plus National Senior
Games record in the 5,000-meter event
in 1995. He was inducted into the
Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in
Mr. Spielberg is survived by his
daughter, Norma Gorosh of West
Bloomfield; grandchildren, Alan and
Rhona Gorosh, Neil and Dr. Marla
Rowe Gorosh, Dr. Jeffrey Gorosh, Dr.
Richard Gorosh, Bruce and Tamara
Gorosh; great-grandchildren, Loren,
Alex, Kasie, Hilary, Jamie, Rachel, Sean
and Hannah.
Mr. Spielberg was the beloved hus-
band of the late Anna Spielberg; loving
father-in-law of the late Laurence
Interment was at Nusach H'ari
Cemetery. Contributions may be made
to Michigan Friends of the IDF, P.O.
Box 999, Walled Lake, MI 48390.
Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial
Chapel. ❑

Kenny," the rabbi said. "His
campers all loved and respected
him. 'Kenny was cool,' they said.
The children were in awe of him.
He was their Pied Piper."
In applying for a 2004 position to
teach English in an overseas country
through the New Jersey-based
Princeton-in-Asia organization,
Kenny wrote that his dream "was to
see the beautiful sites, the monaster-
ies, the mountains; to climb, to
share, to listen, to come home, live
well and set a good example."
"Kenny lived a true path toward
his dream," Rabbi Berkun said. "He
may not have completed his life,
but he certainly started a life that
many do not have the courage to
Kenny Birnholtz is survived by
his parents, Sandy and Sue
Birnholtz of Sylvan Lake; brother,
Jeremy Birnholtz of Ann Arbor; sis-
ter, Melanie Birnholtz of
Washington, D.C.; grandparents,
Cantor Joseph and Edith Birnholtz;
aunts and uncles, Marilyn (Michael)
Franco and Mark (Paula) Birnholtz.
He was the dear grandson of the
late Alvin and Elenore Winkelman.
Interment was at Clover Hill Park
Cemetery. Contributions may be
made to the Camp Ramah Fund,
491 Lawrence West, Suite 400,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5M1C7 or to a charity of one's
choice. Arrangements by Dorfman

OBITUARIES from page 76

Bronstein, Melissa Bronstein, Geoffrey
Fine-Oh, Leia Fine-Oh; great-grandchil-
dren, Marlee, Brendan, Mackenzie,
Courtney, Avery, Lilly. She was the
beloved wife of the late Morris Fine.
Contributions may be made to JARC,
30301 Northwestern Highway,
Farmington Hills, MI 48334 or the
Harvey and Marion Bronstein Jewish
Life Fund, do the Jewish Federation,
6735 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills,
MI 48301. Interment at Hebrew
Memorial Park. Arrangements by
Hebrew Memorial Chapel.

band, Joseph Fleisher; stepsons, Martin
of Yuma, Ariz., Paul (Debra) of
Richmond, Va., Daniel; sister-in-law,
Rose Cavaler of Tucson. She was the
daughter of the late Isadore and Bessie
(Plotkin) Cavaler; sister of the late Paul
and Marion (Levitan) Cavaler and the
late Max and Ann Cavaler; wife of the
late Leon (Dogilewski) Douglas.
Services and interment at the Temple
Emanu-El section of Evergreen
Cemetery in Tucson. Contributions may
be made to ORT, Hadassah, ZOA or a
charity of one's choice. Arrangements by
Evergreen Chapel.

Sorah and Shmuel Tessler of Gan
Hashomron, Israel, Yenta Yudlo of
Jerusalem, Israel; grandchildren, David
and Yonina Rosenberg, Deana and
Yechial Hyman, Nechama Chava
Frenkel, Sorah Chaya Frenkel; great-
grandchildren, Yisroel Mordechai
Rosenberg, Chaim Doniel Rosenberg,
Yitzchock Zev Aryeh Rosenberg, Sorah.
Hyman, Yara Hyman, Yair Hyman.
Contributions may be made to P'tach,
25900 Greenfield, Suite 112, Oak Park,
MI 48237. Interment at Hebrew
Memorial Park. Arrangements by
Hebrew Memorial Chapel.

LILIY FRENKEL, 81, of Southfield,



92, formerly of Southfield of Tucson,
Ariz., died Dec. 24, 2003. In Tucson,
she was a member of Temple Emanu-El
and its sisterhood, Women's American
ORT, Hadassah and the Zionist
Organization of America.
Mrs. Fleisher is survived by her hus-

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died Dec. 30, 2003.
She is survived by her son and daugh-
ter-in-law, Sam and Judy Frenkel of
Brooklyn; daughter and son-in-law,
Helene and Dr. Jerry Rosenberg of
Southfield; sisters and brother-in-law,

Farmington Hills, died Dec. 26, 2003.
She was a teacher of French, Spanish
and Latin. She was also a graduate and a
Phi Beta Kappa from the University of
Michigan and a member of
Congregation Shaarey Zedek.

Mrs. Greenberg is survived by her
husband, Jack Greenberg; son and
daughter-in-law, Dr. Anthony "Tony"
and Jill Greenberg of California; grand-
children, Adam, Ari and Allison
Greenberg; sister, Ruth Silber Katz of
West Bloomfield.
Interment at Nusach Harie Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to a charity
of one's choice. Arrangements by Ira
Kaufman Chapel.


Franklin, died Jan. 1, 2004. Born in
Whitby, Ontario, she moved to Detroit
and graduated from Central High
School. She was an executive statistician
for the National Automobile Dealer
Association. At age 65, Mrs. Harold
became the office manager for her
daughter, Dr. Susan Harold. She retired
at the age of 85.
Mrs. Harold is survived by her daugh-

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