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February 27, 2004 - Image 94

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-02-27

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grandchildren, Eugene and Maria
Umanskiy; great-grandchildren,
Rachael Umanskiy, Michael Umanskiy.
Mrs. Vorsovskaya was the beloved
wife of the late Mikhail Vorsovskiy.
Interment at Workmen's Circle
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bet. Middlebelt & 14 Mile Rd.

Rabbi Converted
3,000 Mexicans

Mexico City/JTA Rabbi Samuel
Lerer, who converted thousands of.
Mexicans to Judaism, died Feb. 5,
2004, at age 89.
Lerer, who had retired to San
Antonio, Texas, lived in Mexico City
from 1968-
1999 while
leading Beth
Center in the
During that
Oak Park, died Feb. 20, 2004. Prior to
time, the
retirement, he was a factory worker for
Hires Bottling Company.
Rabbi Samuel Lerer rabbi reached
Mr. Wasserman is survived by his
out to
wife, Katie Wasserman; daughter and
Mexicans who believed they were
son-in-law, Susan and Joel Gertner of
descended from conversos, Spanish
West Bloomfield; grandson, Charlie
Jews forced to convert to Catholicism
Gertner; sister-in-law, Tillie Small.
during the Inquisition.
Interment at Nusach Hari Cemetery.
By his own count, Rabbi Lerer con-
Contributions may be made to the
verted about 3,000 people, mostly in
National Council of Jewish Women-
the Mexican cities of Veracruz, Venta
Greater Detroit Section, 26400 Lahser,
Prieta and Puebla. More than 500 of
Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48034;
those people since have moved to Israel.
Jewish Community Services, 619
His liberal views on conversion
Wallenberg, Flint, MI 48502; Jewish
sometimes drew criticism from the
Apartments and Services, 15100 W 10
Mexican Jewish establishment.
Mile, Oak Park, MI 48237.
"There are rabbis who think differ-
Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
ently and there are rabbis who think
like me," Rabbi Lerer told JTA in an
interview before his death. "This has
of Atlanta, died Feb. 14, 2004.
been my purpose in life."
He is survived by his son, Mathew
Samuel Lerer was born and
Warren of Atlanta; mother, Sara
ordained in Palestine. He served con-
Weisenthal of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.;
gregations in Montgomery, Ala.,
brother, Dr. Herbert Weisenthal of
Hollywood, Fla. and Akron, Ohio.
Sylvan Lake; nephews and niece, Mark
He was a professor at the University
Weisenthal of West Palm Beach, Fla.,
of Iowa before moving to Mexico.
Craig Weisenthal of Farmington Hills,
Historians believe the first Jews
David and Erin Epstein of Bloomfield
came to Mexico in 1519 with the
Spanish conquistador Hernando
He was the son of the late Dr. Irvin
Cortes. Centuries later, people in
Mexico and the American Southwest
Contributions may bemade to a
have been seeking out rabbis, telling
charity of one's choice.
them that they'suspect they have con
verso roots. In Mexico, Rabbi Lerer
met Catholics who had family tradi-
tions they couldn't explain.
• The obituary of Estelle Stolman
"I envy those who enter Judaism by
(Feb. 20, page 94) should have identi-
choice," he told JTA. "The spirit of
fied her late sister as Lillian
their worship is unbelievable. The
way they pray is with every ounce of
• The obituary of Ruth Bladen (Feb.
their body."
20, page 91) should have indicated
Marguerite Lerer said that she and
that she was a former Detroiter of
her husband of 58 years had pur-
Tarpon Springs, Fla.
chased burial plots in -a San Antonio
• The obituary of Sadie Kovinsky
cemetery, but after his death, she real-
(Feb. 13, page 85) should have included
ized her husband should be buried in
as nieces and nephews Mason and Adele
Mexico City.
Haber, Carolyn Haber, Florrie Kovan.


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