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May 14, 2004 - Image 73

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-05-14

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married for 62 years, as an Eight
Over Eighty honoree. He received the
award three years ago. They have
three children, seven grandchildren
and 10 great-grandchildren.
Born in Montreal, she lived in
Herkimer, N.Y., before heading to
the University of Michigan to study
journalism, "but I got a 'Mrs.' degree
instead," she quipped. "I learned
tzedakah from my parents and got
involved right away in the local
Jewish community."
Newman has come full circle in
journalism, now as the editor of the
Newman News, a 40-page magazine
filled with family news that is distrib-
uted twice a year to 80 households
around the world.
A 55-year member of Hadassah,
she is a past president, national board
member, programming chairperson,
organizer of the thrift shop, president
of Hadassah House Inc., and editor
of the newsletter, "Hadassah
Headlines." Known for her excellent
singing voice — she sang with a band
as a teenager and performs in local
amateur productions — Newman
would often "sing" her speeches at
Hadassah meetings.
The Newmans started a project
titled "Hear, Oh Israel" 20 years ago,
collecting and reconditioning hearing
aids and sending them to Hadassah
Hospital in Ein Karem. "We're dis-
tributed about 7,000, and it's very
heartwarming to receive letters from
both contributors and recipients," she
said. The Newmans, who have visited
Israel 35 times, also have established
an endowment fund in her name for
pediatric hearing research at
Hadassah Hospital.
Specializing in programming,
Newman has been active with the
Sinai Guild, Women's American
ORT, Israel Bonds, the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit,
Jewish Home & Aging Services,
Congregation Shaarey Zedek (as a
62-year member), the American
Technion Society and Brandeis

"Bea Sacks is a quiet dynamo, one of
the unheralded true leaders in the
Jewish community, and a long-time
champion of strong educational
opportunities for every child,"
declared U.S. Rep. Sander M. Levin,
D-12th district, from his

Washington, D.C. office. He was
speaking of the manager of his
regional Greenfield Road office in
Oak Park, whom Levin and his wife,
Vicki, have known for 45 years.
Sacks, 84, worked for him during
his terms as state senator and assisted
him in his first congressional cam-
paign in 1982; she still comes to the
office three times a week.
Sacks met the Levins during her
involvement with the Berkley
Council for Better Schools' efforts in
school millage votes and the Tri-
Community Coalition (Berkley, Oak
Park and Huntington Woods) pro-
gram to prevent substance abuse.
"I've always been interested in edu-
cation and what's best for the kids,"
said the Brooklyn, N.Y., native.. "And
I was a 'late bloomer' because I was
67 when I graduated from Wayne
State University with a degree in
teaching and political science."
She was a teacher for 15 years,
retiring at 82. Her husband, Abe, to
whom she was married for 56 years,
died in 1999. She has two children
and five grandchildren.
A 52-year resident of Huntington
Woods and a founding member of
Temple Emanu-El, she's a past presi-
dent of the synagogue and now active
with the social action committee and
seniors group, honing a vegetable gar-
den for Yad Ezra. Sacks reminds that
over the May 15-16 weekend,
Emanu-El will join with the Second
Baptist Church of Detroit to mark
the 50th anniversary of the famous
Brown vs. Board of Education school
desegregation decision by comparing
integration efforts in 1954 vs. 2004. ❑

The induction ceremony for the
Jewish Apartments & Services
2004 Eight Over Eighty honorees
will be Sunday, May 16, in
Handelman Hall at the Jewish
Community Center, West
Bloomfield. The brunch begins at
11 a.m., with the ceremony at
noon. Emcees are Sherry Margolis
of WJBK-TV Fox News and Alan
Muskovitz of the WOMC Radio
Dick Purtan Show. Cost is $65.
For reservations, call Pete
Wurdock at (248) 592-1101
or e-mail Pwurdock@jasmi.org

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