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June 18, 2004 - Image 101

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-06-18

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ext week, when the member-
ship of the Association of
Jewish Libraries (AJL) assem-
bles at its annual convention in New
York, a heartfelt tribute will be read
in honor of Mae Weine.
Mrs. Weine of Oak Park, a former
national president of the organization
who attended almost every convention
for the past 40 years, died June 5, 2004,
at age 92.
Mrs. Weine, a member of
Congregation Beth Shalom, was a syna-
gogue librarian at Congregation Beth
Abraham Hillel Moses (now Beth
Ahm) for many years. "She didn't resign
from her work there until she was 90,"
said daughter Judith Sinnott of Allen
"Mae was passionate about educating
Judaica librarians-in-training," reads her
colleagues' tribute, written by Barbara
Leff, past president of the New York-
based AJL, and Ronda Rose, AJL presi-
dent-elect. "She was a warm, outgoing
woman, who worked tirelessly for the
Mrs. Weine was one of the AJL
founders and helped form chapters in
Philadelphia, Southern California and
Detroit. She also taught workshops and
wrote articles and publications to pro-
mote library standards.
"I was always amazed by her energy,
her passion, her knowledge and her
commitment to the prof6sion," said
Rachel Erlich Kamin, director of
Temple Israel Libraries and Media
Center in West Bloomfield and imme-
diate past president of AJI2s Michigan
A professional highlight for Mrs.
Weine was her creation of the Weine
Classification System for Judaica
Collections. "It is one of two classifica-
tion systems that is used in countless
Jewish libraries all over the world,"
Kamin said.
"The Weine Classification scheme
was the first one to address Judaic cata-
loging in the smaller Judaica library,
such as a school or synagogue," Ronda
Rose said.
But far before her years as a librarian,
Mrs. Weine was a wife and mother.
'She had a master's degree in library sci-
ence from Drexel University in
Philadelphia, but she didn't get it until

her kids were teenagers," said daughter
Judith. "But she was always a lover of
books and literature. All she ever did
was read. When we were kids, she
informally ran the library at Beth Israel
Congregation in Camden, N.J., where
my dad was rabbi."
Family and holidays were central to
Mrs. Weine. "She was an ultra-loyal
family person and the personal glue
that held the family together," Judith
said. 'And she was always the one to
organize holiday gatherings, like the
family seder at Beth Shalom."
With as much acclaim as she had
received professionally, Judith said, "she
wasn't interested in being in the lime-
light. She was very retiring, modest and
At Mrs. Weine's funeral, her niece
Reva Barahal of Southfield read a letter
from Maureen Reister, an AJL member
from Dallas. Reister recounted Mrs.
Weine's warm, friendly welcome when
she was a newcomer to the association.
"I was new to Judaica librarianship and
had no idea how famous Mae was —
what she and her work meant to the
library world," she wrote. "It was a priv-
ilege to know the woman who wrote
the brilliant classification scheme, a
wonderful gift to the Jewish library
Mrs. Weine was an active member of
the national AJL and the group's
Michigan Chapter. Well into her 80s,
Mrs. Weine continued to travel to con-
ventions, meetings and events. "Even
with her extensive experience in the
field, she felt that she could still learn
from her colleagues," Kamin said.
'And, of course, we all learned so much
from her."
Mae Weine is survived by her son,
Daniel Weine of Georgia; daughter and
son-in-law, Judith and Michael Sinnott
of Allen Park; sister, Grace Friedman of
Los Angeles; granddaughter, Deborah
and Shimon Nakar of Ramat Bet
Shemesh, Israel; great-grandchildren,
Ta'ir Nakar, Tamar Nakar, Shira Nakar,
Yedidiah Nakar, Natan Nakar, Brandon
Sinnott, Christian Sinnott.
She was the beloved wife of the late
Rabbi Max Weine; dear mother-in-law
of the late Florence Weine.
Interment was at Machpelah
Cemetery. Contributions may be made
to a Jewish charity of one's choice or
Beaumont Hospice. Arrangements by
Hebrew Memorial Chapel.

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