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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-07-02

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Tamuz 17 / July 6

Samuel Gluck
Dorothy Goldstein
Leon Kersh
Ida Lowenstein
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Pinchas Schwartz
Ida B. Shayne
Elliott Dov Strom
Lena Waldman

Sam Boesky
Aranka Breuer
George Walter Fischer
Samuel R. Greenbaum
Helena Anna Helszewska
Daniel I. Lambert
Lofty Partovich
Joseph Bernard Raim
Dr. Morton Simon
Jean Stalrit
Isadore Morris Taylor
Nathan Unrot
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Tamuz 16 / July 5

Lillian Beal
Anna Celia Dear
Joseph Freed
Seymour Gallant
Louis Jack Goldberg
Estelle Kaplan
Eva Levine
Fannie Markowitz
Hyman Milinsky
Rebecca Plotnick
Risha Gitel Rosen
Irving York

Tamuz 18 / July 7

Louis Kozel
Sally Lemberg
Sam Stein
Ethel Waldman

Tamuz 19 / July 8

Hyman Kowal
Ida Litvin
Julia Pleasant
Annie Samet
Hilda Schuman

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Siegfried Hess
Max Karol
Irving M. Moskovitz
Oscar Sherman
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sorrow that invariably intertwine in
Israeli lives. In 1973, Sherner corn-
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
posed "Let It Be" — "Lu Yehi" — an
Israeli version of the famous Beatles
tune, to inspire optimism in an
t was a sign of the importance
Israel demoralized by the heavy loss-
of Naomi Shemer to Israel's
es of the Yom Kippur War.
national psyche that the singer-
Following the assassination of
songwriter's death relegated the
Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the
Rabin, in 1995, Shemer translated
inside pages of the nation's newspa-
American poet Walt Whitman's "0
pers. Mrs. Sherner is best known for
Captain! My Captain!" into Hebrew,
writing the song "Jerusalem of
put it to music and dedicated it to
Rabin's memory.
The June 26, 2004, death of
The messages of Sherner's songs
Israel's national folk musician at the
still hold currency in Israel today.
age of 74 from cancer, spurred Israeli Her songs enjoyed a revival in public
Prime Minister Afiel Sharon to open sing-alongs after the outbreak of the
his weekly cabinet meeting with a
current Palestinian intifada in
eulogy and the Education Ministry
September 2000.
to order all schools to
Sherner won the pres
spend an hour in the
tigious Israel Prize in
classroom remembering
1983 just a year after
speaking out against the
"Using marvelous
government's evacuation
lyrics and melodies, she
of Sinai settlements as
succeeded in connecting
part of Israel's peace
US to our roots, to our
accord with Egypt. The
origins, to the beginnings
award was a sign that
of Zionism," an emo-
Shemer's popularity
tional Sharon said at the
spanned even fierce
cabinet meeting. "Today,
political differences.
when we part with
Shemer was born in
Naomi Shemer
Naomi Shemer, we bow
1930 in Kibbutz
our heads in sorrow and
Kinneret. She began
are grateful for the wonderful gift
playing piano at age 6, and she was
Naomi gave us."
writing songs in her 20s. She studied
Best known for "Jerusalem of
at music schools in Tel Aviv and
Gold," or "Yerushalayim Shel Zahav," Jerusalem, but returned to her kib-
a paean to Israel's capital written
butz roots in the army, spending her
shortly before Jerusalem's Old City
years of compulsory military service
was liberated by the Israelis in the
as a musical coordinator for shows
1967 Six-Day War, Shemer penned
put on by the Nahal Corps at new
and performed countless songs that
settlements and kibbutzim around
captured the national mood and
the country.
drew on her kibbutz upbringing, Set
She went on to write dozens of
to guitar, the melody of "Jerusalem
Israeli favorites as well as numerous
of Gold" and the haunting descrip-
children's songs.
tions of Jerusalem's ancient edifices
Her last work, composed as she lay
resonated for Jews worldwide. In the dying of cancer during the last two
Soviet Union, it inspired hope
years, was a tribute to Israeli astro-
among Jewish refuseniks.
naut Col. Ilan Ramon, who died in
"It was the most Israeli thing we
2003 in the breakup of the space
could think of, and we knew that in
shuttle Columbia.
Israel the song had become some-
Shemer was buried at Kibbutz
thing of a national anthem," recalled Kinneret, her birthplace, overlooking
Natan Sharansky, a former Soviet
the lake about which she wrote so
political prisoner and now Israel's
many songs. She is survived by her
Minister for Diaspora Affairs.
husband, the poet Mordechai
The song (Al Hadvash Ve'al
Horowitz; two children and four
"Of the Honey and the
crrandchildren. I


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