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The Detroit Jewish News, 2005-01-27

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Love Of Labor

Lawyer to mark 100th birthday Sunday.


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ernard Davis of Southfield
remembers two axioms from
his childhood: work for the
little guy and there is stren gtl
in numbers. The third youngest of 10
children, he was the first to graduate
high school.
While Davis initially planned to
become a doctor, he changed directions
after dissecting worms and frogs in a
New York University biology class. That
experience led him to drop out of
school. He worked for several years and
then earned his bachelor's degree in law
from St. John's Law School.
He graduated in 1929, just months
before the start of the Great Depression.
Davis, who will mark his 100th birth-
day on Sunday, Jan. 30, spent his profes-
sional career representing labor unions
in the New York City area because he
always wanted to help the "little guy.

Jan. 3
Tova and Rabbi Yaakov (Jeffrey)
Aichenbaum of Scranton, Pa., are
delighted to announce the birth of their
son, Azriel. Excited brothers and sister
are Yonasan, El iyahu, Jehoshua, Adina
Miriam and Yair. Very proud grandpar-
ents are Lil and Milt Aichenbaum of
West Bloomfield and Rena and Herb
Basser of Toronto.

Jan. 1
Rachel (Kornfeld) and Steven Raimi of
Oak Park are overjoyed to announce the
birth of their daughter, Lena Beatrice
(Lena Yudit). Proud grandparents are
Carol Kornfeld of Oak Park, Jay
Kornfeld of Staten Island, N.Y, and
Saul and Ruth Raimi of West
Bloomfield. Lena Beatrice is named in
honor of her great-grandmothers and
great-aunts Lily Kornfeld, Leah
Rejngewirtz, Lena Wexler, Lillian
Krandall, Beatrice Levine and Judith




Dec. 31
Betsy (Share) and Howard Golan of
Long Island joyously announce the birth
of their son, Ari Jacob (Mordechai
Yaacov). Proud big sister is Micah Joy,
23/4 . Sharing in their excitement are
grandparents Judy and George Vine of
West Bloomfield; Jerry Share of

My sympathies were always with work-
ers," he said.
His quick answer on longevity:
"Everything in moderation. I drink a lit-
tle wine at dinner, but I never overdo
anything. I stay away from fats and eat
only ordinary food."
Other than maintaining a healthy
diet, Davis exercises nearly every day
and in good weather walks regularly.
Although he has to use a walker, he
was able to drive an automobile until
three years ago.
Davis, who moved to Michigan 25
years ago to be closer to family mem-
bers, attends services at Birmingham
Temple in Farmington Hills, where his
daughter, Judith Freund, is executive
Davis was in the Teamsters' legal
department and also represented several
unions in his private practice.
Born in New York City, he married
Irene Sachter on June 30, 1929, the day
he graduated law school. Later, he

helped organize a synagogue
congregation in Flushing, N.Y.,
and was elected its president.
Davis bemoans the decline of
labor unions. "Labor has become
slaves to money and wealth. I
dislike that we are selling our-
selves out. I have lost my faith
Bernard Davis
and love for unions," he said.
His daughter remembers many
learning about people's backgrounds,
family dinner conversations as a young-
where they come from, what they do
ster. Her father talked about contract
and how they live.
negotiations and "fighting for the little
"His fascination with other cultures is
boundless and his life has been enriched
Mrs. Freund said her father's views on
by travels abroad. His interest and caring
labor unions and social justice came
for others is perhaps, for him, his foun-
from his Jewish values.
tain of youth."
After moving to Michigan, Davis was
Helping celebrate his 100th birthday
admitted to the Michigan Bar
will be daughter and son-in-law, Judith
Association and continued to handle
and Allen Freund of Commerce Town-
arbitration work in Michigan and New
ship; grandchildren, Ken and Tanya
York well into his 80s.
Gordon of Washington, D.C., Caryn
Mrs. Freund described her father as "a and James McDowell of Boston, Heather
man of grace ... He embraces people
Gordon and Felicia Gordon of Washing-
with humor and curiosity. He enjoys
ton; and extended family members. ❑

Overland Park, Kan.; and Ellen and
Marshall Golan of Manhasset Hills,
N.Y. Great-grandparents are Ruth and
Charles Rader of Commerce and Sally
Weinfeld of Plainview, N.Y Ari is
named in blessed memory of his mater-
nal great-grandfather Martin Share.

Also sharing in their happiness is great-
grandmother Lee Blau. Talia is named in
loving memory of her maternal great-
grandmother Rose Feinberg and her
paternal great-grandmother Ida Rosner.

Dec. 27
Gulnara and Marc King of West
Bloomfield are proud
to announce the birth
of their first child, a
son, Joshua Mitchell
King (Mordechai).
Sharing in their hap-
piness are grandpar-
ents Marcia and Izzy
King of Farmington
Hills. Joshua is
named in loving memory of his paternal
great-grandmother Jean Minnie

Dec. 22
Lindsay (Blau) and David Rubin of
Bloomfield Hills joyfully announce the
birth of their daughter, Talia Rae
(Aliza Rachel). Talia was welcomed
home by her big brother, Isaiah Jack
Rubin, 2. Sharing in the excitement are
fourth-time grandparents, Judy and
Irving Blau of West Bloomfield and Lois
and Alvin Rubin of Farmington Hills.

Dec. 16
Jennifer (Weiss) and Jason Kole of
Chicago announce with much love the
birth of their son, Gavin Alexander
(Borach Ruvin). Welcoming Gavin
home is big sister
Marisa, 2. Proud
grandparents are
Sander Weiss of
Miami, Fla., "Nonni"
Celeste Weiss of
Chicago and
Rochelle and Mickey
Kole of Farmington
Hills. Gavin is
named in loving memory of his mater-
nal great-grandfathers Guy Poderino
and Bernard Weiss and paternal great-
grandmothers Bertha. Kole and Rose

Nov. 10
Julie (Weintraub) and Frank Witt of
West Bloomfield welcome with much
love the birth of their daughter,
Samantha Ariel. Sharing in their excite-
ment are proud grandparents Burt and
Barbara Weintraub of West Bloomfield

and Frank and
Wanda Witt of
Naples, Fla. Also
sharing in their joy is
Mathilda Weintraub
of Hollywood, Fla.
Samantha is named
in loving memory of
her great-grandmother Celia Kaufman
and great-great-grandmother Sylvia

Nov. 3
Emily (Sperry) and Daren Kest, former-
ly of Franklin of Paducha, Ky., are
thrilled to announce the birth of their
daughter, Ella Kathryn. Sharing in their
joy are proud grandparents Sandy
Hirsch of Boca Raton, Malcom Kest of
Australia and Warren and Jodi Sperry of
Paris, Ill. Ella is named in loving memo-
ry of her paternal great-grandmother
Hilda. Polster.

Oct. 30
Lisa (Scaun) and Steven Winokur of
Alpharetta, Ga., announce with great joy
the birth of their son, Alexander Davis
(Adin). Welcoming Alexander home is
excited big brother Jacob, 3. Sharing in
their joy are grandparents Hinda and
Terry Winokur of Boca Raton, Fla., for-
merly of Southfield; Ruth Horowitz of

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