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As the ofJzcial "Sunshine" for the Southfield Chapter of the
American Association of Retired Persons, Dorothy
Goldberg is well named. The 91-year-old resident of the
Fountains of Franklin spends at least 20 hours a week
spreading smiles and providing needed help to a wide
variety of local organizations.
Goldberg, who was born in Toronto, began her volun-
teer career as a young woman, serving as president of the
ladies chapter of Folks Farein, a Canadian charitable
organization. She came to Detroit in 1943 at the urging
of a cousin who convinced her to leave her Canadian
"hick town" for the "big city" in the United States.
While volunteeringfor the local USO, she met soldier
Alex Farber. They married and had a son, Ronald. Farber
diech however, when their son was still a baby. She later
married Sol Goldberg
Goldberg accelerated her volunteer work after Sol died
in 1979 and after her son moved to New York, where he
now lives with his wife, Linda.
Today her many activities include calling bingo and
serving as the Friday night "shammas" at the Fountains,
running bingo games for the Oak Park Community
Center's 50-Up Club, which she helped found and partic-
ipating with the Jewish War Veterans. She recently added
a new position to her roster, treasurer of the Chazakah

Young-at-Heart senior club at Adat Shalom Synagogue.
Goldberg, a member of Temple Emanu-El in Oak
Park, is also very active in the Cooperative Council of
Jewish Women's Organizations, which sponsors Chanukah
and Passover celebrations for JARC (adults with develop-
mental disabilities) and Kadima (adults with mental ill-
ness) residents and donates funds to local Jewish people in
need of assistance.

Was helping other people part of your family's values
when you were young?
"Yes, almost every night at the dinner table someone
would come to our door with a container for my father
to fill up with food, dill pickles that he made himself
and all kinds of other things. I had five sisters and one
brother, who are all gone now, and I was usually the
one who took care of them when they were sick.
"I do at least one good deed every day, and each
night I put a coin in a tzedakah box that I give to the
Lubavitch Foundation."

Do you have a favorite volunteer activity?
"They're all important. When I can help out and
make somebody happy, that's very rewarding. Working
with the Greater Detroit Moving Picture and

Dorothy Goldberg

Television Council [she's a past president] is very inter-
esting. We meet once a month to critique movies, and
we give scholarships to local people who are involved
in the arts."

How do you keep track of your busy schedule?
"I have two different calendars, plus a daily list of all
my activities. And so far, my memory is still pretty
good."

— Ronelle Grier, special writer

REPORT A DOER...:Know a Doer — someone of any age doing interesting, meaningful things in their life outside of their job? Share suggestions with Keri Guten Cohen, story devel-
or e-mail: kcohen@thejewishnews.com

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