The Hebrew Benevolent Society
(Chesed Shel Emes)
MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES
Sunday, May 27 at 12:15 p.m.
Obituaries from page 155
at the Veterans Section of their cemetery
HEBREW MEMORIAL PARK
Gratiot Avenue at 14 Mile Road
with the participation of
Jewish War Veterans Dept. of Michigan and Ladies Auxiliary.
Families, Relatives and Friends are invited to attend.
DR. SAUL WEINGARDEN
DR. JEFFREY GOLDENBERG
RABBI JOSEPH HIRSCH
RABBI BORUCH E. LEVIN
J.W.V. Dept. Commander
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The Family of the Late
SUSAN RUBIN KRUGER
Announces the unveiling of a monument in her memory at 10:30 AM on Sunday,
June 3, 2007 at Machpelah cemetery. Rabbi Elimelich Goldberg is officiating. Family
and friends are invited to attend.
Susie's school, Troy Union Elementary, will be dedicating the kindergarten wing
and the children's garden in her memory. This will take place the following day:
Monday, June 4 at 9:30 a.m. Troy Union Elementary School: 1340 E. Square Lake Rd.
Troy MI 48085 248-823-3100 Located Between Rochester and John R Rd's on the
South side of E. Square Lake Rd.
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May 24 • 2007
oby Dobkin (Chaja Tauba),
98, of Southfield, died
May 7, 2007. She survived
the Holocaust, but her brother
Yitzchak Kesh Grabie, her par-
ents, her husband, three chil-
dren and a baby perished as
a direct result of the Nazis'
Final Solution in the Lodz
Ghetto and Auschwitz.
Toby turned over
many leaves in her
illustrious life — as a
mother, wife and con-
cerned, loving human being.
What might have defeated others
reflected her capacity to live life
with a zest, passion, compassion
and style that illuminated every-
thing and everyone around her.
She was a walking lesson of
love, grace and style who, with her
children, Barry, Hannah and Moses
Ulrych, were described by Adat
Shalom Synagogue Sisterhood
as "royalty." Her personality and
demeanor throughout life were les-
sons of never giving up, of fighting
for right and believing in a good
Toby was born in Zdunska Wola,
Poland, within the greater area
of Lodz. Her father, Moishe Tovia
Grabie, and mother, Machish Grabie,
reflected the best of Alexander
Chasidic lineage and devotion to
the rebbes of Ger, Poland. Her
father was a prominent, charitable
textile manufacturer with mills in
Lodz. She graduated gymnasium
and even studied in Paris. She was
fluent in English, Polish, German,
Russian, and Yiddish.
Her name Chaja (Chai, to life)
reflected a personal blessing given
to her by the Imrei Emes — rebbe of
Ger. This blessing, as her positive
attitude, followed her throughout
her life despite her circumstances.
Before being sent to Auschwitz,
she was confined with her family
to the Lodz Ghetto, where she was
assigned to forced work stenciling
airplane parts and forms for the
German Luftwaffe. From the ghetto,
she was put at the top of the trans-
port list to go Auschwitz-Birkenau,
where her children perished.
Years later, another Holocaust
survivor would describe Toby as
someone who regularly saved
an extra morsel of bread
for her in their barracks at
Auschwitz. Even amidst the
desperate circumstances of
the concentration camp, her
demeanor was charitable.
Many times, she hero-
UST ically risked her life for
es, quick thinking and a
deep desire to live account for her
averting or surviving a number of
brushes with death, including the
gas chambers at Auschwitz. She
escaped from a forced labor work
detail as the Russians advanced.
After The War
Toby came back to her parents'
home in Zdunska Wola, only to find
the local townspeople already occu-
pying her house. Sensing dangerous
times, especially for survivors, she
fled her hometown. Finding that
her brother Majer Grabie, a textile
businessman, had survived the war
in Shanghai, China, she traveled
to Shanghai and was reunited with
him. There she met Rabbi Boruch
Ulrych, scion of a great Warsaw
rabbinic family, whom she married
in 1948 in Shanghai.
After arriving in San Francisco,
she had the first of her three
children. The family's travels took
them to Chicago and ultimately
to Detroit, where she and Rabbi
Ulrych were confident that they
could raise their children in a solid
After Rabbi Ulrych of Adat
Shalom Synagogue died in 1959,
she again faced life's challenges as
a widow and mother of young chil-
dren. She became active with her
children in Adat Shalom and in 1974
became the first woman to receive
an award from its men's club. She
was proud of being on the board of
the Adat Shalom Sisterhood and
chairing many charitable events.
In 1970, she married Sam Dobkin.