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The Detroit Jewish News, 2007-08-23

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Obituaries from page 73

Dr. Kathleen Murphy understands how to

communicate the language of hope. She traded her
career as an internist for one in palliative care, which
incorporates the spiritual, psychological and emotional
elements of pain into medical treatment plans.

A palliative care specialist with Beaumont Hospital
and Henry Ford Health Systems, Dr. Murphy works
daily with terminally ill patients and collaborates with
JHCN for spiritual guidance for her Jewish patients.


Dr. Kathleen Murphy

,- is one of the Hospice Heroes who

Make Life Better

"Dr. Murphy's gift is listening. She knows how to say
the right thing to embrace each patient, rather than
add to their devastation," said Rabbi E.B. Freedman.
"Her level of commitment to Jewish patients is a

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August 23 • 2007

A Sweet Singer


antor Asher Adler of the
Isaac Agree Downtown
Synagogue in Detroit died
on Aug. 13. He was 55 and had bat-
tled renal failure and diabetes.
"He was a devoted father and
husband who enjoyed
singing very much
until he couldn't do it
any longer," said his
widow, Sandra, of Oak
Park. "It helped keep
him going. He sang
from the heart."
Cantor Adler sang
at Shabbat services
until about a year ago
and at High Holiday
Cantor Adler
services until two
years ago. He served
the congregation in different capac-
ities for more than 10 years.
"How that dear man managed to
sustain his zest for life and unfail-
ingly maintain his good spirits while
coping with the relentless physical
adversity that he faced for these
many years is a mystery to me,"
said Dr. Martin Herman, first vice
president and ritual director at
Isaac Agree.
He added, "I have lost a dear
friend, the Downtown Synagogue
has lost a priceless treasure and
the community has lost a sweet
singer of Israel, a shliach tzsibu. He


Farmington Hills,
died Aug. 18, 2007.
She was born on
Dec. 27, 1917, the
daughter of Yetta
and Isadore Joseff.
Her father was the
owner of the first
kosher restaurant in Detroit, Joseff
Brothers. She grew up with memories
of sitting on Jack Benny's lap, amongst
other famous celebrities when they
would come to town and eat at her
dad's restaurant.
She married Merle J. Bronstein in
1940 and had two children, Harvey
Bronstein and Suretta Bronstein Must,
who have continued in their mother's
footsteps as community activists. Mrs.
Bronstein was one of the founding
members of Infants Service Group,
which delivered food and clothing

was truly worthy of the name."
Sandra recalls Asher working as a
kosher butcher when they met. The
two were married for 15 years.
Cantor Adler was a Detroit native.
His father was Cantor Hyman Adler
of Congregation B'nai
Rabbi Avie
Shapiro of the West
Jewish Home and
Chaplaincy Network
officiated at Cantor
Adler's funeral.
Cantor Adler also is
survived by his daugh-
ter Julie of Oak Park;
son and daughter-in-
law, Steven and Ilishia
Adler of Ramona, Calif.; daughter
and son-in-law, Carrie and Arnold
Wheeler of Tuscon, Ariz; brother
and sister-in-law, Haskell and
Barbara Adler of Southfield; sister,
Priscilla Bachaiov of Farmington
Hills; grandchildren Timothy, Mary,
Isaac, Andrew; and many loving
nieces, nephews, great-nieces and
Contributions to Isaac Agree
Downtown Synagogue, 1457
Griswold, Detroit, MI 48226. Burial
at B'nai Israel Memorial Gardens,
Novi. Arrangements by Hebrew
Memorial Chapel. ri

to indigent families. ISG was closely
involved with the predecessor to
JARC then referred to as DARC. Mrs.
Bronstein continued to work for
Infants Service Group until it finally
had to fold just a few years ago, when
the remaining members, like she, were
all in their late 80s and no longer able
to continue their volunteer work. She
also raised money for the Penrickton
Nursery for the Blind. She worked tire-
lessly for these groups and she worked
in the retail field in her spare time, lov-
ing that as well. She was the manager
of a seasonal holiday store for over 20
years; customers came back year after
year specifically to receive her special
care. She lived independently.
Mrs. Bronstein is survived by her
son and daughter-in-law, Harvey
and Marion Bronstein; daughter and
son-in-law, Suretta Bronstein - Must
and Alan Must; grandchildren, Eric
and Lisa Bronstein, Jason Bronstein,

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