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The Detroit Jewish News, 2011-05-12

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have come from her husband's side of
the family, one from her side, and her
son Larry was president from 2001-3,
sings in the choir and serves as a floor
gabbai helping services run smoothly.
Another honoree, Joel Ungar, 49, is the
son of Seymour and the late Sharlene
Ungar, who was the first woman presi-
dent of the congregation. A member
since 1968, he has been a board officer,
but is most active as a regular Torah
reader, a skill he learned from the late
Cantor Klein. He also serves as a gabbai
for the Torah service, which he learned
from the late Shalom Ralph, B'nai
Moshe sexton for 53 years.
Ungar's brother, Rabbi Michael
Ungar of Congregation Tifereth Israel
in Columbus, Ohio, will be scholar in
residence for the Centennial Celebration
Weekend, May 20-22.
"My Jewish identity comes almost
entirely from B'nai Moshe,' Ungar said.
"Cantor Klein tutored me for my bar
mitzvah. He was patient, but demand-
ing. I remember him playing Haftorah
notes on the piano over and over until
I got it right. Every time I read Torah,
I am honored to continue to use his

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He also fondly recalls a Passover in
the early 1990s. The congregation was
between buildings following the sale of
the Oak Park building and fundraising
for the current building, which opened
in 1992. Membership had declined
and services were held at the Jewish
Community Center in West Bloomfield.
Cantor Klein stayed with Ungar and
his family that holiday, took part in the
seders and brought his own bottle of
Slivovitz for rchainis (toasts to life).
The youngest of the honorees is
Hannah Fine, 15, a tenth-grader at West
Bloomfield High School. The daughter
of Steven and Elise Fine, she is often at
services and synagogue programs with
her parents and older sister, Samantha.
"B'nai Moshe is very important to me
not only for the religious aspect, but for

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