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October 11, 2012 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2012-10-11

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$ $2.00 OCT. 11-17 2012 / 25 TISHREI-1 CHESHVAN 5773

A JEWISH RENAISSANCE MEDIA PUBLICATION

theJEWISHNEWS.com

Project Build! Jewish contractors join project to build
ramps for United Cerebral Palsy. See page 18.

0 Giant Mezuzah Campers and staff of Camp Maas built
and dedicated the world's largest mezuzah this summer.
See page 20.

DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

metro

» Coffee Plus Local entrepreneurs are selling a healthier
way to start your day. See page 34.

Shiffman campers work on the mezuzah.

» cover story

Bill's Dreams

Live On

Karen Davidson
safeguards her late
husband's legacy —
including Israel's
new Hadassah
Hospital tower.

Bill Carroll I Contributing Writer

A

small-town Indiana girl, daughter of a
house painter and a teacher, flies to Israel
for the 23rd time today (Oct. 11). There
she'll help fulfill the dream of her late billionaire
husband by dedicating the largest construction *
project in Israel in honor of his mother — the
Sarah Wetsman Davidson Hospital Tower at the
Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center at
Ein Karem, a suburb of Jerusalem.
Karen Davidson of Bloomfield Hills, widow of
businessman-philanthropist Bill Davidson, will
join with several other Davidson family members
in the dedication Sunday, Oct. 14.
"Bill loved his mother, and he would have loved
to be with all of us at this great occasion," Karen
said. "We're all excited about the trip and the
ceremonies Sunday.

"Bill always told me I reminded him of his
mother, which was very flattering. She was a
strong woman and a founding member of Detroit's
Hadassah chapter."
Among those making the trek to Israel are
Bill's sister, Dorothy Gerson, and her husband,
Byron "Bud" Gerson, of Franklin, and their son
and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Erica Gerson of
Bloomfield Hills. Not attending are Bill's son Ethan
Davidson, who disdains flying, and Bill's daughter,
Marla Karimipour, who has two small children.
Ethan's wife, Gretchen, will attend.

Four_ Phases For Tower

Karen will stay for several days of dedication
festivities and also to attend some meetings

The Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower at Hadassah-Hebrew
University Medical Center at Ein Kerem, Israel.

CONTINUED ON PAGE 10

American
I
Dreyfus

"Of all the accusations made against

me, the only one that is true is that
I am a Jew." — David Tenenbaum

Wrongly accused of spying
for Israel, David Tenenbaum's
fight for justice continues.





1942 - 2012

Covering and
Connecting
Jewish Detroit
Every Week

David Sachs I Senior Copy Editor

t's been 16 years since
the U.S. Army started
investigating one of
its civilian engineers, Dr.
David Tenenbaum, under
trumped-up accusations of
spying for Israel.
It's been 14 years since
he's been exonerated, and
the feisty Southfield resi-
dent has been fighting back
in the courts, charging
anti-Semitism and seeking
redress for his traumatic
ordeal.
On his website,
TenenbaumFightForJustice.
com , the 55-year-old father
of four has suggested some

comparisons between what
he went through and the
persecution of French army
officer Alfred Dreyfus, who
was wrongly jailed for spy-
ing for Germany in 1894
and subjected to humiliat-
ing anti-Semitism.
Dreyfus served five years
of solitary confinement and
was eventually exonerated
in 1906. The anti-Semitic
vitriol against him inspired
European journalist
Theodor Herzl to spear-
head the Zionist movement
that eventually led to the
establishment of the State
of Israel in 1948.

CONTINUED ON PAGE 16

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