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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-07-25

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BEYOND SWASTIKA
D JIM CROW

JEWISH REFUGEE SCHOLARS

Senior Strongman

Steve Stein

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Contributing Writer

eff Ellis' remarkable feats of
strength continue.
The 54-year-old cancer
survivor from West Bloomfield won
his sixth Michigan Senior Olympics
gold medal in weightlifting with a
bench press of 315 pounds at the
Rochester Athletic Club.
"Before that lift, I
don't think I had tried
to bench press 315
pounds in 25 years,
not even during work-
outs" said Ellis, who
set a Senior Olympics
record for the 198-
pound weight class in
the men's 50-59 age
division and broke
his own "middle-age"
personal best of 300
pounds achieved in
Jeff Ellis
January 2012.
The 315-pound bench press also
earned Ellis the title of top overall
lifter at the Senior Olympics based on
a system that includes weight class and
amount lifted. There were about 20
competitors.
While those numbers are important,
what's even more important is Ellis
has been cancer-free for 31/2 years. He
suffered from colon cancer and under-
went two complicated surgeries. The
certified public accountant received
his latest clean bill of health in April at
the Cleveland Clinic.
Ellis has used his story to convince
those who haven't done it to start
undergoing a regular colonoscopy.
He's won five of his six Senior
Olympics gold medals since the cancer
diagnosis, and he said he plans to keep
adding to his gold medal collection.
"I don't have any restrictions in my
workouts" he said. "I can see myself
competing for several more years if I
can avoid injuries. I really enjoy the
competition"
Ellis was a champion weightlifter
at Michigan State University, but he
stopped competing shortly after he
graduated when he began his career as
a CPA.

B'nai B'rith Crunch Time
The weekly B'nai B'rith golf and soft-
ball leagues are heading into the home
stretch of their seasons.
With 10 of the 18 weeks completed
in the inaugural season for the golf
league, the team of Dave Riger and
Marc Ruskin was in first place.
There are six two-man teams, a
total of 12 golfers, competing in the

Thursday league at Fox Hills Golf and
Banquet Center in Plymouth.
Gray-colored polo shirts worn by
league golfers are being sold to the
public for $15. Medium, large and
extra-large are available. Contact Gary
Klinger at (248) 229-1816 or
gkslurpee@aol.com .
Meanwhile, two teams were atop the
four-team softball league seven weeks
into the regular season.
Brotherhood No. 1,
coached by Klinger,
and Zeiger, coached
by Rick Sherline, were
both 9-5 with three
weeks to go before the
playoffs.
The double-
elimination playoffs
will begin Aug. 11
and conclude Aug.
18. League games are
played at Drake Park
in West Bloomfield.

In the 1930s and 1940s, Jewish
professors fled Nazism, finding teaching
positions at historically black colleges
and universities in America. Learn
how these scholars and their students
impacted each other, the Civil Rights
Movement, and American society.

Exhibit Opening Event

August 4, 2013 4:00

KEYNOTE
SPEAKER:

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Rev. Kenneth J. Flowers

World-renowned community/
social activist for human rights.
Currently serves as pastor
at Greater New Mt. Moriah
Missionary Baptist Church
in Detroit.



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Nine local athletes are competing for
Team USA in the 19th Maccabiah
Games in Israel. Competition began
this week and will continue through
Tuesday, July 30.
The area group includes Zachary
Abbott (open men's rugby, Ann
Arbor); Jack Blumberg (junior
boys ice hockey, Franklin); Michael
Fishman (masters age 45-and-over
men's basketball, Birmingham);
Jacob Friedman (open boys ice
hockey, West Bloomfield); Sophie
Hoegh (open women's water polo,
Ann Arbor); Nicole Meisner (open
women's track and field, Huntington
Woods); Zackary Resnick (junior
boys ice hockey, Birmingham);
Ira Schlussel (masters men's ice
hockey, Huntington Woods) and
Eric Weberman (open men's soccer,
Farmington Hills).
Harold Friedman of West
Bloomfield is the Team USA co-sports
chairman; Michael Friedman of West
Bloomfield is the accommodations
manager for the ice hockey teams; and
Cole Wasserman of University Center,
Mich., is coaching soccer.
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members are cheering on Team USA
athletes and coaches.

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