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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-11-28

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B"H

TUGMAN BAIS CHABAD TORAH CENTER AND ORCHARD MALL PRESENT:

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With Gratitude

Beth Ahm benefactors believe
in looking toward the future.

AT ORCHARD MALL

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Zina Kramer

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A

fter surviving the
Holocaust and losing
most of their family, Asa
and Sara Shapiro came to America,
to a life filled with promise.
Much hard work and determina-
tion resulted in financial success,
which allows the couple to give
back to the community. Their lat-
est philanthropic project is the
establishment of the Asa and Sara
Shapiro Endowment fund for
Congregation Beth Ahm in West
Bloomfield and the designation of
its main entrance as the Asa and
Sara Shapiro Entrance.
"The gift is part of a synagogue
initiative titled 'Our Home — Our
Sara and Asa Shapiro
Future: which is strengthening the
congregation by providing funds for
work and a knack for business, Asa
capital improvements and program-
grew the business to become the very
matic goals," said David Goodman,
successful ASA Builders Supply and
Beth Ahm executive director.
ASA Cabinet Corporation, now in
Both Asa and Sara Shapiro were
Walled Lake.
born in Koretz, Poland. Sara was only
Gratitude became a recurring theme
10 when she and her older brother fled for the Shapiros. They are grateful
Koretz after the rest of her family was
for their three sons, Mickey, Steven
killed by Nazi occupiers. She survived
and Edward; for the community that
after being sheltered by a farming
enriched their lives; and for a country
family in the Ukraine. She returned to
that gave them the freedom to be Jews.
Koretz in 1945.
They continue to express their
At age 15, Asa was sent to a Siberian gratitude by sharing their good fortune
prison camp where he was forced into
with those in need. Their hardships
hard labor. After three years, he was
sensitized them to the importance of
told he could leave Siberia if he enlist-
making major contributions to groups
ed in the Russian army. He did, and
like the United States Holocaust
served until the war's end in 1945.
Memorial Museum, Friends of the
When he returned to Koretz, he
Israel Defense Forces, the Mayo Clinic
was re-introduced to Sara. They were
and more.
married in 1945. With no home and
Love For Their Synagogue
no family, the Shapiros spent the next
four years in a displaced person's camp With their gift to their beloved Beth
in Germany, where Mickey, their first
Ahm, they continue to make sure that
they have an impact on future genera-
child, was born.
tions who care about their Judaism, their
Even in these difficult circumstanc-
community and their sense of family.
es, Asa managed to work as a truck
"For almost 20 years, Asa and Sara
driver. In 1948, he, along with some
Shapiro have been active members
American soldiers and other Jewish
of Beth Ahm", said Rabbi Steven
refugees, purchased 50 jeeps that then
were smuggled into Israel to aid in the
Rubenstein. "They are leaders of
birth of the Jewish homeland.
our congregation, both publicly and
Then, at the invitation of Asa's uncle, privately. Asa's regular presence on
the family came to the United States
Shabbat puts a smile on our faces. He
and settled in Oak Park. Asa found
serves as an example of how to live a
immediate employment by working
meaningful Jewish life.
for Rockefeller Lumber Company
"Together they also demonstrate their
in Berkley. Only four years later,
commitment to Beth Ahm through
he assumed ownership of the busi-
acts of tzedakah. In times of need
ness and changed the name to ASA
and on a regular basis, Asa and Sara's
Builders Supply Company. With hard
philanthropy has benefited all of us:'



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