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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-01-23

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6029 Rochester Road I Troy, MI 48085 I 248-828-7474
onceuponachildtroy.com

Today's dollars have to stretch further than ever.

And with kids growing out of their clothes, toys and other necessities faster than
ever, you need a respite.
Once Upon a Child is here to help. The store buys "gently" used clothing,
toys and equipment for resale.

Ilene Techner, general manager for the renovation, and Martina Murphy,

Troy owners Erin and Peggy Morehouse have 2,800 square feet of
value for your shopping pleasure.

Machpelah office manager, in the chapel

New Look

Customers sell their items to us, we price them and sell them.
We are very selective about what we buy.

Upgraded Machpelah chapel
reopens after flood repair.

We're looking for name brands from newborn to size 16.
By "recycling" your children's clothes and toys you can

free up space in their closet, while adding a few dollars to your wallet
or find more high fashion bargains for your growing children.

Barbara Lewis

Safety is a priority as every toy and baby item is checked for recalls before buying.
You'll find name brands such as Abercrombie, North Face, Justice, Limited Too,
Gap, Hollister, Children's Place, Columbia, Eddie Bauer and dozens more.
Our store is very clean and organized, this helps our customers enjoy their
shopping experience. We purchase toys, strollers, high chairs as well as
most other needs for your baby.

Regular store hours are Monday through Friday
from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.,
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
and Sunday noon to 5:00 p.m.

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Contributing Writer

M

achpelah Cemetery chapel
in Ferndale has reopened
after being closed for more
than two months to repair flood dam-
age.
Water and wind damage to the cha-
pel's flat roof allowed water into the
building, said Martina Murphy, office
manager.
"We had to replace the insulation,
ventilation system and drywall," she
said. The fabric wall and floor cover-
ings had to be thoroughly cleaned.
While most of the repairs were
covered by insurance, the cemetery's
board decided to make some upgrades
at the same time. They installed LED
lights and closed-cell spray foam insu-
lation for energy efficiency.
They also installed a camera to
record funerals, which is helpful for
family and friends unable to attend
and also for kohanim, descendants
of the priests from the Temple in
Jerusalem.
Kohanim are forbidden to be in the
same room as a dead body. Now koha-
nim can sit in the family room adja-
cent to the chapel or in the lobby and
watch the funeral on a large-screen
television.
When the chapel reopened in
December, it felt much warmer than it
had in the past. "The polar vortex in
January was a big test," Murphy said.
"The chapel was nice and warm:'
Ilene Techner, wife of David
Techner, funeral director of the Ira
Kaufman Chapel, was the general
manager for the renovation.
Murphy says the chapel works well
with all three Jewish funeral direc-
tors in the area: Ira Kaufman Chapel,
Hebrew Memorial Chapel and the
Dorfman Chapel.
Families who use the cemetery
chapel for funeral services still need
to work with a funeral director. They
might choose the cemetery chapel
because the funeral home's cha-

pel is busy at the time they prefer.
Sometimes families decide to use the
cemetery chapel to make it easier for
mourners to get from the funeral to
the graveside, Murphy said, adding
the chapel hosts about 20 funerals a
year. The chapel has 120 seats.
The building that includes the cha-
pel also houses the cemetery's offices
and a kitchen that can be used to host
a meal after a funeral (catering ser-
vices are not provided).
The Machpelah chapel was built in
1987, replacing an older, much small-
er building that also had been used as
an office and garage. The older build-
ing dates from the cemetery's opening
in 1912. Located on Woodward just
north of Eight Mile Road, Machpelah
was the first Jewish cemetery outside
the city boundaries.
Founder David Oppenheim's aim
was to establish a cemetery that would
serve indigent Jewish families who
couldn't afford a plot in the other cem-
eteries, Murphy said. He also wanted
a convenient location, and streetcars
along Woodward Avenue made it easy
for city residents to get there.
The cemetery, now governed by a
board of directors, still works with
indigent families. Machpelah has
17,000 occupied graves, with space for
an additional 3,000.
The site was once the location of
the Granger Saw Mill, which was
destroyed by fire in 1876. A historical
marker at the cemetery describes the
sawmill. Historical markers also indi-
cate the gravesites of Jewish service-
men Raymond Zussman and Alfred
Levitt.
Zussman, a tank commander,
received the Congressional Medal of
Honor posthumously for his action in
battle at Noroy-le-Bourg in France in
1944; he survived the battle but was
killed nine days later.
Alfred Levitt was a member of
the American Volunteer Group
nicknamed the Flying Tigers, which
fought in Burma during World War
II. He died in 1979.



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