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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-04-24

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obituaries

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Temple Israel's Beloved Voice

C

antor Harold Orbach, a classi-
cally trained tenor who musi-
cally inspired generations of
Temple Israel congregants, died on April
17, 2014, in Parrish, Fla.
By the time Cantor Orbach officiated
at his last service at the West Bloomfield
synagogue on June 28, 2002, he had
served 40 years at the Reform congrega-
tion and a total 50 years as a cantor.
At that 2002 service, before 1,400 con-
gregants and friends, Rabbi Harold Loss
thanked his colleague for "sharing your
home, your heart and your voice with
those you love and who love you."
Writing at the time in the Jewish
News, Editor Robert Sklar, a lifelong
Temple Israel member, noted, "Over
four decades, Cantor Orbach's expansive
smile, caring soul, precise enunciation,
distinctive tenor and international stat-
ure as a performer have left a spiritual
imprint on Jews and non-Jews alike. His
participation in interfaith concerts and
social-action projects has earned him
community acclaim.
"Cantor Orbach has experienced life-
cycle events with families, endowed chil-
dren with a love for Jewish learning and
helped make music integral to Jewish
life wrote Sklar. "Notably, 10 former
students are now cantors:'
Just three months before he retired,
Cantor Orbach received the $10,000
Benard L. Maas Foundation Prize for
Achievement in Jewish Culture and
Continuity.
"This lifetime of achievement award
acknowledges a career and contributions

ADRIENNE BRILL, 59, of Oak Park,
died April 19, 2014.
She is survived by her husband, Leon
Brill; brother, Robert Stern of Oak Park;
sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and
Donald Warr of Santa Valley, Ariz.; also
survived by loving nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Brill was the loving mother of the

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Early Life
As a young boy in Dusseldorf, Germany,
Harold Orbach's life was torn apart by
the Nazi regime's Kristallnacht pogrom
in 1938. He and brother Gerald escaped
by the "Kindertransport" to England
while his father, Eugene, was imprisoned
at Dachau concentration camp for six
weeks. After his father was released,
Eugene and Herta Orbach joined their
sons in England.
Coming to America, young Harold
attended a Brooklyn temple every week,
and at age 15 became the cantorial solo-

late Paige Jillian Brill; dear daughter of
the late Jack and the late Mildred Stern.
Charitable contributions should be
made to the family to offset expenses.
Services and interment were held at
Machpelah Cemetery in Ferndale.
Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial
Chapel.

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above and beyond professional demands
to the Jewish community of Metro
Detroit and the state of Michigan:' said
Pheobe Mainster, chair of the committee
that awarded the honor.
Cantor Orbach spent his retirement
in Florida. In 2012, at the convention
of the American Conference of Cantors
in Portland,
Ore., he was
honored for
his 60 years
in the cantor-
ate. Cantor
Orbach was a
former presi-
dent of the
organization,
and its cur-
rent president,
Cantor Mark
Cantor Harold Orbach
Goldman
of Florida,
expressed "great sadness" at his death.

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ist at a Teaneck, N.J., synagogue. By age
18, he had attended the Juilliard school
in New York City under an opera schol-
arship and toured the country as a con-
cert singer.
But he realized that the cantorial life
was his calling. "I discovered I needed
community, I needed a purpose and
I needed a chal-
lenge he said.
So, he entered the
Hebrew Union
College of Sacred
Music in New York
City, graduating
in 1952. He then
d UST served as a chaplain
in the Army during
IFOR
the Korean War.
After the war,
he was offered
a contract with
the Metropolitan
Opera Company but instead accepted a
cantorial position in Tulsa, Okla. After
the death of Temple Israel's first cantor
Robert Tullman, then-rabbi M. Robert
Syme convinced him in 1962 to come to
the temple, then located in the Palmer
Park district of Detroit.
"One of the luckiest things is that I
am at a place with the most wonderful
clergy staff," he told the JN at his retire-
ment. "We are all friends:'

Many Accolades
Significant among the tributes bestowed
on Cantor Orbach were those involving
Israel.

ANATOLI GRANOVSKI,
88, of Southfield, died
April 19, 2014.
A Russian pilot during
World War II, he helped
bomb Berlin. His plane
was shot down, and after
the crash he was also able
Granovski
to rescue another mem-
ber of the flight crew.
Eventually, he became a president for
more than 10 years of the Russian Veterans
of World War II Association. He became one
of the founders and an active supporter of
the Veterans Monument on 10 Mile Road
and was in the process of helping fund and
create the Russian Veterans Monument,
which will be erected at the Holocaust
Memorial Center in Farmington Hills.
Anatoli was also a supporter of the Sinai
Hospital in Israel.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years,
Galina Granovsky; sons and daughters-in-
law, Leo Granovsky of Port Charlotte, Fla.,
Mikhail and Irina Granovsky of Russia,
Irina Bogacheva; grandchildren, Jane and

"I cannot possibly describe my joy
when I had the privilege of singing during
Israel's 25th anniversary celebration when
I was awarded the Culture Medal of Israel
presented by Golda Meir," he said.
"To subsequently be asked to sing
there for its 50th anniversary and to
join the state in celebration of the 3,000
years since Jerusalem was founded were
among the highlights of my career:'
In Detroit, his efforts included con-
certs for seniors and work with Camp
Tamarack and the Michigan Federation
fo Temple Youth. He also had coop-
erative ventures with Hadassah, B'nai
B'rith, the Holocaust Memorial Center,
the Jewish Community Center and the
Zionist Organization of America. He
won a special commendation from the
Jewish Community Council.
Much of his cultural programming
also had a social-action component.
Many of his concerts were dedicated to
issues seeking to integrate and bring
harmony to diverse religious and cul-
tural traditions.
Cantor Harold Orbach is survived
by his wife, Polly; children, Richard,
Sharon, Judy, Lila and Ben, along with
their spouses; and many grandchil-
dren, according to an obituary on the
American Conference of Cantors web-
site. Funeral arrangements were
pending as of the JN deadline.



Content and archival material includes the

efforts of Contributing Editor Robert Sklar,

Contributing Writer Shelli Liebman Dorfman

and Senior Copy Editor David Sachs.

Max Tarakovsky, Ksenia and Brenden
McKee; great-grandchildren, Maria and
Diana Tarakhovsky.
Interment was at Hebrew Memorial
Park. Contributions may be made to the
Russian Veterans Memorial Monument
Project at Holocaust Memorial Center,
28123 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington
Hills, MI 48334. Services and arrange-
ments by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.

REVA (EDELSON) HOROWITZ, 84, of
Minneapolis, died April 13, 2014.
She is preceded in death by her parents,
Arthur and Bessie Edelson; and siblings,
Anita Kuzin and Alvin Edelson.
She is survived by husband, Jack; son,
Gary of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter, Tobi
(Gary) Cooper of Minnetonka, Minn.;
grandchildren, Michael (Katie) Stern of
Minneapolis, and Amy Stern of Berkley,
Mich.
Contributions may be made to Adath
Jeshurun TAMID Committee, 10500
Hillside Lane West, Minnetonka, MN
55305; or City of Hope.

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