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I I I I • , .*■ I > J J J ) , , , I J I I '.,''_(, I'll.'' '„ I.*", ' *■ "• * ^Z * ' ^ * * ' * ' * * * ' ' * ' * * v * "■ , * < * s ' * ' * * *• * * * *• * ' *• * ^ »,* * ' ' ^ * *■ * *■ ' *• ^ ' • * *• > > 1. i, l.«) ,' ' ' i i ^ , i , i , , r i i i i 'I • I > t I I I I I I FIE. The Ohio Jewish Chronicle Serving Columbus and the Central Ohio Jewish Community since J9£2 VOLUME 72 NUMBER 52 DECEMBER 22,1994 19 TEVET 5755 Rabbis break bread at Jordanian Embassy page 2 Tearful telephone reunion connects long-lost kin page 3 The Jewish Itaveler page 4 Shlock Bock Concert to be held at Beth Jacob page 5 ABOUT THE COVER Regular donors to the Jewish Community Blood Drive, Murray Ebner (left) and Larry Felsenthal (right), arc pictured with Sol Derfler, pa$t chairman of the drive, and Norman Cohen, who manages the canteen (background right). Photo by Lee Schulman. EARLY DEADLINES The deadline f6r the Dec. 29 issue of the OJC is noon on Thursday, Dec. 22. The deadline for the Jan. 5 issue is noon on Dec. 29, The OJC office will be closed on Monday, Dec. <?6, and Monday, Jan. 2. tmmkmmmm In The Chronicle #■«■■ At The JCC > ,. .16 Calendar ,..,... ,.8 Community ,. ,.5-8 Feder.(tiim...... ,. .,; 10,11' FrontPage ,.,. .,2 111 Jlilti .WOWS tf)****.l*«j«««'.»ilt»f^'«a*«.»t*.«*«4«**«<**t»»t»«**s> Ifi, Lifecycle.. ; 12 Marketplace . ...,.,.,..,....,.;.,.... ;..9 Ne?rV,Geheration..]..;;......'...;..,.....'...v».V.,'**.v.!*14" dcoirt^uofiJrQ********'*****"***^ *d Synagogues ..,......„„.i...M.,.k,^,.„...„.....;.,.I3 Viewpoint..... , „;.i„.,,.,„„....'..,., 3,4 Want Ada ;«„;.;...„ ..»».,«.. .13 World's Week.,,.,; ,....,„„ '.„<;, , ;...,2 COMMUNITY FEATURE New Foundation Fund to endow future Community Blood Drives By Ina Horwitz-Whitmore - The Jewish Community Blood Donor Council is getting a big shot in the arm. For-, mer Columbus business executive Richard Lieberman, now of Punta Gorda; Fla., has established the "Richard Lieberman Perpetual Life Blood Donor Endowment" at the Columbus Jewish Foundation to support all operating expenses of the Council's blood drives in perpetuity. Believed to be the first endowed blood drive in central Ohio, it may also be the first of its kind in the country, according to Foundation President Myer Mellman. ■ The Council has been holding blood drives since 1949. Currently, they are conducted semiannually at both Beth Tikvah and the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Community Center before the Christmas and July 4th holidays. Lee Schulman gave his 100th pint of blood at the Center. Schulman has been a regular donor since first asked in the early 1970s. He also gives blood though a special procedure known as "apheresis," which lasts about two hours (normal blood donations1 take about an hour). The process provides a match with a specific recipient, such as a burn or cancer victim. "I give blood regularly, because my father passed away from cancer, it really hit home," he said. "Once I started, I couldn't think of a good reason to stop." ' Past chairman and a founder of the Jewish Community Blood Donor Council, Richard Grundstein, is thrilled with the endowment set up by Lieberman through the Foundation. "What this wonderful gift does is to unfetter our Council from the responsibility of rais ing funds each year (which have amounted to about $4,000 annually to meet blood drive expenses) so we can concentrate on getting donors," he said. Grundstein noted that when the Foundation firstoffered to help endow the Council, he never expected that one person would be responsible for .iti' This is one of many philanthropic Jewish contributions that Lieberman has made to Jthe community, Grundstein said. Lieberman, like his father, is a Columbus native. He has made his permanent home in Florida since 1988 with wife, Michelle. Yet he still maintains a strong sense of commitment to the Columbus Jewish Community. "I make my biggest contributions to Columbus," he noted in a telephone interview. "The community is still number one in my book." An East High School gradur ate and attendee of The Ohio State University, the former Council has long tradition , The Jewish Community Blood Donor Council has been iir* operation for over 45 years. It began in 1949 when the late Sylvia Schecter, its first chair, approached the American Red Cross under the auspices of the B'nai B'rith Women, with the idea that the Columbus Jewish Community would like to do its fair share in recruiting blood donbr$, according to Richard Grundstein. At the tinted there were some 300 B'nai B'rith Women participants, and the men from what was then the "Zion Lodge 62 of B'nai BVith'* helped the women, Grundstein noted. . . . , in addition to Schecter and Grundstein, the late Fred Yenkin and Marjorie Gross were all vice-chairs in the early years. The Council recruits donors from all the major Columbus Jewish organizations, including the seven area synagogues. Volunteers conduct all aspects ofthe drives, including telethons to recruit donors as well as monitoring, and making and serving refreshments on the day ofthe drives, , ■ .- The Council holds drives around July 4th and Christmas, since these are times of extreme blood shortages. "That became the opportune time for us as Jews to fill in to get donors," said Grundstem. >■ . With its 100 volunteers, the Council recruits about 650 donors yearly. Red Cross officials have told Council members not to slaken its efforts, for it could not meet the average demand for 550 pints daily without the Council's assistance, Grriudstem noted. -._,''The Red Cross's regional plant at $95 B7Broad St services 47 hospitals in 28 mid-Ohio counties daily on demand throughout the whole year. , . The Council's future goal is to expand efforts to recruit 1,800 donprs yearly. Local blood drives protect^*} million people in Central Ohio, including the whole Jewish, community, noted Grundstein. = "It's fm if they have the,blood*" he said,' "We are:, . helping make wre «t is there?' t^-.. '. .- '.;,'/-.,' ..77.. '-.. ....... -J:..'.'--' ffiff Bexley resident was associated with Capital Bag &nd Burlap Company, Ludlow Sales and various real estate interests. Always very active in Jewish communal affairs, Lieberman is a lifelong member and trustee of Congregation Tifereth Israel, serving as its president from 1968 to 1972andas treasurer for many years. Lieberman was instrumental in building the Leo Yassenoff Jewish Center. He was involved with Wexner Heritage House and the Columbus Jewish Federation, working on various Federation campaigns and committees, particularly in the field of Jewish education. Lieberman artd his late wife, ~ Evelyn, had three children. Sons Larry and Jeff live in Columbus, and daughter, Sharon Good, resides in Evanston, 111. He also has six grandchildren. He often returns to Columbus to visit family and friends and to take care of his real estate business. ■ - .- "Dick Lieberman has been one ofthe most devoted leaders of Congregation Tifereth Israel for many decades," stated Rabbi Harold Berman. "His speciality as president, and after his presidency for many yeap as treasurer, was a careful eye on financial administration, always making sure that funds were in place to complete anything that the congregation began. His special gift to the community offers another dimension of this particular concern, making sure that the funds will be in place for the community to engage in this vital program for years, indeed for decades to come." Sondra Osipow, one of this year's blood drive co-chairs along with Richard Sabgir, called Lieberman, whom she see FUND pg. 4 ~** ,} !'\ V >• S 1. ■ I ! I \ ■ 1 k I > \ *. I » \ \ I V I I \ \ > ', \ \, V l .V, V' i \ I I. I, I '. \ \ I v I \ '
|Title||Ohio Jewish Chronicle, 1994-12-22|
|Subject||Jews -- Ohio -- Periodicals|
|Place||Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)|
|Creator||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Collection||Ohio Jewish Chronicle|
|Submitting Institution||Columbus Jewish Historical Society|
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