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I Southeastern ¥irginla Jewish News,. OBITUARIES Members of the community wishing to include family obituaries in The News may send them to: SEVA Jewish News. 5029 Corporate Woods Drive. Suite 225, /irginia Beach 23462-4376; or, e-mail news@uj Flae S. Gordon HAMPTON m Rae Suger- man Gordon died Thursday, Oct. 8,1998. A native of Norfolk, Mrs. Gordon was a Hampton resident for most of her life. She was a member of Adath Jeshurun Syn- agogue, Newport News, and a member of B'nai Israel Syna- gogue, Hampton. She was pre- ceded in death by her husband, Joseph Gordon. Mrs Gordon was past presb dent of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Jewish War Veterans, past president of the Grand Club of Newport News, a member of Hadassah, B'nai B'rith Women, Newport News Chapter of ORT, and the Jewish Community Center of Newport News. Survivors include a son, Har- mon Gordon of Virginia Beach and his wife, Kathy; her grand- children, Angela Sfreddo and her husband, Mike; Lauren La- marche and her husband, Mau- rice; and Julie Gordon; her great-grandson, Jacob Lamarche; sisters-in-law, Tillie Berger of Baltimore, Mrs. Nathan Zedd of Norfolk; a brother-in-law, Gerald Gordon of Massachusetts; and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service was at 11 a.m. today in the Hebrew Ceme- tery in Hampton by Rabbi Pesach Wolicki. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice. ter, Jennie Anne Cossette of Norfolk; four grandsons, Joshua and Nathan Bennett, Kenneth Meaney and David Torres; a step-granddaughter, Caitlyn Anne Cusic; two sisters, Ruth Cass of Bethesda, MD, and Sally Hyman of Virginia Beach; a brother-in-law, Morris "Buddy" Werth and his wife, Bertie-Jo, of Newport News; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Evans of Norfolk. A funeral service was con- ducted by Rabbi Lawrence A. Forman and Cantor Jenifer Bern-Vogel. Burial was at For- est Lawn Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Kathy Hyman Rosenbach Tutorial Assistance Fund, c/o Tidewater Jewish Foundation, 5029 Corporate Woods Drive, Virginia Beach, Va. 23462 or to the Ronald Hyman Home Health Care and Hospice, c/o Jewish Family Services, 7300 Newport Ave., Norfolk, VA 23505. Jack E. Friedman PORTSMOUTH--Jack E. Friedman, 87, of the 500 block of Riverside Drive, died Oct. 9, 1998, in a Portsrnouth hospital. A native of Baltimore, MD, he was former owner of Jack's Market in Portsmouth and a retired realtor. He was a mem- ber of Gomley Chesed Syna- gogue. Survivors include his wife, CLARK CLIFFORD, FRIEND OF ISRAEL Clark Clifford died on Satur- • day, Oct. 10, 1998 at age 91. Although his is not a household name in Jewish homes, his con- tribution to the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine was substantial. He was a left-over from President Franklin Roo- sevelt's administration. After Roosevelt's death, President Tru- man kept Clifford on as Special Counsel to the President. Truman believed Clifford would provide continuity in helping the new President make the important decisions that lie ahead. In the months that followed, Truman's esteem for Clifford increased and he relied on him a great deal. At 38, Clifford was one of the youngest people in his administration, but Truman found his judgment to be highly reliable. In his Memoir Counsel To The President, Clifford recounts the events leading to President Tru- man's recognition of Israel, the first nation to do so. It was not an easy task. Truman's Secretary of State, General George C. Mar- shall was opposed to recognition. So were Undersecretary of State, Robert Lovett; his predecessor Dean Acheson; the number three man in the State Department, Chaffes Bohlen; the chief of the Policy Planning Staff, George F. Kennan; the Secretary of Defense, James V. Forrestal; and Dean Rusk, Director of the Office of United Nations Affairs. The State Department had a long history of being pro-Arab. They reasoned there were 30 million Arabs on one side and 600,000 Jews on the other. The Arabs • controlled the world's oil, a vital resource for the West. To them. the issue wasn't even close. Clark Clifford was given the task of convincing the State Department that recognition of the Jewish state was the right course of action. He knew Tru- man had enormous empathy for the Jewish people and detested intolerance and discrimination. The President was horrified by the, olg.aust,and,heAieved the, supported the Balfour Declara- tion of 1917, calling for the establishment of a Jewish State in Palestine and as a believer in the Bible respected God's promise of the land to the Jewish people. Clifford never succeeded in changing the views of the State Department. His major achieve- ment was to obtain a statement from General Marshall that although he could not support the President's position on recog- nition, he would not oppose it. This was a substantial change for Marshall. He had virtually threatened to resign as Secretary of State over the issue. Clifford convened numerous meetings with Undersecretary of State Lovett to convey Truman's deter- mination not to delay the de facto recognition of Israel. Marshall's agreement not to oppose U.S. recognition removed the last major obstacle. At 6:11 p.m. on May 14, 1948, Charlie Ross, the President's press secretary, read the state- ment to the assembled press corps. Serving Tidewater's Jewish Families since 1865 We offer Professionalism, Dignity and the Expert Knowledge of Orthodox, Conservative and Reform Jewish Funeral Customs. 19 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 2 forgiveness, we ought to acknowledge that we first have to learn to forgive our own failings, which is probably a more difficult task. God calls on us to extend compassion to all of God's children. "Grandpa was smart" tie knew00 on a ftmeml was mt wise. That ts why . he preamn00hts funenllh l00neral ltlw. wmted his family to mmnl00 lm m he was add ese the moaey brm=e0000 l00ml dane works wih =a =reaS0000oS00 and (]emh lltsh We mder It a pt to serve lhe Jev are cunit00 saesfled wala any  oer  or fadlt you 00mbe00'0000that00" 5792 Gl000000nwich Rd Vh'ginia Beach, VA 23462 total numbers or ar eom, enlmce. Rose E. Finestone NORFOLK -- Rose Ehudin Finestone, 84, of the 7300 block of Glenroie Ave., died Oct. 15, 1998, in a Norfolk hospitall Mrs. Finestone was born in Bal- timore, MD, and was a resident I of Norfolk for 51 years. She Was the widow of David B. Finestone and, together with bavid, they owned D.B. Fine- Stone. She was a member of Congregation Beth E1 and Ohef 8h01om Temple in Norfolk. Mrs. Finestone was a mem- ber Of the Temple Sisterhood, a life member of the Hadassah and a member of The Gold Band Club. Survivors include a daughter, Harrett F. Kesser of NOrfolk; a son, Stuart Finestone of Atlanta; four grandchildren, 8heri Kesser of Washington, D.C., Lawrence Kesser and his Wife, Karen, of Norfolk, Jason linestone and Marcy F)nestone, both of Atlanta, GA; one great- granddaughter, Allison Kesser of Norfolk; and many nieces and nephews. A graveside service was con- dUcted at 1:30 p:m. Sunday at FOrest Lawn Cemetery by RAbbi Arthur Ruberg and Can- tor Jacob Tessler. Memorial donations may be tnade to The Jeffrey Kesser lund c/o Congregation Beth El or to The Temple, Debbie Fine- i stone Garden and Ground Fund, 1589 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, i GA 30309. ROSe M. Blaustein '. _ NORFOLK -- Rose Marcus .laustein, born May 18, 1911, !n .Portsmouth, to Abraham arcus and Bessie Glasser .cus' died Oct. 12, 1998, in chrnond, VA. Mrs. Blaustein was a native of the Tidewater area. Born and reared in Portsmouth, she was a raduate of Woodrow Wilson igh School. She lived and Orked as a bookkeeper in h ashington, D.C., following er marriage in 1933. She eturned to Norfolk with her lsband following World War . She was a resident of Elvin Ourt Wards Corner from at 958 until failing health equired nursing home place- ent last year. Mrs. Blaustein as a member of Temple Israel  Norfolk. b]She is survived by her hus- nd of 66-years, Paul T. ,laustein, former owner of nOb's Gun and Tackle Shop; io eir daughter, Dr. Beverly B. erin of Richmond, VA, and er husband, Sid Koerin; and Veral nieces and in nephews Orfolk, Portsmouth, and the etropolitan Washington, D.C., urea. tl A graveside service was con- i¢!ed by Rabbi Michael E. ntz and Cantor Elihu Flax. l°ntributions in memory of e Blaustei n be made to th e "'a'C'mer's Ass6ciitio n • .  ,, Dorothy B. Werth VIRGINIA BEACH -- Dorothy Bennett Werth, 70, died Oct. 8, 1998, in local hos- pital. Mrs. Werth was a native of Norfolk, having graduated from Maury High School. She attend- ed the Norfolk Division of the College of William & Mary. She was the wife of Sonny Werth and the widow of Harold J. Bennett and the daughter of the late Edward and Augusta Marx. Mrs. Werth owned and oper- ated Abel Frame and Art Sup- plies in Norfolk for over 40 years. Mrs. Werth helped her hus- band, Sonny, map out 35 Jewish cemeteries in 22 Cities through- out Virginia and recorded them in the Virginia Historical Soci- ety in Richmond. " Mrs. Werth was a member and past president of the B'nai B'rith Women, life member of the Beth Sholom Home Auxil- iary, Hebrew Ladies Charities and member and past president of the Jewish War Veteran Ladies Auxiliary. Survivors include her hus- band, Sonny Werth; two daugh- ters, Myra Bennett Torres and her husband, Gustavo, of Miami, FL: Sharon Bennett Meaney and her husband, Matthew, of Seattle, WA: a son, Neff Bennett and his ,ife,,Pat, "ofVirginki Beach': a s,t6pdaugh= Lena E. Friedman; two daugh- ters, Adelle Adler of Norfolk and Myra Kramer and husband, Linwood, of Newport Ne;ws; six grandchildren, Dr. Marsha Adler Gordon and husband, Dr. David Gordon, Anne Adler Waranch and husband, Terry, Karen Adler Schuster and hus- band, Eric, Laurie Kramer Grig- gs and husband, Marty, Paul Kramer and wife, Karen. and Mark Kramer; eight great- grandchildren, Michael, Steven, Harris, Randi, Brian, Justin, Shane and Megan. A graveside service was held at Chevra Tillum Cemetery by Rabbi Philip S. Krohn. Memori- al donations may be made to Gomley Chesed Synagogue. Teshuva