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Lifshutz Family Foundation

is created in memory of

Harry (Tzvi) & Rose (Raizel) Lifshutz to promote their memory through Zedakah

Family News

Published in The Washington Post on April 26, 2010

EHRLICH - LEONARD EHRLICH On Saturday, April 24, 2010, LEONARD EHRLICH, of Silver Spring, MD. Predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Ellen Lifshutz Ehrlich. Devoted father of Mona Ehrlich of Columbia, MD and the late Linda Raye Ehrlich. Also survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews and his caregivers, Patricia Sahadachny, Jimmy Galabuzi and James Bafaki.

Graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 27, 1:30 p.m., at Judean Memorial Gardens, Olney, MD. Family will receive friends following interment thru Friday at his late residence. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Danzansky-Goldberg Memorial Chapels, Inc, 301-340-1400.

We should have no more Tzar. - Martin 

Posted November 11, 2008

Before Obama
Sir, - Yaakov Katz's November 6 report from Chicago ("Oprah jumps for joy, Dean hails the winner and Jackson insists the US 'must fight for Israeli security and peace'") was a reminder of a little-known incident which occurred in conjunction with Chicago's Grant Park 40 years ago.

In August of that year the Democratic Convention was held in Chicago, President Johnson had chosen not to run again, and Martin Luther King Jr. and Senator Robert Kennedy had been assassinated. In addition to the delegates at the convention, Chicago was overflowing with opponents to the Vietnam war and other American policies. Many camped out in Grant Park as the deliberations were going on.
Mayor Daley sought to evict them from the park, but to no avail. The police were sent in and the confrontation resulted in much bloodshed. The "Chicago Eight" were identified as the ringleaders and tried in court.

Only a handful of Chicago Jews chose to get involved. One was former US Army Chaplain and now rabbi in the city, Oscar M. Lifshutz. An advocate of dignity for all, the rabbi sought to assist some of those who were attacked at Grant Park. He went to the Jewish Family Service of the city and obtained food and bedding for 20 or so young people, many Jewish and some African-Americans.

When asked by his fellow clergymen, why he wanted to help these people, he answered: "This is a great country where anything is possible. But what bothers me here is that not enough thought was given to legitimate protest - only how to suppress it. I could not permit those who suffered that night to be totally isolated from their fellow Americans. They may not understand all the issues, but they are also, because of their commitment to their ideals, another segment of the hope of America. Let us all realize what should be done is to aid not only the innocent but also those who have gone astray."