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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, OCTOBER 10, 2003 PAGE 17 By Kim Langweiler Fischer Associate Editor Oscar Tetenbaum, 78, of Orlando, died Saturday, Sep- tember 13 from the prolonged effects of Alzheimer's disease. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and moved to Orlando in 1936 when his parents, Morris and Etta Tetenbaum acquired the Florida Leather Company. Oscar attended Memorial Junior High School, Orlando High School, and the Univer- relationship, his physician and close friend Dr. Mel Tresser said, "Oscar was a lucky man, He and Helen were truly in love. It was there to see in all the small things and his devo- tion to her,-and she to him." Reva Shader said her hus- band had the highest respect and warmth for the Oscar; ev- eryone who knew him shared those feelings. Tresser stated, "Oscar was truly a very nice and decent man--a real mensch. He was first bar mitzvah at Congrega- tion Ohev Shalom when they hired Rabbi Morris Scop, their first English speaking rabbi; he was a charter member of Temple Israel and served on its board of directors and for the past few years the Tetenbaums were members of the Congregation of Liberal Judaism. CLJ's Rabbi Steven Engel visited him throughout the ill- ness, was a source of support to the family and conducted sity of Florida--where he was kind and gentle, warm and the funeral services held on a member of the Tau Epsiion generous. September 15. Pi Fraternity During World ThemenwerepartofaSun- As Oscar's illness pro- War II he served in the United OSCAR TETENBAUM day tennis game with AI Levy, gressed; Helen became more States Army and was in the Dr. Stuart Bernstein and Dr. involved in the Alzheimer's NOrmandy invasion, ingthetwomeetwouldbejust Arthur Hillman, which they Association. She said she Oscar returned to Orlando the ticket. Little did he know played weekly for 25 years, learned itisveryimportantto ~d aSsumed management of Helen and Oscar had that Tresser referredtothecompe- use three tools: community the family company, a posi- first date in April of 1947, got tition when he said, " Oscar resources, supportgroupsand tion he held until his retire- engaged in June of the same was truly a good and loyal educating yourself, to helpthe ~ent in 1994. yearandmarriedinJanuaryof friend, No phoney-baloney, I family cope. ~ His 55 and 1/2 year-mar- 1948. even suspect that he let me Oscar was the loving father ,ri~e to Helen Blumberg of Charlie, until his untimely undeservedly win our tennis of daughter Leslie and her ~Vannah, Ga wastrulyalove passing, would tease the games from time to time. husband David Lefkowitz of Story. In 1947 Helen was in Tetenbaums whenever they That's what friends do." San Francisco and son Brad ~tlandotovisithersister, Elsie got together; inquiringifthey Oscar, Helen said, treated Tetenbaum of Orlando; he is Abrams,whenCharlieShader, both still liked him. He never everyone equally whether it survivedbyhisbrotherCharles a~Utual friend, fixed her up really had to worry, Oscartold wastheshoeshinerswhocame TetenbaumandhiswifeArlene on a blind date with Oscar. Helen early in the marriage to the store for polish or top of Daytona Beach Shores and lielen and Charlie had met that one of his goals in lifewas executives from leather corn- two granddaughters. ~roughaleadershipprogram tomakeherhappy.Sheagreed, panies he made everyone he His caretaker, Aesha met feel at home. with a laugh, one of her goals ~a co-ed Zionist group. As Salahuddin, who was with him ~ten tells it, Charlie wanted she told him " is for you to His memory will also be for a year and a half, partici- to get Oscar involved in the make me happy.",embedded in Orlando's Jew- pated in the Alzheimer's group and thought that hav- DescribingtheTetenbaum s ish history, Oscar became the Memory Walk in honor of Os- car the week after he passed away. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of North and Central Florida Chapters, Hospice of the Com- forter, and the Outreach Pro- gram of the Jewish Pavilion. In his eulogy Dr. Tresser concluded, '~Vhen people de- part everyone says, 'we will miss you.' Unfortunately we had to start missing Oscar some time ago. So I guess it's really, we will continue to rrdss you Oscar. You were a really good guy." For advertising information, please call the Heritage Florida Jewish News at 407-834-8787. 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He He was born in Brooklyn, ~73 Years old. Heller of Orlando; daugh- ter, Karen Knudsen of New York and moved to 1~ e Was born in Brooklyn, Maitland and one grand-Deitona in 1993. Mr. ~'J a~d moved to Maitland in child. Schlesinger was a salesman. ~72. lie served in the United He is survived by his r~ Navy. Mr. Heller was in SIMON SCHLESINGER mother, Sidonia of Altarnonte . Sales Simon Schlesinger, ofSprings and his sister Martha }ieis Survived by his wire, Deltona, died Tuesday, Sep- Wiedhof of Lake Mary. C ~tlnued from page 1 ies, although she said bin:. as grateful for the oppor- ~lt~'t~ to meet with the presi- feel I was sitting with who was supportive who came to president and not "she said. talked with about the re- :rease in the United States, rising numbers to Jews. said new jobs alleviate poverty, childcare was also allow more work- to pursue jobs. a dialogue," she Rabbi Daniel Nevins, of Farmington Hills, Mich said he did not feel itwas his place to debate the president. Bush told the rabbis that a new Palestinian leadership would be judged on the "simple formula" of its ability to dismantle terrorist organi- zations and fight terrorism. Until then, he said, "everything's on hold." The president reportedly made no mention of the "road map" peace plan, co- authored by the United States, United Nations, Eu- ropean Union and Russiaand which he has pushed for more than a year. Bush also said he supported the security fence Israel is erecting in the West Bank, which the Palestinians have called a land grab. But he said the fence's route should not preclude later territorial ne- gotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. Two rabbis broached the subject of Jonathan Pollard, a former U.S. Navy intelligence analyst who is serving a life sentence for spying on behalf of Israel. Bush said he would look into Poilard's case, but offered no comment about the chances of him receiving a presidential reprieve. 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