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Friday, November 29, 2013

Chass: A DIFFERENT LABOR CHIEF

The children “adored” Michael Weiner, the retired rabbi related. That would be Mr. Weiner the Sunday school teacher. He was also the fellow who headed the baseball players’ union until his death from brain cancer Nov. 21, but it’s highly unlikely that many of his union members knew him as the teacher of fourth and fifth graders at the Jewish Center of Northwest Jersey in Washington, N.J.michael-weiner-225

Rabbi Ellen Lewis, who recently retired after 19 years at the temple, told me about one of Weiner’s students.

“There is a young boy coming up for bar mitzvah this year,” she wrote in an e-mail from Japan, “who considered moving his date earlier so Mr. Weiner could be there. Since each child chooses a mitzvah project during the 7th grade year, this boy chose Voices against Brain Cancer because he wanted to help Mr. Weiner.”

Voices actually became a school-wide project a year ago for its annual 5K run-walk when the organization honored Weiner. The temple had one of the largest teams, if not the largest, in this year’s event, which was held just four days before Weiner died.

eddieot Posted: November 29, 2013 at 10:25 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bob Tufts Posted: November 29, 2013 at 12:05 PM (#4607453)
This topic does hit close to home for Murray, as he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2003. I hope that in the spirit of the holidays and some form of restraint, we can let this post remain civil and hope that none of us ever experience the process of dealing with cancer.
   2. Russ Posted: November 29, 2013 at 01:57 PM (#4607499)
I wish at the university level I could write letters speaking to student weaknesses and strengths, rather than assigning a letter grade. It would make the educational experience much more positive for all involved. Weiner sounds like an amazing person; sad to see someone that great leave the earth so soon.
   3. Jim Wisinski Posted: November 29, 2013 at 02:22 PM (#4607508)
This topic does hit close to home for Murray, as he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2003. I hope that in the spirit of the holidays and some form of restraint, we can let this post remain civil and hope that none of us ever experience the process of dealing with cancer.


Am I at least allowed to say that maybe the bolded part explains a few things about his writing?
   4. Bob Tufts Posted: November 29, 2013 at 04:59 PM (#4607578)
Am I at least allowed to say that maybe the bolded part explains a few things about his writing?


An order for one lump of coal being placed in your name, Jim!
   5. Jim Wisinski Posted: November 29, 2013 at 09:19 PM (#4607668)
Excellent!
   6. Jim Wisinski Posted: November 29, 2013 at 09:24 PM (#4607673)
I'll give Chass credit, it's a good post and look in to the non-baseball side of Weiner's life. It would be nice if Chass would drop the lawn-chasing and axe-grinding and write more stuff like that.
   7. JEe (Jason) Posted: November 29, 2013 at 09:31 PM (#4607674)
It would be nice if Chass would drop the lawn-chasing and axe-grinding and write more stuff like that.

The genie is rolling on the floor laughing, Jim. What are your other two wishes?
   8. Bob Tufts Posted: November 29, 2013 at 09:51 PM (#4607681)
Just wait until I have him speak on early labor issues and reporting on them in my class in February.....
   9. Monty Posted: November 29, 2013 at 09:59 PM (#4607685)
Murray Chass knows a lot of baseball history and interesting stories, and he's good at crafting a sentence. It's nice to see those things can still outshine the bitterness sometimes.
   10. eddieot Posted: November 29, 2013 at 10:18 PM (#4607688)
Not only did Murray show up for the funeral service but he also made a shiva call to Mike's house along with Omar Minaya. I have the same issues as most people here with Murray but he showed a lot of class and respect. But, as my wife said, "he's not much in the personality department."

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