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Rabbi Irwin Groner

Rabbi Irwin Groner, 81, of Southfield, Michigan, died on 30 December 2012.

A Funeral was held at Congregation Shaarey Zedek on Tuesday, 1 January 2013 at 2:00 PM.

Rabbis Joseph Krakoff, Aaon Starr, Alan Lucas and Cantor Meir Finkelstein officiated.

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Interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery.
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The family of Rabbi Irwin Groner will be gathering through the morning of Monday, January 7 at the residence, 23045 Laurel Valley Dr., Southfield Mi 48034 for friends to call. The phone number is 248-353-3838.

Religious services will be held at 5:00 PM. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evenings; 7:30 AM. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday mornings and 9:00 AM. Sunday morning. The family has requested their privacy each day following morning services until Shiva resumes at 2:00PM each afternoon and concludes at 7:00PM each evening. Friends are welcome to visit Saturday Evening from 7:00 PM.-9:00 PM.

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Family members include:
Beloved Husband of 59 years of Leypsa Groner; Cherished Father of Judge David Groner (Judge Amy Hathaway), Dr. Joel Groner and the late Deborah "Debbie" Groner; Dear brother of Sarah Barach, the late Rabbi Benjamin Groner, the late Rabbi Oscar Groner, the late Julius Groner, the late Morton Groner and the late Ruth Rosenbaum; devoted son of the late Max and the late Beatrice Groner; Also survived by Amy's children, Lisa, Stephen and Kathryn and his wonderful friend and caregiver, Marek Stepniak.

Rabbi Irwin Groner came to Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Detroitin 1959 as an assistant to Rabbi Morris Adler, of blessed memory. Rabbi Groner endeared himself to the leaders and members of the congregation with his integrity, wisdom, warmth and brilliant mind. He was named senior rabbi in 1967. In 1978, he was elected Rabbi of the congregation for life. A gifted orator, Rabbi Groner served the congregation with great distinction for over 40 years. In the fall of 2003, Rabbi Groner was granted the honorary title of Rabbi Emeritus. Rabbi Groner served as President of the Rabbinical Assembly (an international group of rabbis) from 1990-1992. He served as chairman of the Governing Board of the "Etz Chayim", the one-volume Torah Commentary that was recently produced for the Conservative Movement by the Rabbinical Assembly and the Jewish Publication Society. Rabbi Groner has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, the Rabbinic Cabinet of the United Jewish Appeal and the Board of Governors of the United Synagogue. He served as chairman of the Rabbinical Assembly Conventions of 1976 and 1977, was co-chairman of the National Youth Commission of the United Synagogue from 1972-1976 and vice-president of the Jewish Community Council from 1974-1976. He was also a president of the Michigan Board of Rabbis. In 1984, Michigan Governor James Blanchard appointed him the first clergyman to serve on the State's Judicial Tenure Commission, and subsequently served as its vice-chairman. Rabbi Groner has been actively involved in programs of of interfaith dialogue in the Metropolitan Detroit Community. Rabbi Groner holds degrees from the University of Chicago and the Hebrew Theological College of Chicago, where he was ordained. In 1982, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the Jewish Theological Seminary of America for his outstanding service to the synagogue, the Conservative Movement and to K'lal Yisrael. Rabbi Groner recently published a book which contains some of his High Holiday Sermons, entitled "Renewing Jewish Faith". His sermons, essays and articles have been published in periodicals of the Conservative Movement. Additionally, he wrote a monthly column for the Detroit Jewish News on the weekly Torah portion.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Rabbi Irwin Groner may do so by making a contribution to:

Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Rabbi Irwin Groner Publication Fund
27375 Bell Road
Southfield, MI 48034
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Frankel Jewish Academy
Debbie Groner Book Fund
6600 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
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