Jewish war veterans honored with breakfast
Updated: December 9, 2012 6:37AM
SKOKIE — As another Veterans Day approaches, there is a sobering statistic to consider.
Nearly 1,700 veterans die every day in the United States. The number of veterans — especially from World War II — continue to dwindle every Veterans Day.
Weinstein Funeral Home of Wilmette, Piser Funeral Home of Skokie and B’Nai B’rith will honor Jewish World War II veterans with a breakfast from 10 a.m. to noon Friday at the DoubleTree Hotel, 9559 Skokie Blvd. Veterans Day is Sunday.
Although these institutions and others have paid tribute to Jewish war veterans in the past, this is the first such Veterans Day breakfast.
According to Marshall Kayman, director of community services for Weinstein Funeral Home, the response has been more than enthusiastic.
Kayman said he expects between 110 to 120 Jewish veterans to attend the breakfast, as well as Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9). Some veterans are being bused in from as far away as the Lincolnshire area.
Rabbi Neil Brief, formerly of Ezra Habonim The Jewish Congregation, will preside over a ceremony including the presentation of colors.
“Based on the response we’ve received, I can see this as an annual event as long as there are Jewish veterans out there,” Kayman said. “We couldn’t be happier about the response.”