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February 18, 1966 - Image 14

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1966-02-18

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Helicopter Rescue in Heart of Tel Aviv

Toronto Jews Total 88 ,600 by 1961; See Cut Over 20-Year Period

TORONTO (JTA)—The Jewish
population of Toronto, which total-
ed less than 3,000 in 1901, had
grown to 88,600 by 1961, accord-
ing to statistics compiled by the
demographic committee of the
United Jewish Welfare Fund here.
The committee's interim report,
to be published after finalization
by the Welfare Fund's social
planning committee, was presented
to the UJWF by the chairman of
the demographic study, Dr. Al-
bert A. Rose.
While the numerical growth of
Toronto's Jewish population has
been substantial, the rate of in-
crease has not kept proportionate
pace with the community's general
growth, Dr. Rose noted. The Jew-
ish population had grown by 1941
to 52.000 and by 1951 to 66,000.
Israeli air force helicopters rescued 60 men and women trapped
on the roof of the Zim Building in the heart of Tel Aviv when the
But, while the Jews made up 5.7
worst fire in the city's history gutted the modern reinforced concrete
per cent of the total population in
five-story building. One man was killed, 6'7 men and women injured,
1941, and 5.5 per cent 10 years
and damage was estimated in the millions of pounds. More than
later, the 1961 ratio had decreased
500 people were in the building when the blaze, of undetermined
to 4.9 per cent. "Although this
origin, started on a lower floor forcing many to take refuge on the percentage decrease is not itself
roof and window ledges. Some were lifted off by fire department
substantial," Dr. Rose stated, "it
ladders and some climbed down the metal pipes supporting the
is indicative of a trend."
asbestos shutters on the building. Air Force aid was summoned
The study showed that ap-
when it became clear that many people were trapped on the roof
proximately 50 per cent of all
and the window ledges. Helicopters touched down on the roof
Jewish families in the area be-
three times to take people aboard. When it became too hot for the
long to congregations. Of this
craft to land, they used rescue loops as in the photograph above.
group, the breakdown showed
An irony of the rescue was that the helicopters were fanning the
that 38 per cent said they were
flames into an inferno with their rotors, even as they were saving
Orthodox, 44 per cent listed
lives. The fire brought attention to the serious lack of fire-fighting
themselves as Conservative, and
staff and fire-prevention apparatus in Israel.
18 per cent were members of
* * *
Reform temples.
report also noted that there
5 Russians to Die for Role has The
been a substantial increase in
TEL AVIV (JTA) — A serious in War Mass Murder
the proportion of persons of age
fire in the basement of an office
LONDON (JTA) — Five Soviet 70 or over. This ratio grew from
building at 2 Pinkster St. at Mo- men were sentenced last weekend 3.4 per cent in 1951 to 4.8 per cent

4 Hurt in 2nd Fire I

gharabi Square, in the center of
Tel Aviv, caused injuries to four
persons, including a child, last
weekend, indirectly brought about
the death of a youth whose scooter
collided with a fire engine on the
way to the conflagration, and
forced the evacuation of surround-
ing office buildings.
The fire started in quarters
occupied by a cosmetic labora-
tory, and resulted in damage to
the building estimated at tens of
thousands of pounds. Police au-
thorities said the "possibility of
arson is not excluded." Traces
of highly-inflammable materials
and fuel-soaked floors were
found in the charred remains
of the basement.
The blaze occurred just a week
after fire destroyed the five-story
Zim Building in this city, causing
the death of one man and the in-
jury of 67 others. The damage to
the Zim Building was estimated at
about $1,333,000.
Meanwhile, guests were avacu-
ated from the Dan Carmel Hotel,
in Haifa, when a blaze threatened
the hostelry. The fire was on a
stairway leading to the top floor
of the 10-story hotel, and broke
out in a pile of mattresses. There
was "extensive" damage to the
stairway, but no one was injured.

to death in Russia for taking part
in the mass murder of Jews and
others during World War II in
collaboration with the Nazis. A
sixth defendant was sentenced to
15 years in prison.
The men were charged with
helping to kill 14,000 Jews, scien-
tists, women, children, and old per-
sons in Russia in 1942. The bodies
were found in a mass grave in
the Caucasus after the war.

in 1961.
"This is most probably the result
of the immigration pattern," the
report stated. "The 1920's account-
ed for a large inflow of young peo-
ple who are now in their late 50s.
60s, and increasingly passing the
70-year-old mark."
By occupation, the report show-
ed, 36 per cent of all Jews here
are self-employed, compared with
the over-all community's ratio of

9 per cent of self-employed per- all pharmacists; 19 per cent of all
sons. The percentage of Jews in lawyers; 8.3 per cent of all social

the over-all working force is 4.3
workers; and 8 per cent of all ac-
per cent. But 18.4 per cent of all
physicians and surgeons in Metro- countants and auditors, musicians
politan Toronto are Jews; 23.1 per and music teachers.
cent of all dentists; 35 per cent of

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Volkswagen Foundation
Gives $75,000 for StUdy
of German Jewish History

(Direct JTA Teletype Wire
to The Jewish News)


The Leo Baeck Insti-
tute in New York, a central agen-
cy for the collection and study of
documents of Jewish life in Ger-
many, has been awarded a $75,000
grant by the Volkswagen Founda-
tion for expansion of the insti-
tute's archive and library, it was
announced here Wednesday.
Since it was established 10 years
ago by Jews from Germany, the
Leo Baeck Institute, named for
the late chief rabbi of Germany,
has gathered what scholars
throughout the world consider to
be a rare collection of documents
and literature on the 1,000-year
history of German Jewry.
The Volkswagen Foundation,
the largest private foundation in
West Germany, was set up five
years ago when the automobile
concern was partially denational-

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