Jerusalem's Old Shrines Being Reconstructed
Friday, October 18, 1968 35
THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
U Thant Hails Award to Charles Jordan
(Continued from Page 1)
i Yeshiva, one of the oldest in- tion. No Jews have remained
Habad, who in Mandatory times stitutions of Jewish learning in in the city because they all
UNITED NATIONS, N.Y. (JTA) with his wife. The case remain
had on several occasions blown Jer u s a I e m. also reopened a fled or were killed during the —Secretary-General U Thant sa- unsolved.
the shofar at the conclusion of branch in its old building close Tartar invasion. There are only
1 luted the posthumous award of the
the Yom Kippur service at the to the Western Wall, where reg- j two brothers there who have
Sir Jeffrey Amherst was the first
purchased the right to engage Fridtjof Nansen Medal to Charles English governor of Michigan.
Western Wall, thus flouting the ular study sessions are held.
ban imposed by the British au-
a major general in the
In addition to these Tora in- in the dyeing trade from the
thorities on the rite, took the stitutions, the Rabbinical Court of governor. About a minyan of
life's work on behalf of refugees. British army, ruled from 1760 to
initiative of reconstructing the Appeal, originally housed in Jews gather in their house for
The medal was presented to Mr. 1763.
Habad Synagogue in the Old City -He nal Shlomo", has been trans- prayer on the Sabbath. Imme-
Jordan's widow Oct. 10 by Prince
and himself settled with his fain- ferred to the old city to the diately on arrival we began
Sadruddin Aga Kahn, UN high
ily in one of the buildings in the building of a former girls' searching for suitable premises
synagogue courtyard. The Habad school adjoining the Temple for a synagogue and found a
ceremonies at the Palais des Na-
AND HER GYPSIES
Synagogue had originally been Mount.
ruin with marble pillars and a
tions in Geneva.
constructed with the assistance 1 The Kalish Synagogue in the splendid cupola, which we ap-
Thant said in his message: "On
of the Sassoon family of Bombay, courtyard of the Warsaw Kollel poin t e d for our synagogue.
the occasion of the award of the
and was opened in 1879. Again is also one of the few structures i Everyone is free to come and
Nansen Medal for 1968, made in
daily prayers and study meetings that have survived destruction. take possession of any of the
remembrance of Fridtjof Nansen,
are being conducted there. Mem- Although the interior of the build- ruins in the city."
the first League of Nations high
hers of the Bnei Akiva movement ing had been converted into liv-
In his first epistle from Jeru- commissioner for refugees, the
decided to open a yeshiva in the ing quarters by tie Arabs, it can salem in 1488, Rabbi Ovadia of Nansen Award Committee annual-
proximity of the Western Wall. be reconstructed at no great ex- Bertinoro mentions a synagogue ly honors a great benefactor of
The yeshiva has been housed in pense. It is planned to transform in Jerusalem erected on marble humanity. It is only fitting that
Weddings, Bar Mitzvas
what is known as "Batei Maha- the building into a hostel for pillars. Doubtlessly he referred to this year the commission has de-
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se", a housing quarter establish- pilgrims to Jerusalem.
the Ramban Synagogue. In the cided to honor the memory of
ed at the end of the last century
The Sephardi Seminary for last century, the Jews were (Mr.) Jordan and to pay tribute
by the charitable funds of the Rabbis and Dayanim ha s also driven out and disposed of the to his lasting work on behalf of
Jews of Holland and Germany opened a branch in the Old City, place by the Arabs who converted refugees.
for scholarly Jews in Jerusalem, and students come daily for reg- it into a cheese factory, and all
"Mr. Jordan was, at the time of
and which at one time accom- ular study sessions in premises efforts to regain possession of
modated some of the most prom- belonging to the Sephardi com- the synagogue were unavailing. his death in August 1967, direc-
of the overseas serv-
inent families in the city. In munity.
When the Old City was liberated ices of the American Joint Distri-
antiquity, the site of the "Batei
Preliminary reconstruction work in the Six-Day War, the site was
bution Committee and chairman
Mahase" had been the place has commenced at the ancient identified, and the marble pillars
of the refugee commission of the
where the palaces of the Kings Ramban Synagogue in Jerusalem. were found. The cheese factory
International Council of Voluntary
of Judah bad stood.
In a letter to his son written from which was still there was trans- Agencies. This award is a token
Archaeologists will doubtlessly Jerusalem 700 years ago, ferred elsew:iere, and the place of appreciation and gratitude for
evince interest in this locality. The Nahmanides wrote:
was converted into a synagogue
houses here, which have in part
"All I can say about the again, and prayers are recited Mr. Jordan's devotion to the cause
situation in the Holy Land there once more after the lapse of refugees."
survived the Arab vandalism after
Mr. Jordan died under mysteri-
concerns the great destruction of almost 100 years.
the fall of the Old City, served
ous circumstances iri Prague in
and ruin that one sees all
as the last stronghold of the
Consultations are now in pro- August 1967 while visiting there
around. This is particularly true gress on the reconstruction of
defenders of the Jewish Quarter
in 1948. Many synagogues, in- of Jerusalem. There are about many of the other synagogues in
2,000 inhabitants in the city, the Old City and especially of
cluding the house of worship of
Mothproofing free. Wall-
the Breslav Hasidim, were to be including about 300 Christians,
the large and historical houses of
refugees from Moslem persecu- prayer. The Hurva Synagogue of
found there. The "Hayei Olam"
to-wall carpet cleaning.
and his ORCHESTRA
Five cents a square foot,
which only a heap of rubble has
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remained, had been inaugurated
in 1864. It stood on the ruins of
the synagogue erected by the
disciples of Rabbi Judah the Pious
who had settled in Jerusalem in
UNITED NATIONS (JTA)—Un- treaty and that given such a dec- 1700. Since its 'erection down to
confirmed reports circulated that laration, Israel would"not insist its destructi n in 1948, the Hurva
Israel's Foreign Minister Abba on face-to-face talks with the Arab had served s the central syna-
Eban conferred here together with representatives at the outset.
gogue of Jer alem Jewry. Opin-
Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdel
(The sources said, however, that ions are divid
as to the form
Moneim Rifai and UN Middle no such declaration has been giv- for the new
agogue to rise
East peace envoy Dr. Gunnar V. en so far by any authorized Ar
on the -si e.
Jarring. An Israeli source con- statesman either privately or pub- the new building should be a
firmed that Eban met Dr. Jar- licly. - They noted that a declarer replica of the building demolish-
ring but denied that Rifai was tion of that kind would run counter ed; others call for the erection
to the decisions at last August's of a modern shrine to serve as
"If Mr. Rifai was there, the Arab summit meeting in Khar- spiritual center for the capitol of
meeting was historical," one UN toum where the Arab leaders said Israel.
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The reconstruction of the syna-
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fai returned Monday night from negotiations and no peace with gogues in the Old City is part of
London where he had been confer- Israel.)
the reconstruction plan for the
ring with King Hussein of Jordan,
(London newspapers reported
Jewish Quarter, the drawing up
reportedly on Middle East peace
Tuesday that a serious conflict of which has been entrusted to a
has arisen in Jordan between special governmental committee
According to earlier reports, ef- Ammon authorities and Palestin-
which is also studying plans for
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forts were being made to try to ian commandos. They based their the repopulation of the Jewish
Birmingham (Near °emery's)
get Eban, Rifai and Egyptian reports on a broadcast Monday Quarter of the Old City.
by the Cairo-based El Fatah ra
Minister Mahmoud Riad together
dio, voice of the main commando •
during the current General As-
group operating against Israel
sembly session. It is believed that
from Jordanian soil. The broad-
those efforts by Dr. Jarring were
cast charged that there was a
Reports of Jarring Meeting With Eban
and Jordan Foreign Minister Denied
Saturday, October 19th
A GIFT FOR EVERY OCCASION
An Israeli spokesman said that
Eban had. been in "frequent con-
tact" with Dr. Jarring and that
at Tuesday's meeting, the for-
eign minister gave him a comp-
rehensive a c count of Israel's
views in light of its policy state-
ment made in the General As-
sembly Oct. 8.
At that time, Eban presented a
nine-point peace plan. "These con-
tacts will continue, and the for-
eign minister will be available at
UN headquarters for this purpose.
Israel hopes that this resumption
of activity within the framework
of the Jarring mission will con-
tribute to the advancement of ef-
forts to pro mot e a permanent
peace," the spokesman said.
(Official sources in Jerusalem
confirmed Tuesday that there was
"feverish activity" at the UN and
in London regarding possible talks
between Israeli and Jordanian rep-
resentatives through Dr. Jarring.
The sources said that as yet there
were no concrete results. They
cited a passage in Eban's UN
speech in which he said that Is-
rael would make its views on
substantive matters known only to
an Arab government that declares
its intention of arriving at a peace
conspiracy in Amman "to liqui-
date the commandos" and ap-
pealed to Jordanian armed
forces and to Bedouin tribesmen
-not to act against the guerrillas.
(The London Financial Times
carried unconfirmed reports from
Amman that Jordanian authorities
have begun to arrest commandos
and confiscate their weapons. "If
true, this would constitute a ma-
jor development in the Middle
East which is bound to have re-
percussions on Jordan's internal
scene and on the Arab situation as
a whole," the newspaper said.)
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Meanwhile, Secretary-General U
Thant made public the text of a
letter he sent to the foreign min-
isters of the Big Four powers,
proposing that they meet to dis- it
cuss basic United Nations prob- II
lems, one of which he listed as the
effort toward Middle East peace
undertaken by Dr. Jarring.
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tions. Ten parties were on the 1934
gubernatorial ballot, the most in II
state history. Republican Frank D. .
Fitzgerald won by 82,699 votes. The a
eight minority parties totaled just
22,138 votes. •
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