THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
Friday, December 5, 1969-51
Try and Stop Me
By BENNETT CEIH:
put him in?" asked one commuter
Only in California, surmises Paul of another. ."1.et me put it this
Nathan, could this happen: He ran way." was the answer. ••l'm stilt
into a crestfallen Pasadena father going lo the P:T.A. meetings under
who just had been adyised his only an assumed name."
son, a student at Cal Tech, had
Back from a visit to Tel Aviv,
Danny Kaye claims he found a fine
At a zipper display: "Grand Chinese restaurant there. And
when he cracked open the fortune
opening sale." •
On a plastic surgeon's shingle: cookie at the end of his repast, the
"Business as -usual during altera- message was "Don't read: EAT!'!
up)rn,ht 1969. by Bennett Cert. Dis-
tributed by King Features Syndicate.
At a canoe rental shop at Lake
Hopatcong: "No tipping allowed."
As with perfume, any one who
In a pet shop window: "Going desires may be made fragrant by
out of business: we've lost our it, so the scholar should be willing
to teach any one who desires to
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other attitude. Nut only have of the Cuban .Jewish community
By LAVY BECKER
values changed. The new genera- remains and settlement elsewhere
(A Seven Arts Feature)
is not only most difficult for them,
Dutch control of the island of tion has changed.
Except for a few of the older but getting visas and immigrant
Curacao was wrested from Spain
in 1634. Twelve years later. Peter generation both among the Sefara- status in other countries is still the
Stuyvesant, Governor of Nieuw dim and the Ashkenazim, the dif- key, most difficult to - find. As re-
Amsterdam (New York), was ap- ference in synagogue ritual means ' centiy as March of this year, the
pointed also as director over Cu- little, and the difference in his- chairman, who is also the Honor-
racao and helped to develop that torical development on the island ary Consul for Israel, was in Mex-
island as an important economic becomes less important. Integra- ico at his own expense to' seek
link in Dutch trade in the new tion goes 011 apace, and it helps to government acceptance of more
world. including the slave trade bring the two parts of the Jewish transient or permanent Cuban Jew-
together. In ish refugees. It is this kind of
which brought many African ne- community
addition to other functions which warm heart, deep understanding,
groes to the island.
Brith lodge and effective effort which reflects
It was in those early years that,
at one time, there were more has served as a bridge. Within it the attitude of the whole commu-
Jews, some 1,800, in Curacao than the groups have learned to know nity, in regard to which the differ-
and appreciate each.other: It and ences between them are forgotten.
there were in New York.
During these years since 1998 it
Curacao served as a kind of dis the two synagogues form the pat-
tribution center for the slave trade, tern of the organized community was the Ashkenazi Jews who were
in their responses to
since the soil of the island could
Israel's needs, through United Is-
not support an agricultural econ- performed.
and Bonds. The Sefara-
omy, and did not therefore need'
When the Jews in Cuba (then dim had been too distant from the
slave workers. On the other hand.
the Dutch traders found it a ne- 10,000 and now some 1,800) began insecurities and upheavels of two
cessary concomitant of their social to emigrate, the very geographic world wars in Europe. They were
status to have a large retinue of position of Curacao as well as the so secure in their integrated mode
slave servants. The descendants of strength of its Jewish community ' of life including a full social ac-
these slaves now represent 85 per gave it the special role of a tran- ceptance. It was not that they did
cent of the 13.500 people who live sient area. The whole communit), not understand the need, they sim-
in Curacao. They were emanci- was behind this - effort to help. The ply could not be blamed for not
pated in 1863, almost at the same three organizations formed a Jew- ' being able to feel intensely that
time as emancipation in the U.S.A., ish community council under the which was happening until the Six
but as a generation later than leadership of one of its most re- Day War in 1967. H was then that
emancipation of slaves in the Bri- spected citizens, and did, as indeed they awakened to their responsibil-
it is still doing, a remarkable job. j ities. They were, alter all, people
tish West Indian islands.
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At this moment only the hard core of conscience.
The Jewish community, now
some 750 individuals, is more than
300 years old. An historian wrote:
"Around the year 1656, a quarter
of a century after the island had
fallen into the hands of the Dutch
Protestants, the white population
was increased by the arrival of
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quite a large number of Sephardic
Jews, mostly from Holland and
from Recife, a Northeastern city
"Most of them were Portuguese
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who had been banished from their
country by the Inquisition after an
attempt to force them to enter the
Catholic Church had failed. The
Council of Nineteen ruled that
these Jews should become citizens
of the new colony. These Jews were
of the greatest economic impor-
tance for Curacao."
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This Jewish community re-
mained homogeneous for more
than two and a half centuries,
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A serious difference of opinion re-
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garding the use of an organ, in-
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stalled in its synagogue Mikve
Israel about 100 years ago, caused
a split in the community and the
establishment of a second congre-
gation, Emanuel, both Sefaradi,
one traditional, one Reform. The
Reform rabbi who came to Mikve
Israel in 1962 was instrumental in
bringing these two congregations
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together under the hyphenated
name Mikve Israel-Emanuel. Part
of the compromise was to choose
a prayer book other than that
which either had been using. The
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rabbi thus introduced them to Re-
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constructionist philosophy, its move-
ment, its prayer books. The con-
gregation is now - a constituent
member of the Federation of Re-
constructionist Synagogues as well
as the World Union of Progressive
synagogues. Though only the older
Mikve Israel synagogue building is
used, both buildings are considered
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historic sites as is the old ceme-
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The third synagogue building in
the community, Shaare Zedek, was
built 10 years ago, although its
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Ashkenazi adherents began settling
in Curacao some 40 years ago.
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They struggled for a living. Shah-
at, kashrut and other observances o
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were pot primary. They gathered
for group worship in each others'
homes, rather than in the estab-
lished synagogues, not only be-
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cause they were really not made a 13821 Elmira
welcome. In the eyes of the Sefara- 0
dim, these 'foreign' Jews were a a tossoortatisoaaatioosociaossisoosottomossocisoatiasostre
strange breed. Their strangeness
was obvious to all and seemed to
embarass the Sefaradim who had
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forgotten that they had had almost
300 years of learning to adjust to
their environment. They were na-
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tive born, and were as Curacali-
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