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April 05, 1974 - Image 47

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1974-04-05

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Friday, April 5, 1974-47

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Passover Greetings to All

I

Amsterdam Press

Millard Press and
White Color Card Co.

Established 1890

259-3910 — 259-2309

120 Mt. Elliot

A Happy and
Healthy Passover

TO OUR MANY FRIENDS AND CUSTOMERS

Hank's Clothes

- Now Conveniently Located at
28950 Orchard Lake Road

Between 12 and 113 Mile Roads, Next to the Clock in Farmington

626-7007

626-7000

ORT Builds Training Schools for Bene Israel Living in India

BOMBAY—The ORT pres-
ence in India dates from 1962
when the World ORT Union
established a school for boys
in Bombay. A girls school,
also in Bombay, was estab-
lished in 1970. Bombay was
selected as the site for both
schools since the major in-
digenous Jewish population
in India—the Bene Israel-
is centered in Bombay.
The Bene Israel community
is something of a mystery
and its beginnings are deep
in mythology. One story tells
that the entire population,
numbering about 8,000 today,
stems from seven couples
who were shipwrecked off the
west coast of India in bibli-
cal times and found refuge
on the subcontinent.
Modern historians for the
most part place the Jewish
presence in Bombay at the



MONTGOMERY

ARD

A oyous

May this

Passover

be filled with Joy

and Happiness

for You and Yours!

time of the rise of the Portu- phans, others from broken
homes or from small, outly-
guese empire in Asia.
Called "Saturday Oilmen" ing villages where there is no
because of their long-term opportunity for training. In
identity with a trade — the 1968, 18 more such students
pressing of edible oil seeds— were accepted and many
and their strict observance- of more 'turned away for lack
the Sabbath, the Bene Israel of training space.
are a diminishing community.
These special classes have
After the creation of the been successful. Boys who
state of Israel, many young had dropped out of school left
Bene Israel emigrated frcm encouraged to attend night
India to Israel, but were un- classes which were organized
able to find employment to fill gaps in their education
there because they did not and then go on to take train-
have the necessary skills. As ing in government recognized
a result a number returned courses.
to India, disappointed, and
The girls' school, opened
in need of guidance and help in 1970, has courses in hair-
in form of trade training. dressing, office skills and
Today young Bene Israel general clerical with a strong
now going to Israel find no background in home econom-
problems in their search for ics given to all students.
Six floors high, the girls'
satisfactory jobs if they are
ORT graduates. Although one school originally was de-
of the smallest operations in signed to accommodate 35
the ORT network, the impact boarding students on the two
of these schools on the com- dormitory floors. However,
munity is one of the great 65 girls now live in this ac-
ORT success stories.
commodation and the needs
The building of the schools are not yet filled.
and the achievements until
Hostel facilities for 54 boys
now have not come easily. are available in accommoda-
One major problem has been
Passover G reefing to All
language. Most students at
RYNNE CHINA CO.
the schools have had their
Largest While China Dealers
primary education in Marati,
in the Middlewest
the local Indian language,
Everything for China Painter
Imports from Fronce, Germany
while ORT courses are taught
and Japan

in English, the lingua franca
LI 2-8700
222 W. 8 Mile
1 Mk. W. of John R, Hazel Pork
of India.
The gift of a modern lan-
guage laboratory from Mise-
reor, the German Catholic
Development Agency, has
made it possible to reduce
the language training prob-
lem, and the equipment has
also made it possible to en-
large the programs of Jewish
education.
Misereor along with other
goverm'ental and nongovern-
mental organizations includ-
ing Canadian and Danish
technical assistance agencies,
have helped to build and op-
erate the girls school and to
keep a high and rising level
of technical instruction for
both boys and girls.
The two schools now have
a student body of approxi-
mately 400, almost equally
divided between boys and
girls. Even with the grants
from outside organizations
and subvention from the
World ORT Union, teaching
and workshop accommodation
as well as student housing re-
main problems. This _over-
crowding has resulted partly
from ORT India's efforts to
serve the boys and girls in
the community who most
needed ORT's help — those
who for educational or soci-
ological reasons do not 'im-
mediately qualify for ORT
training.
In 1967, a two-year course
for machinists was- begun
with 12 boys. Some were or-

Trees Get JNF Care

JERUSALEM — Eucalyptus
trees in the north of the
country are being pruned
and trimmed by JNF fores-
ters to enable the trees to
continue growing and de-
veloping under the best pos-
sible conditions, to improve
visibility for vehicles travel-
ing the roads of the Hula
valley and to provide a large
amount of wooden planks for
the use of the defense forces.
These planks of wood were
specially ordered to aid in
the construction of roads in
Sinai.

tion which was used 30 years
ago to ,house refugees from
Nazi-occupied Europe.
Along with the boys' and
girls' schools, ORT also of-
fers primary manual train-
ing courses to 86 boys and
68 girls who attend a Jewish
school, in Bombay.

Happy Passover

SAMUEL BRODY
& SONS
155 W.

Troy

Big Beaver
689-8100

HAPPY HOLIDAY

POWELL
PRINTING CO.

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Happy and
Healthy Passover

A-OK

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SERVICE, INC.

862-3200

E. John Klein and Family

Sincere
best wishes
for a joyous
and festive
Passover

Helen and Paul
Zuckerman

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