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June 13, 1975 - Image 9

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1975-06-13

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Friday, June 13, 1975 9

Former Detroiters in Israel
Fare Well in New Home


Members of the Yisrael
Lax family, formerly of
Detroit, seem to be faring
well in their new home in Is-
rael, according to the Israel
The Digest stated:
At 43, Yisrael Lax of De-
troit, has set up his own
electrical contracting firm
in Israel. Having worked as
an independent in Detroit,
he finds his job far more
satisfying in Israel.

"I have the feeling that I
am building my country
when I wire a house in the
Etzion Bloc. As a Jew, I
was an alien working in
the American automotive
industry," he said.

Yisrael, his wife Judy,
and their six children
wanted to come to Israel for
years but were deterred by
reports that it was hard to
make a living. Then, Judy's
father died and they ful-
filled his wish to be buried
in Israel. Being in the coun-
try and seeing people with
less ability make it, con-
vinced the Laxes that they
could, too.
Both from Orthodox
backgrounds, Yisrael and
Judy wanted their children
to have the religious fulfill-
ment they felt only the Jew-
ish state could provide. So,
with the financial hurdles
surmountable, they let
idealism bring them to Is-
rael in 1969.
At first it was difficult.
Supporting six children on a
defense industry salary, the
Laxes were eating away at
their savings. They heard
that building helpers were
earning more money than
defense workers, sO, Yisrael

quit his job and struck out
on his own as an electrician.

At home, Judy has her
hands full, looking after
their six children and the
spacious apartment
needed to house them. Be-
cause there are not as
many convenience foods as
in the United States, she
finds cooking needs far
more imagination.

One thing they find par-
ticularly nice is the trust
store owners have in their
clientele. Buying bolts or
sockets, Yisrael walks in,
counts out his order. tells
the proprietor what he took
and pays. Judy is amazed
that supermarkets don't
count rolls but ask how
many are in the bag.
Their Jerusalem home is
filled with the warmth of a
family television show. Un-
usual rocks adorn the man-
tles because the family
members are ardent rock-
hounds. The children have
also followed in their fath-
er's footsteps, collecting
coins and stamps and devel-
oping photographs.
On Jerusalem, they are
taken by its holiness. "You
feel that every bit of this
holy city has religious and
historical significance!" de-
clared Yisrael. "You are a
part of it and it is part of



. . . on the occasion of the establishing of the

in Israel and the
27th Anniversary of the State of Israel

But they don't look at Is-
rael with rose-colored
glasses. The Laxes see
many things wrong but
feel a duty as citizens to
help rectify them.

On, Wednesday evening, June 18th, 1975
Congregation Shaarey Zedek
27375 Bell Road

The Laxes' idealism was
catching. Soon after their
immigration, relatives from
both sides of the family fol-
lowed them to Israel.

Guest Speaker
Dr. Lawrence Marwick
Librarian, Author, Head of
Hebraic Section, Library of Congress

National Sephardi Convention
Resolves to Aid World Peers

second national convention
of the American Sepha*i
Federatiqn (ASF), ended
,last week with the adoption
of resolutions concerning
the Sephardi communities
in the United States and Is-
rael, the Mideast situation
and the plight of Soviet and
Syrian Jewry.
Mrs. Lilane Winn was
elected president, Morrie
Yohal was elected chairman
of the hoard, and Mati Ro-
nen was re-elected executive
In the resolution on the
Sephardi community in Is-
rael, the ASF expressed con-
cern that "considerable sec-
tions of Israeli society still
suffer from an inadequate
standard and mode of life
and are thus unable to enjoy '

their full rights of citizen-

The resolution also
called on world Jewry to
help solve the problems
facing the Sephardi com-
munity in Israel.

Earlier, Baruch Levi,
Premier Yitzhak Rabin's
adviser on social welfare
told the convention that
there is better awareness in
Israel today of social prob-
lems and the economic gap
between different segments
of society.
The ASF also adopted res-"
olutions calling for U.S.
support of Israel and asking
President Ford to intervene
on behalf of persecuted Syr-
ian and Iraqi Jews.

Happiness is an abiding

Cocktails, 6:30 p.m. / Dinner, 7:00 p.m.
Dress, Informal

Dinner Chairman: Morris J. Brandwine

Co-Chairman: Philip Slomovitz

Honorary Chairmen: Mrs. Morris Adler, Louis Berry, Mrs. Morris J. Brandwine,
Irwin I. Cohn, Max Fisher, Dr. William Haber,

Dr. & Mrs. I. Jerome Hauser, Bernard Isaacs,
Leonard N. Simons, Paul Zuckerman

Associate Chairman: Dr. Leon Fill
Percy Kaplan,
Charles Milan
Executive Director
President, Jewish National Fund


Committee: (In For ration)


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For information call 968 0820


Morris J. Brandwine

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