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March 11, 1977 - Image 53

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-03-11

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.— Dr. Eliezer Sheffer, di-
rector of Israel's Central
Bank, is an acknowledged
expert on Egypt's
economy. Recently, in an
interview with Ma'ariv,
he drew a parallel be-
tween Egypt's economic
plight and that of Israel.
Both nations, he as-
serted, suffer from huge
trade deficits and gallop-
ing inflationary spirals.
However, unlike Egypt,
Israel is not afflicted with
pockets of abject poverty,
according to Sheffer.

)use Used as Synagogue
Called Zoning Law Violation


group. of non-Jews has
rallied to support a new
synagogue in the town-
ship of Norfolk which the
local planning and zoning
commission tried to close
down and now limits the
days when religious serv-
ices may be held.

The case, involving
Beit Havurah, is before
the Common Pleas Court,
the Connecticut Jewish
Ledger reported.
The congregation was
established in 1975 by a
group of young Jewish
Ot professionals. It became
embroiled in a con-
troversy with neighbors
who objected to the use of
their 18-room house as a
religious retreat.
The zoning commission
denied the congregation
access to the building on
grounds that it was "not a
house of worship." That
_ruling was overturned by
the zoning board of appe-
The zoning commission
since then decreed that
the synagogue could be
used only on the Sabbath

and major holidays.
A letter signed by some
30 community members,
most of them non-Jews,
protested what they
termed "thoughtless vio-
lation of First Amend-
ment religious rights."
They charged that the re-
strictions on Beit
Havurah were "dis-
criminatory" and that
the town was violating
the religious freedom of
the congregants.

One of the nob-Jewish
signatories, Mrs.
Elizabeth Davis, told the
Jewish Ledger that the
zoning Commission vio-
lated "the American way
of life" and called the
congregation an asset to
the community.
Another signer, Mrs.
Richard Hasbrouk, a
member of the Church of
Christ Congregational,
said the synagogue was
"good for the kids." Mrs.
Richard Barstow, also af-
filiated with the Congre-
gational Church, said the
real issue seems to be
"property values."

Kansas Case May Affect
Michigan Religious Policy

LANSING — Michi-
gan's policy that em-
,:;„ ployes are entitled to time
off for religious obser-
vanCes is threatened by a
case now pending in the
U.S. Supreme Court, ac-
cording to officials of the
state attorney general's
Frank Kelley announced
he has filed a brief with
the high court supporting
a Kansas City man who is
fighting Trans World Air-
lines for the right to have
Saturdays off for reli-
gious purposes.
man is a member of
ti iorldwide Church of
Goa which celebrates the
Sabbath on Saturday.
The Michigan Civil
Rights Commission has
held that federal regu-
lations requiring reason-
able accommodation of
employes apply to em-
ployes who want Satur-
days off for religious rea-
State Solicitor General
Robert Derengoski said a
key issue in the Kansas
City case is whether gov-
ernment requirements
that workers be allowed
to observe the Sabbath

violate the constitution-
ally-mandated separa-
tion of church and state.
Michigan could not
maintain its current pol-
icy if the man loses on this
point, he said.
Kelley's brief contends
that employes should be
allowed to take Saturday
off unless their employer
could prove that their ab-
sence would create an
undue hardship.
Kelley is asking the
high court to uphold the
Eighth Circuit Court of
Appeals which ruled in
favor of the man.

Kangaroo Courts
Revealed in Letter

jailed Arab terrorist in
Israel has claimed in a
letter to the newspaper
Maariv that he has been
sentenced to death by a
clandestine court of pris-
oners for changing his
views and supporting Is-
Some Israelis claim the
lack of a death penalty in
Israel spurs prisoners
serving life sentences to
murder other prisoners.

Israel, Ireland May Soon
Exchange Resident Envoys

raeli diplomats believe it
is only a matter of time
before Israel and Ireland
exchange resident am-
bassadors. This view was
strenghtened during the
four-day farewell visit
here of Gideon Rafael, the
outgoing Israeli Ambas-
sador to Great Britain
and Ireland.
Since the establish-
ment of diplomatic rela-
tions between Dublin and
Jerusalem Dec. 12, 1974,
Rafael has represented
his country in the Irish
Republic from the Israel
Embassy in London. He
has made periodic visits
to the Irish, capital, how-
ever. ,
Asked by journalists
here over the weekend if
resident ambassadors
might be exchanged,
Rafael said there would be
no impediment from the

Durbin Honors Million Sellers

Israeli side.
Rafael noted on that
occasion that although
Israeli-Irish relations
were formalized only two
years ago, each . country
had begun to court the
other much earlier at the
United Nations where
the Irish and Israeli dele-
gations sat side-by-side
and "held hands." Now,
Rafael observed, "the re-
lationship is legalized but
the young couple are still
living with their in-laws
in London and Berne," a
reference to the fact that
the Irish Embassy' in the
Swiss capital is responsi-
ble for relations with Is-
A foreign ministry
spokesman explained
that costs had kept Ire-
land from opening em-
bassies in many countries
with which it had dip-
lomatic relations.


Talmud Manuscript
Is 'Rediscovered'

A microfilm of a rare
Talmud manuscript, in
the possession of a
monastery in Spain, has
recently been "redisco-
vered" by Prof. Eliezer
Shimshon Rosenthal,
professor of Talmud at
the Hebrew University.
The manuscript is the
entire Tractate of Nezi---
kin ("Damages") of the
Palestinian Talmud
("Yerushalmi"), compris-
ing the subtractates of
Baba Kama, Baba Metzia
and Baba Batra.
The text may prove to
be of great importance t_o
the scholarly world be-
cause it is the only com-
plete one of the
Yerushalmi's Tractate
Nezikin besides that in-
cluded in the so-called
Leyden manuscript of the
complete Yerushalmi.
A microfilm of this man-
uscript has been in the col-
leCtion of the institute of
microfilmed Hebrew man-
uscripts of the Jewish na-
tional and'. university lib-
rary for many years.
Rosenthal accidentally
came across the text
While browsing through
the university's film of
microfilms of old manus-
cripts while investigating
a certain passage of the
Babylonian Talmud.

ally greater than the
eight percent indicated
because these statistics
reflected • only those
North Americans who
left for Israel with A-1
immigrant visas (tem-
porary resident) as a re-
sult of processing
through an Israel Aliya
Center and included
neither those who immi-
grated without assis-
tance nor those already in
Israel as students or
tourists who changed
their status to A-1.
The number of Israelis
who returned to Israel
with the assistance of the
Israel Aliya Center in-
creased 177 percent from
842 to 2,334.

AJCommittee Has
Oral History Unit

American Jewish Com-
mittee announced the es-
tablishment of the
Lautenberg Oral History
Collection of - EaSt Eu-
ropean Jewish Com-
munities, which will re-
cord the autobiographies
of a 'representative sam-
pling of Jews who lived in
Eastern Europe in the
first four decades of this
The new project will be
part of the Committee's
William E. Wiener Oral
History Library - and will
supplement the library's
efforts in documenting
aspects of 20th century
Jewish life.
In announcing the cre-
ation of the Lautenberg
Collection, Elmer L.
Winter, president of the
American Jewish Corn
mittee, explained that at
least 60 interviews would
be conducted within the
next year in the United
States, Canada, Argen-
tina, Israel, and in a
number of European
countries. •
Among the aspects of
East European Jewish
life that will be covered in
the interviews are: reli-
gious institutions and
practices, educational
opportunities, theater
and the arts, business
and family relationships,
and the status of women.


The Durbin Co., Real-
tors recently honored
Florece Abel, Shirley
Peisner, Judy Stein and
Vi Siegal for selling more
than $1 million 'in resi-
dential homes during
1976. The company also



honored Mary and Jess -
The honorees were
given gold awards recog-
nizing their membership
in the Million Dollar Sales
Club at the company din-

Segal Directs Purim Fete,
Seder Set at Haverim Home

A series of special holi-
day functions were intro-
duced at Haverim Home
on Evergreen in Detroit,
at a Purim festival
Saturday night.
Uri Segal directed
special, traditional Purim
activities for the resi-
dents and a group of
Segal is president of the
Israeli Student Organi-
zation and a graduate
student at Wayne State

Aliya, Return of Yordim Up

The` number of North
Americans who emi-
grated to Israel In 1976
showed a slight upswing,
according to statistics re-
leased by the Israel Aliya
Center. More - dramatic,
however, was the in-
creased number of Is-
raelis who returned home
to Israel in the same
According to statistics,
2,545 North Americans
were processed . through
16 offices of the Israel
Aliya Center in the
United States and
Canada in 1976 compared
to 2,357 in 1975:
A spokesman for the
center pointed out that
the overall increase from
North America was actu-

Friday, March 11, 1977 53

Harry Berlin, president
of the Association of
Jewish Retarded, greeted
the gathering.
Arrangements are being
made for a Seder for the
Haverim Home residents
and for their friends, to be
conducted on Saturday
evening, April 2.
The guests at the
Purim party were in
masks and a special music
program included Purim
ditties. There was an ex-
change of gifts.

Arafat Agrees to PLO-Jordan
Link in Geneva Peace Talks

CAIRO — Chances for the Palestinians attend as
resuming Middle East part of the Jordanian de-
peace talks in Geneva legation.
seemed to improve Tues-
Details of the connec-
day when Palestine Lib- tion remain vague, but a
eration Organization Palestinian official, said it
leader Yasser Arafat re- marked the "beginning of
portedly agreed to for- the return of Pales-
mally link his organiza- tinian-Jordanian rela-
tion with Jordan prior to tions to their proper
any reconvening of talks. framework."
The agreement came
during a luncheon be-
tween Arafat and Jor-
dan's King Hussein in
Cairo, where the two are
Downriver's first din-
attending the Afro-Arab ner theatre operation will
summit. It was their first open 7 p.m. tonight at the
face-to-face contact since Sheraton Motor Inn in
Hussein crushed Arafat's Woodhaven. Neil Sithon's
terrorist operations in "Plaza Suite" has been
Jordan in 1970.
slated as the Sheraton
The issue of how Pales- Dinner Theatre's pre-
tinians might be rep- miere production.
resented in Geneva talks
Included in the package
has been a major block to price is a complete dinner.
resumption. Israel ob-
"Plaza Suite" will be
jected to permitting -the staged by Evelyn Orbach,
Palestinians their own and Beverly Markowitz
delegation, but had agreed will act in the production.
to an Arab proposal that
Performances are
scheduled for weekend
evenings through the end
of April. For information,
call Sheraton Motor Inn,
West Bloomfield Sym- 676-8000.
phony Orchestra will per-
form 7:30 p.m. Sunday at
West Bloomfield High
School. John Trudell will
be featured in an original
HAIFA — Israel dip-
concerto for trumpet by lomat Emanuel Shimoni
David Van De Pitte.
has been appointed to the
Tickets are available by administrative staff of
calling the symphony of- the Technion-Israel In-
fice, 626-7337, and at the stitute of Technology and
will become director of
public affairs, according
'Bye Bye Birdie'
to an announcement by
at Southfield High
General (Res.) Amos
Horev, president of the
Southfield Senior High
School will present "Bye
Shimoni will supervise
Bye Birdie" 8 p.m. March
promotional activities as
18, 19, 25 and 26 in the
well as the' information
school auditorium.
program of the Technion.
There is a charge.
Ticket booth hours are
Because I am a Jew, I was
7:30 a.m.-8:55 a.m., noon-
Moses, challenger of justice,
2:30 p.m., and 7-8 p.m. on
pursuing kings.
performance nights.

Sheraton Opens
Dinner Theatre

Symphony Plans
Sunday Concert


Technion Names
Shimoni to Post

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