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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-09-09

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

MRS. BENE FEIGENSON

AND FAMILY

25990 Harding Sq., Oak Park
Wish all their family and friends
a happy, healthy New Year

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a happy and healthy New— Year
to all our children, grandchildren
and great-grandchildren, friends
and relatives

MR. AND MRS. HYMAN GREENBAUM

Miami Beach

May The New Year Bring
Health, Happiness and
Peace To All Our Friends
Relatives and the World

MR. & MRS. DAVID IWREY

Southfield

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To Our Relatives

and Friends

MR. & MRS. NATHAN 1. GOLDIN

Small Swiss Jewish Community
Seen Active, Unhampered by Peers

By TAMAR LEVY

(Copyright 1977. JTA; Inc.)

GENEVA—There are on-
ly 21,000 Jews in Switzer-
land out of a population of
6,440,000. But they form an
active community, alert to
local problerns and deeply
interested in Jewish over-
seas affairs, especially the
well-being of Israel. Switzer-
land, after all,. is the coun-
try where the Zionist move-
ment was founded by Theod-
or Herzl in the famed Basel
Casino where the first
World Zionist Congress con-
vened in 1897.
There are some 3,300
Jews in Geneva and while
they form a cohesive com-
munity, they also reflect
the diversity of Jewish life.
There is the Sephardic com-
munity, the liberal commu-
nity and the Orthodox com-
munity, the latter of Hun-
garian origin.
Until recently there was
a small English-speaking
Jewish community compos-
ed of about a dozen fami-
lies from Anglo-Saxon coun-
tries who worked for vari-
ous international organiza-
tions or business concerns.
But most of them have left
as a result of the economic
recession and the decline of
the dollar relative to the
Swiss franc.
The Swiss Federation of
Jewish Communities, em-
bracing 24 communities

BEST
WISHES
TO THE
COMMUNITY



EDW. C. LEVY CO.
LEVY FAMILY

with a total membership of
about 20,000, held its annual
general meeting in Lau-
sanne. The subjects on the
agenda were, with one ex-
ception, indicative of inter-
ests and concerns of Jews
throughout the free world.
These included the plight of
Jews in the Soviet Union
and Syria and assimilation
among the younger gener-
ation.
The exception was Swit-
zerland's 85-year-old law
barring ritual slaughter,
which the Jewish commu-
nity has tried in vain to
have rescinded. Even Jews
who are not observant re-
gard the law as a measure
of discrimination against re-
ligious minorities—Moslems
as well as Jews—who live
in Switzerland and a breach
of freedom of religion.
The bill was originally
adppted in 1892 under pres-
sure from anti-Semitic ele-
ments. Those who favor it,
notably the League Against
Cruelty to Animals, claim
that ritual slaughter is in-
humane. Despite Jewish ef-
forts, the Swiss Parliament
recently voted 23-8 against
modifying the law.
The Swiss, generally,
take a favorable view to-
ward Israel. Earlier this
year the six ministers who
comprise the government of
the Canton of Zurich, vis-
ited Israel for a week's
study tour. The group was
headed by Alfred Mosdorf,
Prime Minister of the Zur-
ich Canton, who is also pres-
ident of the Swiss-Israeli
Friendship Association. It
was the first time that the
ministers visited any for-
eign country as a group and
their trip was interpreted
as agesture of great friend-
ship •4or Israel.
In another event, mem-
bers of the Swiss govern-
ment joined the Israeli Am-
bassador, Yaakov Shimoni
and local Jews at ceremo-
nies in Basel marking the
76th anniversary of the
founding of the Jewish Na-
tional Fund.
Swiss newspapers were
alarmed when the elections
in Israel last May 17 re-
sulted in a victory for Men-
ahem Begin's Likud Party.
The Tribune de Geneve
wrote that the new alliance
between Likud and the reli-
gious parties posed a threat
to Israel's democracy and
the growing influence of re-
ligious elements in Israel
ran counter to the world
trend toward liberalization.
Other papers predicted that
the new government would
be uncompromising in its
foreign polity and reac-
tionary in domestic policy.
The reaction in the Jew-
ish community was similar
and some influential Jewish
leaders threatened to stop
their contributions to Is-
rael. But both the press and

Some historians believe
that Rosh Hashana was.
first celebrated in the au-
tumn, and was later shifted
to the first day of Nisan,
corresponding to the vernal
equinox. The date was
shifted again to the first of
Tishri in post-biblical
times.

the Jewish community
changed their opinions after
Begin's meetings with Presi-
dent Carter July 19-20. They
saw the new Israeli leader
not as a former terrorist
but as a clever politician
who, at least in his first
month in office, made no
mistakes. The Swiss were
impressed by the fact that
Begin retained most of the
civil servants of the former
Labor-led government and
appointed Moshe Dayan as
foreign minister. That step
was very favorably accept-
ed here.
The Swiss press com-
mented extensively on the
Carter-Begin meetings
which they viewed as cru-
cial to U.S.-Israeli relations
and to a Middle East
peace.

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Frida Se tember 9 19

MRS. ROSE
BECKERMAN

trishrs all her friends,,
relatives and Charerim
happ. v, healtlrl - and
Pcmilal Neu' I ear -

Mrs. Louis Bookspan

Southfield
wishes all her relative
and friends a good ant
healthy New Year

MRS. SAMUEL HEYMAP

1200 California St.
San Francisco, Calif.

wishes all her family ai
friends a happy ar
healthy New Year

MR. & MRS. BERNIE MARKOFI
& FAMILY

Oak Park

wish their friends &
relatives a Healthy &
Happy New Year.

IRENE and ARTHUR KEPES
3030 Marcos Dr., Bldg. T-205
N. Miami Beach, Fla. 33160
wish all their friends and
relatives a happy, healthy Year

May the new year bring the
blessings of health and happiness
to all our family and friends
ALYCE & MAURY LEVIN

To All Our Relatives and Friends
New Year Greetings
for health and happiness from the South
SOPHIE and SAM LEZELL

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May the New Year bring health and
peace to all our relatives and friends

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MARVIN & GLORIA BOOKSTEIN

and Debbie, Peggy& Lori

Southfield

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4101110 MIMED ,

MR. & MRS. SEYMOUR IWREY
and MARTIN & CHERYL

wish their family and friends
a year of health,
peace & happiness

May This New Year
bring health,
happiness and
Peace to Mankind
the World over

DR. AND MRS.
LEON FILL
NORMAN and CAROLE

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