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November 18, 1977 - Image 30

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1977-11-18

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3o Friday; Ndileinbei 18, 1477 .



Matmon-Cohen, Educator, Oldest Woman in Israel

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woman in Israel. was 106
years old when she died
P.O. BOX 1264
recently. She had been a
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TEL AVIV—Fania Mat-
teacher in the last century,
Tel. 584-5000
_ rrion-Cohen the oldest
was completely clear in her

The Jewish News
Special Israel Correspondent

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1111 1.-

mind until her last day and
followed the news and other
programs on the television.
She was the widow of Dr.
Yehuda Leib Matmon-
Cohen, who was born in
Russia and who was an
ardent Zionist. He died in
Tel Aviv 38 years ago, and
Fania had lived since then
alone in their old apartment
near the Habima Theatre.
Fania was born in Bialis-
tok, Poland. She studied in
the Universities of Zurich
and Berne in Switzerland,
afterwards returning to
teach in Bialistok, where
she founded the first
Hebrew-language kinder-
garten. She then married
Yehuda. who had also stud-
ied in Berne.
In 1905, the Matmon-
Cohens were invited to
Palestine to become teach-
ers at a school in Rishon
Zion. They were already
known as ardent Zionists
and excellent Hebrew teach-
ers in Bialistok.

Yehuda became the prin-
cipal of a primary school in
Rishon le-Zion. Fania was a
teacher under him, and they
had dreams of founding the
first Hebrew high school in
Eretz Yisrael. But this was
after the stormy Fifth Zion-
sit Congress at which Herzl
stood in the minority on the
Uganda question.

However, some partisans
of Herzl were ready to
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his efforts to found a high
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school in Rishon le-Zion, but
the language used in this
■ /-
school be Yiddish.
The Matmon-Cohens
moved to Jaffa, where they
lived in an old Arab house.
They founded the first
Hebrew high school with 17
pupils. These pupils were
poor for the most part. and
there were no Hebrew text
books to be found, so Fania
wrote and printed the first
mathematics text book, and
even cleaned the single
classroom herself.
After some years, the
high school moved to a big
building in the Jewish quar-
ter, Ahuzat Bait, at the head
of Herzl St. The school was
now called Herzlia High

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The foundation of the first
Hebrew high school was
cause for great enthusiasm
amongst Zionists all over
the world, and many of
them sent -their children to
the school. Many of these
pupils later on became lead-
ers of the Yishuv, such as
Moshe Shertok (Sharett),
Eliyahu Golonth, David
Hacohen, and famous jour-
nalists such as Uri Kesary,
Elhanan Zeitlin and others.

The high school building
became the social center of
Tel Aviv, where conven-
tions, theatrical perform-
ances and receptions for
important guests from
abroad took place. Among
those so honored here were
Hayim Nahman Bialik and
Prof. Josef Klausner.

When bloody clashes with
the Arabs of Jaffa broke
out, the high school building
served as headquarters of
the Hagana, and the Magen
David Adorn casualty sta-
tion was also located there.
In more peaceful times,
however a choir. an orches-
tra .and a dramatic circle
were also established in the
high school.
Over the years, many
teachers joined the staff of
the school. The Matmon-
Cohens took the initiative
for opening Hebrew high
schools in Jerusalem and
Ramat Gan.

After the death of her hus-
band, Fania continued her
active social life, with her
house being visited_by per-
sonalities of old Tel Aviv.

When the Tel Aviv City

Council decided 15 years
ago to demolish the historic
building of the Hebrew High
School and to permit the
building of the Shalom
Tower skyscraper on the
site, the decision gave rise
to anger and protest.
Among those who protested
was Fania, but. it did not
help - the necessary devel-
opment of the city left no
room for sentiment.
Fania was buried in the
old Tel Aviv cemetery ne - —
the grave of her late ht,
band, and close to the grave
of the first mayors *of Tel
Aviv. Meir Dizengoff and
Israel Rokach, and of great
men like Hayim Nahman
Bialik, Max Nordau, Shaul
Tschernikowsky, Hyaim
Arlosoroff. Moshe Sharett
and Eliyahu Golomb.

Yeshiva U. , Faculty Clash
Over Validity of Unionization


(Copyright 1977, JTA. Inc.)

NEW YORK—Yeshiva

University and a recently-
formed union of its faculty
members are locked in con-
flict over the university's
contention that university-
level faculty members in
general are not within the
jurisdiction of the National
Labor Relations Board,
which has certified the
Yeshiva University Faculty
Association (YUFA) as bar-
gaining agent for faculty
According to YUFA offi-
cials, certification processes
were started in 1974 through
the NLRB regional office in
New York City. At the end
of 1975, the regional office
ordered an election to deter-
mine whether YJJ faculty
members wanted to be rep-
resented by YUFA as their
bargaining agent.
The vote was 92 to 50 in
favor of YUFA in an Octo-
ber 1976 election. but one of
the ballot collectors was
mugged and robbed of his
ballots and a second ballot-
ing was necessary. It was
done by mail and completed
in December. The NLRB
then certified YUFA, but
the administration, headed
by Rabbi Norman Lamm,
the university's president
since mid-1976. refused to
deal with YUFA.

Dr. Lamm, in a general
letter dated Sept. 23 to "the
university family," said the
administration acted as it
did because it wanted to get
a court review of whether
"labor rules intended for
industry should be routinely
applied to a collegial setting
at a major university where
faculty have an integral role
in academic decision-
making. -

YUFA then charged the
administration with refusal
to bargain and filed a com-
plaint with the NLRB
regional office which
applied to NLRB headquar-
ters in Washington for a
summary judgement to

expedite resolution of the
dispute without a hearing.
The university opposed a
summary judgement and
the NLRB last February
held the university guilty of
unfair labor practices. and
ordered the university to
bargain with the NLRB and
to post notices of the NLRB
order. The administration
again balked. The NLRB
then filed an application to
the federal second circuit
court of appeals in New
York City on- Oct. 17 asking
the court to issue an order
to the university to comply.

Israel, Diaspora

Full Partners

Leon Dulzin, treasurer of

the Jewish Agency and
Likud's candidate to head
the World Zionist Organiza-
tion, says that the new gov-
ernment in Israel looks
upon the Jews of the Dia-
spora' as a full and equal

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Israel's moves toward a
free-market economy are
designed to attract more
foreign investment. A
strong point in Israel's
favor is that it has duty-free
access to the U.S. and the
Common Market for 2,700
industrial products. Israr' --
skilled labor is estimated
be percent cheaper than
labor in Western Europe.

Arabs 'Want
fmmio- rant Ban

At a recent conference of

Arab foreign ministers, the
text of a resolution to be
submitted to the United
Nations for adoption, was
drafted that would ban the
immigration of any person
to Isreal. Political observ-
ers have dismissed the pro-
posed resolution as

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