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July 13, 1979 - Image 8

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1979-07-13

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

8 Friday, July 13, 1919

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Begin Is Warmly Received at Alexandria Synagogue

ALEXANDRIA (JTA)
"You will have to ask the
permission of President
Sadat to take this book with

you," said Clement R. Set-
ton, president of the Jewish
community of Alexandria,
to Israeli Premier
Menahem Begin -as he
handed him an old Torah,
property of the Eliahu
Hanavi Synagogue.
Setton was serious. The
Torah he gave as a gift of the
community is one of 20 still
kept by the Jewish commu-
nity here, the symbolic re-
mains of a _once great com-
munity of 100,000 Jews.
The Torahs, are considered
antiquities, and by law they
cannot be given away with-
out specific permission of
the government.
Begin arrived at the
synagogue, some 200 yards
from the picturesque

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coast, ment.
Mediterranean
Begin, too, was visibly
shortly before his first meet-
ing with President Sadat. moved when the person
He looked relaxed after a saying the Minha prayers
lunch break, and visibly reached "Shema Yis-
pleased at yet another occa- rael." He stood at the
sion of linking Israel with front row • of the
the small Jewish commu- synagogue, with Dr.
Eliahu Ben-Elissar, di-
nity of Egypt.
The small Begin rector general of the
entourage arrived at the Premier's Office, and
synagogue, escorted by Yehiel Kadishai, his head
screaming sirens of the of bureau, standing be-
Alexandria police and side him.
"It was more than I ex-
cheered by crowds at the
entrance to the , petted. I thought Begin was
synagogue and crowding a very reserved man, but he
balconies overlooking let his feelings be shown," a
spectator said.
the building. _
The hall of the beautiful
Begin thanked his hosts
100-year-old synagogue with a brief speech, begin-
was packed, mainly with ning with "Shehekheyanu"
newsmen, but also the benediction. He recalled the
majority of the 250 mem- role the community had
bers of the community. played in ancient times, and
"This is the largest gather- mentioned the absorption of
ing we have ever had," said many of Alexandria's Jews
Ellie Danon, one of the in Israel. –
community's leaders. "It is
"Today I bring with me
even larger than on Yom the most important of mes-
Kippur."
sages — the message of
peace." He expressed the
The Alexandria commu-
hope that Alexandria Jews
nity was once one of the bet-
could soon join their
ter off and best organized families in Israel.
communities in _ the
Mideast, but with three
Following his breif
wars between Israel and speech, Begin kissed the
Egypt it gradually deter- Torah scrolls and once-
iorated to only a small again gave the
number of families, most of "Shehekheyane bless-
them aging.' Thus it was not ing.
_
the 90-year-old rabbi who _As he came out of the
led. the services, but one of building, the crowd on the
the community's dig- street greeted him with
nitaries.
chants of "Begin, Begin."
There were tears in the Obviously pleased at this
eyes of many of the women warm welcome, Begin
and the elderly who raised his arms and waved
attended the ceremony. back. His security guards
They held hands with Be- had to pull him back to the
gin, and some of them kis- car.
sed him, thanking the Is-
Another "security prob-
raeli premier for the mo-_, lem" occurred when Leah_

Mandelbaum, an elderly
Jewish resident of Alexan-
dria, made a point of hand-
g Begin two packages,
each containing a home-
baked cake. She had only
recently returned from a
brief visit to Israel, ar-
ranged with the personal
help of Israeli Defense
Minister Ezer Weizman.
She insisted that she be
allowed to hand the cakes to
Begin personalty — without
having her packages
checked by the police.
She did not accept the e
planation that no package
could be handed to the Pre-
mier without prior check-
ing. "You know 'who is
Mandelbaum?" She asked
the security guards, re-
counting the history of the
Mandelbaum family in
Jerusalem in fluent He-
brew. When the guards re-
fused to be convinced, Man-
delbaum warned them she
would complain to "Ezer
Weizman and Arik Sharon,
who received my gifts with;
out any suspicion."
The incident was solved
when one of the government
secretaries received the
package and promised to
hand it to Begin.

Tisha b'Av Folder

NEW_YORK— Cong. Kol
Yisroel Chaverim and its
Jewish Community Infor-
mation Council are making
available a free folder out-
lining the observance of
Tisha b'Av (Aug. 2).
To receive a copy, send a
request with a stamped,
self-addressed envelope to
Rabbi Rubin R. Dobin,
Tisha b'Av Home Reader,
39 Putnam Blvd., Atlantic
Beach, New York 11509. -

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