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July 18, 1980 - Image 10

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-07-18

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10 Friday, July 18, 1980

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Track Measures Body Movement Galilee Kibutz Makes
Synagogue Furniture

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body's involvement in gait,
has been developed by Tel
Aviv University professors
Maurice Brull and Mircea
Arcan, recipients of an in-
ternational award last year
"for one of the 100 best
technological innovations of
the year" for their or-
thopedic instrument,
"Footprint," which meas-
ures the orthopedic condi-
tion of the foot.
The new walking track is
a further development of
the "Footprint" concept.
The track reflects and
measures the pressure of
the foot on the ground, and
combines this information
with measurement of body
movements, pinpointed in
every segment of the body to
afford a more complete pic-
ture.
Attached to an on-line
computer, the walking
track offers 30,000 differ-
ent measurements to
provide accurate numer-
ical, scientific analysis of

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JERUSALEM — "How
clever of you to build a
kibutz in such a beautiful
park" is a common remark
of tourists visiting Kibutz
Lavi, between Tiberias and
Nazareth in Lower Galilee.
Little do they realize that it
Tel Aviv University's worked the other way — the
new walking track for site, originally selected for
assessing body move- them in 1949 by the
authorities on the basis of
ments.
* * *
strategic considerations,
the details of locomotion. was just -a barren hill, its
The apparatus at the Tel two main features a surfeit
Aviv University School of of stones and the absence of
Engineering is used reg- water.
ularly in conjunction with
Kibutz Lavi (the name
Tel Hashomer (Sheba) Hos- dates back to the Jerusalem
pital, to analyze the re- Talmud and means "lion
quirements and progress of cub") was founded in 1949
prosthesis patients, by 50 settlers from England,
wounded soldiers and other who were members of
rehabilitation patients. Bachad — Bnei Akiva reli-
Even patients with a stroke gious Zionist Movement.
or brain damage can benefit
The site allowed them to
by accurate assessment of control ,movement on. the
damage to gait and to var- main road from Tiberias to
ious parts of the body, and Nazareth and Haifa in those
their rehabilitation pro- troublesome and dangerous
gram may be guided accord- days.
ingly.
Stone after stone was re-
The instrument allows for moved by hand to clear
an accurate design of im- tracts of land which today
plants and artificial limbs are fields, gardens and or-
before surgery. It has been chards. Water was brought
found that patients can be in a tank on the back of a
taught different patterns of truck until — after several
walking than what they years — a spring of fresh
have been accustomed to, to clean water was discovered
relieve inordinate and which still supplies the
dangerous force on the knee kibutz along a 12-mile
or the hip.
pipeline.
The Tel Aviv University
Kibutz Lavi's beautiful
team has most recently synagogue was built in
been requested to test 1959. The design was based
fatigue by measuring gait. on the ruins of synagogues
Both the Israel Ministry of dotted all over Galilee, dat-
Defense and physicians ing back to the First and
using kidney dialysis Second Centuries CE. The
machinery who are in- members did all the wood-
terested in assessing work themselves — the
fatigue quantitatively have beautiful Aron Kodesh and
requested the team of scien- the seating, never dreaming
tists to establish guidelines that this would lead to the
to reveal and measure establishment of their new
fatigue.
industry.
Today Kibutz Lavi is the
largest manufacturer of
synagogue furniture in Is-
rael, and also exports to Au-
stralia, the U.S., Holland
and Belgium. It has fur-
nished some 30 synagogues
throughout the world, as
well as about 450
synagogues and institu-
tions in Israel itself.
Production manager and
design engineer is Moshe
Devere, a genial kibutznik
who came from the U.S. in
1966. Although he had no
formal experience, he be-
came proficient with on-
. the job training as well as

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reading extensively all the
latest technological litera-
ture and taking special
courses from time to time.
The enterprise has re-
cently been branching out
into contemporary furni-
ture but this will always be
secondary to Lavi's spe-
cialty, synagogue furniture.
The factory, operated by
30 workers, is a big com-
plex, of which Moshe De-
vere is justly proud, T'
noise level is high, and
the workers wear earmuffs
as they operate enormous
automated lathes, planers,
drills and routers. The
machinery is the latest
available including a Savi
guillotine cutter imported
from Denmark and a San-
dingmaster from Holland.
Most of the lumber used
in the benches is beech, im-
ported from Yugoslavia. It
is a hard wood with an at-
tractive grain, and is One of
the few types of wood avail-
able that people can still af-
ford to buy, as it costs half
the price of teak or oak.
The factory boasts a large
kiln in which lumber is
dried for several weeks.
This makes the wood hyd-
roscopically balanced for
the Israel climate. The end
products can then be used in
synagogues as, far apart as
on the coast or in the middle
of the desert, with no chance
of the wood cracking or
warping.
A unique electronic Blue-
ing process further guaran-
tees the durability of the
product.
The factory, which con-
centrates on synagogue and
yeshiva benches and lec-
terns, brings in artisans and
craftsmen from outside the
kibutz for special jobs.
Every effort is made to
ensure that the furniture is
strong, comfortable and
aesthetically pleasing, be-
fitting a house of worship.
Any design can be made
to order to client's specifica-
tions and, in conjunction
with an architect or interior
designer, to suit the specific
needs of a congregation.
Before accepting an or-
der, a representative of the
factory always visits the
synagogue to discuss the de-
sign of the furniture. The
result — worshippers in 500
synagogues all over the
Jewish world are witness to
the beauty and durability of
furniture produced 135
Kibutz Lavi in the hills of
Galilee.



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