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August 29, 1980 - Image 15

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-08-29

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New Museum in Jerusalem
Displays Armenian Artifacts

away inside the yellow
Crusader walls of
Jerusalem's Armenian
Quarter are nearly 4,000
priceless manuscripts, an
international learning cen-
ter and one of the most re-
splendent churches in the
Middle East.
picturesque district
Mount Zion, thought
until now by passersby to be
only a haven of silent,
empty courtyards, now has
a new 20-room museum.
The exhibit, which occupies
the 19th Century seminary
building, gives the visitor a
glimpse of 15 centuries of
Armenian artistic life.
Jerusalem is the capital
of modern Israel, but the
holy city is also the center of
the Armenian diaspora
where Armenians, unable
to live a tolerable life in
their homeland located
today in the Soviet Union,
have gathered for centuries.
Armenians have been
in Jerusalem since the
First Century when an
Armenian legion fought

with the Roman coin-.
mander, Titus. By the
time the Persians in-
vaded Jerusalem in 614,
70 Armenian churches
dotted the city. The Per-
sians, however, de-
stroyed almost every-
But the Armenians, in
spite of their rugged history
here, have managed to
preserve a rich culture, as
evidenced by the treasures
filling the new Edward and
Helen Mardigian Museum
of Armenian Art. The Mar-
digians are Detroiters.
Included in the displays
are copperware, marble
friezes, mosaics, paintings
and liturgical books. Per-
haps most remarkable are
some of the famous manu-
scripts, each of which is
studded with precious
stones and considered price-
It was only after the re-
turn of the entire holy city
to Jewish sovereignty that
the Armenians confirmed
the existence of these trea-
sured illuminations during

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a special exhibition in 1969.
They had been hidden for
decades in the treasury of
the St. James Cathedral.
Most of the manuscripts
are still stored in the
cathedral which is the focal
point of the Armenian
Quarter. It is a veritable
storehouse of gold, silver,
and porcelain ostrich egg
lamps, Iznik tiling, faded
antique carpets and
shadowy canvases of Arme-
nian kings. The present -
cathedral which houses the
remains of two saints,
James the Greater and
James the Less, was built in
the 12th Century during the
Crusader occupation.

Friday, August 29, 1980 15


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The entrance and courtyard of the new Armenian
museum in Jerusalem.

Kentucky Fried Kosher

EL AVIV — The world's
gest kosher Kentucky
Fried Chicken restaurant
has been opened in Tel
The restaurant's owner,
Irving James, proudly dis-
plays the life-sized replica of
Colonel Sanders — the
"father" of Kentucky Fried
Chicken. The restaurant is
almost identical to others of
the chain of the same name,
from the cole slaw, French
fries and corn on the cob
served with each order to
the red uniforms of the
The only difference in
the ingredients of the
kosher version of the dish
is kosher chicken and a

milk substitute in the bat-
ter and James hopes to
attract observant Jewish
tourists who have never
sampled this brand of
fried chicken.
The first such restaurant
was opened last year as a
pilot in Herzliya. The two
are the first of a planned
chain of 30 to 40 outlets
James intends to establish
throughout the country.

Amusement that is exces-
sive and followed only for its
own sake, allures and de-
ceives us, and leads us down
imperceptibly in
thoughtlessness to the
— Pascal


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