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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-11-28

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28 Friday, November 28, 1980

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By MOSHE RON

The Jewish News Special
Israel Correspondent

TEL AVIV — On the eve
of Yom Kippur 25 years ago,
the Jewish Agency brought
36 families from Tunisia
and Morocco into the Negev
Desert to a spot near the
road to Sdom. Barracks
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trucks they were brought
from Haifa.
When they saw the des-
erted place in the desert
they claimed they had been
misled: They had been
promised apartments 15
miles from Tel Aviv and
now they were in the desert
25 miles from Beersheba,
without roads, electricity,
water installations and
telephones. They refused to
leave the trucks.
A strong sandstorm swept
through the desert. When
the newcomers finally
entered the barracks, they
found beds, tables, chairs,
eating utensils and a stove.
In every barrack was a
primitive toilet and shower.
The newcomers were
desperate and tired from
the journey but in a rela-
tively short time the
scenery changed. A road
was built connecting Di-
mona with Beersheba to
the north and Sdom and
Eilat to the south. Some
settlers got jobs in the
pottash works at the
Dead Sea or with the
Solel Boneh construction
firm. Electricity was pro-

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pick up the phone and share your feelings.
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assistance, you get the same low rate as dialing direct. Just tell
the Operator the country, city name and local number you want, and get
ready to wish them "Mazel Tov."
P.S. Nearly everyone can dial direct to most telephones in Canada,
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Bell System

Town Is Now 25

vided by generators.
Water installations were
put in, telephones in-
stalled, etc. All this took
about three years.
In. the beginning, trucks
provided communication
with the outside world.
They also served as ambu-
lances for the transfer of
pregnant women to the hos-
pital.
A workers committee was
established. Once a week a
teacher with an accordian
came to teach the
youngsters to sing and
dance. The few pioneers
dreamed that Dimona
would one day become a set-
tlement of 5,000 inhabi-
tants.
Today, after 25 years, the
mayor of Dimona, Knesset
member Jaques Amir,
speaks with great pride
about the achievements of
this town with a population
of 30,000. It is the biggest
development town in the
Negev, a booming town
with industrial enterprises,
a network of schools, gar-
dens and even luxurious vil-
las.
There are 13,000 pupils in
the schools, 70 kindergar-
tens, 12 high schools and a
music conservatory with
700 children. The late Fi-
nance Minister Pinhas
Sapir dedicated much of his
time to create an economic
basis for this town.
Dimona has an area of
7,500 acres. The largest
part of its settlers come
from Africa and only 15
percent from European
countries. A small
number come from Asia.
The mayor foresees a
population of 50,000 dur-
ing the next 10 years and
economic conditions
which would provide
work for thousands of
newcomers. He wants to
establish in. Dimona a
branch of Ben-Gurion
University.
Inhabitants cooperate in
the development of the
town. Mayor Amir does his
best to make his town into a
spiritual center for Jews
from North Africa.
A magnificent cultural
center is planned, along
with facilities for tourists.
The construction of the new
military airfield near Tel
Malhata will also have a
positive influence on the
development of the town.
The municipality plans to
build a sports stadium,
hotels, parks and thousands
of apartments for settlers.
The town already has a
youth orchestra, a theater
and dance group, a choir
and a folklore troupe.
The town was beauti-
fully decoared for the
25th anniversary cele-
bration. In the hall were
the first 36 families who
came to Dimona 25 years
ago. They were seated on
the stage and received
certificates from Mayor
Amir.
Israeli President Yitzhak
Navon said in his speech,
"Dimona is a symbol for our
people. They are capable of
creating; in the heart of the
desert a blooming town was

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built up by simple pioneers.
They could have gone -- 25
years ago — to another
place and not into the wild
desert, but, they have de-
cided to stay in Dimona. It
was their ambition to
realize their vision, spirit
and ideal. Dimona is a beau-
tiful sparkling town with a
strong attraction."
Premier Menahem Begin
sent a letter to the celebra-
tion and Interior Minister
Yosef Burg conferred upon
Dimona the status of a city.
The anniversary celebra-
tions will last in different
forms until Independence
Day in May 1981. The cor-
nerstone of a building in the
name of the chaiman of the
International Sephardi
Federation, Nessim Gaon,
will be laid. The building
will be a center for cultural
and social programs.

REHOVOT — The
Wolfgang Gentner Chair in
Nuclear Physics was re-
cently established at the
Weizmann Institute of Sci-
ence. It was Gentner who
contributed to the develop-
ment of close ties between
members of the scientific.
community in Israel and
their colleagues in the Fed-
eral German Republic.
Prof. Uzy Smilansky is
the first occupant of the
chair.

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