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April 10, 1981 - Image 54

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1981-04-10

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

54 Friday, April 10, 1981

French Chief Rabbi Installed 'Breakfast With Bar Ilan'

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PARIS (JTA) — France's
newly-elected chief rabbi,
Rene Sirat, on Sunday
warned that "many dangers
threaten France's Jews but
none as grievous as the risk
of losing their Jewish iden-
tity." Sirat, who was speak-
ing at the ceremony during
which he assumed his office,
said that this process "has
already started and is now
in the midst of a slow _but
dramatic evolution."
The 51-year-old Sirat was
elected last June to replace
Chief Rabbi Jacob Kaplan.
A former teacher and
educator, the new chief

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rabbi is the second-
Sephardi in France's his-
tory to assume the function.
To mark the universality of
his role, Sirat asked that
prayers recited during the
ceremony should reflect all
trends in religious Judaism.
Rabbi Kaplan recited the
traditional blessings and
warned Sirat that he will
serve at a time of crisis and
difficulties in French Jew-
ry's history. Among those
attending the ceremony
were a personal representa-
tive of the French president,
former Premiers Jacques
Chirac and Michel Debre,
Senate President Alain
Preparing for the Breakfast with Bar-Ilan pro-
Poher, the president of the gram, are, seated, from left: Nora Lessman, Sharon
European Parliament Mrs. Hart and Susie Pappas; and standing, from left:
Simone Veil, the ministers Malka Gordon, Beverly Laker, Diane Klein and Leila
of the interior and labor as Stollman.
well as representatives of
Plans are under way for the Israeli university.
the Catholic church, the
the
American Women for
Working on ar-
Federation of Protestant
Churches and the Paris Bar-Ilan University's rangements for the meeting
spring meeting, entitled are: Frieda Stollman,
Mosque.
Among the dangers "Breakfast With Bar-Ilan," president; and Sheri Brown,
which threaten the to be held May 6 in the home Fayga Dombey, Malka Gor-
French Jewish commu- of Barbara Stollman, 2688 don, Sharon Hart, Doreen
nity, Sirat enumerated Indian Mound Rd. S., Bir- Hermelin, Diane Klein, Be-
verly Laker, Linda Lee,
"pseudo - scientific mingham.
Terran Leemis, Nora
theories" which want to
The meeting will feature Lessman,- Jacqueline Mil-
prove that the Holocaut
never existed and the fact the presentation of "The grom, Judith Naftaly, Bar-
that six months after the Tzviling" by the Festival bara Nusbaum, Susan Pap-
Rue Copernic bomb at- Dancers of the Jewish pas, Rose Schlussel, Merle
tack the culprits have not Community Center and a Solway, Mrs. Stollman,
yet been identified and report by Joanne Zuroff on Leila Stollman and Mrs.
her family's recent visit to Zuroff.
arrested.
In a reference to the re-
cent election of a converted
Jew, Jean-Marie Lustiger
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Begin will be the new
as archbishop of Paris, Sirat Four nominees of ambas- ambassador to South Af-
warned against the "in-
rank were ap- rica, taking over from
creasingly flimsy line sadorial
proved
by
the Cabinet Sun- former Shin Bet (secret)
separating Jews from
day
in
a
list
of more than 20 service) chief Yosef
Christians." He warned,
selected by Foreign Minis- Harmelin who has served
"You can't be both: you are
in Pretoria for the last
either a Christian or a Jew." ter Yitzhak Shamir for var- two- years. Yosef Hadass,
ious
diplomatic
posts
By a strange twist of his-
who served in Cairo for a
tory, the new chief rabbi's around the world.
time as Minister-
Moshe
Sasson,
a
veteran
first official function will be
Counselor under Ben-
to recite Kadish at the tomb diplomat well versed in the Elissar has been named
language
and
culture
of
the
of a converted Jewish
ambassador to Denmark.
Catholic priest. Fr. Jean Arab world, was named Is-
Sasson, the senior among
new ambassador to
Braun, 74, who died Satur- rael's
them,
was formerly Ambas-
Egypt.
He
will
replace
day and requested in his
sador to Italy and has
Eliahu
Ben-Elissar
who
res-
will that the chief rabbi re-
served more recently as a
cite the prayer as "I always igned to run for the Knesset "special adviser" to the
on
the
Likud
ticket.
felt close to Judaism, the
Yitzhak Ben-Ari, another Foreign Minister on Euro-
religion of my parents." Fr.
pean relations. He is a son of
Braun had been active dur- experienced diplomat, will the late Eliahu Sasson who
be
ambassador
to
West
ing World War II in the
replacing Yoha- undertook diplomatic mis-
French resistance, had Germany,
nan
Meroz
who has served sions for the Jewish Agency
saved countless Jews from
in
Bonn
for
nearly five before the state was founded
deportation and was
and later served as a minis-
counted as one of the Right- years.
Eliahu Lankin, a ter in cabinets headed by
eous Gentiles by Yad Vas- 'Jerusalem attorney and Premier David Ben-Gurion.
hem in Jerusalem.
He was one of several close political supporter
Catholic priests of Jewish of Premier Menahem Terrorists Held
origin, like Fr. Gasberg who
TEL AVIV (JTA) — The
died last month, who had Ruling Boosts
IDF acknowledged that it
openly assumed their Religious Rights
detained two residents of
Judaism during the Nazi
WASHINGTON — The Toulin village in south
occupation of France.
Supreme Court ruled Mon- Lebanon, target of 12 Gt
day that states may not week's Israeli infantry
No Landslide
deny unemployment com- in which houses that 'al-
TEL AVIV (ZINS) — The pensation to persons who legedly sheltered terrorists
newspaper Haaretz has quit their jobs because they were blown up.
editorialized that Israelis believe it violates their reli-
The detainees, suspected
are not prepared to give the gious faith.
of collaborating with Pales-
Labor Alignment an over-
By a vote of 8-1 (only Jus- tine Liberation Organiza-
whelming victory in the tice William H. Rehquist tion terrorists who attacked
June elections.
dissented) the court decided Israel in the past, were
The paper said many vot- that Indiana officials must brought to Israel for ques-
ers are not convinced that pay unemployment benefits tioning, the army said.
Another Toulin resident
Shimon Peres will be to Eddie C. Thomas, a
superior to Menahem Be- Jehovah's Witness who vol- was handed over to the Is-
gin. The paper said Labor untarily left a position with raelis several months ago
may be hurt by its hopes for an East Chicago manufac- by Maj. Saad Haddad's
an absolute majority that turing company after he Christian forces and is cur-
will not need coalition was transferred to a di- rently serving a five-year
partners, and few voters be- vision that produces tanks prison sentence for alleged
lieve_ Labor can quickly for the military. Jehovah's collaboration with the ter-
solve Israel's economic Witnesses prohibit military rorists who attacked Kibutz
Misgav Am last year.
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