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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, May 29, 1981

7

An Historic Clock Marks A Salute to Jerusalem Day

(Continued from Page 1)
according to the season.
The most conspicuous of
the five sun dials comprises
a semi-circle with_ a stick
hung above indicating the
hour. But below and barely
visible in the outside win-
dows above the commem-
oration plaque are four of
the most sophisticated sun
dials ever designed. They
tell not only the time, but
also the day and the month.
One of them has a metal
which indicates the
her of hours to the next
ti 1 e for prayers.
It took Moshe Schapira
39 years to calculate the
necessary angles and
days to set this latter sun
dial in motion. His grasp
of astronomy and math-
ematics and their rela-
tionship with time at-
tracted the attention of
the local Arabs, who of-
fered him phenomenal
sums of money to devise a
similar time piece for the
Mosque of Omar. But
Schapira refused be-
cause as an Orthodox
Jew he was forbidden to
set foot on the site of the
Mosque which is built on
the ruins of the destroyed
Temples.
The tower and immigrant
shelter itself were built in
1906 through the endeavors

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of Samuel Levy. He toured Olives to witness the sun-
the United States where he rise and Bayit Vegan for
raised the necessary funds. sunset, so as to be sure they
Levy, a tailor from Eastern prayed at the right times.
Europe. was weak on his _ - In 1941 the interior of the -
English spelling and the shelter was destroyed by
name plaque talks of fire. The clocks and semi-
"Jmmigrants" and "Filan- circular sun dial were
thropists."
broken and badly charred.
The institution served as As the years passed, the
an invaluable hostel and magnificent time pieces
soup kitchen for those who were forgotten, even by
had arrived penniless in the most Jerusalemites.
Holy Land. The clocks and
"The tower came to
sun dials provided a vital
service for the local Or- light again several years
thodox community. In those ago," recalls David
days Orthodox Jews would Gaulan, chief planner
often trek to the Mount of and evironmental de-

June 7 Outdoor Celebration
Will Mark Jerusalem Day

Eric Rosenow and His munity Center. Beverages
Continentals will be the and Israeli snack food items
highlight of the entertain- will be available for sale.
In addition to the musical
ment offered at the
Jerusalem Day celebration entertainment, the fes-
being planned by the De- tivities will include pre-
troit Zionist Federation for sentation of the colors by
1 p.m. June 7, in Oak Park the Jewish War Veterans, a
presentation sent by the
Major Park.
Families are being mayor of Jerusalem, Teddy
encouraged to bring picnics Kollek, to the mayor of Oak
and spend the day to celeb- Park, David Shepherd, a
rate the 14th anniversary of short dance program and an
the re-unification of address by the president of
Jerusalem. In case of rain, the DZF, Sol Lachman.
The DZF is selling "One
the program will be held in
the Jimmy Prentis Morris Jerusalem" T-shirts in
Branch of the Jewish Corn- honor of Jerusalem Day.

signer of the Jerusalem
Municipality. "We were
considering the possibil-
ity of widening the Jaffa
,,Road at._Mahane. Yehuda
market which has be-
come a notorious traffic
bottleneck. But we had to
give up this approach of
solving the problem be-
cause each building was
steeped in history and
cound not be knocked
down. We decided to re-
store the clocks rather
than put them in a
museum."
The semi-circular sun
dial was measured precisely
and replaced with a new
face. The city was scoured
for a suitable watchmaker
and eventually an artisan
was found who combined a
light aluminum alloy with
an electric motor to get the
hands moving.
So once more the clocks
tick away as the crowds
seethe in the market be-
neath. The Municipality is
now seriously considering
renovating the upper floors
and converting them into a
museum. The gound floor
remains in use as a
synagogue and everyday an
estimated 2,000 worship-

pers slip in to say their
prayers. Among these are
two of Samuel Levy's sur-
viving sons, Abba and Shi-
mon, both in their 70s. The
synagogue is decorated by
many of Abba's drawings.
As Mayor Teddy Kollek
remarked, Jerusalem is an
ancient and historic city but
not one in which time
stands still.

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Abu-Hatzeira Splits the NRP
After Acquittal, New Charges

JERUSALEM (JTA) —
Religious Affairs Minister
Aharon Abu-Hatzeira, ac-
quitted of bribery charges
this week in one court while
being indicted on new
charges in another court,
broke away from the Na-
tional Religious Party and
announced that he will run
for the Knesset on June 30
at the head of a new reli-
gious list.
His surprise move was a
severe blow to the NRP, al-
ready split by factional dis-
putes and now split along
Sephardi-Ashkenazi lines.
Abu-Hatzeira, who is
Moroccan by birth, frankly
acknowledged that there
are now two "NRPs," one
headed by Yosef Burg,
Zevulun Hammer and
Yehuda Ben-Meir who are
Ashkenazim, and the other
by Oriental Jews. He deliv-
ered a further surprise by
announcing that the
mber two man on his list
j be former Agriculture
Minister Aharon Uzan of
the Labor Alignment. The
third place will be held by
another NRP defector, MK
Benzion Rubin. Both men
are Sephardim.
Abu-Hatzeira said he
established his new list —
Tami Tenuat Massoret
Israel (Movement for Is-
rael's Tradition) because
the NRP did not really
want him but intended to
use him to attract
Sephardi voters. Ham-
mer, who is education
minister in the Likud-led
goverment, made a last-
ditch effort to persuade
Abu-Hatzeira to change

So

his mind but conceded
that "the case is closed,
there is nothing more to
talk about."
The new indictment,
submitted to the Tel Aviv
district court, charged
Abu-Hatzeira — as mayor
of Ramle from 1975 to 1977
— with deceit, violation of
trust and conspiracy. He is
accused of receiving money
improperly from the Inter-
ior Ministry, allocated for
the Ramle municipality,
and of stealing government

funds as mayor.
The Jerusalem court
ruled unanimously in re-
jecting two of the old
charges — those charging
bribes and grants involving
the religious institutions in
Bnai Brak and the Vishnitz
Hasidic community.

On another charge in-.
volving the Spinka Hasidic
Yeshiva, two of the judges
found reasonable doubt and
one favored complete ac-
quittal.

Schmidt Speaks Out on PLO,
Re-Affirms Support for Israel

WASHINGTON (JTA) —
Chancellor Helmut
Schmidt of West Germany
maintained that he agreed
with the Arab view that if
the West alienates the
Palestinians, it drives them
towards the Soviet Union.
At the same time,
Schmidt stressed that West
Germany's attitude toward
the Palestine Liberation
Organization depends on
the PLO recognizing Is-
rael's right to exist.
The West German policy
in the Middle East was the
subject of discussion last
week between Schmidt and
a seven-member delegation
of the Conference of
Presidents of Major Ameri-
can Jewish Organizations.
After the meeting at
Blair House, Howard
Squadron, the Presidents
Conference chairman,
said he was "still some-
what concerned about
the position that Ger-

many and the rest of the
European nations have
taken with respect to the
European initiative" and
also about the abstention
by the Europeans at the
United Nations and its
specialized agencies,
presumably on anti-
Israel resolutions.
At the same time, Squad-
ron said Schmidt had as-
sured the Jewish leaders
that there was "no change"
in West Germany's long
commitment to Israel and to
the Jewish people and to
Schmidt's belief that West
Germany "has a special re-
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