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128 Friday, September 25, 1981

THE DETROIT JEWISH HEWS

9sh, Hashana: Time for Retrospection, Rededication

By DVORA WAYSMAN

World Zionist Press Service

JERUSALEM — Rosh
Hashana has always been a
time for looking backward
as well as forward. We stand
at the threshold of a New

Year, but before we take our
first faltering steps, we try
to assess what went wrong

with last year's dreams.

Sometimes the blame is
ours, sometimes we feel that

circumstances over-
whelmed us. Usually we

have regrets.

Perhaps for the first time,
I am looking back with se-
renity. The year 5741 was
good for me personally, and
— with everything in
perspective —I think it was

a good year for Israel. We
didn't win any world popu-
larity polls for some of our
actions, like wiping out the
nuclear reactor ir•Baghdad
before it wiped us out or for

our pre-emptive strike
against terrorists in Beirut,

Jerusalem, Israel. It was support I feel in this Jewish
more than a physical state.
journey and it took me
Here in Israel, I also
half-a-lifetime. It was a found my roots and a heri-
spiritual journey which I tage. Judaism was a. burden
and, with God's help, will
began as an uninformed, to me in my youth, a social
continue to do so with
assimilated Jewess and handicap, an embarrass-
strength and dignity.
ended, detours not with- ment. Now it is a rich
standing, as a Zionist and treasure-house, a source of
Why was 5741 a good year
committed Jewess. strength and comfort. It is
for me? I didn't come into an
For I found many things an inexhaustible well of
inheritance, discover the
in Israel that have made my wisdom, and it is only in Is-
fountain of youth or even
life
rich and fulfilling. I rael that you can fully
have a face-lift. On the con-
found myself part of a fam- understand what it means
trary, it was even more dif-
ily. It is such a secure ex- to be a Jew. The Bible is a
ficult to cope with Israel's
spiralling inflation. Yet, perience emotionally to live living entity; its prophecies
among your own people. are fulfilled before your
when I look back, I smile.
Like any family, there are eyes. You walk the streets
A number of factors plenty of arguments, dif- where kings and prophets
contribute to this seren- ferences of opinion, even at walked; live your life in the
ity. The main one is that I- times bitterness. But they city of David.
continue to live in are still my people and I feel
I believe it is because I
Jerusalem, the abiding their caring in a million came to live in Israel that
capital of Israel. To me, ways.
I reached my potential as
this is a profound. mira-
I have travelled consider- a writer — certainly it
cle. I still think of it with a ably in my life, and lived in was Jerusalem that made
sense of wonder that I and loved other places. But me a poet. Poetry is an
made the journey from nowhere else haveI ever felt overflow of emotion, and
Melbourne, Australia to the sense of belonging and I experienced it in
Jerusalem for the first
time. I found words
shimmering and sparkl-
ing in a way they had
never
done before,
threading themselves
nearly all of the first edi- pertaining to German onto a jewelled necklace
tions of works by Moses
Jewry," including several that became poems.
Mendelsohn and the poet
thousand family trees and Prose was not adequate to
Heinrich Heine; and many
hundreds of family his- describe the sound of the
of the early classics of tories, some published and city . . . the sighing of pine
Zionism.
some in manuscript form, trees laden with secret sor-
Letters and manuscripts
which trace ancestry "to the rows; the sight of minarets,
from more than 150 literary
18th, 17th, and still earlier turrets and domes; masses
estates reflect the intellec-
centuries." of grey stone turned golden
tual life of German Jewry
Many regions are re- at dawn, deep indigo at
and a unique collection of presented in registers of dusk. The feel of cobbled
550 unpublished memoirs, vital statistics, including
streets under your feet in
written by Jews from 1790
Berlin, for which birth, the Old City. The perfume of
to 1945, offer insights into marriage and death re- Jerusalem in the early
the social and cultural as- cords are preserved for morning, wafting herb-
pects of their lives.
the period of 1714 to 1855.
laden from the Judean hills.

but Israel understandably
puts survival before popu-
larity. We have survived

Baeck Institute in NY Preserves
Rich History of German Jewry

By BEN GALLOB

(Copyright 1981, JTA, Inc.)

More than 3,000 volumes
in the 50,000-volume li-
brary of the Leo Baeck In-
stitute in New York City
tell the story of almost every
Jewish community in Ger-
many in their long and il-
lustrious history before the
Nazis destroyed most of
them, according to a report
in a recent issue of the
"Jewish Cultural News."
Not only the Jews of
Germany but also those of
Austria and other German-
speaking areas of Europe
are the concern of the insti-
tute. The report said that

"much of the work of collect-
ing, recording and preserv-
ing that culture is carried
out at the Baeck research
center."

Founded in 1955 to serve
as a research and study cen-

ter, the institute also has

archives and a museum.
The report said that while
sister institutes function in

London and Jerusalem,
only the one in New York
has a library and archives
"considered the outstanding
documentation center of its
kind in the Western hemi-
sphere."
tither books deal with
the general history of
German Jewry and cover
theology, philosophy and
literature. Also included
are family histories, re-
ports about business
enterprises owned by
Jews, and a rare collec-
tion of more than 700
preiodicals from the 19th
and 20th Centuries.

There are pamphlets by

Martin Luther about Jews;

The New York institute is
considered "the most impor-
tant specialized depository

of genealogical material

Ten t

By SIMON GRIVER

World Zionist Press Service

JERUSALEM — The
tennis revolution has made
further inroads into Israeli
- society during the last year.
The momentum of the
sport's rising popularity has
been maintained by the
opening of new centers in
Jerusalem and Ashkelon
and additional courts in

Jaffa. It is estimated that
tennis is now the country's

biggest participation sport.
Spearheading the revolu-
tion is the Israel Tennis
Centers organization (ITC),
whose project of establish-
ing 65 courts at seven cen-
ters catering to 85,000 chil-
dren is as much a social as a
sports program. Most of the
centers have been located in
poor neighborhoods and aim
to educate and better inte-
grate disadvantaged chil-
dren into society. The fact

In addition to serving as a The muted sounds, the
repository, the institute sense of history, the

sponsors research projects spiritual quality of this et-
and hosts seminars. ernal city.

Seven shofarim usher in the New Year at alb
Western Wall in Jerusalem.

I have always been a
writer, but it was only in Is-
rael that I really found
something to say. Last
Jerusalem Day, at a cere-
mony at City Hall, I re-
ceived an award from
Mayor Kollek for my writ-
ings about this city. It
seemed to me ironic that I
was accepting a prize for
what Jerusalem had given
me . . for I am its debtor,
not its benefactor.

So for me, 5741 was a good
year. And this year, as I step
as an Israeli into 5742, it
will not be with hesitancy
but with confidence in the
things I have found here —
my people, my faith, my
heritage. Israel has given
me untold riches that mul-
tiply in value every day that
I continue to live here, and
their bounty is inexhausti-
ble.

"Shaping A Poem"
by Dvora Waysman

Generations Td never known
Somehow had molded me
Into a Jew.

I sprinkled it with faith
Adding a new dimension
To my long-held belief
Of all that existed
Was what my senses knew,.
Now I had something more
than
Reality.

I added lots of vision
And a handful ordreams —
That there could be a homq-
land
For the lost and lonely
Ones who'd been discarded
By an uncaring world .. .
A refuge.

The garnish was the thrill
of building a new land
Where even a dead language
Sprang to life; and deserts
Were green with promise
Of tomorrow.

Finally the dedication
To those who gave their lives
I took a measure of yearning For a vision and a hope.
For something from the past. I found I'd made a poem
The longing forged a link
Of my life. Its name
Welding me to my people — Was "Israel."

Is Becoming Israel's Most Popular Sport-

that a team of world class
tennis youngsters has been
produced has added icing to
the cake.
The man behind ITC is

South African born Dr. Ian

Froman. The former Israel
Davis Cup captain got the
program underway despite
the indifference of the coun-
try's sporting authorities.
In 1976, the 16 court Ramat
Hasharon center was
opened with a 5,000-
capacity center court.
Training programs for 8-14
year olds were so successful
that it was decided to extend
the centers nationwide.
Most importantly, it
was discovered that chil-
dren brought to Ramat
Hasharon from poorer
areas began to show im-
proved behavior and to
gain a new enthusiasm
for life.
So centers were built in

Ya'acov Yona, chairman
the world's most talented
of the citizens committee of youngsters. Max Osheroff,
Katamonim spoke of a new 14, and Gilad Bloom, 13,
era of hope for the people of both winners of world titles,
his deprived neighborhood. were stars of a squad who
"In the past the people of had just returned from Bar-
Katamonim have felt angry celona, Spain where Israel
because they have been had finished second in the
overlooked," he said."Wedo 25-nation Coupe del Sol
not want charity but the championships. The cream
chance to show our ability of the country's players are
and the tennis center is the groomed at their local cen-
kind of sporting and educa- ters through extra training
tional facility that can and then sent to the Ramat
transform the lives of the Hasharon center for work
community's children."
outs with the nation's best.
Jerusalem
Mayor
The ITC program has
Teddy Kollek noted that been financed by world
GILAD BLOOM
the center will help inte- Jewry and the Katamonim
the northern, development grate the neighborhood and Ashkelon centers were
town of Kiryat Shmona
into the life of the capital financed through Project
(eight courts) and Jaffa (this
because children and Renewal by South African
year expanded to 17 courts).
adults will come to the and British Jewry, The
Police in the Ramat
Katamonim area from Ashkelon center -was
Hatamarim quarter of Jaffa
throughout the city to opened by hometown hero
(one of the country's tough-
play on the courts. "If the Shlomo Glick ste i n, now
est neighborhoods) reported
double aim of sporting 49th in the world tennis
that juvenile crime was cut
and social progress can ratings.
by halfin the first year that
be achieved here as
Later this year, ITC's
the center was open.
elsewhere in the country ambitious program will
In July, ITC officially
it will be a remarkable reach completion when cen-
opened their centers in the
success," he said.
ters are opened in Haifa
Katamonim quarter of
Kollek was then given a (eight courts) and Arad (five
Jerusalem (11 courts) and friendly reprimand by Fro- courts). But demand for
Ashkelon (17 courts). Here man for venturing onto the more facilities is bound to
too it is hoped that children courts without tennis shoes. mean continued expansion
will spend their time con- The crowd at the ceremo- and it was recently an-
structively, on the • tennis nial' Opening were then nounced by ITC that they
' etal\18% rather than getting 'treated to 'tt . display of re- will construct a center in
into trouble. . markabletennis by some of

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