100%

Scanned image of the page. Keyboard directions: use + to zoom in, - to zoom out, arrow keys to pan inside the viewer.

Page Options

Share

Something wrong?

Something wrong with this page? Report problem.

Rights / Permissions

The University of Michigan Library provides access to these materials for educational and research purposes. These materials may be under copyright. If you decide to use any of these materials, you are responsible for making your own legal assessment and securing any necessary permission. If you have questions about the collection, please contact the Bentley Historical Library at bentley.ref@umich.edu

May 06, 1983 - Image 58

Resource type:
Text
Publication:
The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-05-06

Disclaimer: Computer generated plain text may have errors. Read more about this.

Friday, y 6 193

iNE DETROIT OMB NEWS

,

Moroccan

By ARNOLD AGES

__.



--

Jewish Tales Published in Canada by Professor

Sephardic Jews of Moroccan tales when he was _ap-
Elbaz pointed out that the part of oral history it was
TORONTO (JTA) — origin living in Canada. In proached by Canada's Moroccan Sephardim who natural for them to become mation to be found among a
population often victimized
Andre Elbaz, a professor of an interview with the Museum of Man. "That in- came to Canada were under involved in collecting and
French at Carleton Univer- Jewish Telegraphic stitution has been compil- no danger of physical vio- transmitting these mate- and persecuted by its Arab
hosts.
sity in Ottawa, has just Agency, Elbaz, who was ing folk tales of all kinds of . lence in Morocco when they rials."
written a book celebrating born in Meknes, indicated Canadian ethnic groups arrived here in the 1960s
"One of the interesting
the oral tradition of that his book, "Tales of the such as the Inuit (Eskimo) and 1970s.
differences I noted be-
DESIGNS
Canadian Sephardim" (Fit- and I thought that the
Moroccan Jews came tween women's stories
• • • • • • • • • zhenry & Whiteside) was Moroccan Jews in Canada
IN DECORATOR

have them
• written in response to an deserved recognition as to Canada because the and men's is that the
LAMINATE.S
.
Canadian Jewish Con- former often reflected
• REMEMBER YOUR AFFAIR' • invitation from the well."
gress was able to obtain a secular influences while

• Museum of Man in Ottawa.
For high quality
The Carleton profes- preferred immigration the latter mirrored more
with


Formica
Elbaz grew up in Morocco, sor, who has written ex- status for them he said. pious preoccupations.
• COMPUTER PORTRAITS •
came to maturity in France tensively on French-
"Secondly, Moroccan The reason is simple; men
Always at

Jew
themes, ex -
there completed his Jewish
-1 • Framed Pictures,
• university studies in plained that after the dis- Jews who came to Canada went to the synagogue.
a great discount
There
they
studied
and
were
highly
literate
in
• Posters, T-Shirts, Etc. • French literature. "I have so
solution of the Moroccan French and since many of read from the - Torah,
From our designs
• • -BANQUETS, PARTIES • • been interested in the folk Jewish community (in them
had been associated Midrash and Talmud.
or yours...for your
the
wake
of
Israel's
's birth
home or office
• WEDDINGS, SHOWERS • tales of Moroccan Jews ever and subsequent Arab with the Alliance Israelite The women,-on the other
since I accompanied my
Universelle, they were ex- hand, stayed home or

MITZVAHS, ETC.
It
doesn't have
• father to synagogue as a pressures) most of the cellent teachers.
They were mingled with the Moslem
to cost a fortune

• young boy in Meknes," he members emigrated to naturally attracted to Population, acquiring
...only look like it!
said. "I have vivid recollec- Israel. The second largest
Franco-phone Montreal and from that contact stories
tions of the stories of imagi- group of Moroccan Jews
of
a
more
secular
bent."
became
quickly
accepted
in
Specializing in:
• PHOTOGRAPHIC : nation and wonder that settled in France.
that city as teachers. An
Elbaz indicated that the
• Tables
• Wall Units
The
smallest
segment,
COMPUTER IMAGES, INCA were spun by Jewish men about 15,000 made its way irony: one ofthe heads of the tales of the Moroccan
• Desks
• Cubes


and women."
• Shelves
• Bedroom
Protestant School Board of Sephardim which he has

(31 3) 851-5977
Elbaz jumped at the to Canada. There the

Groupings
Montreal
was
a
Moroccan
collected
in
Canada
show
a
Also located in Tally Hall
opportunity to compile an French-speaking Sephar-

Jew."
spirit
of
triumphalism
that

• Fooinfroonetiro
arm
• anthology of Sephardic folk dim found a con g enial foyerr
Call LOIS
Elbaz has no illusions was not always in accord
in Montreal, Quebec City -about what life was like for with the actual conditions of
540-2270
and two other centers, Ot-
Jews in Morocco. "Unlike life for Jews in Morocco. The
INTRODUCTORY OFFER:
tawa and Toronto.
the Jews of Iraq who were fictional rendering of
Save ad for additional
Elbaz, in executing his
discount through May 14, 1983
closely integrated within Jewish successes via the
survey of Moroccan folk the Arab population, we tales was a natural subli-
PARTY PLANNERS
tales, was involved in a
Moroccan Jews lived in a
CENTERPIECES Originally , Designed
double task — an audit of an
separate environment cut
(FLORAL AND CANDY THEMES)
important literary tradition
off from the Arab popula-
and a return to his own tion. Our culture was
°DANCE SOUNDS
FAVORS — PAPER GOODS — RENTALS roots,. The book, which re-
French and we tended to
UNLIMITED
sulted from his research,
INVITATIONS and STATIONERY 20% OFF
look do'wn upon Arab
was written in French but it
society. In a sense we lived
are orur specia lity, high
is the English translation in a Jewish state-within-a-
quality
our performance.
21540 W. 11 - Mile Rd., Sfld. (by appt. only) .
BEY KURT'S
with a stunning series of state.".
Outstanding in music, lighting, teaching and dance performance.
DORIS CORNFIELD
illustrations that has ap-
355 1590
That being the case,
For . a complete evening of entertainment
_ peared first.
_
Elbaz was asked why it was
at
your
next
party, Bar Mitzva, wedding or- special occasion call
that so many of the stories
in his book reflect the im-
588•9499 - Art and Jan
736
print of Berber-Arab cul-
Call early for available open dates
6
ture. Elbaz wrote in the in-
troduction to his work that
the "jnun" — malevolent
Moslem spirits — animate
many of the stories told by
Moroccan Jews.

•• •




Call



:



9aeorite %Mu;

liC DANCE PARTIES

-

2

ma, H 25th

25th

Says Elbaz: "It is true
that we Moroccan Jews
lived in an environment
that was totally Jewish.
But that does not mean
that we were sealed off
hermetically from the
Arabs:We had daily con-
tact with them. We spoke
their language., We in-
teracted with them com-
mercially if not socially.
Our women went to the
`suk' (the market) and
encountered the Moroc-
can Arabs, As a result of
all these contacts much of
the Moslem folk tradi-
tions become assfinilated
into the Moroccan
Jewish consciousness."

• A Series of Twelve
Salon Facials
• The Day of Beaute'

• Body Massage

• Nailcare and Pedicures

Elbaz discovered this dur-
ing the many taping ses-
sions he conducted with
Sephardic men and women
from Marocco during re-
search jaunts.
In the folk tales which he
has assembled (only 80 of
some 300 made it into his
book), Elbaz pointed out
that those told by Jewish
men are different from
those recounted by Jewish
women:
"The reason that women
are so prominently repre-
sented is because their cir-
cumstances made them
story-tellers. Like many of
their Ashkenazic counter-
parts, the Moroccan
Sephardic women were il-
literate. Since folklore is

• Eyelash Coloring

• Cosmetic Application

• Waxing

• Electrolysis

Gift certificates are available for all services,
phone orders excepted (Visa and M.C.), call for special prices on series.

Facini /Salons

Hunters Square, Farmington Hills • 6261231
Twelve Oaks Mall, Novi • 34 434550

'1.

11.V.V- •

CUSTOM DRAPERIES

25th
ANNIVERSARY SALE

For Appointment Call

644-8805

For The Lowest Prices Ever!

.

TEL-TWELVESHOE REP - AIR



28708 Telegraph Road

sothfieldmio. : 4807.6 .

Open Mon. thru

CHANGE
YOUR
SHOES /
TO
NEW
FASHION
HEELS

Service While
You Shop _

We Specialize in
Orthopedic Work

'155-2467

Sat. 10 A.M. to 9 P.M.

SU N D A
Y e0g=
12
'''N'A" 1" -"' r
LIKE H EW!

-



.

Back to Top

© 2021 Regents of the University of Michigan