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20 Friday, July 8, 1983

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Religious Groups in Troyes Live in Much-Envied Harmony

BY NIVES FOX

cle? And is it a real one? It Troyes generally brings to
would appear so, and in the mind its well-known
provincial town of Troyes, hosiery and woolens indus-
population 120,000, just 150 try, but also the charms of
kilometers southeast of an old city with many valu-
Paris, in the Champagne- able and beautiful monu-
Ardenne region.
ments bearing witness of an
Henri Fesquet (religious ancient and glorious his-
expert for Le Monde) called tory.
his article "Troyes and the
For Jews, the city is
RemembranCe of Jewish best known as the birth-
Thought." Mention of place of Rashi (1040-

European Representative,
American Jewish Committee

A bright note in these
troubled days? A Jewish
community at peace with its
neighbors, and not only
those of the dominant
Christian society around it,
but a large minority of Mos-
lems as well.
Where is this small mira-



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1105), the great Talmud
and Bible commentator.
But there are more
somber reminders too,
for Jews: an accusation
of ritual murder in 1288,
which led to the burning
of a family of 14 and
shocked the Jewish
world at the time; and the
expulsion orders by
Philip the Fair in 1306
and Philip the Tall in
1322, which made Troyes
and its region virtually
Judenfrei.
Not until the second half
of the 19th Century was
there again a Jewish popu-
lation in the city, with some
200 Jews living there on the
eve of World War II. Of
these, two-thirds perished
in the deportations.
Today there are 750-800
Jews in Troyes, most of
them from North Africa,
who settled there after
France granted indepen-
dence to its colonies close to
30 years ago. The commu-
nity's rabbi, Abba Samoun
(also the army Jewish chap-
lain for the region and a
number of surrounding de-
partments), is of Moroccan
origin and has been in
Troyes for the past 32 years.
It is probably thanks to him
that the incoming Jewish
population found a warm
welcome, smoother integra-
tion and growth.
As in many other French
cities, Troyes has a rela-
tively large Moslem popula-
tion, some 500 families. Un-
like other cities, they are
economically quite well off,
with a number of storekeep-
ers and small businessmen
among them. Relations be-
tween Moslems and Jews
are described as excellent in
Fesquet's article, and this is
ascribed in large part to
Rabbi Samoun.

A long conversation
with the rabbi confirmed
_ this: he speaks Arabic,
and the Moslem popula-
tion has found in him a
man of warmth, under-
standing and kindness,
as well as an interpreter
on occasion (the rabbi is
officially accredited as a
translator). He has be-
come a source of counsel,
of moral support, and
staunchly condemns
Arab-directed racism. In
practical terms, too, it is
through the rabbi that
kosher meat — also suit-
able for Moslem ritual —
is supplied to the Arab
community.
"There has never been a
problem between Moslems
and Jews here," asserts
Rabbi Samoun, "the atmos-
phere is good, our relations
friendly."
Good relations also are
maintained between Jews
and Christians: lectures of
Jewish content and adult
Bible courses often are
attended by local priests,
who also make a point of
going to the synagogue dur-
ing the high holidays.
There is a cultural center,
where dinner-lectures and
debates are organized, as
well as Hebrew courses for
children and adults; an
active Bnai Brith lodge, a
LICRA (League Against
Racism and Anti-Semitism)
representative, and a corn-

mittee on Soviet Jewry.
There are not enough
children for a Jewish school,
though the rabbi himself is
the father of 10, and the
majority Sephardic com-
munity averages a good
three per family. The chil-
dren of the three religions
all go to the same public
schools and get along well,
without problems.

The community is not
tottally free of anti-
Semitic tensions —
graffiti on the synagogue
or other walls occasion-
ally mar the otherwise
idyllic picture. The rabbi
is very positive that such
crude signs of enmity
(promptly erased by the
municipality) are not
from Moslem sources. He
does not know of any
structured or very active
extremist groups in the
city (everybody knows
everybody, he says) and
rather ascribes such
deeds to individual or im-
itatiVe reactions, giving
them minimal impor-
tance.

"We have had no serious
problems of anti-Semitism
in all the years I have lived
here," he maintains. "But
this," he adds, "does not
mean that we are not vigil-
ant and watchful. And we
have protested and been
heard effectively whenever
necessary."

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