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January 20, 1984 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-01-20

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Miami Beach to Stage Comeback
as Mecca for Jewish Tourists?

suaded Luciano Pavarotti to
MIAMI BEACH (JTA) — come to Miami Beach this
Tourism, as anyone will tell year. In addition the To-
you is the life blood of South ronto Symphony will be fea-
Florida. The newspapers in tured in the Temple Sholom
events along with other
Miami, the media in gen-
celebrities such as Elie
eral and the public seem to
Wiesel and Yitzhak Yit-
talk incessantly about the
zhaki, the latter, a preemi-
nent Israeli Bible scholar.
Despite some gloomy pre-
The kosher hotel strip
dictions about the current
along Collins Ave. which
season most people in the
tourist industry are begins around 12th St.
buoyant about the prospects and which ends at 43rd
St. with Waldman's Hotel
for 1984.
One sign that Miami has as its raison d'etre,
Beach still has faith in its servicing the needs of ob-
servant Jews wno main-
future may be seen in the
construction of numerous tain rigorous standards
of kashrut.
high rises and in the recent
Religious tradition plays
building of the city's first
a pervasive role in the life of
giant luxury hotel in 30
years — the Alexander, a the kosher hotel habitues.
Most of the institutions that
posh establishment a short
walk from the legendary cater to the Orthodox pro-
vide not only services on a
Fontainebleau Hotel.
One of the city's biggest regular basis but also Fri-
boosters is Rabbi Irving day evening ongei Shabat
Lehrman of Temple where lecturers and jour-
Emanu-El of Greater nalists and rabbis hold forth
Miami (Conservative). on Biblical, religious and
The rabbi, who has occu- political issues.
Walking to and from Sab-
pied his present pulpit
for 40 years, concedes bath services will become
that in recent years there an even more pleasurable
has been a drop in experience once the Miami
Beach authorities complete
Lehrman indicates that the wooden promenade they
at one time it was standing are constructing on the
room only on Friday eve- beach between the Fon-
nings as worshipers tried to tainebleau Hotel and 22nd
obtain tickets for Emanu- St.
The promenade, when il-
El's services. As much as 30
percent of the congregation luminated, will permit wal-
was made up at any one kers to enjoy the ocean air at
time of tourists from all night. Unfortunately, the
parts of the United States new promenade is only
about. 10 ft. wide and will
and Canada.
The crowds are smaller therefore only accommo-
these days and an occa- date a few people at a time.
Jews are very much on
sional empty seat may be
found by those wishing to the mind of Miami's gen-
eral population. Scarcely
attend services.
The reason is quite sim- a day goes by without the
ple," Lehrman said. Ever daily papers reporting
since the Mariel exodus of events and issues ger-
Cubans, stories of violence mane to Jewish con-
in the Miami region have cerns. Last Hanuka, for
percolated up north and example, there were de
people are frightened by rigeur discussions
comparing that holiday
those accounts.
"What is really painful, with Christmas. Several
however, is that what has local rabbis were polled
caused the reduction in for their views on the
tourism is not the factual- matter.
Since the population of
ity of violence but the
perception of it. In fact, Miami Beach is predomin-
every indicator shows antly Jewish, the local daily
that crime is way down
statistically in this city."
Since most Jewish
tourists arrive in the Miami
HAIFA (JNI) — The first
area with the onset of cold
weather, Temple Emanu-El export of Israeli St. Peter's
and the synagogues on the fish has been scheduled for
"Beach" plan their pro- shipment to Australia, the
gramming to begin in Israel fishbreeder's union
January. Lehrman's adult reported.
A Melbourne merchant
education department is an
especially ambitious one ordered the trial shipment
with five different ongoing of 18 tons, worth nearly
class-type series and a cul- $50,000, after investigating
tural offering which in 1984 Israel's fish exports to Lon-
will include Barbara Wal- don and Paris. The fish will
ters, former President be shipped to Australia in
Gerald Ford, Louis plastic bags printed with
Rukeyser and Robert Mer- the biblical story of the
miracle of the loaves and
About a mile from the fishes.
Emanu-El at Temple
He who would acquire
Sholom (a Reform congre-
gation) Judy Drucker has fame must not show himself
drawn up a 1984 series that afraid of censure. The dread
features both artistic and of censure is the death of
literary participants.
Ms. Drucker has per-

Israel to Export
St. Peter's Fish

Yerida Forbidden I

Friday, January 20, 1984 29

DANCE! into the 80's

in f•

Israel's chief rabbis say that
yerida, emigration from Is-
rael, is forbidden by Jewish
law. Halakha, they say,
press provides a good deal of permits emigration only in
coverage about synagogue the case of famine. Some Or-
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goings-on, social activities, thodox Jews living outside
We Haven't Stopped Dancing — Why Should You!
and personality profiles. A the Holy Land refuse to visit
Call Dan Sandberg 353-6699
number of Jewish weeklies Israel for this reason.
also serve the area.
Meanwhile, outside the
Miami area, a number of
temples which have been
built by the growing Jewish
communities in Palm Beach
and Delray Beach have
been targeted by van-
dalism. On Dec. 5 gunshots
221 North Main St., Royal Oak, Michigan 48067
were fired in Temple Bnai
Jacob near Palm Springs.
Jewish leaders in the area
attribute the violence to the
sudden influx of Jewish
Sticker Price
1983 COUGAR LS dark blue, electronic instruments, diag-
residents to the area and the
nostic lights, interval wipers, locking fuel door, A.C., stereo,
less rebate
fact that "the area is not ac-
tilt, cruise, power locks, and much more.
customed to having a large
+ tax and plates
Jewish population." Accord-
ing to Rabbi Sam Silver of
Temple Sinai in Delray Be-
ach, "It's not malice. It's just
becoming accustomed to a
new type of situation."


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