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April 13, 1984 - Image 29

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-04-13

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Friday, April 13, 1984

Israeli garden
. for the blind

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These blind Israeli children and their teachers are touring
Tel Aviv University's Garden for the Blind. Many of the
exhibits in the garden are being placed on low stone walls for
easier access and each display has explanations in Braille as
well as tape-recordings. Visitors cad taste and smell some of
the exhibits. Others are divided by habitat: desert, forest and

Museum restores artifacts

Jerusalem — Throughout holy land's archeological
the Israel Museum's resto- treasures reflect a myriad of
ration department, a team cultures which have left
of highly-skilled experts their marks in the holy land
work to restore vital links of and must be saved.
Israel's national heritage.
One particularly appeal-
Fifteen art restorers, ing project involved the re-
chemists, and other accom- storation of a 5,000-square-
plished experts work under foot floor mosaic in the
the direction of Dov Church of the Multiplica-
Shenhav, the laboratory di- tion of Loaves and Fishes, at
rector, and together they Tabgha, beside the Sea of
unravel the secrets of the Galilee. When the Benedic-
past which bind modern Is- tine Order, and the Com-
rael to its ancient and vib- mittee of German Catholics
rant legacy.
for the Holy Land decided to
Often, the discoveries re- build a new church on
vealed in the museum's re- 1,500-year-old foundations,
storation laboratories serve they contacted the Israel
to confirm Israel's Jewish Museum for help.
history and heritage. In-
Together, they launched
deed, one of the most spec- a cooperative project to re-
tacular of recent finds was store the ancient mosaic so
made when Shenhav de- that it could be put to daily
vised a new technique for use as the floor of a new and
unrolling an ancient silver active church. Today, vis-
scroll. The scroll was barely itors to the church can walk
an inch wide and required near the altar area and see
months of special treament ancient mosaic repre-
to remove the corrosion of sentations of loaves and
thousands of years. But fishes commemorating the
when the treatment was miracle of feeding the mul-
successfully completed, ar- titudes which, according to
cheologists stood aghast as Christian tradition, oc-
the fragile silver foil was curred nearby.
Islam has produced its
Inspection through a bin- own fine art, and presently
ocular stereo-microscope the restoration laboratory is
revealed four Hebrew let- preparing Islamic art works
ters — yud-heh-vav-heh — for a major exhibit
the Divine Name which is scheduled to open this
usually translated into spring.
Restoration experts at the
English as "Jehovah." Ar-
cheologists date the silver Israel Museum also spe-
amulet scroll from the time cialize in making fac-
when King Solomon's Tem- similes. In addition, many
ple still stood in Jerusalem. archeological finds are re-
They say that this is the produced here and sent
oldest artifact bearing the around the world to univer-
name of God ever discovered sities and institutions
in Jerusalem. where research is dramati-
Not all of the museum's cally aided by having at
restoration work, however, Jiand the next best thing to
focuses on Israel's Jewish the original.
heritage. Officials at the Israel Government
museum realize that the Press Seruice


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