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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-09-28

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Friday, September 28, 1984

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year

LOUIS & FLO BLOCH & FAMILY

We wish our family and friends a
very healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year

MOLLIE & LUDWIG BORAKS

Largo, Fl

A Very Happy and Healthy
New Year to All Our Friends
and Family

BERNARD & IRENE SCHLUSSEL

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May the coming year be
one filled with health,
happiness and
prosperity for all our
friends and family.

JULIUS ROSS MOVING CO.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER—JULIUS ROSS

CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD GLORIA ROSS

To All Our
Relatives
and Friends,
Our wish for a
year filled with
happiness,
health and prosperity

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year

DAVE & ETHEL NATINSKY

MRS. ZAL AARON & SON

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Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year

to all
our friends
and relatives

MR. & MRS.
HYMAN ARONSON

FAY, LEO & LORI
SCHOENFELD, Piano, Tx.

MR. & MRS.
JOSEF BERKOVIC

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'to all
our friends
and relatives

LARRY WIZEL & FAMILY

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to all .
• our friends
and relatives •

May the New Year Bring
To All Our Friends
and Family
Health,
Joy, Prosperity
and Everything
Good in Life

JACK & CAROL COHEN & STAFF

SHOE TIME - HARVARD ROW MALL

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year

STEVEN, LISA &
JAMIE BINDER

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year

MILDRED & RALPH
FRIEDMAN

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year

MR. & MRS.
MAX GELMAN & FAMILY

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year

ANITA, JOEY &
DARRYL GOLDBERG

May the coming

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year

year be filled

with health and

all our family

and friends

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Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year

MR. & MRS.
HARRY YAFFE

happiness for

SALLY & BEN PASMAN & DARIN

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year

JULES & ANN DONESON

LILLIAN EFROS KAUFMAN
& JUDIE

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year

MARSHA & HARRY KORN
& FAMILY

Best wishes for a
happy, healthy
New Year

HERMAN & YETTA OPATOWSKI

Wishing all our family and
friends a year of
health and happiness

MR. & MRS.
NORMAN ADELSBERG & SANDY

Wishing all our family and
friends a year of
health and happiness

EVELYN, HARRY,
ILENE & JONI BERM

NEWS

The Jews of
Chalkis, Greece

BY SHELDON KIRSHNER

Chalkis, Greece (JTA) — Sixty
miles northeast of Athens, on the
island of Evia, is a Jewish com-
munity that is the • oldest
continuously-inhabited one in all
of Europe.
It is quite a distinction for the
100 Jews of Chalkis, the capital of
this green, pleasant island which
has been ruled by the Persians,
Thebians, Romans, Crusaders,
Venetians, Turks and Nazis.
But Leon Levy, the 48-year-old
president of Chalkis Jewry, takes
it all in his stride. By now, he is
accustomed to the Jewish visitors
from abroad who come here to be
at one with history.
A merchant, Levy has no idea
how long his family has lived in
Chalkis, (which is also known as
Halkida and has a population of
60,000). But Levy says the Jews
here can trace their roots back at
least 2,250 yearg. Local records
indicate that Jews were brought
to Chalkis as captives of An-
tiochus, but some scholars believe
they arrived as followers of the
returning soldiers of Alexander
the Great.

Chalkis' white-washed syna-
gogue, the foundations of which
go back some 1,500 years; has
been rebuilt six times. On Good
Friday, 1845, a Christian fanatic
set fire to the building and it was
not reconstructed until 1849.
Strangely enough, the walls of
the synagogue, on Kotsou St., are
embedded with ancient Jewish
gravestones. During the Venetian
era, the Italian overlords used the
Jewish cemetery as a quarry to
build castle walls. And when the
ruined walls were demolished 23
years ago, the stones were re-
turned to the Jews. They, in turn,
placed them into the synagogue
walls.
Chalkis' Jewish communal cen-
ter is small, and replete with
framed photographs of Theodor
Herzl, David Ben-Gurion, and
three Israeli Presidents.
Leon Levy was barely out of
diapers when Italy invaded
Greece, but he knows that the
first Greek army officer to fall in
battle was Col. Mordechai
a Jew whose family has lived on
Evia reportedly for 13 genera-
tions. A marble bust of Frizis
stands today in Chalkis' Military
Square.
World War II was a terrible
time for the Jews, yet the Levys
were lucky. At first, Evia and
environs were under Italian occu-
pation — a fortuitous stroke be-
casue italy did not harass the
Jews, nor attempt to ship them off
to concentration camps. Later, the
Germans replaced the Italians,
and the tragedy began.
All told, the Germans managed
to kill two Jews from Chalkis and
about 25 from the vicinity, Levy
says.
In the wake of the war, 120
Jews emigratd to Israel and the
U.s.
Intermarriage is still an un-
known phenomenon in Chalkis. A
hazzan conducts regular services.
On the major holidays, a rabbi
from Athens leads the congrega-
tion in prayer. A butcher in

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