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

July 26, 1985 - Image 16

Resource type:
Text
Publication:
The Detroit Jewish News, 1985-07-26

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

16

r

THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, July 26, 1985
IIM M UNIII••••• •• = 1111

PEPSI & DIET PEPSI I
6 PACKS

Isl 99

Plus Deposit

(no limit)

Expires 7-31-85

Isposimmemmmussuom

TROPICAL BLEND
DARK TANNING
Oil or Lotion

I

• 151111 11BINIIIMINU I•1 11 • 1110

Family Run Pharmacy

$2.00

WALDRAKE
PHARMACY

• FREE DELIVERY
• SENIOR CITIZEN DISCOUNT

Expires 7-31-85

20%

(corner of Walnut Lake &

1 mile north of J.C.C.)

Continued from Page 14

OFF

NO NONSENSE
. PANTY HOSE

661-0774

Expires 7-31-85

Mon.-Sat. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Expires 7-31-85
monimionommonatunimon

Ethiopian Jews

------------

5548 Drake Rd.
West Bloomfield

(limit 2)

CLOSE-UP

OFF

on your next
prescription or
refill from any
pharmacy

KEN JACOBS, R.Ph.

$ 2.49

1

Protesting against requirements that they undergo immersion in order
to confirm their status as bona fide Jews, Ethiopian immigrants
demonstrate in Jersualem.

sponsored world organization op-
erated for a short time in Ethiopia
with Mengistu government sanc-
tion during the late 1970s.
To provide educational and
health services to Ethiopian Jews,
ORT facilities had to serve the
entire surrounding population as
well. But the Ethiopian Jews ob-
jected strenuously, maintaining
that they had traditionally kept
themselves and their children
separated from their non-Jewish
neighbors, often at great sacrifice,
in order to protect their Judaism.
They resented any suggestion, or
requirement, that they now mix
with non-Jews in order to receive
service from a Jewish-sponsored
establishment. Many had even
resisted sending their children to
free, non-religious (although cer-
tainly politicized) schools estab-
lished by the Mengistu govern-
ment after the 1974 revolution.
The parents feared that the chil-
dren, who would have to travel to
school outside immediate Jewish
villages, or Jewish sections of vil-
lages, might be tempted to com-
promist their Jewish identity or
practices.

HIGH FASHION

at low prices!

Topper's gives you the largest selection of great gift ideas you've ever
seen. 14k Gold, Onyx and Pearls in all the latest styles at incredibly low prices.

R. 16" CHOKER

only $39 00
reg. $6105

B. PEARL AND
STONE BRACELETS
only $4900

C. 32" ONYX AND

MARE NECKLACE



reg . $050

reg. 529750

Tapp

nipper's has the right pill for pm,

CASH
tap
REFUNDS AP

•••••-1.

only 1190 °

D. 14KT ONYX

EARRINGS
only 129 00

reg. $1870 0

MOO Wog Twolvs Mk Rood

M Rocgustims MgI
NOME* moor of 111 Mk 41 No ► thWOMM /IWO

,

irPft N

MON,•51IT, THURSDAYS
10;00.5;45 10:008;45

357.5578

7.1.11.111.1.1 "..

FREE
NE GIFT WRAP

ORT was subsequently ban-
ished by the Ethiopian govern-
ment on the pretext that it was
too Zionistic. Ironically, some
Ethiopian Jewish village leaders
thought the organization insuf-
ficiently Jewish as well as insuf-
ficiently Zionist,
More practical considerations
are involved in recent protests
by Ethiopians in Israel than
their sense of humiliated rejec-
tion in their spiritual homeland,
significant as that is, The sr ,
duous exodus froth Ethiopia
claimed the lives of many Jews,
first during the trek hundreds of
miles across mountains and
deserts to neighboring lands
receiving refugees, More died in
the festering camps where the

Jews huddled, fearfully awaiting
rescue for months or even years,
Many of the first wave of Ethio-
pians
ade their way to
even Operation
Israelbefore
Moses had lived in the Tigray
province, which has suffered
terribly from both the sub.
Saharan drought and the COW
stunt warfare being wag
ed by
several contending factions in

civil wars against the Mengistu
government.
When I paid my first visit to
an , Israeli absorption facility
last year, I learned that the first
act routinely performed by resi-
dent Ethiopians as a new wave
of refugees arrived was sit shim
Who died?" they would ask
their brethren as they arrival.
"Who was lost on the way? Who
was left behind?"
Then they would mourn for
several days. Except for critical
health services, Israeli personnel
at absorption centers would
leave the immigrants to their
grief, making no further de-
mands on them. ,
Now safe in Israel, many
widowed Ethiopians wish to
remarry and reestablish their
families. Only Orthodox rabbis
are empowered to perform
Jewish marriages in Israel.
There are no civil marriages.
Only one Ethiopian kes (priest)
has thusfar qualified as a rabbi.
Since an Ethiopian's religious
status is in doubt unless he sub-
mits to ritualinunersion — and
many now, refuse the ceremony
on principle — these people may
not be legally married in Israel.
The status of any children they
might have will also be in doubt,
Prime Minister Shimon Peres
managed to defuse last week's
angry march on Ben Gurion
port by aeveral hundred angry
Ethiopians, First, he agreed to
discuss grievances; then he pro-
muted to intercede personally
with the Ashkenazic and Se.
phardic chief rabbis.
The Ethiopians had marched
from their homes in the north to
Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport,
"This was the airport they
brought us into," a spokesmen
said, ()there declared that they
preferred "to die" or to return to
thiopia rather than submit to
a ritual which questions the
very Jewish identity they have
cherished for almost 2,000
years, '
Officials in Israel have Pi*,
how seriously to treat threats 0+
starvation and buicide , °WI
don't know these people,w7„
enough yet," one °Now ."
Israel told the Jawisn Taos.

E

Back to Top

© 2021 Regents of the University of Michigan