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December 16, 1988 - Image 90

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-12-16

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Happy holidays from Israel.



Continued from preceding page

The holidays are a time for
being with family. And that's
why this is a very special
time for us at Franklin Park

Betty Israel, Leasing Consultant

The best of the season to
you and yours. And Happy
Hanukkah from the Franklin
Park Towers family and First
Property Management.

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every step of the production,"
he continues. A small, family-
owned winery — they also
grow their own grapes — Bar-
on Cellars is located between
Benyamina and Zichhron
Yaacov, site of Baron de
Rothschild's first agricultural
college. Baron wines have not
reached the North American
market, but import negotia-
tions are in progress.
Salzberg's departure not-
withstanding, Carmel still
has a resident UC-Davis-
trained production person,
Israel Flam. An Israeli since
age 3, a year before the
State's creation, the father of
three "got into winemaking
by chance. After I finished
my army duty, I got a job
with the Israel Wine Institute
while I was at the university.
I found it so interesting I
decided to study onology."
After working at a winery
in South Africa, Flam en-
rolled at UC-Davis in 1965.
He joined Carmel in 1970,
helping to develop the new .
varietals. Part of a four-man
team — three winemakers
and a technical director — he
is involved in all the pro-
cesses, from the arrival of the
grapes to the bottling.
Unlikely as it may seem,
Joseph Zakon started a win-
ery in Brooklyn's Crown
Heights. In 1981, then age
24, he was the youngest per-
son to own and operate a
winery in the United States.
"My motivation came from
two directions," he says. "I
went to a Lubavitcher Yeshi-
vah, and I didn't like the taste
of the wine we used for kid-
dush; I thought-there must be
something better. Then, at
18, I was a counselor at Camp
Gan Yisroel in the Napa Val-
ley. Coming from Brooklyn, I
asked, 'What is this all
about?' "
The two directions came
together in 1977, and he
began experimenting with
winemaking in the basement
of his parents' home. After
his first attempt turned out
"disastrous" — he used table
grapes instead of wine grapes
— he read up on winemaking,
bought some California
grapes, and improved. His
1979 Kesser Concord — not
over-sweet or syrupy — was a
hit and sold out.
Although proud of his med-
als in wine competitions and
the fact that his Crown Regal
wines are on the River Cafe's
wine list, Zakon has other
ambitions: to convert congre-
gations to his dry Concord
wine for kiddush; to own a
vineyard in Israel; to own a
start an international wine
center, with offices, a
museum, and an operating
winery with tours and tast-
ings — under the Brooklyn

"Over 100 years ago, when
the bridge was first built,
they stored wine under the
arches," he says, injecting a
touch of reality to his innate
romanticism — he made his
wedding wine and named it
Michelle for his bride.
These eight men are as dif-
ferent from one another as
white grapes are from red, yet
a common desire seems to
connect them — to produce
quality wines that are also
kosher so observant Jews can
use them for rituals and at
their tables. Joe Zakon's
philosophy seems basic: "It's
something I can give to so-
ciety for people to enjoy on
holidays and special occa-
sions." ❑


Israel Condemns
Greek Action

Athens (JTA) — The Israeli
diplomatic representative in
Athens recently accused the
Greek government of
legitimizing terrorism.
The diplomat, Moshe
Gilboa, was referring to the
decision by Greek Justice
Minister Vasos Rotis not to
extradite Palestinian ter-
rorist Osama al-Zomar to
stand trial in Italy. Zomar is
believed responsible for the
October 1982 attack on the
main synagogue in Rome,
which killed a 3-year-old
Jewish boy and wounded 35
In Jerusalem, the Israeli
Foreign Ministry condemned
Greece for letting al-Zomar go
free, even though Italy asked
for his extradition. "Greece
must take responsibility for
its conduct, which will un-
doubtedly draw international
condemnation," the ministry
Rotis said his decision was
influenced by last month's
Palestine National Council
meeting in Algiers. "I pro-
bably would have reached a
different decision two years
ago, but after the Algiers ses-
sion I consider his (Zomar's)
crime political," he said.
He said he came to that con-
clusion because, in his opi-
nion, the PNC, the
parliamentary institution of
the Palestine Liberation
Organization, recognized
Israel and - renounced ter-
rorism at its Algiers session.
Zomar, a member of the
Abu Nidal terrorist group, is
being deported from Greece to
a country of his choice,
reportedly Libya.
Zomar's extradition, re-
quested by Italy in 1982, was
upheld by the Greek Supreme
Court in 1984 and affirmed in
1985 by the then justice
minister, George Mengakis.

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