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September 29, 1989 - Image 81

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-09-29

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Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit

Singles Break the Fast Dance

three years commented to me,
"Efrat must have changed
significantly since I've been
away." I thought he was refer-
ring to the positive — to the
growth of the community. Ac-
tually he was alluding to the
›, negative effects of the in-
tifada. The modern communi-
ty of Efrat has continued to
grow and thrive during the
intifada. The new homes be-
ing built are not prefabricated
settlement homes, rather
beautifully constructed stone
dwellings, each custom
designed by an architect.
There is a tapestry on the
northern ceiling of the main
synagogue of Efrat, which
1 - shows Hebron, Efrat and
Jerusalem situated south to
north. The red tile rooftops of
Efrat depicted in the tapestry
highlight its elegant inter-
position between the two an-
cient cities.
Arab mobs have not attack-
. ed Efrat during the intifada.
Arabs who own the vineyards
and olive groves immeditely
adjacent to the homes in
Efrat have peacefully con-
tinued to tend their fields
during the reported unrest.
Golomb's plumber is an Arab,
' and in fact, the massive con-
struction going on through-
out Efrat is being carried out
by Arab work crews. How
then are the residents of
Gush Etzion affected by the
intifada? From what I saw,
not very dramatically. Most
work in Jerusalem, and
although the commute can be
harrowing a times, I drove
this route daily for a week.
Stone throwing is now a rare
occurrence — I experienced
none. At present, a 30-foot
fence prevents direct stone
throwing from the Haitia
Refugee Camp. The roads are
not heavily guarded by Israeli
soldiers — on each trip we saw
one or two jeeps patrolling.
A divided highway is being
built near Efrat which will
permit the residents of Gush
Etzion safe access around the
Arab population centers
south of Jerusalem. Similar
highways are also being built
elsewhere in the territories.
However, it would not be safe
to conclude that the new road-
ways will alleviate all the
risks facing the residents of
Efrat. There continues to be
the posibility of direct ter-
rorist attacks and concern
about the government
trading the territories for the
hope of peace is permanent.
Nevertheless, so many in
Efrat are facing these pro-
blems. Most are young, in
their 30s, almost half are
Ohm from the U.S. or Canada
and all are Orthodox. Hope-
fully they, like Ruth, will
"prosper in Efrat." ❑



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