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March 09, 1990 - Image 92

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-03-09

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tanding behind the
counter at her shop
in Old San Juan, Lilly
Neuman helps a Puerto
Rican couple select a gift for
friends.
She's shown them ivory
elephants, decorative clocks
and colorful crafts. Now they
point to the wood and brass
Shalom plaque on a nearby
shelf.
"What does it say?" they
ask in Spanish. She explains
that Shalom is the Hebrew
word for peace. They touch
the Hebrew letters, admire
the polished wood, and ask
Neuman to gift wrap it.
They are not the first non-
Jewish Peurto Rican
customers to buy Judaica
items from Neuman's store.
Puerto Ricans, she says, often
buy chai pendants and Stars
of David; they are familiar
with these Jewish symbols
and like to wear them.
Jewish tourists, of course,
are also drawn to Neuman's
Judaica gifts, though many
are surprised to find them in
Old San Juan, with its
decidedly Spanish flavor.
But San Juan offers sur-
prises for the Jewish shopper,
as I discover on a shopping ex-
ploration of this Caribbean
capital. Though San Juan's
shops carry many native
wares, I find specialty
Judaica items ranging from
ornate Seder plates to
unusual Israeli sculpture.
On my shopping tour, I also
get to meet the Jewish
shopkeepers who are part of
San Juan's Jewish popula-
tion, largest in the Carib-
bean. Many have come here

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Ruth Rovner is a freelance
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to establish new lives in Puer-
to Rico, which literally means
"Rich Port!"
"People are surprised to see
so many things from all over
the world here," says
Neuman. The shelves in her
jewelry and gift store, El
Gallo De Oro on Fortaleza
Street, are stocked with mer-
chandise from India, Hong
Kong, Italy, Spain — and also
Israel.
The Israeli-made gifts in-
clude beautifully crafted
Bazalel Seder plates; Shalom
plaques of olive wood and
brass; and decorative clocks
made in Israel — but with
Puerto Rico's seal on them.
Neuman is a long way from
her native Tripoli. When she
first left there in 1950, she

Shopkeepers are
part of San Juan's
Jewish population,
largest in the
Caribbean.

moved to Tel Aviv. But she
settled in San Juan after she
married Sam Neuman. Her
Czech-born husband had
established several stores
here, and Neuman joined
him. Both have adapted well
to this sunny Caribbean
capital. "We like the climate,
the people are friendly, and
there's no anti-Semitism here
at all," Neuman says.
One block away at Swiss
Imports on San Francisco
Street, Sam Neuman is show-
ing his customers gold
jewelry. His selection includes
Italian-made gold chains,
rubies and sapphires from the
Orient, and Swiss watches,
many of them discounted.
He also has a whole trayful
of Jewish jewelry — gold Stars
of David, chai pendants, and
a gold symbol, shaped like a
hand, which he lifts out to
show me. "It's to ward off the

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