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September 06, 1991 - Image 160

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1991-09-06

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TRAVEL

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L'SHANA TOVA

FROM OUR

METROPOLITAN DETROIT
CONSERVATIVE SYNAGOGUES

MICHIGAN REGION
UNITED SYNAGOGUE
OF AMERICA

5075 West Maple Road, W. Bloomfield, MI 48322
(313) 855-5950

Larry W. Lando

Alan J. Tichnor

Michigan Region President

International President

Carol Tarica

Rabbi Jerome M. Epstein

Administrator

Exec. Vice-President/Chief Exec. Officer

Ann Arbor

Farmington Hills

Southfield

Congregation Shaarey Zedek
Rabbi: Irwin Groner
Associate Rabbi: William G. Gershon
Cantor: Chaim Najman
Associate Cantor: Sidney Rube
Congregation Shaarey Zedek -
B'nai Israel Center
Rabbi: Dr. Sherman P. Kirshner
Cantor: Barry Ulrych
Executive Director: Leonard P. Baruch
Director Education & Youth: Michael Wolf
Nursery School Director: Janet Pont
President: Yale Levin

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1991

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An Arab workman hand-chisels each individual stone.

Jerusalem Of Gold
Jerusalem Of Stone

Special to The Jewish News

Oak Park

Congregation Beth Shalom
Rabbi: David A. Nelson
Cantor: Samuel Greenbaum
Ritual Director: Samuel Semp
Administrator: Sallie Jarvis
Education Director: Cyril Servetter
Youth Director: Faith Tam
President: Gloria Ellis

West Bloomfield

Congregation Beth Achim
Rabbi: Martin J. Berman
Cantor: Max Shimansky
Rabbi Emeritus: Milton Arm
Rabbi Emeritus: Benjamin Gorrelick
Ritual Director: Joseph Baras
Executive Director: Beth A. Robinson
Youth Director: Katie Price
President: Dr. Eric M. Gordon

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PAMELA NOVAK

Beth Israel Congregation
Rabbi: Robert Dobrusin
Administrator: Martha Oleinick
Education Director: Aviva Panush
Youth & Family Program Coordinator: Michael Pont
President: Steven Klein

Adat Shalom Synagogue
Rabbi: Efry Spectre
Associate Rabbi: Elliot Pachter
Cantor: Larry Vieder
Associate Cantor: Howard Glantz
Executive Director: Alan Yost
Youth Director: Polly Eini
Nursery School Director: Dottie Levitsky
President: Dr. Harry Maisel

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Congregation Beth Abraham Hillel Moses
Rabbi: A. Irving Schnipper
Assistant Rabbi: Aaron Bergman
Cantor: Ben Zion Lanxner
Sexton: Joseph Mermelstein
Executive Director: Joseph Tarica
Education & Youth Director: Barry Levine
Nursery School Director: Joyce Epstein
President: Arthur Smith

Congregation B'nai Moshe
Cantor: Louis Klein
Sexton: Shalom Ralph
Executive Director: Steven Schneider
Youth Director: Ann Kovsky
President: Michael Grand

For information
regarding other
Conservative Congregations,
please contact
the United Synagogue
office.

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t is one of the ironies of
Jerusalem's complex his-
tory that the city's
trademark — her rosy-hued
chiseled stone walls — comes
from her former British oc-
cupiers. Seventy years ago,
the military governor of
Palestine, Sir Ronald Storrs,
ordered that all buildings in
Jerusalem be built of natural
stone. The British have gone,
but Storrs' law still stands.
Thanks to him, through the
turmoil of the past 70 years,
Jerusalem has kept her rosy
golden hue.
But nothing in Israel is
without controversy, and the
law on building with stone is
no exception. Modern ar-
chitectural designs often call
for a lot of glass, and city
planners have to decide how
much stone it takes in order
for a building to be considered
stone. Recently an architect
had to compeltely redo the
design for a large office com-
plex because the city planners
ruled that the original design
had too much glass. Even the
swimming pools are not ex-
empt from discussion — some
charge that the inflatable
plastic bubbles over hotel
swimming pools violate the
law on building with stone.
"Every once in a while, an ex-
ceptional project will start a
new discussion about the law
on building with stone," said
D avid Kroyanker, a
Jerusalem architect. "But I
expect that stone will con-
tinue to be used for most
buildings in Jerusalem, even
modern skyscrapers."
Using stone is very costly.
New buildings are generally

constructed with a two-inch
layer of stone over a six-inch
wall of concrete, and the stone
accounts for about 30 percent
of the cost of the building, ac-
cording to Jerusalem contrac-
tor Avi Ben Giat. Every stone
is chiseled by hand, and
stone-cutting is a skill that
takes years to learn. Most of
the stonecutters are Arab.
"Arabs are specialists in
stone," Mr. Ben Giat said.
"From the age of 15, boys are
chiseling stone next to their
fathers."
Jerusalem itself is stone for
Eddi Mor, a Jerusalem artist
who has been carving art and
ritual objects out of the red-
dish stone for 20 years.
"Stone is mentioned many
times in the Bible — in

New buildings are
generally
constructed with a
two-inch layer of
stone over a six-
inch wall of
concrete.

reference to walls, burial
places, altars, etc.," said Mr.
Mor. "All the holy places in
Israel are stone." Two-hun-
dred years ago Yemenite Jews
could be found carving
Chanukah menorot out of
stone, but no-one has really
used stone, except for
building, since then. Now
there are perhaps three other
Israeli artists besides Mr. Mor
who work in stone.
"Every piece of stone has its
own story," Mr. Mor said.
Because Israel was once
covered by a sea, Mr. Mor
finds pearls, agates and
fossils of ancient shells in the

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