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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-08-07

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All the rievvs that fits__ / Compiled by Elizabeth Applebaum

Judaica On Exhibit At Yale

Now Everyone Can See
Yossi's First Step

aby Yossi, your #1 grandchild,
has just taken his first step. It
is, of course, the most impor-
tant, exciting, fascinating
event on planet Earth.
Your children in Israel
have dutifully recorded the
moment for continuous re-
play on the VCR. Wouldn't
it be greatto invite the Man-
delbaums and the Cohens
over, so they, too, can
watch the tape at least 15
times?
But first, be warned: Is-
rael, like most other coun-
tries, uses TV broadcasting
standards different than
those in the United States.
Consequently, most tapes recorded in
Israel will not play on standard VCR
equipment used here.
The answer is VidiPax.
Using a digital standards process,

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VidiPax allows families to convert for-
eign-made videos for use in the United
States, or to convert U.S.-made videos
for use in Israel and other
foreign countries.
Customers purchase a
video processing mailer
and send in the tape for
conversion. In about a
week, they will receive
their original tape plus a
new tape recorded for
playback in the United
States or the country of
their choice.
VidiPax International
costs $39.95 and includes
a one hour of tape con-
version plus return ship-
ment of both tapes. Additional
conversion time may be purchased.
VidiPax is available at Adray's in
Dearborn or may be ordered directly by
calling VidiPax, 1-800-653-8434.

Rescuers Need Help

hey describe themselves as
ordinary people. But during
the Holocaust, these few
gentiles hid Jews in their homes, pro-
viding them with food, clothing, mon-
ey and false papers. They risked
prison, deportation and often the lives
of their own families.
Now a new program, sponsored
by the Anti-Defamation League's Jew-
ish Foundation for Christian Rescuers
(JFCR/ADL), will help these extraor-
dinary men and women. Honor-a-
Rescuer Program allows Jewish
groups or individuals to help provide
modest monthly grants and special
financial assistance to more than a
thousand needy rescuers in 15 dif-
ferent countries in North America,
Western and Eastern Europe.

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In the former Soviet Union and in
Poland, monthly assistance means a
rescuer can buy bread and butter or
a needed article of clothing. Holiday
packages from Honor-a-Rescuer par-
ticipants offer coffee, tea, nuts and
other food that can last for months.
In the United States, contributions
mean a rescuer can afford health care
or basic living costs.
Contributors are given the name
and address of a rescuer whom they
can call, write or visit. They also will
receive a number of educational
items, including Weapons of the Spir-
it, a documentary about the French
village that sheltered 5,000 Jews.
For information, contact Diana
Stein, associate director, JFCR/ADL,
(212) 490-2525, ext. 429.

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Brandeis Group
Will Admit Men

or the first time it its 44-year
history, the Brandeis Universi-
ty National Women's Commit-
tee has adopted an open membership
policy and is inviting men to join its or-
ganization.
The decision was endorsed over-
whelmingly at the committee's annual
conference in June, at the university's
campus in Waltham, Mass.
"In this day of sexual equality, it
seemed an appropriate time to welcome
anyone who wishes to join this won-
derful organization," said Women's
Committee National President Marsha
Stoller.
The 55,000-member committee is
a fund-raising organization that sup-
ports the Brandeis libraries. It is believed
to be the largest friends-of-the library
group in the world.

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ince its earliest days, the Yale
University Library in New
Haven, Conn., has collected Ju-
daica. Now its prolific collection will be
on display through Sept. 12 in an ex-
hibit titled, "Hebraica to Judaica: Three
Centuries of Collecting at Yale."
Relics from biblical times— among
them a Babylonian account tablet from
the 6th century BCE — are the oldest
items in the exhibit. A barrel cylinder
recording the accomplishments of Neb-
uchadnezzar and coins from the time
of King Herod also will be on view.
Among the medieval manuscripts
on display will be a 14th-century copy
of the Mishnah Torah, Maimonides'

compendium on Jewish law, and a vol-
ume of emblematic vignettes present-
ed in 1769 to Pope Clement XIV by the
Jewish community in Rome.
Other exhibits will include a first edi-
tion of Theodor Herzl's DerJudenstaat,
the cornerstone of modern political
Zionism; a 1957 manuscript map of Is-
rael drawn on goatskin; and selections
from the library's holdings in Yiddish
literature, including the only books ever
printed in Yiddish in New Haven—two
novels written by Abe Abelson during
World War II.
The museum's Judaica curator is
Linda Lerman, a former Detroiter and
University of Michigan graduate.

A 19th-century amulet for the protection of children and mothers.

Report Says Anti-Semitism Has
`Markedly Worsened'

Sticky Business
In Israel

ew York (JTA) — For years,
Americans living in Israel
have asked visitors from their
home country to smuggle in peanut but-
ter, citing the inferior taste and con-
sistency of the Israeli versions of the
staple food.
Also noted is the proliferation of "re-
visionist historians" who allege the
Holocaust never occurred. According
to the report, "In France, Holocaust de-
nial appears to hold an appeal un-
matched elsewhere."

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n certain parts of the world, "the
anti-Semitic climate has marked-
ly worsened" according to a report
released this week by the World Jew-
ish Congress.
The 350-page paper, Anti-Semitism
World Report 1992, was prepared for
the first International Conference on
Anti-Semitism, which is being held this
week in Brussels.
Assessing the level of anti-Semitism
on a country-by-country basis, the re-
port found that in the former Soviet
Union, "the collapse of the Soviet sys-

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tern has given rise to what is probably
the most dynamic anti-Semitic move-
ment to be found anywhere in the
world." It cites increased anti-Semitism
in Latvia, Lithuania, Uzbekistan and
Azerbaijan. Islamic fundamentalism is
identified as the most serious threat
to Jewish security.
Also noted is the proliferation of "re-
visionist historians" who allege the
Holocaust never occurred. According
to the report, "In France, Holocaust de-
nial appears to hold an appeal un-
matched elsewhere."

THE _DETROIT JEWISH NEWS 11

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