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Just Say No To Boredom
p i e
ugust is more than just the
hottest month of the year. It's
also anti-boredom month. So
in honor of that auspicious occasion,
here's some news that's anything but
* Toshiba of Japan has decided to
end its economic boycott of Israel. The
American Jewish Congress led a letter-
writing campaign to protest the boycott,
resulting in more than 19,000 pieces of
mail to the electronics giant. Toshiba
also has announced it will begin a ma-
jor marketing and promotion campaign
Now, the AJCongress is asking
Americans to write letters to another
company that boycotts Is-
Samsung, an electron-
ics and construction con-
glomerate based in Seoul,
South Korea, recently re-
sponded to an Arab report
that it had opened an of-
fice in Israel with this no-
"We declare that the
said article, stating that
and Construction Compa-
ny has opened a branch office in Israel,
is not true absolutely and in addition we
will never violate the Arab regulations."
Letters may be sent to Mr. H.J.
Chung, president, Samsung Electron-
ics America Inc., 301 May Hill St., Sad-
dle Brook, N.J. 07662.
* The Jewish Restitution Organiza-
tion recently was established to help
recover individual, communal and or-
ganizational Jewish assets seized by
Nazi and communist governments in
Edgar Bronfman of the World Jew-
ish Congress will serve as chairman of
the organization, which will comprise
representatives of the Jewish Agency
for Israel, the World Zionist Organiza-
tion, the American Jewish Joint Distri-
bution Committee, the Conference on
Jewish Material Claims Against Ger-
many and B'nai B'rith.
* The American Jewish Committee
is protesting a decision by the Sunday
Times of London to have "revisionist
historian" David Irving
transcribe the diaries of
the late Nazi leader Josef
In a letter sent to the
leaders describe Irving's
"lifelong mission" as
presenting Hitler as "not
such a bad fellow." His
books are published by
the neo-Nazi press,
alongside such works as
The Protocols of the El-
ders of Zion and Epic: The Story of the
Waffen SS, the letter states.
* A physician at the Children's Med-
ical Center of Israel has discovered a
cure for Laron-type dwarfism, a previ-
ously untreatable ailment which affects
many Jews of Middle Eastern origin.
Henry The Hatter North
o you need a new fedora for the
holidays and you're not quite
sure about which style? Try Oak-
A display on the second floor at the
university's Varner Hall shows headgear
from about 25 countries. The colorful
head coverings are shown under the title,
"Hats: A Common Need, Diverse Re-
sponses" and "Oakland University rec-
ognizes and grows from cultural
Included in the display, which pre-
sumably represents the countries of
origin of some Oakland University stu-
dents, are hats from Scotland, Greece,
Africa, Kenya, Upper Volta, China, Sau-
di Arabia, and a Palestinian kefiyah from
the West Bank, among others.
Representing the United States: a
babushka from Hamtramck and a white
yarmulke from Southfield.
Oh, by the way. After straining our
necks to read the inscription on the un-
derside of the kippah, we, too, would
like to congratulate Debbie and Stuart,
Dec. 16, 1990.
Oscar The Grouch Says 'Shalom'
halom Sesame," the TV se-
ries that brought the Israeli
Sesame Street, "Rechov
Sumsum" to America, is now available
in an 11-volume home video library.
Produced by the Children's Television
Workshop, "Shalom Sesame" features
songs, animation, films and games with
guest appearances by celebrities in-
cluding Joan Rivers, Alan King, Mary
Watch Out, Jose. .
ibbutz Gezer's Little Leaguers,
the country's national
K champs, had a tough time of
it in Germany, where they recently par-
ticipated in the Little League interna-
tional playoffs. They won just one game,
but Michigan spokesmen for the Amer-
ican Friends of Israel Association of
Baseball report the team had a great
Before the tournament ended, third
baseman Natan Goldberg managed to
get this faxed message to the American
"Today we played our first game, it
was against Norway, and we won. In
the 6th inning we had 2 outs and no
men on the base and then our pitcher
hit a single, our clean-up hit a triple so
it was 4-4 with 2 outs and runner on 3rd
and I was up to bat. I hit the winning hit
and then my team won."
Move over, Jose Canseco.
Looking For A
Few, Good Photos
ormer Detroiter Julian Preisler,
now archivist for the Jewish
Historical Society in Wilming-
ton, Del., needs help on his project
documenting American synagogue ar-
chitecture and history.
So far Mr. Preisler, who is funding
the project himself, has photographed
more than 400 synagogues up and
down the East Coast and into the Mid-
west. But he needs volunteers to take
pictures of synagogues and temples in
the metro Detroit area. He is willing to
pay for gas and film.
Mr. Preisler said the purpose of the
project is to generate interest in syna-
gogue architecture and the preserva-
tion of older synagogues.
Contact Mr. Preisler at 518 W. Fourth
St., Wilmington, Del. 19801, (302) 655-
Tyler Moore, B.B. King, Jerry Stiller and
ltzhak Perlman, among others.
The program made its debut on PBS
in 1988, when more than 300 stations
carried the series to an estimated 20 mil-
lion viewers across the country. Among
the programs in the series are: 'The Land
of Israel," "Tel Aviv," "The People of Is-
rael," "Jerusalem" and "Kids Sing Israel."
For information, call 1-800-428-9920.
TV star Jeremy Miller of "Growing Pains" with Moishe Oofnik, Oscar's grouchy
Sea World Goes Kosher
ired of traveling to the Riviera?
Looking for something a little
more exciting than making
goo-goo eyes at Tom Cruise from your
hotel suite in Beverly Hills? What about
a trip to Sea World!
The big news: Sea World has gone
No, no, no. The lobsters aren't see-
ing red after being told to leave their
tanks. The catfish haven't been forced
to return to that dog-eat-dog world of
the Big Blue. The issue here is boxed
Sea World of Ohio is now providing
kosher lunches or dinners for groups
of 25 or more. Choose from the "up-
scale dinners" of salmon or chicken
breast, and the "fresh and delightful
lunch" of turkey, deli sandwich, fried
chicken or tuna salad.
Tuna salad? Yipes! Or, in the words
of a thoughtful visitor who just returned
from Sea World, "Hope it isn't one of
For information and orders, call Deb-
ora Hansock, 1-800-63-SHAMU, ext.
And speaking of kosher — here's
another good reason to check it out.
The U.S. government has just an-
nounced it will allow American firms to
purchase ground meat from abroad. It's
been 70 years since this was legal, but
now officials say they have the tech-
nology to determine whether ham-
burger is in fact what it claims to be —
or whether it contains something like,
say, a little ground kangaroo.
Not everyone is convinced. Some
consumer advocates have suggested
that the new policy may keep out the
kangaroo, but that technology is not yet
sophisticated enough to weed out plen-
ty of other unwanted tidbits, like blood
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