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A visitor wasn't convinced,
however. To settle a bet that the
reptiles weren't for real, he
climbed over a fence and into the
compound. Soon, he started
beating the tail of a 12-foot-long
alligator with a branch.
The alligator suddenly turned
its head and snapped at the
intruder, who jumped back and
hurriedly climbed out of the
compound before the alligator
could make another move.
"Had this happened in the
summer, when the alliga-
, - Mors and crocodiles in the
park are alert and react
with lightning speed, that
man wouldn't have stood a
chance," site manager Ron-
ni Lothan told the
1- here's one very lucky —
and quite stupid — man
still alive today because of
the laws of nature.
According to a Jewish Tele-
graphic Agency report, more
than 200 alligators and croco-
diles were lying motionless re-
cently inside a compound at the
Hamat Gader Hot Springs in Is-
That wasn't unusual, because
the reptiles' metabolism
normally slows down during
They Horsed Around On An El Al Right
With the addition of the three
omet, Little John and Sasha
were among El Al Israel Air- horses, the Therapeutic Riding
lines' more demanding pas- Club now has 13 on its grounds.
The horses are used to provide
sengers. They needed extra leg
for persons with physi-
room and specially prepared
meals. And they couldn't wait in cal and mental disabilities. These
range from blind young children
line for rest room facilities.
Comet, Little John and Sasha to soldiers disabled by terrorist
are horses. And their recent ride attacks, stroke victims and per-
in the cargo hold of an El Al sons severely injured in automo-
freighter brought them from the bile accidents.
The club, the first in Israel,
pastures of northern New Jersey
to the Therapeutic Riding Club was founded in 1986 by Giora
and Anita Shkedi.
of Israel in Beit Yehoshua.
For more information about
The "mitzvah" horses were
purchased, and their travel the Therapeutic Riding Club or
arranged, by the Ziv Tzedakah the Ziv Tzedakah Fund, contact
Fund, a charitable foundation Naomi Eisenberger at 384
headed by poet, author and mitz- Wyoming Ave., Millburn, NJ
07041, phone (201) 763-9396.
vah maven Danny Siegel.
PHOTO BY PAUL MARG OLIS
Therapeutic Riding Club co-founder Giora Shkedi holds two of the three "mitzvah"
horses outside the El Al cargo terminal at JFK International Airport in New York.
Aid. Coming For
Why Does A Kosher Chicken
Cross The Road?
rmed with suitcases filled
with 22 pounds of soap,
toothpaste, medicine, oth-
er supplies and Judaic materi-
als, a delegation of 20 B'nai
B'rith members from the Unit-
ed States and Latin America
will make a historic visit to the
Jewish community in Cuba
from Dec. 19-26.
"The beleaguered 1,300-
member community has been
spiritually, culturally and eco-
nomically isolated for more than
30 years," said Joseph Harari of
Panama, chairman of the Latin
American Section of B'nai
B'rith's International Council.
"Things that we take for
granted — food, transportation,
phone lines, vitamins — are not
available or available in a lim-
ited manner for most Cuban
Jews," Mr. Harari said.
During its visit, the delega-
tion will meet with the Cuban
minister of religious affairs,
spend time with elderly shut-
ins, visit synagogues in Vedado
and Old Havana, tour hospitals
and meet with Jews of all ages.
t certainly won't make the list
of the hottest-selling videos in
the nation and it probably will
put watchers in a "fowl" mood,
but Empire Kosher Poultry isn't
Empire's 17-minute multi-me-
dia video presentation of "From
Our Table to Yours ... The Jour-
ney of a Kosher Chicken" is be-
ing shown in schools and
synagogues nationwide and sold
to the public.
The video, suitable for fam-
ily viewing, includes a tour of
Empire's plant in Mifflintown,
Pa., and provides a lesson in the
laws of kashrut and kosher poul-
Rebuilt in 1987, the Empire
plant combines state-of-the-art
technology with Jewish dietary
laws and practices.
Copies of the video are avail-
able for $4.95, which covers the
cost of shipping and handling. To
place an order, write to Video Of-
fer, Empire Kosher Poultry, P.O.
Box 165, Miffiintown, PA 17059.
EM P I V,
Wanted: Submissions For
oetry, short stories and art
are being sought for pos-
sible inclusion in an an-
thology by Holocaust survivors
and their families.
The book is being designed
and edited by Cynthia Brody,
an artist and family therapist
who is a child of Holocaust sur-
"The purpose of the antholo-
gy is to reveal the effects the
Holocaust had on those who
lived through it as well as those
who experienced its effects
second-hand," Ms. Brody said.
"Emphasis will be placed on
the potential of human beings
to rise above the darkest
experiences through the use of
Materials should be submit-
ted to Cynthia Brody, 1001
Bridgeway, Suite 246, Sausali-
to, CA 94965. A stamped,
self-addressed envelope should
be enclosed for the return of
A Timely Invention Helps Handicapped Ms
senior engineering student at the
Center of Technology for the Hand-
icapped at the Jerusalem College
of Technology has created a Hebrew-
speaking alarm clock that the kids at
Keren-Or can program using auditory
Keren-Or is Israel's only residential
center dedicated to the care and educa-
tion of multi-handicapped blind children.
A Karen-Or student seeking ways to be-
come more independent launched the
idea for the clock.
Once programmed, the clock's func-
tions include announcing the time, day
of the week and the date according to sec-
ular and Hebrew calendars. It even can
be set to announce the hour automati-
cally and greet the user by name.
Instead of buttons, the clock has large
keys arranged in the form of a mini-pi-
ano that are identifiable by tactile mark-
ings. The keys are touch-sensitive for
those with weak muscle control.
For more information about the clock,
write to Keren-Or, 350 Seventh Avenue, A Keren-Or student learns how to program his Hebrew-speaking
New York, NY 10001.