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For Ronald Proos, the prima-
ry basis of the whole idea of the
scroll is that it should be open for
those of all religions, races, cul-
tures — with no regard to finan-
"Isn't it funny how it is always
the rich and famous who seem to
get honorary degrees and recog-
nition?" he said. He wanted to pro-
duce something in which average
people — he considers himself an
average person — can participate.
"This must be for all people to
come and show their alliance,
and how they feel toward the city
of Jerusalem. Everyone must
have the right to come forward,
put his name down and become
part of it."
Having owned a textile facto-
ry in South Africa, Mr. Proos
came to Israel not wishing to see
another piece of cloth all his life.
"Three days after having made
aliyah I went down to the beach,
and a kid of about 7 came up to
me to ask the time in Hebrew. I
couldn't understand if he want-
ed money for an ice cream or was
asking me to help him find his
He recalled becoming some-
what panicky, and decided that
learning a new language and
changing his career simultane-
ously might prove too drastic. So
he ran back to what he knew best
and opened a textile plant. (He
has since sold out his interests in
the business after deciding to
commit himself full time to the
The scroll was first presented
to the public last September at
the Knesset, under the auspices
of Jerusalem 3000. Prime Min-
ister Yitzhak Rabin attended the
event, as did Jerusalem Mayor
Ms. Kirsch and Mr. Proos hope
to have as many as 2 million
tourists and 5 million Israelis put
pen to the parchment. "The more
successful the project is, the more
good that will come out of it as
we will be able to increase our
gifts and donations to charities,"
Mr. Proos said.
Although organizers have yet
to compile statistics, foreign vis-
itors have exceeded the number
of Israelis signing. The
Jerusalem 3000 Scroll has re-
ceived a great deal of support
during the Pentecostal Feast and
the Feast of the Tabernacles.
"It was a special day when 800
pilgrims from Nigeria lined up to
sign," Mr. Proos said.
Ms. Kirsch recalled one Brazil-
ian Pentecostal tour leader be-
ing so enthusiastic that he wrote
in the names of all his group.
"People have been writing all
kinds of messages on the scroll,
expressing their love for
Jerusalem," she said. "Just about
every country in the world is rep-
resented in every kind of lan-
But will the Jerusalem 3000
"When people sign and read
this declaration, maybe they can
just stop and something may
happen," Ms. Kirsch said.
"It doesn't have to change any-
thing as such," Mr. Proos added.
"Let's take the politics out of it.
This is the time to say, 'I love
Jerusalem.' Full stop."
Signing points for the
Jerusalem 3000 Scroll are at the
International Convention Cen-
tre, Binyaney Ha'ooma, City Hall
in Safra Square, the Cardo in the
Old City, Holyland Model, Bible
Lands Museum, Holiday Inn
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Laromme
Hotel, Hyatt Regency Hotel,
Jerusalem Paradise Hotel and
the Shalom Hotel. For informa-
tion, call the project at 011-972-
"First Step," a class for two to 2
1/2 year-olds, will start in Janu-
ary, at Temple Emanu-El Nurs-
ery School in Oak Park. Meeting
on Tuesday mornings, the class
is designed for children's first ex-
perience on their own.
Children will have the oppor-
tunity to enjoy art, music, cre-
ative movement, story and play
in a small group, offering a ratio
of one adult to four children.
Other winter progranuning in-
cludes a Parent-Toddler Class,
for children accompanied by a
caring adult, and several en-
Anyone interested in winter
classes should call the nursery
school office, 967-HUGS.
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