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in the middle. Eastern-European Jewish immi-
grants brought the bagel to the United States.
An American Jew brought them to Israel.
Gary Heller, a native of New York, began his bagel
business in Jerusalem by importing frozen dough
from Manhattan's H&H Bagels, founded in 1972 by
brothers Helmer Toro and Hector Hernanadez.
He then cooked up the bagels in Jerusalem and
soon had plenty more cus-
tomers than just those off
the street. He began selling
to a national supermarket
chain and then to Dunkin'
Donuts in Tel Aviv.
Today, plenty of bagels
are sold in Israel, but it has
never quite reached the
eating frenzy it has in the United States, likely
because Israelis already have a favorite bread prod-
ous stones and other documents, all with Hebrew, in
areas throughout South America.
Father Miguel is hardly alone in his theory. Others
have suggested that American Indians are, in fact,
descendants of one of the 10 Lost Tribes who came
to America long before Christopher Columbus.
ewish archives tell all. Daniel Boone, without
whom there might never have been a Kentucky,
is known to have had many contacts with Jews.
According to some reports, a number of Jews actual-
ly accompanied Boone on his explorations (and
despite the Boone legend, there were, in fact, many
who traversed through Kentucky before him).
One of Boone's employers was Cohen & Isaacs of
Richmond, Va., who paid him for land surveying in
Kentucky in 1781. In the American Jewish Archives,
it's still possible to see a record of that very transac-
tion, including a receipt which reads, in Yiddish, on
back: Resit fiin Kornel Bon far 1000 akir lanit
(Receipt from Col. Boone for 1,000 acres of land).
ather figures ...
Father Miguel Santa Maria Puerta dedicated
much of his life to proving a theory: that Jews dis-
According to Father Miguel, Jews came to
America during the time of King Solomon. In 1974,
he even published an article (albeit in a rather
obscure European magazine, To The Point
International), in which he claims to have an ancient
jar, bearing a Hebrew inscription, that comes from
South America. He also claimed to have found vari-
p, up and away. It's a bird, it's a
plane, it's ... Jerry Siegel of
Cleveland who, with pal (and Canadian
native Joe Shuster) created the distinctly
American hero, Superman.
ouisville legend. If you love America's greatest
pasttime, baseball, then you owe a debt of grati-
tude to Barney Dreyfuss (1865-1932).
Dreyfuss, a native of Germany, came in 1881 to
the United States. He was a frail man, and physi-
cians suggested he get
some exercise and fresh
air to improve his
To that end, Dreyfuss
ended up joining a semi-
team. Later, he became a
part owner, then presi-
dent of the Louisville Colonels, a major league team.
When the Colonels were eliminated in 1900,
Dreyfuss bought the Pittsburgh Pirates, which he
owned until his death.
In 1903, Dreyfuss had an idea that would forever
change the face of baseball. He suggested that his
Pirates, the National League champs, meet up with
the Boston Red Sox, the American League's top
team, for a few games. Thus, the World Series was
Dreyfuss also is the man behind Forbes Field in
Pittsburgh. Built in 1909, it was the world's first
modern baseball stadium.
oh, why. Long before JZ Knight or Lazarus, or
even Shirley MacLain-e and My Mother the Car,
there was Bridey Murphy.
For better or worse, The Search for Bridey Murphy
(which tells the "true story" of a girl who had also
lived years ago in Ireland) is the book that started
the whole reincarnation thing that has since capti-
vated much of the world.
It was written by Morey Bernstein. ❑
Rink-A-Dink, Pun And Time To Think
Adat Shalom's Maccabee Adventure Club provides families
with a party and learning.
Adat Shalom families are on a roll.
Last week, Adat Shalom Synagogue in
Farmington Hills held its kickoff event for the
Maccabee Adventure Club, hosting a in-line
skating party that included a great chance to learn, as
The program, for families with children aged 6-9, is
designed to "incorporate different activities, such as in-
line skating, soccer, campfire singing and more with fami-
ly learning on the topics of Jewish ethics and values,"
according to Adat Shalom Family Educator Tami Elliott.
The first step — lots of gear.
Oakland County Parks and Recreation came with a
trailer carrying 120 pairs of skates, helmets, knee pads and
a sound system that played Israeli rock-and-roll. During
intermission, Rabbi Daniel Nevins led an interactive dis-
Tori Weingarten, 3, of
Bloomfield Hills takes
to in-line skates.