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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-09-26

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New York/JTA — Kosher food giant
Bernard Manischewitz died Sept. 20
in New Jersey at age 89.
Manischewitz was the last in his
family's line to run the kosher food
giant B. Manischewitz Company. The
food company was sold to private
investors in 1991 after it had been in
the Manischewitz family for three
generations.
Renowned for its sweet wine and
matzah, the business was founded in
Cincinnati in 1888 by Bernard's
grandfather, Rabbi Dov Behr
Manischewitz. The company opened a
second factory in Jersey City in 1932,
eventually moving operations there.
Born in Cincinnati, Bernard
Manischewitz joined the company in
the 1940s after graduating from New
York University. The company
expanded under his tenure, but also
weathered a scandal in the mid-1980s
over price-fixing for matzah.
Bernard Manischewitz was a Jewish
philanthropist, serving as president of
New York's United Jewish Appeal and
of New York's Shearith Israel syna-
gogue.

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Sukkot Debate Date
Changed

Washington/JTA — The Democratic
Party changed the date of a debate
scheduled for Sukkot to accommodate
Sen. Joseph Lieberman's religious
observance.
The debate in Arizona between
Democrats running for president now
will take place on Oct. 9, rather than
Oct. 12, the second day of Sukkot.

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because it treats the Bible as a histori-
cally accurate document.
Last month, Nabil Hilmi, law dean
at the University of Al-Zaqziq, told
the Egyptian weekly Al-Ahram al-
Arabi, "This is clear theft of a host
country's resources and treasure, some-
thing that fits the morals and charac-
ter of the Jews."
The report did not say whether
Jewish slave labor in Egypt, reported
in that same biblical narrative, would
be taken into consideration.

Christian Guide
To Aid Israel

New York/JTA — A new handbook is
designed to help Christians advocate
for Israel. -
The International Fellowship of
Christians and Jews published the
guide, which provides historical con-
text to the current crisis in Israel along
with tips for crafting letters to mem-
bers of the media and politicians.
The group's Stand For Israel pro-
gram is planning to hold a national
Day of Prayer and Solidarity for Israel
on Oct. 26 at Christian churches
across America.
In the last month, the fellowship
has donated about $2.5 million for
Jewish elderly and needy Jewish chil-
dren in the former Soviet Union.

Dreyfus Defender
Is Honored

Paris/JTA — Paris' Sorbonne
University is holding a conference in
honor of the late French Jewish politi-
cian who defended Alfred Dreyfus.
The three-day conference marks the
100th anniversary of the death of
Bernard Lazare, whose pamphlets and
writings on the case of Alfred Dreyfus
inspired Theodore Herzl and appeared
a full three years before Emile Zola's
famous article "J'accuse."
The event at the Sorbonne is one of
a number of events celebrating the life
of Lazare, a Jewish anarchist turned
Zionist who died at the age of 38 a
century ago. A plaque is also sched-
uled to be unveiled outside the writer's
home by the Paris municipality, hon-
oring Lazare for his efforts to bring
"freedom and dignity to all oppressed
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Cairo/JTA — Egyptian intellectuals
are warning against suing Jews for
gold the ancient Israelites took from
Egypt because it could bolster
Zionism.
Abd al-Wahab al-Masiri, author of
the encyclopedia Jews, Judaism, and
Zionism, said a planned lawsuit to
recover damages for gold taken during
the exodus could indirectly strengthen
Zionist claims to the land of Israel

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