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The Detroit Jewish News, 2010-09-09

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living in textile. But recently there is a feel-
ing that they are trying to take the textile
industry from the Jews. The Turks decided
to damage Jews' incomes so they would
"There has been a large emigration
wave in recent years. If about 100 people
would typically move to Israel every year,
the wave has increased and many more are
looking into the option of making aliyah.
I told Erdogan there is anti-Semitism in
his country, but he rejected my remarks
claiming they are empty words. Despite his
denial, the Jews feel horrible
Nissim Yochai, 54, a successful textile
businessman, immigrated to Israel on


Family and friends are invited
to share memories and
celebrate Roz's life at a service
to be held at 11:30 a.m. on
Saturday, September 11, 2010
at the Birmingham Temple,
Farmington Hills.
Reception to follow

Friday with his wife and son. "It's a scary
situation:' he said. "I think that in another
five years, there won't be any Jews remain-
ing in Turkey. It is a community in serious
distress, not just politically, but economi-
cally as well. Most of the Muslims tend not
to buy from Jewish shops, especially in
"In the period when Israelis were com-
ing to Turkey en masse, we had buyers,
and we felt very safe. We spoke a little bit
of Hebrew, and we heard from them about
experiences in Israel. Now, they also have
decided not to come, and we are left by
ourselves. Turkey is moving towards Iran.
Therefore, most of the community wants to
get out before it's too late'
Yochais decision to make aliyah was
not finalized because of the flotilla raid.
Instead, it was most affected by the high-
ly publicized spat between Erdogan and
President Shimon Peres over Operation
Cast Lead. Erdogan walked out on Peres
during a debate in Davos as he hurled
blame at Peres.
"Most of the community understood
then for the first time where the prime

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minister plans on taking Turkey': he said.
Tildah Mizrahi, 27, also a new immi-
grant, immigrated on her own. "I want to
live in Israel and feel safe she said. "I had
concerns about immigrating, but they have
already faded. In any case, I left a family
and a loving home, and I came to a new
country to learn a new language. But I'm
happy and am certain that within a short
time I will find myself speaking Hebrew
and contributing to the State of Israel and
the State of Israel contributing to me."
The Jewish Agency would be happy if
articles such as this one were not pub-
fished. "We don't want to cause problems
for the Jews. It is best that such articles
were not published in the Israeli press. It
simply makes problems for the Jews with
the authorities:' said a senior official in the
Hagit Hilleli, the Jewish Agency's media
spokesperson, said, "The Jewish Agency
does not address the Turkish aliyah figures
or the flotilla incident. There is no persecu-
tion of Jews in Turkey. Immigrants come
to Israel because they wish to build their
homes here' ❑

Debra Berger: Efforts brought
5,000 World Leaders To Israel
New York/JTA — Debra Berger, the found-
er of Project Interchange that sent influen-
tial leaders to Israel, died Sept. 1, 2010.
Project Interchange, which Berger
founded in 1982 and became an institute
of the American Jewish Committee a
decade later, has brought more than 5,000
leaders to Israel from more than 60 coun-
tries for weeklong educational visits.
Her desire was to inform the public
about Israel. The mission, she reasoned,
could be realized through educational
visits for influential leaders, who upon
returning home could share their perspec-
tives with vast audiences.
In 1983, Berger sent off a delegation of
congressional staff from the U.S., marking
Project Interchange's inaugural program. •
She ran Project Interchange first from her
suburban Washington, D.C., home. AJC
Executive Director David Harris called her
"a visionary"
"Her goal was to introduce the Israel
she loved to leading American figures.
She succeeded beyond anyone's wildest
dreams:' Harris said.

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