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Page 10 The Jewish Transcript January 8, 1975 Passover in Jerusalem Temple De Hirsch Sinai is planning two Israel tours in 1975, an adult tour, Mar. 23-Apr. 9, and a youth tour, June 23-July 23. Rabbi Earl Start will lead the Passover tour, which features seder in Jerusalem. The youth tour includes four weeks in Israel Highlights include climbing Masada and visiting the Wall. (Left to right): Mike Koppel, Brian Harvitz, Janni Barokas, Rabbi Joel Levine with Dr. Alfred Gottschalk at the Jerusalem campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. BBYO Vote with Adult Delegates at BB Confab For the first time in the 131-year- old history of B'nai B'rith, delegates participating in its triennial international convention included teenagers. Fifteen members of the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization had all the rights and obligations of adult delegates to the B'nai B'rlth Convention in Jerusalem. The historic change in the Constitution of B'nai B'rith, giving youth a significant voice in the decision-making processes of B'nai B'rith, was adopted at the triennial convention in Philadelphia in 1971. Bruce Zimmerman, Grand Aleph Godol (International President) of Aleph Zadik Aleph (AZA), Houston, Texas, and Jannie Lehrer, N'siah (In- ternational President) of B'nai B'rith Girls (BBG), Vancouver, B.C., were among the speakers. Ran Gazit, President of Noar Lenoar, counterpart organization of the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization In Israel, par- tIcipated in the B'nai B'rith Memorial Service to victims of the Yom Kippur War at Mt. Kisalon. Around the World Warren Freedman Jews of Northwest According to Bruce A. McKelvle, an itinerant British Columbia historian, Jews from Asia in the 16th century settled on the coast of today's British Columbia and Washington State. These seafaring Jewish traders crossed the Pacific in junks from the Chinese mainland. The absence of ethnological traces of these early Jewish settlements in the Northwest is attributed to the fact there were no intermarriages with Indians. Hebrew Words But Jewish presence is attested to by (a) many Hebrew words in 47 native Indian dialects; (b) absence of pork from the Indian diet (the Siwash tribe still abstains from pork); and (c) the similarity of the mitred helmut, necklace and apron of the Indian medicine man to the ceremonial costume of ancient Israel's high priest. First Synagogue It was not until the 1850's that Jewish settlement truly began in the Northwest. The first synagogue, Congregation Emanuel, was founded at Van- couver in 1863, although Jewish traders had visited the area earlier. In 1851, S.P. Moses was named collector of customs at Port Townsend, Washington Territory, and In 1869 President Ulysses S. Grant appointed another Jew, Brigadier General Edward S. Saloman, also a Civil War hero, as Territorial governor for Washington. Victoria the Center In the 1870's Jewish community :ife in the Northwest centered around Victoria, B.C. Samuel S. Hvams, a founder of the VIctorla Jewish community, regularly visited Jews in Seattle during 1859- 1861, to help them maintain their Jewish identities. In 1889, the same year that Washington became a State, Bikur Cholim Synagogue was founded in Seattle through the efforts of Victoria Jewry. Today in Victoria there is but one small synagogue for the 50 Jewish families, Temple Emanuel at 1461 Blanchard Street. Active leaders are Mort Raels (2160 Haultain) and Allan Klenman (3250 Beach Drive). Lewis Gerstle, a German ira- migrant from Bavaria, who had first settled in Louisville, and then journeyed west in 1848 to open a fruit stand in San Francisco, later became a pick-and-shovel laborer in the mines. In 1860 Gerstle went into the stock brokerage business with his, Louis Sloss. They founded the Alaska Commercial Company, and secured from the U.S. Government a 20-year ex- clusive contract for seal fishing rights on the islands off Alaska. The firm prospered and organized a line of steamers plying the waters between San Francisco and Alaska. Later the firm developed the large salmon can- nerles which still constitute a dominant Industry in the Nor- thwest. Another Important Jewish businessman from Seattle was the banker, Jacob Furth, who jour- neyed with Gerstle to China to promote trade with the Orient on behalf of the entire Pacific Nor- thwest. Soviet Sister Appeals for Help The Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry has released an appeal for Soviet prisoner of conscience Yosef Mendelevlch of Riga, sen- fenced to 12 years In the first Leningrad trial four years ago. The plea, written by his sister Eva Mendelevlch Lisltzlna, Is addressed to rabbis In the United States, Britain and France. Deeply Religious She declares: "My brother is a deeply rellglous man. It is for- bidden for him to pray, he is forced to work on Saturday, and his head covering was ruined many times. For his refusal to work on the Sabbath and wearing a cap he has been deprived of seeing his ill father. "On Passover, he has no alternative but to starve because he can't obtain kosher foods--and all the time he is worked very hard. Despite this, my brother Yosef remains faithful to his people and the Commandments. Makes Appea I "Rise in defense of my brother! Don't let him die a slow death in the Soviet concentration camps! The release of Sylva Zalmanson has proved that only the strength of world opinion can change the fate of political prisoners In the USSR. A SSSJ spokesman urged "all persons of goodwill" to write letters of solidarity to Yosef Mendelevich to: USSR, RSFSR, Moscow, Uchr. 5110-1 VS. Israel Watergate Jerusalem (JTA)--Supreme Court Justice Shimon Agranat has rejected charges an allegedly missing diary contains information relevant to his committee's in- vestigation of the Yore Kippur War. - ' In a letter to Defense Minister Shimon Peres, Agranat dismissed the contention by Gen. Shmuel Gonen that the original diary was concealed and a forgery submitted to the committee. Neither the diary nor tape recordings of battle field com- munications that Gonen alleged were altered, contained vital in- formation, according to Agranat. Agranat's letter was in response to the Defense Minister's request that his committee investigate the mystery of the missing diary and erased tapes in Israel's "Watergate" affair. Big Writers Mad Jerusalem (JTA)--Three in- ternationally-known writers have called for a world-wide boycott of UNESCO until the organization reverses its anti-Israel resolutions. The call was made by Heinrich Boell, Saul Bellow and Eugene Ionesco at separate press con- ferences as the 39th PEN (Poets, Essayists, Novelists) Congress here. photo for t newspaper production? t ITRAVELING? . . .t I Studio III now open in Bellevue Square for rush service passport photos and I D photos I 1 381 BELLEVUE SQUARE 455-4563 i -----raeli Nurse to ach 'i I Class in Batik Making by Myrna Secord Batik, an ancient art form from the Far East has become a relief from daily tensions for Israeli women. In the past 15 years, many Israelis have enjoyed creating vivid, vibrant batiks, an art form found in ancient Egypt and Africa. Aviva Shafrir, a sabra, became enamored with the technique of using wax and dye on natural fibers and has created many beautiful hangings and garments. Her works include various motifs of Isareli subject matter including Jerusalem and old mosaics. A display of her work is at the JCC where she will teach a class Tuesday mornings. "1 feel that this craft is a won" derful way to express shape, color and ideas. Amateurs can be very successful and creative," AvlvO enthused. A native of Beit.Hakerer In. Jerusalem, Ms. Shafrir is head nurse in the Public Health SerViCe at Hebrew University. She is in Seattle with husband Eleazar, a bio-chemistry professor on sabbatical from HaddaSSah Hospital Medical School. The Shafrirs will return to israel in July. Anyone interested in the Batik course may call the JCC--232"/' Book Annual Printed In Three Languages Eleven essays on world Jewish literature and 813 books of Jewish interest published during 1973-74 In the U.$., Britain and Israel, are listed in Volume 32 of Jewish Book Annual, just released by the Jewish Book Council. The Annual is printed in three languages--English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The 196-page volume contains seven bibliographies annotating books In the following categories: American Jewish non- fiction (301); American Jewish fiction (43); Jewish Juveniles (34); American Hebrew books (82); Yiddish books (117); Anglo- Jewish books (136); and selected books published in Israel (100). The bibliographies were com- plied by Edward Kiev, Harold Ribalow, Deborah Brodle, Theodore Wiener, Dina Abramowicz, Elizabeth Eppler, and Ben-Shalom. Three winners of 1974 National Jewish Book Awards have also contributed articles: Yurl Suhl, "On Writing Holocaust Fiction"; Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz, "The Career of Jewish Existentialism;" and Bernard D Weinryb, "S e 'Problems of Jewish Historl" graphy Today." other essays Include: ,'50T Motifs in the Poetry of ylddlSI1 Writers In Israel," by Hyman i Bass; "Fifty Years of Kirit Sepher," by G. Kessel; "Abraha."i Joshua Heschel, 1907-1972," I! Byron L. Sherwln; and "Waltn Joseph Fischel, 1902-1973," bY 5.v. Goitein. Hebrew is now taught in 144 publl high schools in 21 states. Newcomers Program A welcome program for new members of the community to help them become acquainted with organizations, services and programs available within the Jewish community. Volunteers!! Newcomers!! Shalom Chairpersons: Carol Cohen Patti Tall Sponsored by the JCC, NCJW, Federation, Hadassah and JFCS. Call the Jewish Community Center 232-71 1 5 A