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HERITAGE, Florida Jewish News, April 13, 1979 allelujah'.... sraelis Win Again I second straight year, a group of i !aeli sthehave won the prestigious Eurovision / ilg Contest This time it was "Hallelujah," i.g by Gali "Atari and the Milk and Honey =up. Here is how The Jerusalem POST ,mte it, including the lyrics of the prize- il00er. m i i Israel's entry, "Hallelujah," sung by by the Milk and Honey group, won song contest -- for Israel's second victory _ in a cliff-hanger finish on Saturday . | 01 0-- rr wrote the lyrics of the winning entry, and JlV '1  l'm composed the music. W] I b OUtcolTle was in doubt until the very last round of h re .eNlll ._ : Israel ] 25; Spain 116; France 106;  86; Ireland 80' Portugal 74; United Kingdom Denmark 66; Belgium 61 ; Switzerland 60; R:l ; ,' ,  Netherlands 51; Luxembourg 44; Finland ' Itb.t/; Monaco 12; Sweden 8; Austria 4  =r mated that halfa billion viewers saw F'urovision's r YI  :ale trvjanza as the hall was transformed into a !  f( lower of Babel, Israel Television reaped rich of the show. /"7'I|  I Were awarded byjuries watching the show in i1! _ e Counbies, and not allowed to vote for their Xps. A! - The juries were in constant touch with Kobi Oshrat and lgriclst Shimrlt Or are In a vlctorg hug. the winning song, "Hallelujah," was surrounded and embraced by the Milk and Honey group. Millions o[71/viewers in Israel and Europe watch the show. At fight, composer a=romem POST photo= Jerusalem as they watched the show. The contest was shown to Israeli viewers in color. Normally the'IV authorities use a device which eliminates the color from films, so that even viewers with color television must be content with black and white. Color was also shown during last week's reports on the peace pact At one stage last week the Eurovision broadcast was threatened because of sanctions by Israel communications workers. However, the Ministry of Communications issued back-to-work orders to certain striking engineers. The show is traditionally held in the country of origin of the last winning group Here are the lyrics of "Halielujah," the winning Israeli entry: Hallalujah to the world Hallelujah shall everyone sing Praise the Lord -- in a single word Hearts with gratitude brim And beat -- what a wonderful world. Hallelujah with a song Hallelujah for a new blue day Hallelujah for what was, jah, jah, And for all that is to be  Hallelujah Hallelujah to the world Hallelujah shall everyone sing And the great bells shall peal it and toll it and nng And join us in Hallujah Hallelujah with a song Hallelujah for a new blue day Hallelujah for what was, jah, jah, And for all that is to be  Hallelujah. Hallelujah in every way For tomorrow and yesterday Hallelujah  sing hand in hand And with one heart  Hallelujah. Hallelujah with a song Hallelujah for a 'new blue day Hallelujah for what was, jah, jah And for all that is to be -- Hallelujah. Saga of a Jewish Cowboy (icldish accenL I Wasn't face to face with an everyday Texas, I had walked into Luskey's so I had hoped that authentic cowboy. Instead, I met native of Pinsk, Russia, who had 1913. LusKey, naon t given/menca a / never would have left Pinsk A Abraham didn't have any he was worried about which didn't =hands between Poland and set off alone for New York City, a bootmaker for a few years and then / From P/nsk to Odessa send for his family. When he discovered that he had to work on Shabbat in order to earn a living, he turned around and went back to Pinsk in despair. Three years later, Abraham heard a rumor in Pinsk that people in Texas were bringing Jewish immigrants through the port of Galveston to settle in their state. After investigating the situation further, he booked passage for himself and left for Galveston. From there, he was sent to Fort Worth. In 1913, he sent for his wife, Molly, his three daughters, and his 13- year-old son, Jake. Arrives After His Bar Mitzvah "1 came right after my Bar Mitzvah," Jake told me. "In Pinsk I had already gone to a special yeshiva, and I was studying to be a rabbi or a shochet. Then I had to go to the 'goldena' land" In America, Abraham had started a business making and repairing shoes and boots. When the family arrived, Jake continued his schooling and polished boots for his father. He later worked in a store that sold western apparel. In 19 ! 9, Jake and his father opened a general store in Fort Worth. A. Luskey & Sons, as it was first called, was located about 17 blocks from downtown Fort Worth, across from a wagon yard where farmers and ranchers parked their wagons when they came to town. The store sold Abraham's handmade boots, piece goods, and big brimmed straw and felt hats. The next year Jake married a Dallas native named Rose, and the store began specializing in western wear. When Abraham was killed in an accident in 1933, Jake became head of the family business Meanwhile, Jake and Rose were busy raising a family of their own, five sons and two daughters. Today all five sons are in the business, and there are six Luskey's Western Stores throughout Texas. The main store and a thriving mall order business are still in Fort Worth, at Houston and Weatherford Streets. Although Jake officially retired in 1960 and turned the business over to his sons, he still comes to the store every day to work. Active in The Jewish Community During the years that Jake was building a successful business, he never forgot his Jewish training in Rnsk, Today he and his family are all active members of the Texas Jewh Community. When he arrivedin Fort Worth in 1913; there were already a few Jewish families and a small synagogue. By 1936, Jake became president of Congregation Ahavath Shalom, the Jewish community had grown considerably. "At the time; I was the youngest president in this whole country of a synagogue with over 400 members," he said, Including that first term in office, Jake has bee president of his congragation four times. He has also served as chairman of the synagogue's'Hebrew school since ] 920 Today, the Fort Worth Jewish community numbers 3000. There are two synagogues, a Jewish Federation, a Jewish Community Center and a Jewish Social Sen4ce Agency. There are chapters of most major Jewish organizations, and a Jewish day school is in its second year of operation. Jake's oldest son, Louis, is a past president of the B'nai B'rith lodge, and his wife, daughters and daughters-in-law are all active life members of Hadassah. Even th,, Luskey men are all Hadassah Associates. In addition tc  communal dedication to Judaism, Jake has visited Isr ...... This year the Luskey family opened the  Western Store, located in Odessa, Te Odessa and Rnsk, now part of the . approximately 450 miles apart. Jake set 1913. It has taken him 66 years to arrive ur times. ':h Luskey's he original Union, are .om Pinsk in