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JEWISH NEWS, MARCH 14, 2003 PAGE 7 TIM BOXER'S Traveling With the Stars New Cost Cutting Methods ~he Israeli Ministry of Finance and Economic Mission in- p of the Wall Street elite to the well-heeled law Wickersham & Taft to welcome Israel's 'representative to the United Nations. was, Ambassador Dan Gillerman never showed up. to welcome the new Israeli ambassador who isn't York Congressman Jerrold Nadler quipped. General Alon Pinkas had a quick-witted explanation: ar~ experimenting with cost cutting. One way is to wel- people without them actually being here." Link, chairman of the 210-year-old upper crust law policy analyst at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, D.C said that AI Qaeda would not exist without Saudi money and complicity. "Saudi Arabia is a police state, and if they wanted to get Osama bin Laden they would have done it a long time ago." Speaking at a briefing of the Middle East Forum, a Philadel- phia-based think tank directed by Daniel Pipes, Schwartz painted Saudi's Wahhabism as an extreme puritanical'form of Islam. "AI Qaeda represents Wahhabism in its purest form," Schwartz said. "It rejects the concept of mixed societies. It seeks the destruction of the Shiite, Judaism, Sikkhism and Christianity." " Schwartz said Saudi Arabia's brand of Islam is not the traditional but extremist, labeling it "Islamo Fascism." The Wahhabis, he said, have succeeded in taking control of Muslims in three countries- Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United States. "I witnessed Wahhabi agents 10 years agotrying to take over Islam in the Balkans. "It is essential," he warned, "for the west to help Islamic countries free themselves from the grip of their corrupt rulers.', With regime change as an American policy, Schwartz envi- sioned a future where Saudi Arabia would be modeled after Malaysia, a constitutional parliamentary Islamic monarchy. , found Pinkas highly amusing. Not Legal To Call Him Counsel that as war in Iraq is "inevitable," the ambassa Don't call Alon Pinkas Israel's general counsel in New York. called back to brief Foreign Minister Sylvan Shalom on Alisa Doctoroff introduced him that way at a gathering of at the UN. "~ supporters of the Schechte~: Institute of Jewi~ S~dies.gathcr- what is Israel's position on this war, which Pinkas said ing at the Upper West Side brownstone she shares With~her Come in 30 days? Mekel, Deputy Permanent Representative of Israel to ed,"We have 39 reasons to Support the war: Scud 2, Scud 3, etc." was quick to amend that position. 39 reasons not for a war but to see Saddam he said. "We cannot wait five or seven years till there Iraqi Thomas Jefferson. Trust me, there are no Jeffersons is in the neighborhood." Ti~e i~or George Burns ~,~ra~k Gorshin, a master impressionist, has impersonated r, Ydifferent celebrities The one man he never attemptedwas .~e.o.rge Burns. David Frye and Rich Little impersonated Burns t"~eir n!ghtclub act, but Gorshin never did. r,~o.~ he s on Broadway doing a one-man show,"Say Goodnight '~r,~, te.'' He plays George Burns. , t ~et an actor friend who was looking for work and I told him. '~as going to do a one-man show," Gorshin said "He asked if ,~ere Was anything for him." The actor made an appearance at the 92 d Street Y, where ~ r~, right Rupert Holmes told an appreciative audience, "Luck- ~:' ve been able to assemble the entire cast of the show here "way , ed how he effortlessly impersonates the Nathan Birnbaum of the Lower East Side, and then into some of his stage shtick. offered a taste of Gracie's logic. She asks the waiter, "Do come withdessert?" Is the blueberry pie. Now bring all the entr~es." 2hange in the Dessert Saudi Arabia friend or foe? Stephen Schwartz, a senior husband, New York Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff. "I'm the consul general," Pinkas said. "General counsel is a lawyer - that I will not be!" He quickly apologized to the sprinkling of attorneys ~n the audience, " including high powered lawyer Robert Rifkind, Schechter's chairman of the board, who was grinning ear to ear. Some 40 people applauded an upbeat report from lsmar Schorch, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary. The Schechter Institute, which grants ordination for Conser- vative rabbis in Israel, is no longer only an extension of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, the chancellor said. It just received full Israeli accreditation as an educational institution, so it is now a wholly independent entity. Its degrees will be Israeli degrees, no longer JTS degrees. After calling for importing the American ideal of pluralism into Israeli society, Pinkas switched to the political maelstrom in the Middle East where, he said, he feels more comfortable. "I'm from the Camp David school," he said. "We are the only country in the world without borders. Until you have borders, you won't know where. Israel is and you won't have stability. "The first thing we should have done is kick Arafat out. He is an impediment to Arab progress. Send him to some retirement home in Boca. He's a corrupt good-for-nothing anti-statesman idiot. Look at the tragedies he has brought to both people." Pinkas warned that a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must be found before it is too late. "If I were a Palestinian I'd say forget about two states. Let's live together in one state." That would mark the end of Israel, he explained, because in 10 years the Palestinians will be a majority in the land between the Jordan and the Mediterranean, thuseffectively dooming the Zionist vision of a Jewish state. Tim Boxer is editor of Naomi Segal political par- '.VOwing to wage a fierce by coalition part- Minister Ariel s new government. measures, dubbed a revolution" in the me* the dismantling year of the Religious and the local many lo- Israel.The in- of civil marriage for COuples who are unable according to Jewish the latter falls short of call by the secular- to make civil available to all Israe- b have VOW- at their disposal. '~/e've seen revolutions that have succeeded and revolutions that haven't. I'm sure this is one of the revolutions that will not succeed," Knesset member Ya'acov Litzman, of the United Torah Judaism bloc, told Israel Radio. Litzman promised that as members of the opposition, the fervently Orthodox parties would do everything in their power "to make sure that the government falls." The "revolu- tion" was most evident at the changeover ceremony at the Interior Ministry, where Shinui's Avraham Poraz took the reins from Eli Yishai of the fervently Orthodox Shas Party. Poraz's first step was to grant temporary resident status for threeyears to Natalya Senikova, whose 22-year-old sonwas killed in a suicide bombing at ;~ Tel Aviv night-club in June 2001. Since then, the ministry had been refusing Senikova's re- quests for a residency permit, O' space charging that she had entered Regarding civil marriage, he the country on false documents said the coalition guidelines and should be deported,were part of an attempt to find a Poraz also announced that solution so that Israelis who he intended to review Yishai's aren't able to have a Jewish decision, recently approved by marriage in Israel won't have to the Cabinet, to immediately travel abroad to marry. bring some 20,000 Ethiopians Atthesametime, themooted known as Falash Mura to Israel. reforms appeared to be putting Poraz also announced that strains on the newly formed he would end the ministry's at- coalition Monday, with Yitzhak tempts to block the import of Levy, a deputy minister in non-kosher meat, the Israeli charge of the Religious Affairs daily YediotAchronot reported. Ministry, saying it might take In addition to Shinui, the more'than a year to dismantle National Religious Party came the ministry. under harsh criticism from fer- That immediately raised the vently Orthodox parties for ire of Shinui with Justice Min- agreeingtothereligiousreforms ister Yosef "Tommy" Lapid in the coalition agreements, warning the NRP that the coali- NRPKnessetmemberShaul tion agreements were not Yahalom defended the deci- "child'splay"butbindingagree- sions. Regarding the disman- ments that must be upheld, Is- fling of the Religious Affairs rael Radio reported. Ministry and the local religious In thewakeofLevy's remarks, councils, Yahalom said the Lapid metwith the prime min- agreements simply call for the ister;SharonassuredLapidthat establishment of a new system thecoalitionagreementswould to deal with such issues, be fulfilled. ~'reJewishwithsome- gregation Ohev Shalom, Miriam cups, candlesticks, cost $100 for a ten-foot by s~ll or if you have a 5015 Goddard Avenue, Or- tallit, and art. ten-footspace. Price includes Product to sell then lando. This first time event In addition, local Jewish two chairs and one eight-foot to sign up as a is sponsored by the COS Sis- artisans will sell their prod- table. 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Congregation Bet Chaim (R), 1033 Semoran Blvd Suite 151, Casselberry, 407-830-7211; Shabbat service, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Am (C), 3899 Sand Lake Road, Longwood, 407-862- 3505; Shabbat service, 8:15 p.m.I Saturday: 10 a.m Junior Cong 10:45 a.m. Congregation Beth El (C), 2185 Meadowlane Ave West Melbourne, 321- 779-0740; Services, 8 p.m. 1st & 3rd Fridays; 9:30 a.m. 2nd & 4th Saturdays. Congregation Beth Emeth (R), 1016 Yorkshire Ridge Ct Orlando, 407-855- 0772; Services once a month, 8 p.m. Congregation Beth Shalom (C), 315 North 13th St Leesburg, 352-315-0770 Congregation B'nai Torah (C), 445 S. Nova Rd Ormond Beach, 32174, 386-672-1174; Services Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, l0 a.m. Congregation Chabad (O), 1301 S. Patrick Dr. #62, Satellite Beach, 321-777- 2770. Congregation Chabad Lubavitch Of Greater Daytona (O), 1079 W. 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