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August 22, 1986 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1986-08-22

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swimming against Jewish
youths from throughout
North and South America as
well as teams from Israel and
Australia.

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major problems," Robinson
said, "but I think the kids
have gotten what they came
for. You'll see it in their faces
when they get off the bus at
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Friday, August 22, 1986

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for Israel, have already taken
steps to improve planning for
the next games, scheduled for
Chicago in 1988. Robinson
headed the site selection
committee which began meet-
ing last fall. The bidding
cities filled out two-page ap-
plications and were required
to have the support of their
Jewish federation to be a
serious contender for the
1988.Maccabia.
Robinson said Chicago was
selected over St. Louis and
Baltimore, and that more
stringent rules have been
applied for preparations and
the compdtitions.

NOTEBOOK

CARL ALPERT

PERFECTION IS OUR REFLECTION

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Maccabi Games

N

o one will ever know
what went on one re-
cent spring evening in
Jordanian military headquar-
ters when Jordan's military
intelligence services sent in
emergency reports of alarm-
ing and suspicious move-
ments on the Israel side of
the southern tip of the Dead
Sea. First reports, seemed to
be unbelievable. Observers
had noted that a large convoy
of large buses, the kind used
by Israel to transport troops,
had made its way south, and
was now driving onto the top
of one of the narrow dikes
leading directly into the mid-
dle of the Dead Sea.
Spotlights and unusual ac-
tivity had been detected at
the very end of the dike, close
to the Jordanian border, but
it seemed incredible that this
could be an amphibious group
preparing to embark on a re-
ckless adventure in Jorda-
nian waters. , Yet the loaded
buses, a whole caravan of
them, were heading steadily
into the dead end of the dike,
one of many which divide the
Dead Sea into vast pools for
purposes of evaporation.
Tension eased when the
buses came to a halt at the
very end, and disgorged their
civilian passengers, who took
seats about round tables be-
decked with bright covers.
The prevailing western
breeze wafted to Jordanian
nostrils the unmistakable
odors of grilled meats and all
the fixings which go with an
elegant seven-course dinner.
The ripples of the sea lapped
at three sides of the salt-
encrusted dike. The orchestra
played, the costumed dancers
made merry on an improvised
platform, the mood was jolly,
and before the evening was
over, most of the throng had
locked arms into a long,
snaky hora dance, weaving

its way in and out among the
tables, and occasionally even
stepping into the shallow
brine.
How can one explain to the
Jordanians that this was the
unusual way the Israel *
Museum had chosen to cul-
minate the annual meeting of
its international council?
While many members from
European countries were pre-
sent, attendance from the
United States fell victim to
terrorist scares and was not
all that it should have been.
The event was the product
of the joint effort of three
bodies. One was the Israel
Museum, which in its rela-
tively short history has
emerged as one of the great
art and archeology galleries
of the world.
• The second partner in the
"Jordan Surprise" was the
Dead Sea Works, which last
year sold more than $300
million worth of potash and
bromine, not to speak of the
millions of tons of various
salts, magnesium and other
minerals.
The gastronomical side of
the unique evening was
taken care of by the staff of
the Moriah Dead Sea Spa
Hotel, located not too many
miles from the potash plant.
In the midst of this otherwise
desolate wilderness, the
Moriah chefs served such
imaginative dishes as Ein
Gedi pineapple filled with
Jericho fruits, accompanied
by Lot's Wife sauvignon
bland, Moriah leopard wel-
lington fillet, Sodom potatoes,
Judea broccoli with smoked
goose breast, and so on
through seven courses, end-
ing up with Beduin coffee.

What the Jordanians do
not know is how all that food
was kept piping hot, where
the exotic Indian dancers
came from, and how in the
world the buses managed to
turn around on that narrow
dike.

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