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March 02, 1990 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1990-03-02

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FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 1990

Shimon Schiffer (right) and friends at the weekly laundromat club.

The Leaders Of
The Laundromat

GARY ROSENBLATT

Editor

When friends
and colleagues
see you've spent
two weeks in
Israel, they want
to know what
the current
mood of the
country is like. But they don't
want a long, philosophical
dissertation. They'd probably
prefer a short anecdote that
sums it all up.
So I've got a story that
may not be definitive, but is
illustrative of the Israeli
psyche.
Every Friday afternoon for
the last dozen years or so, a
group of friends in
Jerusalem get together and
shmooze about the events of
the past week. What is
unique is the group's mem-
bership and its location. The
group is made up of some
high-powered people —
several members of the
Knesset, several leading
print and TV journalists, a
police chief and government
officials. And they meet in
Ramat Eshkol, a Jerusalem
suburb, in a neighborhood
laundromat about the size of
a large closet.
My friend, Shimon, the
chief diplomatic correspon-
dent for Yediot Achronot,
Israel's biggest daily, in-
vited a couple of American
Jewish journalists to come to
the laundromat with him on
a Friday afternoon and take
part in the discussion.
No one seems to know
quite how the "club," as

they call it, got started or
how the site was chosen.
Most of the participants liv-
ed in Ramat Eshkol at the
time — though some have
moved and still come back
on Friday afternoons — and
patronized Effie's laun-
dromat.
A visitor, on entering,
can't even imagine that
more than three or four peo-
ple could fit in the space.
There are only a couple of
chairs, and the huge dryers
next to them make quite a
racket. But there was an
immediate sense of cora-
raderie as the regulars
began to arrive and greet
each other.
There was Ariel, a member
of the Knesset on the finance
committee, and Mordechai,
who heads the government
customs department. Ovad,
a bear of a man who became
famous as the personal
bodyguard for several Israeli
prime ministers, now is in
the personal security busi-
ness. Yigdal is a diplomatic
correspondent on Israeli
television and Yair is an ex-
ecutive with Israeli Broad-
casting.
Within a few minutes,
about a dozen of the regulars
had gathered and been in-
troduced to the guests. Effie,
the owner of the laun-
dromat, offers tea and coffee
first, and later a shnapps.
Berakes, an Israeli delicacy
of cheese and dough, are
brought in from a nearby
bakery. By now, the conver-
sation is louder than the
rumbling dryers.
"This is our own miniature
parliament," Shimon ex-

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