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FOR YOUNG FAMILIES

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6:30 - .00 PM - SeAREY

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6:30 PM - Purim Costume Party & Great Greggor Grind

7:00 - 10:00 PM - Enjoy These Fun Family Activities

Dance Dana) Revolution & Star Trax Productions
Clams & Ccsrnival Games
Airbrushing, Inflat ► ble% titiniature Gott TanV. Tag,
Slot Car Racing & Special Moung Children's Area
kosher Foods For Purchase

CONGREGATION

SI-111REY ZEDEK

Purim is not just for kids anymore.

7:30 PM - Traditional Megillah Reading

Evening service and Megillah Reading in the Chapel

9:00 - 11:00 PM - Raven Gallery Coffee House

Music from one of the country's longest running
and successful coffee houses, The Raven Gallery,
will once again be heard from "silver strings strung
over wooden boxes."

Three of the most popular Raven Gallery performers,
Ron Coden, Josh White Jr. and Charlie Latimer,
will join together in music and song as we bring back
the coffee house atmosphere.

Purim Extravaganza Plus Generously Sponsored By The Sidney Katzman Memorial Purim Fund

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Haman from page 19

Fours times between 1989 and
1997, the voters elected presidents
who promised to liberalize the
regime. Rafsanjani and Khatami
tried to provide more personal free-
dom and friendlier relations with
the West and failed. The iron fist of
the clerical dictatorship prevailed.
As a sop to the opposition, the mul-
lahs have stopped enforcing strict
adherence to the fundamentalist
dress code. But nothing has really
changed.
When Ahmadinejad, the former
mayor of Teheran, was elected
president, these observers were
surprised. He was an arch funda-
mentalist militant who understood
that the liberal opposition had no
constituency among the poor. He
mobilized the poor to vote for him
by offering a magic mix of social-
ism, religion and nationalism.
Hating the rich and Jews and
promising to make Iran a nuclear
power was the propaganda of victo-
ry. Despite his dangerous popularity
and the economic sanctions that his
militancy has brought to Iran, the
mullah dictators like and support
him. Liberals grumble about his
excesses. But they don't know how
to overthrow him and are ambiva-
lent about his nuclear program.
The problem with war is twofold.
The American people are exhaust-
ed from Iraq. And any attack will
destroy the liberal opposition and
mobilize Iranian masses and the
Muslim world to a frenzy of hatred.
An alternative is to allow the
economic sanctions imposed by
the United Nations to take their
toll. The poor, the mainstay of
Ahmadinejad's support, are already
angry about a worsening economy.
Even North Korea capitulated
under Chinese pressure. And China
is Iran's best petroleum cus-
tomer. Economic discontent is also
emboldening the old opposition.
A second alternative is to take
advantage of Sunni fears. Most of
the Arab and Muslim world are
Sunni and are frightened by the
rise of Shiite power in Iraq. The
alliance between Shiite Iran, Shiite
Iraq, Shiite Hezbollah and Shiite-
led Syria terrifies the Saudis and
Egyptians. Let the Sunni opposi-
tion take center stage in countering
the ambitions of the mullahs.
Of course, there is a third alter-
native. Find a Jewish Esther to
seduce Ayatollah Khamenei. 17

Sherwin Wine is founding rabbi of the

Birmingham Temple in Farmington Hills.

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