The Weekly Schmooze: The Terminator dances the 'hora'

A 'Jpost' column wrapping up the hottest Jewish culture news worldwide: Qatar to allow Israelis in World Cup; NY vs. DC menora wars.

December 9, 2010 14:04
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Happy Hanukka! In honor of the festival of lights, and continuing in this column's theme of showcasing awkward dancing (

Although no exact menorah-measurements were publicized, the
Woody Allen, who filmed a scene in the movie Manhattan at one of its tables. Billy Joel paid tribute to the restaurant in his song "Big Shot:" "They all were impressed with your Halston dress/And the people that you knew at Elaine's."

Kaufman, who would often sit and schmooze with her famous customers – from New York writers like Joseph Heller and Mario Puzo to acclaimed actors like Michael Douglas and Michael Caine - was declared a living landmark by the New York Landmarks Conservancy in 2003.

Jewish soccer fans panicked last week, when it was announced that Qatar won a bid to host the FIFA World Cup in 2022. They have nothing to fear – in a Reuters story from 2009, the 2022 bid's chief executive, Hassan Abdulla Al Thawadi said that his country would allow Israel to take part in the World Cup, even it does not recognize the Jewish State.

"All nations participating in the FIFA World Cup are welcome," Thawadi said.

Thawadi added that Qatar would allow alcohol to be sold during the world's most watched sporting event, even though alcohol is forbidden by Islam.

Is Leonardo DiCaprio joining the tribe? British tabloid The Daily Mail thinks so. The paper reported that DiCaprio is "looking into converting for” his Israeli supermodel girlfriend Bar Refaeli and has been making
"secret visits" to Israel, which are "the clearest sign that he intends to marry" her. Since as the tabloid's nickname is "The Daily Fail," and Israel's eagle-eye paparazzi catches Refaeli's every move, the Schmooze will remain skeptical about this rumor until it appears elsewhere.

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