With most of the country transfixed on the sad search for John F. Kennedy Jr.'s plane, the White House tried briefly last night to sound a hopeful note: an effusive, heartfelt welcome for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

"It's a terrible weekend," said a grim-faced Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). "It's good to have something positive in the air, and tonight's positive."

Both Clinton and Barak opened their toasts with words of comfort and prayers for the Kennedy family in front of more than 500 guests gathered in a pavilion on the South Lawn. Clearly, the latest Kennedy tragedy cast a shadow on what would have been an upbeat celebration for the new Israeli leader and his supporters, many of whom were in attendance.

"I think he's a banner of hope," said Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. "His language, his commitment, his behavior--he represents promise."

Another guest at the dinner, Leah Rabin, the widow of slain Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, was the sentimental focus of the evening. "You don't compare personalities," she said. "But I do believe Barak is a wonderful, wonderful person and that he is dedicated to the cause of peace for all the people of our area."

Sens. Jesse Helms, Charles Schumer and Frank Lautenberg led the list of influential politicians at the table; former New York mayor Ed Koch and comedian Al Franken provided the one-liners, and billionaires and multimillionaires such as Ron Perelman, Ron Lauder and Walter Shorenstein led the list of big-buck Democratic donors.

Missing was Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and the fact that the guest list looked like a New York Senate candidate's dream Rolodex was purely coincidental.

But this was Barak's night, although the dinner was not an official state event but rather an informal "working" dinner for friends. The receiving line took more than two hours, given all the greetings and hugs. Leah Rabin received a long, warm embrace from Clinton and Barak. James Carville, who served as a consultant to Barak's winning campaign, got a booming welcome from his client, and the admiration was mutual. "He's not very tall," said Carville, "but he sure is smart."

The 57-year-old war hero, a protege of Yitzhak Rabin, is widely hailed as the next great hope for peace in the Middle East. After three years of tense Israeli-Arab relations under Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, many are treating Barak's election as a de facto peace treaty, rather than a jump-start to new peace talks. Perhaps the most symbolic part of Barak's six-day trip so far was the Clintons' invitation to spend last Thursday night at Camp David--the site of the historic 1978 peace accord brokered there by Jimmy Carter, Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin.

Last night, after the marathon receiving line, the two leaders and their guests gathered in a huge tent. The air outside was muggy, the "pavilion" blissfully air-conditioned.

The dinner began with extended toasts.

President Clinton began his remarks with thoughts of the Kennedys. "Life and its possibilities are fleeting," he said. "We have to make the most of every day."

Barak, on his first visit to the United States as prime minister, responded by emphasizing the relationship between the United States and Israel, calling for a "new era of secure and lasting peace in the Middle East." He spoke eloquently and from the heart as a soldier and warrior. "I can tell you there have never been words or images that portray the horror of death," he said. "I pray that the time will never come when I have to give the order to go to war."

The rest of the night was relatively subdued. The guests dined on a menu of chilled gazpacho, arctic char and a summer nectarine pudding. There was no entertainment on this evening, just the quiet hopes for peace and grace.

"I propose a toast to you and Mrs. Clinton for your warm hospitality," Barak said in closing. Most of all, he said, he wanted everyone to remember President Kennedy's dream--a dream that Clinton followed: "Where the strong are just, the weak secure and the peace preserved."

The guest list:

Ehud Barak, prime minister of Israel, and Nava Barak

Zalman Shoval, ambassador of Israel, and Kena Shoval

Maj. Gen. Danny Yatom, chief of staff, Office of the Prime Minister

Yossi Kucik, director general, Office of the Prime Minister

Ilan Biran, director general, Ministry of Defense

Efraim Halevi, head of the Mossad

Chaim Mendel-Shaked, head of the Prime Minster's Bureau

Zvi Shtanber, foreign policy adviser to the prime minister

Gen. Zeev Livne, defense attache

Brig. Gen. Dan Harel, military secretary to the Ministry of Defense

Daniel Abraham, Slim-Fast Foods, and Ewa Abraham

Rep. Gary L. Ackerman (D-N.Y.) and Roger Tilles, Tilles Investments Co.

Mervyn Adelson, East-West Capital Associates, and Thea Adelson

Karen Adler, LCOR Inc., and Laurence Greenwald, Strooch & Strooch & Lavan

Michael M. Adler, Adler Group, and Judith Adler

Abdulla Mohamed Al-Dhahab, ambassador of Oman, and Zakyia Abdulla

Saad M. Al-Kobaisi, ambassador of Qatar, and Sandra Lea Charles

Madeleine K. Albright, secretary of state, and Wendy R. Sherman, counselor, Department of State

Mian M. Ashraf, former president, Islamic Center of New England, and Farah Pandith, ML Strategies

Danny Ayalon, deputy foreign policy adviser to the prime minister

Karen Bacon, Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University, and Elisha Bacon

Gadi Baltiansky, media adviser to the prime minister

Rebecka Belldegrun, Intertech Corp., and Arie Belldegrun, UCLA School of Medicine

Jack Bendheim, Philip Bros. Chemicals, and Stephen P. Cohen, Institute for Middle East Peace

Zev Jacobson and Yonina Bendheim

Mitchell Berger, Sallie Mae

Samuel R. Berger, assistant to the president for national security affairs, and Deborah Berger

Bernard Bergreen, Gilman Investment Co.

Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) and Sloane Arnold, assistant to Rep. Berkley

Arthur Berman, Illinois state senator, and Barbara Berman

Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Calif.)

Julius Berman, former chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Dorothy Berman

Meyer Berman and Laurie Kramer

Kenneth J. Bialkin, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Morris Biller and Lola Reed

Wolf I. Blitzer, senior White House correspondent, CNN, and Lynn Blitzer

Elaine Bloom, Florida state representative, and David Nelson Bloom

Rabbi Stanley Bloom, Agudath Israel of America, and Susan Bloom

Sidney Blumenthal, assistant to the president, and Jacqueline Jordan Blumenthal

Richard Boxer, National Jewish Democratic Council, and Barbara Boxer

Jonathan David Broder, Jerusalem Report, and Lisa Beyer, Jerusalem bureau chief, Time Magazine

Avron Brog, Robinson, Brog, Lewand, Genovese & Gluck, and Sheila Brog, Brog-Wolf Interiors

David Brog, IRD Inc., and Kathleen Bain Contic

Norman Brownstein, Brownstein, Hyatt & Farber

Martin Bunzl, Rutgers University, and Deborah Hertz, Sarah Lawrence College

Stephen N. Bunzl and Judy Bernstein Bunzl

Robert Burkett, Gilman Strategic Development, and Sally Burkett

A. Peter Burleigh, acting ambassador, U.S. Mission to the United Nations

Rep. Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.) and Myrna Cardin

James Carville, political consultant, and Mary Matalin, Republican strategist

Mustapha Cherkaoui, charge d'affaires, Morocco

Myron Cherry, Cherry & Flynn Law Offices, and Patricia Cherry

Ellen Chesler, senior fellow, Open Society Institute, and Matthew J. Mallow, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Stanley M. Chesley, Waite, Schneider, Bayless and Chesley, and Susan J. Dlott, U.S. District Court judge

Vance D. Coffman, Lockheed Martin, and Arlene Coffman

Doron Cohen, attorney, and Pamela Dubin

William S. Cohen, secretary of defense

Philip M. Condit, Boeing Co., and Geda M. Maso, Cascade Restoration Co.

Daniel Crown, Crown Theaters and New York Yankees, and Ellen Crown

Lynn Cutler, deputy assistant to the president, and L. Ronald Scheman, Greenberg & Traurig

William M. Daley, secretary of commerce

Noach Dear, New York City Council member, and Joseph Douek, Willoughby's

Debra DeLee, Americans for Peace Now, and Arnie Miller, Isaacson Miller

Rep. Peter R. Deutsch (D-Fla.) and Billie Deutsch, Posnack Jewish Community Center

Ronald I. Dozoretz, FHC Health Systems, and Beth E. Dozoretz, Democratic National Committee

Yossi Draznin, assistant deputy director-general, Ministry of Defense of Israel

Maria Echaveste, assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff, and Fred Hochberg, deputy administrator, Small Business Administration

Sara Ehrman, Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, and Tamar Abraham

Stuart Eizenstat, undersecretary of state for economics, business and agricultural affairs, and Frances Eizenstat

Rahm Emanuel, Wasserstein Perella and Co., and Dr. Benjamin Emanuel

Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Patricia Engel

Alfred Engelberg, attorney, and Gail Engelberg

Seymour Essrog, Rabbinical Assembly, and Toby Essrog

Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) and Mary Feingold

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Richard Blum, Richard C. Blum and Associates

Trude B. Feldman, White House correspondent, and Jane Nielsen

Rep. Bob Filner (D-Calif.) and Jane Filner

Ira N. Forman, National Jewish Democratic Council, and William Titelman, Rite Aid.

Moshe Fox, North American Division, Israeli Foreign Ministry

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and Sergio Pombo

Alan S. Franken, writer, and Frances B. Franken

Mary Mel French, chief of protocol

Samuel Fried, The Limited, and Gigi Fried

Amy and Morton Friedkin, AIPAC

Skeets Friedkin and Dawn Friedkin, Department of Commerce

Thomas Friedman, the New York Times, and Ann Friedman, teacher

Rep. Martin Frost (D-Tex.) and Brig. Gen. Kathryn George Frost

Leon Fuerth, National Security Affairs, and Lynn Fuerth

Mandell I. Ganchrow, Orthodox Union, and Sheila Ganchrow

Mia Gejdenson and Amos Hochstein, House International Relations Committee

Rabbi Menachem Genack, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, and Sarah Genack

Rep. Benjamin Gilman (R-N.Y.) and Georgia Gilman

Ronnie and David Ginott, Winston Band Instruments Co.

Marc Ginsburg, Georgetown Global Investments Corp., and Janet Ginsburg

Guilford Glazer, Guilford Glazer Associates, and Diane Glazer, attorney

Daniel Glickman, secretary of agriculture, and Rhoda Glickman

Michael A. Goldberg, Aerolease International

Ya'acov Goldberg, adviser to the prime minister

Stanley B. Greenberg, Greenberg & Quinlan Research, and Rep. Rosa D. DeLauro (D-Conn.)

Brian L. Greenspun, Las Vegas Sun and the Greenspun Co., and Myra Greenspun, Preferred Travel

Steven Grossman, former national chairman, Democratic National Committee, and Barbara Grossman, Tufts University

Madeleine Grunwald, Grunwald Communications, and Matthew Cooper, Time Magazine

Eitan Haber

Laurence Harris, Teligent Inc., and Susan B. Harris, health care consultant

Gary Heiman, Standard Textile Co., and Kim Heiman, Standard Textile Co.

Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.) and Dorothy Helms

David Hermelin, ambassador to Norway and immediate task international chairman of State of Israel Bonds, and Doreen Hermelin, UJA Federation

D. Jeffrey Hirschberg, Ernst & Young, and Frann G. Lichtenstein

Malcolm Hoenlein, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Freida Hoenlein

Elzabeth Holtzman, Herrick, Feinstein LLP

Gedale B. Horowitz, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York and Solomon Smith Barney, and Barbara S. Horowitz

Martin Indyk, assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, and Jill Collier Indyk, Australian Embassy

Jonathan Jacoby, Israel Policy Forum, and Debra Wasserman Amdursky, Israel Policy Forum

Michael G. Jesselson, Jesselson Capital Corp., and Linda J. Jesselson

Mark Joffe, Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and Matthew Dorf, Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Peter Joseph, Israel Policy Forum and Jewish Community Center of the Upper West Side, and Jodi J. Schwartz, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Lionel Kaplan, AIPAC, and Gail Kaplan

Fran Katz, Democratic National Committee

Walter Kaye, civilian aide to the secretary of the Army, and Selma Kaye

Patricia Kenner, Campus Coach Lines

Maj. Gen. Donald L. Kerrick, deputy assistant to the president for national security affairs, and Thayne Kerrick

Rabbi Shaya Kilimnick, Congregation Beth Sholom, and Nichele Kilimnick

Henry A. Kissinger, former secretary of state

Edward I. Koch, attorney and former mayor of New York City, and Howard C. Geary, his assistant

Sidney and Dorothy Kohl

Howard Kohr, AIPAC, and Melvin A. Dow, AIPAC

Steven and Lynette Koppel

J. Livingston Kosberg and Saranne Kosberg, investors

Victor A. Kovner, Americans for Peace Now, and Sarah Kovner, special assistant to the secretary of health and human services

Rabbi Charles A. Kroloff, Central Conference of American Rabbis, and Theresa K. Kroloff

Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) and Kathleen LaHood

Anthony Lake, former national security adviser

Bernard Lander, Touro University, and Hannah Lander

Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.) and Annette Lantos

Ronald S. Lauder, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Jo Carole Lauder, Friends of Art and Preservation in Embassies

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Bonnie Englebardt

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Marcelle Leahy

Uzi Levi, Ministry of Finance of Israel

Barbara Levin, Energy Conversion Devices, and Emery Klein

James Levin, J.H.L. Enterprises, and Mary Levin

Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.) and Victoria Levin, National Institute of Mental Health

Meldon Levine, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and Connie Bruck

Eli Levite, National Security Council of Israel

Jack Lew, director, Office of Management and Budget, and Ruth Schwartz

Ann F. Lewis, counselor to the president, and Myron Sponder, Office of Naval Research

Gene Lichtenstein, Jewish Journal of Los Angeles

Judith Lichtman, National Partnership for Women & Families, and Elliott Lichtman, Lichtman, Trister, Singer & Ross

Warren Lieberfarb and Gail Lieberfarb

Evelyn S. Lieberman, Department of State, and Edward H. Lieberman, Coudert Brothers

Ellen Liman, Joe and Emily Lowe Foundation

Deborah Lipstadt, Emory University, and Melvin Konner

Bonnie Lipton, Hadassah--the Women's Zionist Organization of America

Mrs. Michal Barak Lotenberg, Skadden Arps and daughter of the prime minister of Israel, and Ziv Lotenberg, Mint Technologies

Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and Stephen Lowey

Hamdi S. Loza, Embassy of Egypt, and Sherine Riad

Fredric H. Mack, the Mack Company

Robert Malley, special assistant to the president for Arab-Israeli affairs, and Caroline Brown, Covington & Burling

Ruth B. Mandel, Rutgers University and U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, and Jeffrey Lucker, Princeton High School

David Mandel, Ohel Children's Home and Family Services, and Susan Mandel, Zoe Fashions

Hani Masri, Capital Corp., and Cheryl Masri

Jay Mazur, Union of Needletraders, Industrial & Textile Employees, and Connie Mazur

Carl McCall, comptroller, State of New York, and Joyce Brown, Fashion Institute of Technology

Benjamin Meed, American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, and Jeanine Scherzer

Pini Meidan-Shani, Office of the Prime Minister of Israel

Noureddine Mejdoub, ambassador of Tunisia, and Karima Mejdoub

Philip Meltzer, ARZA/World Union, and Barbara Meltzer

Noa Meyer, Office of the First Lady, and Aviva S. Meyer, New Israel Fund

Aaron David Miller, Department of State, and Lindsay Miller, Seeds of Peace

Rabbi Michael Miller, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, and Phyllis Miller

George J. Mitchell and Heather Mitchell

Deborah Mohile, Office of Public Liaison, and Steven Rabinowitz

Marwan Jamil Muasher, ambassador of Jordan

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Joyce Miller, Office of New York State Comptroller

Bernard Nussbaum, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and Toby Nussbaum, Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council for Jewish Poverty

Rep. David R. Obey (D-Wis.) and Joan Obey

Norman Orenstein, American Enterprises Institute, and Judith Harris, Reed, Smith, Shaw & McClay

Harold Ostroff, the Forward, and Madelon Braun, Philadelphia Futures

Wayne Owens, Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, and Jim Gerstein, Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation

Alan Patricof, Patricof & Co. Ventures, and Jonathan Patricof

Judith Stern Peck, United Jewish Federation of New York, and Stephen Peck, Mount Sinai NYU Health

Mark Penn, Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, and Nancy Jacobson, Jacobson Consulting

Ronald O. Perelman, Revlon, and Ellen Barkin, actress

Merav Persi-Tzadok, spokesperson for the prime minister of Israel

Lester Pollack, Centre Partners Management LLC, and Geraldine Pollack

Abe Pollin, Washington Sports & Entertainment, Washington Wizards, Capitals, Mystics, and Irene S. Pollin, Medical Crisis Systems

Marlene Post, Hadassah--the Women's Zionist Organization of America, and Robert Post

Gen. Colin Powell, U.S. Army (Ret.), and Alma Powell

Penny S. Pritzker, Pritzker Realty Group

Leah Rabin and Yuval Rabin

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.V.) and Tanya Rahall, Rahall Consulting Group

Hassan Abdel Rahman, PLO Office, and Malea Kiblan Rahman, Mosaic Foundation

Bruce Ramer, the American Jewish Committee

William E. Rapfogel, Metropolitan New York Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty, and Judy R. Rapfogel, chief of staff to Sheldon Silver, speaker of the New York Assembly

Ellen F. Ratner, Talk Radio News Service, and Suzanne G. Haynes, Department of Health and Human Services

Steven Ratner, Lazard, Freres & Co. LLC, and Margaret Carlson, Time magazine

Seymour D. Reich, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Cynthia Mandell Reich

Bruce Reidel, National Security Council, and Elizabeth McCullen

Edward G. Rendell, mayor of Philadelphia, and Midge Rendell, federal judge

Nan Rich, past president, National Council of Jewish Women, and David Rich

Ann W. Richards, Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson & Hand, and Dain M. Hancock, Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems

Israel Roizman, CEO, Roizman and Co., and Sari Roizman

Hilary B. Rosen, president and CEO, Recording Industry Association of America, Gayle Jacobs

Stephen Rosenfeld, editorial page editor, The Washington Post, and Barbara Rosenfeld, senior adviser, Consumer Product Safety Commission

Menachem Rosensaft, International Network of Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors, and Jean Rosensaft, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion

Dennis B. Ross, special Middle East coordinator, Department of State, and Deborah Ross

Hanan Rotem and Amira Rotem

James P. Rubin, spokesman, Department of State, and Christiane Amanpour, CNN

Nancy Rubin, U.S. representative to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, and Miles Rubin

Charles Ruff, counsel to the president, and Susan W. Ruff

Haim Saban, Saban Entertainment

Melvin Salberg, past chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, and Anita Salberg

Rep. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.) and Jane Sanders

Rabbi David Saperstein, Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, and Ellen Weiss, "All Things Considered"

Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-Ill.) and Robert Creamer, Strategic Consulting

Janice L. Schneiderman and Sammie Moshenberg, National Council of Jewish Women

Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Appeal of Conscience Foundation and senior rabbi, Park East Synagogue

Sylvia Schonfeld, Emunah of America, and Arnold Schonfeld

Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Iris Schumer

Gerald Schuster, Continental Wingate Co., and Elaine Schuster

Steven Schwarz, Jewish Council for Public Affairs

Evelyn Seelig, president, Mercaz USA, and Burton J. Seelig, Nathan Serota & Sons

Eli Segal, Welfare to Work Partnership, and Phyllis Segal, Federal Labor Relation Authority

Donna E. Shalala, secretary of health and human services, and David Leavitt, National Journal Greenwire

Stanley J. Sheinbaum, New Perspectives (Quarterly), and Julie Ann Yannatta, attorney

Gilean Sher, legal adviser to the prime minister of Israel

Linda Sher, Joint Action Committee Education Foundation, and Marcia Balonick, Joint Action Committee for Political Affairs

Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) and Jennifer Laszlo, Laszlo & Associates

Walter and Douglas Shorenstein, Shorenstein Co.

Robert Matthew Shrum, chairman, Shrum, Devine and Donilon, and Marylouise Oates, novelist

Judith Silverman, president, Women of Reform Judaism, and David Silverman, board member, Union of American Hebrew Congregations

Larry A. Silverstein, Silverstein Properties

Israel Singer, secretary general, World Jewish Congress, and Evelyne Singer

Rep. Norman Sisisky (D-Va.) and Rhoda Sisisky

Priscilla Siskin, community volunteer, and Robert H. Siskin, Robert H. Siskin & Associates

Shmuel Sisso, consul general of Israel, New York

Robert H. Smith, Charles E. Smith Realty Cos., and Clarice R. Smith, artist

Sondra Sokal, AMIT Women, and Myron Sokal, Brookdale Hospital

Alan and Susan Lewis Solomont

Jerome H. Somers, Union of American Hebrew Congregations

Michael W. Sonnenfeldt and Katja Goldman

Douglas B. Sosnik, senior adviser to the president for policy and strategy, and Fabiana Jorge

Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Joan Specter, National Council on the Arts

Steven L. Spiegel, professor of Political Science, UCLA, and Elizabeth Shrayer

Eliot Spitzer, New York State attorney general, and Silda Wall Spitzer

Mary Ann Stein, Americans for Peace Now and New Israel Fund, and Noah D. Stein

David S. Steiner, Steiner Equities Group, and Sylvia Steiner

Richard J. Stern, Stern Joint Venture, and Judith Stern

Michael R. Stoler, American ORT, and Paula Sutker-Stoler, Forum Personnel

David H. Strassler, honorary national chairman, Anti-Defamation League, and Lorna Strassler

Rep. John Sununu (R-N.H.) and Rabbi Arthur Starr, Temple Adath Yeshurun

Roselyne Swig, community consultant, and Rick Swig Jr., RSBA & Associates

Joel Tauber, Tauber Enterprises, and Shelley Tauber

Shibley Telhami, Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development, University of Maryland, and Kathryn Hopps

George J. Tenet, director, Central Intelligence Agency, and A. Stephanie Glakas-Tenet

Helen J. Thomas, UPI, and Alvin Spivak, public relations executive

Laurence A. Tisch, Loews Corp., and Wilma Tisch

Thomas and Alice Tisch

Alan Tishman, Tishman Management Co., and Peggy Tishman, United Jewish Appeal Federation

Andrew Tobias, Democratic National Committee, and Charles Nolan, designer, Ellen Tracy

Janet Tobin, Women's League for Conservative Judaism, and Irwin Tobin

Toni G. Verstandig, deputy assistant secretary of state, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, and Lee L. Verstandig, National Association of Realtors

Melanne Verveer, assistant to the president and chief of staff to the first lady, and Philip Verveer, Wilkie Farr & Gallagher

Edward Walker, ambassador to Israel, and Wendy Singer, AIPAC, Jerusalem

Bruce Wasserstein, Wasserstein Perella Investment Bank, and Claude Becker Wasserstein, Cresta Point Productions

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Janet Waxman

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) and Allison Joseph, Virtual Community Network

Harvey Weinstein, Miramax, and Eve Weinstein, Elegant Films

Lou Weisbach, Jefferson Trust, and Ruthie Weisbach

Melvyn I. Weiss, Milberg Weiss, and Barbara J. Weiss

Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) and Sheila Wellstone

Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.)

Elie Wiesel, Nobel laureate and professor, Boston University, and Marion Wiesel, Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity

Stephen S. Wolnek, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and Elysia Wolnek, board member, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism

Timothy Wuliger, president-elect, AIPAC, and Sandra H. Wuliger

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Adam Wyden

Bud Yorkin, Bud Yorkin Productions, and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, actress

Robert Zimmerman, Zimmerman/Edelson Inc., and Robert H. Weiss, Robert Weiss and Associates

James Zogby, Arab-American Institute, and Eileen P. Zogby

Mortimer B. Zuckerman, U.S. News & World Report, and Marla Prather, National Gallery of Art

CAPTION: President and Mrs. Clinton greet Prime Minister Ehud Barak and his wife, Nava, before last night's White House dinner in honor of the newly elected Israeli leader.

CAPTION: Mary Matalin and President Clinton in the receiving line.