Netanya Mayor Miriam Feirberg-Ikar announced on Sunday that a new school for the arts in the city will be named after the late Menahem Golan, one of the founders of the Israeli film industry.
Golan, who produced some 200 films and directed 44 films throughout his prolific career, died in Jaffa on Friday night at the age of 85.
“It is a privilege for us to commemorate the name of one of the fathers of Israeli cinema, a producer, director, and one of the founders of the Israeli film industry, Menahem Golan,” said Feirberg- Ikar on Sunday.
“We owe him most of the achievements of Israeli cinema, a man of vision and action who dreamed and fulfilled dreams for us all,” she said.
The elementary school for the arts in the Dora neighborhood of the city is set to open for the upcoming 2014/15 academic year. The school aims to allow its pupils to practice and master a variety of fields of study in the arts including visual arts, theater, music, film, dance and digital art.
There are also plans to expand the school to include both a middle school and a high school in the coming years.
“The films we grew up on, Kazablan, Sallah Shabati, Operation Thunderbolt and many others are the treasures of Israeli culture and we thank him while commemorating his name on a campus where students will study a variety of arts in the areas that were so loved by him – his achievements will be with us for years to come,” said Feirberg-Ikar.
The Menahem Golan School for the Arts joins a list of educational establishments in Netanya to be named after famed artists in Israeli culture at the initiative of Feirberg- Ikar. Among those who have had schools named after them in the city are children’s author Dvora Omer, poet and author Leah Goldberg, songwriter and author Shimrit Orr, and legendary songwriter Haim Hefer.