■ WHO SAYS there’s a cut-off age for romance? Reuth, which in addition to its highly advanced medical center in Tel Aviv maintains sheltered living complexes in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and in collaboration with the Tel Aviv Municipality community centers for people of the third age – mostly Holocaust survivors and senior citizens of extremely limited financial means – decided to do something special for members of its resident population. At the initiative of Moshe Weisman, director of the Jenny Breuer home, a group of close to 100 octogenarians who identify with the national-religious movement were brought to the Tel Aviv beachfront to watch the sunset and to listen to a klezmer recital by Israel Zohar; they were also pampered with gifts and good food. Several of the couples in the group were seen holding hands.

The event, which was held before the announcement of the cease-fire, was a welcome relief from the tensions that filled the country, and prompted Reuth director-general Alex Jacobi to remark that precisely at a time when sirens warning of rockets and mortars had become part of everyday life, it was important to return to a semblance of normalcy and foster an environment of serenity.

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