Artist and writer Rachel Abrams dies
Rachel Abrams, Bad Rachel of Internet fame,
died Friday morning at the age of 62 after a three-year battle against stomach
Abrams was a board member of the Emergency Committee for Israel
and maintained a blog, “Bad Rachel,” that was critical of liberal thinkers and
American Middle East policy.
Her work also appeared in publications such
as The Wall Street Journal, Commentary and The Weekly Standard.
sister is Ruthie Blum, a former features editor of the Jerusalem Post.
• Jerusalem Post StaffMerzbacher returns to Israel Museum
In 1998, Werner and
Gabrielle Merzbacher chose to celebrate Israel’s 50th anniversary by unveiling
their collection of art. The Merzbachers spent five decades quietly assembling
what turned out to be one of the most significant and impressive private
collections on the globe. The exhibit, “Joy of Color,” which took place at the
Israel Museum in Jerusalem, broke the record of visitors in Israel.
a quarter of a million guests basked in the beauty of the Merzbachers’
The exhibit was then invited to museums the world
This week, the Israel Museum will once again open its doors for the
public to view the Merzbachers’ prized possessions.
In an exhibit
entitled “Color Gone Wild,” expressionist and Fauve paintings by Matisse,
Kandinsky and Kirchner will be on display. The exhibit was curated by Dr. Adina
Kamien Kazhzdan and will run through November 2013.
For more information,
• Ori J. Lenkinski Black Box theater to tour Israel
The Image Black Box Theater of Prague will tour Israel from July 19 – 27 with
The Best of Image, a compilation of excerpts from their shows, and including
some new pieces. Venues include Tel Aviv, Haifa, Jerusalem, Carmiel and
For those unfamiliar with the art, black box theater comprises
luminescent images projected via black, i.e. ultra-violet light. Image was
established in 1989 by Alexander Cihar and Eva Asterova and features a synthesis
of dance, modern jazz, contemporary music, mime and comedy.
Post staff MoMA acquires Israeli designer’s table
The Earthquake Proof Table
that Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design student Arthur Brutter created for his
final project has been acquired by New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) for
its permanent collection of architecture and design.
Last year, Brutter’s
unique school desk was nominated for one of the design world’s most prestigious
prizes, the Brit Insurance Designs of the Year, organized by the Design Museum
The metal-and-wood table can absorb some of the force of an
earthquake and flexes in specific places so as to protect anyone using it as a
shelter during the trembler. Sturdy as it is, the table is light enough to be
moved by two children, who can then fit underneath it.
the desk with his instructor Ido Bruno of the Jerusalem art school’s industrial
design department. He was motivated by his discovery that some 300 million
children in the world attend schools built along geological rift lines. If an
earthquake strikes, pupils are told to get under their desks, but regular school
desks can actually become lethal traps by breaking apart under the weight of
• ISRAEL21c Hollywood star Esther Williams dies
(Reuters) – Esther Williams, whose experiences as a young swimming champion led
to a career of Hollywood “aqua-musicals” designed just for her, died on Thursday
in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 91, her spokesman
Williams, one of the biggest box-office stars of the 1940s and
1950s, died peacefully in her sleep and had been in declining health due to old
age, spokesman Harlan Boll said.
Williams became known as “Hollywood’s
Mermaid” and “The Queen of the Surf.” At her peak, the woman with the wide smile
and bright eyes was second in earnings only to Betty Grable and often in the top
10 box-office draws.
Williams’ aqua-musicals were escapist comedies in
lush color, with lavish song and watery dance numbers and lots of footage of
Williams was born in the Los Angeles suburb of
Inglewood on August 8, 1921. As a young swimmer, she set what were then world
records in the 100-meter freestyle and 880-yard relay. She also worked as a
Williams hit the water in her first film, Andy Hardy’s Double Life
(1942) but stayed out of it for A Guy Named Joe (1943), the first of five movies
she made opposite Van Johnson.
It was the pool – and wartime pinup
pictures of her in bathing suits – that made her popular. She returned to the
water for Bathing Beauty(1944) and Ziegfeld Follies (1946), both of which
featured Williams in water ballets.
In Thrill of a Romance (1945), the
basic plot of most of her movies was established as she played a swimming
instructor who falls in love.
In her later career, Williams did a few
1960s television specials and hosted swimming events for ABC-TV’s coverage of
the 1984 Olympic Games.