Anyone who doubts that Yiddish has made it into the 21st century should note the title of the Yiddishpiel Theater's latest production. Yiddishe Gescheftn.Com stars Yaacov Bodo and Gadi Yagil as a pair of New Yorkers deep in the shmatte business. The pair bicker and fight before they're faced with the plight of an employee from the former Soviet Union who has been arrested and faces deportation. The play's Israeli premiere is scheduled for September 24 at Tel Aviv's ZOA House, immediately after Rosh Hashana. For Yiddish lovers, it'll be a great way to start the new year.
DESIGNER TO the stars Galit Levy recently created wedding gowns for 50 northern brides who were married in a mass ceremony in Tel Aviv during the war. Following that massive undertaking, Levy had no trouble designing a special dress for just a single bride - former MK Inbal Gavrieli, who was set to marry Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer star Liran Strauber.
Gavrieli and Strauber tied the knot in a civil ceremony earlier this summer in Las Vegas, but decided to marry a second time in a Jewish ceremony back home. The gown dreamed up by Levy would most certainly not have been out of place in Las Vegas. The dress was a little too revealing to wear under a bridal canopy, so Levy used the cascading veil to create the semblance of modesty, though it didn't quite hide the bride's torso. The groom wore a dark suit with a wide collared open neck shirt and white kippa - an outfit also designed by Levy. In keeping with a growing trend among celebs, Levy and Strauber each wore three different outfits, changing clothes over the course of the evening.
Serenading the couple on their way to the bridal canopy was Boaz Sharabi, who performed his famous "Latet" ("To Give"). The ceremony was performed by Rabbi Yaakov Ifergen, known to admirers as Harentgen ("the X-ray"). Roughly 1,000 guests attended the wedding, among them politicians, athletes, models and a number of leading figures in the business community.
AFTER SENDING adult audiences into peals of uncontrolled laughter in TV news parody Eretz Nehederet ("A Wonderful Country"), impersonator extraordinaire Tal Friedman and his straight man, Eyal Kitzis, are taking on the younger generation. The two are readying a new series, this one intended for junior audiences.
TELEVISION AND radio personality Avri Gilad, in addition to his broadcasting career, performs secular weddings. Now he's adding another string to his bow, taking on the role of arbitrator in a new dispute-solving show being prepared by Reshet that will start airing in the next two months on Channel Two.