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Anyone who expected former Ariel Sharon adviser Ra'anan Gissin to disappear after leaving the Prime Minister's Office was mistaken. Gissin may not be speaking on foreign television as frequently as he did in the past, but he'll now be appearing back at home on a regular basis. Gissin has been snapped up by business entrepreneur, film producer and broadcasting personality Galia Albin as the in-house media commentator on her new television program, Hamoadon (The 50-Plus Club), which will be broadcast Fridays on Channel 2 at 10:30 a.m.
This isn't the first time Albin has set out to prove what the post-50 set is capable of. She's merely using a different format this time around, and Gissin's media know-how and gift for debating tough issues should add some additional spice to the show.
CONGREGANTS AT Jerusalem's Great Synagogue were startled on Yom Kippur by the change of pace in one of the familiar prayers sung by the choir. The reason for the change was that choirmaster Eli Jaffe had momentarily stepped aside to allow New York conductor Mati Lazar, the director of the Zamir Choral Foundation, to do things his way.
Jaffe, who has conducted for several major international orchestras, will lead the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in a benefit concert on behalf of Magen David Adom tonight at the Jerusalem Theater.
THIS PAST Yom Kippur is one that actress Yael Hadar is unlikely to forget. There is no more dramatic date than Yom Kippur for giving birth, and Yom Kippur was precisely the day that Hadar delivered her first-born son at Tel Hashomer hospital.
A DOUBLE TREAT lies in store for Yiddish theater lovers this month. In addition to the Yiddishpiel Theater's newest production, Yiddishe Gescheftn.Com with Yaacov Bodo and Gadi Yagil, the Bucharest Yiddish Theater is celebrating its 130th anniversary by bringing its latest musical production to Israel. Performances are scheduled between October 23 and November 1 in Tel Aviv, Haifa, Beersheba, Jerusalem and other locations around with country.
The traveling theater's guest performer on its Israeli tour will be local klezmer and gypsy violin virtuoso Mirel Reznik, who will be accompanied here by the Amadeus Violin Quartet from Bucharest. It'll be something of an artistic homecoming for Reznik, who was born in Romania.
CONTINUING TO grow is the number of actors, singers and musicians opening or buying into bars and restaurants as a way to provide a more stable source of income. The list expanded again recently with the opening of the Rap and Roll restaurant in Herzliya, in which actor Oshri Cohen, who recently bowed out of Hashir Shelanu, is a partner. The cast of the popular local soap opera was on hand to wish Cohen well in his new venture, as were some of the players from other TV series and movies in which he has appeared.
AN AUTHOR almost as well-known abroad as he is at home, Amos Oz was at the Moscow International Book Fair last month to participate in the launch of a unique new Bible-oriented project. As part of the project, which is sponsored by the Foreign Ministry's Department for Cultural and Scientific Relations, Bible lovers from around the globe are being asked to copy their favorite verses into a specially-made new volume and explain their choices. Not surprisingly, Oz, a well-known peace activist, chose the familiar passage from Isaiah: "And they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks."
Oz wrote his inscription in Hebrew, while several well-known Russian writers at the Moscow event wrote inscriptions in their own language. The project will be promoted by Israeli embassies worldwide, with additional contributions to be accepted at other book fairs and international events.
The hand-written volumes of Biblical verse will eventually be brought to Israel, where they'll be put on permanent display in Emek Hatanach (The Valley of the Bible) in the Adulam region.