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WE ALREADY know that Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher and Donna Karan will be accompanying kabbala student Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie to Israel. However, the details of their schedule remains a matter of speculation. All that is known is that a number of suites and rooms they booked at the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv have been substantially reduced. Madonna and spouse are due to land in Israel on Wednesday, but have not yet indicated whether they will be joining some 3,000 other participants at the International Kabbalah Congress at a festive Rosh Hashana meal. However, it is known that Madonna is keen to go to Tiberias to visit the graves of the sages there and in Safed.
SEVERAL CELEBS have been recruited by various non-profit organizations for fundraising campaigns to buy food to feed the needy over the holiday period. Some of the celebrities are just there for star appeal, but others, such as singer Ninett Tayeb, who was recruited by the non-profit Latet, is involved in hands-on volunteer work. Diners at a south Tel Aviv soup kitchen maintained by Latet were thrilled to have Tayeb serve them their meals. A little waiting on tables may not do much for the voice, but it is certainly good for the soul.
GETTING READY to replace Haim Yavin as Mabat News anchor on Channel One is Geula Even, who regardless of her talent and experience will not be earning Yavin's mammoth salary. Even was selected following the publication in various newspapers that Israel Broadcasting Authority director general Moti Shklar was courting Channel 10's Oshrat Kotler, formerly of Channel Two. This angered several members of the IBA management committee and plenum, who fired angry letters to Shklar, pointing out some of the excellent in-house talent that he already had at the IBA. Shklar, who wants to change the Mabat format to something a little racier, used Yavin's departure as an excuse to look to greener pastures - but in the final analysis he succumbed to the bombardment.
LOVERS OF Yiddish drama will be pleased to know that a new generation of Yiddish thespians is sprouting under the banner of the Yiddishpiel Theater. Most of the younger actors and actresses are immigrants from the former Soviet Union, who found it difficult to break into Hebrew-language theater and were taken under the wing of Yiddishpiel founder and director Shmuel Atzmon, who was once a new immigrant actor himself.
Even when they do get their breaks in stage and screen productions, the actors don't abandon the Yiddishpiel stage, as evidenced by Gera Sandler, who stars with Irma Stopnov and Itamar Keder in the time honored favorite Yoshke Muzikant, which opens at ZOA House in Tel Aviv on September 23.
Sandler recently scored big when he appeared in the prize-winning movie Meduzot. In Yoshke Muzikant, Sandler plays the title role of a penniless klezmer artist who is in love with the beautiful orphan girl Sheyne, played by Stopnov. Sheyne is employed as a maid in the house of a rich woman and is in love with her spoiled and willful son Simeonchke, who is played by Keder.