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The face of Independence
Liron Azoelos, a model from Tel Aviv, has been named the face of independent Israel by Tel Aviv cosmetology academy the Eve Center. As part of national celebrations marking 58 years of Israel's independence, the center chose Azoelos for what it calls her "typical Israeli" look, which center staff described as "mischievous" and "sophisticated," "innocent" but a little "cheeky."
The 18-year-old Azoelos, who will enlist in the army later this year, posed in a soldier's uniform and beret as part of the effort, her hair and make-up designed by students at the school. The Eve Center is distributing photos of the teenage model with instructions on how to apply make-up in blue and white - the colors of the Israeli flag - as part of Independence Day celebrations. - Nathan Burstein
Big ratings for Euroleague loss
The team lost but the TV channel won. On average, more than one-third of all Israeli television viewers were tuned in at any given time during Channel 1's live Sunday night broadcast of Maccabi Tel Aviv's 73-69 loss to CSKA Moscow in the final game of the Euroleague Championship. The professional basketball game was watched by a peak audience of 1,026,000 local television viewers during the final quarter - a viewership representing over 40 percent of all Israelis watching TV at the time. More than 640,000 Israeli fans stuck around to watch the post-game wrap-up, an increase over the 565,000 who tuned in for the pre-game show. Maccabi TA, the two-time defending Euroleague champion, trailed for most of the game but briefly caught up with its Russian rival during the championship's final quarter, falling behind again in the game's closing minutes. - Nathan Burstein
Haim Peramont's Farewell Fanfare will open the Independence Day concert by the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra - IBA on May 3 at Henry Crown Hall in Jerusalem. Composed in 2000, the piece was written for the then outgoing music director of the Haifa Symphony, Stanley Sperber. The Fanfare, says its prize-winning Israeli composer, gives a nod to Haydn's famous Farewell Symphony in which the players creep away one by one at the end, except that in Peramont's piece, they arrive one by one. It's also at once sad and hopeful, thus bridging the sadness of Remembrance Day and the hope for the future. Also in the program, Beethoven's 9th Symphony. The conductor is Leon Botstein. - Helen Kaye