The mega concert usually held at the Jerusalem International Convention Center
on the Saturday night closest to the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shlomo
Carlebach will not be held this year, but there will be smaller concerts in
venues in Israel and beyond where Carlebach fans congregate.
Israel events will be concerts in Jerusalem this coming Sunday night, October
20, at Ohel Rivka, 15 Harlap Street, with Rabbis Chizki Sofer, Shmuel Zivan,
Meshulam Brandwein, Moshe Shai and Uzi Schwietze, which is geared to
Hebrew-speakers; Yakar, 10 Halamed Hey Street, with Yehuda Katz, Shlomo Katz and
others, which is billed as an “evening of Torah, songs and stories with the
Carlebach chevre”; and Kol Rina, 26 Beersheba Street in Nahlaot, with Chaim
Dovid, Naftali Abramson and others. The Jerusalem Folk Club is also hosting a
Carlebach sing-along at 15 Rabbi Pinchas Kehati Street in Givat Shaul, with
Bruce Brill and other musicians.
Earlier in the day, Carlebach’s
relatives, friends and followers will gather at Har Hamenuhot cemetery in
Jerusalem for a memorial service led by Rabbi Sofer. As they do each year,
participants will gather around the grave and on the adjacent road, and sing
Carlebach’s songs, share his teachings and reminisce about him.
morning, there will be study programs in accordance with Carlebach’s teachings
at Yeshivat Simchat Shlomo at 18 Hagilboa Street, near Mahaneh
There will also be a special Carlebach Shabbat this weekend in
the Old City, where participants will join in Friday night prayers at the
Western Wall, dine at Yeshivat Hakotel, spend Saturday in prayer and song at
Isralight on Misgav Ladach Street, and complete the tribute with a melave malka,
with Chaim Dovid and other wellknown exponents of Carlebach melodies leading the
■ ANOTHER CARLEBACH came to mind this week – a cousin of the
singing rabbi who was no less talented, but whose forte was in journalism.
Azriel Carlebach, for whom a street is named in Tel Aviv, was the founding
editor of Ma’ariv, which this week moved its headquarters from Tel Aviv to
Jerusalem’s Malha Technology Park. The old Ma’ariv building, which has been a
Tel Aviv landmark for decades, will be gutted, and in its place will be a huge,
high-rise office block. Future generations are unlikely to associate Carlebach
Street, which runs across one side of the building, with Azriel Carlebach – even
though his full name appears on the street signs – and will think it was named
The local media, in reporting Ma’ariv’s move to Jerusalem,
stated that it was the first major newspaper to move to the
Hello... The Jerusalem Post, which is arguably better-known
worldwide than Ma’ariv and is frequently quoted by many international
publications, has been operating in Jerusalem since December 1932.
many years, the Post was the only daily English-language broadsheet published
and printed in Jerusalem, or for that matter, in Israel. While it is no longer
printed in the capital, its editorial offices remain there. There have been
attempts on the part of different owners to move the paper elsewhere, but they
have quickly realized that a publication with the word “Jerusalem” incorporated
in its masthead must be situated in Jerusalem.
There are other
English-language periodicals published in the city, and in the Internet era
there are many English-language websites whose writers largely report from
Israel, but the Post, both in tactile form and on the Web, is still the
best-known brand name.
■ ALL THE world loves a wedding, and if not a
wedding at least a fascinating display of bridal gowns, each with a history of
Judging by the number of guests at a recent exhibition –
somewhere in the range of 400 – it could very well have been a wedding. Indeed,
the title, “Here Comes the Bride...” suggested that it was.
collaboration with the fashion design department at the Shenkar College of
Engineering and Design, the exhibition, which was part of events incorporated
into the meeting of the International Board of Governors of Beit Hatfutsot, was
a glittering occasion in more ways than one. Hosted by Gideon Hamburger and Irit
Admoni Perlman, chairman and director respectively of the Israel Friends of Beit
Hatfutsot, it exemplified the way in which the traditions of yesteryear and the
geography in which those traditions were nurtured can influence the creative
forces of today.
Each gown had its own inspirational story, with concepts
derived from Poland, Greece, Yemen, Turkey, Spain, Iraq, Germany, Morocco and
Algeria. The gowns were designed by 14 third-year Shenkar fashion students. Each
gown has a placard behind it with the designer’s explanation of the source of
inspiration and the fabrics used. In addition, in the lobby, there is a video
screening on one of the walls in which some of the designers talk about their
creations, which are given added value when worn by models.
got to see both the passive display in the exhibition hall and the active
display on video, featuring the designers with beautiful models literally
breathing life into each gown. As eye-catching and impressive as the exhibition
was, the dresses developed a more majestic aura when worn by the stunning
Seen in the enthusiastic crowd of Friends of Beit Hatfutsot were:
Irina Nevzlin Kogan, chairwoman of Beit Hatfutsot’s board of directors; Beit
Hatfutsot CEO Dan Tadmor; Spanish Ambassador Fernando Carderera Soler; Karen
Bergof the Kabbalah Center; Motty Reif (who invited her to the opening event);
Janice Gillerman and her daughter, Karen Gillerman Harel; Lizika and Ami Sagi;
Eitan Ben-Eliyahu; Hanna and Benny Pri- Zan; Ziva and Shalom Zeidler; Etty and
Gad Propper; Leah Perez, head of Shenkar’s Fashion Design Faculty;Gilat Ankori;
Talya and Gad Zevi; Tal and Ilan Birenfeld; fashion designers Raziella Gershon
and Sasson Kedem; and many others.
■ THERE WERE lots of celebrities at
the residence of Italian Ambassador Francesco Maria Talo last week, for the
launch of the luxury Pomellato jewelry collection by local representative
Chronotime. Pomellato, founded in Milan in 1967 by Pino Rabolini, is one of the
top five European jewelers in terms of sales.
Obviously the fashion world
was wellrepresented, but so was the entertainment community as well as by the
business community, which is allied in some way with fashion or entertainment or
both. A notable exception among the guests was MK Faina Kirschenbaum – but then
indirectly as she fit in very well, being that she is always well-dressed and
well-groomed, and that the Knesset is occasionally the best show in
Among the other guests were Yaffit “Gimmel Yaffit” Greenberg, Einat
Sarouf, Ronit Fishman, former beauty queen Ravit Asaf, Daniella Reibenbach, Lynn
Chajaj, Zohar Jacobson, Shirly Ben- Mordechai, Annette Flatto Sharon, Orit
Benvenisti, Assaf and Miri Tuchmeir, Roni Mena, Dana Ashkenazi, Eli Tabib, Galit
Farber and many other well-known personalities. In charge of the culinary aspect
of the event was celebrity chef Aviv Moshe.
■ AFTER A distinguished
career as dean of the Hebrew University Law Faculty, attorney- general and
president of the Supreme Court, Lithuanian-born Holocaust survivor Aharon Barak,
who in 1975 at the age of 38 was one of the youngest of Israel Prize laureates,
received yet another award to add to his many prizes. Barak, whose best award
was in discovering there are life and career options after retirement from the
Supreme Court, is now a law professor at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
He is also a law lecturer at Hebrew University, Yale Law School, Georgetown
University Law Center and the University of Toronto Law Faculty.
yes, he continues to receive prizes – and last week was the recipient of the
Nadav Foundation’s Peoplehood Award. The award was presented to him by
foundation founder Leonid Nevzlin, in the course of a three-day conference on
democracy and freedom of the press – which Barak not only upholds but enhanced
during the period of his Supreme Court presidency. The conference was held at
the Cramim Resort & Spa Hotel in Kiryat Anavim, in celebration of the 10th
anniversary of Nevzlin’s aliya.
Previous recipients of the Nadav award
have been Prof. Yehezkiel Dror, Joseph Cedar, Prof. Elie Wiesel and Avishai
Cohen. Participants in the conference included retired Supreme Court justice
Dalia Dorner, who is president of the Israeli Press Council; IDC president
Uriel Reichman; law professor and former education minister Amnon
Rubinstein; Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales; chess champion Garry Kasparov; and
many senior lawyers and journalists.
■ SEVERAL EMBASSIES, in addition to
having their own spokespeople, employ external public relations agencies. Among
the embassies which use outside help is the Royal Netherlands Embassy. But when
it comes to spreading the good word about another country or diplomat, or in
this case quasi-diplomat, Dutch Ambassador Caspar Veldkamp is quite a competent
PR man himself.
In what could only be described as a press release,
Veldkamp wrote in an email: “The only member state of the EU not represented in
Israel with an embassy is Luxembourg. The grand duchy does not have any
political reason for this, but the country is too tiny to have embassies all
over the world. However, it has an arrangement with the other countries of the
Benelux group of nations (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) on its
external representation. Based on a 1964 treaty, the Netherlands represents
Luxembourg on diplomatic matters wherever the grand duchy does not have an
Belgium does so on consular affairs.
Luxembourg does have an honorary consul in Israel. His name is Miron C. Izakson,
and he is a special man. He is a professor of literature at Bar- Ilan University
and a renowned poet. He has published eight books of poetry and four novels.
Seven of his books have been published in Europe and the US, including poetry
collections in French and Norwegian.
Four selections of his poetry have
been set to music and released as CDs.
Prof. Izakson was awarded the
President’s Prize in 2001.”
The email continues that on October 21, the
Ra’anana Symphonette Orchestra will open its season with poems composed by
Izakson, performed by Israeli singers and a young choir. It goes without saying
that Veldkamp and his wife, Anne, will be present to applaud.
SOLDIERS never die, they just fade away, said Gen. Douglas MacArthur in his
April 1951 farewell speech to Congress.
There were lots of old soldiers
who came to swap memories at the IDF 890th Battalion reunion this week at the
Jerusalem International Convention Center.
The 890th Battalion was
Israel’s first airborne commando battalion, which counted among its commanders
Ariel Sharon, Mota Gur, Rafael Eitan, Yitzhak Mordechai, Shaul Mofaz and Moshe
Ya’alon, who is currently defense minister.
Paratroopers from other
battalions who had a connection with 890 were also there – among them former
prime minister and defense minister Ehud Barak, and current Chief of General
Benny Gantz. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who will
celebrate his 64th birthday next week and likewise has an impressive military
history, was also there.
Most of the speeches were related to the 40th
anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. Ya’alon, who was a keynote speaker, stated
that even though Israel is a nation that craves peace, it is always prepared for
Apropos Gantz, following Friday night dinner in a private home last
weekend, he was returning to his own home when he came across a traffic accident
in the vicinity of Ashdod. Gantz and his bodyguards reacted spontaneously,
instantly pulling the driver out of the wreckage and administering first aid
until an ambulance arrived. It was not the first time that Gantz responded in
such a manner to emergency situations in both military and civilian
circumstances. He has quite a history of racing to the