Grapevine: Reaching to the choir

August 22, 2018 20:40
3 minute read.
Zaka founder Yehuda Meshi-Zahav

Zaka founder Yehuda Meshi-Zahav during a rescue mission in Thailand.. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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■ MANY PEOPLE with good voices limit themselves to singing in the shower because they don’t know how to promote themselves in order to sing professionally in public, and sometimes they are worried that their voices might not be good enough. For males in this category who might care to join a choir before they opt to become soloists, choirmaster Nissim Baruch is looking to increase the number of singers in the Gesher Hameytarim (Bridge of Strings) all-male choir. Anyone who is interested can come for a voice test, and if they pass they can meet with other singers for two hours every Monday night in Kiryat Moshe from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. The weekly meetings will focus on voice development, but in the process, there will of course be a lot of singing. To learn more, go into the Meytarim website at www. or call Baruch at 052-714-4737 or Yochanan Katz at 055-667-3738

■ IT’S DIFFICULT to tell whether the upgrading of certain streets in the city is part of a long-term master plan that is gradually being implemented in different neighborhoods, or whether it’s a farewell gift from outgoing Mayor Nir Barkat as he leaves Safra Square in his bid for a seat in the Knesset. Either way, the immediate neighbors of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are extremely appreciative. For years, they’ve been complaining to City Hall representatives about the dangerous and unsightly indentations, potholes and cracks in the pavement which not only brought shame to the city, but also to the prime minister and his family. Admittedly, most of the people who are invited to dine at the prime minister’s residence usually come at night, and immediately after stepping outside the car, go inside the gate leading to the house. So it’s unlikely that few if any official guests ever noticed the disgusting pavements. For the past couple of weeks, a group of workers have diligently dug up the street and paved it with square blocks. What a joy to see and feel the difference.


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