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■ RADIO AND TELEVISION broadcaster and writer Larry King , best known for his interview show Larry King Live which aired on CNN for 25 years, is due to come to Israel toward the end of this month and to appear at the Payis Education Forum in Holon, where one of the other guests of honor will be President Reuven Rivlin .
King is expected to attend the conference in Holon on August 26 to talk about Jewish education in America.
King, who has been married eight times to seven women, one of whom he divorced twice, has had close relationships with both Aish Hatorah and Chabad despite the fact that not all his wives were Jewish. In fact, King wrote a book together with Aish Hatorah’s Rabbi Irwin Katsof.
Though well-disposed toward Israel for most of his life, it is close to 20 years since King last visited the country, at which time it was for a gala Aish fund-raiser. Over the years King has interviewed many Israeli dignitaries, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In January of last year, it was reported in various Israeli media outlets that King was joining forces with the Haifa Technion to establish the Israel Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, and that he would be investing $2 million in the project through a holding company.
■ IT’S ALMOST a Jewish tradition to find symbolism in everything. Thus relatives and friends of David Hatuel found it entirely symbolic that the circumcision ceremony of his son should take place according to the Jewish calendar on the 10th anniversary of the evacuation of Jewish families from Gush Katif, which was once the home of Hatuel, his late wife Tali and their four daughters.
Tali Hatuel, who was pregnant at the time, was shot dead by terrorists who also gunned down her daughters in May 2004. David and Tali, who were from Ofakim, had moved to Gush Katif in 1992. After the terrorist attack in which he lost his family, Hatuel was a broken man. Eighteen months later, he met Limor Shem-Tov of Jerusalem, and not long afterward they were married.
When Hatuel spoke at the 10th anniversary commemoration of the evacuation of Gush Katif at the President’s Residence last month, he was again the father of four children and his wife was pregnant. She gave birth to her fifth child a few days later, and the circumcision ceremony took place in the middle of last week at Moshav Amatzya.
The Hatuels live in the trailer home community of Karmei Katif, southeast of Kiryat Gat, where he and his neighbors keep hoping that one day they will have permanent housing.
■ THE COLOR and variety of India will be on display at Ofer Park in Ramle on Thursday, August 13, at the Third National Convention of Indian Jews living in Israel.
Guest of honor will be Indian Ambassador Jaideep Sarkar , along with Ramle Mayor Yoel Lavi and Deputy Mayor Moty Yitzhaki .
Entertainment will be provided by Bollywood stars Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar as well as artists from all over Israel and a guest group from India. The event will be augmented by stalls with authentic Indian foods, Indian handcrafts, clothes and jewelry.
Organizers say that this is an opportunity for people from different parts of India to get to know one another, and for those who may come from the same background but live in different parts of Israel to renew connections. There will be representative groups from the Bnei Israel, Cochin, Indian Jews of Baghdadi background, and Bnei Menashe.
The convention will be chaired by Benny Binyamin , who as a member of the Ramle Municipal Council had no trouble in getting the green light from the mayor and the deputy mayor.
■ WHEN HIS daughter Hadas was recently diagnosed with Rett syndrome, Adam Zatmi of Rishon Lezion quit his job so that he could be a full-time father.
Rett syndrome, which is not always immediately obvious, is a rare genetic and neurological disorder, mainly affecting females, which impedes a child’s development and even causes regression in development. Not enough is known about curing it or preventing it.
Zatmi doesn’t know whether future research could help his daughter, but he does know that if a way is found to cure it or prevent it, other children who are not yet born may benefit from it.
This week, wearing a “Hope for Hadas” T-shirt, Zatmi set out on a fund-raising marathon run from Rishon Lezion to Haifa with the aim of making enough money along the way to pay for some in-depth research.