(photo credit: DANIEL TCHETCHIK / COURTESY MIRA AWAD)
■ JUST THREE weeks before her wedding to Adi Ezra, supermodel Bar Refaeli had a different kind of celebration at the conclusion of the second season of the reality talent show The X Factor, when she triumphantly held up the hand of winning contestant Danielle Yaffe, a 27-year-old accountant from Ramat Gan. Refaeli was the show’s glamorous host, who encouraged contestants but was also the one who told those who were eliminated during the various stages of the contest that they were leaving the show. Presumably a hug from Refaeli was ample compensation for having failed to make the grade.
Before her adventure with The X Factor, Yaffe, whose rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” earned her the points to triumph over runner-up Yossi Shetrit, had considered giving up on a possible musical career. But now, as a result of her win, she’s on her way to making her first album.
■ EVERY YEAR, the US Embassy participates in events commemorating American journalist and musician of Israeli parentage Daniel Pearl, who in 2002, while working in India for The Wall Street Journal, was kidnapped by Pakistani militants and brutally murdered in Pakistan. His family and friends subsequently established Daniel Pearl World Music Days, which are held in more than 60 countries and have sponsored more than 1,500 concerts.
This year, David Broza, Mira Awad, and the Jerusalem Jewish-Arab Youth Chorus will join forces on stage on October 23 to honor Pearl’s memory. The event will be held at the Lod Cultural Center. On its website, the US Embasy in Israel has expressed its pride in taking part “in this important endeavor that promotes cultural diversity and tolerance through music.”
The public is invited to join the embassy in promoting Harmony for Humanity. Entrance is free, but advance registration is required. To reserve: firstname.lastname@example.org.
■ WHILE YOUNG singles complain about the lack of affordable housing, the situation is even worse for haredi families in which there are often half a dozen children under the age of 10. This problem is particularly crucial in Netivot, which is home to a number of very well-known and highly respected rabbis whose followers would like to live as close to them as possible.
Aware of this, Netivot Mayor Yehiel Zohar has pledged to implement a number of residential construction plans as quickly as possible. This will enable the construction of hundreds of additional units and the renovation and modernization of several old and dilapidated buildings.