ALL'S WELL that ends well. For a little while, it looked as if Hurricane Irene
was going to interfere with the wedding plans of Shirli Pinchas and Menachem
Mendel Bukovska, but Heaven smiled on them despite the hurricane, and the two
got married on Monday night in Kfar Chabad in the presence of many relatives and
friends who were no less relieved than the bride and groom that the wedding did
not have to be postponed.
It’s a common practice among Chabad bridegrooms
to go to New York to attend services on the Shabbat before the wedding at the
late Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Mendel Scheerson’s synagogue at 770 Eastern
Parkway. Bukovska and two other Israeli bridegrooms were there last weekend, and
realized they were in trouble on Friday when it was announced that no flights
would be leaving from New York. Bukovska was determined not to keep his bride
waiting. His buddies were just as anxious about their brides, but his was the
first of the three weddings, and he was desperate.
The three of them
surfed the Internet, looking for the nearest airport to New York that would
enable them at least to get out of the United States, but it was a lost
Undaunted, Bukovska hired a car, and the three of them headed for
the Canadian border. Thanks to cellphones, they were able to make calls en route
and change their airline reservations. The drive was difficult and dangerous
because of the heavy rainfall, but they put their trust in Divine Providence and
were able to get on a plane was that was leaving from Toronto for Tel Aviv. They
landed in Israel just in time for Bukovska’s wedding. Fortunately Kfar Chabad is
only a few minutes’ drive from Ben-Gurion Airport.
He and his wife will
certainly have a great story to tell their future progeny.
STRONGLY in hands-on philanthropy – literally – Tambour Paint CEO Michael Dayan
who supplies paint to the youth wing of the Israel Museum, decided it was a good
place to encourage the creativity of his granddaughter while allowing her to get
her hands dirty without being criticized.
They were joined by museum
director James Snyder, and the two adults sat down with the children to play
with color. The generation gap went out the window, and everyone had a lot of
■ THERE’S A certain irony in the fact that the second anniversary of
the death of comedian and variety show host Dudu Topaz coincided with the date
on which singer Margalit Tsanani
was charged with conspiracy to commit a crime,
extortion, and threats.
Topaz, who in his hey-day was considered one of
the country’s leading entertainers, became depressed when his popularity receded
and he was unable to get work. The problem was reportedly not money but ego, and
he decided to take revenge against three of the people he considered largely
responsible for his decline. He became involved with criminal elements, whom he
hired to physically harm his three targets. Eventually he landed in prison,
where he committed suicide.
This should perhaps have been a lesson to
other members of the entertainment community to be careful of the company they
keep. While many of Tsanani’s friends and associates have not shown up in court
to demonstrate their support, singer, actor and current affairs commentator
sent her an indirect message of empathy in his weekly radio show on
Reshet Bet last Friday, when he played one of her hits – the chorus of which
translates to “One day perhaps we’ll spread our wings.” Tsanani was in prison at
the time, so the song had particular meaning.
■ THE ROAD to diplomacy
evidently runs through The Jerusalem Post.
Before he was appointed the country’s
permanent representative to the United Nations, former ambassador Dore Gold
a regular columnist for the Post
. Ron Dermer, currently a senior adviser to
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and a former Israel economics minister in the
United States, was a Post
columnist for three years before his diplomatic
posting. And now Eli Groner, 40, has been appointed economic attaché to
Groner started his career as an economics correspondent for
the paper before moving into the world of high finance.
regular writers for the Post
may not have been directly involved in diplomacy,
many are or have been on the international lecture circuit, explaining facts
about Israel to audiences around the globe.
■ AT SOME stage of his life,
almost every small boy wants to be a bus driver. Even when these boys grow up to
be men, the urge to get behind the steering wheel of a bus often doesn’t leave
them. Thus, when Environmental Protection Minister Gilad Erdan
Merkavim assembly plant in the Caesarea industrial zone, where most of the
country’s buses are assembled, and was given the grand tour by Merkavim CEO
, he didn’t miss out on the opportunity to get into the driver’s
Micksner explained the philosophy behind hybrid buses, which emit
minimal pollution, and told Erdan that 2010 had been a record year for the
company, which had sold close to 600 buses compared to 450 buses in 2009. Most
of the buses were manufactured in accordance with the highest standards, he
■ TECHNOLOGY MOVES at so fast a pace, especially during the past 20
years, that it is easy to forget that things we take for granted in our lives
did not exist less than a century ago.
There was a reminder of this last
Thursday with the death of Leah Axelrod in Kfar Saba at age 98. Her husband
Nathan Axelrod had been the pioneer of Israeli newsreels, screening the first of
these on a weekly basis in Tel Aviv from February 1935. Prior to that, there had
been occasional newsreels shown in local cinemas, but nothing of a regular
His Carmel newsreels, created with the assistance of his wife,
who was producer and editor and sometimes even filmed the events of the day
herself, have become a national treasure of the Israel Film Archives and are
frequently used in documentaries to present authentic footage of the development
of the state.
Two years ago, in an interview with Haaretz
, Leah Axelrod
said that back in 1935, people had doubted that there would be enough material
for a different newsreel every week. The Axelrods had more than enough, though,
because in addition to what was regarded in later years as hot news, part of
their mandate was to boost Zionist morale both locally and abroad. From the
films they were commissioned to make, they were able to glean genuine newsworthy
material for the weekly newsreels.
Today, of course, illustrated
newscasts are part and parcel of television channels and are refreshed not once
a week or even once a day, but every few hours as news erupts.
NUMBER of days IDF soldier Gilad Schalit has been held in captivity is
frequently mentioned in the country’s electronic media, but not necessarily on a
regular basis by specific radio and television personalities. One of those who
makes a point of reminding the public is Yoav Ginai
, who, on his weekly Friday
morning show on Reshet Bet, unfailingly keeps score of Schalit’s period of
■ WITH THE EXCEPTION of Shari Arison
and Holon expatriate
, who is listed as a citizen of the United States, no Israelis were
named in the current Forbes List of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. Bank
Leumi CEO Galia Maor
, Strauss Elite chairwoman Ofra Strauss
and Kadima head
have been listed in the past, but didn’t make it this time –
possibly because more Asian women are gaining in global business and political
influence, and possibly, in Livni’s case, because there’s a considerable
difference between being a foreign minister and being the leader of the
The two most powerful women in the world are German
Chancellor Angela Merkel
and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
President Dilma Rousseff
is in third place.
Arison, who is certainly not
making her maiden appearance on the list, ranks 57th, preceded by Queen
Elizabeth II of England, who ranks 49th, and Queen Rania of Jordan, who ranks
53rd. Catz, 49, who is the president of business software giant Oracle, has spot
No. 40 on the list and is one of several members of the