The Lounge

Translated by Hannah Hochner.

FROM LEFT, Naftali Spitzer, Ruth and Meir Sheetrit, Michal and Isaac Herzog, and Tzipi Livni (photo credit: AVIV CHOFI)
FROM LEFT, Naftali Spitzer, Ruth and Meir Sheetrit, Michal and Isaac Herzog, and Tzipi Livni
(photo credit: AVIV CHOFI)
A Sheetrit wedding
Last Thursday, former minister Meir Sheetrit and his wife, businesswoman Ruth, married off their son, David, to his beloved, Chaya. The wedding was held at the Luca Event Complex in Mishmar Hasharon, which was tastefully designed to host the many guests who gathered for the ceremony. After the chuppah, singer Shai Gabso performed a special tune for the bride and groom. Although the groom’s father is not contending for a spot in the upcoming election, many political figures attended the wedding and were seen speculating on burning issues, including Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein; Tzipi Livni, her husband Naftali Spitzer; Amir Peretz; former minister Meir Cohen from Yesh Atid (and uncle of the groom) and his wife, Na’ama; Isaac Herzog and his wife Michal; and former minister Yaakov Perry and his wife Osnat. In addition, other guests came to celebrate with the new bride and groom: Bruria and Dudi Weissman, Zvika and Sonia Livnat; Dudi Elazra; Orit and David Efrati, and Pnina and Moshe Edri.
The Sagol Program
The Sagol family and the Hebrew University Faculty of Medicine recently launched a unique new academic program called The Sagol Program for Computational Medicine, whose goals are to advance the fields of science and medicine in Israel and to transform them into a model for the rest of the world through personalized digital medicine, data analysis, algorithms and technology. There to celebrate with Sami and Tova Sagol: Prof. Asher Cohen, president of the Hebrew University; Prof. Dina Ben Yehuda, dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and businessman Marius Nacht.
Orr Shalom
Orr Shalom, a charity that provides a warm and friendly home for over 1,300 children and youth at risk who’ve been removed from their homes after undergoing abuse and neglect, recently held a fundraiser at Zappa Kerem Barkan. All the proceeds from the event were donated to “Camp Or,” a framework for Orr Shalom children who don’t have family to be with on holidays and school vacations. Guests who enjoyed a performance by Tislam included Anat Ramaty Shashua, chair of the Board of Orr Shalom; Jewish Australian philanthropist Frank Lowy, who was given a special honor for his contribution; Ehud and Aliza Olmert; Avigdor Kaplan; Greg Maisel, CEO of Keren Hayesod; and Knesset members Karin Elharar and Elazar Stern.
Unistream, which works in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles to promote social change by training young people for business and social entrepreneurship, recently held its annual investment meeting at Strauss offices to discuss projects for third-year students in the organization’s program. The organization is headed by chairman Roni Zarom and CEO Batsheva Moshe. A number of youths presented business ventures they’d created to business professionals, who considered investing in them. 
Among the judges were Giora Bardea, CEO of Strauss Group; Kalman Shaham, director of Altshuler Shaham Group; and Oded Eran, chairman of Bank Hapoalim.
IsrA.L.S, an Israeli ALS awareness organization, recently held a fundraising event at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the proceeds of which will be used for the development and implementation of support programs for ALS patients and their families. IsrA.L.S Director Efrat Carmi thanked the donors and members for their assistance, and gave special mention to IsrA.L.S founders, including Dov Lautman, who served as president and who himself battled ALS. Current president of the organization,  Nobel laureate Professor Aaron Ciechanover, updated guests regarding the organization’s efforts to find a cure for the disease.
Translated by Hannah Hochner.