Beating Tel Aviv sparks celebrations

Following Hapoel Jerusalem's triumph over Maccabi Tel Aviv, Moti Teperberg, CEO of Teperberg Wineries hosted a gala dinner.

Moti Teperberg (photo credit: Eyal Fisher)
Moti Teperberg
(photo credit: Eyal Fisher)
There are sports fans who just jump up and down and yell, and then there are those who really know how to celebrate when their team scores a major victory. Case in point is Moti Teperberg, the CEO of the veteran Teperberg Wineries, now known as Teperberg 1870, signifying the year in which the company was founded. Following Hapoel Jerusalem's triumph over Maccabi Tel Aviv, Teperberg hosted a gala dinner in honor of Hapoel Chairman Danny Klein, coach Dan Shamir and some 100 Hapoel Jerusalem club members. Among the merry-makers were Rami Mandel, CEO of Co-Op Israel; Eli Gonen, CEO of the Sheraton Moriah Hotel Chain and president of the Israel Hotels Association; Rami Levi, who runs various supermarket chains; and Danny Levinton, deputy CEO of Unilever. Needless to say, there was plenty of wine on hand for the toasts. At the end of the evening Teperberg announced that he would become a sponsor of the club. THE DAN Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv also appreciates sports champions and recently hosted Israel's tennis ambassadress to the world, Shahar Pe'er, who was honored by the Israel Olympic Committee as Sportsman of the Year. Doron Shazir won Trainer of the Year, while sharpshooter Guy Strick and medal-winning swimmer in international contests Inbal Pazar were also in attendance. They were welcomed to the hotel by Rafi Beri who is the deputy manager for marketing and sales of all Dan Panorama hotels. THE GENIAL Frank Stein, who for several years has headed the office of the Australian Zionist Federation in Israel, and has literally been a lifeline for many young Australians coming on volunteer programs ranging from a few weeks to a year, is vacating his post. Officially, he finished this Thursday, but no successor has yet been named. Stein will drop into the office next week to tie up loose ends and in the near future will travel to Bangkok and then to Australia to spend six weeks touring the country, going to places that he has never seen. In other words, he'll be a tourist in his native land. Stein has applied, and has been accepted to be a Jewish Agency emissary. Through his work for the Australian Zionist Federation he has had a close involvement with the Jewish Agency, so his acceptance was more or less on the cards. The Jewish Agency has yet to decide where to send him. AFTER ALL the hype connected to Haim Yavin's departure from Mabat - albeit not from Israel Television - and the number of farewell parties - including one at the Mink Club in Tel Aviv last Thursday and attended by the "Who's Who" of Israel's electronic media - the farewell luncheon for outgoing Ma'ariv editor Amnon Dankner was a very tame, low-key affair. Admittedly, Dankner is a little younger than Yavin, and hasn't been in the business quite as long, but he has been on radio, television and the print media for all of his adult life, and is considered by many a more colorful character than Yavin. Meanwhile, Yavin is getting offers to do his own radio show, to appear in commercials and to produce documentaries. It's a safe bet to say that he will not retreat into total retirement, but we'll have to wait and see what else he will do. WHILE ONE shouldn't necessarily believe everything one reads in the newspapers, when a particular subject is written about repeatedly in much the same vein, there has to be some fire as well as smoke. One of the subjects that is frequently revisited is the cavalier way in which children and adults are subjected to psychiatric evaluations and are often misdiagnosed, and worse still, forcibly hospitalized against their wills and sometimes with absolutely no justification. Although modern society tends to take a much more liberal attitude to people with mental illnesses than in the past, and mental illness is longer an everlasting mark of shame, no one who is mentally healthy wants to be branded forever. To highlight this problem, the Mis'hak Hamazal (Game of Chance) Street Theater will perform under the auspices of The Association for Human Rights, today, Friday, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Haifa's Hanassi Boulevard in the Carmel Center near McDonald's. For further information about the performance or about the problem itself contact Yehuda Korn: 052-335- 0928.