Grapevine: Trend setting in Kfar Saba

Grapevine Trend setting

Kfar Saba park 248.88 (photo credit: Levg)
Kfar Saba park 248.88
(photo credit: Levg)
ALMOST EVERY town and city in Israel has a highway, a street or a square named after Theodor Herzl, Chaim Arlosoroff, Chaim Weizmann, Yitzhak Ben Zvi, Yitzhak Rabin and more - but far fewer locations have been named for composers, singers and musicians. Not so in Kfar Saba. A new suburb currently under construction will be the Sharon area's tribute to Israeli music, with streets, parks, buildings and benches bearing household names like Naomi Shemer, Ofra Haza, Ehud Manor, Uzi Hitman, Joe Amar, Yair Rosenblum, Shoshana Damari and more. IF ANYONE in Israel can have a greater claim to the title of 'Living History' than President Shimon Peres, it is former MK and Israel Prize laureate Aryeh (Lova) Eliav, who is two years older than Peres and whose multi-faceted career has made him - in the words of Jewish Agency Treasurer Hagai Merom - not just a person, but an institution that incorporates the whole of Zionist ideology. Eliav has been a soldier, naval officer, Mossad emissary, diplomat, hostage negotiator, political adviser, peace activist, politician, educator, pioneering visionary, author and much much more. While he also had a fine reputation for passionate oratory, a stroke a few months ago affected his speech and his mobility. However, he was able to partially regain his voice to join singer Einat Sarouf who sang some of his favorite songs at a salute in his honor that the Jewish Agency organized at Heichal Hatarbut in Or Akiva this week. The tribute can be seen on TV immediately following Friday's news broadcast. KADIMA MK Yulia Shamolov Berkovich was honored at a fund-raiser for Notnim Tikva (Giving Hope), that works toward improving the quality of life for sick children who are hospitalized at Tel Hashomer Hospital. Shamolov Berkovich received a citation for her contribution to society and the community during a gala event at the Eretz Israel Museum. The event featured a number of performers under the banner "Entertainers Give Hope." STUDENTS OF the School of Political Science at the University of Haifa have produced a series of short videos campaigning for the release of Gilad Schalit, and geared to enroll volunteers in "Gilad's Army of Friends." The campaign, which can now be viewed on the Internet, was carried out as part of a "Political Campaign" course given by Dr. Israel Waismel-Manor. The topic of the campaign was chosen by the students themselves at the beginning of the year, and the videos are based on the theoretical material that is studied during the course, as well as on a survey conducted by students which found that 87.5% of the public are interested in contributing actively to the campaign for Schalit's release.