Grapevine: A string to the IPO’s bow

This year, some 800 music lovers and patrons of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra gathered in the Tel viv Hilton ballroom.

Orchestra (photo credit: Wikicommons)
(photo credit: Wikicommons)
IT’S BEEN a four-decade tradition for the Tel Aviv Hilton to host the annual gala of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation. This year, some 800 music lovers and patrons of the IPO gathered in the Hilton ballroom where, as always, general manager Ronnie Fortis donated the premises and the meal as part of the hotel’s involvement with the city’s cultural development.
Conductor and violin virtuoso Julian Rachlin and members of the orchestra surprised the merrymakers with a performance of Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.
Among the crowd were Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai, Pnina and Moshe Edery, Tammy and Yehuda Raveh, Aharon Fogel, Sami Sagol, foundation chair Michal Zellermeyer, IPO director-general Aviv Shoshani and Tali Gottlieb.
Zellermeyer promised to make every effort to ensure that next year’s gala will be held in the IPO’s permanent home, which is undergoing renovation. In conjunction with the Tel Aviv Hilton, it will be held there to inaugurate the refurbished premises.
THE BEERSHEBA Municipality’s Emergency Volunteer Task Force hosted an event last Sunday evening to pay tribute to all those who volunteered during Operation Pillar of Defense. Because the average number of volunteers per day was around 600, sometimes rising to 800, the venue for the tribute was the Joya Claire Sonnenfeldt Auditorium on Ben-Gurion University’s Marcus Family campus.
Volunteer organizations included those that collaborate with the volunteer task force on a routine year-round basis to volunteers who are on call for emergencies, such as Kivunim, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and The Sami Shamoon College of Engineering. There were also volunteer organizations that offered volunteers spontaneously during the operation, such as One Heart, which organized groups from pre-military academies, and Tor Hamidbar.
Volunteers engaged in many and varied tasks, such as supervising children’s activities in public and private bomb shelters, home visits to the elderly, oneon- one care for mentally and/or physically challenged children, getting private bomb shelters fit for use, activities and assistance in homes for senior citizens, accompanying trauma victims to a mental health center, accompanying groups getting away for a bit out of the city and finding Amharic speakers for the municipal hot line. Every task was accomplished within two hours of the request being received.
The Emergency Volunteer Task Force works year-round in preparation for emergency situations.
“The model established by the Beersheba Municipality should serve as an example for all other municipalities to follow,” says Tami Ivgy Hadad, coordinator of the Emergency Volunteer Task Force.
FRIENDS OF the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, together with the hospital’s management, have launched a social-cum-business club that will be affiliated with the Meir Medical Center. Among those attending the inauguration at the Rokeach Restaurant in Tel Aviv were chairman of the Friends Prof. Avigdor Kaplan; hospital manager Dr. Eytan Wirtheim; Edna Bar-Ratzon, the hospital’s director of external relations; Tabor Winery CEO Yehuda Gal; Blue Square CEO Oren Sela; and several other well-known figures from the business sector.
NINE DAYS after the announcement of his appointment as the new CEO of Beit Hatfutsot-the Museum of the Jewish People, which is located on the campus of Tel Aviv University, Dan Tadmor had the opportunity to see the results of a partnership project between Beit Hatfutsot and Shenkar College of Engineering and Design. At the initiative of Irit Admoni Perlman, the director of the Friends of Beit Hatfutsot, and under the sponsorship of the Nadav Foundation, 14 students who are studying fashion design at Shenkar College produced a stunning array of hand-embroidered bridal outfits inspired by traditional wedding dresses and groom’s attire in Diaspora communities of yore as seen in the archives and displays at Beit Hatfutsot.
It is not unusual for Shenkar students to have fashion shows inspired by period costume, but this time the period costume had a specifically Jewish connotation.
The project was called Bo’i Kala, the welcome greeting extended to Shabbat, which is considered to be the bride of the week.
The collection was paraded last week at Gindi TLV Fashion Week with Tadmor and Admoni Perlman in the audience, along with Irena Nevzlin Kogan, who chairs the Beit Hatfutsot Board of Directors; her husband, Michael Kogan; Prof Yuli Tamir, president of Shenkar College; Dana Azrieli, who chairs the Shenkar Board of Governors; Gideon Hamburger, who was on the adjudicating panel to decide which of the bridal designs would go into the fashion show; his wife, Hani Hamburger; Gabi Roter, the co-CEO of Castro; Leah Peretz Recanati, who heads the Shenkar Fashion Department; and fashion show producer Moti Reif, who is also a member of the board of the Friends of Beit Hatfutsot; and many other well-known personalities.