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Golden girls do the Zumba; 'On Golden Pond’ lives again; From spitfires to yellow pages.

Golden girls do the Zumba
Zumba golden girls took to the stage in late January and did their dance to support breast cancer awareness, said Sara Groundland of the English Speaking Residents Association. “Our five minutes of glory were soon up and we clambered down from the stage feeling exhilarated by the whole experience,” said Groundland, a Glasgow native. The third annual charity event, held to a sellout crowd of 1,200 at Ramat Hasharon’s Oranim sports center, raised NIS 65,000 for Amuta onein9, organizer Stacy Zimmerman-Shani said Friday. Zimmerman-Shani, originally from Montreal, said the golden girls – who also included Sue Angel, Louise Braverman, Carol Dezent, Joyce Epstein, Lynda Gone, Linda Levine, Natalie Rome, Joy Rosen, Joyce Sanders and Carol Tagner – were the only students on stage. The rest were some 50 Zumba instructors in groups of five. Besides raising breast cancer awareness, onein9 involves volunteers who survived the disease and “helps people going through it now,” added Zimmerman-Shani. “And I think it’s a great thing they are doing.”

‘On Golden Pond’ lives again
While the hit film “On Golden Pond” was known for its striking scenery, the stage version is more intimate, said Abbe Krisman of the Jerusalem English Speaking Theatre. JEST is putting on the show, which runs from February 26 to March 6. “Our director Leah Stoller picked it,” said Krisman, the assistant director. “It was a story that was very meaningful to her, so she wanted to be a part of producing it.” The play features David Glickman, a British professional actor, as Norman, the father, and Bakol Gellar as Ethel, his wife of over 50 years. Their daughter Chelsea, played by Elenia Landau, has strained relations with her father, but visits the couple at their summer home on Golden Pond. “ I’ve seen this 100 times or more and am still moved,” said Krisman, referring to the rehearsals. She has worked for JEST with her husband David Krisman since they moved to Israel from Milwaukee in 2006. David builds the sets for JEST’s plays. For tickets, call Abbe at (02) 623-2750.

From spitfires to yellow pages
Close friends Morris Kahn and Harold “Smoky” Simon grew up in a small South African mining town and made a major impact on Israel, but they did so in totally different areas, said Telfed’s Sidney Shapiro. This month Telfed, the organization dedicated to supporting immigrants from Southern Africa in Israel, will recognize the two men with lifetime achievement awards at a gala dinner in Tel Aviv. Kahn came to Israel in the 1950s and, after trying his hand in a number of businesses, hit on the idea of the Yellow Pages, Shapiro said Wednesday. Later he co-founded Amdocs. Since selling his stake in the company, this “very quiet guy” has been a very big philanthropist, funding “a lot of scientific research,” said Shapiro. Simon, who with his wife fought in the War of Independence, was a founder of the Israel Air Force, doing “tremendous things in sorties in Egypt throwing bombs out of Spitfires,” said Shapiro. He and his family returned in the 1960s to Israel, where he “founded the insurance brokerage industry,” added Shapiro. For more info, call Nikki Leviner at (054) 328-7779.