News in Brief

Anat Gov's 'Best Friends' to be staged by Beit Lessin and Cameri

The Cameri and Beit Lessin theaters in Tel Aviv will co-produce “Best Friends,” a play written by playwright Anat Gov, who died a month ago of cancer. Shows will start March 16, the two theaters announced yesterday. The play was first produced by the Cameri in 1999 and ran for 700 performances. In light of the success, Gov published it as a book in 2001 and in 2006 it became a television series. Gilad Kimchi will direct and the play will feature Maya Dagan, Sarit Vino-Elad, Yael Leventhal, Dina Sanderson and Shimrit Lustig. This is not the first joint production between the Cameri and Beit Lessin; the two theaters coproduced Makolet ‏(Grocery Store‏), a play by Hillel Mittelpunkt, two years ago. ‏(Shir Hacham‏)

No more exhibitionism: Bineth Gallery moving to Internet

After 50 years, the Bineth Gallery in Tel Aviv is changing its hue. It will stop hosting exhibitions for the public and instead put most of its resources into sales over the Internet or sales by appointment only starting this month. The gallery, founded in 1962 in Jerusalem by Gershon Bineth, started its Internet business a decade ago. Gabi Bineth, the grandson of Gershon who now runs the gallery, made the change for business reasons after he realized that most of his sales came via appointments or the Internet already, and very few from exhibitions. Bineth now describes himself as an art dealer and said his artists understood his decision and will continue to work with him. The gallery used to hold seven exhibitions a year, though last year, in celebration of 50 years since its founding, Bineth held 12, including those for artists Michael Kovner, Jan Rauchwerger, Liliane Klapisch and Tessy Cohen Pfeffer. The gallery is located on Frishman Street in Tel Aviv. ‏(Ellie Armon Azoulay‏)

Architects to give free advice on redoing homes damaged by rockets

Architects, interior designers and engineers will provide free consultations tomorrow afternoon for residents of the south whose homes were damaged in the recent Operation Pillar of Defense. The event will be held in the community center in Ashdod’s Dalet neighborhood. The initiative, called Speed Design, came from the interior design department at the College of Management Academic Studies. Speed Design is being held for the second straight year, last year’s event having been dedicated to residents of Jaffa and the central region of Israel. Some 70 building professionals will devote 20 minutes for each personal consulting session. Residents seeking advice should bring pictures, diagrams and blueprints of their homes. They will be provided with advice on general matters such as design and usage of space, and also on how to strengthen their homes against future damage. The city of Ashdod suffered the highest number of direct missile hits on buildings during Pillar of Defense. The designers will demonstrate various options for structural reinforcement to cope with the damages caused during the operation, different options for organizing and dividing the space, as well as advice regarding the placement of furniture, storage solutions and more. ‏(Keshet Rosenblum‏)

Austrian Jewish leader says anti-Semitism growing

The leader of Vienna’s Jewish community says the number of anti-Semitic incidents in Austria reported to his office has doubled over the past year and that Jews are under duress elsewhere in the EU as well. Oskar Deutsch told the Kurier newspaper that the Jewish community registered 135 such incidents last year, compared with 71 in 2011. In comments published yesterday, he named Hungary, Sweden, Norway, Finland, France and Greece as the EU countries where Jews are most under threat, adding that fearful Jewish families in Hungary have recently started to immigrate to Austria. ‏(AP‏)