Hezy of Mea Shearim, Fadi of At-Tur team up as volunteers in United Hatzalah emergency organization
“An Arab and a haredi are riding a motorbike.” No, this is not the beginning of a joke.
The story of Fadi Bahir and Hezy Roth can definitely be adapted into a feature film: Imagine an ultra-Orthodox man dressed in black, entering an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem in order to save someone’s life. Hours later, an Arab man runs into the heart of the haredi neighborhood of Mea Shearim in order to provide medical care.
This is their story. Hezy and Fadi volunteer together at United Hatzalah, an emergency medical services organization similar to Magen David Adom. Hezy is a resident of Mea Shearim, while Fadi lives in the Arab neighborhood of At-Tur.
The Tel Aviv Hub provides a place for people with ideas for social, environmental and technological ventures to pool inspiration.
On the top floor of a nondescript office building in Tel Aviv sits an unusual organization called the Tel Aviv Hub (www.the-hub.co.il). A space for social, environmental and technological innovation, it is part of an international network of about 25 such Hubs.
Co-founder Danny Gal says the four-year-old place is open to anyone. Currently, it has more than 50 members who use it as a workspace, and a place to share tools and inspiration, as members try to get both non-profit and for-profit ventures off the ground.
“We’re a startup nation,” says Gal. “But we understand more and more that this is not enough. You have to ask why, or what for?” Many Hub members are looking for what Gal calls “social investors” for socially innovative companies.
The striped boyfriend sweater and other Nili Lotan pieces handpicked by J.Crew for its stores this year are classic examples of the Israeli fashion designer’s starkly simple high-end basics. Nothing bright or splashy here. And that has something to do with her origins.
“Where you spend your childhood and youth really dominates who you are in everything you do, from motherhood to friendship to career,” Lotan says.
“Growing up in the aesthetics I did, the magazines and art and fashion I was exposed to definitely affected my taste. I am an American sportswear designer, but I have a quiet language. I don’t use a lot of color like you see in many American lines.”
Sartorial evidence of her background also comes out in fabrics she began designing after the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war. Lotan’s gun-print T-dresses and scarves were snapped up immediately by Beirut’s top boutique.