The Voice and Fauda fill the WIZO bill

August 6, 2017 by Henry Benjamin
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Over 725 guests took the opportunity to listen to one of the creators of the Netflix worldwide hit “Fauda” and to hear music from Israeli stars Guy and Yahel at WIZO NSW’s Major Function for 2017.

Guy and Yahal                   Photo: Giselle Huber

The event held at the ATC function centre at Randwick was Anat Vidor who introduced WIZO world president Esther Mor who dedicated the evening to the memory of long-term WIZO supporter Marianne Van der Poorten. She died recently at the age of 103 and had attended a WIZO international event at the age 98.

Avi Issacharoff             Photo: Giselle Huber

The Israeli singers both had been residents at one of WIZO children’s homes where they had been encouraged to learn music. Yahel

Marianne van der Poorten at 102

had told the hushed  audience how he had his father had deserted his family when he was a toddler and his mother’s new partner had abused him. At the tender age of four he had been taken into WIZO’s care. He said: “With WIZO we had been given a chance to dream.”

The artists were finalists in the Israel production of “The Voice” and are now household names.

Journalist Avi Issacharoff told the guests that “Fauda” is an Arabic word meaning “chaos”. With a great deal of humour, he told the serious side of the Netflix hit in which drama was used to explain the hopelessness of the Israel-Palestinian conflict mentioning that his contacts had told him it was a big hit with members of Hamas,

Without giving too much away, Issacharoff told Fauda fans that the next series would deal with the problems of ISIS.

He explained why Fauda why showed so much realism pointing out that three of the leading actors had been undercover soldiers in real life.

Avi Issacharoff and WIZO World President Esther Mor

Gallery photos from Giselle Huber and Nadine Saacks

 

 

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