Miss Universe 1999
Mayor Ron Huldai
and Aya Azrielant
Mayor Ron Huldai (left), Daphne Barak
and Howard Rubenstein
Ron Huldai Brings Out
The Beauty Of Tel Aviv
By Tim Boxer
RODHAM CLINTON had no time to appear at the Puck Building where she was
expected to accept the Children of Tel Aviv Award from the Tel Aviv
Foundation. Apparently she was too taken with celebrating her 52nd
birthday in Midtown.
wasn’t particularly missed.
charming Tel Aviv mayor, Ron Huldai, attracted enough beauty to
make one overlook the absence of the First Lady.
There was the ultimate beauty of
the last year of the century, Miss Universe 1999. The stunning Mpule
Kwelagobe, of Botswana, introduced a video showing the good works the
foundation accomplishes in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, including parks, health care
facilities, senior centers and children’s playgrounds.
children,” the beauty queen declared, “is the most important resource
in the world -
and they suffer the most.”
were also such gorgeous women as jewelry designer Aya Azrielant, a
prominent supporter of the arts; pop singing sensation Paula Abdul;
Janice Levin, who was honored this evening for her donation of the
Janice and Philip Levin Center for Youth in Jaffa; the globe-trotting
journalist Daphne Barak who co-chaired the benefit with PR ace Howard
Rubenstein; Diana Riklis, who’s husband Ira was dinner chair;
Reut Ashkenazi, a beautiful 16-year-old from South Tel Aviv, and Jeannette
Ibrahim, a dazzling 14-year-old Christian Arab from Jaffa, both
members of the Notzar Theater Troupe; and of course my own gem, Nina
I just saved my marriage).