HE consul general of Israel says his name,
Ido Aharoni, continues to give him grief. Some people
tend to mispronounce it. Sometimes they say Ida. "I can live
with that," he says.
However a woman at a Long Island event once
welcomed him as " Ido a Horny," and that wasnít flattering.
At the annual dinner of Friends of Bezalel
Academy of Arts and Design at Trump Soho in New York, chairman
Ilan Kaufthal introduced the consul general flawlessly,
and that made him happy.
Kaufthal reported that Bezalel has outgrown its
old Jerusalem campus on Mount Scopus. The building will be sold
to iCare4Autism, International Center for Autism Research and
Education. Bezalel, with 2,000 students and a faculty of 400,
will relocate to the Russian Compound.
"We will rejuvenate downtown Jerusalem with a
new school that will be completed in three years," Kaufthal
said. "The sale of the old building, plus government grants,
will bring us $55 million."
That was welcome news to Adi Nes, a 1992
graduate of the schoolís photography department, financial
advisor Harvey Krueger, iCare4Autism president Joshua
Weinstein, Bezalel president Arnon Zuckerman, and
Laura Murlender, an Argentine artist who graduated from the
Bezalel fine arts department and now works in New York.
Aharoni lauded Bezalel as the first educational
institution in Palestine when it was founded in 1906.
"When we think of security," he said, "we think
of military might. Thatís a mistake. Thereís a new narrative we
have to tellóthe degree of creativity and innovation that exists
"Thatís a great story that Israel has to tell,
which is about the creative spirit of our people. No institution
represents this better than Bezalel."