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Singer Chava Alberstein donates paintings to support northern communities
When Carmi Ashboren, a fundraiser for the Dugrinet website which was established for residents of the Galilee, listened to Chava Alberstein’s latest album “Baruch Haba” (“Welcome”), he noticed that she had attached to the CD two of her drawings.Ashboren sent the singer an email and asked for permission to use the drawings for free as part of a calendar aimed at raising funds for the Galilee Foundation for Value Education – an association engaged in informal educational activity aimed at leading a social change in the Galilee and tightening the relations between the Jewish and Arab populations.
The very next day, he received Alberstein’s positive response. But instead of a calendar, Dugrinet decided to go for greeting cards with Alberstein’s drawings on them, which could be used for any purpose, from a birthday or wedding greeting to a romantic letter.
“Chava sent us a selection of paintings from which we selected the ones most suitable for our goal,” says Chedva Livnat, the founder and initiator of Dugrinet.
“They include drawings of nature, women and circles of children. Her paintings are happy, domestic and colorful. They make you smile. Every day we are astonished by Chava’s unstoppable giving. It felt like she was opening doors for us without any conditions, just for the sake of giving.”
What does your activity include?
“Dugrinet was founded about two years ago by a group of Jewish and Arab partners for people who live in the Galilee and care about it. The website operates in the Shorashim communal settlement in Misgav.
“We called the site Dugrinet because this name has a meaning both in Hebrew and Arabic: Direct speech. We recently dealt with the poverty situation in Carmiel and hosted evening in which we let both the establishment and academia and the poor people express themselves.
“We also initiated a tour in Bedouin communities which are unrecognized and disconnected from electricity. With the help of the donations we raise, we’ll give a stage to people with special needs and launch a journalism course. Its graduates will be able to increase awareness to the Galilee in the media.”
Three years after winning Album of the Year award in World Music category, Israeli artist takes center stage at French music award ceremony
Israeli singer Yael Naim was crowned Best Female Singer of the Year in France’s musical award ceremony “Victoires de la Musique” on Tuesday.
Naim’s third album, “She was a Boy,” was released in late 2010 and received critical acclaim. Tuesday’s award joins the Album of the Year award she won in 2008 in the World Music category, along with her musical partner David Donatien.
Her second album, “Yael Naim,” received international attention thanks to the hit “New Soul”, which was used by the Apple company in an international advertising campaign in January 2008.
Naim was born in Paris in 1978 to Jewish parents of Tunisian descent. She grew up in the central Israeli city of Ramat Hasharon and served in the Israel Air Force band.
She began her career as a singer in French musical “Les Dix Commandements” by Élie Chouraqui and Pascal Obispo. Her first album, “In a Man’s Womb,” was released in 2011 and was not very successful.
Naim worked on her second album – which includes songs in English, Hebrew and French – for two years. It was followed by “She was a Boy,” which is all in English and combines touches of pop, folk music and jazz.