and what a show it was!
it all began in november 2005 i began the project “in spite of!” at a hostel for young women in distress. i photographed in the hostel for about 6 months and exhibited at the jerusalem theater in august and september 2006. we were even honored with a visit by israel’s first lady, mrs. gilah katzav. there were two radio interviews along the way, a mention in one of the national newspapers and a lot of excitement. i escorted one of the girls the day she was drafted to the idf and did the photography at the grand opening of another’s solo art exhibition.
this week i received the printed catalogs/albums of the project and those exciting six months (printed thanks to a gracious donation by mrs. gilah katzav).
over the last few months a school of theater (acting) opened in the hostel wine cellar. the teachers are hired by the hostel. the students are socially-marginal youth sponsored by government agencies. the girls at the hostel run the logistics behind the school – a beautiful setup!
tuesday i was invited to the grand opening. i arrived early to meet the girls and to present each of them with her own copy of the catalog/album. i was greeted with hugs and kisses and they were all very excited about the albums. i too was very excited to see them again!
the guest of honor at the grand opening was prof. yuli tamir, minister of education.
the young actors put on a wonderful show! but like every show, finally, the curtain is drawn. the show i participated in at the hostel lasted for just a little over a year. it was a wonderful experience but it has now come to end. i feel i have fulfilled everything i had intended to. i received so much from these dear young women and i hope i was also able to give. i wish them success in life, happiness and satisfaction!