Zelda Harris
Five on the 100 aliyah from UK list!

How I met Ehud Manor

Whilst working with the late Chaim Herzog z’l, former President of Israel and Representative of Israel at the UN I was given the use of half a desk and a telephone at the Labour Party HQ in HaYarkon Street.

Together with long time friend and personal assistant Rona Hart we shared an office with an MK and his secretary who, was a friend of Ehud Manor’s mother and who would often come in for a chat.

One day she asked me if I knew her son Ehud, I said that I had only recently returned from the UK and that I did not. She then advised me to go to see his show of translated songs from prestigious musicals. Along with friends, my late husband Leon and I went to the show, which was amazing.

Soon after that I started to work with journalists from the UK and again Ehud and Offra came into our lives. They made appearances especially when the guests were from prestigious newspapers and or themselves Theatre Critics.

So we also became very friendly.

For me he was always someone I could turn to for advice.

I knew also how loyal he was to other artists and without mentioning names he introduced me to a world which I loved especially since I had always wanted to go on the stage.

He was the last person I spoke with when I went to the UK to visit my gravely ill son.
I called him on my return just to hear his comforting words. Too sadly he passed away not so long afterwards. So rest in peace dear wonderful man who gave so much to the industry and to the public at large.

About the Author
Zelda Harris first came to Israel 1949, aged 18. After living through the hardships of the nascent state, she returned to England in 1966. She was a founding member of the Women's Campaign for Soviet Jewry. In 1978, she returned with her family to Israel and has been active in various spheres of Israeli Society since. Together with the late Chaim Herzog, she founded CCC for Electoral Reform, was the Director of BIPAC in Israel, and a co-founder of Metuna, the Organisation for Road Safety, which received the Speaker of Knesset Quality of Life Award for saving lives on the roads and prevention of serious injury. She is now a peace activist, blogger for Times of Israel and is writing her life story.
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