Ellen Dunn – One of the cornerstones of our social networking is our Friday morning get – togethers under the Banyan Tree. Ellen Dunn is the person who initiated the first gathering years ago.
Ellen came to Israel in 1982 from the USA. There she played the oboe professionally with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Artists Internationale Opera, the State Ballet of R.I., the Cantelena Woodwind Quintet and a variety of other groups that straddle the professional musical spectrum.
Shifting her residence to the Middle East expanded her professional horizons. She has played with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Beer Sheva Symphonet and others including the well – known and multicultural “HaB’rerah HaTivit” group.
These days Ellen holds court in her flat in Ashdod, receiving an astonishing variety of friends, playing Scrabble with the pros, acting as mother confessor to countless souls and generally being one of the prime movers of our group. Thank you, Ellen, from us all.
Catch more about Ellen in Sam Orbaum‘s feature “Ashdod’s Open Door” in his hilarious collection of articles “Eskimoes of Jerusalem (And Other Extraordinary Israelis)”.
Since this writing Ellen passed away.