A delegation of 35 influential Jewish fashionistas from the United States, Canada, Australia, Estonia, Greece, Panama and South Africa got an exclusive look at Israeli designs during a private runway event at Beit Karandagi in Jaffa last week.

Top Israeli fashion designers including Gadi Elimelech, Dorin Frankfurt, Gideon and Karen Oberson, Yaniv Persy, Yaron Minkowsky, Sabina Moiseyev, Liora Taragan and Shani Zimmerman headlined the show produced by Smadar Ganzi.

The fashion industry trip to Israel from July 26 to August 3 was sponsored by the Maryland-based Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project and Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs.

Rebekah Price of Toronto at the Maskit Israeli luxury label showroom in Old Jaffa. Photo by Aviram Valdman
Rebekah Price of Toronto at the Maskit Israeli luxury label showroom in Old Jaffa. Photo by Aviram Valdman

The itinerary also included the TLVstyle fashion boutique tour, visits to the Fash & Tech coworking space and the WMN (Women Lead Ventures) coworking space in Tel Aviv, as well as jewelry and fashion studios in Jerusalem.

Among the participants were Annie Raphael, co-owner of the SlavinRaphael wholesale fashion agency in Canada; Dahlia Foroutan, a Hollywood costume designer for shows including ABC’s “My Wife & Kids,” the Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana” and Nickelodeon’s “Bella & the Bulldogs”; Emily Fine, a trend forecaster in New York for top clothing and footwear outlets; and Mindy Scheier of New Jersey, who teamed up with Tommy Hilfiger to launch a line of adaptive clothing for children with special needs.

New York fashion forecasters Rebecca Brown, left, and Emily Fine during their group’s “Fashion Week” in Tel Aviv. Photo by Aviram Valdman
New York fashion forecasters Rebecca Brown, left, and Emily Fine during their group’s “Fashion Week” in Tel Aviv. Photo by Aviram Valdman

“I think that one of the most brilliant things about being here is that you are in the holiest land in the world, and there is so much beauty and so much fashion,” said Toronto jewelry designer Rebekah Price.

The group also traveled from Safed (Tzfat) in the north to the Dead Sea and Masada in the Judean Desert, on a one-of-a-kind trip to strengthen their connection with Israel and inspire them to return home and “change the world through Jewish values.”