A double-bass player, fired for union activism in a Russian orchestra in Beersheba, has won his job back by court order. Ma’ayan Beider-Jacobssohn, 32, found that his fellow-players, earning as little as $700 a month, were working overtime as cleaners and porters. He challenged the status quo in the Israel Sinfonietta and was dismissed. The court has reinstated him. The full story is an authentic slice of musical life in a turbulent state.