Rank and File: Tel Aviv’s Wix Hub New Entrepreneurs and Tisha B’Av in English

Jacob Morrison, left, and David Bador, graduates of the second season of TheNest small business accelerator, in Tel Aviv, July 2017.
Jacob Morrison, left, and David Bador, graduates of the second season of TheNest small business accelerator, in Tel Aviv, July 2017. Dror Sithakol

ACCELERATED: Tel Aviv’s Wix Hub, ordinarily a space for tech entrepreneurs, on Sunday hosted new immigrants who have started small businesses in Israel. The 11 entrepreneurs are graduates of the second season of TheNest, the small business accelerator operated by Gvahim, a subsidiary nonprofit of the Rashi Foundation. The group included Americans Brielle Collins, founder of Shraddha Yoga Studio; Richard Saffern, founder of Dog Mafia, a gourmet bakery for dogs; and David Bador, who co-founded tapas fusion restaurant NEU Table with Manchester, England-native Jacob Morrison. “The accelerator gave me the wisdom, knowledge and support to be really prepared to open my studio,” Collins, who hails from Chicago, told Haaretz. “The accelerator motivated us to get things rolling with our proof of concept,” said Bador, who grew up in New Jersey. “So we are doing pop-up restaurants for the next year, open every Thursday night in Herzliya Pituah, trying to show our business model works.”

MEANINGFUL FAST: Tisha B’Av is a date of tragedy in Jewish history, commemorating the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem as well as other disasters. Several organizations will hold English-language programming for the fast, on Monday night and Tuesday. In Jerusalem, Sara Jo Ben Zvi, who co-founded the Women’s Beit Midrash of Efrat, will lecture at Knesset Israel, while Yiboneh’s Rabbi Ariel Tal will host a “meaningful” experience at the Tower of David on Monday night. The OU Israel Center, the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and the Society of Independent Spirituality will all provide programming on Tuesday. For more info, visit www.janglo.net. The Tel Aviv International Synagogue will hold its eighth annual Tisha B’Av by Candlelight on the Beach event with Rabbi Ariel Konstantyn on Monday night and will screen “The Devil’s Arithmetic” at the synagogue on Tuesday afternoon. For more information, call Rabbi Ariel at 052-283-8599.

SPEED DATING WITH A TWIST: As heavy as Tisha B’Av is, Tu B’Av, which has been called the Jewish Valentine’s Day, soon follows. To that end, Telfed, the South African Zionist Federation, and matchmaking service Matim have organized a Tu B’Av “Speed Dating with a Twist” in Jaffa on August 7. The organizer, Matim founder Shira Snapper of Johannesburg, told Haaretz, “There are lots of web sites and apps but sometimes a more personal approach can help, and you never know.” She should know; she met her future husband thanks to a Tu B’Av meeting. “I was living in Jerusalem, he was in Netanya,” she recalled. “I came from a much more religious environment. He was more traditional. But if it weren’t for this holiday, I might have looked for someone more religious. Sometimes you land up with someone you didn’t exactly imagine.” RSVP by August 7. For more info, email matimlach17@yahoo.com.

Rank and File was compiledby Steven Klein.

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