Hundreds Mark 11 Years Since U.S.-born IDF Soldier Michael Levin's Death

Rank and File | Theater in the Rough present 'Taming of the Shrew: in motion' in Jerusalem's Bloomfield Garden ■ South African Zionist Federation holding a braai on Rishon Letzion beach

Israeli soldiers mourn during the funeral of Israeli army Staff Sgt. Michael Levin, August 3, 2006.
Israeli soldiers mourn during the funeral of Israeli army Staff Sgt. Michael Levin, August 3, 2006. AP

REMEMBERING MICHAEL: Over 200 people gathered at Mount Herzl to commemorate 11 years since Michael Levin fell in the Second Lebanon War. “When I think of him, I see him coming out of the base very tired but happy because the army was just everything for him and he felt very proud,” recalled Sara Kalker of Tel Aviv’s Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin and a close friend. “One of the last things he said to me in our last phone conversation when he was in Lebanon was, ‘Sara, never forget that life is a gift.’ He just loved life and loved his friends and really, really loved Israel.” Kalker, who hails from upstate New York, said the crowd included “a lot of friends, all the guys he served with him in paratroopers a few Birthright groups and a lot of the volunteers at the center who are former lone soldiers, who are very inspired by his story.” The service and prayers were led by Michael’s friends Rabbi Ezra Amichai, Baruch Ganz and Ezzy Morgenstern.

THE BARD IN BLOOMFIELD: Next week, Theater in the Rough will provide Shakespeare lovers with an opportunity to enjoy the Bard outdoors starting next Thursday, when the company will present “The Taming of the Shrew: in motion” in the capital’s Bloomfield Gardens. Beth Steinberg, Theater in the Rough’s founding director, calls it “a new way of enjoying one of Shakespeare’s most talked about plays.” The Brooklyn native said the audience will be able to follow the “actors as they explore gender, what happens when men and women meet, and what’s love got to do with it?” The performances are for free, although there is a suggested donation. The all-immigrant cast, some playing multiple roles, includes Abigail Ellis, Susan Berkson, Annabelle Landgarten, Ira Skop, Miriam Metzinger, Andrea Katz, Gilad Petranker, Gillian Kay, Robin Stamler and Simon Montagu. The show will run through August 24. For more Info, call (052) 5594257.

BEACH BRAAI: If playing matkot is the number one national beach activity for Israelis, then late-afternoon barbecues by the water come a close second. Next Thursday, Telfed, the South African Zionist Federation, will put its own twist on the tradition by holding a braai on the Rishon Letzion beach. “Everybody has fun. They go and have a swim,” Beryl Schmidt, who has chaired the Rishon Letzion Regional Committee for six years, told Haaretz. “They love getting together just to have a good time and get away from the hustle and bustle. It’s more like what they had in Johannesburg.” To register, call Beryl by Tuesday – so they’ll have enough meat – at (052) 788-5077.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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