Rank and File
S VAGA-BARD: The "wandering Jew" will take on a new meaning on Sunday, when Theater in the Rough begins its third season of Theater in Motion. The company will present "Much Ado about Nothing" at Bloomfield Park in Jerusalem. The free, outdoor community project will keep the audience on its toes, as the play takes place in different locations in the park. The style is modeled after New York Classical Theater, New York native Natan Skop, who's playing Benedict, told Anglo File yesterday. His father, Ira Skop, also from NY, plays Leonato. Other cast member include Mika Singer (Beatrice ), who recently moved to Israel from Manchester; Avital Sykora (Hero ); Glasgow-born Merav Leviten (Margaret ); Oregon native Toby Trachtman (Don Pedro ); Gilad Petranker (Don John ); and recent immigrant Yisrael Cohen (Claudio ), who grew up in Dallas. Theater in the Rough receives support from Jerusalem's culture department. "The municipality was excited by this project, which brings affordable theater to Jerusalemites young and old, especially during the summer months," explains artistic director, Beth Steinberg, who hails from Long Island, NY. "Much Ado about Nothing" opens August 12th and runs, literally, through August 23. For info, call (052 ) 553-8132.
STORAH FOR THE TROOPS: The International Young Israel Movement - Israel Region dedicated its 206th Torah scroll to the Israel Defense Forces on Sunday, the religious organization announced this week. This scroll went to the elite Sayeret Matkal unit. Alex and Irene Shraga of New Brunswick, New Jersey, together with their three children, presented the scroll at the ceremony, which was held at the Intelligence Corps museum due to the highly classified status of the unit. Participants included Ceec Harrishburg, the Buffalo-born president of IYIM; executive director Daniel Meyer, who is originally from Sydney; and board members Esther Schiller (NY ), Rozanne Polansky (North Bellmore, NY ) and Dr. Sheldon Abramson (Detroit ). Meyer told Anglo File yesterday that the Torah dedication project is named for the late Ruby Davidman, who was very active in Young Israel for decades. "Among the older generation he was a legend," said Meyer.
S PRACTICING GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP: Some 170 students from Israel and abroad are slated to participate in the Israel International Model United Nations at the College of Management - Academic Studies in Rishon Letzion, starting Monday. Over the course of a week, the students in the Model UN will participate in simulations of the international body's various councils, which will involve discussions and decision-making issues currently on the global agenda, according to program organizers. "Model U.N. is an integrative body of people from all over the world and Israelis," Kansas-native Katherine Eusey, who will represent Indonesia on the Human Rights council, told Anglo File. "It's been a great social and academic endeavor for me," added Eusey, who is getting her M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer will address the opening event. Among others in attendance will be Manchester-native Frances Raday, former chief editor of the Israel Law Review. This is the fourth straight year that the College of Management is hosting the student-run event.
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