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Savannah Zwi-Navon singing a song for Guy and Yamit Rubin as they walk down the aisle at their wedding. Photo by Eran Be'er
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PINT FOR A PINT: The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel had one of its more successful blood drives on Sunday, as donors walked away with a pint carton of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. Elena Weisel, AACI's program coordinator told Haaretz this week 54 pints of blood were collected from donors ranging in age from 17 to 70. The secret of the AACI's "Pint for a Pint" campaign is a donor who was disappointed by the turnout at a blood drive last year, according to Josie Arbel, AACI's program director. Arbel told him that when Ben and Jerry's had a corporate responsibility office in Israel they had an annual pint for a pint deal. "He said on the spot he would sponsor a pint for a pint each time as long as I promised to never reveal his name," Arbel told Haaretz. "We were very happy," said Weisel about the turnout. "People were really excited about the ice cream." Weisel added that a physician, Dr. Stuart Fishman, volunteered his time to check potential donors' blood pressure. The next blood drive is in mid-November. 

MULTIMEDIA OPERA: Poetry, music and technology merge into a new electronic folk opera at the Ozen Bar in Tel Aviv this Saturday night. Australian-born Savannah Zwi-Navon will sing the compositions of well-known musician Roy Yarkoni, based on the English-language works of noted poet Karen Alkalay-Gut. The electronic production of Or Raveh and Noam Elron playing contrabass complete the ensemble involved in the opera, titled "Una Selva." "I met Roy, who wrote songs from Karen's text in the music scene, and I just started singing some of these songs," Zwi-Navon told Haaretz. "It wasn't going to be anything specific but there was such a good musical flow that we decided to work together," added Zwi-Navon, who came on a holiday seven years ago and never left, and now has her own ensemble which combines jazz, classical chamber music, indie rock and cabaret. Alkalay-Gut, a professor at Tel Aviv University, noted she's done all her collaborations with Yarkoni over the years in English though he is Israeli "because rock music is always in English, so we have a common language."

NEGOTIATING WITH ISRAELIS: Ever get frustrated by negotiations with Israelis? Help is on the way from Livia Levine at a special seminar in Jerusalem on Monday. Levine, who has taught the undergraduate negotiations and conflict resolution course at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, ran a well-reviewed negotiation seminar for women in Jerusalem a few months ago. "These seminars are to help people – [immigrants] both old and new," she told Haaretz. "A lot of people have a fear of negotiating with Israelis. The seminar helps give people skills and confidence." Levine, who married fellow immigrant Noah Moline last year, said the course will "look particularly at salary negotiations," but also at everyday skills. "Some of the things we'll talk about are specific to Israel and personalities that are more common here than in other places, and some will be about general negotiating skills," said Levine, who noted she has spent a lot of time in Israel and lived here before officially immigrating a year and a half ago. For more info, call the AACI at (02) 566-1181.