Danny Ayalon
Danny Ayalon arriving at Jerusalem court May 4, 2013. Photo by Emil Salman
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Ex-envoy gets teaching gig

Yeshiva University has appointed Israeli diplomat and politician Danny Ayalon as the Rennert Visiting Professor of Foreign Policy Studies for the upcoming spring semester, the school announced Monday. Ayalon will teach at both Yeshiva College and Stern College for Women. “We are delighted to welcome Danny as a visiting professor,” said YU President Richard Joel. Ayalon has been a political adviser to three prime ministers: Ehud Barak, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ariel Sharon. He served over 20 years in Israel’s Foreign Service, most recently as deputy foreign minister from 2008 to 2012. He was Israel’s ambassador to the United States from 2002 until his retirement from the diplomatic service in 2006, when he joined immigrant support organization Nefesh B’Nefesh. “This institution is exceptional in its support of the State of Israel and in spreading knowledge and education that have always made it a center of excellence,” said Ayalon. “I look forward to a fruitful, insightful and stimulating dialogue with our students.”

All in the family

Israel caught many immigrants off guard when it recently announced it would start taxing family trusts worldwide, starting next year. “It was only announced a month ago, so there was a bit of a rush to act and do things to minimize the damage before the end of the year,” Paul Israel of the Israel-Australia Chamber of Commerce told Haaretz Wednesday. On Monday, his organization along with Anglo Capital Limited provided a seminar in Ra’anana for over 100 participants facing these new financial challenges. Speakers explained how “they can be legal and do the right thing and not get penalized too much,” said Israel, a Melbourne native who immigrated 22 years ago. Speakers included Philip Braude, the CEO of Anglo Capital Limited; advocate Jeremy Cohn; Rodney Horin, an aged care adviser; and financial investor Philip Rosenberg. the chamber and the Zionist Fed of Australia “are talking about ways to help or fix this” situation, Israel added. “Americans have to make an election about how to be taxed, yet the forms are not out yet,” said CPA Alan Deitsch. “Trusts set up by non-Israeli grantors potentially will be taxed, so a question is whether to maintain or break up the trust,” he told Haaretz yesterday.

Beware man-eating plants!

“Little Shop of Horrors” is headed to Jerusalem, in a collaboration between JEST (Jerusalem English Speaking Theater) and Starcatcher Productions, a new Jerusalem-based theater group. The macabre off-Broadway hit, “a cautionary tale of what our hunger for fame and fortune can lead to,” according to JEST, features the music of Alan Menken and Howard Ashman of “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast” fame. Behind the scenes will be the team that produced “Hairspray” last year - director Eli Kaplan Wildmann, musical director Jeff Rosenschein, choreographer Yaeli Greenblatt, producer Flo Low and stage manager Elianna Rosenschein. JEST’s Leah Stoller told Haaretz Wednesday that Kaplan Wildmann, who studied theater directing at NYU, designed four puppets for Seymour the man-eating plant, which are being made by JEST volunteers. “Everyone who sees them says they are just something special,” she stressed. There are four main actors: Canadian David Gellman (Canada) as Seymour, England-native Rachel Wagner as Audrey, American Neil Turetsky as Mr. Mushnik and Daniel Rottner, who just finished his military service, as the dentist. There will be seven performances running from November 21 through December 7, all at the Nurit Katzir Jerusalem Theater Center. For tickets, call Leah Stoller at (02) 642-0908.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.
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