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ENGLISH THEATER IN HAIFA: Is it better to live with lies if the truth will destroy a family? The Haifa English Theatre explores this dilemma in Richard Everett’s comic drama “Entertaining Angels.” Directed by Hazel Packer, the show about love, betrayal and re-connection opens Thursday night at Beit Hagefen Auditorium in Haifa and runs through June 21. The play, which debuted in 2009 to widely positive reviews, features HET stalwarts Betsy Lewis Yizraeli, Josh Turner, Dana Weil and Judy Koren. Sheila Silver, a new immigrant who comes from the professional theater scene in Los Angeles and is commuting from Carmiel to rehearsals, will be making her debut, Lewis Yisraeli told Haaretz this week. “She’s a lot of fun and very good,” said Lewis Yizraeli. For tickets, call Adrienne at (04) 870-8910.

AN AWARD FOR UK’S EX-CHIEF RABBI: Bar-Ilan University’s Ingeborg Rennert Center for Jerusalem Studies bestowed its annual Guardian of Zion Award upon Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, at a gala ceremony at the capital’s King David Hotel on Monday evening. “Rabbi Lord Sacks has made an outstanding contribution to Diaspora Jewish life by bringing the message of Jerusalem to the Diaspora,” said Rennert Center Director Prof. Joshua Schwartz. “Whilst this is an individual award, Hashem is calling on us all to be Guardians of Zion,” said Rabbi Lords Sacks at the ceremony. Ingeborg Hanna and Ira Leon Rennert established the center in 1995. Previous recipients include Sir Martin Gilbert, the late A.M. Rosenthal, Herman Wouk, and Prof. Elie Wiesel.

IDC’S HONORARY LIST: The Interdisciplinary Center last week named its latest crop of honorary fellows, including Israel Prize laureates Prof. Michael O. Rabin, a Turing Award winner for computer science, and immunologist Michael Sela. Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, a South African business executive, was named the recipient of the Wind Annual Social Entrepreneurship Award at the ceremony. Among the other honorees: Prof. Aaron Ciechanover, a Chemistry Nobel laureate; American real estate mogul Gil Tenzer; and Mexican businessman and philanthropist Daniel Jusidman. “We thought it would be befitting to express our great appreciation to people and institutions, the early pioneers, who have laid the foundations for Israeli academia and the great scientists who emerged from its institutions,” said Prof. Uriel Reichman, president and founder of IDC Herzliya.