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MOVIN' ON UP: Simon Kay, the director of the British Council's Israel office for the past two years, is resigning from the organization tomorrow after 25 years of service. Alan Gemmell, the deputy director of the British Council's Mexico office, has been appointed to take his place, Kay told Anglo File this week. Gemmell, 34, pledged to develop the ambitious educational programs initiated by his predecessor, as well as to promote greater collaboration in the arts. "It's very clear that many U.K. institutions and artists want to work in Israel, so I hope there would be more visual exhibitions and a stronger film program," said Gemmell, who was in Israel this week to meet with Kay and his staff. Kay, 51, who has a PhD in immunology with a focus on cancer research, will return to London to oversee international operations for the Wellcome Trust, the second-largest private funder of medical research after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Caron Sethill, deputy director of the British Council in Israel, will serve as acting director until Gemmell arrives in November or December. (Andrew Esensten )

STARRY NIGHT: No matter how much we look up at the stars, we can never answer all the mysteries of the cosmos. ESRA, the English Speaking Residents Association, is bringing in astronomer Eyal Kazin to explain some of these mysteries at an evening entitled "Einstein and Astronomers: An Ongoing Cosmic Saga" at the Technoda Observatory and Science Park in Givat Olga on Tuesday. Dr. Kazin, a Zichron Yaakov native who is currently researching observational cosmology in Melbourne, Australia, will bring the audience up to speed on the frontiers of modern cosmology and explain why scientists are still baffled about the mysterious dark nature of the universe. There will also be an option to view the night skies through the Technoda's powerful telescope. For more information, call Betty Kazin, (04 ) 639-0592. For reservations, call ESRA at (09 ) 748-2957. (Steven Klein )

TENNIS FOR EVERYONE: The Freddie Krivine Foundation announced this week it will be opening tennis schools next month for Arab children in the towns of Jaljulya, Baqa al-Gharbiyye and Osafia. Shortly thereafter, the foundation intends to launch a weekly Jewish/Arab tennis program involving children from the Druze town of Daliat al-Carmel and from Israel Tennis Centers in Yokne'am, the nonprofit added. Freddie Krivine, who moved to Israel from England in 1984, was one of the founders of the Israel Tennis Center. He started the foundation to teach tennis to Arab-Israeli children after seeing so few of them at a children's tournament in the 1990s. His daughter, Jane Krivine, has continued the work of the foundation since his death in 2005. "We hope that the new schools in Osafia, Jaljulya and Baqa al-Gharbiyye will thrive and become centers for coexistence activities with neighboring Jewish communities," Jane Krivine told Anglo File via email yesterday. About 6,000 students have gone through the program, she said. (Steven Klein )

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