Rank and File

Choosing the top South African volunteer in Israel; watching (and partying) the Super Bowl here; and a Tu B’Shvat schmooze for new immigrants

Moti Milrod

AND THE (VOLUNTEER) NOMINEES ARE: Telfed, the organization for South Africans in Israel, will hold its volunteers award ceremony this Wednesday at Beit Issie Shapiro in Ra’anana. Four awards will be announced at the event, which is held every two years: Volunteer of the Year, the Service Merit Award, the Harry and Anita Memorial for volunteers within the Israeli community, and the Blanche & Archie Isaacson Memorial for volunteers under 30. This year’s nominees for Volunteer of the Year are Leslie Henan, Jeffrey Kaplan, Issy Kramer, Annette Milliner-Giladi, Beryl Schmidt and Charlotte Wiener. Netta Steiner Lebel, head of Telfed’s volunteer division, on Wednesday told Haaretz that she hopes that by learning the stories of where and how the honorees volunteer, “people might be inspired to do the same.” To attend, call Netta at (09) 790-7805.

SUPER BOWL PARTY PROSPECTS: From its relatively modest beginnings, American football’s Super Bowl has evolved into an international event, to the point that Super Bowl parties are as much as a happening as the onfield action. Israel is no different, with places like First Station in Jerusalem, Wings in Tel Aviv and Mike’s Place in both cities hosting events. At First Station, Janglo, a web portal for English speakers in Israel, and American Football Israel have teamed up with Dani Deitch of Britain and an American, Meir Levmore, to provide American food and live music on Sunday night. The lineup includes the Bob Dylan soundalike Natan Galili, the Portnoy Brothers and frum rappers the Living Wells, AFI’s Nadia Levene told Haaretz on Wednesday. Levene, a native of London, added that lone soldiers with ID get in free. For tickets, go to www.janglo.net or www.ifl.co.il.

SCHMOOZE B’SHVAT: Moishe House Tel Aviv and Nefesh B’Nefesh are hosting a Tu B’Shvat Seder and wine tasting get-together for young adults this Tuesday evening. “Moishe House is this large international organization that creates micro-communities in places where young Jews need an address for programming,” Maya Liss, NBN’s post-immigration adviser and program manager, told Haaretz on Wednesday. “They’re a great platform to collaborate with because they bought into our goal to help immigrants with their integration into Israel.” Liss, who moved from Los Angeles to Israel more than seven years ago, said next week’s event “will be really laid back; just enjoy and schmooze through the platform of Tu B’Shvat.” Moishe House, whose residents run its pluralist programming, is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and the Jewish Agency For Israel. Current residents include Matt Grogin, who moved to Israel from California as a child. For info, call NBN at (02) 659-5800.