Rank and File

S CHECKMATES: Tel Aviv University's "Thursdays on Campus" series returns for a second season this month, providing a mixture of English- and Hebrew-language events celebrating "culture, knowledge and entertainment," according to its organizers. The event on Thursday, April 19, will feature "The Boy and The Chess Player," an award-winning short film by Jordan Goldnadel. The story involves a boy raised in an anti-Semitic family in New York who befriends a Jewish Holocaust survivor through the world of chess. Goldnadel - who was born in Paris, lived in Israel and is now doing an internship in Los Angeles - will be present to discuss the film afterward, the organizers announced.

S GLEE WHIZ: Sounds of singing youth will fill the air in Hod Hasharon on May 1, at the first national Glee Plus competition. Glee Plus is a format combining songs and original theatrical skits - all in English, according to Meirav Zur, the organizer of the competition. Zur, the child of Israelis, split her childhood between Minnesota and Atlanta and moved to Israel in 1997. She is the founder of English On Stage, which has a repertoire of plays and workshops. Zur says that after seeing an episode of "Glee" on television last year, she was inspired to bring the phenomenon of glee clubs to Israel. "I thought, 'Wow, this could really work,' because everyone connects to music," she told Anglo File Tuesday. She said this is the first event of its kind, but hopefully will become an annual event in Israel. The first round will be a team competition, and the performance will also showcase other English-speaking theaters and actors, she said. Habimatron-Mofet, managed by Lilach Sapir, is hosting the competition in its Hod Hasharon facilities. The registration deadline for participants is April 22. For more information on attending the show, call 09-740-5616 or 09-740-7725.

S MISSION MIAMI: The largest delegation in over a decade from Miami is scheduled to arrive in Israel April 23 for a solidarity mission. Over 700 people have signed up to join the week-long visit, according to Rena Genn, the Israel office director of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. "We wanted it to be big because we wanted to both make a statement about the Greater Miami federation's commitment to Israel and we wanted to do something that would revitalize and activate the community in Miami," Genn told Anglo File yesterday. Genn is a native New Yorker who has worked with the Miami Jewish community since serving as a shlicha - or emissary - there 30 years ago. Participants are slated to meet with President Shimon Peres, Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky, basketball legend Tal Brody and Haaretz editor-in-chief Aluf Benn. Genn added the mission will be divided into 17 buses with various itineraries but that the groups would gather for six mega-events, including a meeting with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat in Safra Square on the first evening.

S ACTING OUT: The monologue contest at the Stage One English-Speaking Theater Festival ended with not one but two winners this week. David Kilimnick and Yael Valier shared first place after the judges deadlocked. "There were two monologues that were above and beyond the others," Rafi Poch, the artistic director and one of the judges, told Anglo File yesterday. "So we split the pot" of NIS 1,500. The competition was held in Jerusalem's Beit Avi Chai. Kilimnick, who is originally from Rochester, New York, and who moved here about eight years ago, is a comedian who runs the Off the Wall Comedy Basement in Jerusalem. Valier, who does occasional acting, was born to French parents and lived in Japan, South Africa, England and the United States before settling in Efrat. Besides Poch, the panel of judges included Yisroel Campbell, a comedian who's performed off-Broadway; Hadar Galron, a playwright who has acted at the Cameri Theater; and Tamar Akov, producer of the festival.


Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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