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Classic Musical Fiddler on the Roof Lands at Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Plus, worker's rights in Jerusalem and a Nigerian church in Tel Aviv celebrates its twelfth anniversary

Steve Klein
Steven Klein
A scene from Beit Hillel’s “Fiddler on the Roof.”
A scene from Beit Hillel’s “Fiddler on the Roof.” Credit: Gabriela Mischel
Steve Klein
Steven Klein

DENTAL DRAMA: The Beit Hillel Theater Workshop at Hebrew University will present the classic musical “Fiddler on the Roof” December 19-29. “We picked it because in spite of the fact it’s an iconic show, it’s still beautiful, still relevant,” theater director Michael Berl told Haaretz. “Its themes are current: anti-Semitism, assimilation, questioning of traditions. It’s all there.” A unique twist is that dental surgeon Dr. Joey Silverman, who plays the lead role of Tevye, was the driving force behind the creation of the workshop as a student at Hebrew U. 35 years ago. “He is just brilliant,” said Berl, who noted that “Fiddler” was Hillel’s first show with Silverman. “Now he flies in every other week from Teaneck, New Jersey for rehearsals.” The principal actors include Chagit Moriah-Gibor, Rena Levin, Emma Seligson, Racheli Konstantyn, Netanya Mischel, Bryan Friedland, Gadi Zaig, Nechemya Rosenfeld, Dooby Harvey, Matt Solomon and Adrian Treger. Some performances are already sold out. For tickets, call (055) 962-8523 Sunday to Thursday.

SOLIDARITY FOREVER: Hitorerut, the largest Zionist and pluralist party and social movement in Jerusalem, is holding its first ever workers’ rights workshop for new immigrants Sunday. “We are involved with the olim community in Jerusalem and we often hear of things needed in the community or information that olim lack, and this is one of the things that came up,” Hitorerut’s Yoni Mann, who hails from California, told Haaretz. “We thought it important to educate olim on their rights so they can be better equipped. He said that Ariel Novick, a lawyer who immigrated from the United States, specializes in workers’ rights and founded Israel Law Team, will lead the presentation, which will be followed by a Q&A session. The event is co-hosted by BAbayit Katamon, a community center for young new immigrants in that neighborhood. For more info, call Yoni at (052) 706-9087.

O HAPPY DAY: Lift Up Your Head Church, which counts over 500 members, celebrated its 12th anniversary in Tel Aviv on Sunday. “We started with just four or five,” Pastor Jeremiah Dairo, the church’s founder, told Haaretz. “When I came here my spirit began to speak inside of me that I should start a church here,” recalled Dairo, whose father was the pastor of a large congregation in Nigeria. “I said I am a student. How can I start? I don’t have the finances, don’t have the means.” Nonetheless, he succeeded in growing the church, which counts members from 10 countries, has provided temporary shelter to asylum seekers after their arrival in Tel Aviv, and opened a branch in Ramat Gan in January. H.E. Martin Mwanambale, Ambassador of Zambia to Israel, spoke at the celebration as a guest of honor.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

Pastor Jeremiah Dairo speaking in Tel Aviv on Saturday, December 7, 2019.
Pastor Jeremiah Dairo speaking in Tel Aviv on Saturday, December 7, 2019.Credit: Steven Klein

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