Rank and File: A Blue and White Turkey Day in Israel

English-language music at the Kinneret; Nefesh B’Nefesh awards English-speaking immigrants

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BLUE-AND-WHITE T-DAY: Immigrants from the United States celebrated Thanksgiving with their friends and families across Israel on Thursday, and the feasting continues on Friday. The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel hosted close to 100 diners at its annual event in Jerusalem. Over in Tel Aviv, more than 1,000 lone soldiers enjoyed food, beer, music and football at the Michael Levin Lone Soldier Center. That event wasn’t just for Americans. “It has become a highlight of the year for lone soldiers, regardless of where we are from,” said Alan, who hails from Mexico City. Other places like bars Mike’s Place and the Dancing Camel also marked the holiday. On Friday, the Tel Aviv International Synagogue will host a Thanksgiving Shabbat dinner with guest of honor MK Michael Oren (Kulanu), the former Israeli ambassador to the United States. For more info, visit the synagogue’s Facebook page.

SCOTTISH MUSIC AND MORE: A host of immigrant musicians and Israelis who love English-language music will return to the shores of the Kinneret on December 1 and 2 for the Jacob’s Ladder 14th annual winter weekend. Aussie native Carlie Fairburn will help kick things off as part of the Folktronica group Carlie and Yosi. Husband-and-wife duo Larry and Mindy, who hail from Florida and New York respectively, take the stage Friday night. Saturday will see acts like bluegrass band Galilee Thunder, which consists of John Worley, Lynn Lewis, Joshua Goodman, Hillel Mogle, Danny Sherban, Paul Inbar, David Ring and Tammy Worley. Also on hand will be Scottish folk group Jug O’Punch featuring Shai Tochner, which includes Frank Donnell, Bonnie Azoulay and Lennie Levstein. And as always, there will be activities for kids and youths throughout the weekend. For more info, call (04) 685-040.

ENGLISH-SPEAKING HEROES: Nefesh B’Nefesh has announced the opening of its nomination period for the 2018 Sylvan Adams Bonei Zion Prize. Each year the immigrant-support organization recognizes seven English-speaking immigrants “who have made a major impact on developing the State of Israel” and “have dedicated their lives to strengthening the country,” Nefesh B’Nefesh said. The categories for the fifth year include Science and Medicine, Community & Non-Profit, Education, Israel Advocacy, Arts, Culture & Sports and Young Leadership. In addition, NbN bestows a lifetime achievement award. Deadline for nominations is December 31. “Each year we are amazed by the breadth and quality of the English-speaking olim who have had an enormous impact on the development of Israel,” said Nefesh B’Nefesh co-founder and executive director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass. Last year’s honorees included Rabbi Chaim Brovender, Benjamin Corn, Eliezer Jaffe, Yoram Raanan, Alice Shalvi, Beth Steinberg and Gerald Steinberg. Send submissions to www.boneizion.org.il/nominate.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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