An Election Workshop for English Speakers

Plus, visit the best and brightest of Tel Aviv's art scene, and a contest for young artists in Jerusalem

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Campaign posters for Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Benny Gantz (R), Jerusalem, June 24, 2019
Campaign posters for Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Benny Gantz (R), Jerusalem, June 24, 2019Credit: Emil Salman

GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED: If you are puzzled why Israelis are going next month to vote for the third time in less than a year, you are not alone. Next Tuesday evening, Yasmin Rimer of This Is Not An Ulpan will hold an election workshop in Jerusalem to help the English-speaking public better understand the political process in Israel.

“I taught last fall a course about the elections for advanced Hebrew students and I saw they really loved it,” Rimer, a product of immigrants from the United States and South Africa, told Haaretz. “They were walking around Jerusalem seeing all the signs and ads, and wanted to understand what it means.” Rimer, who teaches for the co-op which strives to “learn in Hebrew” not just “learn Hebrew,” added, “The workshop is an example of the way we see learning language is also learning the culture.” For more info, call (054) 234-0068.

JOYS OF ART: Modern art can often feel inaccessible. Joy Bernard, a Haaretz journalist and art writer, offers bespoke art tours every weekend in different parts of Tel Aviv, providing an insider’s look at the city’s contemporary art scene.

”I started leading public art tours because in my everyday life, I’m a storyteller,” Bernard, who grew up in New York and Tel Aviv, told Haaretz. “I wanted to bring the stories I document about original Israeli art from the virtual world of journalism to the real world.”

Offering exclusive studio visits with local artists and an introduction to the most exciting art spaces, the tours are guided in English (but can be conducted in Hebrew upon request). They are offered by Oh So Arty, an international company founded by Israeli-French art adviser Sarah Peguine, which provides intimate encounters with the local art scene in 12 cities worldwide. Book a tour through

CALLING ALL YOUNG ARTISTS: Entries for this year’s annual “With Brush and Pen” exhibition in Jerusalem for young artists at the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel, will be accepted February 16-27, the immigrant support organization announced.

“It’s going to be a bit different this year. The exhibit will be at AACI and El Halev, which is downstairs,” because “we probably won’t have room for everything,” the AACI’s Donna Grushka told Haaretz. She also said the city’s Bible Lands Museum has become more of an active partner. “Last year they gave memberships to the first-prize winners,” Grushka, who hails from New York, explained.

This year, the museum hosted an open day to help suggest themes for the budding artists. She noted the AACI accepts art or written work on any subject, but it helps the kids “to give them some stimulation and creative ideas about what would be good to do.” For more info, email

Rank and File was compiledby Steven Klein.

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