Rank and File: Celebrate Shavuot in Tel Aviv

Enjoy 'The Other Laila Lavan' at WeWork Sarona; take a journey back to 1990s South Africa in 'When Voices Meet'; and hear Sana Krasikov discuss the role of the historical novel in an age dominated by propaganda

Steve Klein
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Former Yesh Atid MK Ruth Calderon is one of the speakers at 'The Other Laila Lavan' in Tel Aviv on May 30, 2017.
Former Yesh Atid MK Ruth Calderon is one of the speakers at 'The Other Laila Lavan' in Tel Aviv on May 30, 2017.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Steve Klein
Steven Klein

MAKING A NIGHT OF IT: While the Shavuot holiday has a long tradition of all-night Torah study sessions, Tel Aviv has its own secular twist. A coalition of groups has put together a Shavuot event called “The Other Laila Lavan,” which will host a string of speakers next Tuesday night on a wide variety of topics at WeWork Sarona for the international crowd of 20-somethings and 30-somethings (from 9:30 P.M.).

The confirmed list of attendees speaking in English include Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai; Michael Oren, the former ambassador to the United States; ex-MK Dr. Ruth Calderon; Michael Eisenberg, the founder of Aleph Venture Capital; and Denes Ban, managing partner of OurCrowd Asia. The theme is modern Jewish unity. The evening’s sponsors include the Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project, WeWork, White City Shabbat, Hineni Israel, OneDay, the Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation and Am Yisrael Foundation. To register, visit visit their website.

VOICES CARRY: In 1993, a 500-voice, multiracial children’s choir called The Peace Train took a journey through conflict-ridden South Africa. Inspired by the release of Nelson Mandela, Sharon Katz, a white South African, and Nonhlanhla Wanda, a Zulu South African, launched the initiative despite constant threats. Their journey was captured in an award-winning documentary, “When Voices Meet,” which will be screened next Saturday night in Ra’anana.

“Singing their way into the hearts, minds and soul of a divided nation amid a civil war, they promoted a peaceful transition to democracy and went on to become Mandela’s face of the new rainbow nation,” say the documentary promoters. The film will be followed by a Q&A session with Katz. For tickets, call 09-771-7374 or 050-855-0028.

FIGHTING THE PROPAGANDA: For over a decade, Bar-Ilan University’s Graduate Creative Writing Program has honored the memory of its founder, Shaindy Rudoff, with a memorial lecture. On Sunday, Sana Krasikov will deliver a lecture on the role of a historical novel in an age dominated by propaganda. She will be reflecting on her recent novel, “The Patriots.” Her many awards include the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Granta Magazine has recently named her one of the best American authors under 40, for this decade. Ilana Blumberg, the program’s director, told Haaretz that Krasikov’s lecture will be of particular interest to contemporary fiction readers. Rudoff, who founded the program in 2001, passed in 2006. To attend, RSVP to barilanwriting@gmail.com.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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