Rank and File

Chana Weiss Elected as AACI's New President

Michal Yudelman O’Dwyer launches her short story collection 'Somebody I Used to Know' and immigrant support organization Nefesh B’Nefesh holds workshops in Tel Aviv

New AACI President Chana Weiss in Jerusalem, July 23, 2019.
Carole Kremer

ALL CHANGE AT AACI: The AACI, the Association of Americans and Canadian of Israel, elected a new president for the next two years at its annual general meeting on Tuesday. Chana (Anne) Weiss will replace Julian (Julie) Landau, who was honored not only for his service but also in recognition of the 50th anniversary of his immigration to Israel from Washington. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, Weiss told Haaretz that one of her goals is to “widen our base of support by offering programs that will attract singles, couples and families, while maintaining and enhancing the ongoing programs.” Other elected officers include vice presidents Ivor David, Stuart Forman and Donna Grushka; treasurer Marvin Stenge and secretary Hilton Share. Additionally, eight people who volunteer for AACI’s Blood Donor Days were honored as Volunteers of the Year: Judy Ann Cohen, Suzanne Cohen, Belle Fine-CohenStuart Fischman, Nancy Ordway, Yehuda Tolchinsky, Chana Weiss and Jackie Wiesner.

FOUND IN TRANSLATION: After writing in English for more than three decades, journalist Michal Yudelman O’Dwyer will launch her first book in Hebrew at Tel Aviv’s Tola’at Sfarim at 7 P.M. on Wednesday. The short story collection “Somebody I Used To Know” was among the new releases showcased at the recent Hebrew Book Week. Some stories have appeared in English anthologies. “I thought it would be easy to translate a bunch of stories into Hebrew — after all, it’s my mother tongue,” the author, a translator at Haaretz, said. “But it turned out to be tricky. Again and again, a translated sentence just didn’t look right,” she said. “So I ended up rewriting large parts, changing the endings of stories, and so on.” The stories in the new collection are fiction but are rooted in the writer’s background “and unreliable memories,” as she put it, set on a kibbutz, in the army and “vanishing old-school journalism.”

HELP FOR NEW AND BUDDING IMMIGRANTS: The immigrant support organization Nefesh B’Nefesh is offering something for just about any English-speaker living in Israel next week with a string of events in Tel Aviv. The week starts off with post-aliyah talks on Sunday, giving new immigrants an opportunity to meet with other recent arrivals, pick up tips and access local resources. It will be hosted by Karen Richman. For those who haven’t taken the plunge yet but are ready to become Israeli, there will be a Guided Aliyah open house on Monday. Potential immigrants can get help filling out all the necessary paperwork. And for all former immigrants, there will be an interactive exhibition tour at the Center for Israeli Innovation on Wednesday, hosted by Jennifer Brenis. For more info, call NbN at 02-659-5800.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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