Rank & File: Israeli Joints Prepare for Super Bowl

Love is in the air new Jerusalem play | Limmud has appointed Eli Ovits as its new executive director

Steven Klein
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Super Bowl 50 patch is shown on the jersey of Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas as he speaks to reporters in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016.
Super Bowl 50 patch is shown on the jersey of Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas as he speaks to reporters in Santa Clara, Calif., Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Credit: AP
Steven Klein

BRONCOS OR PANTHERS?:

Several venues are gearing up for their traditional Super Bowl parties ahead of Sunday night’s Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos matchup. Mike’s Place will host parties at all its locations, from Tel Aviv and Herzliya down to Jerusalem and Eilat. Bascula will offer all-you-can-eat wings at its Tel Aviv event. Yesh Atid will throw its second annual party, replete with MK Ofer Shelah and former MK Dov Lipman, at the Markid Club in Tel Aviv, too.

“Many of the participants in last year’s party remarked that it helped them feel more at home in Israel,” said Lipman, noting the cultural challenge of moving to Israel. Blacksburg, Virginia native Michal Slawny Cabibia, head of Yesh Atid’s English-speaking branch, described last year’s event as “packed,” adding that anyone wanting to join this Sunday can RSVP to english@yeshatid.org.il.

Yesh Atid MKs at the Super Bowl XLIX party last year.Credit: Courtesy

LOVE IS IN THE AIR:

The cast of “First Date” at the J-Town Playhouse in Jerusalem. Credit: Ita Arbit

As Valentine’s Day approaches, J-Town Playhouse presents a comedic look at love in “First Date,” which opens next Thursday in Jerusalem. The play portrays Aaron, a blind-date newbie, who is set up with serial-dater Casey. Their casual drink at a New York restaurant “turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner,” according to J-Town.

The show features Shai Amoyal, Miri Fraenkel, Rachel Greene, Elinor Kaufman, Shlomit Kovalski, Shavit Levine, Aliza Schoffman-Land, Hanan Schoffman and Ziv Stern. Performances run through March 5. There will also be a special Valentine’s Day show on February 14 together with Beineinu Connections and the International Young Israel Movement, after which there will be a talkback with cast, crew and Beineinu staff. For tickets, call (02) 566-1181.

LONDON CALLING FOR ELI:

Limmud has appointed Eli Ovits as its new executive director, the global Jewish learning organization announced this week. Ovits will return to the U.K. after 15 years in Israel, where he served as an executive for Jerusalem U, which promotes connecting young Jews to Israel and Jerusalem, and as a media spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces.

“I greatly admire Eli’s initiative and creativity,” said Limmud chairman David Hoffman. “He combines a profound understanding of the U.K.-Jewish community with broad experience working with Jews from around the world.” Ovits said, “I look forward to working with Limmud volunteers, leadership and staff to create innovative educational opportunities across the U.K., Israel and the Jewish world.” In the U.K., Ovits led Bnei Akiva and the Mizrahi Federation.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.
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