Rank & File: Grand Slam Poetry Event Set for Tel Aviv

Encore performance for 'Number the Stars' and ‘Shores of Light’ plays in Ra’anana.

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Karen Lerman at one of The Stage's Slam events in Tel Aviv earlier this year.
Karen Lerman at one of The Stage's Slam events in Tel Aviv earlier this year.Credit: Ady Zelter
Steve Klein
Steven Klein

GRAND SLAM IN TEL AVIV The Poetry and Storytelling Slam Series is holding its second annual Grand Slam next Thursday at the new Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv.

The competitive Slam Series – the first English-language monthly storytelling and poetry slam series in Tel Aviv – has “become a platform for poets and storytellers alike to perform original material in front of an ever-growing live audience,” according to Karen Lerman, the series producer.

Lerman told Haaretz that the contestants next week, who were among the top two finishers from each of the previous six contests, include Andrea Hope, Daniella Teodoro-Dier, Dina Plotch, Lavi Benha, Martina Hysi, Netanya Bushewsky, Robin Levy, Sam Kuttner, Sella Rafaeli, Shy Zvouloun and Sophia Aliza. For more info and tickets, visit www.thestagetlv.com.

ENCORE PERFORMANCE AACI’s J-Town Playhouse chose Lois Lowry’s “Number the Stars” for its annual ceremony and performance on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day. However, those who missed it can still catch encore performances in Jerusalem next Wednesday and Thursday, and then on May 24.

From 'Number the Stars.'Credit: Ita Arbit

“Number the Stars,” a simple yet poignant adaptation of the novel of the same name, tells the story of “a young girl’s contribution to the resistance movement in Denmark during World War II,” the community theater announced.

The show, directed by Raphael Poch, stars Devorah Leah Levine, Atarah Rose, Keshet Nachman Shoshana Fendel, Ricky Fleischer, Jennifer Fleischer, Yedidya Fraiman, Eliezer Friedman, Ale Klachko, C.B. Davies, Kate Nachman Brody, Savyon Nachman and Yasmin Berg. For tickets, call (02) 566-1181.

RETURN TO ITALY In the aftermath of the Holocaust, Jewish survivors began new lives even as they were preparing to immigrate to prestate Israel. On Tuesday, ESRA’s Audrey Goodman Cinema Club in Ra’anana will present “Shores of Light: Salento 1945-1947,” the story of three women who were born in a Displaced Persons camp in Santa Maria di Leuca, southern Italy, in 1946, and as adult Israelis returned “to discover the footprints left by their parents,” according to ESRA.

Shuni Lipshitz, one of the participants featured in the documentary (which is in Hebrew, with English subtitles) will speak in English after the film. Ellen Kronitz is ESRA’s new volunteer coordinator for the Ra’anana Cinema Club, which screens acclaimed documentaries on a monthly basis. For more info and tickets, call (09) 748-2957.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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