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Talking points: Some 300 Arab and Jewish high school students who spent the past year honing their negotiation skills got to hear real-life experiences at a conference at the Ono Academic College on Tuesday. The students, part of a unique program partnering the Amal School Network and Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, learned negotiation skills based on the “Getting to Yes” methodology developed by Harvard’s late Professor Roger Fisher. At the conference, Jim Tull, an international negotiation expert from Cambridge, Massachusetts, shared stories about being taken hostage in Nicaragua, recounting how he successfully negotiated his and his colleagues’ release. In addition, two planning experts, an Arab and a Jew, laid out their proposal for dealing with land disputes in the Sakhnin/Misgav area. “After every session there were kids who rushed up to ask questions and a number of them were wondering what kind of study would lead them into this field,” said Sharon Benheim, a workshop facilitator in the Arab and Jewish high schools from Kibbutz Ketura who grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Ex-envoy pitches in: Ambassador Dan Gillerman, Israel’s former envoy to the UN, addressed a fund-raising event for ESRA at the Herzliya home of David and Beverly Saffrin on Monday. ESRA raised more than NIS 66,000 at the event, limited to 70 people because it was held in a private home, Brenda Katten, ESRA’s chairperson, told Haaretz Wednesday. The proceeds are to go to two Netanya-based ESRA projects, according Katten. The first is ESRA’s “Right Track Project for Youth,” which brings 120 at-risk teenagers to four centers in Netanya “to receive a boost in their educational abilities” five days a week, she said. The second project is ESRA’s “Students Build a Neighborhood” program, which offers low-income students “the opportunity to live, rent free, in one of the deprived neighborhoods of Netanya in exchange for mentoring the children three times a week by giving them help with their school work,” explained Katten, who was born and educated in London. ESRA runs the projects in partnership with the Netanya municipality.

Comedy for a cause: Two accomplished English-speaking comedians will headline an event this Saturday night to benefit the work of the Malki Foundation. David Kilimnick and Robert Weil (aka Rabbi Mordy Katz) will present an evening of stand-up comic entertainment, the foundation recently announced. In his one-man stand-up shows dedicated to immigrants and immigration, Kilimnick depicts the emotional journey of the immigrant via universal humor and an amusing tour through the Holy Land, according to Arnold Roth, Malki’s founder and chairman. Weil, a businessman, has put on his rabbi persona in Israel, the United States and several Commonwealth countries, including his native Australia. “His shtick is posing as a rabbi from Borough Park, and his jokes cover many traditional Jewish bases: mothers-in-law, weddings, funerals, missionaries, and more,” according to the Jewish Humor Central website. The performance will take place at the Off the Wall Comedy Basement in downtown Jerusalem. The mission of the Malki Foundation is to empower the families of special-needs children in Israel to choose home care. For more info or to order tickets, call Debbie Fishman, the director, at (054) 427-1631.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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