Rank and File

STARS TOUR ISRAEL: Over the last week, a contingent of prime-time TV and movie stars took part in the second installment of “America’s Voices in Israel,” touring the country. Led by award-winning actress Lea Thompson, her husband, director Howard Deutch, and their daughters, actress Zoey Deutch and musician Madelyn Deutch, the Hollywood visitors met with notable Israeli personalities to get a view of Israel "from beyond the headlines," according to program organizers. The program, which is sponsored by the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, is dedicated to improving Israel's image in the United States. The contingent, which also included actors C.S. Lee, Vivian Bang and Anson Mount, spent their last night in Israel meeting with victims of terror attacks, including Israeli Linoy Zohar, who was seriously injured during an attack on Bus #14 next to Jerusalem’s Liberty Bell Park on February 22, 2004. OneFamily, which is dedicated to the rehabilitation of victims of terror attacks and their families, arranged the Saturday night meeting. "We may have learned to live without a piece of ourselves, and we may have learned to adapt very well, but we are reminded daily about what happened to us,” said Cheryl Mandel, who lost her son Daniel in 2003 when he was in an operation to apprehend terrorists in Nablus.

VETERAN EDUCATOR RETIRES: The longtime leader of the Alexander Muss High School in Israel, Chaim Fischgrund, is stepping down after 30 years. "I want to take this opportunity to officially bid farewell," announced Fischgrund, "and in the words of Bob Hope – thanks for the memories." Fischgrund is the former school head and current headmaster emeritus. The high school, known as HSI since the late Rabbi Morris Kipper and his wife, Lenore Kipper, founded it in 1972, has hosted thousands of students from U.S. high schools over the years, including over 120 this year n its Hod Hasharon and Negev campuses. Fischgrund, born in Germany and raised in Brooklyn, joined the staff as a teacher in 1983. His wife Harriet Fischgrund has been the high school's administrative assistant since 1985. He served as principal from 1991 to 1999, when he was promoted to headmaster. The school credits Fischgrund with "moving the school into new directions over the years by initiating and establishing solid partnerships with 8th grade groups, as well as with Jewish Day and Community Schools around the U.S." The school announced the establishment of a scholarship in his name.

NEW ENGLISH PLAY: The pulsing rhythms of New York City underscore Stephen Sondheim's "Company," which opened yesterday at J-Town Playhouse, one of Jerusalem's English-language theaters. "'Company' follows our anti-hero bachelor Robert on the night of his 35th birthday, as he contemplates his unmarried state and his friendships with 'those good and crazy people,' his married friends, in vignette after hilarious vignette," according to the show's producers. The show stars Isaac Sutton – who has performed on several Israeli TV shows – as Bobby, as well as Ashley Shapiro, Alina Halpert, Naomi Winkler, Rebecca Sykes, Noa Lavi Shoseyov, Shannon Kisch, Leora Elman, Avital Sykora, Ron Orlovsky, Shahaf Ifhar, Tom Karni, Howie Metz and David Djemal. For more info, call 02-566-1181.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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