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OUTSTANDING ANGLO OLIM ANNOUNCED: Nefesh B’Nefesh announced the six English-speaking immigrants who won its newly-launched Bonei Zion Prize, “an award recognizing outstanding Anglo olim - veteran and recent - who encapsulate the spirit of modern-day Zionism by contributing in a significant way towards the State of Israel,” on Monday. “We hope that accentuating the achievements of Anglo olim will serve as a catalyst to inspire others to make aliyah as well as highlight the achievements of these olim who are helping to make a difference to our young country,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, co-founder and executive director of the immigrant assistance association. Over 200 immigrants from English-speaking countries had been nominated for the $10,000 prize. The honorees, all hailing from the United States, are Lt. Nira Lee, head of public diplomacy at the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories; Yaakov Kirschen, creator of the “Dry Bones” cartoon; Jeffrey Hausdorff, director of the Neurodynamics and Gait Research Laboratory at Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center; Joseph Gitler, founder and chairman of Leket Israel, the national food bank; Malke Bina, founder and chancellor of women’s learning center Bina; and Yosef Abramowitz, co-founder of the Arava Power Company.

YOUNG JUDAEA ISRAEL DIRECTOR LEAVING POST: Young Judaea, the Zionist youth movement, announced this week that its longtime Israel director, Dan Krakow, is stepping down this month. “Dan has played a key role in the success of a broad array of programs and initiatives, including Year Course, Shalem, WUJS, short-term teen Israel experiences, Young Judaea’s Birthright Israel program, Atid, and Amirim,” said Simon Klarfeld, the U.S.-based executive director of Young Judaea, noting Krakow’s “dedication and commitment to the movement’s Zionist, pluralistic ideology.” Krakow told Haaretz yesterday that when he was originally hired in 1989 as director of Year Course, Young Judaea’s gap program, he also oversaw YJ’s summer and young adult programs. When Andi Meiseles, who now works for Ben-Gurion University, became full-time Year Course director in the 1990s, Krakow, a native New Yorker who moved here in 1974, was made the official Israel director. “I am greatly enriched by my experience here, and I wish YJ all the best moving forward,” he added. Young Judaea estimates some 30,000 youth and young adults have passed through Young Judaea in Israel’s doors during Krakow’s tenure.

OPEN MIKE FOR POETS: When Voices Israel awards the prizes of its annual Reuben Rose Competition in Tel Aviv on Wednesday, the poetry society will go beyond just reading the winning poems. “What we’re doing this year, which is very different, is that we combined [the readings] with an open mike,” Voices Israel chairperson Wendy Blumfield told Haaretz yesterday. “After the interval everyone who wants to can read poems and so far 21 poets have sent in their applications, so we’ll have a very nice reading and a very lively evening,” added the London-born Blumfield, who moved to Israel with her husband and four children in 1974. This year’s winner among the 800 entries is Miriam Green, a graduate of the Bar-Ilan creative writing program and founder of Voice’s Be’er Sheva-based southern group. Second place went to Virginia resident Art Heifetz, while Jan Fitzgerald of New Zealand was awarded the third prize. Reuben Rose, one of the co-founders of Voices Israel, died in 1989, and his wife Susie Rose presented the annual prize launched after his passing every year until her death in 2012. For more info, call Wendy at (04) 837-6820.

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