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Don Quixote in the Negev; Fruit for the needy; NBN hosts Knesset Members

Don Quixote in the Negev: LOGON, the Be’er Sheva based performing arts troupe launches its 2014 production season on Thursday with Tony Award-winning “Man of La Mancha.” The show opens and closes in Be’er Sheva but goes on the road to Jerusalem, Ra’anana, Nesher, Givatayim, Netanya and Modi’in over the course of the next month. The musical play within a play follows the travels of Don Quixote, played by Brett Goldman, as told by Miguel de Cervantes (also Goldman) to his fellow prisoners while awaiting a hearing by the Spanish Inquisition. Alan Cohen, who co-produced the show with Mike Berlin, plays his trusty squire Sancho Panza. Tiffany Chow plays Aldonza, who Quixote believes to be the lady Dulcinea. “The subject matter is very philosophical,” Birmingham, England native Cohen told Haaretz Wednesday. “Some people can relate to the Israeli situation through the song “The Impossible Dream” because Israel could be considered the impossible dream that did take place.” For more info, go to http://www.negevlightopera.com.

Fruit for the needy: Leket Israel made the best of the end of the winter fruit season to help hundreds of needy families last week. “It is almost the end of the season for the orchards, and people that are gleaning from their homes already picked what they wanted,” said Leket Israel’s Anat Friedman Coles to explain the timing of its Sayaret Tapuz project to rescue the fruit before they rot on the trees or fall off the ground. Leket, in coordination with youth movements, municipalities, regional councils and the kibbutz movement enlisted 1,500 youth volunteers in order to rescue over seven tons of fruit, Leket’s Deena Fiedler told Haaretz this week. Coles explained Wednesday that the coordinating movements and municipalities all across the north put up notices on billboards in advance, while the volunteers went door to door on Thursday and Friday to get permission to pick the fruit. She added she hopes Leket will be able to expand the project to the south next year. Joseph Gitler, a Teaneck, NJ, native, founded the food bank as Table to Table in 2003.

NBN hosts Knesset Members: Yesh Atid MK Yoel Razbozov, chairman of the Knesset’s Committee for Aliyah, Absorption and Diaspora, got an upfront and close view of Nefesh B’Nefesh, the immigrant support organization, this week. “This was his first visit to the NBN office and first official Knesset visit that we had in the office,” the NGO’s Tani Kramer told Haaretz Wednesday. Razbozov, together with other committee members, toured the organization’s various departments and met with NBN officials. “We discussed a few projects, mainly employment,” said Zev Gershinksy, director of government processing and advocacy for NBN, whose parents moved to Israel from New York just before he was born. “He wanted to connect some government offices like the economy ministry to try to assist olim with employment in Israel. We discussed doctors and the need for more positions in hospitals, and the hurdles they have with licensing.”

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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