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In memorial, Independence, Irish friendship

Robert Slater
Robert Slater Courtesy of the Slater Family

TRIBUTE TO ROBERT SLATER: The Jerusalem Press Club, the Foreign Press Association and the Journalists’ Association, Jerusalem are paying tribute today to their colleague Robert Slater, who passed away in March at the age of 70. Slater, a celebrated journalist from New York, gained notoriety for his biographies of Yitzhak Rabin, Golda Meir and Moshe Dayan and his books on business leaders. The New York Times, in its obituary, cited his “29 Secrets from Jack Welch,” which drew on the wisdom of GE’s legendary CEO. Having moved to Israel in 1971, he worked for JTA, UP and Time Magazine. Slater also served as chairman of the Foreign Press Association. Uri Dromi, Haim Shibi, David Rubinger and Herb Krosney will be among those gathering at Djanogly Hall in Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem to remember his life.

INDEPENDENCE STORIES: The Israel, Britain and Commonwealth Association ended its trilogy of 60th-anniversary lectures on a high note, drawing 200 people to hear first-hand and historical accounts of Israel’s struggle for independence in Ramat Hasharon on Monday. Zipporah Porath, an American studying at Hebrew University who got caught up in the siege of Jerusalem and ended up settling in Israel, spoke first about her experiences during the War of Independence. Prof. Colin Shindler of London University then gave the historical perspective of the 1947 partition vote in the United Nations, according to IBCA’s Austen Science. “We were bowled over by the turnout,” Renee Singer of the IBCA told Haaretz on Wednesday. Science added that the AACI cosponsored the event.

IRISH TIES: To mark 50 years of diplomatic relations between the Jewish state and the Celtic republic, the Israel Ireland Friendship League is celebrating with an event featuring Ambassador Zvi Gabay, Israel’s first resident envoy to the Republic of Ireland. The league, in association with the Open University of Israel, will also host Eamonn McKee, Ireland’s ambassador to Israel in Ra’anana on June 5. Sunita Staneslow, a renowned Celtic harp player, will give a mix of Irish/Hebrew airs, according to league chairman Malcolm Gafson. The event “should prove to be a most enlightening and unique experience,” Dublin-born Gafson told Haaretz this week. For more information, call Gafson at (050) 822-1732.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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