Rank and File: South African Immigrant Honored as Volunteer of the Year

The South African Zionist Federation honors its volunteer of the year in Herzliya; a Jaffa artists scours the flea market for discarded photos for her work; English poetry competition coming up

From left: Ilana Bank, Ros Bak and Shiri Berzack
From left: Ilana Bank, Ros Bak and Shiri Berzack Nicole de Castro

COUNT ON ROS: Telfed, the South African Zionist Federation, has named Ros Bak as its 2015-16 Volunteer of the Year at the federation’s annual awards ceremony in Herzliya on Wednesday. Bak, who has lived in Israel since 1979, started volunteering at Telfed after retiring from her job as an import/export managing secretary. Her volunteer work has included reception and clerical work, assisting in welcoming and processing arrivals of Australian immigrants, and working in the PRAS and financial scholarship department. In addition, Shiri Berzack won the Archie and Blanche Isaacson Memorial Award for a Young Community Volunteer. Berzack “has been a vital component to the establishing and running of the Jerusalem Youth Committee,” the organization stated. Ilana Bank was presented with the Harry and Anita Alter Memorial Award. The Johannesburg native has been involved in the Benny Joss Community Food Project, Gift Box Project and the Bar/Bat Mitzvah Project. 

CLUTTER ART: Artist Susie Lubell spends days scouring the Jaffa Flea Market for discarded photos and documents, which she has incorporated into her colorful, multi-media artwork created during her recent residency at the Kol HaOt Center and Gallery. “The flea market has it all,” Lubell, a California native, told Haaretz. “I became curious in the piles of papers and photographs, old bank statements, correspondence, homework, address books, etc. that litter the market. Without thinking too much I began amassing these discarded bits of people’s lives and using them as a background texture for painting.” Lubell will give a special artist’s presentation in English on the re-imagined lives that she depicts in her work next Thursday at Kol HaOt, in Jerusalem’s Hutzot HaYotzer Artists’ Colony. For more info, visit www.kolhaot.com.

DEADLINE POETS: Attention all poets: The deadline for submitting entries to the 28th annual Reuben Rose Poetry Competition is quickly approaching. The Voices Israel Group of Poets in English, which runs the competition, is accepting submissions through October 1. The panel of judges this year includes overseas judge Rick Lupert, the recipient of the 2014 Beyond Baroque Distinguished Service Award for service to the Los Angeles poetry community, who created and maintains the Poetry Super Highway, an online resource and publication for poets. The other judges will be Israeli Ricky Rapoport Friesem, last year’s Reuben Rose first-prize winner who hails from Toronto via Ann Arbor, and Palo Alto resident Joyce Schmid, last year’s Reuben Rose second-prize winner. The works of the top three cash prize winners and 10 honorable mentions will be published in the Voices Israel 2018 poetry anthology. For submission guidelines, visit: http://www.voicesisrael.com/reubenrosecompetition.htm.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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