Rank and File: Feeding the Hungry Diplomatically

Quiz night at home; proud to stage a classic.

Steve Klein
Steven Klein
U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro with his wife Julie Fisher, Leket Israel founder Joseph Gitler and Leket Israel CEO Gidi Kroch.
U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro with his wife Julie Fisher, Leket Israel founder Joseph Gitler and Leket Israel CEO Gidi Kroch.Credit: Leket
Steve Klein
Steven Klein

QUIZ NIGHT AT HOME: Building on its success from last year, the English Speaking Residents Association is holding its second annual Quiz Night charity on Tuesday. “There will be a great variety of questions, suitable for everybody regardless of national background,” Glenis Bertfield, who organized the night, told Haaretz on Wednesday. Bertfield, who is originally from Manchester, said the number of venues rose from 13 to 20 this year, with about 15-20 people per group. Each home has a quizmaster, all asking the same question at the same time. One team from around the country will be declared the winner. All proceeds go to assist ESRA’s “Bayit Cham” projects, which provide safe spaces for teenage girls at risk. To register, contact Glenis at (054) 773-4392.

PROUD TO STAGE A CLASSIC: For its latest production, the AACI’s J-Town Playhouse Theater Project decided to turn to “Pride and Prejudice,” the classic romantic comedy-drama. “We think it is going to be very interesting for the community and people like classics,” J-Town director Raphael Poch told Haaretz on Wednesday. “So we figured what better to do at a time when people are very tense than to let them enjoy something they grew up reading.” The play, which runs December 3-23, has an extensive cast, featuring Elisheva Giventer, Evan Gadol, Amanda Keehn, Nachum Hackett, Chagit Moriah-Gibor, Yael Abramowitz, Channah Barkhordari, Chana Singer, David Golinkin, Jonathan Cohen, Yardena Buxner, Andrea Katz, Lauri Donahue and Uriel Weisz. For tickets, call (02) 566-1181.

FEEDING THE HUNGRY DIPLOMATICALLY: U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro and his wife, Julie Fisher, toured the new Leket Israel facility recently, including a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of one of Israel’s largest food collection and redistribution operations. Shapiro was accompanied by Leket Israel founder and chairman Joseph Gitler and Leket Israel CEO Gidi Kroch. “Our food collection and redistribution model is inspired by the American model of food rescue and food banks all over the United States,” said Gitler, who hails from Teaneck, New Jersey. He acknowledged Shapiro’s help in further developing “a more effective strategy for the coming years” and noted that the ambassador and his wife “have been supporters of Leket for many years, often lending a hand volunteering in the fields picking produce for Israelis in need.”

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.
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