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Fighting the Plastic Menace on Israel's Beaches

Plus, two events addressing sexual abuse awareness and prevention and the deadline for the Reuben Rose Poetry Competition is fast approaching

Steve Klein
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Plastics Free Israel volunteers at the Jaffa beach cleanup in July 2018.
Plastics Free Israel volunteers at the Jaffa beach cleanup in July 2018.Credit: David Beer-Gabel / Plastic Free
Steve Klein
Steven Klein

FANTASTIC PLASTIC CLEANUP: Plastic Free Israel is marking International Coastal Cleanup Day next Friday by cleaning up Jaffa’s Givat Aliyah beach. “It was our biggest cleanup with almost 200 people” last year, said Ariel Shay, one of the group’s coordinators. Shay, who is originally from New York, said that based on last year’s success, the European Union will be bringing delegates, and that the event is in partnership with annual water festival Sail Tel Aviv and EcoOcean. While it’s sad to see so much trash, it generates optimism “to see other people cleaning up together,” said Shay, who works for an investment fund. “Also, if you pick up 100 straws it makes you think, ‘Are we using too many straws?’” she added. “It’s a good way to [take] stock of what’s going on here and to understand what things you might not need.” For more info, call Ariel at 058-491-7297

COMBATING ABUSE: Prominent cases of sexual abuse continue to raise questions about coping with and combating the phenomenon plaguing society. Next week, two events will address abuse awareness and prevention. Telfed will host a panel discussion in Ra’anana on Monday, featuring Rabbi Stewart Weiss of the Jewish Outreach Center, Rinat Kedem Bart, CEO at the Israel Center on Addiction, and sexual abuse survivor Nicci Diamond. On Wednesday, Tahel — Crisis Center for Religious Women and Children will hold a panel discussion following the screening at the Jerusalem Cinematheque of “At the Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal,” about disgraced doctor Larry Nasser. The panel includes a representative of Athena, which advances women’s sports participation, former MK Aliza Lavie, Tahel founder and director Debbie Gross, Dr. Joel Young of Ashkelon Academic College, and sexual abuse survivor and inspirational speaker Romi Korsia Schwartz. For the Telfed event, call 09-790-7805; for the Tahel event, call Elana at 052-346-8541.

POETRY NOT PROSE FOR ROSE: Calling all poets: The deadline for the Reuben Rose Poetry Competition, held by the Voices Israel poetry society, is quickly approaching — October 3. This year’s panel of judges includes last year’s winner, John Gallas; Donna Bechar, the second prize winner; and Katherine L. Gordon, the award-winning writer from Ontario, Canada. Entries should be unpublished but may deal with any topic. “I copy all the poems out onto a separate file so that you won’t see the poet’s favorite font, so that everything looks as neutral as possible,” competition administrator Mark Levinson told Haaretz about the judging process. Judges receive the poems without the names of the authors and do not get together to discuss the poems. Levinson, who is originally from Massachusetts, said the competition draws upward of 300 entries a year. For more info, email reubenrosepoetrycompetition@gmail.com

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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