Rank and File: 49 North American Immigrants Arrive in Israel Ahead of Aliyah Day

Koby Mandell Foundation announces dates for its 20th Comedy for Koby tour ■ Telfed, the South African Zionist Federation (Israel), marks Balfour Declaration's centenary by recognizing one of the lesser-known figures behind the historic document

Members of Nefesh B'Nefesh's group flight from North American at Ben-Gurion International Airport, October 24, 2017.
Nefesh B’Nefesh

LAUGH FOR A CAUSE: The Koby Mandell Foundation has announced the dates for its 20th Comedy for Koby tour. “Through the generous support of sponsors and donors, all proceeds from ticket sales at our twice annual fundraising tours go to supporting the programs of the foundation and our work with bereaved children and families,” the organization announced about its perennially popular shows. The winter tour launches November 29 in Beit Shemesh, and then continues through Gush Etzion, Airport City, Jerusalem and Ra’anana. The final show will be December 6 in Ramat Gan. This year’s tour features D.C. Benny, who has told his autobiographical stories on Comedy Central and NBC; Tammy Pescatelli, who has recently appeared on “The View” and “The Howard Stern Show” with her tongue-in-cheek humor; and Don McMillan, an electrical engineer-turned-comedian who has been on “The Tonight Show” and HBO. For info and tickets, visit www.comedyfokoby.com.

WELCOME OLIM: Ahead of Friday’s Aliyah Day, 49 immigrants from North America arrived in Israel on a Nefesh B’Nefesh group flight on Tuesday. The new immigrants hail from 13 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, according to NBN, which has facilitated immigration from North America and Britain for over a decade and provides many new olim with support in Israel. The latest arrivals include engineers, physicians, future soldiers and aspiring actors. The flight was arranged in cooperation with the Immigrant Absorption Ministry, the Jewish Agency, the Jewish National Fund and JNF-USA. “Yom Ha’aliyah recognizes the incredible contributions that Olim have made towards shaping Israeli culture and society,” Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, NBN co-founder and executive director said of the holiday created by the Knesset last year.

CELEBRATE SMUTS: Telfed, the South African Zionist Federation (Israel), is marking the centenary of the Balfour Declaration by recognizing one of the lesser-known figures behind the historic document — Gen. Jan Smuts, who was a personal friend of Chaim Weizmann and supporter of the Zionist movement. Smuts’ great-grandson Philip Weyers, will share personal anecdotes about Smuts in Ra’anana at a celebration co-hosted by Telfed and the city on November 5. “We were looking for descendants of people who were intricately involved” in the Balfour Declaration, Telfed events chairman Peter Bailey told Haaretz. “I happened to know him very well from South Africa. He’s delighted to come out.” Weyers added that he will be bringing a large group to visit and to tour Kibbutz Ramat Yochanan, named for Smuts, next Thursday on Balfour Day itself. For info or to register for either event, email Peter atpeteyb@gmail.com.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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