TURKEY DAY: Several organizations in Israel are getting in on Thanksgiving next week, celebrating the traditional American holiday with their respective constituents. The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel kicks off the festivities early, with a luncheon in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Call (02) 566-1181 to register. The Michael Levine Lone Soldier Center in Tel Aviv will host a special meal for lone soldiers on Thursday. The immigrant support organization Nefesh B’Nefesh is hosting its 11th annual My Big Fat TLV Thanksgiving in Tel Aviv, Thursday AT 7 P.M. The cost is 60 shekels ($15), free to lone soldiers and women doing national service go free. For more info, call (02) 659-5898 or register at nbntgives.eventbrite.com/
POPPY DAY: The British Embassy in Israel held a ceremony honoring those who served with the British Armed Forces at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Ramle on Sunday. Ambassadors and defense attache’s from several countries attended the ceremony and paid their respects to the fallen, alongside serving military, veterans and dignitaries from across the world. “On this day, 13 November, exactly 100 years ago, the Allies launched the attack at Ancre which was to be the last offensive” of the Battle of the Somme, said Britain’s Ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey. “We offer particular thanks and a warm welcome to the members of the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen who are here today.” The ceremony was followed by a reception in honor of the veterans and their families at the Ambassador’s residence in Ramat Gan.
BRAIN FOOD: Ahead of this Sunday’s Universal Children’s Day, Leket Israel founder Joseph Gitler addressed his organization’s efforts to help children who go to school hungry. Leket launched a pilot program, now serving 680 children daily, which began in the Atid school in Ofakim and now serves six schools in Rehovot, Jerusalem, Arad and Ramle, with plans to expand further. “Through Leket Israel’s hot-meal rescue program, these students now receive a fresh, nutritious meal daily,” said Gitler, a former New Yorker. “We have received very positive feedback from the principals that their students are staying in school all day and are showing better results in their school work.” In addition, Nevet, which grew out of Leket’s sandwich program, provides 1.3 million sandwiches a year in 120 schools in 47 large and small communities in Israel.
Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.
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