Rank and File: Celebrating Women From Milan to Modi'in

A guide to the financially perplexed immigrant; a pint for a pint.

Attendees viewing art at the Mimosa Hour exhibition in Modi'in.
Doron Adar

CELEBRATING WOMEN FROM MILAN TO MODI'IN: Back in the 1990s, Uruguayan-Israeli artist Alejandra Okret was surprised when women in Italy randomly gave her flowers one March 8. “They just grabbed me and hugged me and said congratulations for being a woman,” she recalled. “So I decided to curate an exhibition for Women’s Day.” The result: The Mimosa Hour Exhibition, which opened in Modi’in with 31 women artists last Thursday. “The opening was a lot of joy. Each one had a space to tell their own stories, which were simple but intimate,” she told Haaretz. “So there was a feeling of festivity which really moved me because that is the feeling I had when I was in Milan 20 years ago.” The exhibition includes works by Nomi Tannhauser as well as a poem by British-Israeli Dahlia Jayes. The exhibition runs through April 29, closing with a performance by Lezli Rubin-Kunda. For details, call Nitza Perry, artistic director of Modi’in Artist House, at (073) 232-6462.

A GUIDE TO THE FINANCIALLY PERPLEXED IMMIGRANT: Being dual citizens leaves many immigrants confused about important financial questions, regarding bank accounts, investments, properties, taxes and wills. To address such concerns, ESRA, the English Speaking Residents Association, is offering a seminar in Ra’anana this Sunday evening. The event will feature Steven Feigenbaum, a senior financial planner; Katherine Lapidoth, a senior investment specialist; Jay Halt, an advocate; and Leon Harris, a CPA. Reservations are essential. “We have seen tremendous changes in compliance — in how one has to divulge what one has, largely due to the FATCA legislation of 2015,” Lapidoth, a 34-year veteran of Israel who now splits her time between here and Florida, told Haaretz. “We tell our clients they’re going to have problems and they don’t believe us.” Lapidoth said the panel will share some of these stories, including her own after the death of her husband Ilan Lapidoth, and then talk about ways to resolve these issues. For more information, call Steven Feigenbaum at (054) 535-6590.

A PINT FOR A PINT: Would you give a pint of blood for a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream? If so, the Jerusalem office of the AACI, the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel, is the place to be this Wednesday afternoon. Donors must be at least 18 years of age, weigh a minimum of 50 kilos, and not have donated blood in the last three months. The AACI’s Miriam Barth told Haaretz that while a book sale accompanied the previous pint-for-pint event, “we have had so much success with it that we use our whole space just for the blood drive,” she said. She added that last time 98 pints were collected from over 120 potential donors. Don’t worry, rejected donors also get a pint. For more info, call Miriam at (02) 566-1181, ext. 307.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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