Rank and File: Tel Aviv Municipality Launches 'Career Talks,' Lord Balfour Comes to Israel

The events are aimed at helping English-speaking immigrants navigate Israel’s job market ■ Lord Roderick Balfour, great-nephew of Arthur James Balfour, to join anniversary event of 1917 declaration in Tel Aviv

Brendon Stewart-Freedman speaking after winning a prize from the Danielle Sonnenfeld Foundation at the award ceremony in Jerusalem on October 21, 2018.
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A FAMILY PRACTICE CURE: For family physician Brendon Stewart-Freedman, winning a prize from the Danielle Sonnenfeld Foundation – for exemplifying “human kindness and compassion in the treatment” of his patients – has further motivated him to change the system. He told Haaretz that, following the award ceremony in Jerusalem last Sunday, he and the other winners formed a group to improve conditions in family practice – whereby the doctor will be more able to focus on medicine and caring skills, rather than be overburdened with secretarial and administrative tasks that others can do at much lower cost to the health system. “Israel is currently missing 400 family physicians for the critical and cost-effective field of primary care, with an further net loss of 100 per year,” he said. “That’s why I am motivated to go to medical schools and the Health Ministry to gently ‘bang’ on doors and change attitudes.” He added he considers this shortage “a strategic emergency, if we only have the vision to recognize it.” Elio Moti Sonnenfeld launched the foundation in memory of his daughter, Danielle, who Stewart-Freedman said “spent two years of national service caring for children, the second as a volunteer in pediatric oncology.” She was tragically killed in a traffic accident at age 20, just before starting a planned career in medicine.

JUST THE JOB: Aiming to help English-speaking immigrants navigate Israel’s job market, the Tel Aviv municipality has partnered with several organizations to offer a series of what it calls “Career Talks.” Two such events take place in the White City next week: Osnat Lautman will discuss “Succeeding in the Israeli Workplace Culture” on Monday, while on Wednesday Linda Lovitch presents a workshop on “Pitch and Present with Power.” Lovitch, a media consultant hailing from Upstate New York, will set out to offer concrete and practical guidelines to help participants craft, structure and execute presentations. The free lectures fill up fast, but Jill Reinach, the municipality’s director of projects for English-speaking immigrants, told Haaretz that a wait-list shows demand and “we should do it again.” The other sponsors are AACI, the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel, Telfed, Nefesh B’Nefesh and Gvahim. For more info, email reinach_j@mail.tel-aviv.gov.il.

Celebrating Balfour: On the occasion of the 101st anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, the IBCA, the Israel and British Commonwealth Association, will host Lord Roderick Balfour at its annual celebratory dinner in Tel Aviv on November 7. Roderick Balfour, the Fifth Earl of Balfour, is the great-nephew of Arthur James Balfour, the politician who during World War I officially issued the famous document pledging British support for a Jewish homeland. Roderick Balfour, who was born in Brazil and grew up partly in France, has experience with Balfour Day dinners, chairing some of them in London for the Anglo-Israel Association. Alex Deutsch, IBCA chairman, told Haaretz that Balfour, who owns a financial services company, strikes him as “quite a modest gentleman.” He noted, “We offered him a business class flight, and he’s chosen to go by EasyJet.” To RSVP, call (052) 545-5634.

Rank and File was compiledby Steven Klein. Have an idea about an item for Rank and File? E-mail us at:column@haaretz.co.il