Rank and File: Fifteen Ways of Looking at the Old City

Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel offers its Sukkot Walking Tours; Jeremy’s Circle hosting Sukkot family fun day at Jerusalem's Ammunition Hill.

Lenore Mizrachi-Cohen working in her studio.
Avrumi Levinger / Jerusalem Photo Instagram

Fifteen ways of looking at the Old City: One of the beauties of art is that different artists can bring different perspectives to the same scene. Such will be the case in a Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art, when 15 artists’ views across Jerusalem’s Old City from the balconies of the Boutique Hanevi’im residential project on Hanevi’im Street goes on display at the boutique, Tuesday to Thursday. “It’s wonderful because you have an amazing view from above with Jerusalem spread out in front of you,” Johannesburg native Debbie Kampel told Haaretz. The work of Lenore Mizrachi-Cohen, an artist in residence from Brooklyn who is here with her family, is also being featured. Brought here on a pilot program by Biennale founder Rami Ozeri, she told Haaretz she is “working on a series that combines scenes all over Jerusalem with Arabic calligraphy.” She said she is drawing on her Syrian roots, incorporating elements such as a diploma of her grandfather’s from Aleppo. RSVP to info@jerusalembiennale.org.

Autumn in Jerusalem: With the weather turning downright pleasant, Sukkot is an ideal time to get out and enjoy the fresh air. To that purpose, the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel is offering its annual Sukkot Walking Tours from Tuesday through Friday. On Tuesday, New York City native Ruth Frank will take her group from the highest peak south of Jerusalem to a First Temple site and Ramat Rahel. Also Tuesday, Arie Salamon will guide sites above and below ground related to the Bar Kochva Revolt. Moshe Kahan will explore Jerusalem’s Bukharan Quarter. Artist Caron Greenblatt, who hails originally from Johannesburg, will close out the week on Friday by facilitating meetings with Jerusalem artists in their studios and galleries both on and off the beaten track. For more info, visit aaci.org.il and click on the “AACI Walking Tours” link.

Recreation on Ammunition Hill: Jeremy’s Circle, a group of volunteers bringing fun and support to kids coping with cancer in their families or cancer loss, invites you to join us for a Sukkot family fun day next Friday, October 21. The group will visit the Footsteps in Nature rope climbing park at Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem. The day will include wall climbing, a zip line and group building activities. Yitz Feigenbaum, Jeremy Circle’s director, told Haaretz that the Ammunition Hill national memorial site was looking to host an event that reflected special values and decided to partner with Jeremy’s Circle. “We’re excited to have it together with them,” said Feigenbaum, who hails from Cleveland, who added that over 200 people have already signed up for the event. Transportation will be provided from Ashkelon, Modi’in and Ramat Gan as needed. For more info, call Yitz at (052) 323-7707.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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