Rank and File | Hear Three Local Authors in Conversation in Modi’in

Plus, the return of Evan Kent’s one-man show ‘Shards: Putting the Pieces Together’ to Jerusalem and a clothing swap party in Tel Aviv

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BEST OF THREE: The Sklar Gallery in Modi’in will be hosting a literary evening featuring three local authors – Pamela Becker, Miriam Green and Miryam Sivan – on Sunday January 19. The trio will read from their books and introduce them to a broader audience, said Becker. Her novel, “Memoirs of a False Messiah,” deals with “women’s role in organized religion and community,” the former New Yorker said. Becker added that her story was inspired in part by her experience living in Arad, observing how the Hebrew Israelite community expressed their belief and “how they were accepted or not accepted by the world around them.” Green’s memoir, “The Lost Kitchen,” is about living with a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. Sivan’s novel, “Make it Concrete,” is about a female writer in Israel.

FINDING MORE ‘SHARDS’: J-Town Playhouse is bringing back Evan Kent’s one-man show, “Shards: Putting the Pieces Together,” to the AACI – Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center in Jerusalem next Thursday. The show, which uses puppets to tell personal stories, has been updated with two new songs Kent wrote specifically for the show. “Since I began writing the show in 2014, the world has changed, I’ve changed, and my relationship to Israel and to Jerusalem has also changed,” said Kent, who was a cantor in Los Angeles for 25 years. “The show presents a more nuanced view of Jerusalem and better portrays the new immigrant’s struggles and joys,” he added. Since moving to Israel in 2013, Kent has performed in numerous Jerusalem productions when not teaching liturgy and sacred music at Hebrew Union College. For tickets, call 02-566-1181.

THE ‘THIRD’ KIND: Next Wednesday, Nefesh B’Nefesh will be holding a clothing swap party, replete with beer, for members of the English-speaking community to switch up their wardrobe and to benefit a good cause. Any clothing left behind will be donated to Ani Shlishi, a nonprofit based in Tel Aviv that uses secondhand clothing stores in Tel Aviv and Rishon Letzion as a medium of providing opportunities of self-advancement to Israel’s at-risk youth. Ani Shlishi was co-founded by Chicagoans David Baskin and Ilan Kedar. Baskin said the name was inspired by his high school teacher and baseball coach Ross Freeland, “who instilled in his students the belief that first comes ‘the greater good’; second ‘others’; and finally, ‘I am third.’” For more info, call NbN at 072-336-9280. For more info on Ani Shlishi, visit www.anishlishi.org.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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