How to Find an English-speaking Seder in Israel

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Two girls sit at empty tables awaiting Israel's biggest collective Passover seder in Kibbutz Naan.
Two girls sit at empty tables awaiting Israel's biggest collective Passover seder in Kibbutz Naan.Credit: David Bachar
Steve Klein
Steven Klein

FIND-A-SEDER: Spring is in the air, which means Passover is just around the corner. If you haven’t yet found a seder to attend, there are a number of community options that cater to English speakers.

Tel Aviv alone has three such community seders, which will be held Monday night, April 10: The Tel Aviv International Synagogue with Rabbi Ariel Konstantyn; White City, which caters to young adults (054) 233-6663; and Chabad.

In Jerusalem, Rabbi Aaron Dovid Poston will run the Yiboneh community seder for families and young adults. Most groups require pre-registration by early next week.

GROSSMAN IN ENGLISH: David Grossman is one of Israel’s greatest living Hebrew authors, and opportunities to hear him in English are rare. This Sunday, however, Grossman will be having a conversation in English with writer Benjamin Balint at Jerusalem’s Beit Shmuel. The evening is the initiative of freelance journalist Matthew Kalman.

FILE PHOTO: Israeli author David Grossman Credit: AP

“I got bored with people coming to Jerusalem and asking after the third evening what is there to do,” the London-native told Haaretz. “I realized if I were in New York I could go to the 92nd Street Y and hear all these people.”

He said Grossman is just one of a number of cultural figures he has brought or will be presenting to English-speaking audiences, such as Elite Zexer, director of “Sandstorm.” For tickets, call Jeremy at (054) 659-7795.

LEADERSHIP FELLOWSHIP: Canadian-Israeli Leah Beinhaker is among the latest cohort of Jewish professional and volunteer leaders to receive a fellowship from the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation. The foundation announced this week the winners of the fellowship, which is “an executive-level leadership program that features individualized professional development experiences and empowers Fellows to address specific needs within their organizations.”

Beinhaker, a lawyer by training, has been director of development for Ein Prat, a pluralistic center for Jewish learning, since 2010. Another fellow is Alma Gadot Perez, who lived in Canada and worked for the Milken Institute in California before returning to Israel. She is the founder of Shelanu, which helps foster independent philanthropy in Israel.

Rank and File was compiledby Steven Klein.

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