Rank and File: Israel's Answer to 'This American Life' Hosts Live Show in Tel Aviv

Association of American and Canadians in Israel to host election debate at the AACI Glassman Family Center; Australian embassy in Israel celebrates International Coastal Cleanup Day by cleaning up a section of the shore of Lake Kinneret.

Nir Keidar

This Israeli Life: For several years, the award-winning “Israel Story” — the Israeli answer to “This American Life” has entertained podcast listeners with a cross section of everyday stories by, and about, regular Israelis. On Wednesday, The Stage, Tel Aviv’s English-language performing arts organization, hosts the “Israel Story Live Show: ‘68 & Counting.” Rachel Fisher, “Israel Story”’s production manager, told Haaretz the show in Tel Aviv was previously performed in the United States. “The concept is that we bring a story from every 10-year interval, like the 1948 radio broadcast from Independence Hall, the military parade and the Batsheva Dance Company incident,” the Miami native said about the upcoming show. The “Israel Story” crew is slated to include Mishy Harman, the brother of Haaretz correspondent Danna Harman, as well as Yochai Maital, Maya Kosover and Katie Pulverman. For tickets, visit www.thestagetlv.com.

Election Fever: While Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will not be visiting Israel before the November election, American-Israelis can delve into the issues at the Association of American and Canadians in Israel election debate on Tuesday evening at the AACI Glassman Family Center. Mark Zell will be representing Republicans Abroad, while Sheldon Schorer will speak on behalf of Democrats Abroad. AACI program director Miriam Barth told Haaretz that the format will include presentations by both, followed by questions from the audience. “We are also hoping to have iVote Israel to have a last push to vote because the deadline is approaching,” she added, referring to the nonprofit organization that encourages U.S. citizens in Israel to register to vote. AACI expects over 100 participants. Another debate is to be held October 31 in Tel Aviv. To register, call AACI at (02) 566-1181.

Clean the Kinneret: The Australian embassy in Israel celebrated International Coastal Cleanup Day last weekend by cleaning up a section of the shore of Lake Kinneret, in collaboration with JNF/KKL, the Zionist Federation of Australia and the Kinneret Authority. The event brought together over 120 students from a number of Australian and Israeli youth movements to rid Tzinbari Beach of rubbish, the embassy said. The site is close to where Australian troops took part in the historic World War I battle of Tzemah. Ambassador Dave Sharma and his family joined the effort, as did Consul Felicity Hennessy, second secretaries Helen Zhang and Nick Cooper, administrative assistant Efraim Dabush and Abdullah Azar, manager of the visa section, along with some of their family members.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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