Rank and File: Member of Uganda’s Abayudaya Community Attends Schusterman Foundation’s ROI Program

KeepOlim, which endeavors to provide vital programs and services for English-speaking immigrants, launches second comedy fundraising tour ■ English Speaking Residents Association and Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel are offering two very different ways to beat the heat

Rachel Namudosi during her visit to Israel
Kulanu

KEEPIN’ IT CLEAN: KeepOlim, which endeavors to provide vital programs and services for English-speaking immigrants, launched its second comedy fundraising tour starting last night in Zichron Ya’akov. “It’s basically a clean show so everyone can enjoy it,” LiAmi Lawrence, KeepOlim’s founder, told Haaretz. “The nonprofit is too new to qualify for government funding yet, so it relies on these shows and donations. We are starting an adopt-an-oleh program and really want to start a subsidized mental health program and hotline assisting immigrants in their native language.” The line-up varies, but the pool of performers, all donating their time, includes Benji Lovitt, Malynnda LItky, Yoahy Sponder, Yossi Tarablus, Yohay Sponder, Hani Skutch, Yaron ZeeGee Frezi, Daniel Gouri de Lima, Lenny Ravich and Daniella and Grant Crankshaw. The next performances are Tuesday in Jerusalem and August 8 in Petah Tikva. For tickets, call LiAmi at (054) 836-8999.

COOL TIYUL: Let’s face it, it is hot out there! In that vein, ESRA, the English Speaking Residents Association, and AACI, the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel, are offering two very different ways to beat the heat next Wednesday. In the morning, an air-conditioned ESRA bus will be picking up participants in Netanya, Ra’anana and Tel Aviv, and taking them to the Etzel Museum and the Palmach Museum in Tel Aviv. Cecily Hanson, who hails from South Africa and is the volunteer in charge of planning and organizing the ESRA outings, will be leading the tour. In the afternoon the AACI will hold its latest Pint for a Pint event, in which anyone who comes to donate a pint of blood at its Jerusalem office will receive a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. For more information on the ESRA event, call (09) 748-2957. For more info on donating blood to the AACI, call (02) 566-1181.

UGANDA HEAR THIS: With little fanfare, a member of Uganda’s Abayudaya community, which embraced Judaism in the early 20th century, attended the Schusterman Foundation’s ROI program earlier this month. Just before returning to Uganda the participant, Namudosi Rachel, held a meet and greet in Jerusalem through Kulanu, a nonprofit organization (www.kulanu.org) that supports isolated, emerging and returning Jewish communities around the world at Kehilat Yedidya, a liberal Orthodox synagogue in Jerusalem. The meeting included former Israeli ambassador to Uganda, Arye Oded, who has written the authoritative history about the community.