Rank and File: Panic Ensemble Fuse Strains of Ancient and Modern Music at Tel Aviv Show

Great Big Challah Bake returns ahead of third International Shabbat Project; Israelis of Irish extraction to mark 50th Anniversary Rededication Ceremony of the Eamon De Valera Forest.

The Panic Ensemble
Avishai Finkelstein

Great bakeoff, Jewish style: Challah bakers of the world, unite! The Great Big Challah Bake returns next Thursday, just ahead of the third International Shabbat Project. The Shabbat Project is a “grassroots Jewish identity movement that unites all Jews to keep one full Shabbat together,” according to the organizers. Last year, around a million Jews in nearly 500 cities worldwide took part in Shabbat Project activities. In Tel Aviv, the Challah Bake – backed by White City Shabbat and open exclusively to twenty- and thirty-something women – will feature rebbetzins Shaindy Eisenberg and Tzipora Heller, both from New York, as well as Toronto native Batya Burd. Participants will learn new recipes and techniques. Telfed, the support organization for immigrants from southern Africa, is partnering with the Challah Bake in Modi’in. The Tel Aviv event, which hosted 300 people last year and expects 500 next week, is in partnership with Hineni Israel, a group which promotes Jewish learning in Israel with a focus on Tel Aviv. For more info, call Cherie Albucher at (050) 766-3080 for Modi’in or email:relax@whitecityshabbat.com for Tel Aviv.

Long lost Irish forest: Israelis of Irish extraction will converge on the Golani Junction this Sunday for the 50th Anniversary Rededication Ceremony of the Eamon De Valera Forest, organized by the Israel Ireland Friendship League (IIFL) in association with the Jewish National Fund. The ceremony will take place in the presence of Irish Ambassador Alison Kelly and Zvi Gabay, the first resident Israeli Ambassador to the Republic of Ireland.  De Valera was formerly president of Ireland. IIFL chairman and ceremony initiator Malcolm Gafson told Haaretz that the inspiration for the rededication was a visit by an Irish group in Israel that searched in vain for such a forest. A plaque honoring and denoting the forest will be installed at the ceremony. “There will be Israel Irish expats attending who actually helped to plant the original trees back in 1966,” Gafson said. For more info, call Malcolm at (050) 822-1732.

A panic in store at the Zone: Fusing the strains of ancient and modern music, the collective Panic Ensemble aims to create “an intensely dramatic, cabaret-infused sound and an appealing theatrical atmosphere,” the band says. This Tuesday, Panic Ensemble will play songs from their first two albums as well as new creations from their upcoming release at the Zone in Tel Aviv. The works combine the poetry of Karen Alkalay-Gut, who was born in London and raised in Rochester, New York, and the music of Roy Yarkoni, sung by Yael Kraus. “The new album is about biblical characters,” Alkalay-Gut told Haaretz. “I take the bible as it is written and give my version.” “They’re not traditional views of the characters. Rebecca is very regretful. Jezebel has spaghetti western music. The Exodus story is about falling in love with the mirage, things like that,” she said. For more info, call the Zone at (054) 446-7240.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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