Rank and File

A day for rest

Susan Jakers, a secular English teacher from New York who now resides in Jerusalem, is inviting like-minded people to join a new group aimed at giving non-religious, older Israelis something to do on Shabbat. "Unfortunately," she said, "I could not locate any non-observant, over-50 Anglo groups. Most are religious." So Jakers, 65, decided to start her own group for people who are "tired of sitting home alone on Shabbat." The group's first meeting is scheduled for tomorrow, and so far about 20 people have expressed interest, she said, though not everyone can attend the first meeting. "I hope that the group can become friends, enjoy each other's company and meet on a regular basis," Jakers said. "There are so many beautiful places that we can visit and enjoy, that are open on Shabbat, and it's a shame for people to go alone or stay home." For information, contact Jakers at marketingbysusan@gmail.com.

Prof. Gadi Wolfsfeld - Courtesy

War and peace

In honor of Prof. Gadi Wolfsfeld's retirement from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the university's Institute of Communications held a one-day conference Wednesday about the "media's role in our understanding of war, peace, terrorism and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict." Wolfsfeld, who was born in Philadelphia and immigrated to Israel 32 years ago, taught in the university's political science and communications departments and will continue lecturing at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya. Hebrew University officials hailed the 60-year-old as "the founder of the academic domain of political communication in Israel and one of the leading scholars in this field in Israel and internationally." Wednesday's conference, held in English, featured local and international political communication scholars who presented research related to Wolfsfeld's work. Speakers included Hebrew University's U.K.-born Paul Frosh, Robert Entman from George Washington University and Scott Althaus from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. "It was one of the most meaningful evenings I've ever had," Wolfsfeld told Anglo File yesterday. "People spoke very movingly. Over 30 years I had many students and colleagues, and apparently I've done pretty well," he said.

All in jest

The Jerusalem English Speaking Theater, known as JEST, will be staging Paddy Chayefsky's "The Tenth Man" as the second production of its 27th season. While it might not be especially famous, the 1959 play is nevertheless critically acclaimed and was nominated in 1960 for three Tony Awards. "The main business of the play is to reassure the audience of the power of faith," said JEST's publicity director, Abbe Krissman. "The evening's catalyst for spiritual renewal is Evelyn, the 18-year-old granddaughter of one of the synagogue's elders, who is assumed to be suffering from mental illness, but whose grandfather believes her to be possessed by a dybbuk. This is a play of ordinary people and of the extraordinary embellishments they invent to make everyday life bearable." Directed by Toronto native Rafi Poch, "The Tenth Man" will open on January 19 at Kibbutz Ramat Rachel, outside of Jerusalem, and run through January 26. For tickets, call (02 ) 642 0908 or visit www.bimot.co.il.


(Rank and File was compiled by Raphael Ahren)


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