Rank and File


Recently elected MK Rabbi Dov Lipman invited Yishai Eisenberg, the first winner of the International Bible Quiz from America in 25 years, to a Knesset reception. Knesset members from a spectrum of parties came on Tuesday to honor Yishai and his family before his return Wednesday to America, including Hatnuah’s Amram Mitzna, Yesh Atid’s Boaz Toporovsky and the Labor Party’s Hilik Bar. Representatives of Yeshiva University, where Yishai attends high school, also participated. “It was an honor to host Yishai and his family,” said Lipman. “The one thing which unites all Jews around the world is the Tanach and I hope Yishai’s victory will spark renewed interest in the Tanach through schools and communities in the Diaspora. As a resident of Beit Shemesh and immigrant from the United States I take special pride in the fact that the two winners were from Beit Shemesh and America.”


Telfed, the organization supporting Southern African immigrants in Israel, held a cocktail reception in Ra’anana to welcome the new South African ambassador to Israel, Sisa Ngombane, and his wife Thathanyana last Thursday. Telfed’s director, Sid Shapiro, gave a tour of Shivtei Yisrael synagogue to the ambassador, who was “fascinated to hear about the South African roots of the synagogue and how the Parow Jewish community of the Cape helped to complete and furnish the shul,” according to Telfed’s Dorron Kline. Chairman Dave Bloom covered 4,000 years of Jewish history in four minutes for the ambassador, who recalled his own family history dating back to the Xhosa tribe’s move from the Drakensburg to Zulu lands in the days of Shaka. “Rival groups need to learn to live together in one land,” the ambassador told the nearly 50 Telfed volunteers who came to greet him.


Bar-Ilan’s graduate program in creative writing is holding its Seventh Annual Literary Evening in Memory of Dr. Shaindy Rudoff at the campus Nanotechnology Auditorium on Sunday afternoon. Rudoff was the founder of the program. The evening will feature Bret Lott and Stanley Moss. Lott, who lives in South Carolina, is the best-selling author of 13 books, including “Jewel,” which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection. Moss, who resides in New York, is also a critically acclaimed author and founder of the nonprofit Sheep Meadow Press. Joining the conversation is Joan Leegant, a novelist who splits her time between Massachusetts and Bar-Ilan, and Linda Zisquit of Bar-Ilan’s English department. Participation is free and open to the public. For more info, contact: barilanwriting@gmail.com or visit the event’s Facebook page.

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