Rank and File

COMEDY FOR KOBY, EPISODE 10:The biannual Comedy for Koby series returns to Israel next week for its 10th run. The upcoming tour will feature regulars on late-night television shows and the comedy club scenes, including Floridian Dennis Regan ‏(a former writer for the CBS sitcom “King of Queens”‏), Wayne Federman ‏(a former head monologue writer for “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”‏) and Philadelphia native Ralph Harris ‏(a host on TV One‏). Israeli-born and Texas-raised comedian Avi Liberman will host as usual. The goal of the tour is to raise money for The Koby Mandell Foundation and its Camp Koby program for kids who have lost family members to terror or other tragic circumstances. The “widely popular show series has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years for the Foundation,” according to foundation representative Dena Wimpfheimer. For more information, visit www.comedyforkoby.com. The tour kicks off in Beit Shemesh on Wednesday, and continues through Modi’in, Jerusalem, Ra’anana, Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion, closing on May 29.

IN THE SAME BOAT: Dozens of Israelis, Canadians and Israeli-Canadians paddled their hearts out on Kinneret Friday to support rehabilitating terror victims at The second annual Dragon Boat Israel Festival. Dragon boat racing is a small but fast growing sport in which 22 team members have to work together as one. The race “provided wounded young adults a chance to feel the power of working together to move forward,” Pam Albert, who runs the Canadian office of OneFamily Together, told Haaretz Thursday. OneFamily is an NGO dedicated to the rehabilitation of victims of terror attacks and their families. Albert, who lives in Toronto, said their were eight terror victims in her boat, which finished eighth out of 33 boats and won the third division. Her boat raised $60,000 to fund a retreat for wounded couples. Cheryl Mandel, a Canadian immigrant who attended the first race described the experience as “the best non-sport that people can participate in and feel like they’ve done a sport.”

THE GLITTERING PRIZE: Josip Novakovich, an award-winning writer teaching at Hebrew University, is one of 10 finalists for the Man Booker International Prize 2013, which rewards the top writers of modern literature for their body of work. Novakovich, who is a short-story writer, novelist and essayist, is up against no less than Aharon Appelfeld, a graduate of the Hebrew University, among others. “I haven’t achieved enough to get it,” Novakovich, who teaches at Montreal’s Concordia University and is at Hebrew U. for six months as a guest of the Halbert Center for Canadian Studies, told Haaretz. “They praised my dark sense of humor in handling the analysis of the Balkan Wars in my stories, though they deal with many other things, such as immigration, culture clash, death and so on.” Novakovich, who was born in what is now Croatia, studied at Vassar College, Yale and the University of Texas and joined Concordia in 2009, said he would probably write about Israel “one way or another, but there’s a certain jet lag in my writing, so it takes a few years before my experience takes hold.”

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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