Rank and File: Second-hand Shop for Ethiopian Immigrants

Telfed volunteers Roy Scher, left, and Eric Berzack at the new second hand shop in Mevasseret Zion.
Melvyn Cohen

SECOND-HAND SHOP FOR ETHIOPIAN IMMIGRANTS: A new second-hand shop has begun serving the new immigrants in Mevasseret Zion, operated by Telfed – The South African Zionist Federation. The Telfed Ethiopian Community Initiative opened the shop last month “to provide a source of low-cost clothing and household goods, some new,” committee chairman Mel Cohen told Haaretz. “A significant number of people have been coming in.” Three volunteers – former South Africans Roy Scher and Shira Lipschitz along with U.S. native Rochelle Lando – take turns running the shop on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Jeff Kaplan helped equip the place. Cohen said a steady flow of donations has included a recent carload of winter coats, jackets and jerseys from the Ra’anana depot that cost hundreds of shekels but sell for 20-40 shekels. To donate, call Roy (054) 468-3751 or Shira (052) 240-0073.

DOWN UNDER FILM FEST: The 12th Australian Film Festival in Israel will open with the screening of the new comedy drama “The Dressmaker,” starring Kate Winslett, in Tel Aviv on February 8, in the presence Australian Ambassador Dave Sharma. The Australia Israel Cultural Exchange and the Australian Embassy in Israel will showcase the best of the Down Under film industry with six feature films and one documentary. Sharma noted that 2017 marks the centenary of the Battle of Be’er Sheva, in which the troops of the Australian Mounted Division played a decisive role, and so he’s “delighted that we can pay tribute to this important event by screening the classic film, ‘The Lighthorsemen.’” The films will be screened at the respective cinematheques of Tel Aviv (February 8-15), Jerusalem (February 9-18) and Haifa (February 10-17).

BRAIN UNDRAIN: A new initiative, the Zuckerman Postdoctoral Scholars Program, aims to attract postdoctoral researchers from North America and other Western countries to Israel’s major academic centers, the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology announced this week. The program will also send researchers and devote resources to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv University, and the Weizmann Institute of Science, based on a gift from Mortimer Zuckerman. The Zuckerman STEM Leadership Program intends to provide over $100 million in scholarships and related educational activities to benefit participating scholars and universities, according to the Technion. Current North American researchers include Floridian Dr. Beth Schoen, who is focusing on drug delivery to cancerous tumors under Prof. Marcelle Machluf at the Technion’s Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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