ACCELERATED: Tel Avivs Wix Hub, ordinarily a space for tech entrepreneurs, on Sunday hosted new immigrants who have started small businesses in Israel. The 11 entrepreneurs are graduates of the second season of TheNest, the small business accelerator operated by Gvahim, a subsidiary nonprofit of the Rashi Foundation. The group included Americans Brielle Collins, founder of Shraddha Yoga Studio; Richard Saffern, founder of Dog Mafia, a gourmet bakery for dogs; and David Bador, who co-founded tapas fusion restaurant NEU Table with Manchester, England-native Jacob Morrison. The accelerator gave me the wisdom, knowledge and support to be really prepared to open my studio, Collins, who hails from Chicago, told Haaretz. The accelerator motivated us to get things rolling with our proof of concept, said Bador, who grew up in New Jersey. So we are doing pop-up restaurants for the next year, open every Thursday night in Herzliya Pituah, trying to show our business model works.
MEANINGFUL FAST: Tisha BAv is a date of tragedy in Jewish history, commemorating the destruction of the first and second temples in Jerusalem as well as other disasters. Several organizations will hold English-language programming for the fast, on Monday night and Tuesday. In Jerusalem, Sara Jo Ben Zvi, who co-founded the Womens Beit Midrash of Efrat, will lecture at Knesset Israel, while Yibonehs Rabbi Ariel Tal will host a meaningful experience at the Tower of David on Monday night. The OU Israel Center, the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and the Society of Independent Spirituality will all provide programming on Tuesday. For more info, visit www.janglo.net. The Tel Aviv International Synagogue will hold its eighth annual Tisha BAv by Candlelight on the Beach event with Rabbi Ariel Konstantyn on Monday night and will screen The Devils Arithmetic at the synagogue on Tuesday afternoon. For more information, call Rabbi Ariel at 052-283-8599.
SPEED DATING WITH A TWIST: As heavy as Tisha BAv is, Tu BAv, which has been called the Jewish Valentines Day, soon follows. To that end, Telfed, the South African Zionist Federation, and matchmaking service Matim have organized a Tu BAv Speed Dating with a Twist in Jaffa on August 7. The organizer, Matim founder Shira Snapper of Johannesburg, told Haaretz, There are lots of web sites and apps but sometimes a more personal approach can help, and you never know. She should know; she met her future husband thanks to a Tu BAv meeting. I was living in Jerusalem, he was in Netanya, she recalled. I came from a much more religious environment. He was more traditional. But if it werent for this holiday, I might have looked for someone more religious. Sometimes you land up with someone you didnt exactly imagine. RSVP by August 7. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rank and File was compiledby Steven Klein.
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