Rank and File: A Veteran Volunteer Is Honored

Two teens tap into fashion for a cause; when Gershwin met Rosenblatt.

Steve Klein
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 Annette Milliner-Giladi
Annette Milliner-GiladiCredit: Telfed
Steve Klein
Steven Klein

A VETERAN VOLUNTEER IS HONORED: Telfed’s longest serving volunteer, Annette Milliner-Giladi, has received the Immigration and Absorption Ministry’s Award of Excellence, the immigrant-support organization announced this week. Milliner-Giladi, who grew up in Cape Town, began volunteering over 60 years ago, subsequently chairing a local Jewish society to raise funds for South African projects in Israel. After moving to Israel, she helped establish the Galilee settlement of Manof, started a WIZO English-speaking chapter and spearheaded a project for single Jewish and Arab parents in Jaffa, among other deeds. She succinctly summed up her attitude about volunteerism: “Always for others, never for myself,” Telfed reported. At a ceremony, Immigration and Absorption Minister Sofia Landver presented the award to Milliner-Giladi, in the presence of her sons Stanley and Philip.

A FASHIONABLE CAUSE: A pair of teenagers from the American International School in Even Yehuda have transformed their care for refugee children in Tel Aviv into a fashion show fundraiser. Noa Perry and Joy Konfino “have been trying to make a cool and creative way to raise money as a charity,” Perry told Haaretz. The teen, whose father Dan Perry is from Philadelphia, has split her time between England and Israel. A teacher connected the pair to Pesia’s Kitchen, which provides food and day care for refugee children in south Tel Aviv. They have since visited the place weekly for the past three months, which she described as a mutually rewarding experience and inspired them to organize the fashion show fundraiser to be held at the school February 4. They recruited fellow students as models and have enlisted a host of sponsors: American Eagle, Mango, Fox, American Vintage, Brooks, Zuriel, and Muneca Fashion. For more info, call (09) 890-1000, ext. 448.

WHEN GERSHWIN MET ROSENBLATT: When cantor and musical theater performer Yisrael Lutnick sang for Na’amat at a Hanukkah luncheon last month, the participants requested another show. Lutnick, a Long Island native who has served as a High Holiday cantor for over 20 years, obliged by assembling a musical that combines the music of two American Jewish legends. He will perform “Rosenblatt & Gershwin: The Charedi Cantor And The Secular Songwriter” in Jerusalem on Wednesday, with half the proceeds benefitting Na’amat. “They have a lot of parallels in their lives,” he told Haaretz. “Both have roots in Russia, were child prodigies, had a love of classical music and died young.” Accompanied by pianist Haim Tukachinsky, he says he will tell their stories “while singing an eclectic mix of Yossele’s hazanut, George’s songs, and a touch of opera.” He will also perform the show in Zichron Yaakov on February 22 in conjunction with HOB-Association of Hebrew Immigrants. For tickets, call (077) 450-6012.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein. Have an idea about an item for Rank and File? Email us at: column@haaretz.co.il