IN THE PICTURE: For just over a year, Yehoshua Halevi has held a master class for a select group of participants who were “interested in expressing art with a camera,” the journalist-turned-professional photographer told Haaretz. On Monday, his students began displaying their works at the AACI’s Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center in Jerusalem. “This is a group of adults who largely shied away from any kind of public showing of any creative work they’ve done,” stressed the San Francisco native, “so it’s a big deal to identify yourself as an artist and then share your work in a forum,” he said.
Next Thursday, the AACI will host a festive opening in the presence of the artists: Jay Avilev, Chaya David, Daniella Hellerstein, Aviva Keesing-Moskovits, Mark Kell, Barbara Ness and Michael Sager. Their work ranges from street and landscape art to portraiture and digital art. There will also be a workshop in the gallery with the artists on July 20. The exhibit runs through August 31. For more info, call (02) 561-1181.
MODERN-DAY PIONEERS: On U.S. Independence Day last Tuesday, an El Al Boeing 777 arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport carrying over 200 new immigrants from 16 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces, to begin their new lives as Israeli citizens. The flight was organized by immigrant support organization Nefesh B’Nefesh, in cooperation with Israel’s Immigrant Absorption Ministry, the Jewish Agency, Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel, and JNF-USA. The flight’s passengers included 14 soon-to-be Israel Defense Forces soldiers, five sets of twins, 34 families, 78 children and 51 singles.
“These modern-day pioneers, many of whom are moving to Israel’s north and south, are not only fulfilling their personal dreams, but the dreams of the Jewish nation as a whole,” said Nefesh B’Nefesh co-founder and executive director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass. NbN said it expects 2,000 North American immigrants to arrive this summer through its auspices.
THE JEWISH PLOT TO KILL HITLER: Next Thursday, the Herzliya Thursday English Lecture Series will reveal the fascinating, and relatively unknown, account of the Jewish plot to kill Adolf Hitler. Prof. Robert Rockaway, who grew up in Detroit and emigrated from Texas, told Haaretz he came across the file in the FBI archive a year after hearing about it from a Jewish ex-mobster. “You have to take everything murderers tell you with a grain of salt, but if you’re going to be serious and write about it, you have to verify it,” he said. A year later, at the archive, he was intrigued to find a file on Hitler, inside of which “there was a paper trail ... about a group of Jews wanting to go to Germany to kill Hitler.” Rockaway will tell the whole story about how he came across the file and show copies of original documents at the event. For more info, call Austen Science at (054) 761-2306.
Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.
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