Rank and File: The How-many State Solution?

How about the eight-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians; D'Or sings for Estra; Friendship Circle brings light to Jerusalem

Palestinians protest U.S. President Donald Trump's decision in Jerusalem's Old City on December 15, 2017.
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THE HOW-MANY STATE SOLUTION?: Forget about the two-state solution, how about the eight-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians? Mordechai Kedar, a former IDF colonel and Middle East affairs analyst, will make the case for creating seven federal states in the territories alongside Israel, when he speaks at the Herzliya Lecture Series in Herzliya Pituach next Thursday. Yariv Oppenheimer, the former director general of Peace Now, will also be on stage to argue for the two-state solution as the more realistic solution. “It’s an opportunity to take two people very much involved in those concepts and for the audience ask questions,” said Austen Science, the British-born chairman of the lecture series group. “They know each other, so there won’t be fisticuffs. Raymond Cannon is a very good moderator, in case it gets out of hand.” For more info, call Howard Ross at (054) 466-4498.

D’OR SINGS FOR ESRA: The winner of Israel Singer of the Year and Best Vocal Performer awards, David D’Or, will perform for ESRA’s annual gala fundraising evening in Herzliya on December 24. The evening will benefit ESRA’s flagship project, “Students Build a Community,” ESRA’s Brenda Katten told Haaretz. “When we first started working in a poor neighborhood in Netanya, the streets were littered with dirt and crime was rife,” she said. “We have made an enormous difference.” Students who participate in the program mentor neighborhood children three times a week in return for getting a place to live, said Katten, noting that the program operates in four economically deprived areas. “Often a child will knock on the door of their student mentor and will be invited in for a chat or a hug. The students are amazing role models for their youngsters.” She noted that Richard Stein, a past chair of ESRA, the English Speaking Residents Association, and fundraising chair, secured D’Or for the event.To book, call (09) 950-8371.

BRINGING LIGHT: Children and families of Friendship Circle Jerusalem were honored at the Chabad Center of Talbiya’s annual Hanukkah Lighting Festival at Mamilla mall. Following the candle-lighting they went to a party organized just for them. The organization’s mission is “to bring happiness and companionship to children and young adults with special needs,” according to Friendship Circle. At the event, families and volunteers decorated doughnuts together and took pictures in a Hanukkah-themed photo booth. “Friendship Circle events like today gave us the opportunity to socialize and have a good time with others who truly feel like friends,” said one of the parents. “We aren’t defined by disability or conditions, it’s more of a family get-together. We had a blast.” Friendship circle’s Chanie Canterman, Hindy Golomb and Ilana Simckes organized the event. To get involved in Friendship Circle, call (073) 785-8528.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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