Rank and File: A Memorial Day Service for English-speaking Immigrants

Telfed volunteer hosts Independence Day BBQ with music of the 60s, 70s and 80s ■ Pamela Levy's versatile art hangs at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

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An Israeli woman visits the grave of her brother, who was killed during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war in Sinai, Tel Aviv, May 4, 2014.
An Israeli woman visits the grave of her brother, who was killed during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war in Sinai, Tel Aviv, May 4, 2014.Credit: AP
Steve Klein
Steven Klein

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE FOR IMMIGRANTS: Nefesh B’Nefesh, in partnership with the Immigration Absorption Ministry, the Jewish Agency, the Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael) and JNF-USA is hosting a special Memorial Day ceremony for English-speaking immigrants at the First Station Hangar in Jerusalem on Tuesday evening. Notable speakers for the night, entitled “70 Years of Remembrance,” include Deputy Minister Michael Oren; Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, the co-founder and executive director of Nefesh B’Nefesh; Sherri and Seth Mandell, the parents of terror victim Koby Mandell; and Staff Sgt. (res.) Sahar Elbaz, a U.S.-born lone soldier. “Our hope with this year’s ceremony is to create a meaningful and poignant Yom Hazikaron experience for English-speakers looking for a significant and emotional event in their native language,” said Rabbi Fass. Additionally, the ceremony will include performances by Chazzan Avi Ganz, who also hails from the United States. Additional information can be found at the NbN website, www.nbn.org.il.

INDPENDENCE BBQ: For the past seven years, Beryl Schmidt has been organizing Independence Day barbecues for Telfed, the Zionist Federation for Southern African Jews in Israel, in Rishon Letzion. This year, the volunteer decided to shift gears with the entertainment component for Thursday’s bash at the Ohel Avraham and Sarah Community Center. “We try to have a singer every year, but this time we decided to go big,” Schmidt told Haaretz. She recruited Zach Hilon, a native of Las Vegas who was one of the headliners from the “Unforgettable” production in 2016. “He sings music of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s,” noted Schmidt. “It’s music everybody likes.” Schmidt added that unlike the Passover Braai, when families make their own meals, the food – a combination of South African, American and Israeli cuisine – is plated for the dozens of attendees. For more info or to RSVP, call Beryl on (052) 788-5077.

RETROSPECTIVE: In the nearly 30 years she lived in Israel, artist Pamela Levy created a wide variety of works, ranging from hand-sewn textiles to oil paintings that touched on themes of feminism and politics. “Her oil paintings are made as collages featuring naked and clothed figures in deserted urban spaces, building sites or on the beach,” stated the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which is holding a retrospective of the Iowa-born artist’s oeuvre. “They are psychologically charged, saturated with tension and contrasts between fear and delight, childhood and old age, complete and ripped, violent and merciful.” Some paintings mix figures she photographed at the Jerusalem municipal pool with views from her studio in the Talpiot neighborhood. There are also videos of interviews with Levy, who died in 2004 in her mid-50s, as well as glimpses of how she developed specific works. The exhibition ends April 28.

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