Rank and File: A Potluck Community Quiz Night for Anglos in Israel

A community fundraiser and trivia night; Israel fair to explore education; readings for charity

Participants and vendors at the Israel Communities fair in Jerusalem on Monday
Yonit Schiller

BRAIN STRAIN FOR A GOOD CAUSE: Are you ready for the challenge of ESRA’s National Annual Quiz? The fourth annual English Speaking Residents Association fundraiser will be held Wednesday across Israel. “The basic idea was to bring all of ESRA together, from Nahariya to Eilat,” Central Region Branch Chairwoman Glenis Bertfield told Haaretz. “We’ve got 22 venues, more than last year. Guests bring a potluck supper, and we raise some good funds to one of our projects. It’s a fun night.” All proceeds, expected to exceed 20,000 shekels, go to Kfar Shmaryahu Social Club, which serves young adults with disabilities. “They go on outings, listen to music,” said Bertfield, who hails from Manchester. To join a venue or to form a new group of up to 20 people, call Glenis at 054-773-4392.

SCHOOL DAZE: A week after holding it Israel Communities fair, which offered immigrants glimpses of affordable living options, Nefesh B’Nefesh is moving on to the issue of education. The immigrant support organization has put together a symposium on the evolving relationship between immigrants and the Israeli school system. “Olim Engage Israel” will take place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on Tuesday. The event is co-sponsored by the Immigrant Absorption Ministry, the Jewish Agency, the Jewish National Fund and JNF-USA. Register for the free event at www.nbn.org.il/engage. The affordable communities fair attracted over 500 new immigrants. Rachel Berger, NBN’s director of post-aliyah, said the fair showcased “the breadth and diversity of what the country has to offer, both in quality of life and affordable housing options.”

READING FOR CHARITY: Telfed, the South African Zionist Federation — Israel, is harnessing the literary talents of some of its members for a charitable cause. Four authors are putting their books up for sale, with some or all of the proceeds going to Keren Telfed, which aids immigrants and families in crisis. On offer are Nina Selbst’s “Writ in Water,” about her journey of discovery after a career in water management; Jonathan Zausmer’s “Valley of Heaven and Earth,” a work of autofiction, or autobiographical fiction, about a man who revisits the fishing village where he grew up; Peter Bailey’s “Street Names in Israel,” a  voyeuristic glance into the lives of people who left an indelible mark on the country and Rabbi Moshe Silberhaft’s memoir “The Travelling Rabbi: My African Tribe.” For more info, call Shireen at (09) 790-7819.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

Have an idea for an item for Rank and File? Email us at: column@haaretz.co.il