Rank and File: AACI Honors Young Artists, Writers in Annual 'With Brush and Pen' Competition

Plus, Israel Association of Writers in English celebrating 26th edition of arc and a talk on the rift between American Jews and Israel

 Tamar Sedley's painting "Little Brother," which won first prize in the 10-13 age category in AACI's annual “With Brush and Pen” competition.
Miriam Barth / AACI

HAILING YOUNG TALENT: AACI, the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel, honored the winners of its annual “With Brush and Pen” competition with two events: One last Sunday for the young artists, and on Monday for the writers. In the drawing, painting and collage category, the first-prize winners were Agam Gwili (Age 7-9), Tamar Sedley (10-13) and Daniella Hordes (14-18). Ayelet Michaelson (7-9) and Yaheli Kalfon (10-13) won in the “other media” category. The first-place writers were Moriah Elbaum (10-13) and Dvash Lustig (14-18). The winners all received one-year family memberships from the Bible Lands Museum.

Volunteer Janice Fricker organized a search-and-find game related to the artworks being displayed, which “was a brilliant a way to get everybody to look at everything and actually relate to the walls,” noted the AACI’s Donna Grushka. The exhibit, sponsored by the Betsy Sugarman Memorial Fund, will be on display until April 18.

LOVE IS IN THE AIR: The Israel Association of Writers in English will be celebrating the launch of the 26th issue of its literary journal, arc, with a festive evening next Thursday at Maze 9 in Tel Aviv. The public is invited and entrance is free. Shawn Edrei, editor of this issue, will also act as master of ceremonies. “When we asked for love poems, we got triple the submissions than when we asked for war,” Edrei, who is originally from New York, told Haaretz. “Personally, I’m excited about hearing so many new and experienced writers come together for a celebration of the possibilities and complexities of love in today’s uncertain world.” Among the readers are Karen Alkalay-Gut, Lois Michal Unger Freifeld, Elazar Larry Freifeld, Mark Levinson, Miriam Green, Gili Haimovich, Shimon Palmer and Celia Merlin. For more info, email Shawn Edrei at superwriter@gmail.com.

LONG-STANDING RIFT: The Herzliya Cultural Group is kicking off the final month of its spring lecture series with a talk by Daniel Gordis, the Koret Distinguished fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem, who will be discussing the thesis of his upcoming book. The work, “We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel,” is due out this fall. “While everyone thinks the rift has to do with the management of the conflict or the role of the [Chief] Rabbinate or its attitude, I argue that is not the case,” Gordis, a Baltimore native who has won the National Jewish Book Award, told Haaretz. “I prove it by showing the conflict pre-existed the state. There were battles in America over Zionism in the 1920s. So, we’ll try to understand what’s the real cause of the tension between U.S. Jews and Zionism.” For more info, call Werner Bachman at 054-456-0303 or Howard Ross at 054-466-4498.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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