Rank and File: Basketball Legends and Piano Greats Take Center Stage

Aulcie Perry and Tamir Goodman scale the heights at the cinematheque, while Sandra Cohen and Jochanan de Graaf play Mozart and Gershwin in Modi'in

Josh Halickman, left, David Goldstein, Aulcie Perry and Tamir Goodman at the cinematheque in Jerusalem, February 13, 2018.
Tani Kramer

BASKETBALL CASES: Dozens of immigrants from North America gathered in Jerusalem’s cinematheque on Tuesday to hear professional basketball players Aulcie Perry and Tamir Goodman. Perry, a former NBA player, played for Maccabi Tel Aviv. Goodman, an Orthodox Jew known as the “Jewish Jordan” when playing for Towson University in Maryland, played in the Israeli league for nearly a decade. The main speaker was David Goldstein, who discussed his book “Alley-Oop to Aliyah.” His book tells the story of hundreds of African-American basketball players who have been inspired by playing in Israel, with many staying in the country after their careers ended. Goldstein moderated a panel discussion with the players and sports writer Josh Halickman regarding their Jewish basketball journeys, Zionism and the uniqueness of both playing in Israel and for Israel overseas. The event was sponsored by Nefesh B’Nefesh and Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael.

TWO’S COMPANY: The Levonah Chapter of Hadassah-Israel will present “Side by Side” in Modi’in next Thursday. A selection of piano duets, from Mozart to Gershwin, will be performed by Sandra Cohen and Jochanan de Graaf. Cohen, who was born and raised in the Bronx, New York, and majored in piano performance at the Eastman School of Music, told Haaretz her newest musical adventure as Jochanan’s piano duet partner has opened yet another dimension in her love of music. “People who attended our home concerts invariably suggested to perform for a larger audience,” said de Graaf, son of a piano teacher and a lifelong piano player born in Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands. Both of them moved to Israel with their respective spouses – Jonathan and Tzippora – to be with their offspring. RSVP to Sandy Wine on 054-233-0718.

HAARETZ COLUMNIST LIVE IN JERUSALEM: Bradley Burston, senior columnist at Haaretz, will be the guest speaker at the Sophie Udin Na’amat Club on Tuesday. Na’amat’s Judy Telman told Haaretz that the English-speaking club, which has been running for over 60 years, was named for the founder of the organization in the United States. She said Udin started Na’amat USA – then called Pioneer Women – following a request by Rachel Yanait Ben-Zvi to help raise money to dig a well at a girl’s agricultural school in Ein Kerem, in 1925. Udin moved to Israel in 1949. Telman said Na’amat volunteers “support the programs and services of Na’amat Israel, primarily providing scholarship stipends to children enrolled in Na’amat Jerusalem Day Care Centers.” She added they also support programs to advance the status of women, to help disadvantaged children get a second educational chance, and to treat and stop domestic violence and harassment. For more info, call Judy on 054-564-0109.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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