Rank and File: Boris Johnson Comes to Tel Aviv

Telfed offers seminars for English-speakers to process their fears; London’s colorful Mayor Boris Johnson comes to Tel Aviv; Nefesh B’Nefesh announces that it is accepting nominations for the 2016 Bonei Zion Prize.

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London Mayor Boris Johnson speaks at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, central England September 30, 2014.
London Mayor Boris Johnson speaks at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, central England September 30, 2014.Credit: Reuters
Steve Klein

coping skills: The recent violence has been stressful for many in Israel, but there have been few if any options for English-speakers to process their fears. That is why Telfed, the support organization for immigrants from Southern Africa, is offering a seminar on coping with the stressful security situation in Ra’anana next Thursday. “It is an especially frightful situation for new immigrants,” Telfed social worker Louise Geva told Haaretz on Wednesday. Geva, who moved to Israel from Ottawa, Canada, 41 years ago, said Telfed brought in two recommended professionals to run the seminar: Batya Ludman, a clinical psychologist from the United States, and Diana Finzi, an educational psychologist and psychotherapist from South Africa. To register, call Louise (09) 790-7821 or Sharon Benstein (09) 790-7800.

Bojo in tel aviv: More than 300 members of the Israel, Britain and The Commonwealth Association will have the opportunity early next month to hear London’s colorful Mayor, Boris Johnson, when the politician cum journalist and historian speaks at the annual IBCA Balfour Day dinner. “He has created tremendous interest,” IBCA’s Renee Singer told Haaretz on Wednesday. She noted that the event has generated many new members and added that the organization’s new chairman, Alex Deutsch, “seems to have gone gung ho” in organizing the event, which will also be the first Balfour Dinner for the new British Ambassador to Israel, David Quarrey. The chairman of Yesh Atid, Knesset member Yair Lapid will also speak at the dinner, which will be held at Tel Aviv’s Hilton Hotel on November 9. To register, call Renee at (052) 545-5634.

just rewards: Nefesh B’Nefesh, the immigrant support organization, has announced that it is accepting nominations for the 2016 Bonei Zion Prize, recognizing outstanding immigrants from English-speaking countries “whose contributions have helped better Israel in a meaningful way, and ... who encapsulate the spirit of modern-day Zionism by contributing towards developing the State of Israel.” A prize of $10,000 is awarded in each of six categories, including education, entrepreneurship, technology, medicine & science and the arts. “Since the launch of the prize in 2013 we have been exposed to more and more impressive olim who are having significant influence on the successful development of the State of Israel,” said Nefesh B’Nefesh co-founder and Executive Director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass. Last year’s winners included Prof. Charles Sprung, Chana Reifman Zweiter, Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber, Tal Brody, Staff Sgt. Asaf Stein, Asher Weill and Jon Medved. Nomination forms and instructions are at nbn.org.il/boneizion/nominate/ and the deadline for submitting nomination packages (by mail) is December 31.

CORRECTION: The performance of ESRA’s “The Timekeepers” in Ra’anana will be on Sunday, November 1, and not as stated in last week’s Rank and File column.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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