Rank and File: J'lem Mayor Honors Telfed Bursary Recipients

Study evening in father's memory | WIZO recognizes commitment

Four of the Telfed bursary recipients at the ceremony in their honor in Jerusalem City Hall in February 2016.
Gadi Fiszerman

CELEBRATING SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOLARSHIPS: Telfed, the South African Zionist Federation in Israel, held its annual Telfed Bursary Ceremony in the Jerusalem City Hall in honor of the 400 student recipients of the bursaries and scholarships. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, the keynote speaker, praised Telfed for its absorption work and expressed his amazement at the impact that 400 annual university scholarships have on Israeli society. The mayor has a personal interest in immigrants from Southern Africa, as his wife, Beverley, is South African, Telfed’s Dorron Kline told Haaretz. Rafi Nathan opened the evening with an upbeat Beatbox performance, while Telfed bursary graduate and singer Aviella Trapido, with Daphne Coleman on the electric piano, provided the musical entertainment for the evening.

STUDY EVENING IN FATHER’S MEMORY: The ninth day of the Hebrew month Adar has two historic connections to conflict resolution, notes Syracuse native Rabbi Daniel Roth, the director of the Pardes Center for Judaism and Conflict Resolution. “It is the day within Jewish sources that Hillel and Shammai’s students went to war with each other, and in 1992 laws of mediation were brought into Israel law.” For him personally, it was also the day five years ago his father Larry Roth, a co-chairman of World Bnei Akiva, was fatally injured by a bus while crossing a Jerusalem street. Thus was born the idea to hold an evening of text study and practical conflict resolution in his father’s memory, Roth told Haaretz. The second annual event, which will also feature Donny Ebenstein, will be at Jerusalem’s Pardes Institute on Wednesday. RSVP to jackief@pardes.org.il.

WIZO HONORS COMMITMENT: Five British social activists received a behind-the-scenes look at Israel this week as honorees of the second annual WIZOuk Commitment Awards, including sites and projects operated by WIZO. The group includes John Ware, an investigative journalist and former BBC Radio news producer; Deborah Gundle, who established an online childcare resource for families and professionals; Martin Vegoda, who promotes Muslim-Jewish dialogue; Orli Shoshana West, an active volunteer; and Avi Djanogly, founder of GabiH20, which promotes water efficiency to children across the U.K. Djanogly moved to Israel with his family in 2007 from London. Partnering with Nickelodian, Djanogly has been able to promote water conservation in British homes by educating the children who live in them. Laurence Field, who runs a vocational development program for young people from difficult backgrounds, was also an honoree but could not make the trip. “They’ve done so much,” Esther Mor, World WIZO president, said of the group in admiration.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.
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