Rank and File: Comedy Tour Benefiting Bereaved Families and Victims of Terror Kicks Off

Bar-Ilan University’s creative writing conference marks 10th anniversary of founder's passing; Diplomatic Spouses of Israel raises more than $6,000 for school serving children of migrant workers, asylum seekers.

Julie Fisher, left, and Ofira Ben Shlomo, May 2016.
Cecile Mines

WRITERS’ CONFERENCE: Bar-Ilan University’s creative writing conference is marking the 10th anniversary of the passing of Shaindy Rudoff, founder of its creative writing program, by featuring David Grossman. “I think the topics of his latest novels are appropriate for a memorial,” program director and Texas native Marcela Sulak, who will converse with the Israeli author on Sunday, told Haaretz. The conference includes workshops in six different genres, giving a taste of the creative writing program. Monday features book launches for recent graduates Anthony Michael Morena and Joanna Chen. The conference closes with a video tribute to Rudoff on Tuesday, when Matti Friedman reads and converses with Ilana Blumberg. All events are free and open to the public. For more info, visit http://english.biu.ac.il/node/707.

KOBY’S COMEDY (CONT.): The latest Comedy for Koby tour, benefitting bereaved families and victims of terror, starts Sunday in Modi’in. This round’s trio features Ryan Hamilton, Ty Barnett and Sarge, all accomplished comedic actors with credentials covering late-night television, film and major comedy clubs and stages around the world. The tour, hosted by Nahariya-born, Los Angeles-based comedian Avi Liberman, will also visit Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Gush Etzion and Herzliya, where it closes on June 5. “All three of these guys are not only hilarious, but it’s interesting to see their impressions of the country as they visit for the first time,” said Liberman. All proceeds go to the Koby Mandell Foundation. For more info, visit www.comedyforkoby.com.

FIGHTING XENOPHOBIA: Diplomatic Spouses of Israel has raised NIS 24,000 for a Unitaf pre-school, which serves the children of migrant workers and asylum seekers, in the Hatikva neighborhood of south Tel Aviv, the organization announced. Julie Fisher, president of DSI and wife of U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro, said Wednesday at DSI’s year-end luncheon in Herzliya that the funds will go toward refurbishing the 11-year-old pre-school’s playground, which vandals had destroyed. Fisher and Unitaf representative Ofira Ben Shlomo addressed the necessity of creating safe environments for all children and protecting their play areas regardless of their nationality. DSI’s charity committee includes Seema Singh (India), Melissa Willis (Australia), Rocio Gonzalez (Peru), Ria van Dijk (Netherlands), Doaa Fahmy (Egypt), and American representatives Jennifer Bray, Sarah Genton, Mary Knight, Heidi Praff and Fisher.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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