Rank and File: Concert for a Cause

1948 volunteers; Attention aspiring young artists and their doting parents or grandparents

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin greeting a constituent
Mark Neiman

Concert for a cause: For six years, the Ramatayim Men’s Choir has performed benefit concerts for the Malki Foundation, which provides treatment and equipment to parents raising children with severe disabilities at home. On Wednesday the choir will give its Second Annual Rainbow of Music Concert in Ra’anana, featuring saxophonist Shlomo Katz and guitarist Daniel Zamir. The foundation was established by the parents of Malki Roth, who was not only very close to a younger sister with severe disabilities, but also got her friends involved in the cause, according to the foundation’s Jennifer Racz. “They decided to found an organization to help parents help their children stay at home because research shows their outcome is better at home,” added Racz, who hails from California.“Malki Foundation is close to our hearts for a number of reasons,” Cape Town native Richard Shavei-Tzion, the choir’s director, told Haaretz. “We strongly believe in the work it is doing,” For more info, call 020-567-0602.

1948 volunteers: Last Thursday, President Reuven Rivlin paid honor to Harold “Smoky” Simon, a former head of World Machal who also served for 24 years as honorary treasurer of the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. “It really was a great honor I must say,” Simon, who grew up in Windberg, a small town in South Africa’s Orange Free State, told Haaretz. “I appreciated it so much because I do admire him as really one of our prominent national leaders.” Simon noted that Rivlin invited his entire family, including his wife, Myra Simon, and their children and grandchildren. “He’s an admirer of the Machalniks, about 4,800 who came from 59 countries,” said Simon, who served five years in the South African Air Force and then in the nascent Israel Air Force during the War of Independence. “These guys really risked their lives and their citizenship. They played a pivotal role in the war.”

Attention aspiring young artists and their doting parents or grandparents: The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel, will be accepting submissions for its eighth annual Children and Teen Creative Arts Exhibit from January 14-28. Prizes will be awarded by age group (7-9, 10-13 and 14-18). Media categories include paintings, drawings, collage and fabric as well as  sculpture, ceramics, papier mache, wood, metal and glass. Additionally, there is a creative writing competition, for ages 10-18, in the categories of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and short plays. Winning works will be exhibited at Jerusalem’s Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center in March. The exhibition is supported by the Betsy Sugarman Memorial Fund. For guidelines and submission, click on the AACI Kids & Teens Exhibit link at www.aaci.org.il

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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