Rank and File: ESRA Announces Short Story Contest Winners

Plus, find a seder for Passover next week and then plan a post-Pesach walk

Merle Guttman, ESRA's founder, at the Short Story Award event, April 2019.
Ilan Hirschowitz

TALENT, NOT SERENDIPITY: Gaby Fulda is the winner of ESRA’s Short Story Contest for her story “Paris 1955,” the immigrant organization announced. Born in Vienna, Fulda moved in 1968 to Manchester, England, where she married and still lives. Besides writing short stories, she is a published poet. Merle Guttmann, who was born in Zimbabwe when it was known as Rhodesia and founded ESRA, told Haaretz that the contest attracted 78 entries of “such a high standard” that 12 stories were selected for publication in ESRA’s magazine. The second through 12th choices, respectively, were Richelle Shem Tov, Racheli Fuld, Marion Lupu, Sue Krisman, Dov Silverman, Jessica Strauss, Yonatan Sredni, Ilan Hirschowitz, Patricia Carmel, Jacky Shulman and Susan Lowinger. The award ceremony for the competition, whose subject this year was serendipity, was held last week.

FIND A SEDER: Next Friday night, several organizations around the country are hosting communal seders for the English-speaking community. Some of them offer a free meal for lone soldiers, but all require pre-registration. In Tel Aviv, options include the Tel Aviv International Synagogue (led by Rabbi Ariel Konstantyn) and Chabad on the Coast (run by Rabbi Eli Naiditch and his wife Sara Naiditch), as well as White City Shabbat and ITV, which both cater to Tel Aviv’s young professionals. Also, Pele, a nonprofit organization, will host an alternative vegan seder. All groups have Facebook event pages. In Jerusalem, Chabad of Baka, directed by Rabbi Avraham Hendel and his wife Dina Hendel, is holding a community seder. For more info, visit www.chabadofbaka.com. If you are an immigrant looking for a seder, Keep Olim offers a service to personally match you with a host family. For more info, www.visit keepolim.org.

WALKING TOURS FOR PASSOVER: As Passover approaches, so do the AACI Pesach Walking Tours offered through the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel. This year’s offerings begin April 22 with Moshe Kahan’s “Jerusalem through the Lens” tour, starting at Jerusalem’s David’s Citadel. “Using vintage photographs as our guide, we’ll encounter the new Jerusalem via its recorded past and discover a new way to look at the present,” said Kahan. On April 23, Arie Salomon will guide his group through the springs of Judea. Starting at the Kibbutz Kfar Etzion gate, the tour will include the Ein Seg’ma spring, old Masuot Yitzchak, Ein Chubela spring and an ancient wine press. For Moshe’s tour, call 050-565-6613; for Arie’s hike, WhatsApp 050-562-4856 with your name and phone number.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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