Rank and File: Immigrants Recognized for Impact on Israeli Society

The Giro D'Italia's little known Jewish roots | Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel will be cleaning up Jerusalem and feeding the bookworms next week

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Jared Bernstein

Outstanding Olim: Nefesh B’Nefesh announced this week the winners of its annual Sylvan Adams Bonei Zion Prize “for the impact they have had on their fields within Israel.” Shlomo Riskin, the founder and co-chancellor of the Ohr Torah Stone educational network and the founding chief rabbi of Efrat, was honored in the field of education. Prof. Marcia Javitt, director of medical imaging at Haifa’s Rambam Health Care Campus was recognized in the field of science and medicine. Kalman Samuels, Shalva’s founder and president, received the award for community and nonprofit work. Linda Streit, founder of the Daniel Rowing Center, won the prize for culture, art and sports. The Israel Advocacy prize went to Arsen Ostrovsky, an international human rights lawyer and executive director of the Israeli-Jewish Congress. The immigrant support organization gave Morris Kahn the Bonei Zion Lifetime Achievement Award “in recognition of his exemplary entrepreneurial spirit and business acumen.”

Bartali’s List: The fact that this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race is starting in Jerusalem Friday may seem random. However, there is a deep reason it was brought here, according to Rebecca Shore, the Jerusalem U creative director and artist. It is connected to the story of Gino Bartali, the cyclist who daringly smuggled documents to help over 800 Jews escape Italy during the Holocaust. Shore, a native New Yorker, learned of the story through Bartali’s granddaughter Gioia Bartali, who spoke last year in Jerusalem. “He was like the Ronaldo of his time,” said Shore. While many athletes see fame as an end in itself, “here is a man who transcended that, who used what he had to do something much more noble,” Shore said. “I find that incredibly inspiring.” She made a 10-minute documentary on Bartali. Check it out at https://youtu.be/T8nPJRUt5_Q.

Trashy Reads: The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel will be cleaning up the capital and feeding the bookworms next week. On Sunday morning, the immigrant support organization partners with the Jerusalem Green Fund for a community cleanup day. “It’s our fourth cleanup with Jerusalem Green Fund,” AACI Program Director Miriam Barth told Haaretz. “Every few months our members meet at the AACI, get gloves and trash bags, go out on the streets of Talpiot and gather at the end to hear about different green initiatives and ways to get involved,” explained Barth, who hails from Detroit. And on Monday and Tuesday, the AACI’s Giant Book Sale returns. The selection of discounted books includes best-selling fiction and nonfiction — novels, children’s books and books of historical and Jewish interest, among others. For info, call (02) 566-1181.

Rank and File was compiledby Steven Klein. Have an idea about an item for Rank and File? E-mail us at:column@haaretz.co.il