Rank and File: Immigration Stories Under the Spotlight in Jerusalem

Plus, London’s Shabbaton Choir performing benefit concert for the Koby Mandell Foundation and AACI accepting submissions from young artists for 'With Brush and Pen' exhibition

Evan Kent will be performing “Shards: Putting the Pieces Together” in Jerusalem, Monday February 11, 2019.
Courtesy of Evan Kent

LEARNING THE ‘SHARD’ WAY: J-Town Playhouse is taking a different tack with its upcoming production, presenting a one-man show at the AACI – Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center in Jerusalem on Monday February 11. Written and performed by Evan Kent, “Shards: Putting the Pieces Together” interweaves immigration stories that cross generations, continents and oceans.

“My first year in Israel was a rather difficult one, so I had to examine why I was here,” said Kent, who was a cantor in Los Angeles for 25 years before making aliyah in 2013. “By going back in time and revisiting and examining my grandparents’ immigration story, I began to better understand my own personal journey.” He added that the show includes 10 stories and eight songs, some of them written by him. He uses story, song and even a few puppets to tell these stories. Kent has been a featured performer in many Jerusalem musical theater productions since moving to the capital five years ago. For tickets, call 02-566-1181.

TRANSFORMING SORROW TO SONG: On Saturday February 16, London’s Shabbaton Choir will be performing a benefit concert for the Koby Mandell Foundation, marking 18 years since the murders of teenagers Koby Mandell and Yosef Ishran. The concert in the settlement of Efrat will feature solo performances by cantors Shimon Craimer, Rabbi Lionel Rosenfeld and soloist Rafi Posner. All proceeds go to support the foundation’s work with bereaved families.

“Appearing before audiences across Britain and around the world for over 30 years, the Shabbaton Choir performs original compositions as well as traditional favorites, combining cantorial and modern Jewish music to entertain and inspire,” the foundation announced. “It’s part of our mission of transforming sorrow to song,” Sherri Mandell, Koby’s mother, told Haaretz. For information and tickets, call 054-659-7796 or visit www.eventbuzz.co.il/kmf18

YOUNG ARTISTS WANTED: The AACI – the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel – is now accepting submissions from young artists and writers for its ninth annual “With Brush and Pen” exhibition. “Art means painting, drawing, sculpture, mosaics, ceramics, needlecrafts,” the AACI’s Donna Grushka told Haaretz. She added that young artists are also encouraged to present recycled art, “using discarded items to create a beautiful object.” She noted that all artwork will be exhibited at AACI from late March through mid-April. “Creative writing in English means fiction/nonfiction, poetry, prose,” said Grushka. “All written work will be printed in an impressive booklet.” The age range is 7-18 for artists and 10-18 for writers. The submission deadline is February 7, with a maximum of two entries per participant. Prizes will be awarded, and each entrant will receive a certificate and small gift from AACI. For more info, visit www.aaci.org.il or email aacikidsart@aaci.org.il

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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