Rank and File: Journey to Space With Barbara Moont

Plus, Israeli election and Purim party primers

Barbara Moont is delivering a three-part lecture series on the space missions to Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto, starting March 14 at Tel Aviv's Botanical Gardens.
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MOONT MISSION: In the summer of 1969, London-native Barbara Moont had the privilege to work for NASA when the first astronauts landed on the moon. That experience, when she was a master’s student at MIT, helped put her on a trajectory that eventually led to a PhD in astronomy. Starting this Sunday, ESRA (the English Speaking Residents Association) is holding a three-part lecture series by Moont on the space missions to Saturn, Jupiter and Pluto. Moont told Haaretz that the meetings, to be held at Tel Aviv University’s Botanical Gardens, will offer “lovely pictures and personal anecdotes about the people involved, as well as a pleasant morning out.” Sunday’s meeting on the Cassini mission will be followed by one on March 31 about the Juno mission. The final one, on April 14, is about the New Horizons mission. For more info, call ESRA at 09-748-2957.

VOTING RITES: Still undecided who to vote for? Both current and aspiring Knesset members will make their pitches to the English-speaking community through an election debate series cosponsored by AACI (the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel) and The Times of Israel. Netanya AACI hosted the first event on Wednesday to a packed hall of 170 attendees, Rachel Rubin Hirsch, AACI’s Netanya director, told Haaretz. “It gave a chance for Netanya English speakers to understand the issues of the day,” she said. “It brings the election to our doorsteps.” The Jerusalem debate next week is sold out, but there is still space in Be’er Sheva for April 1 (email mgreen@aaci.org.ilfor more info) and at Tel Aviv’s Beit Daniel on April 4 at 7 P.M. (just show up). Separately, Haaretz’s Omer Benjakob will deliver a “who’s who” pre-election special for Netanya AACI on April 1. For more info, call 09-833-0950.

PURIM PARTIES: Several groups oriented toward the international young professionals’ community are hosting Purim celebrations to mark the festive evening next Wednesday. Tel Aviv International Synagogue will host its 10th annual Most Rockin’ Purim and Massive Megillah Reading, which will feature Shmulik Yeshurun and his band. The Megillah reading at Inspired Tel Aviv’s Purim Party Warm Up will be preceded with a talk by Rabbi Avi Hill. YJP TLV’s Purim in Havana will be held at ZOA House. Information about all these readings and parties are available on the respective groups’ Facebook Event pages. Elsewhere in the city, White City Shabbat will hold its megillah reading, replete with Blue Moon beer on tap, at Tel Aviv’s Ichud Olam. RSVP at TelAvivPurimPreGame.eventbrite.com.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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