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Nefesh B’Nefesh Celebrates Its 60th Chartered El Al Flight Bringing New Immigrants to Israel

Plus, a book and ice cream party in Jerusalem and Encore! Educational Theater Company is holding auditions for the musical 'Rothschild and Sons'

Nefesh B’Nefesh co-founders Rabbi Yehoshua Fass and Tony Gelbart, and Immigrant Absorption Minister Yoav Gallant, with 41 future lone soldiers at Ben-Gurion International Airport, August 14, 2019.
Shahar Azran

BABY ON BOARD: A group of 242 new immigrants from North America landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport Wednesday, on Nefesh B’Nefesh’s 60th specially chartered El Al flight. Hailing from 22 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces, the group included 103 minors — among them a 28-day-old baby who officially became the youngest immigrant to make aliyah with Nefesh B’Nefesh this summer. In addition, the flight also carried 41 future lone soldiers (those volunteering to serve in the Israel Defense Forces without immediate family living in Israel). The group also included the 60,000th immigrant who has received some form of assistance from the organization since its founding in 2002. A host of dignitaries, among them NbN co-founders Rabbi Yehoshua Fass and Tony Gelbart, met the group. “Each and every oleh brings a world of their own to Israel — culturally, ideologically and professionally — as they strengthen the Jewish nation,” said Fass, Nefesh B’Nefesh’s executive director.

ROTHSCHILD — THE MUSICAL: While the Tony-winning team of Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock used “Fiddler on the Roof” to tell the tale of a Jew who wished he were a rich man, they later collaborated on a real-life story about a banker who actually did become rich. On August 26-27, as well as September 4, Encore! Educational Theater Company will hold auditions for that musical, “Rothschild and Sons.” The historical drama recounts how the Rothschilds used their “growing wealth and influence to tear down ghetto walls and obtain rights for Jews in Europe,” Encore stage director and producer Robert Binder told Haaretz. “The main thing that comes across is the fight against prejudice and anti-Semitism, which is even more relevant today,” said Binder, who saw the original production as a student in New York. Auditioners should come prepared with a song from a musical show. The play is slated to open next January in Jerusalem. For more info, email binder@actcom.co.il

JELLY AND ICE CREAM PARTY: JELLY, the English-language reading program hosted by AACI, will hold its traditional end of summer ice cream party, featuring games, stories and a live performance, in Jerusalem on August 26. Children should prepare a list of 10 books they have read or had read to them over the summer, said JELLY coordinator Deborah Lionarons. “We’ve been looking forward to the ice cream party all summer,” a JELLY volunteer overheard a mother of three children saying, according to AACI’s Debra Slonim. “Without JELLY, many children would not have access to wonderful English-language books/plays in their schools or libraries,” said Slonim. She noted that even short books like “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” count. “I love the last line … since I come from Australia,” she added. If interested, please register by Sunday by calling 02-566-1181.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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