Rank and File: Nordic Pole Walking Reaches Ra'anana

Every dog has its day as Gush Etzion launches its first dog show; a chance to pick up a new book, donate blood and register to vote in U.S. elections,

Participants in ESRA's nordic pole walking group in Ra'anana on August 22, 2016.
Glenis Bertfield

WALKING BACK TO HAPPINESS Ra’anana residents are enjoying the benefits of Nordic pole walking through the auspices of ESRA — the English Speaking Residents Association — following an inspirational talk by one of its proponents. “As someone who has had back pain and stiffness on walking even 50 meters, due to disc degeneration since my teens, it is wonderful to be able to walk in nature without pain,” said Donald Silverberg, a Canadian-Israeli doctor. Glenis Bertfield, who leads the new group with her husband, Lawrence Bertfield, and organizes local ESRA events, told Haaretz that Silverberg’s lecture had received a “fabulous” response. “More or less on impulse I asked people, ‘Do you want to start a group?’ And they were all very enthusiastic,” she added. For more info on the group, which meets every Monday evening, contact Glenis on (054) 773 4392.

EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY When former New Yorker Micha Katz launches Gush Etzion’s first dog show on Tuesday, few present will know that his path to dog training started with a reserve-duty injury he suffered in 2010. Katz told Haaretz the injury led to back problems and physical rehab, which forced him to stop commuting to the United States for his diamond-business work. He said he had a poodle who had been really therapeutic for him, so he decided to learn dog grooming. When he failed to convince local kennel clubs not to hold shows on Shabbat, he organized this one, which is more inclusive. “We are letting in even the biggest mutts in the world,” he said. “Let them be proud of how they raised them — it’s not just for the best pedigreed poodle, but the cuddliest and friendliest mixed dog.” For more info, call (02) 502 3731.

THREE FOR ALL If you didn’t get the chance to pick up a new book, donate blood or register to vote in the U.S. elections this summer, you can do all three at the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel complex in Jerusalem on September 5. Miriam Barth, AACI’s program director, told Haaretz that its all-day “Giant Book Sale” and afternoon “Pint for a Pint” blood drive, during which donors get a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream in exchange for their pint of blood, are fixtures of the immigrant support organization. “Since we usually have good attendance — a few hundred — we will also have iVote Israel here to register people to vote,” said Barth, who hails from Detroit. Most of the books go for 5 shekels (about $1.30), she added. For more info, call (02) 566 1181.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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