Rank and File: Second Annual Poetry and Storytelling Grand Slam at Tel Aviv's Abraham Hostel

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Lucy Ayoub in Poetry Slam evening.
Lucy Ayoub in Poetry Slam evening.Credit: Ziv Amar

GRAND SLAM: The Poetry and Storytelling Slam Series is holding its second annual Grand Slam on Tuesday at the Abraham Hostel in Tel Aviv. The Slam Series is the first English-language monthly storytelling and poetry slam series in the city. Originally an idea stemming from The Stage’s community monthly events, the series has since become a platform for poets and storytellers alike to perform original material in front of an ever-growing live audience. The theme for this year’s Grand Slam will be “Wishful Thinking.” The Poetry and Storytelling Slam Series is led by Karen Lerman and a team of dedicated volunteers from The Stage. This year’s finalists are Danielle Britt, Annie Davis, Yoni Fleischmann, Lior Hamovitz, Amanda Hohenberg, Malynnda Littky, Shachar May, Hava Mendelle, Emily Podhorcer, Margot Saffer, Hannah Wenger, Idan Yechieli and Shy Zvouloun. For tickets, visit thestagetlv.com.

BUILDING ZION: Nefesh B’Nefesh has announced the seven immigrants to Israel from English-speaking countries who have been awarded the 2017 Sylvan Adams Bonei Zion Prize, recognizing them for their contributions to the State of Israel. The honorees include Professor Benjamin W. Corn, head of the Institute of Radiotherapy at Ichilov Hospital; Beth Steinberg, co-founder of both Shutaf Inclusion Programs and Theater in the Rough; Rabbi Chaim Brovender, founder and rosh yeshiva of WebYeshiva.org; Gerald Steinberg, president of NGO Monitor and a professor at Bar-Ilan University; and Yoram Raanan, a contemporary Jewish artist. “The Lifetime Achievement Awards were bestowed upon Professor Alice Shalvi for decades of inspiring contributions in shaping the status of women in Israel and Professor Eliezer Jaffe for his accomplishments in nonprofit and philanthropic giving,” NBN added. Finally, Capt. Libby Weiss of the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit and Scott Neiss, founder of the Israel Lacrosse Association, were awarded the Young Leadership Prize.

COMEDY FOR KOBY: Renowned comic Brian Regan will be the headline act at this month’s Comedy for Koby tour, which launches next Thursday at the Herzliya Performing Arts center. He will be joined by Joe Bolster and Comedy for Koby founder Avi Liberman. Regan has worked alongside Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Jimmy Fallon and many others, making regular appearances before crowds of thousands. He is the only comedian ever to have been chosen to perform a live broadcast stand-up performance from Radio City Music Hall, according to organizers. The tour will also take the trio to Modi’in and Tel Aviv before closing with two shows in Jerusalem on May 29. For more information and tickets: www.comedyforkoby.com.

Rank and File was compiledby Steven Klein.

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