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Rank and File: Rami Kleinstein to Perform in Herzliya for ESRA Fundraiser

Plus, Comedy for Koby starts winter tour and Nefesh B'Nefesh announces inaugural entrepreneur boot camp in southern Israel

Rami Kleinstein in concert, May 2017.
Mendy Hechtman

WINTER LAUGHTER IS COMING: Comedy for Koby’s winter tour is bringing a new batch of popular entertainers over from the United States. Comedian Avi Liberman will be performing alongside Tom Rhodes, Kira Soltanovich and Alex Thomas, with the tour opening in Ra’anana this Tuesday. The tour will also visit Modi’in, Beit Shemesh, Gush Etzion, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv through December 17. The New York Times described Rhodes as a “mostly natural intellect with a knack for reporting the harsh realities of life with a dark and absurdly optimistic cynicism.” Soltanovich was a correspondent on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” for over eight years. Thomas says he was talked into doing stand-up while working on the hit show “In Living Color,” by its producer brothers Keenen Ivory Wayans and Damon Wayans. For more info and tickets, visit https://www.comedyforkoby.com/

SOUTHERN BOOT CAMP: As part of its efforts to promote growth in Israel’s south, Nefesh B’Nefesh announced Tuesday the launch of its inaugural “entrepreneur boot camp.” The immigrant support organization said the six-week program will include weekly sessions “dedicated to topics such as building a business plan, marketing and sales consultation, the art of networking, bookkeeping and tax practices, and how to successfully pitch your company to potential investors.” Participants will vie for a 25,000 shekel ($6,700) prize in seed money. The registration deadline is December 16. Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, the Jewish National Fund – USA, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Immigrant Absorption Ministry are also partners in the project. Yehoshua Fass, NbN’s co-founder and executive director, noted that among the growing number of new immigrants in the south, “There is a particular emphasis on high-tech and innovation.” For more info, visit https://www.nbn.org.il/bootcamp/

ISRAELI STAR-GAZING: ESRA, the English Speaking Residents Association, is literally shooting for the stars with its 40th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser. The immigrant support organization has landed Israeli pop star Rami Kleinstein, who will perform at the Herzliya Performing Arts Center on December 23. Kleinstein, arguably one of Israel’s most successful native English-speaking artists, was born in New York City and moved to Israel with his family at age 8. He had his first hit album in 1986 and was voted Israel’s singer of the year in 1995. The fundraiser – the group’s largest of the year – “goes to all our special projects,” said Lawrence Bertfield, who serves on ESRA’s fundraising committee. Bertfield, who hails from Manchester, England, added that the annual gala is a chance for immigrants to get better acquainted with leading Israeli artists. For tickets, call 09-950-8371.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein. 

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