Rank and File: Reflections and Recipes of an Alzheimer's Caregiver

Plus, Moishe House receives the Jerusalem Unity Prize and Rabbi David Kilimnick presents 'Jews in Israel: The Raw Israel Comedy Experience' in Jerusalem

Miriam Green, left, with her mother Naomi Cohen. Green's book, "The Lost Cookbook," is about her mom's Alzheimer's.
Courtesy of the Green family

PROSE, POETRY AND RECIPES: Author Miriam Green will be reading from her new book “The Lost Kitchen” — which she describes as “an honest and heartfelt look at the hidden gifts of living with a parent with Alzheimer’s” — at the Jerusalem AACI on Tuesday. “I still remember the first time my mom, Naomi Cohen, came into my arms crying that there was something wrong with her,” the counselor for Be’er Sheva AACI (the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel) told Haaretz. “She never acknowledged that she had Alzheimer’s, but she was painfully aware that she was losing her memory. That was more than eight years ago, and that feeling of having to step up and care for my mom pushed me to start writing about our journey together.” Green, who grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, added that her book is a “compilation of prose, poetry and recipes.” For more info, call 02-566-1181.

EMPOWERING JEWISH YOUTH: Moishe House received the Jerusalem Unity Prize in the international category from President Reuven Rivlin at his official residence last Monday. The global network of centers engages over 65,000 Jewish young adults in more than two dozen countries. “We are deeply honored to be recognized alongside leading Israeli and global Jewish initiatives,” said Moishe House founder and CEO David Cygielman, who lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. “This award will serve to inspire us to continue to expand the opportunities to empower even more Jewish young adults to build meaningful communities around the world,” he added. The unity prize is a joint initiative between former Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Gesher — which promotes tolerance and shared identity in Israeli society — and the families of terror victims Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel to honor individuals and organizations promoting Jewish unity.

THE LAUGHING RABBI: Rabbi cum stand-up comedian David Kilimnick will be sharing the stage at Jerusalem’s Off the Wall Comedy Theater on Sunday with Gil Rosenberg and Ofir Kariyo to present “Jews in Israel: The Raw Israel Comedy Experience.” The show offers “perspectives and funny parts of life in the Holy Land in the stand-up special of redemption,” according to Kilimnick, a graduate of Yeshiva University’s social work school. Kilimnick will take his show on the road next month, performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from August 2-26. “I am working my act as the rabbi for all people, educating them all,” he told Haaretz. “Edinburgh is a great festival to connect with many kinds of people.” For more info on his performances both in Israel and Scotland, visit www.israelcomedy.com

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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