Rank and File: Seven Exceptional Immigrants Honored With Bonei Zion Prize

Plus, Benjamin Balint discusses Kafka's last trial in Jerusalem, and Australian and New Zealand dignitaries mark 101st anniversary of the Battle of Be’er Sheva

From left to right: Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh , Rabbi Yehoshua Fass ; Arsen Ostrovsky ; Dr. Marcia Javitt ;  Linda Streit ; Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin ; Morris Kahn ; Sylvan Adams ; Kalman Samuels ; Major Keren Hajioff ; Co-Founder of Nefesh B'Nefesh , Tony Gelbart .
Shahar Azran

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN: A pioneer of Israel’s Startup Nation culture, one of the Jewish world’s top educators and a founder of the medical field of women’s imaging were among the seven recipients of the 2018 Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize at the Knesset last Sunday. The prize recognizes immigrants from English-speaking countries who have made a major impact on the Jewish state. The recipients were Dr. Marcia Javitt, director of radiology at Rambam Hospital; Rabbi Dr. Shlomo Riskin, founding rabbi of Efrat; Linda Streit, founder of the Daniel Amichai Centre for Rowing and Nautical Studies; Kalman Samuels, founder and chairman of Shalva, the Israel Association for the Care and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities; Arsen Ostrovsky, executive director of The Israeli-Jewish Congress; Morris Kahn, co-founder of Amdocs; and Maj. Keren Hajioff, head of social media in the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. Regional Cooperation Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, Sylvan Adams and Nefesh B’Nefesh co-founders Tony Gelbart and Rabbi Yehoshua Fass presented the honorees with their awards.

KAFKA IN JERUSALEM: While working at Hamburg’s Die Zeit in 2010, Benjamin Balint learned of the legal battle between Israel and Germany over rights to priceless papers belonging to Franz Kafka, which had been spirited away to Tel Aviv in 1939. Balint will discuss the case – based on the insider’s perspective he gained following it, and as recounted in his new book “Kafka’s Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy” – in conversation with Haaretz’s David B. Green in Jerusalem's Jerusalem’s Gilbert de Botton Auditorium, Mishkenot Sha’ananim, on Tuesday. Balint, who grew up in Seattle, told Haaretz it was important for him to include “the voice of Eva Hoffe,” the daughter of Esther Hoffe, who received the papers from Kafka’s close friend Max Brod. He noted that the Supreme Court trial entailed “two layers of the conversation: The legalistic and then ideological and nationalist rhetoric between Israel and Germany about who owns Kafka.” For tickets, call 054-659-7796.

"Kafka's Last Trial: The Case of a Literary Legacy" writer Benjamin Balint.
Emil Salman

REMEMBERING THE ANZACS: Dignitaries from Australia, New Zealand and Israel met at the Be’er Sheva War Cemetery on Wednesday to mark the 101st anniversary of the Battle of Be’er Sheva. Attendees included Australian Ambassador Chris Cannan and New Zealand Ambassador Wendy Hinton. “This park pays homage to memories of the past, but it is also a symbol of a shared commitment to building a better future for generations to come,” said Cannan, highlighting the life-size bronze monument and children’s playground located at the site. “Horse and rider point to the Light Horsemen and the ANZACs’ lasting contributions in the Battle of Be’er Sheva and the Sinai-Palestine Campaign. They are a part of this region’s history,” he said. “The playground and the amphitheater is an investment in the future, and in the education of our children who grow up learning the lessons of the ANZACs.”

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein. 

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