Rank and File: Shakespeare in the Park – in Jerusalem

Elsewhere, the PzazzBand puts on a show in aid of ESRA in Herzliya and Jason Pearlman on returning to Israel to work for the education minister

Annabelle Landgarten as Gertrude, Natan Skop as Hamlet and Simon Montagu as Claudius in "Hamlet: in motion."
Yitz Woolf

SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: If it’s August, it’s time for Shakespeare in Jerusalem. This time around, Theater in the Rough – which is in its eighth season of providing free Shakespeare productions – is presenting “Hamlet: in motion.” Spectators are invited to follow an action-packed story of family matters, love and thoughts-of-revenge. The nine performances at the Bloomfield Gardens will run from Wednesday through August 28. “Our shows are seen each year by more than 2,200 audience members and have become a highlight of the summer, enjoyed and sought after by local, longtime fans and new enthusiasts alike,” said Natan Skop, the producer of Theater in the Rough and who portrays Hamlet. “Staged outside, on the grass, in the park, the audience and actors move between locations every few scenes. It’s an engaging and fun experience.” The play includes a cast of 10 local Anglos, featuring Talya Bem, Abigail Ellis, Annabelle Landgarten, Simon Montagu and Ira Skop. For more info, call 052-559-4257.

WITH A LITTLE PZAZZ: The Herzliya branch of ESRA, the English Speaking Residents Association, is holding a musical evening featuring PzazzBand with Gilda Hami next Monday to benefit its projects. This concert is the last in a series PzazzBand has been performing for the immigrant support association. “After we changed our singer, who got sick, we decided 2018 would be a year of giving back to ESRA,” the jazz band’s leader, Harvey Benson, told Haaretz. The Glasgow native noted that ESRA has provided entertainment for the English-speaking community for years. The charity concerts took them through Carmiel, Netanya, Ra’anana, Rehovot and Modi’in. The band also includes guitarist Roy Rich, from Manchester, England. The keyboardist is Evelyn Tamary, who’s originally from Detroit. Benson stressed that Hami is “quite a singer,” referring to her as “the Billie Holiday of Israel.” “She’s the magnet and we’re the workaday musicians,” he added. For more info, call (09) 748-2957.

YES, MINISTER: When Modi’in resident Jason Pearlman accepted the position of director at the Henry Jackson Society think tank in London this spring, he didn’t relocate his family, but instead made the very-long-distance commute. Good thing, too, as he returned to Israel professionally in July as adviser on foreign affairs for Education Minister Naftali Bennett. “Minister Bennett is a native English speaker, and a strong defender of Israel in the press, so when the opportunity arose to work with him I took it happily,” said Pearlman, who hails from Sunderland, northern England. He said besides assisting with the foreign-based media in Israel and abroad, he also keeps a pulse on Diaspora Jewry, noting Bennett reached out to the Jewish community in Indiana after graffiti was sprayed on a local synagogue. Activism apparently runs in his blood: his great grandmother, Rose Friedman, was a delegate at the Sixth Zionist Congress in 1903.

Rank and File was compiledby Steven Klein.

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