Rank and File: Special-needs Fundraising Concert in Ra'anana

Plus, Irish Film Festival runs from November 11-28 and 'Hidden: The Secret Jews of Spain' opens in Jerusalem

Shlomo Gronich in concert.
\ Moti Milrod

FUNDRAISING CONCERT IN RA’ANANA: Since 2001, the Malki Foundation has helped subsidize the expense of paramedical therapeutic care for families choosing homecare for their special needs child. “Our 1.5-year-old, Aaron, is crawling and can even take a few aided steps thanks to the therapy you’ve provided,” one father, Joseph, wrote the foundation. “We had been told that those with his syndrome never crawl and may start walking at 2.5.” On November 21, the foundation will host a fundraising concert in Ra’anana for these families, featuring performances by Shlomo Gronich, The Ramatayim Men’s Choir, Colin Schachat and Avremi Roth. The foundation is named for Malki Roth, whose experiences with her severely disabled sister had made her passionate about supporting children facing similar challenges. A frequent volunteer with special needs children who inspired others to do so, Malki, 15, was murdered in a terror attack in Jerusalem in 2001. For tickets, call 02-567-0602.

EXPLORE IRELAND ON FILM: The Embassy of Ireland has announced the lineup for its annual Irish Film Festival at the cinematheques in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem, from November 11-28. “The five films featured this year explore universal themes of mental and physical disability, community and isolation, religious faith, insecurity, growing up, music, sport and, of course, love – not forgetting some comedy,” the embassy’s James O’Shea told Haaretz. “I am delighted that this year we have an excellent lineup of films. We Irish are known for our sense of fun,” said Ambassador Alison Kelly. “At the same time, Irish filmmakers do not shy away from tackling difficult themes, and several of this year’s films do so in quite a thought-provoking way. I am especially looking forward to the multiple-award-winning “The Drummer and the Keeper”, a sensitive and endearing treatment of the topic of mental illness against the background of music and sport, two subjects close to the hearts of Irish people. I hope that as many viewers as possible, in Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem, will come and see for themselves.” For info, visit the News and Events section on the embassy’s website.

From "The Drummer and the Keeper," one of the films screening at the Irish Film Festival from November 11-28.
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EXPOSING A HIDDEN JEWISH HISTORY: Over 200 years after the Spanish Inquisition of 1492, countless Jews were still living outwardly as Christians while practicing their true faith in secret. “Hidden: The Secret Jews of Spain,” a musical by the Women’s Performance Community of Jerusalem for an all-female audience, recounts the tale of one such family – the Aguilars – living in Spain in 1715. “The story of this family is so representative of every family,” Sharon Katz, who produced and co-wrote the music and lyrics with Avital Macales, told Haaretz. “It’s an exciting, spine-tingling adventure,” added Katz, who hails from Long Island, about the performance by 65 women and girls. The first show is sold out, but there will be further performances at Jerusalem’s Israel Arts and Science Academy from next Thursday through November 29. Proceeds go to OU Israel’s shidduch project. For info, call 052-421-3600.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein. 

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