Rank and File: 'Steel Magnolias' Opens in Jerusalem

Shloshim held for Netanya community leader and rabbinic scion Ivan Heimann, and participants in next Friday’s Jerusalem Marathon running to support Israeli charities

The cast of "Steel Magnolias," playing at the AACI from March 14 to 28.
\ Talia Howard

TEARS AND LAUGHTER: J-Town Playhouse is bringing “Steel Magnolias,” the 1987 play by Robert Harling which was turned into a blockbuster film, to the Jerusalem stage, starting next Thursday. The show tells the story of six women, spanning several generations, who get together every Saturday at the beauty parlor in a small Louisiana town. “It’s hysterically funny while still having a more serious aspect to it,” J-Town producer Jenn Fleischer, a Connecticut native, told Haaretz. “Their timing is amazing. You really get something out of it, that’s what’s really special about it.” The cast includes North American-Israelis Talya Bem, Abigail Ellis, Sorah Grotsky, Andrea Katz and Miriam Metzinger, as well as Tova Rubenstein, who recently immigrated from South Africa. Director Shiri Berzack and her assistant Jessica Musnitzky also hail from South Africa. The show runs through March 28, with a “Ladies Only” performance March 19. For tickets, call (02) 566-1181.

IN MEMORIAM: The shloshim for Ivan Heimann, a Netanya community leader and rabbinic scion, was held Thursday at Netanya’s Vatikim cemetery. Heimann died in his sleep on February 5, at the age of 91. A native of Wellington, New Zealand who immigrated to Israel in 1951, Heimann was raised in the Habonim Zionist movement, Mordechai Twersky, a family friend, told Haaretz. “Ivan was a kind, gentle, honest and reliable man,” said Bernard Weinstein, a childhood friend and Habonim camp-mate. An accountant by profession, Heimann directed several charitable funds and was an auditor for several nonprofit groups, according to Twersky. He was a past president of the Netanya Rotary Club. Heimann was a direct descendent of Rabbi Elimelech Weisblum, one of the founding masters of the Hasidic movement and best known as Reb Elimelech of Lizhensk. Heimann’s wife, the former Vera Cainer, died in 2012. Their son, Eli, died in 1985. Heimann is survived by daughter Dina, son Mickey, brother Wilfred and four grandchildren.

SWEAT EQUITY: Numerous participants in next Friday’s Jerusalem Marathon will be running to support Israeli charities, such as the Lone Soldier Center in Memory of Michael Levin; Beit Daniella, the rehabilitative day center for youth in memory of Daniella Pardes; the Koby Mandell Foundation, which helps people who have lost immediate family members to terror attacks or tragedy; the Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center in Memory of Linda Feldman; Crossroads, a center for teens at risk founded by Texas native Caryn Green; and the Donald Berman Sulam Special Education Centers. A website has been created to allow people to support teams running for these and other charities here. Kitra Altschuler, who is running for Beit Daniella, has her own page. Others running for causes with donation pages include Hindy Cooper Ginsberg (Shirat Devorah ALS Foundation), Josh Kulp (Michael Levin center), Moshe Schwartzberg (Chaiyanu/Chai Lifeline Israel) and Dan Sherman (Camp Koby Summer in Israel Experience).

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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