Rank and File: 'Summer Series' Concerts Start in Jerusalem

Plus, Karen Treiger talks about her Holocaust-surviving in-laws. and three talented English-language authors are in conversation with Ilana Kurshan

Stephen Horenstein, artistic director of Jerusalem Institute of Contemporary Music’s “Summer Series.”
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LIVE SAX SHOW: A bar mitzvah wish lies behind the Jerusalem Institute of Contemporary Music’s “Summer Series” concerts next week. Artistic director Stephen Horenstein put together the series after American saxophonist Bobby Zankel — whom he met in 1971 while working with musicians Cecil Taylor and Bill Dixon, but had not seen since — called him to ask the favor of planning a concert for him in Israel. “Zankel’s grandson in Beit Shemesh asked for only one bar mitzvah present: To hear his Grandpa play live for the first time,” Horenstein, who is originally from Marblehead, Massachusetts, told Haaretz. So Horenstein said he built the concerts, which feature the Lab Orchestra and guest artists like American-Israeli Reut Regev, around Zankel’s “artistry and presence.” Zankel will open at Tel Aviv’s Levontin 7 on Monday; give a free concert at Jerusalem’s Yellow Submarine the following night; and close at Jaffa’s Almacén Gallery on Wednesday. For more info, call 052-421-8624 or visit the institute’s Facebook page.

WARTIME FAMILY INSIGHTS: As the Holocaust survivor generation passes, others have to find new ways to tell their stories, says Karen Treiger, who will be discussing insights about her in-laws Sam and Esther Goldberg — and the family who hid them — at Jerusalem’s Yedidya Synagogue next Thursday. “I am telling their story through my story. Therefore, the passion an individual feels from these experiences and what I learned myself about the human condition becomes powerful to the listener,” said Seattle resident Treiger. Her journey took her to the Stys family, who hid Esther as well as Sam after he escaped from Treblinka, where he planned and took part in the 1943 uprising. Treiger retired from her law practice to research the book “My Soul is Filled with Joy,” which won an Independent Publishers bronze medal. Yedidya members Randi Greenwald and Eli Silver encouraged her to tell her story in Israel. For more info, call Renee Atlas at 052-695-4676.

PAGING ALL BOOKWORMS: Book lovers have an opportunity to become better acquainted with three talented English-language authors at the Fuchsberg Center in Jerusalem this Sunday. Writers Rachel Barenbaum, Ilana Blumberg and Julie Zuckerman will participate in a conversation with Ilana Kurshan, the author of “If All the Seas Were Ink,” an award-winning memoir of Talmud study. “Though their books vary widely in genre — a memoir, a novel in stories, a historical novel — they all reflect several similar themes, which I hope our conversation will highlight,” said Kurshan, who is originally from New York. Barenbaum’s “A Bend in the Stars” has been named a New York Times summer reading selection. Blumberg, who directs Bar-Ilan University’s Shaindy Rudoff Program in Creative Writing, penned “Open Your Hand: Teaching as a Jew, Teaching as an American.” Zuckerman, who hails from Trumbull, Connecticut, recently launched her debut novel, “The Book of Jeremiah.” For more info, call 02-625-3831.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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