Rank and File: Telfed Gets Into Tu Bishvat Spirit

Secret Tel Aviv hosting free jobs and education fair; where to watch Super Bowl LI.

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BACK TO THEIR ROOTS: Telfed, the organization supporting Southern African immigrants, is getting into the Tu Bishvat spirit ahead of next weekend’s Jewish Arbor Day. The group invites immigrants from Southern Africa, Australia and the Netherlands to join in a tree-planting ceremony next Thursday afternoon in Ra’anana, followed by a Tu Bishvat seder at Telfed’s Ra’anana office. “The idea is to bring olim from last year so they can meet each other and, because it is a homogenous group, they have similar questions and challenges that they face or have overcome,” Telfed’s Dorron Kline, who will run the seder, told Haaretz. He noted that Telfed has held Tu Bishvat events – which are suitable for adults and children – for close to a decade. RSVP to Dana Ben-Chail at volunteers@telfed.org.il, or for more info call (09) 790-7805.

THE SECRET’S OUT: Many young internationals leave Israel within five years because they can’t find a good job – but the jobs are out there, according to Jonny Stark, founder of Secret Tel Aviv. With that in mind, he has organized Secret Tel Aviv’s free jobs and education fair next Friday. High-tech and startup companies from Wix and Payoneer to eTeacher and Headline Media, with more than 60 available jobs for internationals, will be on hand at Abraham Hostel, as well as academic institutions like Tel Aviv University, IDC and Elevation Academy. There will also be networking groups like Women in Tech and CV workshops from Gvahim. “We try and keep our job fair fun. It is not just a formal conference,” Stark, a native of Manchester, England, told Haaretz. “There will be a bar and a pool table, as well as fun activities like an escape room teaser.” To register, visit Secret Tel Aviv’s Facebook group.

PATRIOT GAME: While Mike’s Place will once again host Super Bowl LI parties at its Tel Aviv and Jerusalem branches, a new kid is in town to join the celebrations: JNFuture Israel. This offshoot of the Jewish National Fund, which is dedicated to engaging young leaders who are committed to environmentalism and community development in Israel, is hosting a Super Bowl event in Tel Aviv late Sunday night/early Monday morning, with large screens, beers and kosher hot dogs. Julian Edelman, who was named the fourth-best Jewish NFL player of all time by the American Jewish Historical Society, will be playing wide receiver for the New England Patriots. Both the Patriots and their NFC rivals, the Atlanta Falcons, have Jewish owners – Robert Kraft and Arthur Blank, respectively. For the JNFuture event, RSVP at https://TelAvivSuperBowl.eventbrite.com

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein. Have an idea about an item for Rank and File? Email us at: column@haaretz.co.il