Rank and File: Timekeepers in Ra'anana

English news returns to Israeli TV; teens for social justice.

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TIMEKEEPERS IN RA’ANANA: The award winning play “The Timekeepers,” billed by The British Theatre Guide as one of top five theatre shows in London, will be performed next Saturday night, November 1, in Ra’anana. The play tells the story of concentration camp inmates “who bond through lessons in watch repairs and a love for opera,” according to the English Speaking Residents Association, which brought the show over from England. The cast includes Roy Horovitz, Pinhas Mittelman and Omer Etzion. Brenda Katten, the chairperson of ESRA, told Haaretz the show will be the first time it is performed in English in Israel. She added that “there will be a question and answer session with the cast immediately following the performance.” For tickets, call (09) 748-2957.

ENGLISH NEWS: After a brief hiatus due to cuts at the Israel Broadcast Authority, English news returned to Israeli television Thursday afternoon on Channel 33. “A lot of pressure and the campaigning we’ve been doing, emphasizing the need for unbiased coverage of news from Israel, has helped,” Efrat Battat, editor of the program, told Haaretz Thursday. “Right now we will be providing a weekly news show Thursdays at 4 P.M.,” said Battat, who was born in Israel but was raised in Connecticut. “Plans are for resuming regular broadcasts on a daily basis. We are cautiously optimistic that we’ll be able to do so within a few weeks.” New Orleans native Arieh O’Sullivan, who calls the show a “half-hour weekly news magazine program” with panel guests, is the anchor.

TEENS FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE: The Helen Diller Family Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2016 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, a program that recognizes up to 15 Jewish teens from across the United States annually with $36,000 each to be used in support of a social justice project or to further their education. “We never know who will apply, what are the concerns of teens in that year, and what projects they will have devised to help solve the needs they uncover,” said Jackie Safier, Helen Diller’s daughter and president of the San Francisco-based foundation. “We do know that the unusual creativity, hard work, and passion demonstrated by each year’s applicants is impressive.” The nomination deadline is December 1. For more info, visit http://www.dillerteenawards.org.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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