Rank and File: Volunteering Is Good for Your Health, Says ESRA

Over a dozen volunteers honored at ESRA, Daniel Fox presents his ‘Musical Journey’ in Jerusalem, and Theater and Theology offers a Catholic education

Some of the honorees at ESRA's Volunteer Award event in Ra'anana, May 27, 2018.
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HONORING THE VOLUNTEERS: ESRA, the English Speaking Residents Association, honored over a dozen people at its biannual Volunteer Award event in Ra’anana last Sunday. “The main reason they volunteer is to help others, but they also benefit from doing it,” ESRA national chairman Baruch Tanaman told Haaretz. “There’s nothing like volunteering to keep you young.”

To wit, he noted that the winners of the Chairman’s Award, Betty and Ed Wolfe, have their 70th wedding anniversary coming up. They were honored for “their exceptional volunteering in the development and maintenance of the ESRA shops.” The President’s Award, meanwhile, went to Mike and Adele Rubin for their “ongoing commitment to ensuring the financial well-being of ESRA.”

The other honorees were Naomi Aharoni, Joseph Beenstock, Fonda Dubb, Marise Gordon, Shuka Harel, Ilana Harf, Carole Kaye, Susan Kurnedz, Nancy Milgram, Mike Porter, Sally Sher and Frank Taylor.

For more information on the honorees, visit ESRA’s new website at http://www.esra.org.il

A MUSICAL FOX: When Daniel Fox was age 4, his parents noticed that he really enjoyed music so they started giving him violin lessons. “I’ve had at least one every week since then,” says the Jerusalem resident, who turns 18 in July. Now, ahead of being drafted into the Army Rabbinate Choir, J-Town Playhouse will present Fox in “My Musical Journey..?” at AACI’s Dr. Max and Gianna Family Center next Wednesday.

“The show has something for everybody, not just confined to musical theater,” said Fox, whose mother, Louise Fox, hails from Sunderland, northern England, and his father, Joshua Fox, is from Cincinnati, Ohio.

Fox, who has picked up other instruments along the way, will perform some of his favorite musical pieces from Billy Joel, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Elton John and Bock & Harnick, to name a few. For more information, call (02) 566-1181.

A CATHOLIC EDUCATION: What does the story of a teaching nun at an American Catholic school have to do with religious issues in Israel? For the answer to that, you’ll have to ask the scholars hosting post-performance talks at Theater and Theology’s “Off the Derech Dolorosa,” next Wednesday and Thursday, and June 12-14, in Jerusalem’s Khan Theater.

“This is a fun comedy that stands on its own regardless of the discussion afterward,” director Yael Valier said of Tom Dudzick’s play. “It’s about the struggles within religion between our inner sense of morals and the rigidity of rules, and between the love of God and fear of God,” she added. The show stars former New Yorker Artie Fischer; Bakol Gellar (from Toronto); Shlomit Kovalski; Devorah Levine (from California) and Howard Metz (from Brooklyn). Each performance features a different scholar: Rabbi Dr. Natan Cardozo, Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz, Rabbanit Dr. Jennie Rosenfeld, Dr. Elana Sztokman and Rabbanit Shani Taragin. For more information, call (050) 873-3347.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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