Rank and File: Walk the Holy City on the Holiday

A Passover family picnic; Anglo-Israelis win prestigious fellowship

Schusterman Fellowship recipient Dyonna Ginsburg.
Dyonna Ginsburg

WALK THE HOLY CITY ON THE HOLIDAY: With spring in the air, The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel is gearing up for its annual tradition of providing Passover walking tours. Tour guide Arie Salomon is taking two groups on Sunday, one to the Judean springs and the other to the Bar Kochva tunnels. On Monday, Philadelphia native Moshe Kahan will lead a tour of Jerusalem’s earliest neighborhoods outside the Old city walls. Artist Caron Greenblatt, who hails from Johannesburg, will also be busy Monday giving an art tour of Jerusalem’s Nachalot neighborhood. On Tuesday, Moshe-Daniel Rothberg will take his group on a journey of the capital’s spiritual heritage. New York City native Ruth Frank will round out the week on Wednesday with a three-hour tour stretching from Agron Street to Mahane Yehuda. Register through the guides at (050) 562-4856 (Arie), (050) 565-6613 (Moshe), caron342@gmail.com (Caron), (054) 772-4650 (Moshe-Daniel) or (054) 636-4108 (Ruth).

A PASSOVER FAMILY PICNIC: Telfed, the South African Zionist Federation - Israel, has never let a little matzah get in the way of a community celebration. This year is no different, with Telfed’s Beit Shemesh regional committee hosting its annual Passover Braai on Sunday and the national organization holding a family picnic (sans BBQ) at Kibbutz Nir Eliyahu on Wednesday. Immigrants from Southern Africa, Australia and the Netherlands are welcome to both events. The braai will be held on the grassy area of Kibbutz Tzora and will include family attractions such as jumping castles, a raffle, soccer and cricket, as well as a winery visit. For more info, call (09) 790-7801. Activities at Nir Eliyahu include creative workshops, a puppet show, a guided tour of the animal farm and a kibbutz tour for adults. RSVP to (043) 499-3732.

Schusterman Fellowship recipient Shuki Taylor.
Shuki Taylor

PRESTIGIOUS FELLOWSHIP FOR ISRAELI-ANGLOS: Two Israeli-Americans were among 26 high-caliber Jewish professional and volunteer leaders from around the world who were selected for the fourth cohort of the Schusterman Fellowship. “The Fellowship is an intensive, 18-month leadership development program that aims to enlarge the pool of top nonprofit talent capable of addressing evolving challenges and opportunities in the U.S., Israel and beyond,” the NGO announced. Dyonna Ginsburg, who moved to Israel immediately after graduating from Columbia University in 2002, is the executive director of Olam. Her NGO provides a platform to support individual volunteer organizations and advance the global Jewish service movement. Shuki Taylor, who has lived in New York and South Africa before settling in Israel, is the founder and CEO of M-Squared: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education. His organization works to advance the theory and practice of experiential Jewish education in North America, Europe and Israel.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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