Rank and File: Where to Celebrate the 4th of July in Israel

Plus, the Schusterman Family Foundation’s annual ROI Summit concludes in Jerusalem, and Kay Wilson and Col. Richard Kemp speak in Ra’anana

Kay Wilson, the British-born Israeli tour guide who survived a terror attack in 2010.
Michal Fattal

BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY: AACI, the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel, will be marking America’s Independence Day and Canada Day next Thursday with a variety of events across the country. In Jerusalem, conductor and music director Harvey Bordowitz will host an evening that will include film clips, trivia quizzes and a sing-along of American folk songs. AACI South will host its annual summer picnic at the big park in Be’er Sheva’s Heh neighborhood. Organizers noted that because of new municipal laws, no food may be sold in the park. AACI Central will hold its annual celebration in Tel Aviv’s Independence Day Park. “It’s a beautiful place to chill out,” noted Sharon Victor, an AACI volunteer whose recent retirement will also be celebrated on the day. For more info, call 02-566-1181 for Jerusalem, 08-643-3953 for Be’er Sheva and 054-231-7699 for Tel Aviv.

SUMMIT MEETING: The Schusterman Family Foundation’s annual ROI Summit — a gathering of 150 young Jewish community leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world — concluded in Jerusalem on Thursday. This year’s cohort included several talented native English-speaking Israelis. Shai Davis (New York) is founder and president of Startle Labs, a boutique startup and corporate consulting agency. Tamara Harel-Cohen (London) is cofounder and chief growth officer of Riseup, a financial planning platform. Ariel Markose (Atlanta, Georgia) is director of The Jerusalem Model, an NGO working to strengthen Jerusalem’s civil society. Ariella Rosen, whose parents immigrated from Morocco and South Africa, is co-CEO of PresenTense, an NGO promoting change through social entrepreneurship. Samantha Rush Soclof (Las Vegas) is innovation manager at ALYN Hospital, the pediatric and adolescent rehabilitation facility located in Jerusalem. And Sara Tancman, who has American roots, is the founder and CEO of the Briah Foundation, which focuses on improving women’s health in Israel.

TWO TRULY INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKERS: ESRA, the English Speaking Residents Association, is hosting a special combination of speakers in Ra’anana next Thursday: Kay Wilson, a British-born Israeli tour guide who survived a 2010 terror attack, and Col. Richard Kemp, a retired British officer who spent most of his professional life combating terrorism. “She’s been to hell and back,” ESRA’s Glenis Bertfield told Haaretz of Wilson, who played dead as she saw a Palestinian murder her friend with a machete in a forest outside Beit Shemesh. “She’s now trying to help people in different communities.” Wilson’s work includes an educational project she developed with a Muslim friend to teach empathy to children in a Palestinian refugee camp. During his career, Kemp formed a joint U.S.-U.K. unit that captured Al-Qaida operatives in Afghanistan. Bertfield said the venue is nearly sold out, despite the event being put together on short order. For tickets, call 09-748-2957.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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