Rank & File

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTISTS: Five talented North Americans presented their artwork at the WUJS Internship Placement Recognition Event and Arts Track Final Exhibition in Tel Aviv on Monday night. The finalists included Dwyn Sassystarfish Asher, 21, a photojournalist from California; Marisa Copeland, 22, a dancer from Colorado; Joshua Avrom Gordon, 26, a photographer from Connecticut; Raven Rutherford, 21, a dancer from Virginia; and Rachel Lynne Shuman, 25, a glassblower and sculptor from Boston. "When people in the States see a camera they get neurotic," said Gordon, who has a street photography exhibit. "Here I can be invisible and get a great moment and shots I want," added Gordon, who plans to return later this year as an immigrant and work freelance. WUJS, officially a part of Young Judaea Israel, receives support from Masa and Hadassah. The exhibit will remain open to the public at the Halechi Museum in the trendy Florentine neighborhood until Monday.

THE VILLAGE VOICE: If a soothing voice on American radio ever tempted you to buy a truck, drink a light beer, use kitchen bags, shop at a discount store or eat fast food, it may well have belonged to Omaha, Nebraska native Byron Wagner, a voice-over artist who moved to Ra'anana with his wife and children on January 22. "The irony is that I didn't even tell anyone I left L.A.," says Wagner, who will continue his regular Stateside gigs "both remotely and in person" from his new home base. A self-described serial entrepreneur who says he plans to continue working on start-up companies in Israel, Wagner's technological innovations have been used for clients ranging from Pepsi and Reebok to Apple and Disney, where he was involved in the movie "Lion King." "Primarily I'm doing a lot of audio books and animation, producing as well as narrating, and I'm interested in the Hebrew-speaking market," said Wagner.

ALL THE AJC'S MEN: The American Jewish Committee's Board of Governors met Tuesday with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, marking the first meeting of a major U.S. Jewish organization with the Prime Minister since last month's elections, the advocacy organization announced this week. AJC's top leadership, including executive director David Harris; Bob Elman, president; and Jason Isaacson, director of government and international relations held talks with the prime minister on issues including Iran, prospects for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, developments in the Arab world, Israel-Diaspora relations and interfaith links, the AJC's Keren Naveh told Haaretz. AJC board members also met with President Shimon Peres as well as U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, and paid a solidarity visit to Sderot and the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon during their three-day visit, which started Sunday, Naveh added.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.


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