Rank & File: Family of Ezra Schwartz Attend an All-star Baseball Game in His Memory

'When we first got off the bus and saw the field it was a little emotional because we spent many years on baseball fields starting with Ezra, our oldest,' Ezra’s mother says.

Ezra Schwartz’s brothers tossing the first pitch at the All-Star
game at Baptist Village on Tuesday.
Yossi Zamir

FIELD OF MEMORIES: The family of Ezra Schwartz, an 18-year-old U.S. citizen who was killed in a terror attack in the West Bank in November, attended an all-star baseball game at Baptist Village on Tuesday in his memory. “When we first got off the bus and saw the field it was a little emotional because we spent many years on baseball fields starting with Ezra, our oldest,” Ezra’s mother, Ruth Schwartz, of Sharon, Massachusetts, told Haaretz on Wednesday. “It was also nice to be doing something normal and going to my nephew’s game,” she added Ruth, referring to Ra’anana player Betzalel Schwartz. Her husband Ari Schwartz spoke of Ezra’s love for the game, and Ezra’s siblings Avi, Elon and Hillel threw out the first pitch. The Israel Association of Baseball and the Jewish Nation Fund’s Project Baseball plan to dedicate a field in Ra’anana in Ezra’s name.

BOUND FOR MEMPHIS: The Israel Blues Society picked the Daniel Dworsky Trio to represent Israel at the 2016 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, which runs from January 26 to January. All three members are immigrants from the United States who have spent most of their lives in Israel. Daniel Dworsky is an award-winning songwriter, pianist and singer. He is joined by local blues-scene regular Becca Kristovsky on bass and vocals, and internationally known drummer and percussionist Yonatan Bar Rashi. “We’re newly together as a group, but we’ve been friends and had played in various configurations and constellations,” Kristovsky, who hails from Houston, told Haaretz.” The group is crowdsourcing to defray the competition and travel costs. “If we reach our goal, any extra is going to go to the IBS for the next time they do this,” she added. For more information, visit: https://www.mimoona.co.il/Projects/3110&ChangeLang=English

SOME PEOPLE ONLY TALK THE TALK: When it comes to peace, Paul Haines of Cornwall, England  walks the walk. He recently arrived in Jerusalem after walking 2,000 kilometers from Rome to raise money for Children of Peace, a U.K.-based charity. Haines told Haaretz on Wednesday that after recovering from a long illness that had forced him to retire from his work at the BBC, he began walking as a pilgrim and later wanted “to put something back” into society. For this year’s journey, he carried messages of peace from Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister David Cameron as well as from people he met along the way, including Syrian refugees in Greece. “I was very happy to have received messages from all faiths,” added Haines, who raised 2,000 pounds ($3,000). For more info, visit www.peacewalk2015.com.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.
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