Rank & File: Seniors Honored for Helping to Keep At-risk Youths Warm

Nefesh B’Nefesh holds Hanukkah quiz for charity; Israel and Ireland mark 40 years of diplomatic ties.

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Koko Greenberg of the ESRA showing knitted goods made by the association’s members.
Koko Greenberg, a resident of Ad-120, showing off knitted goods made by the volunteer residents for ESRA's at-risk youth's project in Rishon Letzion, December 3, 2015. Credit: Ronen Machleb
Steve Klein
Steven Klein

KNITTY GRITTY: ESRA, the English-Speaking Residents Association honored 22 dedicated knitters at the Ad-120 senior living facility volunteering for its at-risk youths’ project in Rishon Letzion. ESRA Rishon Letzion chair Janet Chait Kiesari, who moved to Israel from Golders Green, London some 50 years ago, told Haaretz this week that ESRA, which partners with the municipality welfare department, distributed 340 sweaters and scarves throughout Rishon to at-risk youths last year. ESRA co-chair Baruch Tanaman addressed the crowd of 200. “It was a wonderful evening. For us it’s the best exposure we’ve ever had,” noted Kiesari. The main honoree was Koko Greenberg, an 84-year-old resident who has expanded the project significantly in three years. The project’s co-founders were former South Africans Lorna Toube and Shirley Frenkel. "They still run the project, overseeing the distribution and what we do with the money that ESRA raises for a special knitting budget," added Kiesari.

CHARITY AT THE PUB: Nefesh B’Nefesh, the immigrant support organization, held its ninth annual Hanukkah panoply/pub quiz for charity in Jerusalem on Monday, this year benefitting Orr Shalom.

The choice of the NGO that rescues children from severe abuse and neglect emerged out of the working relationship between NbN’s Benji Davis and Orr Shalom’s Channah Barkhordari, both L.A. natives.

Davis told Haaretz on Wednesday he met Barkhourdari at a pre-immigration meet in L.A. and became her post-immigration adviser after she moved to Israel in August 2014. When Davis was looking for a charity for this year’s event, “She told me Orr Shalom was amazing,” he added. “It was very meaningful to share with immigrants the incredible work Orr Shalom does for children,” said Barkhordari of the event, attended by 150 people.

BLUSTER ‘N’ BLARNEY: Israel and Ireland are marking 40 years of diplomatic exchange with a special forum on their bilateral relations in Ra’anana on Sunday. Guest speakers will be Irish Ambassador to Israel Alison Kelly, former Israeli Ambassador to Ireland Boaz Modai and Prof. Tamar Hermann, director of international academic initiatives at the Open University of Israel. Celtic harpist Sunita Stanislow will provide a musical interlude.

“With a resident Irish ambassador here from 1995, it is hard to imagine that 40 years ago the Irish ambassador to Switzerland was accredited to Israel, and later the Irish ambassador to Greece was also accredited to Israel,” league chairman Malcolm Gafson, who was born in Dublin, told Haaretz this week.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein. Have an idea about an item for Rank and File? Email us at: column@haaretz.co.il