Rank & File: Holiday Art and Finding a Job in Israel

Steven Klein
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Mel Reisfield has educated thousands of youths.
Mel Reisfield has educated thousands of youths.Credit: Young Judaea
Steven Klein

A HOMAGE TO A YOUNG JUDAEA VETERAN: For over half a century, Mel Reisfield has inspired thousands of Jewish youths, by overseeing America’s largest Young Judaea club, in New Jersey; staffing Camp Tel Yehudah for decades; and teaching Hebrew on Young Judaea’s Year Course program. A native of the Bronx, Reisfield’s legacy is evident in the countless Jewish educators and community leaders he has fostered. On September 18, Young Judaea plans to honor him with a benefit in New York City. Ahead of the event, a compilation video is being assembled of people wishing to pay tribute to Reisfield, who now lives in Jerusalem. To share your memories of Mel, through a 30-second video clip, visit http://www.youngjudaea.org/home/alumni/memoryshare/.

HOLIDAY CELEBRATION OF ART: A group of immigrant artists who specialize in Jewish themes will display their works during the High Holiday season at the Jerusalem art gallery of the AACI, the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel. Monday’s opening of the exhibition, called “Images of Joy: Art for the Holidays” will feature a meet and greet with the artists Elyakim Bruck, Michael-Alon Bloom and Cheryl Veiner. Donna Grushka, chairperson of the AACI’s art show committee, told Haaretz that the curation creates a dialogue between some works, like a micro-calligraphy of David Ben-Gurion made up of sections of his diary by American–born Bruck, and an “impressive portrait of the Lubavitcher rebbe” by Bloom, a recent arrival from Australia. Veiner is an illustrator who hails from Minnesota. For more info, call (02) 566-1181.

EASING THE WAY INTO THE JOB MARKET: For many potential immigrants, finding a job is a major concern. Telfed, the immigrant support organization, helped alleviate part of this burden on Monday by holding a special internet video conference for Australian Jews thinking of moving to Israel. During the two-hour session, the potential immigrants in Melbourne and Sydney received an overview of employment in Israel and were able to ask specific questions about finding jobs in the country, according to Telfed employment advisor Sharon Bernstein, who was accompanied at the meeting by Telfed CEO Dorron Klein and fellow staffer Daniela Shapira. Also present was Rachel Hamer Shemesh, an employment counselor from Gvahim, an NGO that helps immigrants find jobs. The meeting also dealt with issues like professional licensing, understanding salary slips and pension plans. Telfed plans an ongoing series of such “GoToMeetings” to assist potential immigrants.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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