Rank & File: A Celebration of Contemporary Female Singers

Free songs, 100 for Balfour and a new book

FILE PHOTO:  Adina Feldma
Yorai Feldman

FREE SONGS: Singer Adina Feldman, backed up by a vocal and instrumental ensemble, will celebrate great, contemporary female singers at Wix Auditorium at the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot on Thursday afternoon. “This is a show about singing great songs of great divas, from Aretha Franklin and Christina Aguilera to Alicia Keys, Tina Turner and Barbra Streisand,” the mezzo-soprano from New York told Haaretz. Her backup singers are Los Angeles native Melissa Kay, a mezzo-soprano with an extensive background in musical theater, and Alona Cole, a soprano who hails from Chesterfield, Virginia. “These are great women with interesting life stories,” said Feldman. “I usually tell little tidbits about each one. There are also wonderful songs about being a woman.” She added that the free performance “sends people home in a great mood for the weekend.” For more info, call the auditorium at (08) 934-3207.

100 FOR BALFOUR: While Theodor Herzl declared 150 years ago, after the First Zionist Congress, that he founded the Jewish state in Basel, the 1917 Balfour Declaration laid the practical groundwork for Israel’s establishment. On the occasion of the declaration’s centenary, the Israel, Britain and the Commonwealth Association hosts Lord Jacob Rothschild, the grandnephew of the official recipient of the historic letter, at its annual Balfour Dinner in Tel Aviv. Renee Singer of the IBCA told Haaretz that several British dignitaries extended their stay in order to attend the dinner. Some 350 guests are expected, including British Ambassador to Israel David Quarrey and Australian Ambassador to Israel Chris Cannan. The Right Honorable Lord Rothschild is the chairman of the Rothschild Foundation in Israel (Yad Hanadiv), whose contributions were instrumental in building the Knesset and Israel’s Supreme Court. His daughter Hannah Rothschild will also be present. To attend, RSVP by Sunday to ibca.israel@gmail.com

BALFOUR BOOK: Taking on the daunting task of writing something fresh about the 100-year-old Balfour Declaration, Jerusalem Report senior editor Elliot Jager took a different tack.”I didn’t think the world needed another academic work on the declaration,” he said of his soon-to-be-released book. “I wanted to write something accessible that would appeal to Millennials and my own Baby Boomer generation.” Jager told Haaretz that he did so by synthesizing “a great deal of information in about 200 pages” and assuming the reader “has no prior knowledge about the state of the world during the Balfour era.” The former New Yorker added that the fact that the declaration came to fruition is “something to celebrate.” Gefen Publishing will release the book – “The Balfour Declaration: Sixty-Seven Words, 100 years of Conflict” – on the 100th anniversary of the letter, November 2.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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