Rank & File: Haifa English Theater Celebrates 35th Anniversary

'We feel like everything is a laugh, and we have had so many laughs during our years together,' the theater’s Betsy Lewis Yizraeli told Haaretz.

Daniel Sherman watching the sunset before pulling into Ashkelon on the final day of paddling last Friday.
Daniel Sherman

BREAK A LEG: The Haifa English Theatre is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a presentation of “Fools, a comic fable,”which opens Thursday, June 16. The play about a small Ukrainian village, written by playwright Neil Simon and directed by Bertha Cafrey, will be performed at the Beit Hagefen Auditorium in Haifa. “We feel like everything is a laugh, and we have had so many laughs during our years together,” the theater’s Betsy Lewis Yizraeli told Haaretz about the choice of play. “It’s become family.” The cast features Maeve Elizabeth Pinto, Maury Schneider, Laurie Rubin, Dana Weil, Kim Spinner, Gillian Braunold, Dwaipayan Mukherjee, Sofie Blaugrund Goldmeier, Juampa Ruiz and Lewis Yizraeli. Performances run through June 25, including a matinee on June 20. For tickets, call Adrienne (04) 870-8910 (evenings only).

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE: Looking to inspire hope for peace and shared society in Israel, Daniel Sherman found a connection with his passion for kayaking. In kayaking, the former New Yorker told Haaretz, “It’s scary to push through the surf, you have to decide whether to overcome your fear and act... or do nothing and get acted upon by forces around you. The Zionist response to our current predicament is to take responsibility for shaping our future.” Thus, he launched the Yuvalim project last week, kayaking most of Israel’s 273-km coast from Nahariya to Ashkelon. Along the way, he met with Arabs and Jews and leaders of organizations like the Parent’s Circle, EcoPeace, the Portland Trust and Ukuleles for Peace. Through ongoing activities, he hopes to spread inspirational, practical visions of peace and shared society. For more info, visit Yuvalim's Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Yuvalim4PeaceandSharedSociety/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel.

CALL THEM DOCTOR: Ben-Gurion University of the Negev conferred honorary doctorates on several individuals for their contributions to society in Be’er Sheva on Tuesday. The honorees included Canadian MP Irwin Cotler, a human rights lawyer; Harvey Fineberg, president of the Institute of Medicine at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences; molecular biologist Valerie Mizrahi of the University of Cape Town; business leader and philanthropist Ernest Scheller, Jr.; and Jeffrey Ullman, a computer science professor at Stanford considered the founder of the database field. Bar-Ilan University also awarded honorary doctorates on Tuesday, to NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Jr., for “his dedication to charting new frontiers in space” to Rabbi Haskel Lookstein of New York and to Australian-Israeli Jewish leader Isi Leibler, among others, the school announced.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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