Star Immigrants

CityKids' adults have some electoral fun; and outstanding immigrants from English-speaking countries get top honors from Nefesh B'Nefesh.

Elvia Fisher.

ELECTORAL NIGHT FOR ANGLOS: While CityKids, the English Center for Young Families in Tel Aviv, is known for its programming for tots, this winter it has become a pre-election hub. “Since we have this captive audience many parents have asked to host a parlor meeting for English-speaking families,” CityKids founder and director Eliva Fisher told Haaretz on Wednesday. On Sunday, Kulanu’s Michael Oren, the former ambassador to Washington, spoke to a sold-out audience of 45, together with fellow Kulanu candidate Shai Babad. According to Fisher, Oren told his story of growing up as a Zionist in New Jersey in the 1970s. He said he learned from being ambassador that Israel needs long-range foreign policy goals, added Fisher, who hails from Connecticut and has lived in Israel since 2007.

STAR IMMIGRANTS: Six immigrants from English-speaking countries who have made a major impact on the State of Israel were awarded the 2015 Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize, the immigrant assistance association announced on Tuesday. The U.S.-born recipients of the $10,000 award are Professor Charles Sprung, director of the General Intensive Care Unit at Hadassah Medical Organization; Jon Medved, founder and CEO of OurCrowd; Rabbi Dr. Seth Farber, founder and executive director of ITIM, which helps Israelis who encounter bureaucratic problems with the religious authorities; Chana Reifman Zweiter, founding director of Kaleidoscope Mainstreaming Network; and IDF Staff Sgt. Asaf Stein. Asher Weill, consultant and editor of English publications for Limmud FSU, was the lone British honoree. NbN also awarded Tal Brody a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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