Rank and File: The Bedouin Diplomat Who Fights BDS

Harvey's Magical Music Tour in Jerusalem; Olim Academy networking evening.

Daniel Bar-On

THE BEDOUIN DIPLOMAT WHO FIGHTS BDS: What is it like for a non-Jewish citizen of Israel to defend the Jewish state? Next Wednesday, ESRA - the English Speaking Residents Association - will tackle this issue when it hosts Ishmael Khaldi, Israel’s first Bedouin diplomat, in Herzliya Pituah. Khaldi will be talking about his role representing Israel in Britain taking on the BDS movement. Bess Hoffman, who co-chairs ESRA’s Herzliya Branch with Dena Laufer, told Haaretz that the group invites “interesting speakers to share their stories and experiences” at its monthly meetings and Khaldi “fits the bill.” Born and raised in the Galilee village of Khawaled, Khaldi joined the Foreign Ministry in 2004, serving as the deputy consul general in San Francisco and later as the counselor for civil society affairs at Israel’s embassy in London. Space is limited. RSVP to (09) 748-2957.

HARVEY’S MAGIC MUSIC:The Magical Musical Tour is back in Jerusalem. Conductor and music lecturer Harvey Bordowitz, who has guest conducted orchestras around the world and lectured on a vast range of musical topics, will take participants on a journey exploring numerous European classical masters. The AACI, the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel, will host the lectures, the fourth edition of the series, at its Glassman Family Center starting November 6. Bordowitz, who hails from Brooklyn, New York, was the founding music director and conductor of the Herzliya Chamber Orchestra from 1977 to 2012. He told Haaretz that aside from the Beatles allusion, the name is “a catchy and mischievous title, more so than ‘Eine Musikalischevorlesungserie vom Herrdoktorprofessor Harvey Bordowitz’ or the like.” Participants can either sign up for the entire set of five lectures or individual meetings. To pre-register, call (02) 566-1181.

OLIM ACADEMY: Finding that first job in Israel is often a daunting task for English-speaking immigrants, and even those already working can struggle to advance their careers or maximize their potential at work. That is why immigrant support organizations Telfed and Nefesh B’Nefesh have partnered with Gvahim to offer an Olim Academy in Tel Aviv on Wednesday to address these issues. Professor Jonathan Smilansky, the director of career services at Tel Aviv University, will offer “insights, strategies and impactful tips” according to the organizers. Advisors from Gvahim, Nefesh B’Nefesh and Telfed will also be on hand to provide their expertise in human resources. The evening will end with a networking session. Sign up for the event by emailing reinach_j@tel-aviv.gov.il.

Rank and File was compiledby Steven Klein.

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