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Zachary Baumel and Four Other Americans Honored at Rabin Forest Memorial

Plus, Kol HaOt returns to the Jerusalem Biennale and Ra’anana-based Center Stage presents ‘The Last Rat of Theresienstadt’

Zachary Baumel

AMERICANS HONORED AT RABIN FOREST MEMORIAL: The AACI, the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel, will add the names of five soldiers and civilians to its memorial site on Sunday in the Rabin Forest near the Shaar Hagay junction. The most well-known is Zachary Baumel, the soldier who went missing in Lebanon in 1982, whose family waited 37 years for the return of his remains. The youngest is Amiad Israel Ish-Ran, the infant delivered prematurely after his mother Shira Ish-Ran was severely wounded in a terror attack outside Ofra in December and died three days later. The name of American-Israeli Shlomi Mark, who died at 27 in a motorcycle accident in the service of the Prime Minister’s Office in March, will be added just three years after his father Miki Mark was killed in a terror attack and memorialized at the same site. The other two American-Israelis to be memorialized were lone soldiers, Alex Sasak, born in California, and Michaela “Mica” Levit, born in Los Angeles to Israeli parents.

THE KOSHER OVEN: Kol HaOt returns to the Jerusalem Biennale this Sukkot with an unusual exhibit inspired by the Talmud story of the Oven of Akhnai. “In some ways I think that story is an incredible metaphor for artists in terms of their abilities and their inspiration from above as well as for Jews, as the disputation is part and parcel of our cultural fabric,” co-curator Judy Cardozo told Haaretz, referring to the story about rabbis debating whether or not an oven was kosher. She said artists were challenged to read the story and respond, with some industrial designers using state-of-the-art 3-D technology. Another designer came up with a piece of jewelry for one of the only female characters in the Talmud. Artists at the exhibit include American-Israelis Ken Goldman, Ruth Kestenbaum and Gedaliah Gurfein, as well as Ruth Schreiber, who hails from London. Cardozo curated the exhibit along with fellow native New Yorker Susan Nashman Fraiman. The exhibit runs October 15 to November 29. For more info, visit https://jerusalembiennale.org/visit

THE POWER TO HEAL: Ra’anana-based Center Stage has announced it is opening its doors next Thursday and Saturday with “The Last Rat of Theresienstadt,” an award-winning “dark comedy from New York that explores how humor and art can heal and create resilience in the face of adversity.” Daniella Crankshaw, who cofounded the theater with her husband Grant Crankshaw, told Haaretz the play tells the story of a singer comedienne who gets taken to the so-called model concentration camp. “She meets Pavel the Rat there, who is the one who gives her the will to carry on, so it’s a real heartwarming, humorous story,” Crankshaw observed. She added that she and Grant “literally built this theater with our own hands” so that “we can bring in high quality shows, not just ones produced by us, to give English theater a real variety.” For more info, call Daniella at 052-631-5045.

A scene from "The Last Rat of Theresienstadt."

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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