Rank & File: Rallying for Rella

Friends and fitness boot camp graduates show support for founder of Boot Camp Israel, who has been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, with a special fitness session at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park.

Emily leading the boot camp last night in Tel Aviv.
Moti Milrod

RALLYING FOR RELLA: A group of 250 friends and fitness boot camp graduates on Thursday night gathered to show their support to Rella Itin, the founder of Boot Camp Israel, who has been diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer, with a special fitness session at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park. “We want to show Rella just how much she means to us and to send her enormous positive energy like she has always given us,” Dr. Ruth Levinson, an Ichilov Medical Center physician and close friend, told Haaretz. “Rella wanted to express her enormous gratitude and appreciation for the outpouring of love and support,” said Levinson. “She is overwhelmed by it and extremely grateful.” Friends established a fundraising campaign to give Australian-native Rella, her husband Erez and their children Ryan and Cody “financial peace of mind,” she added. For more info, visit http://www.helprellafightbraincancer.com.

CLEAN-HAIRED AND SOBER: The Sobar, Jerusalem’s first smoke- and alcohol-free music club for teens, is making its final fundraising push with a 1960s music festival at Jerusalem’s Even Yisrael Amphitheater on Wednesday. Tracey Shipley, who founded Sobar in 2012, told Haaretz the club needs 25,000 shekels ($6,500) to sign the contract next Friday to open. “If we don’t have the money we need to clear everything out of there,” explained Shipley, an addiction counselor from Cleveland and Orlando. “It’s been amazing taking ownership,” she said of the teens who have helped renovate the space. ”They get to decide the way it will look and feel to make sure the atmosphere is welcoming for teens and adults.” Acts include Libi, Michael Greilsammer and Russell & Ruthi. For more info, call Tracey at (054) 810-8918.

MY TEL AVIV NONWEDDING: Theater director Noemi Schlosser achieved a professional milestone last night, opening a show in a fourth language on a fourth continent with the Hebrew version of “Date Me TLV,” a comedy about two single women “who find themselves marooned at the bar of a wedding party” at Tel Aviv’s Ozen Bar. The Antwerp-born immigrant told Haaretz she has had shows in English, French and Flemish, from North America and Europe to Africa and now Asia. The English version debuted May 19 to a sold-out crowd. “It ends in a stand-up comedic way and might surprise the audience,” Schlosser told Haaretz. “There is a story in the story, and everything will be revealed in the last two sentences of the show.” For tickets, visit www.ozenbar.com.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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