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Celebrating International Women’s Day and Israel Preps for Purim

Steven Klein
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Rebecca Flanders.
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MOTHERHOOD MIRTH: Center Stage, Israel’s first English-language theater, is going to celebrate International Women’s Day by presenting a staged reading of “The Best of MOMologues” in Ra’anana next Thursday. The show, an original comedy about motherhood conceived by director and writer Lisa Rafferty combines parts of the three “MOMologues,” the first of which debuted in Boston in 2002. “This is somewhat fictionalized but based on the lives of real women and their experiences,” the director, Rebecca Flanders, told Haaretz. “Motherhood isn’t necessarily a topic we address a lot in plays, the nitty gritty of being a mother it speaks to people. Although it’s American it’s really universal experiences. And it’s very, very funny. It’s been produced in many places around the world. Anyone who “brings a mom” will receive a 50-percent discount on the second ticket. For tickets, call 09-978-2552 or visit centerstageisrael.com

PURIM LIVES: As Israel marks the Purim holiday next week, various options will be available for the English-speaking community to celebrate publicly. Kerem House’s resident baker Anna Solemani will start things off early with a Hamantaschen baking demonstration. Visit keremhouse.com for more info. On Monday, the Tel Aviv International Synagogue will hold its annual Purim Extravaganza with Megillah reading and all, featuring Shmulik Yeshurun and his band. RSVP to the synagogue’s Facebook page. Tel Aviv’s Chabad on the Coast will host its “Waffles, Magic and Megilla Reading” celebration on Tuesday morning. Call (054) 808-6420 for details. On Tuesday evening, ESRA’s North Coast-Nahariya group will hold a costume party. For info, call 09-950-8371, ext. 2.

CALLING ALL POETS: If you have a poem you want in print, then the Voices Israel 2020 Anthology may be the place for it. However, the deadline for poetry submissions for Volume 46 is March 15. The poetry society accepts submissions from Voices members and non-members alike, and there is no fee to do so. Last year, entries came in from as far away as Australia, Jamaica, Germany and the Virgin Islands, Voices Israel president Susan Olsburgh told Haaretz. She said a new feature in addition to the traditional Reuben Rose prize will be the Bar Sagi Young Poets Prize in memory of the 15-year-old talented poet who died in 2017. She added that the anthology has a new editorial team including David Fellerman, Edit Gavriel and Yehudit Goldfarb. For more info, visit the Voices Israel website or email Chanita Millman at millmanm@zahav.net.il

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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