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American-Israeli Folk Duo Larry and Mindy Gives Live Online Gig

Plus, Israel’s English-language professional theater Center Stage screens 5-minute play on Zoom, and youth counselling NGO Crossroads finds its reach widened by coronavirus pandemic

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American-Israeli folk duo Larry and Mindy.
American-Israeli folk duo Larry and Mindy.Credit: Larry Fogel
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DYNAMIC DUO: The American-Israeli folk duo Larry and Mindy have responded to the coronavirus pandemic that has sidelined their live performances by announcing a free live-streamed concert for fans on their mailing list this Monday at 7 P.M. “We’re going to be singing songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s, telling a few fun and entertaining anecdotes about the songs/singers, and maybe even do an original song of ours,” Larry Fogel, who hails from Florida, told Haaretz. “We’ll give them a glance at our music room/office ... introduce our pets – as long as they cooperate – and keep our eye on the chat window. Maybe even take a request or two.” The husband-wife team also just released a song about the coronavirus lockdown on YouTube. To join the mailing list, visit the Larry and Mindy website. A private link will be posted about 15 minutes before starting time.

A FIVE-MINUTE PLAY: The coronavirus pandemic may have closed the physical doors of Center Stage, but Israel’s English-language professional theater company will be going beyond its borders Thursday with a five-minute online play. “It was born out of the idea we have to do something a little bit differently,” Daniella Crankshaw, who co-founded the company with her husband, Grant Crankshaw, told Haaretz. “A five-minute play is easy to write, pretty easy to read and can get a lot of people involved. Not only that, we wanted to cross the border because it’s on Zoom, so why keep it just in Israel?” She said actors have contacted the theater from the United States, South Africa and England wanting to take part in the festival, and late submissions will be accepted as well. For more info, visit centerstageisrael.com or the company’s Facebook page.

CORONA THERAPY: Crossroads, which works with English-speaking at-risk youth, has found that its reach has actually grown during the coronavirus pandemic. The NGO has held more than 180 crisis/therapy sessions on Zoom over the past few weeks, reaching more than 250 participants. “It opens up questions for me as to the geographic boundaries of what Crossroads does and who and where it does it for,” Crossroads director Robbie Sassoon told Haaretz. “Not only have we seen our regular clients in Israel but we’re continuing to see any student or even citizen who went to family abroad until this is over. So we’re seeing clients in England, South Africa, Australia, the United States.” He noted that “the physical and emotional energy that has gone into this has actually been more intense” for the staff, adding that “we’ve gotten so much appreciation from our clients, and the volunteers are so thrilled to help us.”

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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