Rank and File: Speed Networking Returns to Jerusalem

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Over 1,000 IDF lone soldiers attend national one-stop personal errands day in Tel Aviv, February 19, 2015.Credit: Yonit Schiller courtesy of Nefesh B’Nefesh

...AND HERE'S THE (NETWORKING) PITCH...: Speed networking returns to Jerusalem next week, as Jewish International Connection New York and Janglo team up again to facilitate English-speaking professionals to meet as many business contacts as they can in one hour. Jodi Samuels, a South African-born immigrant who organized numerous networking events in New York City before bringing her show to Israel, is the founder of Jewish International Connection. The inaugural December event was sold out, according to Janglo’s Zev Stub, who hails from Chicago. Participants are advised to prepare a 60-second “elevator pitch” and business cards. The organizers stressed that the event is not about job networking but rather is intended for professionals working in their field for at least two years. Space is limited. To register or more info, go to go.janglo.net.

SEARCHING FOR (THE NEXT) MATISSE: The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel said this week that the deadline for its fifth annual “With Brush and Pen” exhibition of children’s creative works will be March 8. The event is “an opportunity to recognize and encourage all young people to send in their best efforts,” the AACI’s Donna Grushka told Haaretz yesterday, adding that artwork will be displayed in April and May at AACI-Jerusalem. She said candidates can submit either art or writing. The art may in a variety of media, while the writing should be a short fantasy story or any other creative prose or poetry in English. The event is supported by the Betsy Sugarman Memorial Fund, named in honor of the late wife of former AACI President Gordon Sugarman. Submission guidelines are available at www.aaci.org.il, or writeaacikidsart@aaci.org.il for more info.

LONE SOLDIERS, NOT ALONE AT ALL: More than 1,000 immigrant soldiers braved the weather to attend a national one-stop personal-errands day in Tel Aviv yesterday,Tani Kramer of immigrant-support organization Nefesh B’Nefesh told Haaretz yesterday. The event also enabled lots of people who had immigrated together to reconnect with each other, said Kramer. All IDF lone soldiers are entitled to a personal-planning day every two months, but this event, organized by NbN, the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Immigration and Absorption Ministry combined to create a one-stop-shopping venue. “Four lone soldiers who came as volunteers and decided to stay officially immigrated and got their ID cards printed on the spot,” said Kramer. “We are constantly finding ways to enhance our assistance for the thousands of dedicated lone soldiers,” said Rabbi Yehoshua Fass, co-founder and executive director of NbN.

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