Rank and File

A Jerusalem theater troupe takes on technology; stand-up comedy boosts kids with disabilities; Britain's Remembrance Sunday in Jerusalem.

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A PLAY ABOUT TECHNOLOGY: AACI’s J-Town Playhouse Theater’s newest play, “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” explores a paradox of modern technology, says director Raphael Poch. “The New York Times wrote about the play that it talks about how technology both frees us and at the same time enslaves us,” Poch told Haaretz Wednesday, adding that the show by playwright Sarah Ruhl reached off-Broadway in 2008. The play, starring Noa Marom, Chicagoan Ricky Fleischer, Denver-native Yisrael Edward Cohen, Montreal-native Maya Tee and Americans Leah Stern and Andrea Katz, opened Wednesday night and runs through December 13. The theater is an English-language troupe in Jerusalem, and all performances take place at the Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center of the Association of American and Canadians in Israel. For tickets, call (02) 566-1181.

GOOD CAUSE FOR STAND-UP COMEDY: South African stand-up comedian Nik Rabinowitz was in Israel for 24 hours last month to perform a fund-raising show for Beit Issie Shapiro that took in 80,000 shekels ($21,000). Beit Issie Shapiro develops and provides innovative therapies and services for children with disabilities and their families. “With a sold-out event, we are very proud to share significant core values with Nik; values of bringing laughter, smiles and joy to so many lives,” said Andi Saitowitz, the NGO’s campaign director. “I’ve been looking forward to doing something in support of the children and families who benefit from the extraordinary service Beit Issie provides,” said Rabinowitz, who hails from Cape Town. Naomi Stuchiner founded the organization in the name of her South African father, modeling it after his Selwyn Segal Society in Johannesburg.

REMEMBERING THE BRITISH FALLEN: Hundreds of people attended the British Embassy’s annual Remembrance Sunday event at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Ramle on Sunday, commemorating both a century since the start of World War I and 75 years since the outbreak of World War II. “Today we remember those who fought for Britain and her allies,” said British Ambassador Matthew Gould, who laid the first wreath on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II. “We do so in a country whose young people have also had to come to its defense, that has also buried too many of its dead at too young an age.” More than 40 World War II veterans who fought in British units or the Jewish Brigade attended the ceremony, as did Labour MP Kevin Jones, the Commonwealth War Graves commissioner.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.
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