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Racing cars for kids with cancer, an Israeli-New-Jerseyan’s art show, and green-filled hamantaschen for an Irish Purim.

Steve Klein
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Children with cancer trying out one of the sports cars in front of Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem in early March.Credit: Chaim Erenthal
Steve Klein

SMILING FACES: Rowel Genn, a race-car hobbyist from Great Britain, combined two interests to bring smiles to the faces of numerous young patients in Jerusalem this past week. A member of the U.K. branch of Zichron Menachem, the Israeli Association for the Support of Children with Cancer, he heard Reuven Or, a senior oncologist from Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Kerem, speak about how young cancer patients respond more positively to treatments if they are happy and emotionally well-nourished. Inspired, he used his connections with an Israeli roadster group to fill an area outside Teddy Stadium with shiny, sleek racing cars. Zichron Menachem’s Ronda Israel, who hails from Norfolk, Virginia, said the expressions of joy on the children’s faces showed that Genn “certainly accomplished what Dr. Or had suggested to his listeners.”

THE ARTIST’S LIFE: New Jersey native Judith Margolis has been a hippie in Oregon, an Orthodox mother in L.A. and an Israeli “recovering from Orthodoxy.” The one constant in her life has been art. “It’s like religion for me; art calls for sacrifice, discipline and is life-saving,” Margolis told Haaretz before a talk Sunday at Jerusalem’s Miklat l’Omanut Gallery, where she has a one-woman exhibit of paintings and collages. Discussing an artist’s life, she was joined by writer David Ehrlich, owner-founder of the iconic Jerusalem bookstore Tmol Shilshom. Ehrlich confided that after dreaming of spending a year writing on an island, he got the chance to do so, in Corfu, and didn’t produce a thing. “I did have a fascinating time, though, teaching Hebrew to the island’s Jews,” he says.

THE LOT OF THE IRISH: The Israel Ireland Friendship League has invited Irish expats and friends to its annual “Pur” Irim – The Lot of the Irish celebration, which combines the Jewish festival with St. Patrick’s Day, in Netanya on Sunday. The Taverners, featuring Yonatan Miller and Shay Tochner, will provide musical entertainment, while guests will be treated to green-filled Hamantaschen and pints of Guinness. “So as not to interfere with our members and friends’ voting, we brought forward our event,” noted League Chairman and Dublin native Malcolm Gafson. He added that Irish Ambassador Eamonn McKee and his wife, Mary, the guests of honor, would host their St. Patrick’s Day reception a day early, March 16. For more info, call Malcolm at (050) 822-1732.

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Judith Margolis, Israeli-American artist, with one of her works on exhibit in Jerusalem, March 1, 2015.Credit: Leora Eren Frucht