Rank and File / Tel Aviv Theater Revives 'Miscast' Production

Inaugural cohort of Schusterman Fellows announced; World Machal Organization to pay tribute to 4,500 volunteers during War of Independence.

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From left: Elad Zabinsky, Shlomi Morad, Chaim Morad singing in The Stage's 'Miscast 2.'Credit: Ossie Kishlanski
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MISMATCHED ACTORS: Tel Aviv’s The Stage English-language theater is reviving its production of “Miscast” tomorrow and Sunday night, with a new combination of Broadway hits.  “Whoever is playing the part is literally miscast, and that’s the fun it,” Maya Hagoel, The Stage’s executive director, told Haaretz Wednesday about Miscast 2. “We’ve mixed it up a bit.” Even the favorites “are not particularly the same exact way people saw them,” said Hagoel, noting 18 actors from nine countries and 20 volunteers have contributed to the show. Performers include American-born immigrants Dev Barenholtz and S. Asher Gelman; Australian-born Dave Borowski and Adaya Turkia; Canadian native Sarit Brown; Aviva Fine (England); Taya Snitcher (South Africa); and Israeli-American Chaim Jacobson. For tickets, visit www.thestagetlv.com.

NURTURING LEADERS: Social entrepreneurs Danielle Abraham, an immigrant from London, and Brachie Sprung, who was born in Israel to American parents, are among the inaugural cohort of 24 Schusterman Fellows, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation announced Monday. The foundation selected the fellows from across the U.S., Israel, Australia and Europe to “develop outstanding professional and volunteer leaders for the Jewish community and beyond.” They will keep working in their communities where they will “participate in individualized and cohort-based learning, have access to a coach and also develop an organizational change initiative.” Abraham is policy adviser to Mashav, Israel’s agency for international development cooperation, and director at Impact Investing Israel. Sprung, who grew up in the United States, is a senior adviser for international affairs and media to Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

THE INDEPENDENCE FIGHTERS FROM ABROAD: The World Machal Organization will pay tribute to the 4,500 men and women volunteers from abroad who helped Israel’s army before and during the War of Independence at a Memorial Day ceremony near Latrun on Wednesday. The ceremony may be the only privately funded one in Israel, according to World Machal co-founder Murray Greenfield, who will be the keynote speaker. “Everything we did we paid for ourselves,” he told Haaretz yesterday. “Things haven’t changed that much.”  The former New Yorker who helped smuggle in illegal immigrants said Machal currently focuses on those who come to serve in the Israeli forces, but should also be recruiting volunteers abroad to support the Jewish state, as it once did, to fight anti-Semitism and the BDS movement. For more info, email Doreen@sw.co.il.

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