Rank and File

Andrea Simantov

JERUSALEM PARLOR MEETINGS: When Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz joined the Jerusalem City Council this spring, he took it upon himself to hold bimonthly parlor meetings with the capital’s English-speaking community. “Immigrants feel disempowered when working with the system,” he told Haaretz Thursday. “It can be even more challenging for senior citizens, who tend to be very informed but don’t always have access to people in the system.” In this spirit, the head of the Sulam Yaakov Beit Midrash held his first meeting in Rehavia late last week. Leibowitz, who grew up in Berkeley, California, said he dedicated an hour but realized he needs to spend “more time for questions and answers.” The next parlor meeting will be held Thursday at Midreshet Lindenbaum. For info on upcoming meetings for seniors and residents of other ages, write to lbaaron@jerusalem.muni.il or call (02) 629-7583.

Sharon Kirschner
Steven Winston

TEL AVIV ARTS WORKSHOPS: The Stage has announced it is offering three eight-week workshops this summer to the English-speaking art loving community. Those who want to acquire tools for writing and photography, and to expand their artistic mind by encountering Tel Aviv and Jaffa by foot, can join urbanist Ilyll Sne-Or, who has lived in Paris, starting July 13. Sharon Kirschner, a Melbourne native, told Haaretz Thursday her acting workshop, starting July 15, will help participants “explore different elements of what’s involved with developing a character,” giving them skills for a variety of media and developing a character diary for future reference. And, if you’ve ever wanted to try out improvisation, Adaya Turkia, originally from Sydney, will teach the basics starting July 17. To get more info or sign up, visit www.thestagetlv.com.

A NIGHT AT THE ZOO: The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel held its annual Fourth of July / Canada Day picnic yesterday, returning to the Jerusalem Zoo for the first time in nearly a decade. Elayna Weisel, the AACI’s Jerusalem program manager, told Haaretz yesterday that the volunteer chairperson for the picnic, Judy Cohen, also volunteers at the zoo. “This is why it’s a great connection,” said Weisel, explaining that Cohen coordinated between the zoo and AACI. The picnic began with Dan Grodzinski, a medical clown and street theater artist clowning and juggling. Hila Sheetrit provided face painting, and the musical folk duo of Larry and Mindy entertained picnickers by the lake. The event ended with the annual raffle for two tickets to the United States, won by Regina Mazor.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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