Rank and File: Poet Receives Top Prize and an Art Exhibit for the Reunification of Jerusalem

The cast of "Divine Right"
Chana Goldstein

PRIZE POET: Ricky Rapoport Friesem received this year’s top prize in Voices Israel’s Reuben Rose Poetry Competition at a ceremony in Tel Aviv on Wednesday. “It’s one thing to be published in Kalamazoo but it’s really nice to get a prize in your own community,” Friesem told Haaretz after receiving the award. “There were some very good poems read tonight.” She said her winning poem, “Director’s Notes: Holocaust Memorial Day,” was her attempt to express what she feels when the siren goes off. “I worked 25 years in making promo science films for Weizmann Institute and had the idea to write it as if I were writing a script,” recalled Raporport Friesem, who hails from Toronto via Ann Arbor. Second prize went to Joyce Schmid, from Palo Alto, California, while Wendy Dickstein won third place.

O JERUSALEM: The Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel announced it will host through June a major art exhibition to mark the 50th nniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. The opening will be on Monday at the AACI-Dr. Max & Gianna Glassman Family Center in Talpiot. The paintings, collage, calligraphy and photography works “reflect the spiritual essence of the city and its holy sites, the incomparable beauty of this unique area, and the current day-to-day ‘vibe’ of a modern, municipal center,” AACI stated. The artists,hailing from the United States, England, South Africa, Australia, Mexico and France include Heddy Abramowitz, Jay Avilev, Shemtov Ben Shlomo, Sharon Binder, Michael-Alon Bloom, Rick Blumsack, Varda Branfman, Elyakim Bruck, Nechama Burgeman, Barbara Dorevitch, Tami Ellison, Yitzhak Greenfield, Yehoshua Halevi, Ben Herskowitz, Roy Karp, Naomi Katz, Naomi Landes, Hannah Libman, David Louis, Shoshana Meerkin, Cara Nachshon, Leorah Parker, Yoram Raanan, Estelle Reingold, Tzvi Rotem and Yonit Schiller. For more info, call the AACI at (02) 566-1181.

THEATER AND THEOLOGY: What happens when the world’s most powerful nation is overtaken by religious fanaticism? The brand-new Theater and Theology company explores this question through it first production “Divine Right” about the Spanish persecution of Jews, which runs from May 9 to May 23. “I think theater has a lot of added value if you are thinking and are inspired by new and interesting ideas that stay with you beyond the entertainment of the moment,” founding producer Yael Valier told Haaretz. “If you want people to remember an event or idea there is no better way than putting on a show and putting it to music,” added Valier, who was born in Japan to French parents, lived in several countries and moved to Israel from Philadelphia. The show, which Valier notes includes rabbis playing priests, stars Rabbi David Golinkin as Nachmanides. After each performance, scholars such as Rabbi Dr. Nathan Lopes Cardozo, Dr. Hannah Davidson and Father Martin Kleespies will speak. "Divine Right" was written by Roy Doliner, who was born in the United States but lived in Italy most of hs life before moving to Israel. Tickets at  theaterandtheology.com.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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