Rank and File: New Olim and Voting in U.S. Elections From Israel

Rebecca Glanzer, center, being recognized as the 50,000th Nefesh B’Nefesh immigrant.
Shahar Azran

BRUKHIM HABA’IM!: A group of 233 new olim landed at Ben-Gurion Airport Wednesday to begin their new lives in Israel, on a flight chartered by Nefesh B’Nefesh. Among them was Rebecca Glanzer, who was officially designated the 50,000th immigrant brought by NbN in cooperation with the government and other immigrant groups. “It is so crazy to me that this dream I had in high school is finally being realized,” said Glanzer, 22. “What drew me to Israel was the community and sense of belonging that you cannot find anywhere else in the world,” added the New Yorker, who was among 75 lone soldiers on the flight who will join the Israeli army. The group was greeted by President Reuven Rivlin, NbN co-founders Yehoshua Fass and Tony Gelbart and Immigrant Absorption Minister Sofa Landver, among others.

YES YOU CAN: With just 80 days to go to Election Day, iVote Israel is busy helping eligible U.S. citizens in Israel to register to vote in the November election. “Our goal is not to get any single candidate elected, but to get as many Americans here as possible to register to demonstrate to American politicians that there is a big voter bloc here,” Eitan Charnoff, iVote Israel’s national director, told Haaretz. Nonpartisan iVote Israel registered 300 people in just four hours in Tel Aviv, said Charnoff, a native of Potomac, Maryland. The group will be registering voters in Ra’anana today, Efrat on Sunday, Tel Aviv on Tuesday and Jerusalem next Thursday. Charnoff said the group will soon install permanent drop-off boxes for voter registration forms in 10 locations. For more info or to register, visit ivoteisrael.com.

CALLING YOUNG BOOKWORMS: The Association of Americans and Canadians is holding its annual end-of-summer JELLY Ice Cream party in Jerusalem on Monday afternoon. Activities will include games, stories and a live performance, according to the immigrant assistance organization. Children should prepare a list of 10 books they read, or had read to them, over the summer. Deborah Lionarons, JELLY’s project coordinator, told Haaretz JELLY, has held the event for some 30 years to encourage summer reading. The London native said JELLY distributes a book list, “so when they come to the event they’ve had this list on their fridge all summer they come very proudly very excited to show off their list.” In addition, children can choose a book to take home from the event. Rivka Zablocki, one of the founders of JELLY, will be at the event. RSVP by Tuesday to (02) 566-1181.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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