Rank and File: Shutaf Celebrates Partnership With Nefesh B’Nefesh

New immigrants dominated a competition that culminated in Demo Day; a screening hosted by Philippine Embassy at the Cinematheque Tel Aviv.

MY BROTHER’S A KEEPER Shutaf, whose inclusion programs support young people with disabilities, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with immigrant support organization Nefesh B’Nefesh by screening “My Hero Brother” at the Cinematheque Jerusalem on Monday. The movie chronicles a group of young adults with Down syndrome who travel with their siblings on a trek in the Indian Himalayas.“Our interest in screening the film is because it offers the lesser told but equally important story of the sibling, without the disability,” said Beth Steinberg, who cofounded Shutaf with Miriam Avraham. The film is in Hebrew with English subtitles. Steinberg, who hails from Brooklyn, said Nefesh B’Nefesh partnered with Shutaf to help expose English-speaking immigrants to Israeli culture via film, while also recognizing that many immigrants and their families deal with difference and disability. To RSVP, email elisa@campshutaf.org.

HIVE OF ACTIVITY New immigrants dominated a competition that culminated in Demo Day, held last week by Ashdod’s TheHive – an accelerator operated by Gvahim (a subsidiary association of the Rashi Foundation). Among the startups, Johannesburg native Roy Golombick and cofounder Ben Gal were runners-up for their company Comroads – a social community platform that records events such as road accidents. Golombick got the idea after getting his car smashed in a mall parking lot with no note left by the offender. “We want to connect people with dash cams with those who need the footage” for insurance purposes, he said. “We are working on an automated platform that will communicate with insurance companies and streamline the whole process, so you can upload interesting things you see automatically.” Danny and Howard Moskowitz, who head up AdFlurry, were also in the competition, the culmination of the six-month accelerator program.

HOLOCAUST HAVEN Among the few nations that provided shelter to Jews fleeing Europe before and during World War II, the Philippines was one of the less obvious and less well-known destinations. Ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Philippine Embassy in Tel Aviv will be screening a documentary on the rescue of 1,300 Jews in the documentary “An Open Door: Holocaust Haven in the Philippines” at the Cinematheque Tel Aviv next Wednesday. “Through this excellent historical documentary, we hope to celebrate and generate greater awareness of the enduring friendship between Filipinos and Jews, which even antedates the independence of both countries,” said Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial. Producers Noel Izon and Prof. Sharon Delmendo will host a panel discussion after the film with Prof. Bonnie Harris, a Holocaust scholar, and two of the rescued Jews – Max Weissler and Margot Pins Kestenbaum. For info and tickets, call 03-606-0800.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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