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By Steven Klein | Dec. 19, 2014 | 1:12 AM

BEATLE MANIA: Roll up for the magical mystery tour! Step right this way... and support the English Speaking Residents Association’s communal projects. Indeed, The Magical Mystery Tour Band will play Beatles hits for ESRA’s annual fundraiser at the Herzliya Performing Arts Center on Sunday night “for the benefit of the weaker society,” said Yonit Gurfinkel, ESRA’s executive director. ESRA projects include a “warm home” for teenage girls at risk, club houses for children at risk in Modi’in and Rishon Letzion and welfare assistance for thousands of families, Gurfinkel told Haaretz on Wednesday. Gurfinkel, who spent many years in Florida, said that ESRA also provides scholarships to students studying for their academic degree and engages in many other projects that will gain from the evening. The fundraising committee, chaired by Lawrence Bertfield, put together the event, with significant help from chairwoman Brenda Katten, Gurfinkel added. For tickets, call 09-950 8371

FORTIES NOSTALGIA: Desert Rose Productions is going on a “Sentimental Journey” in Jerusalem next week. The South African husband and wife team of Grant and Daniella Crankshaw will be performing a host of songs from the World War II era. “We did the show a couple of years ago in Ra’anana, and we decided to put it up again because of the 70th anniversary of VE day,” Daniella Crankshaw told Haaretz Wednesday. “It is reminiscent of USO-staged or live radio shows.” The show will also feature comic skits and radio ads from the period. The Crankshaws, both originally from Johannesburg, will also sing songs by Vera Lynn and others who were icons of that age. J-Town Playhouse will host the show on Wednesday and Thursday at the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel’s Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center. For tickets, call (02) 566-1181.

STUDENT VOLUNTEER AWARDS: Telfed, the southern African assistance organization, will honor over 400 recipients of its bursary awards at a ceremony at the Zionist Organization of America building in Tel Aviv on Sunday. Telfed disburses two million shekels, raised from donors and trust funds, to Israeli-born and immigrant students who volunteer three hours a week as part of their bursary. Dino Ben Tovim, a sound engineering student from Cape Town, told Haaretz on Wednesday that last year he volunteered at Beth Protea, the English-speaking retirement facility. “I would play for them hitS from the 50s, do funny dances just to get them to laugh and have a good time,” said Ben Tovim, who will deejay the event. “And it had a big impact on me. It actually changed perspectives for me.” Fellow recipient Chicago-native Chanan Dvorin will perform Jewish music and former South African Martin Goldstein will play electric organ at the event.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein. Have an idea about an item for Rank and File? E-mail us at:column@haaretz.co.il

 

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