On Saturday, November 6 for Motzei Shabbat, AACI Jerusalem held it’s second Open Mic Night in the auditorium of the Dr. Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center in Talpiot. This event, co-sponsored by Rusty Mike Radio and Nefesh B’Nefesh, was an opportunity for olim and Israelis in their 20s and 30s to meet and mingle, all while listening to a great variety of music, poetry and comedy by local artists.
Elana Kutscher (AACI) and Rachel Kaufman (Nefesh B’Nefesh) lined up a stellar schedule of over 20 acts. Local acts included KolTure Shock, an a capella choir; Yerachmiel Ziegler, musician; Aryeh Bernstein, MC of the night and poet, among many others.
A particular crowd pleaser was Mo Kamioner, a stand-up comedian and oleh chadash with the uncanny ability to make light of a situation that many Anglos deal with trying to live in Israel: setting up a phone line with Bezeq!
With over 20 performers and over 250 people in attendance, AACI hopes to make Open Mic Night a bi-annual occurrence!
special thanks to Katie for her debut guest blog post.
The Great Shmoolonzo (he's the one on the left:) )
The main program hall of AACI was packed with over 100 people who came out to celebrate the 4th of July here in Jerusalem. Grandparents, grandchildren, parents and children – not only different age groups but different nationalities too – were mesmerized by Shmoolonzo the Great’s interactive magic show. Despite living in Israel, new and veteran olim alike seem to maintain a strong connection to their American roots. Or at least they’re open to an excuse to watch an exciting magic show.
The last magic student of the great and venerable Doctor Wang Master Magician wows the AACI.