PEOPLE AND PLACES: The man who collected voices

A drum player finds his way from the US to Israel via West Africa.

Akiva Gersh  (photo credit: TAMAR FIELD-GERSH)
Akiva Gersh
(photo credit: TAMAR FIELD-GERSH)
Sure, most new immigrants to Israel experience a welter of dramatic experiences, hilarious events, strange sensations and deep reflections when they pick up and move to this country. And many say to themselves, “Someday I’m going to sit down and write a book about all of this!” A few even manage to do so.
But no one, as far as anyone knows, has assumed the daunting task of collecting a bunch of different experiences from a lot of new immigrants and anthologizing them into a book.