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 For the 10th straight year, Jaffa’s Gesher festival launched the Gesher festival, with an opening night performance of Oedipus Rex on Thursday May 18. Gesher Theater bridges cultures and languages, and the Gesher festival is an annual which brings some of the greatest international performers to Israel. On the opening evening of the 2017 festival, guests were able to enjoy a classical Greek play performed in Russian with Hebrew subtitles, a paradigmatic example of the international, intercultural and interlingual focus of Gesher Theater.

 

At the press conference on Thursday afternoon, Lena Keindlin, General Director of Gesher Theater, thanked all of those who had worked hard to produce such a prestigious festival. She noted in particular the collaboration with Vakhtangov Theater, which for the fourth year has come from Moscow to participate in the festival. Evgeniy Arye, the Artistic Director of the Gesher Theater explained that the performances during the festival aimed to remind patrons that daily life can be challenging, whether one lives in Moscow, or Tel Aviv.

Maria Revyakina, Director of the Golden Mask Festival, and Kirill Krok, Director of Vakhtangov Theater, were in attendance as well. As part of their partnership, the Gesher Festival incorporates performances from the Golden Mask Festival in Russia, ensuring that Israeli audiences get to see the best that Russia has to offer.
Following the opening reception, including a live musical performance, the sold-out crowd filled the theater. Lina Keindlin welcomed the guests and reiterated her appreciation for those who had cooperated to produce the festival, including the Ministry of Culture and Sport, the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality, the Vakhtangov Theater and the Greek and Russian Embassies. Yosi Sharabi, the Director of the Ministry of Culture and Sport, then offered his own blessings to the Gesher Theater and the festival.

The Ambassadors of Greece and Russia attended the opening performance. Both countries collaborated on the project, with the Oedipus play having been showcased first in Greece on a millennia-old Greek stage. Judging by the enthusiastic response of the audience, we can hope for many more intercultural cooperation programs in the future.

The Gesher Festival runs from May 18 until June 3. The program includes plays in Arabic, English, Hebrew, and Russian, as well as discussions with artists, interactive performances and workshops. The full schedule can be seen here:

http://www.gesher-theatre.co.il/en/PRODUCTIONS/GESHER_INTERNATIONAL_FESTIVAL_2017/Table_of_Events

 

Steven Aiello, founder of the Debate for Peace MUN program (debateforpeace.wordpress.com).

 

 

Over 60 leading women from across the world joined together last month for a panel discussion showcasing Israeli females in the lead.
Organized by The Israel Project (TIP) and the Embassy of Cyprus in Israel, the event served as a platform to discuss and understand the challenges and opportunities facing women in Israeli society in the modern age.
Among the panelists were popular journalist Judy Shalom Nir-Mozes. Former IDF commander Miri Eisin and Israeli Olympic athlete Maayan Davidovich.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, today (Thursday, 15 June 2017), in Thessaloniki, at the third trilateral summit, signed joint statements for the continued strengthening of relations.

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A senior delegation from Tanzania, headed by Dr. Aloyce Nzuki, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Natural Resources and Tourism, arrived in Israel for a series of meetings and events designed to increase cooperation with the Israeli tourist industry, and encourage Israeli tourism and investments to enchanted, exotic Tanzania.

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At a festive ceremony attended by Minister of Education Naftali Bennett, the Lauder Dormitory Building was inaugurated today at the Technion
state of the art building was donated to the Technion by World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder and his wife Jo Carole

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President Reuven Rivlin today (Wednesday) met at his residence in Jerusalem with United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Nikki R. Haley.

President Rivlin welcomed her and said, “You are a dear friend of Israel. We appreciate your strong stand on the world’s most important stage, in support of the security of the people and the State of Israel. With your support we see the beginning of a new era. Israel is no longer alone at the UN. Israel is no longer the UN’s punching bag.”

He continued, “When I spoke at the UN on Holocaust Memorial Day, I said that the UN must learn from the lessons of the past, and stand up against hatred and racism. I said it must end its obsession with targeting Israel. Progress has been made. Israel’s standing at the UN has improved. But sadly, we have a long way to go. Both in holding to account, public statements made by officials, and in supporting regulation to reduce the ridiculous number of discussions and resolutions against Israel. This is also true in the Human Rights Council - which has been hijacked as a weapon against Israel - and in UNESCO, where they seek to rub out the history of the Jewish people.”

The President thanked the Ambassador for her great contribution to the State of Israel, and said, “Ambassador Haley, as the representative the US - Israel’s greatest and strongest ally - we appreciate very much your support of Israel, and all you do to stand up for the values of freedom and democracy which we share. Welcome to Israel, welcome to Jerusalem.”

Ambassador Haley thanked the President for his warm welcome and said, “Thank you Mr. President for taking the time to meet with us, it is an absolute thrill to be here in Israel, I so much appreciate the support we have received from the people of Israel. But I feel somewhat guilty because all I did at the United Nations was tell the truth. I have never taken kindly to bullies, and the UN has bullied Israel for a very long time, and we are not going to let that happen anymore. It is a new day for Israel in the United Nations. We just got back from Geneva, talking about the Human Rights Council and hopefully it will be a new day at the Human Rights Council when it comes to Israel.”

She concluded by saying she was greatly looking forward to her visit to Israel and said, “I am looking forward to taking in the history, the beauty, the tradition, and all that comes with the magic of Israel. Thank you very much for having me it is a pleasure to be here.”

Photo credit: Mark Neiman (GPO)

A fundamentally agricultural holiday, Shavuot commemorates the custom of bringing offerings to the Holy Temple from the first fruits of the harvest and the first animals born to the flocks.

Shavuot, the Holiday of Weeks, is one of the three pilgrimage holidays, along with Pesach and Sukkot. These are the holidays on which the whole Jewish people would come to Jerusalem​ in ancient times, when the Holy Temple was there, and would offer animal and grain sacrifices.

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Tel Aviv Eat presents three evenings of tastings and workshops featuring the region’s leading restaurants and most prominent chefs. Entrance is free (including the chefs’ demonstrations), and tasting portions range in price from NIS 20-35. Doors open each evening at 18.00. There are several performance stages, live music, and stands selling beer.

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"Only when we remember the families who were torn apart from everyone they loved, who suffered that terrible darkness and evil, who had endured the unbearable horror of the Holocaust, only then can we prevent this agony from ever repeating." President Donald J. Trump

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The Charles Bronfman Auditorium at Habima Square is one of the centerpieces of the Israeli arts and cultural scene, home to the Israel Philharmonic for the last 60 years. On Friday, May 19th, it was home to yet another historic event, with the dedication of the entrance hall to Miri Shitrit of blessed memory.

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  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, today (Monday, 22 May 2017), at Ben-Gurion International Airport, welcomed US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania with an honor guard.

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The EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, met Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Minister of Economy and Industry Eli Cohen, on 17 May to discuss Israel's
successful participation in Horizon 2020, European Union's research and innovation funding programme.

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 On Tuesday evening, May 16th, H.E Mr. Manuel Gonzalez Sanz, Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, arrived in Israel for a 3 day visit focused on strengthening the already deep bilateral relations between Costa Rica and Israel. As part of the trip, the Embassy of Costa Rica hosted a special reception on Tuesday evening in Tel Aviv. On Wednesday Mr. Gonzalez Sanz had a private audience with the President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin. On Thursday the Foreign Minister is expected to visit Yad Vashem, where he will participate in a special memorial ceremony. On Thursday Mr. Gonzalez was also expected to meet with Israeli diplomats at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem.

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On the eve of the Shavuot holiday, the Society for the Promotion of Tourism in Herzliya, in conjunction with the Grape Man, is hosting the White Summer White Wine Festival at the Herzliya Marina. The largest white wine festival in Israel will take place on the plaza of the marina on Wednesday and Thursday, May 24-25, 2017.

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President Reuven Rivlin this morning (Wednesday), met at his residence in Jerusalem with a delegation visiting Israel, made up of Jordanian sheikhs representing different tribes from across Jordanian society, from Irbid, Zarqa, and Amman. Also participating in the meeting were senior members of the, Middle East Department, of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The delegation of sheikhs were visiting Israel for five days, during which they met with different faces from across Israeli society, deepening the understanding between the peoples.

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Just across the Ayalon Freeway from the Azrieli Center, in a mixed residential and office neighborhood, is a bistro barely one year old that is already making a name for itself.

In the words of chef-owner Daniella Berneman Fleishman herself, “On the border of Tel Aviv and Givatayim, I have opened a place that is the realization of a dream, combining my passion for hosting and love of food, where delicious food is served in a an atmosphere of home hospitality.”

Daniella has become popular with diverse audiences: workers from the adjacent office buildings during the day, families in the evening, and young people late at night. Parking on weekdays is only in paid parking garages, but there is plenty of free parking on evenings and weekends.

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