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On Wednesday evening February 21 citizens and friends of the Czech Republic and Slovakia celebrated 100 years since the founding of Czechoslovakia, and 70 years for the state of Israel, with a heritage concert held at the Czech Embassy in Tel Aviv. The concert, featuring top Czech and Slovak musicians, showcased Jewish Czechoslovakian music. Many more events are planned throughout the year to continue the centennial celebration.


Deputy Ambassador of the Czech Embassy Mr. Karel Pažourek extended greetings to the guests on behalf of H.E. Ambassador Ivo Schwartz and the embassy. The deputy ambassador pointed out that this was the first of a number of events planned, including a meeting between Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, and the Czech Parliament scheduled for early July in Jerusalem.



The Ambassador of Slovakia, H.E. Mr. Peter Hulényi, pointed out the embassy of the Czech Republic was actually the site of the original Czechoslovakian embassy. He highlighted the uniqueness of the Czech-Slovak relationship, and the fact that both nations could jointly celebrate the founding of Czechoslovakia, noting that such camaraderie was unfortunately rare in international relations following the formal division of states.


Ziv Nevo Kulman, head of the Cultural Diplomacy Bureau spoke on behalf of Israel. Kulman recalled his own position as a deputy ambassador in the Czech Republic, and observed that one of the common features between the people of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Israel, is a shared love and appreciation for music.


The capacity crowd then enjoyed a private concert featuring music from the Ensemble Moscheles, which works to preserve and promote Jewish musical compositions. The concert was an additional demonstration of the cooperation between the three nations, as it featured violinist Tomáš Tuláček from the Czech Republic, pianist Uri Brener from Israel, and mezzosoprano Angelika Pavlech from Slovakia. All gifted and internationally acclaimed performers, together they created a lovely evening of nostalgic Jewish heritage music, bringing the sounds of Jewish Czechoslovakia to life.


Diplomacy.co.il wishes congratulations to the Embassies of the Czech Republic and Slovakia on the centennial marking of Czechoslovakia’s founding.


Steven Aiello
Photos Stella Szpira