Purim, one of Judaism's more colorful and popular holidays, is celebrated this year between sunset Saturday, 11 March, and sunset Sunday, 12 March, in most of Israel – excluding Jerusalem where Purim will be celebrated from sunset on Sunday, 12 March, until sunset on Monday, 13 March (see below). Purim is not a public holiday in Israel, but many offices, shops, and public institutions will operate on a reduced basis. Schools will be closed, but public transportation will operate as usual, and newspapers will be published. Add a comment
Art & Culture
Director: Petr Zelenka, Czech Republic, 2008, Czech with Hebrew subtitles, 100 min
For the tickets contact your Cinematheque.A theatre company from Prague arrives in Cracow to present a stage adaptation of Dostoevsky’s novel The Brothers Karamazov at the city’s alternative drama festival. The production is to be staged in an unusual venue – the local steelworks. During rehearsals, the drama on stage spills over into real life, behind the scenes and front of house... In both his chosen theme and form, director Petr Zelenka has come up with an exceptional piece, oscillating between fiction and documentary and centred on the successful stage production presented by Prague’s Dejvice Theatre.
Petr Zelenka (b. 1967, Prague) is one of the Czech Republic’s most highly regarded screenwriters and directors. He studied scriptwriting and dramaturgy at FAMU (1991) and then worked as a script editor at Barrandov film studios. He wrote the script for the short Allenesque piece Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex but Were Afraid to Experience (1999, dir. Jan Hřebejk) and for the box-office hit comedy Loners (2000, dir. David Ondříček). In 1993 he directed the fictional feature-length documentary Padlock (Visací zámek 1982-2007), which he followed with the similarly conceived Mňága – Happy End (1996). He then made his award-winning feature debut Buttoners (1997 – Czech Lion for Best Czech Film, among others), Year of the Devil (2002 — Crystal Globe at the KVIFF) and an adaptation of his own stage play which won the prestigious Alfréd Radok prize, Wrong Side Up (2005).
Director: Petr Zelenka
Screenplay: Petr Zelenka based on the novel The Brothers Karamazov by F.M. Dostoyevski and stage adaptation by Evald Schorm
Director of Photography: Alexander Šurkala
Music: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
Editor: Vladimír Barák
Cast: Ivan Trojan, Igor Chmela, Martin Myšička, David Novotný, Lenka Krobotová, Michaela Badinková
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The Israel Opera’s current production of Faust by Charles Gounod is an amalgam of grand opera and ballet that combines the best of both artistic worlds. The superb performances by vocalists and dancers alike take place against the backdrop of stunning scenery, whose staging employs high-tech hydraulics.
In this four-hour production of the opera in five acts -- a co-production of the Israel Opera with Teatro Regio Torino and Opera de Lausanne -- the choreography -- by visiting director Stefano Poda -- practically steals the show. The writhing, sensual movements of the souls in Hell are rendered all the more unforgettable by the near-total nudity of the lithe terpsichoreans.
Indeed, at the premiere performance of Faust on March 6, the audience’s enthusiastic ovations for the dancers rivaled those that regaled the singers. The dancers also received named credits in the program playbill.
The Opera Orchestra -- the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion -- conducted by Dan Ettinger, was in fine form in an augmented capacity, with two harpists and complete woodwind and percussion sections.
The role of Faust was sung by tenor Gaston Rivera, while that of Mephistopholes was sung by bass Paolo Battaglia. Soprano Aurelia Florian excelled as Marguerite, and the breeches role of Marguerite’s suitor -- and Faust’s rival -- Siebel was sung by mezzo soprano Na’ama Goldmann.
The roles of all five major protagonists alternate each evening during the course of this stunning production, which runs through March 25.
Director, Designer and Choreographer Stefano Poda
Among the soloists:
The Israeli Opera Chorus
Chorus Master: Ethan Schmeisser
The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion
Sung in French
English and Hebrew Surtitles
Translation: Israel Ouval
Duration: Three hours & 15 minutes
Co-production with Teatro Regio di Torino and Opera de Lausanne
PREMIÈRE 210, 280, 345, 420, 470 NIS
SUN-FRI 190, 252, 319, 388, 438 NIS
SAT 207, 269, 334, 404, 453 NIS
The New Israeli Opera
Shaul Hamelekh Boulevard 19, Tel Aviv
Tel. (03) 692-7777
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Ambassador AndorNagy and Dr. Vera Kaplan, Director of the Cummings Center
have the honour to invite you and your friends to the
“THE 1956 HUNGARIAN REVOLUTION AND THE INTERNATIONAL CONTEXT OF THE COLD WAR”
commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Revolution
The Conference is sponsored by the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight 60th Anniversary Memorial Board
Gilman Building, Room 496, Tel Aviv University
(Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv)
The lectures will be held in English
Please RSVP by
Coffee and Refreshments
Ambassador Andor Nagy, Embassy of Hungary
Dr. Vera Kaplan, Director, Cummings Center
Dr. Boris Morozov
Associate Professor Tamás Magyarics: The International Context of the Hungarian revolution
Dr. Raphael Vago, Senior Lecturer: The Hungarian Revolution, Israel and the Suez Crisis
Assistant Research Fellow Gábor Megadja: A down-to-earth Revolution? The non-ideological character of 1956
Questions and remarks
Moderator Dr. Boris Morozov
Ambassador Andor Nagy
Amb. Tamás Magyarics, Ph. D. is as Associate Professor at the School of English and American Studies, ELTE, Budapest, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Budapest Centerfor American Studies at the National University for Public Service. He served as Ambassador to Ireland in 2011-2015, and was the Head of the North American Department at theHungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2015-2016. He was a Senior Research Fellow, then the Director of the Hungarian Institute for International Affairs between2000 and 2011. While working at the HIIA, he was the editor-in-chief of the Külügyi Szemle and the Foreign Policy Review. He has been teaching at ELTE, Budapest since 1987,and was a Guest Professor at the UCSB, the IES in Vienna besides various Hungarian universities. His fields of interest include the history of the Cold War, with specialreference to the US-Central European relations, the history of US foreign affairs, Great Britain’s policies towards Central Europe in the 20th century, and the theory of internationalrelations. He has written and edited ten books on these topics, and authored some 200 articles in peer reviewed and other journals in Hungary and abroad.
Dr. Boris Morozov – graduated from the Historical Faculty of Moscow State University, where in 1983 received Ph.D in History for the dissertation " The Establishment of a State Apparatus in 1917-18: The Case of the People’s Commissariat of Railroads". From 1978 until 1984 worked in the Institute of Documental Research and Archives (in the Central Soviet Archives) and from 1984 until 1991 – in Academy of Labor and Social Relations. In 1991 emigrated to Israel, since 1991 works in Tel Aviv University. Specializes in the problems of Jewish emigration and history of Russian-Israeli relations. Expert on the methodology of work with Russian archival documents. Author and editor of books: The Formation of the Bodies of the Central Government of Soviet Russia in 1917-1918, (in Russian), Progress-Academiia, Moscow, 1995; Jewish Emigration in the Light of New Documents, (in Russian), Ivrus, Tel Aviv, 1998; Documents on Soviet Jewish Emigration (London, Frank Cass Publishers, 1999); (with Ziva Galili) Exiled to Palestine: The Emigration of Soviet Zionist Convicts, 1924-1934, Routledge, London, 2006; (with Yaacov Ro'i) The Soviet Union and the June 1967 Six Day War (Washington, Stanford University Press, 2008), etc. and numerous articles. Now works on the book re history of Bahais in Russia, monitors Antisemitism in Russian Press and collects material for the research on the Structure of Power in contemporary Russia.
Dr. Raphael Vago is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow, Department of History, Cummings Center for Russian and East European Studies and the Kantor Center for the Study of Contemporary European Jewry, Tel-Aviv University
Main areas of teaching and research, Modern History of Central and Eastern Europe, especially topics related to the modern history of Hungary and Romania, modern Anti-Semitism, Holocaust and Holocaust Denial, nationalism, minorities, ethnicity – present and historical perspective, post-communist systems, European integration and Minorities in the new Europe
Author of the yearly chapters since 1993 related to Anti-Semitism in Eastern/Central Europe in the yearly editions of Antisemitism Worlwide published by Tel-Aviv University, member of several Academic and Public committees of projects and research centers on the history of the Jews in Romania and Hungary. Member of the International Commission of Historians on the Holocaust in Romania, "The Elie Wiesel Commission". Numerous public and media appearances related to the Commission's findings.
Gábor Megadja is an Assistant Research Fellow at the Thomas Molnar Institute for Advanced Studies, Budapest and also a Leading Researcher at Századvég Foundation. He has an MA in Sociology and History. He has completed his PhD and his thesis will be presented for defense at the Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Law, Department of Political Science is Spring 2017. He served as a political adviser to the Minister at the Ministry of Public Administration and Justice between 2010 and 2014. His main field of interest is the History of Ideas and he has several publications in peer reviewed and other journals and periodicals mainly about Leo Strauss, Hannah Arendt, Eric Voegelin, and others. He has published a book with the title The Hegemony of Utopia (2015) and his second one will be published probably later this year (Escape from Modernity).
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.
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.Add a comment
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.Add a comment
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
09 June 2017 – Jerusalem) The U.S. Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations Nikki Haley visited Yad Vashem today. The Ambassador was guided through the Holocaust History Museum by Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of Yad Vashem Libraries, participated in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visited the Children's Memorial and signed the Yad Vashem Guest Book.Add a comment
On Wednesday evening, June 7th, the Embassy of Slovenia in Tel Aviv celebrated 26 years of independence, and 25 years of bilateral relations with Israel. The commemoration was held at the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation in Jaffa. The event was timed to coincide with visits by both the Minister of Education, Science and Sport Dr. Maja Makovec Brencic, and a high-level parliamentary delegation led by National Assembly President Dr. Milan Brglez.Add a comment
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.”
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Friday was a beautiful late spring day; the gardens were lovely, the weather was fine; the guests were elegantly attired; the refreshments were generous and delicious; all the makings of a happy celebration marking the National Day of Sweden. H.E. Carl Magnus Nesser, ambassador of Sweden to the State of Israel, hosted the event at the ambassadorial residence in Herzlia Pituach.
The event was attended by many Swedish nationals living in Israel; Swedish music, Swedish food, Swedish sponsors and a generous open bar – all the makings of a happy event.Add a comment
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.Add a comment
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.Add a comment
"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 Add a comment
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.Add a comment
President Reuven and First Lady Nechama Rivlin today, (Monday), welcomed President of the United States Donald J. Trump, and First Lady Melania Trump on arrival at Ben-Gurion International Airport, and then at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem.
On his arrival at the President’s Residence, President Trump signed the official guest book and wrote, “It is such a great honor to be in Israel and be with all of my great friends”.Add a comment
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.Add a comment
President Reuven Rivlin on Tuesday , at a ceremony at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, received the diplomatic credentials of the new Ambassadors to Israel from Thailand and Spain. Each ceremony began with the raising of the flag and the playing of the national anthem of the visiting country, and - after the presentation of the credentials - the signing of the guest book, before the playing of Israel's national anthem 'Hatikva'.Add a comment