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.

The 2017 Israel Festival will take place from June 1st to 18th. With the abundance of mainstream culture available in Israel, together with his team, Eyal Sher, who took over the festival’s general direction three years ago, has changed the emphasis and agenda of the program.

  The 51st Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival will take place from May 30th to June 3rd 2017. Singer and conductor Hanna Tzur has been the festival’s musical director since 1995. Concerts are held in the spacious Church of the Ark of the Covenant gracing the Kiryat Yearim hilltop and in the intimate Crypt of the 12th century Benedictine Crusader Church nestling in a peaceful, exotic garden. People from all over Israel attend the festival, taking time out from the bustle of everyday life to immerse themselves in good music, enjoy the views over the Judean Hills, to picnic with friends, get a taste of the outdoor performances and browse the craft stalls.


Screening into cinemas  MOZART - Così fan tutte 

Wednesday 17 May at 19.30 hs 

Cinema City Glilot I Cinema City Jerusalem I Cinema City Rishon LeZion



Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Holocaust Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day  today (Monday, 24 April 2017), at the Knesset, made the following remarks at the 'Unto Every Person There is a Name'   ceremony:

"My late father-in-law, Shmuel Ben-Artzi, came here, at the age of 18, in 1933. He left his native Bilgoraj in Poland. His father, it could be said, pursued him up to the train station in Warsaw and tried to convince him to stay in Poland. Shmuel was insistent. He was full of love for Zion. He was also an emissary for the Musar movement yeshiva in Novardok and opened a branch in Bnei Brak.