On Sunday night, March 12th, the movie “A Date for Mad Mary” was screened at Cinematheque Tel Aviv, opening Irish Film Week. The movie is one of five different films that will be played in Tel-Aviv, Haifa, and Jerusalem.

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.




Director: Petr Zelenka, Czech Republic, 2008, Czech with Hebrew subtitles, 100 min

9.3. at 21h | Cinematheque Tel Aviv, followed by Q&A with the actress Lenka Krobotova (Grushenka)
20.3. at 21:30h | 
Cinematheque Jerusalem

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







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.  


Conductor                                                                         Dan Ettinger

                                                                                           Ethan Schmeisser

Director, Designer and Choreographer                     Stefano Poda

Among the soloists:

Faust                                                                              Gaston Rivero

                                                                                        Rame Lahaj

Mephistopheles                                                       Paolo Battaglia

                                                                                    Petar Naydenov

Marguerite                                                              Aurelia Florian

                                                                                  Tamar Iveri

Siebel                                                                      Na’ama Goldman

                                                                                  Shahar Lavi

Valentin                                                                 Serban Vasile

                                                                                 Ilya Silchukov

Wagner                                                                 Noah Brieger

Martha                                                                   Edit Zamir

                                                                               Shay Bloch

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

Tickets Price

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


Website: http://www.israel-opera.co.il/eng/


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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





commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the 1956 Revolution



The Conference is sponsored by the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and Freedom Fight 60th Anniversary Memorial Board


14 March, 2017 (Tuesday) at 04.30 p.m. 


Gilman Building, Room 496, Tel Aviv University


(Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv)

 The lectures will be held in English


Please RSVP by 10 March 2017


Free Entrance


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16:15-16:30             Coffee and Refreshments

16:30-16:50              Opening remarks

Ambassador Andor Nagy, Embassy of Hungary

Dr. Vera Kaplan, Director, Cummings Center

16:50-18:00              Conference Chair                          

Dr. Boris Morozov

16:50-17:10              Associate Professor Tamás Magyarics: The International Context of the Hungarian revolution

17:15-17:35             Dr. Raphael Vago, Senior Lecturer: The Hungarian Revolution, Israel and the Suez Crisis

17:35-18:00              Assistant Research Fellow Gábor Megadja: A down-to-earth Revolution? The non-ideological character of 1956 

18:00-18:30             Questions and remarks

Moderator Dr. Boris Morozov

18:30                        Closing remarks

                                 Dr. Boris Morozov

                                 Ambassador Andor Nagy

18:45                       Buffet Reception



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).