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Mini Mondial for Peace – 2018

Ambassadors and Diplomats from around the world, Israeli Premier League Players, Mayors and Heads of Local Councils from across Israel, and 800 Arab and Jewish, Israeli and Palestinian girls and boys participated in the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation's 2018 Mini Mondial for Peace tournament


"Sport knows no boundaries and sees no culture or religion. Sport is an international language that unites us all"- President Shimon Peres

Herzliya, Israel – The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation kicked off the 15th annual Mini Mondial for Peace – bringing together 800 Arab and Jewish, Israeli and Palestinian girls and boys from communities across Israel and the West Bank through soccer. This event promoted shared-living and acceptance of the "other."



Ambassadors and diplomats from around the world, Israeli premier league players, and Mayors and heads of local councils joined with the players in the opening ceremony - held at the Herzliya Municipal Stadium.

To kick off the event, two exhibition games were held between the children and the Ambassadors and Mayors Peace Team and the Israeli Premier League Peace Team. Dia Saba, star of Maccabi Netanya and the league's top scorer, and Lee Falkon, Player of the Year, were presented with the "Sport Ambassador for Peace" award for their contributions to advancing understanding, peace and co-existence through sports in Israel.

Special guests included: Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Peres Center, Chemi Peres; CEO of Maccabi Tel Aviv, Ben Mansford; Mayor Moshe Fadlon of Herzliya; Mayor of Sakhnin Municipality and Head of the Arab Mayor's Forum, Mazen Ghanaim; and the children's TV star, Tal Mussari, who served as the event MC and game announcer.


The Ambassadors and Diplomats included:

  • Mission Director Monica Stein-Olson, USAID

  • Counsel Rogerio Mario, Angola

  • Secretary Andres Rojas, Argentina

  • Ambassador Chris Cannan, Australia

  • Counsellor David Millward, Canada

  • Deputy Ambassador Signe Biering Nielsen, Denmark

  • Ambassador Anu Saarela, Finland

  • First Secretary Gauthier Appriou, France

  • Ambassador Alison Kelly, Ireland

  • Ambassador Gianluigi Benedetti, Italy

  • Charge d' Affaires Jon Chessoni, Kenya

  • Ambassador Doulat Kuanyshev, Kazakhstan

  • Ambassador Edminas Bagdonas, Lithuania

  • Ambassador Magnus Hellgren, Sweden

  • Representatives from the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Israel

Chemi Peres said: "Today, with the security tensions, you are proving to everyone that there is hope for coexistence, tolerance, and partnership - for the children and the next generation, who are our future."


Photo Credit: Avi Doek


 Who We Are 

The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation was founded in 1996 by the Ninth President of Israel and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Shimon Peres. Our mission is to advance his vision for a prosperous Israel within a peaceful Middle East.  

The Peres Center is a leading non-profit and non-government organization focused on developing and implementing unique and cutting-edge programs. We work to build a stronger and more peaceful society in Israel and the region. We serve hundreds of thousands of participants of all ages, religions, genders and cultural backgrounds. Our focus includes advancing economic opportunity and inclusivity, delivering lifesaving medical treatment and community healthcare, and teaching youth leadership and peace education.

Our Approach: Sports in the Service of Peace

President Shimon Peres saw the impact of conflict on youth in the region and the susceptibility to develop negative perceptions of "the other". He witnessed the power that sport has to unite youth from diverse cultures and backgrounds, and to instill the values of teamwork and common goals through shared struggles and victories.
The award-winning Twinned Peace Sports Schools ("TPSS") program was thus founded in 2002, and is now the longest running peace education through sports program in the Middle East.

This program brings together hundreds of children every year from different communities across Israel and the West Bank. Through TPSS the children participate in bi-weekly trainings focused on improving soccer skills and peace education. They join soccer trainings and cultural activities with new friends from "the other side." Participants also learn basic words in their counterparts' language to communicate during joint activities.
The capstone event of the year is the "Mini Mondial", where all program participants come together for a day of peace building and a soccer tournament.

Our Impact

Founded in 2002, the Twinned Peace Sports Schools is the longest running peace education through sport program in the Middle East and has engaged over 20,000 boys and girls; Israeli and Palestinian, Jewish and Arab.
The program was developed with the goal of bringing youth together to mitigate fears, break down emotional barriers, and provide new generations with the necessary tools to become constructive and influential leaders within their communities and the region.

In 2017
-74% of program participants agreed they have a better understanding of the other.
-86% of girls participating in the program reported feeling more self-confident and enhanced feelings of empowerment as females who play soccer.

             International Awards and Recognition

  • Beyond Sport - Leadership in Sport Award, 2016
  • Beyond Sport - Shortlisted, Best Project for Peace and Reconciliation, 2015
  • German Football Ambassador Award, 2015
  • Peace and Sport, Monaco - Best NGO, 2011
  • Streetfootballworld Network Board Member, 2005-2010
  • Wingate Award - Best NGO in the Field of Peace and Sport, 2010
  • The Global Sports Forum Barcelona - Best Project, 2010
  • Beyond Sport - Shortlisted, Best Project for Peace and Reconciliation, 2009

Strategic Partners

We are deeply grateful for our partners USAID, Denmark, Finland, Australia, as well as Adidas, FIFA, Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, streetfootballworld, and Beyond Sport.






6 May 2018, Tel Aviv - Over 150 people, including representatives from the Tel Aviv city government and members of the local and religious community in Israel, gathered at the lush Hayarkon Park in northern Tel Aviv for the Embassy's third annual joint celebration of Labor Day and Flores de Mayo. Twenty Filipino community organizations participated in the Flores de Mayo parade, carrying flower arches and wearing costumes representing their respective regions.

The event, organized in partnership with the Philippine Overseas Labor Office and Overseas Workers' Welfare Office in Israel, served as the Embassy's salute to over 25,000 Filipino workers in Israel, on the occasion of Philippine Labor Day.

Ambassador Neal Imperial thanked the Filipino community and the Embassy's guests for joining the celebration and took the opportunity to honor the contributions of Filipino workers to the country's development.

. "We honor our workers - our Overseas Filipino workers in particular, who are our partners for national development," Ambassador Imperial affirmed.

In a nod to female workers, who make up more than half of the Filipino population in Israel, the ambassador explained that for the Embassy, the Flores de Mayo celebration is intended to honor the particular contributions of Filipino women and mothers to the country's development.

"Here in Israel, over seventy percent of our workers are women, some of whom have chosen to pursue overseas work to make sure that their family’s future is secure. Today, we honor them for their sacrifice, and for their love."



"You are the true force for change," Labor Attaché Cynthia Lamban told Filipino workers, reading from Labor Secretary Silvestre Q. Bello's message elaborating on the 2018 Labor Day theme, "A salute to the Filipino worker: the pride of our people, our partners for the change!"

The Filipino community concluded the celebrations with a potluck picnic along the banks of the Hayarkon River after the conclusion of the program.

The Philippine Embassy holds an annual joint celebration of Labor Day and Flores de Mayo on the first Sunday of May.



Photo Philippine Embassy

Photo 1 Philippine Embassy officials headed by Ambassador Neal Imperial lead the members of the Filipino community during the parade

Photo 2 and 3 

This year’s winners: Little Princess and Little Prince ; and the Queen & King  with their runners-up





The British Council and the Clore Israel Foundation are excited to present:  SHOW UK


SHOW UK is an initiative launched by the British Council and the Clore Israel Foundation, designed to showcase contemporary British culture and strengthen bonds between our creative communities. The series of cultural pop up events at festivals across Israel features multidisciplinary arts and celebrates British diversity and innovation. SHOW UK also aims to create inclusive opportunities and engage with communities throughout the country.

The launching of SHOW UK will launch on the 26th of April at the "Fresh Paint Fair"

In the presence of Mr. Christian Duncumb, Director of the British Council Israel, and the British Ambassador in Israel Mr. David Quarrey  

For its inauguration, SHOW UK brings you the captivating performance

I Infinite by the Tom Dale Company.

I Infinite is a part dance, part video installation. It’s a solo dance piece that uses hypnotizing imagery and movement to deliver a mesmerizing meditation on the digital world’s quest to re-create life. I Infinite is performed in a white cube space. You, the audience, are free to roam the space as you please, to stand close to the dancer or just sit, transfixed, to watch the delicate movement so often missed in more traditional theatre spaces.

Created by Tom Dale, Barret Hodgson, Maria Olga Palliani / Co-produced by Dance4 / Supported by British Council, Dance Digital, Deda, National Lottery through Arts Council England and Nottingham Lakeside Arts.

Choreography: Tom Dale/ Digital Media Artist: Barret Hodgson / Performers: Jemima Brown and Maja Furnes

Duration: 50 min.

Audience capacity: 40

Wheelchair accessible.



“Together with the Clore Israel Foundation, we’re delighted to be unveiling SHOW UK at Fresh Paint, marking the beginning of an exciting new cultural relations project between the UK and Israel. We look forward to welcoming Tom Dale to Israel for the first time to present his acclaimed I Infinite show, which by merging digital design and dance, is a great example of the UK’s innovative arts scene, and an excellent starting point for building connections with Israeli youth’’.

25th Wednesday first preview 20:30

26th Thursday 18:30, 21:00 | Artist Talk: 21:30

27th Friday 11:30, 14:00, 17:00

28th Saturday 11:30, 14:00, 17:00

29th Sunday 18:00, 20:30

30th Monday 18:00, 20:30



Photos Tom Dale







The Dead Sea Scrolls at Seventy – "Clear a Path in the Wilderness"   70 Years of the State of Israel, 70 Years of Scrolls’ Discoveries

 Next week we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the most important archaeological find of the twentieth century, at a path-breaking international conference at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Museum. For 2,000 years, the Judean Desert kept its secrets hidden. With the discovery of the Scrolls on the eve of the establishment of the State of Israel, a window opened onto a trove of rich and varied literature from the end of the Second Temple period.


Researchers from all over the world and experts in many fields of knowledge, including archeology, Bible, Jewish thought, ancient Jewish law (halacha), the New Testament, sociology, geology, and other sciences, will gather to discuss different aspects of the Judean Desert where the Scrolls were unearthed, both as the physical site of desert communities and as the symbolic place where biblical events and stories are set. The inter-disciplinary exchange and inter-institutional collaboration at this wide-ranging conference will allow for further significant progress in the study of the Second Temple period, the maturation of Judaism, and the beginning of Christianity.

The conference is organized jointly by the Hebrew University’s Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature, the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Shrine of the Book in the Israel Museum, the University of Vienna, and New York University.

The morning of the third day of the conference (Tuesday, May 1), to be held at the Israel Museum, will be devoted mainly to presenting the archaeological investigations that have been carried out in the Judean Desert in recent years, including the search for more scrolls and artefacts, and the pursuit of robbers seeking to plunder the finds, whose value is priceless.

On May 1 in the evening, beginning at 19:00, the Museum will host a program of lectures in Hebrew, open to the public. It will moderated by Prof. Esther Chazon, director of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Associated Literature at the Hebrew University. The first lecture – “From the Desert to the Forefront of Science: Documentation, Conservation and Accessibility of the Dead Sea Scrolls,” which will be given by Pnina Shor, curator and director of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at the Israel Antiquities Authority, will also present new discoveries in the study of the scrolls. The lectures will be accompanied by simultaneous English translation.

Esther Chazon, director of the Orion Center for the Study of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Related Literature: “The Dead Sea Scrolls reveal a lost Jewish library from ancient times that opens a window onto Jewish life and thought during the Second Temple period. The conference, which will take place next week in Jerusalem, will be unprecedented in its integration of different fields of knowledge. The Dead Sea Scrolls are the most important archaeological find of the 20th century and their story, from their discovery and identification on November 29, 1948 until the completion of their publication in the 21st century, is an inseparable part of the story of the State of Israel. The cooperation we will see at the conference next week and the interface between archeology and analysis of the written material, maximize the information recovered from antiquity and its accessibility to the general public”.


Dr. Adolfo Roitman, curator of the Dead Sea Scrolls and director of the Shrine of the Book, “On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the scrolls and on the background of the conference, the museum is celebrating with two new exhibitions – “Genesis Retold: An Exceptional Dead Sea Scroll” (Curators: Adolfo Roitman and Hagit Maoz) in the Shrine of the Book, and “The Faces behind the Scrolls” (Curator: Rotem Arieli) in the Dorot Foundation Dead Sea Scrolls Information and Study Center. In addition to these, and in honor of the conference session to be held at the museum on May 1, 2018, the exhibition “Sara in the Eyes of the Beholder: the Story Retold by the Dead Sea Scrolls” will be opened in the Youth Wing (Curators: Eli Bruderman and Eldad Shaaltiel) with works prepared by art students. The three exhibitions shed light on the scrolls from new and surprising angles and have the power to arouse renewed public interest in these national treasures”.

Pnina Shor, curator and head of the Dead Sea Scrolls Project at the Israel Antiquities Authority: “On the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the scrolls, we can state with satisfaction that we are working not only to preserve the scrolls for future generations, but are also making them accessible through the most advanced means in the world to both the public and scholars. The cutting-edge technologies employed by the Israel Antiquities Authority today provide endless new directions for research on the scrolls, so that the secrets of the most important archaeological find of the 20th century continue to be revealed to us. We hope that by the time of the 80th anniversary of the discovery of the scrolls other scrolls will be discovered in the Judean Desert, and that with the help of new technologies we will be able to conserve them in the best possible manner, explore and discover more significant layers in this enormous and dramatic cultural asset that was entrusted to us for safekeeping”.


Photo  Israel Antiquities Authority / Shai Halevi




The St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing two concerts of Russian music in Tel Aviv this coming May. The concerts, under the baton of Yuri Temirkanov, will take place at the Charles Bronfman Cultural Center, 1 Huberman St. (home of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra) on May 9th and 10th 2018. It was Maestro Temirkanov’s wish to accompany the orchestra to Israel to perform in honour of 70 years of the State of Israel. The concerts also coincide with Victory Day (May 9th), a holiday that commemorates the victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War following the signing of the German Instrument of Surrender late in the evening on 8 May 1945.

Chosen for the program for obvious reasons, the concert of May 9th will feature Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No.9, a work originally intended to be a celebration of the Russian victory over Nazi Germany. The concert will be preceded by Israeli pianist/conductor/composer Gil Shohat’s talk about the work and the tragic events surrounding it.

The concert of May 10th will feature soloist Nikolai Lugansky, a pianist of extraordinary depth and versatility. He will perform Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 3 for piano and orchestra, one of the most technically challenging piano concertos of the standard classical repertoire. The program will also include Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov’s dazzling symphonic suite “Scheherazade” Op. 35.



The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, the oldest Philharmonia in Russia, has been in existence for more than two hundred years. Its history goes back to 1802, when the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Society, the first in Europe, was created. It organized the world premiere of Beethoven's “Missa Solemnis” in 1824. Since 1988, Yuri Temirkanov, professor of violin at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow and one of the world's leading conductors, has served as the orchestra’s artistic director and chief conductor.

Tickets, ranging from NIS 186 to NIS 626 can be reserved by contacting www.bravo.org.il *3221 or www.leaan.co.il *8780

Photos: Maestro Yuri Temirkanov and The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra by   (Stas Levshin)