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The Israeli chapter of the Italian Academy of Cuisine (Accademia Italiana della Cucina) held its monthly dinner at the newest Italian restaurant CALATA 15 located in Hertzlia Pituach during a pleasant evening well organized by Academy Delegate Dr. Cinzia Klein, Vice Delegate Ms. Sabrina Fadlun and Ms. Nessia Laniado.

Calata 15, new place in town, serves authentic creative dishes, realized by Italian chef Stefano Andreoni. The owner, Andrea Magi arrived a while ago from Pesaro, a city in the region of Marche, overlooking the Adriatic Sea. 

All tables were decorated with the academy flags. While looking around; I saw a wide space and beautiful restaurant, warm and inviting 

The evening began with a warm welcome by Delegate Cinzia Klein.

The dinner menu featured four courses, in the traditional Italian way, beginning with antipasti consisting of Vitello Tonnato, Melanzane alla Parmigiana and two versions of Pizzette-Marinara and Margherita and some focaccia slices

Starters were soon followed by two pasta dishes served as primi: Ravioli in a white sauce with sea bass and samphire and Gnocchi Sorrento style with mozzarella, tomatoes and basil.

Side dishes: Mixed salad, roasted potatoes, Swiss chard and seasonal vegetables

Main courses were two kinds: braised beef and grilled drum fish with broccoli, olives and pine nuts. 



There were also two desserts: Profiteroles and selection of pastries served with sabayon

The red and white wines accompanying the meal were both from Toscana:

Rosso Toscano “Le Maestrelle”, Santa Cristina - IGT Toscana and Villa Antinori Bianco Toscana, Antinori - IGT Toscana

Between courses, we had the chance of hearing a short and interesting lecture on the fork and its use from the beginning. 



The lecture was given by Nessia Laniado and translated by Professor Ghi’lad Zuckerman, Chair of Linguistics and Endangered Languages at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

At the end, Chef Andreoni was given a book presented by Mrs. Klein with applause of all participants for his efforts.

Attending the dinner was a large delegation from the Embassy of Italy in Israel, H.E. Mr. Gianluigi Benedetti, Ambassador of Italy to Israel and wife, Mrs. Sabina d’Antonio, an Honorary Academic, Mr. Gianmarco Macchia, First Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Francesco Meucci, Head of Office, Economic and Commercial Affairs, Colonel Guido Cerioni, Defense Attaché and Colonel Davide Salerno, Mr. Fabio Ruggirello, Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv, Ms. Giulia Calabrese, First Secretary and Mr. Emanuel Oldani, the newly appointed Consul.

A large number of Members of the Italian Academy of Cuisine were also present as well as Professor Zvika Ram, Director of Neurosurgery Division at Ichilov Tel Aviv Souraski Medical Center and other dignitaries from both the corporate and medical fields.



This lovely night left us the true taste of Italy.


Photos by Silvia Golan

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Concert :Mario I Blejer’s music SHIR HADASH (New Song) by the Hungarian band Artisans
The concert is the result of a special Hungarian-Israeli-Argentinian collaboration. 
The first part indudes compositions by the Argentine-Israeli Mario I. Blejer, based upon sacred biblical texts and now performed in the interpretation of the band Artisans. In the second part, the band play their own compositions.
Mario I Blejer, a renowned economist, currently a board member of IDB Israel, a formerl president of the Bank of Argentina and professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He started composing ten years ago. He has had concerts in Israel (2018) and Argentina (2019).  
The members of the Artisans (Szakértők), a band from Budapest led by Márton Kovács, are representatives of Hungarian jazz, folk music and contemporary music. The name of the band was proposed by János Mohács, the renowned Hungarian theatrical director, and the members of the band often play together in the performances directed by him.
In the second part, Artisans (Szakértők) play their own theatrical music, the melody and rhythms of which originate from Hungarian, Jewish, Romanian and Gypsy folk music, but due to the many instrumental improvisations and the dramaturgy of each song are also closely related to jazz and contemporary music.
Members of the band Artisans (Szakértők):
Márton Kovács - violin, vocals
Csilla Radnay - flute, vocals
Béla Ágoston - alto clarinet, vocals
Ádám Móser – accordion
Tamás Rozs - vocals, cello
Tibor Bodor, “Teskó” – accordion
Csaba Gyulai - percussion, gadulka

Tickets are available,

for the Jerusalem concert:https: khan.co.il

for the Tel Aviv concert: https://eventbuzz.co.il/lp/event/rm26u  

Photo courtesy of the Hungarian Embassy



Liebling Haus – The White City Center is an Israeli-German cultural center that seeks to expose and discuss the values ​​of modern architecture and the White City as a world heritage site in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, while expanding its discourse on conservation and urbanism.

The center features exhibition spaces, workspaces, a research lab and a charming café. Various events and tours are open for the general public. The center joins a number of leading cultural institutions in the city, which is an important cultural value asset for its residents and visitors from Israel and around the world.


Liebling Haus – The White City Center

December Events in English

Liebling Haus - The White City Center (WCC) was co-founded by the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and the German government at a historical and cultural crossroad in the heart of Tel Aviv. The WCC's mission is to actively preserve the heritage of the White City site and the international style, known in Israel as the Bauhaus.

In 2003, UNESCO declared the White City zone in Tel Aviv as a unique World Heritage Site of the modern movement. The White City Center was founded in an effort to advance the recognition of the outstanding architectural landscape of Tel Aviv, with its collection of over 4,000 buildings built in the international style; an unparalleled global phenomenon.

The White City Center operates at the Liebling Haus on 29 Idelson Street, one of a series of historic buildings erected around Bialik Square, in the area that was once the beating heart of Tel Aviv. Built by Tony and Max Liebling in 1936, it was designed by architect Dov Karmi and engineer Tzvi Barak with distinctive characteristics of the international style; entirely different from the decorated home of poet Haim Nachman Bialik, located around the corner.


Propaganda and Visual Representation of Modernism - The Case of Tel Aviv and Gdynia

Tuesday, 17.12 at 19:00, Activity in English, Free Admission

The modernist ideas brought to Israel in the 1930s were visualised in architecture and art, and also incorporated in posters, advertisements and as well as in various other examples of political propaganda. A promise of modernity was essential for Tel Aviv, but also for Gdynia, as both cities symbolized the new beginning – close to the sea and thus open for promising interaction with the external world. Waves of immigration to mandatory Palestine on one hand, and a freshly regained independence of Poland (in 1919) on the other, gave rise to the desire to construct new political imaginery, and Tel Aviv and Gdynia were meant to realize it.
This evening we will present some examples from mandatory Palestine and Gdynia. We shall examine the way modernist ideas penetrated the public consciousness through art, commercial advertisements and visual propaganda.A discussion panel with: Iddo Ginat, Bezalel University, author of a PhD dissertation “The Construction of the Zionist Space in International Exhibitions and Fairs”; Oded Ben Yehuda, Art director, Lecturer and a Design journalist.; Artur Tanikowski, curator of the exhibition “Gdynia – Tel-Aviv” at the POLIN Museum, Warsaw; Anna C. Zielinska, philosopher at the University of Lorraine, France & manager of the European Association of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish JewsThis event is organized by the Liebling Haus – The White City Center in Tel Aviv, The European Association of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Polish Institute in Tel Aviv and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Warsaw.

More Than Bauhaus

Friday 27.12 at 11:00, 60 ILS, online registration. Activity in English

The tour will introduce you to the historical background and evolution of Tel Aviv’s diverse architecture and building heritage, focusing on the international style.

The tour offers an introduction to the White City of Tel Aviv, highlighting contemporary conservation and urban planning challenges faced by the city’s planners. The tour centers around Bialik-Allenby - a fascinating urban microcosm, where we can discuss the urban changes happening before our eyes. The tour includes a visit to the exhibitions at the Liebling Haus, a typical international style residential building recently converted into a public center. A tour guided by the Liebling Haus’ team of architects, city planners, and conservation experts.

See the full events schedule in Liebling Haus Event Page

29 Idelson St, Tel Aviv-Yafo, + 972 3647 3239

Opening times

Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu 8:00-19:00
Tues 8:00-21:00
Fri 8:00-14:00
Sat 10:00-18:00 



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On January 7th, 2020, the Embassy of Nepal in Israel celebrated a tourism event about increasing the volume of tourism between the two countries in Israel. H.E. Mrs. Anjan Shakya, the Ambassador of Nepal in Israel and the Nepali Embassy staff hosted the event. Mr. Arjun Ghimire, Deputy Chief of Mission, served as the master of ceremony. The event was held and hosted in the compound of the "Council for a Beautiful Israel" at the Alon Hall in Tel Aviv. 

 Mr. Yariv Levin, Israeli minister of tourism, was an honored guest representing the Israeli government. Among the many distinguished guests of the event were also  Ambassador Yaron Meir (Former Israeli Ambassador to Nepal), Mrs. Nurit Koren (Former MK ), Ambassador Itzhak Eldan (former Israeli Ambassador to Denmark, Council of Europe and UNESCO), Adi Baruch (Senior Counsel of Government Ministries), Ariel Blidstein (business Development & Innovation), representative of the Israeli Police Mr. Moti Meiry (The Yarkon Space Police Security and Licensing Officer), members of the Nepali Embassy in Israel, Israeli journalists and a variety of honorable foreign ambassadors.

The event began with time to mingle, as Nepalese and Israeli foods were served. The formal part of the event started with a few words by the Deputy chief of mission, Mr. Arjun Ghimire. Mr. Ghimire invited the guests to the “Nepal: Life Time Experiences” presentation, noting that although the current number of visitors from Israel is relatively low, Nepal is actually a pristine tourist destination which has much to offer to Israeli travelers. 


Ambassador Shakya opened her speech in Hebrew, delighting the audience. She highlighted the diversity of Nepal in terms of people, languages, costumes, festivals, and food. The ambassador noted that Nepal is in many lists of top travel destinations by magazines like Forbes, Trip advisor, Lonely Planet, etc. The ambassador explained that the rich cuisine, pleasant weather, and culture, all warranted a visit by Israeli tourists.



Deputy chief of mission Mr. Ghimire then showed an interesting video about the country and about the Nepali government goals for 2020 that was declared by the government of Nepal as “The year of tourism,“ including the goal to have 2 million visitors, which means doubling the current number of visitors that stands on 1 million visitors a year.


The presentation also included recommended tourist attractions and places such as the Everest mountain, national park Chitwan, national park Sagarmatha, Lake Tilicho (the tallest lake in Nepal), Lake Rara (the biggest lake in Nepal), Fokara, Ilam and Bandipur, Elephant polo, Banji and many unique festivals. In the last part of the presentation they showed interesting facts about Nepal such as being home to 6,391 different kinds of plants, 848 different kinds of birds, 500 different kinds of butterflies and 185 different kinds of  Mammals.


After this, the Israeli tourism minister, Mr. Levin, remarked on the growing relationship between Nepal and Israel and his desire to open the gates of Israel to more people from Nepal to visit Israel, as well as Israelis visiting Nepal: “Nepal is an extraordinary country which offers a special tourist experience. The combination between natural wonders, breathtaking views, and distinguished historic and religious sites, is a rare assemblage which the ‘Visit Nepal 2020’ project will expose to potential tourists from all over the world. Our countries, Nepal and Israel, represent two astonishing extremes of nature. In Israel we have the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, and Nepal is home to Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain peak." ...." Tourism is a bridge for bringing peoples and cultures together."..."     I am certain that Nepal as well as Israel will continue to be popular destinations for tourists. I am sure that this important initiative, ‘Visit Nepal 2020’, will expose your unique country to many more crowds and bring about a major increase in tourism to Nepal, as well as in the revenues which it brings to the economy. Your Excellency, the Ambassador, please convey my appreciation to the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Mr. Yogesh Bhattarai, for this unique initiative. Madam Ambassador, I wish to thank you again for the invitation, for the cooperation between us, and for the important work that you undertake with your fellow embassy members, to strengthen the ties between Nepal and Israel.


Ambassador Shakya then awarded the title of "Goodwill Ambassador of VNY 2020" to Nadav Ben Yehuda, an Israeli tourism representative of Nepal, who said “Nepal is like my second home.”



Finally came the artistic part that included traditional dances and a joint dance between the Nepali dancers and the audience. The event was very impressive and definitely left a great impression of Nepal and a taste for more!


Eliran Ben Yair (member of Debate for Peace)

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Some of the sites in Jerusalem are planning holiday activities for tourists and visitors.

Trip Itinerary

    • The Menachem Begin Heritage Center
    • Plugat HaKotel Museum 
  • The Jerusalem Botanical Garden 
  • Beit Mazia Theater Jerusalem 


Trip Details

The Menachem Begin Heritage Center


The Menachem Begin Heritage Center has a unique multi-sensory audiovisual tour that takes visitors on a fascinating journey through time into the life of one of the most significant leaders in the country's history. The experience appeals to all the senses through interactive touch screens, rare films, the accompanying soundtrack, multiple restorations, dramatic lighting, and original items. 

The museum tours are suitable for the whole family and require prior registration to a guided tour. They take about an hour and 15 minutes with a 30-minute break between each tour.

In addition to the museum experience, the Menachem Begin Heritage Center has an archeological garden, the "Hinnom Shoulder" that is part of an ancient necropolis, surrounding the old city of Jerusalem. 

Finally, the Menachem Begin Heritage Center serves as a cultural and educational tourist center in Jerusalem offering a range of activities for individuals and groups including lectures, singing evenings, workshops and tours.



Plugat HaKotel Museum 

The Plugat HaKotel Museum is located within a walking distance from the Menachem Begin Heritage Center inside the Jewish Quarter. The museum tells the story of the Western Wall Platoon, a group of youngsters from the Betar revisionist movement that volunteered to maintain the Jewish presence at the Western Wall, during the period of British mandate before the State of Israel was established.

The museum was founded on the actual location of the platoon's former building and includes a 35-minute audio-visual film that recounts the activities of the platoon.

Both museums are included in the J-Ticket, a combination discount ticket for the attractions and sites in the Jewish quarter. Registration to the Plugat Hakotel Museum is through the Menachem Begin Heritage Center.



The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens 

The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens are owned by the Hebrew University and are next to the Givat Ram campus. They are the largest botanical garden in Israel, covering an area of ​​150 hectares, with the a plant collection of over 6,000 species of plants from around the world.

The gardens are featuring a new tropical greenhouse that was opened to the public a few weeks ago, after a year and a half of preparations, an investment of 7 million NIS. 

In order to get to the greenhouse and enjoy all the variety that the garden has to offer, our tour took the children's train. The train takes you through the six geographical plots in the botanical garden, each simulating the landscapes in each region.  The regions include South Africa, Europe, North America, Australia, Southwest and Central Asia and the Mediterranean respectively. The train is included in the entrance fee and is available to visitors on Sundays through Thursdays at any hour on the hour leaving from the garden entrance.

The greenhouse is divided into two areas: a tropical region and a desert region displaying plants adapted to their respective ecological environments demonstrating a large range of habitats. 

In the tropical area, we were exposed to the special rain forest with tall trees, climbs and plants growing on the trees and a large pool with aquatic plants. There are even remains of an ancient columbarium carved in the rock that dated to the Second Temple period that was exposed during construction of the site. 

In the desert area, we saw some of the plants that have adapted to extremely arid conditions, including the Jericho rose and several fragrant bushes that are used to produce perfumes. 

The greenhouse is open to the public on Mondays and Wednesdays from 14:00 to 15:30 and there are guided tours.

The Jerusalem Botanical Gardens are leading a new educational campaign to save extinct wildflowers in Israel. The campaign is dedicated to Nechama Rivlin, the late First Lady of Israel, a true nature lover, who contributed greatly over the years to Israeli society and nature conservation. The botanical garden workers, as well as dozens of volunteers, have collected 12,000 wildflower seed bags that they are distributing to visitors. The purpose of the campaign is to enable people to integrate the wildflowers into their home gardens, thereby making them more widespread.



Beit Mazia Theater Jerusalem - The International Jewish Festival for Contemporary Art

A new festival entitled "International Jewish Festival of Contemporary Culture" produced by the Jerusalem Theater Group, is taking place between Dec 3-10, 2019. 

Osnat Gispan, the festival's artistic director, reviewed this year's highlights. She explained that the festival has been successful these past three years, due to its integration of music, dance-theater, film and literature creators. It examines Jewish origins as sources of inspiration making the festival a pioneer in its field. 

The rehearsals for the opening performance of "Rega, Rega" a theatrical musical world premiere by director Shahaf Berger and musical director, Ronit Roland based on Sasha Argov's songs were ongoing.

For more details on the activities and registration to the tours this Hannukah, please refer to the full article.



Photos Silvia G. Golan