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Marathon Samsung is the largest international sports event in Israel and will be held this year for the eleventh time in the heart of Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

The slogan for the event this year is "BE YOUR BEST" and invites all runners both amateur and professional, to do the best they can and join the over 100,000 people who are expected to take part in the event.

WHEN: 22.2.2019

The Samsung Marathon, which is being held at the initiative of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality and the production of the Kapaim company, will take place on Friday, 22.2.2019, with about 40,000 runners who will be taking part in one of six gorgeous urban routes: the Marathon (42.195 km), the Half Marathon (21 km), a 10 km route, a 5 km route, a handicap bike route and the mini marathon route for children to be held on 20.2.2019 (500 meters and 1 km).



Israel is keeping fit! According to a survey conducted for the Samsung Marathon in Tel Aviv, about  81.2% of men and 77% of women in Israel are involved in physical activity.

The survey was conducted by the Geocartography Research Institute within the framework of a national sample survey of 500 respondents aged 18 and over.

The survey data showed that close to 80% of Israelis are involved in physical activity and that 60% allocate up to 5 hours per week. The proportion of those participating in physical activity among those with a low level of education is about 10% lower than those with an academic education.

33% of respondents run for sports. The largest segment of runners is between the ages 18-34 - close to 42% compared to only 13% over the age of 55.

53% of the runners said that they run alone, 26% prefer to run with a friend or relative and only 3% run with a fitness trainer.

With respect to their site of preference: about 70% of the runners prefer to run outdoors in a park or on the beach and about 12% prefer to run on a track at home or in the gym.

About 51% of the residents of Gush Dan noted that the city in which they live encourages physical activity, compared with a national average of nearly 44% of the participants who stated that the city in which they live encourages physical activity.

Last, but not least, the percentage of women is on the rise. In 2011, the percentage of men registering for the marathon was 73%, and women constituted only 27% of the total number of applicants. In 2019,  59% of the applicants are men, and 41% are women.



Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa stated that the Tel-Aviv-Jaffa Marathon, has become a global event, attracting tourists from all over the world, and a great celebration, not only for athletes, but for all the city's residents and visitors. It encourages physical activity as part of a healthy urban lifestyle. He also wished success and enjoyment to all the participants and invited all the residents of the city to take part in the event.

SAMSUNG Israel announced that the "Samsung Marathon of Tel Aviv 2019" will be dedicated this year to donating food to needy families. The contribution will be made by converting the calories burned by the runners during the marathon to food products, and will therefore be called the "calorie marathon" race. The number of calories burned by every participant will be counted and collected, and in the end, the total calories burned by all runners will be exchanged by Samsung for food products. For example, if 500,000 calories are burned, these will be converted into thousands of food products that together contain 500,000 calories. The food products will be packaged in special boxes and donated to needy families just before Passover. More participants = more calories = more packages. The contribution will be made LIVE, so that the runners will see the contribution taking place before their eyes from the moment the Marathon kit is received to the finish line.

Ronen Salem, VP Marketing, Samsung Israel stated that for the past 6 years, Samsung has found the Tel Aviv Marathon, the largest sports event in the country to be a wonderful opportunity for harnessing tens of thousands of people for a worthy cause. This year, it was decided utilize the event to make sure that as many families as possible are able to celebrate Passover in a dignified manner, with sufficient food on the table.

Nike unveiled the Samsung Marathon T-shirts in Tel-Aviv during the press conference. This is the first year in which Nike is the official sports partner of the largest running event in Israel. For the first time there will be two official marathon shirts. The marathon runners who will be going the full distance of 42.2 km will receive a black T-shirt displaying the running distance and will be distinguishable from the rest of the runners who will be participating in one of the other shorter tracks and will receive T-shirts in a shade called "sunset glow".

Shachar Hirsh, CEO of Nike Israel stated that Nike's role as the world's largest sports company is to inspire athletes of all levels and to encourage other runners to dream about the next big accomplishment. Thus, Nike provides runners with the world's most advanced products. The Samsung Marathon Tel-Aviv shirt is based on the most advanced technologies and materials. It is the official Nike T-shirt in world-wide racing, a shirt developed to give athletes the optimal conditions to achieve great achievements.

This year, the Samsung Marathon will continue to embrace dozens of associations and to support social involvement and contribution to the community, with a social track that will enable the participating runners to take advantage of the race to raise funds for various associations.



According to data from the Kapaim company, over 25,000 participants have already secured their place. It is expected that most of the participants will complete registration before January 24th, when the discounted registration ends.

As a member of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), the Samsung Marathon Tel-Aviv attracts elite runners from around the world who come especially to Israel in order to compete in the race. This year, about 2,500 runners from around the world, including elite runners, will try to break the two-hour, 10-minute and 30-second marathon records. The current record was set by runner Williams Kiprono Yagon from Kenya in 2015. A record breaker that sets a score of 2:07:59 or less will win a prize of $40,000.


For more information on the starting point, kit distribution and some of the event highlights, refer to the complete article on:



 Photos by Silvia Golan

 Photo of the Tel Aviv Marathon 2018  Amit Shisel   Ronen Topelberg Studio Kapaim      






The exhibition "Cross the Line -- Czech Glass in Israel” will open on February 3, 2019, at the Czech House Jerusalem

The exhibition will present items by 15 handmade glass producers from the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic (1 piece/set by each producer). Emphasis will be placed not only on modern design but also on timeless and commercially successful designs. As Israel is a great fan of Czech glass, exclusive handmade products will be part of the exhibition.

Says curator of the exhibition Petr Novy of the Museum of Glass and Jewelry in Jablonec nad Nisou, “It was extremely difficult to select 15 producers from the 200 glass manufacturers we have in the Czech Republic. We have been fortunate to sustain the production of handmade glass, despite severe economic pressures and competition. Now we have a better variety of glass in the Czech Republic than even in Italy, and we are seeing a revival of interest in glassware. Glass shop owners in Prague say that Israeli tourists are very good customers and like expensive brands such as Moser."

During the exhibition, Novy will present a lecture and a portfolio of the exhibitors.

The exhibition is the brainchild of Robert Mikolas, director of the Czech House and former war correspondent for Radio Prague. "I studied glass manufacturing as part of our national history, especially in the northern parts of Bohemia, from medieval times until the 20th century. I like to do things that seem ‘unfeasible.’ When I was appointed director of the Czech Center in Israel, I decided to bring the glassware here. My friend Borek Sipek, a world-renowned architect and designer, says that glass is very important in life as a form of relaxation. Perhaps that is why Israelis like it so much. "

Participating companies in the exhibition: ALDIT GLASS (hand-cut crystal); BLAŽEK GLASS (hand-cut crystal) BROKIS (light object); BYSTRO DESIGN (hand-cut glass); CAESAR CRYSTAL BOHEMIAE (hand-cut crystal); EVANS ATELIER (fused glass); GOLDBERG GLASS (painted glass); ILLOLA (Slovakia) (painted glass);LADISLAV ŠEVČÍK (hand-cut crystal); LHOTSKÝ (mold-melted glass); MOSER (hand-cut crystal); RONA (Slovakia) (hand-blown glass); RÜCKL CRYSTAL (hand-cut crystal); ŠÍPEK TEAM (hand-blown glass) VERREUM (handmade silver glass).

The exhibition will be on display February 3 -- 28 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Czech House Jerusalem, located in the building of the Jerusalem Cinematheque.

The opening ceremony will take place on February 3 at 6 p.m.


Photos   by the  Czech House, Jerusalem






The International Mediterranean Tourism Market Exhibition (IMTM) is an international event that brings together Israeli tourists, tourism operators, their colleagues and clients from abroad and the general public, and is the main annual meeting point of the Israeli tourism industry.

The 25th IMTM Exhibition will be held on February 12-13, 2019 at Pavilion 2 at the Tel-Aviv Exhibition Grounds.

This is the second year in which the exhibition is being held in Pavilion 2, following the constant growth in the number of participants and the desire to improve and renew the exhibition's visibility. Pavilion 2 is a flexible space covering a total area of 6,000 square meters and a height of 20 meters.

 The international tourism exhibition has gained momentum in recent years and is considered the flagship event of the tourism industry in Israel. Each year, the number of participants and countries that register is increasing. This year 50 countries will arrive, including European countries such as Russia, Romania, Hungary, Spain, Malta, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia and more. Asian countries such as India, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Taiwan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Australia and more. Countries from Africa Botswana, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Latin American countries such as Panama, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador, and Brazil.

 In addition, representatives of the Brazilian airline LATAM, who announced direct flights from Israel to Sao Paulo, China Airlines and Azerbaijan airlines, will also arrive for the first time.

The exhibition will also include a medical tourism conference at an international level, where experts from medicine and body health from all over the world can meet.

 IMTM is the annual and oldest event of the tourism industry in Israel. It was organized by "Ortra" Ltd. and Israel Travel News, in cooperation with the Ministry of Tourism and is sponsored by the Israel Hotel Association, the Israel Tourist Association and the Association of Travel Agents in Israel.





For more information on the event you are welcome to read the full article on:

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Photo PR






On January 17th 2019, the Dan Hotel Tel Aviv hosted a press conference on the upcoming Eilat Chamber Music Festival (February 6th-9th)  Gilli Alon-Bitton (Carousel Artists Management and PR) opened the

meeting, showing a few short film clips - enough to whet one’s appetite for four days of good music in the sunny winter city.  First to address us was Yossi Chen of the Eilat Tourism Corporation. He talked about developments in Eilat - the new Ilan & Assaf Ramon Airport, improvements made to the promenade, about campus for Law and Architecture studies, the planned international sports campus and the fact that the New York Times has graded Eilat as the sixth best vacationing resort in the world! This year, the Eilat Chamber Music Festival, one of the country’s finest, will be part of Eilat’s 70th-anniversary celebrations. Since taking on the festival, the Dan Eilat Hotel, he added, has been offering the hospitality of the highest standard!




Mr. Ronen Nissenbaum, the Dan Hotels' new President, and CEO will be celebrating his second Eilat Chamber Music Festival. With the Dan Hotels engaging in many cultural events, he is proud they are hosts of the “Partnership with Art” project. He promises guests many good surprises and much enjoyment - fine hospitality and good food and reminded those present of the various accommodation-concert packages offered by the Dan Eilat for the festival. He concluded by mentioning Leonid Rozenberg’s experience and familiarity with Eilat.




Leonid Rozenberg, the Eilat Chamber Music Festival’s founder and musical director, spoke of the city’s long-standing support of the festival, referring to it as a mix of culture and vacation and singling out the Dan Hotels as “our family”, with outstanding hospitality offered by Dan Eilat Hotel’s manager Mr. Lior Mucznik and all the hotel workers. As to this year’s concerts, Rozenberg mentioned that family relations were an integral theme of the program, from members of the Elias Quartet (UK) to members of the Busch Trio (UK), to Russian violinist/countertenor/conductor Dmitry Sinkovsky’s wife performing with his ensemble, to the Jussen Brothers (duo-pianists, Holland), ‘cellist Jonathan Roozeman (Finland) and his pianist brother and to Israeli  soprano Claire Meghnagi’s performance with Koby Aflalo, her brother-in-law. Rozenberg referred to this year’s festival as one of the most varied till now and that the concert of the three teenage pianists hailing from Moscow was sure to be a great attraction to guests. He also spoke of a unique performance featuring PA'dam’s singers and instrumentalists (Holland) in a new arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, adding that actor Dov Glickman would be accompanying it with readings from Bach’s own pen. And for those night owls wishing to hear high quality lighter music, there will be such events as a performance by London duo Koby Israelite and Annique and even a classical jam session!




The press conference ended with a glimpse into the final event of the festival - “The House of Bernarda Alba”,  a story of depression, money, and love, based on a play by the Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca. Introduced by Michal Natan of the Compas Dance Company, two dancers gave tender, expressive performances of Javier Latorre’s choreography set to a variety of musical styles.


Photos by Silvia G Golan


The selected photos present a fascinating and mesmerizing perspective of the events that took place over the past year. They are exhibited at the MUSA – Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv photojournalism exhibition.

The main photographic event was opened on Thursday, 20 December, at MUSA, the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv. The certificates were awarded to the winners in the various photography categories.

The photos will be on display until 2 February 2019 at the Local Testimony exhibition which is now in its 16th year, together with the prestigious World Press Photo international exhibition. The joint display of the Israeli and international exhibitions offers the viewer an in-depth picture of the events that took place on the international and Israeli scenes over the year, as they were captivated in the camera lenses of the finest photographers in Israel and abroad.

This year some 7,000 photos were submitted by about 350 professional photographers; of these 170 photos and video clips were chosen, as well as Photo of the Year and Series of the Year, in the categories of news, nature and the environment, religion and faith, society and community, sports, urbanism and culture, and the photographed story.

The exhibition reflects the reality of our region, events that were striking in the media over the past year, alongside those that were important from a social and human point of view.

The curator of the exhibition is Ami Steinitz, and with him on the jury panel Uri Gershuni, photographer, artist and lecturer, Gilad Tocatly, director and producer, Mark Yashaev, photographer, artist, and lecturer, Ilan Itzhayek, editor-in-chief of Xnet, Yedioth Aharonoth Yaakov Israel, photographer, artist and lecturer, Rina Castelnuovo, photographer and journalist, Guy Raz, photographer and MUSA curator, and members of the editorial board Vardi Kahana, photographer and curator, and Dana Wohlfeiler-Lalkin, initiator and exhibition manager.

Ami Steinitz, curator of Local Testimony 2018:

“A war of low but ever-increasing intensity has been going on over the past year; heavy clouds of smoke accompany reports on IDF attacks in the depth of Syria, confrontations with Palestinians on the border of the Gaza Strip, and scorched fields ignited by incendiary kites and balloons in the settlements of Otef Gaza. The lack of clarity vis-à-vis the extant situation and its implications worsen also as a result of changes in the character of documentation. Freedom of information and opinion in the social networks and global media channels is manipulated for disseminating fake news by private people, organizations, and countries. Photojournalism alters its appearance when numerous events are photographed by security cameras and smartphones by the man in the street, and are circulated in the media. The uniqueness of documentary photography lies in its exclusive capture of an uncontrollable event, through which a story, hidden from our eyes, is revealed. The value of the art of photography is greater than the simplistic description of an event, and the documentary photograph expresses a repressed dimension of the world of phenomena”.

Winners in the various categories in the Israeli photojournalist competition, Local Testimony

Photo of the Year

Oliver Fitoussi / Haaretz

Knesset Member Oren Hazan of the Likud, taking a selfie with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and members of the coalition, following the late-night vote and passing of the Nation-State Law.

Also in the photo: Knesset Members Avi Dichter, Nurit Koren, Yaron Mazuz, Ayoub Kara, Miki Zohar and Anat Berko

Knesset Yisrael, Jerusalem, 18 July 2018

The Jury’s statement:

Oliver Fitoussi’s photo, “The Nation-State Law marks “a definitive moment”, showing the faces and names behind the written word in the law which Israel’s Knesset passed. No less than the fact that the Nation-State Law indicates the process that Israeli society is undergoing – from a democratic to a Jewish society, and some claim a shift from a democratic to racist state – the photograph depicts the moment following the voting process. It is a moment of relief and respite, and in the center the red tie worn by the prime minister signifying a “red traffic light.” Next to him stand the Knesset members who supported the law, and who mirror Israeli society – some wearing white shirts, their bellies protruding, and next to them, the “whipper ‘MK Oren Hazan, who is documenting the historic moment, like any other member of the public.

Series of the Year

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Barry Talis

Private moments of a religious and ecstatic experience during ceremonies and rituals. The photo was taken employing a long exposure technique, which creates chaos, and a flash device that underscores the main figures.

Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, 2014-2018

The Jury’s statement:

Barry Talis’s series of the year is a juxtaposition of Photo of the Year. It is a long-term work that presents the freedom of ritual and religion, depicted in personal and ceremonial moments of different ethnic groups in a democratic Israel and the freedom of creative art. Jews, Christians and Ethiopians in ecstatic moments in the lens of a virtuoso photographer who restores the belief in art and the strength of the medium to offer documentation of a moment that moves one. And indeed, the structure of the series underscores the mediational process that takes place between the eye of the photographer and his or her camera, and reality: the one that moves through the photograph’s filter and flash, creating esthetic distance on the one hand and at the same time underscoring the main figures in the frame, all this simulating reality as a virtual space, as if taken from the world of the cinema and computerized imaging.

1st Prize in the category of News, singles:

Ilia Yefimovich / DPA

A Palestinian youth during a conflict with IDF soldiers in the West Bank, during the second week of demonstrations that took place after US President Donald Trump announced the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

Kalandia, 20 December 2017

1st Prize in the category of News, series:

Amir Cohen / Reuters

Incendiary kites, fires, smoke and rockets in Otef Gaza (Gaza envelope).

Otef Gaza, November 2017-August 2018

1st Prize in the category of Nature and Environment, singles

Ohad Zwigenberg / Yedioth Ahronoth

Israel Border Police at a camouflage drill.

Jerusalem Hills, 27 March 2018

1st Prize in the category of Nature and Environment, series:

Alexander Bronfer

Bathers and visitors at the Dead Sea, near Har Sdom.

Ein Bokek, September 2016-August 2018

1st prize in the category of Religion and Faith, singles:

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Emil Salman / Haaretz

Members of Neemanei Har Habait (Temple Mount Devotees) slaughtering a sheep, “practicing” for the Passover sacrifice (the Paschal lamb). Members of the movement are determined to build the Third Temple.

Jerusalem, 19 March 2018

1st Prize in the category of Religion and Faith, series:

Asaf Freidman

Chevra Kadisha employees regard the work of tohara (preparing the body for burial) and burial as a mission, based on the sublime goal of maintaining the honor of the dead on his or her final voyage to eternal rest.

Cemeteries, January- August 2018

1st Prize in the category of Society and Community, singles:

Marc Israel Sellem / Jerusalem Post

Miriam and Neria playing with their infant son.

Yitzhar, 12 August 2018


1st Prize in the category of Society and Community, series:

Oren Ziv /Activestills, for Local Discussion

The settlement Khan al-Ahmar was founded in the 1950s between Jerusalem and Jericho by Bedouins who were evicted from the Negev. In September 2018 the Supreme Court approved the demolition of the village, including the school where children of the area study. The evacuation of the village, located in E1 area, has won international interest, since it is regarded as part of an Israeli attempt to prevent the territorial continuity of a Palestinian State.

Khan al-Ahmar, 11 June-18 July 2018

1st Prize in the category of Sports, singles:

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Ohad Zwigenberg / Yedioth Ahronoth

Yossi Benayoun, one of the best Israeli football players, came to play with Beitar Jerusalem. As a result of an argument with the owner, Eli Tabib, he was forced to leave the club.

Jerusalem, 17 January 2018

1st Prize in the category of Sport, series:

Michael Shvardron

Horse race on a race course in the Negev.

Segev Shalom, April-May 2018

1st Prize in category of Culture and Urbanism, singles

Asaf Kliger

Tom Yaar removing her makeup at the end of a day of filming for the program “Tom Yaar is doing matriculation”.

Tel Aviv, 18 June 2018

1st Prize in the category of Culture and Urbanism, series

Corinna Kern /Reuters

Roofs of Tel Aviv serve as a safe haven for various purposes.

Tel Aviv, October 2017-January 2018

1st Prize in the category of the Photographed Story:

Gili Benita

A year’s follow-up of the organization Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli humanitarian organization, that offers life-saving medical treatment to children from developing countries, who suffer from congenital heart disease. Since the organization was founded, 4,800 children from 58 countries, whose fate was sealed, were treated and were able return to their countries.

Wolfson Medical Center, the Save a Child’s Heart children’s home, Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute in Dares Salaam, Tanzania, 2017-2018


Partners and supporters: Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, Ynet, Ofek Aerial Photography, Canon and Samsung

Opens: 21 December 2018

Closes: 2 February 2019

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