fsockopen(): unable to connect to ssl://query.yahooapis.com:443 (php_network_getaddresses: getaddrinfo failed: Name or service not known)



The 56th Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival will take place October 18th to 21st, 2019. The festival takes place twice a year in and around Abu Gosh, a town located 16 kilometres west of Jerusalem on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway. It will offer a program of 16 concerts suited to many musical tastes and performed in two churches – the spacious Kiryat Ye’arim Church, sitting high up on the hill, and the Crypt – a small, 12th century Crusader Benedictine church set in a magical, exotic garden in the lower part of the town of Abu Gosh. The Abu Gosh Festival has existed in its present form since 1992. People come from far and wide to attend concerts, picnic in the open, sit in on open-air events, buy trinkets, textiles, jewellery and food products at the outdoor stalls set up near the Kiryat Ye’arim Church and relax in the tranquil surroundings of the Jerusalem Hills. The festival features many Israeli groups and soloists, also hosting some overseas artists. For several years, the festival’s promotion and production have been administered by Gershon Cohen. As of 1995, Hannah Tzur has been musical director of the festival. Ms. Tzur, a contralto who has soloed with major orchestras and conductors in Israel, has been directing the Ramat Gan Chamber Choir for 20 years.

Festival-goers with a taste for large choral works will enjoy several concerts at the Kiryat Ye’arim Church, with a number of programs featuring settings of the Stabat Mater text - that of Rossini, with soloists, the Kibbutz Artzi Choir and conducted by Yuval Benozer (Concert No.2), that of Haydn, with soloists with the Ramat Gan Chamber Choir, conducted by Hannah Tzur (Concert No.3) and that of Schubert with soloists, the Ichud Choir, the Orpheus Instrumental Ensemble (director: Guy Figer) conducted by Ronen Borshevsky (Concert No.6). The Batumi Women’s Choir from Georgia, conducted by Zaira Vadachkoria and Gala Vadachkoria, will make its Abu Gosh Festival debut (Concert No.10) and the Stuttgart Chamber Choir, under Frieder Bernius, will be back again with a new program (Concert Nos.1, 4). A unique event for early music aficionados will be Ensemble PHOENIX’ performance of  17th century Neapolitan composer Francesco Rossi's sublime oratorio “La Caduta dell'Angeli” (Fall of the Angels), sung by students of the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music’s Vocal Department (director: Sharon Rostorf Zamir); instruments of the period will be played by members of Ensemble PHOENIX, joined by guest violone player Gio Sthel (Brazil/Germany), all conducted by PHOENIX founder and director Myrna Herzog (Concert No.8).

Concerts in the Crypt of the Benedictine Church are bound to appeal to many tastes. With music from their native Bulgaria, the women singers of the Armena Quartet will be accompanied by bagpipes and guitar (Concert No.15). Offering a program of Georgian and Russian music, the Crypt will be alive with the substantial voices of the all-male Kolan Quintet (Concert No.12). To sunnier shores, Eran Zehavi will accompany singers Shira Ben David and Michal Doron in opera favourites and Neapolitan songs in “Viva Italia” (Concert No.13).  Zehavi will be joined by opera singers Yael Levita and Maya Bakstansky in works of Bernstein, Kurt Weil and Gershwin and a selection of movie hits in “An American in Berlin” (Concert No.14). Directed by Ari Erev, nostalgic American evergreens will be the focus of singer Tami Gerassi and friends in “Immortal Hits - Broadway, New York” (Concert No.11). As to Concert No.14, “Electric Guitar Called Love”, here is an event inviting the more curious of us to hear soprano Tal Ganor in a pot-pourri of works by Dowland, Purcell, Queen, Fauré, Elvis Presley and Israeli songwriters as arranged by Yuval Vilner and accompanied by him on the electric guitar!



Bimot:02-6237000, *6226


Bravo: *3221, 072-2753221

Photo: Armena Quartet (not Ermena quatet)

Boris Metafchiev






Beauty and Diversity of Ecuador Comes to Tel Aviv with the Galapagos Islands Photo Exhibition

Some of the world’s most exotic and unique creatures came to Tel Aviv on Wednesday evening, September 11th, with the opening of a special photo exhibition: “Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands: The Treasures of Ecuador Photo Exhibition.” The evening was a joint project of the Embassy of Ecuador and the Steinhardt Museum of Natural History.

Diplomats and friends of the Embassy of Ecuador and the Steinhardt Museum joined in the formal opening of the exhibition. Large, brightly colored photographs detailed the marvelous flora and fauna of the Galapagos Islands, and guests were served refreshments while they walked around and enjoyed the next best thing to a visit to Ecuador.

Professor Tamar Dayan welcomed the guests and expressed her excitement at the opening of such a vivid representation of one of the most biologically diverse places on the planet. She mentioned that it was, in fact, the biodiversity of the Galapagos Islands that inspired Charles Darwin’s Theory of Evolution and observations on natural selection. Professor Dayan emphasized that the exhibition was a testament not just to the beauty of nature in the Galapagos, and the talent of the photographer Jonathan Green, but especially to the work of the museum and embassy staff to make this special wildlife accessible to an Israeli audience. Professor Dayan, on behalf of museum director Alon Sapan, thanked the Ambassador of Ecuador, H.E. Maria Gabriella Troya, for her dedication to both sharing and preserving the beauty and biodiversity of the Galapagos.

Ambassador Troya stressed that Galapagos does not “belong” to anyone; rather the people and government of Ecuador are its “custodians”, tasked with caring for the islands and the vibrant life they contain. The ambassador noted that Mr. Green is not just a talented photographer, but also a naturalist working to raise awareness about the Galapagos Islands.

The ambassador explained that the photo exhibition is just part of the growing cooperation between Tel Aviv University and the embassy, which also includes a recent symposium for Ecuadorian and Israeli scientists. She called for more work to protect and preserve the richness of the Galapagos Islands UNESCO heritage site. In closing, the ambassador emphasized the need to include children, as the best ambassadors of nature.

 After enjoying the photo exhibition, as well as refreshments including Ecuadorian imported products, guests were invited into the museum for a short presentation by Professor Noa Shenkar about her recent visit and research in the Galapagos Islands. She talked about her own impressions, as a marine biologist, visiting the islands for the first time. Professor Shenkar also introduced the moral dilemma of whether to encourage visitors to the islands to appreciate their beauty and diversity, or whether to discourage visitors because of the need to protect the delicate habitat. In conclusion, she urged everyone to consider these issues, and scientists, in particular, to focus on this special area of the world. 

Diplomacy.co.il congratulates the Embassy of Ecuador and the Steinhardt Museum on this important initiative

 Written and photo by Steven Aiello
 Director, Debate for Peace



The tango ensemble ASTOR TANGO״ led by Marcos Ayala will appear in a World Premiere with original tango music of Astor Piazzolla from August 19 to 24 at the Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theater

The bonus code 4545 will grant our friends a discount of 45% of the full price.

The full price is 260/320 NIS –with the discount is 175/145 NIS.

For a discount call at the telephone 03-5105656 or contact thru website https://www.suzannedellal.org.il/

A show you won't forget!

I can’t define them in a technical point of view.

These are forms of music playing, forms of feeling, something that emerges internally, spontaneously - Astor Piazzolla.

Marcos Ayala, inspired by the artistic life of the famous tango music composer Astor Piazzolla, faces a new challenge with the contemporary tango language.

In a theatrical show that is hot, expresses desire, sensuous, sexy and exotic, to Astor Piazzolla’s great tango music, covers, with his sensuous choreographic creation, the spectator of the composer that broke through the musical borders of his time, despite the rejection of his contemporaries. Piazzolla became the greatest tango music composer and his works the most often and best players around the world.

Marcos Ayala and his partner Paola Camacho, together with other ten extraordinary dancers express the geniality of Piazzolla’s musical works.

The bonus code 4545 will grant you a discount of 45% from the full price.



Performance dates at the Suzanne Dellal Center:

Monday 19/08 at 9:00 pm

Tuesday 20/08 at 9:00 pm

Wednesday 21/08 at 9:00 pm

Thursday 22/08 at 9:00 pm

Friday 23/08 at 2:00 pm

Saturday 24/08 at 9:00 pm

Telephone to acquire tickets: 03-5105656,

web site  /www.suzannedellal.org.il/להקת_טנגו_מרכוס_אשאלה___ארגנטינה

or https://www.suzannedellal.org.il/en/Marcos_Ayala_Tango_Company_-_Argentina




Marcos Ayala:
Stage director, choreographer, and dancer proposes to redevelop again and again the tango genre to keep it relevant for the newer generations.

Together with his tango ensemble, he has succeeded in creating a language rich in significance and surprises the audience far beyond expected.

He also expresses all his experience and knowledge by means of choreographic creations that tell contemporary stories without neglecting the tango style dance, which he interprets in the best way.

Marcos Ayala’s with his partner, Paola Camacho, make up a perfect dance couple, with synchronized movements and fabulous interpretation technique. 


Suzanne Dellal Center of Dance Adress 
5 Yechieli st.
Tel Aviv



Milonga in Suzanne Dellal’s square – free entrance – 22/08   

 Photos by Federico Paleo






The Piano Festival is the largest music festival in the country, which for 21 years has already produced several winning combinations and performances that continued afterward outside the festival and were recorded in special albums and video.

This year, the Piano Festival is again taking place at the beginning of winter between November 13-16th, 2019 with a diverse program representing the multicultural aspect of contemporary Israeli music. 

The festival's performances will take place in ten auditoriums throughout the city. The central location will take place in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art: Recanati Hall, Kaufman Hall, Asia Hall, Mizna Blumental Gallery, Contemporary Israeli Art Gallery and in the Cameri Theater.

Other performances will also take place at the Noga Hall in the Gesher Theater, Jaffa and the Enav Cultural Center. 



Due to the abundance of artistic and musical styles the festival has taken care to balance mainstream artists producing special festival performances alongside indie artists. Multiple musical techniques, a variety of languages, cultural styles, and musical experiments are the foundation of the festival. Spoken, ethnic, indie, pop, rock, and electronic alongside the Mediterranean, beautiful Israeli and Jewish-faith music, classical, poetry combined together for five days of excellent music by the best Israeli artists and creators.

The festival allows artistic freedom to the participating artists and as a result, the audience fills the halls with over 90% occupancy every year! The festival exposes the concert comers to Israeli classics alongside novel surprising productions, special musical formations and even to new musical instruments.

This year, the festival is dedicating a special homage to musician and pianist Alona Turel who passed away in May this year and had been an integral part of the festival throughout previous years. In the concert dedicated to her memory, the best artists who worked with her will perform onstage alongside young artists who were influenced by her. Performers include Chava Alberstein, Nurit Galron, Yoni Rechter, Shalom Hanoch,  Dori Ben Zeev, Alon Adar, Meir Yisrael, The Platina, Doron Talmon, Vered Picker, Moshe Levi, Alon Hillel, Miki Shaviv, Alon Olearchik, Yurai Oron, Shmulik Budgov, Nadav Hollander, Ariel Horowitz.

The 21st festival is also paying tribute Nathan Alterman in three special shows: "Ha'Layla Shelach" new songs by Rami Harel and Naama Nachum - a discourse between Alterman and his daughter Tirza Atar, "Magash Haketzev" a special show of Alterman's songs for children and "When Wilensky met Alterman" in which Tzipi Zarenkin and Nathan Slor perform the beautiful hits of Alterman and Wilensky and host Ran Eliran.



Festival Director: Shabi Mizrahi, Deputy Director Culture and Arts Division and Director of the Performance Department

Production: The Department of Performances in the Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality in collaboration with Hamon Volume and Zappa.

Artistic Director: Etti Anta-Segev

For more details on the festival performances, tickets and prices please refer to the full article on:


Photos by Silvia Golan





President Rivlin spoke at the opening of the Jerusalem Film Festival, where a new prize for Israeli filmmakers in their early stages of their careers was awarded in memory of his wife Nechama ז"ל

President Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin spoke this evening, Thursday 25 July / 22 Tammuz, at the opening of the Jerusalem Film Festival, where a new prize for Israeli filmmakers in their early stages of their careers was awarded in memory of his wife Nechama ז"ל courtesy of the Jerusalem Foundation.

This year 19 projects took part in the festival: 12 films in production track and seven in post-production. The festival, which runs until August 4th, also includes the PitchPoint competition for promising Israeli feature films. Noa Regev, the director of the Cinematheque, also spoke at the event.

"Happy Film Festival!" the president began his remarks. "There's a city in the heart of the world, and every summer, it blossoms. Its streets fill up, the public spaces are crowded, and we the residents of Jerusalem, receive the pilgrims, Israelis and tourists who come to take part in the great magic. The magic that is the Jerusalem International Film Festival."

"For me, cinema has always been an urban experience," the president said. "As a child, I used to sneak in to escape violin lessons, and even when I stopped learning violin, I did not leave cinema. Only when I met my wife Nechama did I realize that there were totally other cinematic experiences where the magic was far from the closed hall, from the velvet seats, from the heavy building."

The president told the audience about Nechama's experiences and deep love for the cinema, saying, "Where Nechama lived, on Moshav Herut, every Saturday evening the members would drag chairs to a sloped area in the center of the moshav, string up wide screen, maybe a double sheet, and sit down. Two projectors stood side by side. One projectionist was in charge of the film, another was responsible for the translation, screened separately, handwritten and on the right side of the film. Usually, by the time films arrived to the moshavim and kibbutzim, they were in a pretty bad state, and the translation never synchronized with the film. But no one cared. Under the open sky, children did not sleep, and the adults conducted lengthy discussions about the film, and of course about the actors and actresses. So while my urban memory memories were of huge buildings like the Rex and the Orion, the Zion and the Edison, Nechama saw movies in the open air, with the smell the soil all around. I was a passive observer who dreamed of looking like those indifferent and charismatic men who filled the screen in American Westerns; for a young Nechama, cinema was a big part of her life."

"We had, Nechama and me, the city boy and the village girl, a very different kind of movie experience. But we both shared our love of cinema," said the President said, adding, "This is the first year I am coming to the festival without Nechama. It isn’t easy for me, I must admit. But when I look at you, so many film lovers with your sparkling eyes, and feel your heart, I feel at home here. Thank you, and thanks to the festival and to the Jerusalem Foundation, which decided to dedicate a prize to young artists in Nechama’s name. Your gesture moves us, the entire family. Good night, Jerusalem and God bless you all."

Dr. Noa Regev, CEO of the Cinematheque, thanked the president and said, "’Watching a film is an event that you have to give your entire self to.’ This precise and wise sentence was said by such a precise and wise woman who we all miss, the beloved Nechama Rivlinז"ל . Nechama loved movies and film with all her heart. No one who had devoted more of herself to them than she did. Every year at this festival she would see dozens of films. Between the screenings, I was privileged to meet her, to receive a big, enveloping embrace, a hug that was all hers, all Nechama. A hug that so many artists drew strength from. The halls of the Cinematheque that were so much her own were orphaned by Nechama’s passing last month. And this festival, and this evening, is so full of her absence. Nechama believed that there was no substitute for the cinematic experience, that moment we enter the dark hall, sit down in front of the big screen together and dive, as she described it at a ceremony here during last years’ festival. Diving into worlds we never knew, and into the souls of characters who enter our hearts. This is the experience produced by the Jerusalem Festival, a festival for people who love cinema just like Nechama loved it."

Photo credit: Amos Ben Gershom (GPO)