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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 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







Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art   


April 13 – October 1, 2018

Opening: Friday, April 13, 2018, 12:00 p.m.

Curator: Dr. Eran Neuman

The exhibition “Arieh Sharon: The Nation’s Architect” is the first retrospective exhibition of one of the founding fathers of Israeli architecture, who was among the most active Israeli architects of the 20th century. In conjunction with the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, the exhibition – curated by Dr. Eran Neuman – casts a comprehensive and interpretive gaze that reveals Sharon’s major influence on the shaping of Israeli space and the foundation of the state.


Arieh Sharon (1900–1984), the first recipient of the Israel Prize for Architecture (1962), was born in Galicia, Poland and was one of the founders of Kibbutz Gan Shmuel, shortly after emigrating to Palestine in 1919. A graduate of the Bauhaus, the school of design and architecture in Dessau, Germany, Sharon planned over 600 projects from the 1920s until his death. His works included plans for kibbutzim, residential buildings, office buildings, hospitals, university campuses, and the Sharon Plan – the first master plan for the State of Israel, which was drafted in the office of Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.




The exhibition offers a critical examination of a range of architectural and historical contexts. It is divided into eight chapters, which offer a chronological account of Sharon’s career: his studies at the Bauhaus (Chapter 1), projects planned in Tel Aviv in the 1930s and 1940s (Chapter 2), projects for the  kibbutzim (Chapter 3), the physical planning of the State of Israel (Chapter 4), projects dating from the time of his partnership with Benjamin Idelson (Chapter 5), the period of Sharon’s partnership with his son Eldar (Chapter 6), planning work in Nigeria (Chapter 7), and the planning of Jerusalem’s Holy Basin (Chapter 8).


Most of the materials featured in the exhibition belong to the Azrieli Architectural Archive’s Arieh Sharon Collection and to the collection of Sharon’s daughter, Yael Aloni. The items on display include project plans, illustrations, models, photogrpahs, films, letters, and additional documents, which together chart the trajectory of Sharon’s life. The exhibition is accompanied by a comprehensive catalogue in English and Hebrew. A number of symposiums and lectures on Israeli architecture will be held in conjunction with the exhibition. In May 2018, an exhibition of works by Arad Sharon will open in the Azrieli Architectural Archive, featuring a selection of contemporary projects created by the third generation of the Sharon family.  

Photos Silvia Golan




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)







The city of Tel Aviv-Yafo is hosting the largest Eurovision promo-event, showcasing 30 artists to a crowd of thousands of participants from Israel and around Europe. The outdoor concert is the largest of its kind ever to take place.

For the third consecutive year, "Israel Calling" will bring together representing artists from dozens of countries around the continent, including local representative Netta Barzilai, who's song "Toy" has been topping the betting charts as a favorite to win this year's contest in Lisbon. Thousands of local and international Eurovision fans will gather in Tel Aviv to cheer-on the representatives from approximately 30 different countries who have already confirmed their participation – three quarters of all Eurovision participants.

The event, initiated and produced by Tali Eshkoli, is sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, the Ministry of Tourism, the Jewish National Fund and the Municipality of Tel Aviv- Yafo - the host city.



Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo: "The Eurovision is not just a song contest; it's a cultural phenomenon, promoting tolerance, open-mindedness, respect for one another and a love for humankind. The Eurovision holds a special place in the heart of many Israelis; the song contest is a night where we put our differences aside and share a feeling of pride. No other place could be as fitting as Tel Aviv-Yafo for such an event.”      

Tali Eshkoli, initiator and producer of the show: "We're expecting the biggest Eurovision promo event ever. Thousands of people will gather in Tel Aviv and watch performances of about three quarters of the Eurovision 2018 participants. The show will be the culmination of the Israel Calling Events which will expose artists and journalists from all over Europe to Israel and Tel Aviv. We all hope that Israel will soon win the competition and that we will host the Eurovision here once again".

Filmed invitation - Ron Huldai, the Mayor of Tel Aviv: https://we.tl/EjFsB4sLjf

The full list of participants will be published during the upcoming days on the event's social media pages-

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/israelcalling