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Jerusalem was selected as one of the top 25 most sought after destinations in 2011 in a

 survey held by the prestigious and popular website "Tripadvisor".

Communicated by the Municipality of Jerusalem)

Tourism:In 2011 the number of night stays in Jerusalem hotels amounted to 3,854,500 nights, 18% of all night stays in Israel. 80% of the tourists who visited in Israel in 2011 visited Jerusalem. The most visited sites were the Wailing Wall (visited by 60% of all tourists), the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem (55%), the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem (48%) and the Mount of Olives (46%).

About Jewish American Heritage Month On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month. The announcement was the crowning achievement in an effort by the Jewish Museum of Florida and South Florida Jewish community leaders that resulted in resolutions introduced by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Sen. Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania urging the president to proclaim a month that would recognize the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture. The resolutions passed unanimously, first in the House of Representatives in December 2005 and later in the Senate in February 2006. The month of May was chosen due to the highly successful celebration of the 350th Anniversary of American Jewish History in May 2004, which was organized by the Commission for Commemorating 350 Years of American Jewish History. This coalition was composed of the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, the American Jewish Historical Society, the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration.Leading the way in implementation of the annual celebration is the Jewish American Heritage Month Coalition, formed in March 2007 and convened by United Jewish Communities, the Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives and the American Jewish Historical Society.


One hundred and fifty guests attended a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and China.
The ceremony hosted by the University of Tel Aviv was also attended by a delegation of senior officials from Nanjing, the capital of the Jiangsu province in China.




Following an opening speech by Professor  Joseph  klafter, president of Tel Aviv University and Mr Yang Weize, secretary of the Nanjing municipal committee, a cooperation agreement was signed between the University and the city of Nanjing.


According to the agreement, each year for the next five years, Nanjing will send 1000 senior business executives and entrepeneurs to participate in a course entitled "Entrepeneurship
and Innovation": the Israeli Model.

Nanjing is a world famous cultural city with 2500 years of history. Nanjing is also one of the three centers in the Yangtze river delta, which is the most economically developed region in China.

A cocktail hour followed in the outside yard of the Buchman Mehta school of music.

After the ceremony five hundred additional guests arrived in the auditorium to attend a spectacular performance by the internationally renown dancers and singers of Nanjing.



Especially outstanding acrobatic performance was the incorporation of ballet and pointwork during  the performance of acrobatic skills.



Another outstanding acrobatic performance was the piece entitled :"Harmony of Hand in Hand" which displaced a combination of force, beauty and the masculine form.


Batya Badanowski  photos





A spectacular show took place at the Smolarz Auditorium at the Tel Aviv University in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and the State o Israel. The event was hosted by Ambassador H.E Mr Kim II Soo, and wife Son Kim Moon Kyung.

The Show titled Cookin - Nanta, one of the most popular shows in Korea, is a non-verbal performance of a comical musical , where knives and other kitchen utensils are transformed into musical instruments in the hands of the performers.