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MonumentSomething special to do on Holocaust Remembrance Day:

Ever since the 1950's Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael, KKL-JNF planted six million trees in memory of the Holocaust victims. The most famous monument in the forest is the "Scroll of Fire" two large bronze cylinders that represent the destruction and rebirth of Israel.  In the forest stands a memorial to Anne Frank, who perhaps more than anyone else, represents the horrors of the Holocaust for many people.


As construction of the innovative Baha'i House of Worship gets under way here, a new book and website have been launched to meet growing interest in the Temple and what it represents.

The publication, "Donde Brilla La Luz" ("Where the Light Shines"), aims to respond to questions about the Baha'i Faith and includes reflections on the impact that the House of Worship is intended to make on the society around it.

It has been written by Daniel Duhart from Chile, Helen Mirkovitch-Kohm of Costa Rica and Jairo Roldan from Colombia.

International Opera Festival at Masada

Dead Sea 2012

Opera “Carmen” by Georges Bizet

Special Concert “Way to Masada” with international artists And with the collaboration of “Idan Raychel Project”

Fantastic production, with well known artists, orchestras and flamenco dancers.

5 dates to keep in mind:
Thursday June 7th, 2012 at 21.30
Saturday June 9th, 2012 at 21.30
Sunday June 10th, 2012 at 21.30
Monday June 11th, 2012 at 21.30
Tuesday June 12th, 2012 at 21.30
On Friday June 6th, 2012 at 20.30 – special event: Idan Raychel Project

Fabulous production employing 2500 persons.

Tickets as from January 15th, 2012.
or tel: 6226*

Mr Schlesinger and Embassadors

On March 3rd, we had the privilege to participate at a special concert organized at the Schlesinger house.

Samuel Schlesinger comes from a family of musicians since the 19th century. His love for music is obvious. The evening held in his house in Savion was the testimony of this passion and he is very keen in doing receptions to artistic events. Ambassadors from Serbia, Slovenia, Croatia participated at this special event. Journalists from different countries, VIP’s and businessmen were part of the selected group invited. Samuel Schlesinger is also the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Croatia and he is always ready to organize events inviting persons from the region of Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Kossovo, Macedonia.

The only festival of its kind in the Middle East, the annual Culture of Peace features artists and audiences from across the societal spectrum.

In the midst of Arab uprisings in Israel's neighboring countries, "The Show Must Go On" could well have been the motto for late May's Culture of Peace Festival at Tzavta Hall in Tel Aviv, which since 2001 has been a stage set with a backdrop of peace-making through music, art and theater.

Events producer Eli Grunfeld, founder and director of the annual festival, explains that this year there was no budget to pay the artists. On a pledge of money from ticket sales, a number of dedicated artists agreed to perform anyway. "I was extremely grateful that performers this year were able to take on projects for this important event, even without the promise of revenues," he says. "This year it was the festival of the artists. All agreed to come to the festival and perform and show their interest in peace."

Some of those on the bill were well-known soloists, others up and coming. The biggest excitement came from the women's choir of Jaffa, a group comprised of Israeli Arabs, Muslims, Christians and Jews, Grunfeld relates. Called the Shirana Choir the women presented "Songs to Drive Away the Darkness" and featured guest singers Galit Giat, Nouran Mas'oud and Lubna Salama.

The program also included presentations such as "Prayers of Israel, Melodies of Ishmael" led by the Galilee Andalusian Orchestra and sung by cantor Lior Elmalich. Jewish prayers set to Arabic music, says Grunfeld, open minds and hearts. Jews may not be aware that much of Jewish world music was inspired by rhythms and traditions from the Arab world.

Diverse cultural mosaic

The festival's manifesto is to create a common ground for artists with different religious beliefs and cultures. It includes musical performances, street performances, theater for kids and multicultural, multimedia aspects. In Israel, where cultures remain distinct and separate, the event inspires a peaceful dialogue between those who might not have other opportunities to meet one another.

Grunfeld says he got a particularly good feeling from the atmosphere generated by the audience, who came from the entire rich and diverse cultural mosaic that makes the Israeli community so special.

A feeling of "change is in the air," says Grunfeld, who in March organized an artists' support event for the Egyptians demonstrating at Tahir Square in Cairo. Some of the same artists played in the Culture of Peace Festival. "Individuals now feel they can show their feelings and make a certain change," he notes.

The annual weeklong festival is held every May in Tel Aviv, and sometimes Grunfeld takes the show on the road to cities such as Nazareth, Sachnin, Acre and Haifa.

To meet its basic production needs, the Culture of Peace Festival is supported by theRosa Luxemburg Foundation and the Havatzelet Foundation. It is considered the only festival of its kind in the Middle East.