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International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2021 commemorated in a unique way by the Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra

 On January 27th 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration- and death camp, was liberated by the Red Army. Today, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the tragedy of the Holocaust in the Second World War, resulting in the deaths of 6 million Jews and 11 million others at the hands of the Nazi regime and its collaborators, takes place annually on January 27th. In light of restrictions imposed on concert performance in Israel due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Israel Netanya Kibbutz Orchestra presented a unique and meaningful event to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, 2021. One of the people behind the program, entrepreneur and site preservation expert Roni Dotan, spoke of the decision to carry out this year’s commemorative event in a very different manner - to perform a few representative works in an authentic German railway carriage built in Germany at the beginning of the 20th century and used by the Nazis to transport Jews to the extermination camps.

The cattle carriage was brought to Netanya in January 2014. The car, known as "munchen12-246" was found in 2013 by Roni Dotan and Tatiana Ruge, Ms. Ruge specializing in commemoration of the Holocaust. It now stands in the precincts of Beit Yad Lebanim, Netanya. Roni Dotan explains: "While researching my family history, I visited a museum in Berlin, where they provided me with documents about family members I had no idea had perished in the Holocaust. Working with Tatiana Ruge, we found all of the material documenting how they had met their untimely and heinous deaths. It was then that I decided that, from this point on, my work would revolve around the spiritual satisfaction from this discovery. Thanks to Netanya Mayor Feirberg-Ikar, non-profit organizations and good people such as the Friedman family, who all rallied to support this project, we were able to bring the car to Netanya…”

The 2021 memorial concert was performed by four members of the NKO - concertmaster Gilad Hildesheim-violin, Svetlana Kaminsky-violin, Pavel Levin-viola and Irena Sokolov-’cello.  Works played included the theme song composed by John Williams for “Schindler’s List”, two Yiddish songs arranged by Pavel Levin and “Hatikvah” (the Israeli national anthem). Some eighty years ago, the sounds emanating from this carriage would have been those of pain and despair. Here, hearing these fine instrumentalists in playing that was inspired and thought-provoking, poetic and moving, provides the listener with the opportunity to remember and think back to those people deported to the camps in such carriages.

Roni Dotan reminds us that music was played in the camps as prisoners left for a day’s hard labour and as they returned. Today this music is played in memory of those who perished in the Holocaust and in honour of those who survived. The film also shows a number of Netanya artists busy at their easels outside the carriage, drawing inspiration for their painting from the music played by the quartet inside the carriage.

NKO CEO Hila Dagan adds that it is the moral human duty of all of us to pay tribute to the memory of the millions of victims who perished in the Holocaust and to honour those who survived.


 Photographs: Nurit Mozes






.“From Victory Avenue to Hollywood” - Dov Hoenig at Romanian Café online series


The Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv is honored to invite you to a new edition of Romanian Cafe online series, which will take place online on January 19, 2021, at 17:00, in Hebrew, with live streaming on our official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/icr.telaviv/

The event will be dedicated to the book launch of the Hebrew translation of the novel “Rue du Triomphe” by Dov Hoenig, renowned international film editor, director and writer. The book was published in Israel by Yedioth Books in December 2020.

The guests of the event, moderated by Martin Salamon – director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv, will be the author of the novel, Doe Hoenig, together with Keren Neizer-Cohen, literary critic, translator and lecturer.

Inspired by his own childhood and adolescence in Romania, “Rue du Triomphe” is the first novel by Dov Hoenig, who, during his internationally acclaimed career as film editor and director, has worked with some of the most talented cinema professionals, such as Michael Mann and Andrew Davies.

The novel “Rue du Triomphe” was written and first published in French in 2018 byEditions Robert Laffont in Paris and was candidate for the prestigious Stanislas award (Prix Stanislas) for the best debut novel.

In "Rue du Triomphe", Dov Hoenig paints with a brush of an artist Bernard's world in Bucharest, his youth, aroused sexuality, his first love, his ambitions and despairs, and his parents' experiences in Fălticeni, a province town in north eastern Romania, in the turmoil years of WWI, into an original and captivating novel that presents humanity in all its facades with generosity, softness and humor.

Dov Hoenig has made Aliya to Eretz Israel as part of the Ha'Shomer Hatzair youth movement. Following several years in a kibbutz working in agriculture, he was drawn to the young Israeli cinema industry and has become a film editor, editing over 40 films, including 

Israeli classics, such as "Cazablan" and "Operation Thunderbolt" ("Entebbe") by Menahem Golan, and "I love you Rosa", and "The House on Chelouchet Street" by Moshe Mizrahi. Hoenig later moved to Hollywood where he edited Michael Mann's films "Thief", "Man Hunter", "The Last of the Mohicans" and "Heat", as well as Andrew Davies' film "The Fugitive" – and became the first ever Israeli candidate to an Oscar award for editing “The Fugitive”.

At present, Hoenig is entirely dedicated to writing.







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.Historic event: The first Holocaust Museum to be inaugurated in Oporto, Portugal.


On January 20th the new Holocaust Museum (presentation here: https://youtu.be/eg2mio5GbAA) will start with a sentimental ceremony, opened by Dias Ben-Zion, President of the Jewish Community of Oporto, and by Rui Moreira, Oporto’s Mayor.

It will be attended by the ambassadors of the countries that participated in the Second World War and Israel, Karel Fracapane (UNESCO Focal Point for Holocaust Education), Ambassador Luíz Barreiros (Head of the Portuguese delegation to the IHRA – International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance), Marta Santos País, commissioner of the Projeto Nunca Esquecer - Programa Nacional em torno da Memória do Holocausto (Never Forget Project – National Programme for Remembrance of the Holocaust), the Bishop of Oporto and the President of the Muslim community of this city. The Government will be represented by the Secretary of State for Culture.

The Oporto Holocaust Museum was created by the Jewish Community of Oporto and portrays Jewish life before the Holocaust, Nazism, Nazi expansion in Europe, the Ghettos, refugees, concentration, labor and extermination camps, the Final Solution, the Death Marches, Liberation, the Jewish population in the post-war period, the Foundation of the State of Israel, Winning or dying of hunger, The Righteous among Nations.

On 27 January 27th, to celebrate the International Day in Memory of Holocaust Victims, the Museum will be visited by a large number of students from schools in the region of Porto.



Under the auspices of members of the Oporto Jewish community whose parents, grandparents, and relatives were victims of the Holocaust, the Oporto Holocaust Museum will develop cooperation partnerships with Holocaust museums in Moscow, Hong Kong, the United States, and Europe, contributing to a memory that cannot be erased.



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the Jewish Community of Oporto






Winter Lights  the main attraction this winter 
A celebration of lights nature and food at the Jerusalem Botanical Garden, Givat Ram 
From the 12th until the 31st of December 2020
Sunday-Thursday and Saturday between 17:00-21:00 
At the Botanical Garden in Givat Ram in Jerusalem
The Jerusalem University Botanical Garden, in collaboration with the Ministry of Jerusalem Affairs, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Development Authority is proud to present this magical, warm winter event.
During the month of December, starting on the 12th (the third candle of Hanukkah) until 31st, the botanical garden will become a European market full of lights, aromas, flavors and experiences.
The botanical garden, which is the largest in the Middle East, has prepared a special trail for the festival, which is about 700 meters long, covering an area of ​​14 dunams. Visitors will enjoy a breathtaking lighting display projected on to the trees, shrubs and lake. They will also meet with costumed actors who will be there to greet them and share the festivities. Roasted chestnuts, potatoes in sauces, French crepes, sausages, hot chocolate, hot tea, donuts and more, all according to the instructions of the purple note.
It should be noted that the University Botanical Garden in Givat Ram in Jerusalem opened its doors to the public in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and with the purple badge. The garden covers an area of ​​about 120 dunams, and can accommodate many hundreds of families at the same time whilst still observing the social distance guidelines of the Ministry of Health. The botanical garden has taken care of the disinfection of public areas and public services, the numbers of visitors are controlled and the safe conduct of the public during their visit is monitored, all in accordance to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health. Admission is subject to early registration on the Botanical Garden website.
The Minister of Jerusalem and Heritage, Rafi Peretz, said, "I am excited to be a partner in the reopening of the Botanical Garden, with the aim of bringing tourism back to Jerusalem – this has been one of the goals I have prioritized during this complex period. The opening of the botanical garden is a great opportunity to go out and spend time in the open air, in a safe and controlled way and enjoy the family. I call on the public to come to Jerusalem, to fall in love again with the landscapes, to strengthen the small businesses, all while maintaining the guidelines, and looking after our families and ourselves. "
The Mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Leon, stated that "the University Botanical Garden in Givat Ram will hold a spectacular winter event next month, full of lights, colors, sounds and smells, which deepen the connection to nature. The botanical garden is spread over a huge area of ​​tens of dunams. "Winter Lights at the Botanical Garden” is an event that suits the whole family and provides a fun and refreshing experience in a magical landscape full of colors and smells that you will only find in Jerusalem. I invite all residents of the country to come to the capital and enjoy the variety of experiences our city has to offer."
Visitors are required to follow these guidelines: Visitors will be asked to move around the garden while maintaining a distance between families and avoid crowds of over 20 people. Each visitor must wear a mask (exemptions only according to the applicable guidelines)
The University Botanical Garden in Givat Ram is a gem of nature in the heart of Jerusalem. The garden operates as an educational and research center and contains a diverse collection of plants from around the world in a geographical display. The kindergarten is a center for entertainment, tourism and cultural events as well as a center for education, training and research. This is the largest botanical garden in Israel, covering an area of ​​120 dunams, with the largest collection of living plants in Israel and the Middle East.
The garden grows more than 6,400 species and varieties of plants from around the world, displayed in six geographical plots (South Africa, Europe, North America, Australia, Southwest and Central Asia and the Mediterranean). The garden plots mimic the plant landscapes of each area and feature spectacular fall and flowering shows every year.
These days in the Asian part you can enjoy the wild ancestors of the fruit trees including pears and apples. Enjoy the flowers of the month, a variety of exciting autumn flowers, including saffron, egg yolks, daffodils and cyclamen. 
Hours of operation: Sunday-Thursday and Saturday between 17: 00-21: 00. Last entry at 20:00
Entrance Fee:
 For an adult - 40 NIS.
 For a child (from age 5-12) 25 NIS.
 Soldier - 25 NIS.
 Children up to age 5- free.
 Botanical Garden Subscriptions: Free.
Admission is paid at the Gardens box office, subject to early registration on the website only. No entry will be allowed without prior reservation.
For more details: jerusalem University Botanical Garden. 02-6794012
and on the garden's website and Facebook page
 Photo  Silvia G. Golan