On Wednesday, March 22nd, the Bahai World Center celebrated Naw-Ruz (the New Year) with an evening designed to gracefully bridge the past, present and future. Diplomats, leading business and community leaders, and members of the Bahai community from across the globe were hosted by Bahai Representatives Mr. Joshua Lincoln ,Mr and Mrs Kern and Barbara Wisman and Mrs Sarah Vader at a festive event held at the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. This special gathering provided an ideal forum to highlight Bahai values, Bahai-Israeli ties, and Bahai engagement with many other faith communities.

Guests first passed through a serene meditative space created by the artistic arrangement of greenery, colorful flowers, and earth-toned stones. We later learned that volunteers had been toiling since before daybreak to prepare this exquisite indoor mini-garden. The gentle sound of trickling water from a fountain in the center soothed and relaxed attendees as they approached the inviting main meeting area.

 On the evening of Thursday March 16th, the Irish Embassy in Tel Aviv celebrated St. Patrick’s Day alongside the Opening of its new embassy. Diplomats, leading business and community leaders, and Irish emigrants were hosted by Irish Ambassador Alison Kelly at a festive event at the Amot Atrium building to mark Irish culture, Irish-Israeli ties, and Ireland’s peacekeeping missions in the country.

 Photo : President Rivlin welcoming H.E Ms. Maria Gabriels Troya Rodriguez , Ambassador of Ecuador to Israel.

President Reuven Rivlin, this morning (Monday) at his residence, received the diplomatic credentials of new ambassadors to Israel from Ecuador, Ethiopia, Togo, Fiji, and Turkmenistan. Each ceremony began with the raising of the flag and the playing of the national anthem of the visiting country, included an honor guard, and - after the presentation of the credentials - the signing of the guest book, before the playing of Israel's national anthem 'Hatikva'.

On Monday evening, the Bulgarian Embassy in Tel Aviv celebrated its National Liberation Day. Diplomats, leading business and community leaders, and Bulgarian emigrants were hosted by Bulgarian Ambassador Dimitar Mihaylov and Nora Mihaylov at a festive event at the Dan Hotel to mark Bulgarian independence, Bulgarian-Israeli ties, and Bulgaria’s Jewish heritage.

On Monday evening, Lithuanian, Israeli and Jewish influences met, in a unique blend of the classical and the contemporary. Lithuania’s National Day is February 16th, and a diverse group of diplomats and Israeli and Lithuanian guests joined to mark this occasion, and 25 years of diplomatic relations with Israel, with a special musical program at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

The program, which celebrated the 1918 Restoration of the State of Lithuania, brought the special “Window to Lithuania” collaborative music performance to Israel. “Window to Lithuania” brought together some of Lithuania’s greatest chamber music from the last 100 years in a masterful collaborative performance on piano, cello and violin by Dalia Dedinskaite, Gleb Pysniak, and Gintara Janusevious. It was held in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art’s Asia Auditorium, adjacent to the modern art wing. Unique to the occasion, images from the groundbreaking Lithuanian expatriate art collection were projected onto the backdrop of the stage.