The fifth chapter of Ensemble PHOENIX's Bach project, this is a special program of Bach trio sonatas for organ BWV 525-530 in chamber version. Three trio-sonatas will be presented with solo instrument+harpsichord obbligato (flute+hps, violin+hps and gamba+hps) and three as full-fledged trios.

Ensemble PHOENIX's team for this program is Na'ama Lion (traverso player who lives in the US), Noam Schuss (baroque violin), Marina Minkin (harpsichord) and Myrna Herzog (viola da gamba & musical direction).

According to Dr. Uri Golomb, who will be presenting some concerts, "Bach's Trio Sonatas for organ might have been based on works for a "standard" trio sonata ensemble (two melodic instruments and continuo). When they are arranged for such an ensemble, the resulting performances display a palpable sense of dialogue which is sometimes missing in performances of the original versions".

In the frame of its ongoing J. S. Bach project, Ensemble PHOENIX presents, once a year, special and significant works by Bach. The previous chapters were devoted to the Art of Fugue (2010), the Musical Offering (2011), the Goldberg Variations in a chamber ensemble version by Bernard Labadie (2012) , the Viola da Gamba sonatas (2013) and were received enthusiastically by audiences and critics alike.

Fri. 23 May 2014 :: 21:00
Raanana, PHOENIX SALON, special explained concert with the participation of Dr. Uri Golomb
Tickets at NIS90 include wine & cake. Reservations: 03-524-8910 (limited number of seats).

Sat. 24 May 2014 :: 20:30
Beit Hecht, The Studio, HaNassi 142, Carmel Center, Haifa
Tickets at NIS70/60. Reservations: 04 836-3804

Tue. 27 May 2014 :: 20:30
The Israel Conservatory of Music, 19 Stricker st., Tel Aviv
Concert introduced by Dr. Uri Golomb
Tickets NIS80/70 at http://kupatbravo.co.il/announce/20586. Tickets on the day of the concert: 03-524-8910; Reservations: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Fri.30 May 2014 :: 21:00
A salon concert in a private house in Zichron Yaacov.
Tickets at NIS80 include wine & cake
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Sat. 31 May 2014:: 11:30
The Scottish Church, 1 David Remez Street, Jerusalem
Tickets NIS80/70 at http://kupatbravo.co.il/announce/20586.
Tickets on the day of the concert: 054-452-9960
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With “Tom’s Diner”, the old chestnut, “Nostalgia ain’t what it used to be” gets booted out the door. This production, by English on Stage, currently being presented at the Yad Lebanim theater in Ramat Hasharon, is a walk down memory lane.

 

It helps if you grew up in the 20th century, but the audience last night was multi-generational. The infectious energy of the cast, combined with the somewhat honeyed story line, had us all clapping and singing along, no matter when or where we grew up. The action takes place in small-town America in 1964; the music is taken from hits of the 50s and 60s. When was the last time you saw women wearing skirts and bobby sox? When last did you see teenagers dancing The Twist? And when did you last consider the notion that “Men are men and woman’s place is in the kitchen”?

Because not only is the fluffy story inviting, amusing and nostalgic; not only is it a vehicle for those unforgettable hits of a bygone age; it has a serious theme as well. We are reminded that once upon a time, even in the USA, women were only expected to “be there” in support of a husband. Careers were for men. Women’s hopes and dreams were sublimated because that is what the culture demanded. We are reminded too, that even today, certain societies (that shall remain, diplomatically, unmentioned) subscribe to that dogma.

 

Tom (Or Mashiah) is without a doubt the star of the show. His singing is delightful, his dancing brilliant and his irresistible personality enthuses everyone. The musical was written and directed by Meirav Zur (who also plays a bit part in the performance), while Kelly Michaels is the musical director. We were expecting a half-baked performance by half-baked amateur actors. Surprise! “Tom’s Diner”, while not yet ready for Broadway, is a polished, professional production that will have you tapping your feet and itching to get up to dance in the aisles. Most of the songs are hauntingly familiar and the harmonies are enchanting. The cast is clearly happy to be singing, dancing and performing for us, and the show glides along smoothly. There were a few minor blips, but nothing that these professional performers couldn’t overcome.

 

Sometimes, Broadway comes to Israel. Check out the possibilities and schedules

 

at www.englishonstage.co.il .

 

 

Photos provided by Meirav Zur   / English on Stage

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Ruth Safran – "Tango" in Sculpture

Exhibition of Sculpture on Tango in the Exedra of the Israeli Opera House

from May 11 to July 19 2014

Save the date !!! Festive opening on June 2, at 7:30 pm, with a Milonga (tango dance party)

Exhibition curator - Udi Rosenwein

Opening hours:
Sunday–Thursday: 8:30 am to 8:30 pm
Friday: 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

 

About Ruth Safran:

Ruth Safran is a Psychologist and Jungian Psychoanalyst, born in Argentina and living in Israel since 1974. Besides her professional duties, she has devoted herself in the last years to sculpture in clay, where part of her sculptures are casted in bronze.

As a Rehabilitation Clinical Psychologist, Ruth Safran uses as treatment tools: art, dream theory with all its symbolism, and Jungian Psychoanalysis. Ruth is an expert in the treatment of patients with learning inabilities and blind people. She is a lecturer in academic institutions, and has published many articles on blindness in Israel and abroad.

Besides, being talented in various fields and very energetic, Ruth has participated in many art exhibitions, within groups since 2001, and individually, the last one in Coastal Arts League Gallery & Museum, in Half Moon Bay, California, in 2010.

She has participated, since 1990, in the radio program inרשת ב' called "שנינו ביחד וכל אחד לחוד", which deals with the meaning of dreams, with the moderator Yovav Katz.

Ruth initiated a program called "יוצרות בהרצליה". Starting in 2000, where women present art works in Hertzliya's Art Gallery.

She belongs to the Argentine Tango dancing community in Israel, and is involved in body movement.

For further details, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  03-6953819

 

 

Photos provided by Ruth Safran

 

 

 

 

New exhibition at the Tower of David Museum

Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis
The History of Jerusalem through the Lens of Medicine and Faith.

Curator: Dr. Nirit Shalev – Khalifa
Advisors: Prof. Zohar Amar, Prof. Raphael Udassin, MD, Prof. Estēe
Dvorjetski, Prof. Eran Dolev, MD, Dr. Dan Barel

 

Funding for the exhibition has been given by TEVA Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.

Exhibition Opening: May 1, 2014 Exhibition Closing: April 2015

Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis takes a broad and original look at the "medical record" of Jerusalem, the human struggle for a healthy life in the unique context of the holy city.

"Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis" touches on the thousands of years of life in the city through the lens of medical milestones beginning with the days of King David and King Hezekiah until the modern history of Hadassah and Shaare Zedek hospitals. Medicine in Jerusalem has always been a sequence of apostasy, sickness and epidemic intersected by an overriding story of healing, miracles and faith. This extensive exhibition draws inspiration from stories and medical cases, from doctors and pharmacies in the Old City and the new city, and from the many exhibits that are being shown to the public for the first time. The exhibition looks at the partnerships and contradictions found in the space between miracles and medicine.

 

Starting up in the Phasael Tower, and passing through the herb garden in the citadel's courtyard, and ending in the Crusader Hall, "Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis" recounts the uses and types of cures that have survived from Biblical times and reports on how sickness and plague have changed the fate of history. It shows how the holiness and status of Jerusalem brought streams of pilgrims, priests, scholars and travelers to its gates. Many of them needed medical services while others provided medical relief. It focuses on the cures that were invented along with wonder drugs (a pre-cursor to the antibiotic) and potions. It also narrates the wars of faith and missionary activity in the 19th century and early 20th century which ironically led to the establishment of hospitals and clinics: a sanatorium established by the London Society for promoting Christianity Among the Jews, Marienstift Children's Hospital, Meyer Rothschild Hospital - first Jewish hospital outside the Old City, Bikur Holim, English Mission Hospital and the Italian Hospital. The positive outcome was the establishment of hospitals that made Jerusalem a center of advanced medicine. In a city that has always been divided by religions, today doctors and nurses of different faiths work side by side together treating patients from all backgrounds.

 

Exhibits have been brought from around the world and many are being shown to the public for the first time at the Tower of David Museum. Among the artifacts are photo albums from the Rothschild Archives in England, an x-ray machine dating back to the 1920s, the door knocker from the Order of St John's hospital (lent by the Order of St John in London) which according to belief came from the original Crusader hospital, record books from Shaare Zedek, lotions and potions, diaries of nurses and doctors from the early 20th century, cuddly toys from 1908 that made children smile despite their illness. Every artifact tells a distinct story.

You are invited to embark on an absorbing journey through the citadel along the paths of the medical story of Jerusalem and discover a city fighting for its life, on a continuum traversed by apostasy and faith, plagues and miracles, sickness and healing

.

The exhibition is presented in two galleries:
Part One – The Miracle and the Plague and the Historical Apothecary in Phasael Tower
Part Two – The Physicians' Wisdom and Medical Mercy in the Crusader Hall

In the courtyard there is a special exhibit of traditional remedies and spices brought from the Old City markets. An array of traditional herbs can be found in the Herb Garden.

The breathtaking lookout point on the top of Phasael Tower, where the old city meets the new, concludes the visitor experience to the exhibition and the Tower of David, the gateway to Jerusalem, then and now.

As part of the on-going events surrounding the exhibition, there will be walking tours that use the exhibition as a platform to explore the secrets of medicine in Jerusalem in and around the Old City on Friday mornings.

 

Museum opening hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 09:00 – 16:00 Friday and Saturday: 09:00 – 14:00

For more information and reservations: / 02-6265333 / *2884

http://www.towerofdavid.org.il/English/General/Tower_of_David-Museum_of_the_History_of_Jerusalem

or https://www.facebook.com/TowerofDavidMuseum

 

Photo Silvia Golan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opera House –Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center   (בית האופרה – המשכן לאמנויות הבמה בתל-אביב)

The Israeli Opera presents a new production of Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi, one of the most popular operas of all times, with the outstanding direction of David Pountney. Daniel Oren, the Israeli conductor whose career encompasses the whole world, will conduct in this production, starring Spanish baritone Carlos Almaguer in the main role, and Israeli soprano Hila Baggio as Gilda.

 

The opera will be presented in the Opera House –Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, in the dates 21.5-30.5 and 25.6-30.6

The opera will be conducted by Daniel Oren and Eithan Schmeisser, with the direction of David Pountney, the revival direction of Gadi Schechter, and the participation of a team of Israeli and international soloists, the Israeli Opera Choir, and the Israeli Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion.

Rigoletto is an opera in three acts based on Victor Hugo's play "Le roi s'amuse" (1832), which was seriously condemned by the French censorship authorities due to the critical expression of the writer on the French King, and his presentation as an evil and reckless womanizer. Any critical expression on the King was then considered by the censorship authorities as an unforgiving crime. This also happened with Verdi's opera. The head of the Austrian censorship authority, due to his concern to the relations with France, stated that "this opera is an example of disgusting immorality". But Verdi was already at that time a well-known and most appreciated composer, with great capability and courage to oppose to this censorship. The struggle took long time, but at the end a version that was a compromise was approved.

Giuseppe Verdi and the libretto writer, Francesco Maria Piave, used Victor Hugo's basic theme but took away the story from France and addressed the womanizer role to an imaginary duke.

The opera became immediately an immense success when staged.

In Rigoletto, Verdi presents a suffering court jester, who tries to take revenge of his employer, a heartless duke who mercilessly seduced his innocent daughter Gilda. The opera describes a vengeance voyage that ends in an unnecessary murder, blind love and abysmal hatred.

 

 

 

 

 

Libretto: Francesco Maria Piave after Victor Hugo's Le Roi S'amuse
First Performance: Teatro La Fenice, Venice, March 11, 1851
First Performance at the Israeli Opera: March 29, 1997
First Performance of this production in the current season: June 30, 2012

 


Opera Participants and Performances

The Israeli Opera Chorus
Chorus Master: Eithan Schmeisser
The Opera Orchestra - The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion
Sung in Italian
Subtitles in English and Hebrew
Subtitles: Israel Ouval
Length of performance: approx. 2 hours and 40 minutes

Opera Performances

Day               Date          Hour             Back-stage tours             Talkback
**WED      21.5.14       20:00

***FRI       23.5.14      13:00

SAT           24.5.14       21:00                18:30

MON         26.5.14        20:00                 18:30                  After the show

WED        28.5.14         20:00                                              After the show

FRI           30.5.14        13:00

WED        25.6.14        20:00               18:30                     After the show

****FRI     27.6.14        13:00

SAT          28.6.14        21:00                18:30

MON       30.6.14     20:00                                             After the show

**   Première Performance
*** The performance is dedicated to the memory of our beloved Shimshon Zelig - 23.5.13, 13:00
**** The performance is dedicated in loving memory of Dr. Israel (Rolly) Yovel
A pre-performance lecture (in Hebrew) is held one hour before every performance. Free admission for tickets holders.

Singing is in Italian, with screened translations in Hebrew and English.

Opera duration: about 2 hours and 40 minutes.

An hour before each performance an introductory lecture of about 30 minutes will take place - the entrance for these lectures will be free for the ticket owners in the same evening.

Ticket prices: 175/237/304/378/428 NIS – additional 15 NIS for performances on Saturdays

Ticket ordering: 03-6927777, www.israel-opera.co.il

Opera House – Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, 19 Shaul Hamelech Av, Tel Aviv

 

 Photos provided by The Opera House

 

 

 

 

 

Competition organizers:

India's Embassy in Israel - in cooperation with India's Tourism Ministry, Indian Spice & Foodstuff Exporters Association, TAL Aviation Group, Lev Cinema, Tandoori Restaurant Chain, Masa Acher (מסע אחר) Online, and Little India (הודו הקטנה) store of Indian products.
Competition goal:

To find the Israel Master Chef of Indian food. India's Embassy is interested in promoting the India's culture in Israel, particularly the Indian food. It expects that this competition will encourage the increase of number of Indian restaurants in Israel and Israeli tourists to India.
Prizes:

First Prize: Double flying tickets to India, and stay in a hotel in India for a week. The winning dish will be served in the Tandoori restaurant during one month.

Consolation Prizes: The four competitors in the final received a voucher of 300 NIS of the Little India store, a box of Indian spices, dinner for a couple in the Tandoori restaurant, a ticket for the movie "Lunch Box" and a lunch-box food box.

Competition Stages:

First Stage:

The competitors were invited to send Indian recipes to Facebook of Masa Acher Online. 200 recipes were received. The organizers were gladly surprised for the unexpectedly large number of responses.

Second Stage:

20 recipes were selected for the semifinal, which took place in Lev Cinema, Tel Aviv, where the Indian movie "Lunch Box" was screened. This movie deals largely with Indian food.

Judges:

Hila Alpert, Rina Pushkarna and Yonatan Roshfeld, all three well known chefs. They tasted the dishes with great pleasure, asked questions to the competitors, and graded them.

Preceding the screening of the movie "Lunch Box", the Vice-Ambassador of India to Israel, Mrs. Vani Rao, announced the names of the 5 contenders that arrived to the final. She also told them that the final event would be transmitted in Keshet TV channel.

The final competitors, besides the happy winner, are listed below.

 

Final competitors:

Jacqueline Solomon: 37-year old, married + 2 daughters. Professional system analyzer. Arrived from India 16 years ago. Very active within the Indian community. Likes to write, cook and live fully.

Tamar Michael: Professional therapist. Fan of cooking, photography, nature and sport. During her trip to India in 2003, fell in love with this country.

 

Yaffa Samson Gupte: Born in Bombay, arrived to Israel 16 years ago. BA in philosophy. Married + 2; both children serve now in the IDF. Likes to read, dance, listen to music, and, of course, cook Indian food.

Ilanit Menachem: 43-year old, married + 2. Her parents arrived from Cochin. She is very proud of her roots and the Cochin Jewish heritage. She works as quality assurance manager of medical devices at a high tech company.

 

Happy winner:

Orna Reuben: Comes from the Bnei-Israel community. Married + 3. Teacher and educator in "Nof-Yam" primary school. Cooking is her favorite hobby; she learned the cooking secrets from her grandmother.

Final competition:

The final competition took place in the tapas restaurant of Yonatan Roshfeld. The competitors cooked at the same time in the restaurant kitchen, and the dishes presented were varied and delicious. Then, the competition winner was selected.

Photos by  Doron Negev.

 

 

 

 

 

 

First time in Israel – 'See Under: Love' (עיין ערך: אהבה),
based on the book of David Grossman
by the Library Theater (תיאטרון הספרייה)

The Library Theater (תיאטרון הספרייה), in a production by Beit Zvi (בית צבי), presents for the first time a production
based on the book of David Grossman - 'See Under: Love' (עיין ערך: אהבה),
with the participation of three generation of Beit-Zvi graduates.
Among them: Michael Koresh, Igal Zach, Chen Noher, Maayan Kilchevsky and Uri Shilo.

The presentation takes place in Poland 1943, in the midst of World War II. Jewish writer Anshel Wasserman enters the officer of an SS officer. The officer shoots him and Wasserman starts telling stories. He talks about a group of colorful artists that meets at Warsaw's zoo, about Kaczich, a fantastic baby that lives a full life in 24 hours, and about love.

The book 'See Under: Love' (עיין ערך: אהבה) written by David Grossman was published in 1986, became a best seller, got praises of the critics, and has been translated into 18 languages. The book deals with the holocaust from a personal and unusual point of view, and is composed of four non-chronological parts.

David Grossman is one of the outstanding and appraised writers in Israel. His books have been translated into many languages and published throughout the world. He received several awards, such as the Prime Minister Award for art work, the אקו"ם Award for life enterprise in literature, the א.מ.ת Award, and other awards for his widespread literature production.

The participants in the play are all Beit-Zvi graduates. Among them: Michael Koresh, 1978-graduate, actor in theater, cinema and TV; and Igal Zach, 1994-graduate, director and actor in theater, cinema and TV. The younger generation is represented by actor Chen Noher, 2009-graduate, and actors Maayan Kilchevsky and Uri Shilo, who completed their studies last year.

Adaptation to theater and director: Timor Lahav; artistic consultation: Noya Lanzet.

 

 

The festive premiere took place in Ramat-Gan Theater on April 11.

 

I assisted to this premiere and enjoyed the play very much. I strongly recommend it to all Hebrew speaking audience ׂׂ(  Silvia G. Golan)

Note: The play will take a small break and will be renewed on the following dates:
April 23,25,26; May 8-11,17,21,25,29,31.

 Photos  : Yossi Zwecker

 

 

 

The new exhibition, Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis will be opened on April 30, 2014 in the presence of Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem, Yael German, Minister of Health, The most Rev. Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custos of the Holy Land and Archbishop Nourhan Monougian, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis takes a broad and original look at the "medical record" of Jerusalem, the human struggle for a healthy life in the unique context of the holy city.

 

Medicine in Jerusalem has always been a sequence of apostasy, sickness and epidemic intersected by an overriding story of healing, miracles and faith. The exhibition looks at the partnerships and contradictions found in the space between miracles and medicine.

"Jerusalem: A Medical Diagnosis" touches on the thousands of years of life in the city through the lens of medical milestones beginning with the days of King David and King Hezekiah until the modern history of Hadassah and Shaare Zedek hospitals. The exhibition recounts the uses and types of cures that have survived from Biblical times and reports on how sickness and plague have changed the fate of history. It shows how the holiness and status of Jerusalem brought streams of pilgrims, priests, scholars and travelers to its gates. Many of them needed medical services while others provided medical relief. It focuses on the cures that were invented along with wonder drugs (a pre-cursor to the antibiotic) and potions. It also narrates the wars of faith and missionary activity in the 19th century and early 20th century which ironically led to the establishment of hospitals and clinics: a sanatorium established by the London Society for promoting Christianity Among the Jews, Marienstift Children's Hospital, Meyer Rothschild Hospital - first Jewish hospital outside the Old City, Bikur Holim, English Mission Hospital and the Italian Hospital. The positive outcome was the establishment of hospitals that made Jerusalem a center of advanced medicine. In a city that has always been divided by religions, today doctors and nurses of different faiths work side by side together treating patients from all backgrounds.

Exhibits have been brought from around the world and many are being shown to the public for the first time at the Tower of David Museum. Among the artifacts are photo albums from the Rothschild Archives in England, an x-ray machine dating back to the 1920s, the door knocker from the Order of St John's hospital (lent by the Order of St John in London) which according to belief came from the original Crusader hospital, record books from Shaare Zedek, lotions and potions, diaries of nurses and doctors from the early 20th century, cuddly toys from 1908 that made children smile despite their illness. Every artifact tells a distinct story.

The exhibition is spread throughout the Citadel - from the exhibition room in the Phasael Tower, down through the courtyard and garden and into the Crusader Hall. As part of the on-going events surrounding the exhibition, there will be guided tours that use the exhibition as a platform to explore different places in and around the Old City.

Curator: Dr. Nirit Shalev - Khalifa

 

 

Dr. Eugene Elovic and his family along with the Bezalel Academy announce the prize for sculpture goes to the Israeli Artist Itzhak (itche) Golombek

 

Itzhak Golombek was born in Poland and has taught painting and sculpture at the Haifa University since 1991. Since 1982 he has had solo exhibitions in Israel and abroad and has participated in several group exhibitions.

 

In addition, he has won many prizes, among them: The Young Artist Award of the Israeli Ministry of Education and Culture, the Encourage Creativity Prize, and research grants amongst others.

 

In his works, Golombek commonly creates sculptures of flat objects. Over the years, he has sculpted combs, key chains, safety pins, shaving blades, paper towels and drops.

 

The Ilana Elovic Bezalel Prize awards a sum of $20,000, a solo exhibition at the Bezalel Gallery at Hansen House in Jerusalem and expenses for the production of a catalogue to accompany the exhibition.

 

Members of the Jury: Yigal Zalmona, Rivka Saker, Yehudit Sasportas, Michal Helfman and Prof. Philip Rantzer.

 

About Ilana Elovic:

The Prize in the name of the Artist Ilana Elovic, is granted to an active Israeli Artist.

Ilana Elovic passed away in 2006 after being diagnosed with cancer.

Elovic dedicated her life to art, created through different mediums, among them painting, ceramics, glass and jewelry. Once she found out about her disease, Elovic ultimately had begun engaging in her art.

 

 

Prof. Eva Illouz, president of Bezalel Academy of Art and Design

Dr. Eugene Elovic, donator of the prize

Rivka Saker, chairman of the jury and chairman of Sotheby's Israel

Yigal Zalmona, member of the jury

Itzhak Golombek, winner of Elovik Bezalel prize

 

 Photos  LAV STUDIO

 

Where can you find the Jerusalem Klezmer Association, Arabic, Armenian, country and jazz musicians mingling with Orphaned Land, Eviatar Banai, Shuli Rand and Ariel Zilber?

 

At the Sounds of the Old City Festival, Jerusalem 2014
A unique and exhilarating celebration of culture and music
A fascinating musical odyssey into the four quarters of Jerusalem's Old City

31 March – 3 April, 2014 – Free admission
Hours: 19:00-23:00

 

Acclaimed singers, ensembles and bands will perform at the Festival:
Danny Robas * Eviatar Banai * Red Band (The Puppet Folk Revival) * Moetzet HaShira HaYehudit hosting the Gat Brothers * Shuli Rand * Sheketak *
* Idan Haviv * Ariel Zilber * Aharon Razel * Udi Davidi * BaTaverna with Shimon Parnas

 

And a wide variety of ethnic ensembles representing an array of musical styles:
Sounds of the Oud, Orphaned Land, System Ali, the Black Hebrews of Dimona, the Alaev Family, as well as a diverse selection of folk music groups encompassing Armenian, Arabic, Jewish, Turkish, Yemenite, Persian and country music, jazz, flamenco and more

 

– Musical Consultant – Yoav Kutner

Music Fair
CDs and musical instruments of all kinds will be available for purchase at a music fair organized in cooperation with Hatav Hashmini.

 

The Festival is an initiative of the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, and the Jerusalem Municipality, and is produced and managed by Ariel Municipal Company.

 

The Director of the Jerusalem Development Authority's Old City Basin Department, Aner Ozeri: "This year we significantly increased the number of bands and artists performing at the Festival, in order to give expression to all sectors of the population and to the full array of musical styles."

 

In late March and early April Jerusalem's Old City will host the Sounds of the Old City Festival – where visitors embark on a fascinating musical odyssey into the four quarters of Jerusalem's Old city.

 

The Festival will feature special events and performances by celebrated artists and dozens of ethnic bands representing a broad range of musical styles from around the world.

 

The Sounds of the Old City Festival is a multisensory cultural and musical experience in which the streets ring with authentic sound, enabling visitors to sample the various cultures represented and to learn about the unique history of each Old City quarter through the music that characterizes it. The Festival is an initiative of the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs and the Jerusalem Municipality, and is produced and managed by Ariel Municipal Company.

 

The Festival will be held on Monday-Thursday, 31 March-3 April 2014, from 19:00-23:00. Admission is free of charge.

 

This is the third consecutive year that Sounds of the Old City is being held, and the 2014 Festival will feature an even larger and more diverse selection of performances than in past years. Ethnic music groups will be joined by such celebrated singers, bands and ensembles as: Danny Robas, Ariel Zilber, Eviatar Banai, Red Band (The Puppet Folk Revival), Shuli Rand, Idan Haviv, Udi Davidi, Aharon Razel, and more. In addition, each evening there will be a BaTaverna al HaHomot ("Tavern on the Walls") show at the Tower of David, featuring Shimon Parnas and the Taverna band, who will play stirring Greek melodies in an authentic "tavern" atmosphere.

 

The Festival will extend into all parts of the Old City, and each of the Old City quarters will resound with the particular form of music that characterizes it. Ensembles to be taking part in the Festival include (by quarter): Armenian Quarter – Dilijan and Music from the Land of Ararat; Jewish Quarter – Sounds of the Oud, Ketem Paz, Aharon Razel, Udi Davidi, Chut HaMeshulash, the Jerusalem Klezmer Association, Yishai Lapidot, Ariel Zilber, Eviatar Banai, Moetzet HaShira HaYehudit hosting the Gat Brothers, and Shuli Rand; Muslim Quarter – the Atroosh Ensemble, the Leylot HaMizrach Band and an array of other musicians; Christian Quarter – the Black Hebrews of Dimona, Orphaned Land and System Ali; entrance to the Old City – Danny Robas, Idan Haviv, Sheketak, Red Band (The Puppet Folk Revival), Mawazine, the Alaev Family, the Habibti Ensemble.

 

In addition to performances mounted in each specific quarter, numerous ensembles will be appearing throughout the Old City, including: the Na'am Ensemble, Savta Memi, Amechaye Klezmer Band, the Istiklal Trio, Rebetiko for the Soul, Golnar, the Samara Ensemble, the Remangar Flamenco Company, Gypsy Spirit, the Insera Band, and many others.

 

This year, for the first time, the Festival will feature a Music Fair in the Jaffa Gate Plaza, offering visitors a huge and varied selection of CDs and DVDs at attractive prices. Musical instruments will also be on sale at the Fair. The Music Fair will be held in cooperation with Hatav Hashmini, Israel's largest chain of music stores.

 

The Sounds of the Old City Festival, along with Light in Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Knights Festival, is a major cultural and tourism anchor of Jerusalem's Old City. The Old City is Israel's most important tourist destination – a veritable magnet for travelers. The many compelling historical sites and the picturesque character of the Old City are self-evident attractions by day. The myriad activities that take place within the ancient walls after dark – the Sounds of the Old City Festival among them – offer visitors a broad array of international events and performances, as well as an opportunity to sample the tastes, ambience and nighttime magic of the Old City.

 

Mayor Nir Barkat: "Jerusalem's cultural revolution has not bypassed the Old City, which takes on a special vibrancy during the evening and nighttime hours and is becoming an attractive destination for visitors from Israel and abroad. The encounter between the music and the special Old City ambience creates a one-of-a-kind Jerusalem experience that is not to be missed."

 

C.E.O. of the ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, Dvir Kahana: The Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs views these nighttime tourism events as a major force for advancing tourism in Jerusalem generally, and particularly in the Old City. These activities are a direct continuation of the broad array of tourism initiatives currently being promoted in the city by the Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, the Jerusalem Development Authority and the Jerusalem Municipality. This year the Festival is even richer and more varied, and I invite the public at large to come and experience it."

 

The Director of the Jerusalem Development Authority, Aner Ozeri: "The Sounds of the Old City Festival offers visitors an intensive multisensory experience, combining authentic music with the breathtaking sights of the Old City. This year we significantly increased the number of bands and artists performing at the Festival, in order to give expression to all of the population sectors that reside within the Old City's four quarters, and to the full array of musical styles. We are excited to be holding the Festival and feel that it symbolizes the multiculturalism and authenticity that characterize the Old City."

 

The CEO of Ariel Municipal Company, Zion Turjeman: "Nighttime tourism in the Old City has flourished over the years, thanks to a wide variety of high-quality international cultural events. Visitors to the Sounds of the Old City Festival will enjoy an abundance of multicultural musical performances and activities suited to all ages and visitor types, and to the special nature of the Old City itself."


Where can you find the Jerusalem Klezmer Association, Arabic, Armenian, country and jazz musicians mingling with Orphaned Land, Eviatar Banai, Shuli Rand and Ariel Zilber?

 

At the
Sounds of the Old City Festival, Jerusalem 2014
A unique and exhilarating celebration of culture and music
A fascinating musical odyssey into the four quarters of Jerusalem's Old City

 

31 March – 3 April, 2014 – Free admission
Hours: 19:00-23:00

Acclaimed singers, ensembles and bands will perform at the Festival:
Danny Robas * Eviatar Banai * Red Band (The Puppet Folk Revival) * Moetzet HaShira HaYehudit hosting the Gat Brothers * Shuli Rand * Sheketak *

* Idan Haviv * Ariel Zilber * Aharon Razel * Udi Davidi * BaTaverna with Shimon Parnas

 

And a wide variety of ethnic ensembles representing an array of musical styles:
Sounds of the Oud, Orphaned Land, System Ali, the Black Hebrews of Dimona, the Alaev Family, as well as a diverse selection of folk music groups encompassing Armenian, Arabic, Jewish, Turkish, Yemenite, Persian and country music, jazz, flamenco and more

 

– Musical Consultant – Yoav Kutner

Music Fair
CDs and musical instruments of all kinds will be available for purchase at a music fair organized in cooperation with Hatav Hashmini.

The Festival is an initiative of the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, and the Jerusalem Municipality, and is produced and managed by Ariel Municipal Company.

 

The Director of the Jerusalem Development Authority's Old City Basin Department, Aner Ozeri: "This year we significantly increased the number of bands and artists performing at the Festival, in order to give expression to all sectors of the population and to the full array of musical styles."

In late March and early April Jerusalem's Old City will host the Sounds of the Old City Festival – where visitors embark on a fascinating musical odyssey into the four quarters of Jerusalem's Old city. The Festival will feature special events and performances by celebrated artists and dozens of ethnic bands representing a broad range of musical styles from around the world. The Sounds of the Old City Festival is a multisensory cultural and musical experience in which the streets ring with authentic sound, enabling visitors to sample the various cultures represented and to learn about the unique history of each Old City quarter through the music that characterizes it. The Festival is an initiative of the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs and the Jerusalem Municipality, and is produced and managed by Ariel Municipal Company.

 

The Festival will be held on Monday-Thursday, 31 March-3 April 2014, from 19:00-23:00. Admission is free of charge.

 

 

This is the third consecutive year that Sounds of the Old City is being held, and the 2014 Festival will feature an even larger and more diverse selection of performances than in past years. Ethnic music groups will be joined by such celebrated singers, bands and ensembles as: Danny Robas, Ariel Zilber, Eviatar Banai, Red Band (The Puppet Folk Revival), Shuli Rand, Idan Haviv, Udi Davidi, Aharon Razel, and more. In addition, each evening there will be a BaTaverna al HaHomot ("Tavern on the Walls") show at the Tower of David, featuring Shimon Parnas and the Taverna band, who will play stirring Greek melodies in an authentic "tavern" atmosphere.

 

The Festival will extend into all parts of the Old City, and each of the Old City quarters will resound with the particular form of music that characterizes it. Ensembles to be taking part in the Festival include (by quarter): Armenian Quarter – Dilijan and Music from the Land of Ararat; Jewish Quarter – Sounds of the Oud, Ketem Paz, Aharon Razel, Udi Davidi, Chut HaMeshulash, the Jerusalem Klezmer Association, Yishai Lapidot, Ariel Zilber, Eviatar Banai, Moetzet HaShira HaYehudit hosting the Gat Brothers, and Shuli Rand; Muslim Quarter – the Atroosh Ensemble, the Leylot HaMizrach Band and an array of other musicians; Christian Quarter – the Black Hebrews of Dimona, Orphaned Land and System Ali; entrance to the Old City – Danny Robas, Idan Haviv, Sheketak, Red Band (The Puppet Folk Revival), Mawazine, the Alaev Family, the Habibti Ensemble. In addition to performances mounted in each specific quarter, numerous ensembles will be appearing throughout the Old City, including: the Na'am Ensemble, Savta Memi, Amechaye Klezmer Band, the Istiklal Trio, Rebetiko for the Soul, Golnar, the Samara Ensemble, the Remangar Flamenco Company, Gypsy Spirit, the Insera Band, and many others.

 

This year, for the first time, the Festival will feature a Music Fair in the Jaffa Gate Plaza, offering visitors a huge and varied selection of CDs and DVDs at attractive prices. Musical instruments will also be on sale at the Fair. The Music Fair will be held in cooperation with Hatav Hashmini, Israel's largest chain of music stores.

The Sounds of the Old City Festival, along with Light in Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Knights Festival, is a major cultural and tourism anchor of Jerusalem's Old City. The Old City is Israel's most important tourist destination – a veritable magnet for travelers. The many compelling historical sites and the picturesque character of the Old City are self-evident attractions by day. The myriad activities that take place within the ancient walls after dark – the Sounds of the Old City Festival among them – offer visitors a broad array of international events and performances, as well as an opportunity to sample the tastes, ambience and nighttime magic of the Old City.

Mayor Nir Barkat: "Jerusalem's cultural revolution has not bypassed the Old City, which takes on a special vibrancy during the evening and nighttime hours and is becoming an attractive destination for visitors from Israel and abroad. The encounter between the music and the special Old City ambience creates a one-of-a-kind Jerusalem experience that is not to be missed."

 

C.E.O. of the ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, Dvir Kahana: The Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs views these nighttime tourism events as a major force for advancing tourism in Jerusalem generally, and particularly in the Old City. These activities are a direct continuation of the broad array of tourism initiatives currently being promoted in the city by the Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, the Jerusalem Development Authority and the Jerusalem Municipality. This year the Festival is even richer and more varied, and I invite the public at large to come and experience it."

The Director of the Jerusalem Development Authority, Aner Ozeri: "The Sounds of the Old City Festival offers visitors an intensive multisensory experience, combining authentic music with the breathtaking sights of the Old City. This year we significantly increased the number of bands and artists performing at the Festival, in order to give expression to all of the population sectors that reside within the Old City's four quarters, and to the full array of musical styles. We are excited to be holding the Festival and feel that it symbolizes the multiculturalism and authenticity that characterize the Old City."

 

The CEO of Ariel Municipal Company, Zion Turjeman: "Nighttime tourism in the Old City has flourished over the years, thanks to a wide variety of high-quality international cultural events. Visitors to the Sounds of the Old City Festival will enjoy an abundance of multicultural musical performances and activities suited to all ages and visitor types, and to the special nature of the Old City itself."
Where can you find the Jerusalem Klezmer Association, Arabic, Armenian, country and jazz musicians mingling with Orphaned Land, Eviatar Banai, Shuli Rand and Ariel Zilber?

At the
Sounds of the Old City Festival, Jerusalem 2014
A unique and exhilarating celebration of culture and music
A fascinating musical odyssey into the four quarters of Jerusalem's Old City

31 March – 3 April, 2014 – Free admission
Hours: 19:00-23:00

Acclaimed singers, ensembles and bands will perform at the Festival:
Danny Robas * Eviatar Banai * Red Band (The Puppet Folk Revival) * Moetzet HaShira HaYehudit hosting the Gat Brothers * Shuli Rand * Sheketak *
* Idan Haviv * Ariel Zilber * Aharon Razel * Udi Davidi * BaTaverna with Shimon Parnas

 

 

And a wide variety of ethnic ensembles representing an array of musical styles:
Sounds of the Oud, Orphaned Land, System Ali, the Black Hebrews of Dimona, the Alaev Family, as well as a diverse selection of folk music groups encompassing Armenian, Arabic, Jewish, Turkish, Yemenite, Persian and country music, jazz, flamenco and more

– Musical Consultant – Yoav Kutner

Music Fair
CDs and musical instruments of all kinds will be available for purchase at a music fair organized in cooperation with Hatav Hashmini.

 

The Festival is an initiative of the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, and the Jerusalem Municipality, and is produced and managed by Ariel Municipal Company.

The Director of the Jerusalem Development Authority's Old City Basin Department, Aner Ozeri: "This year we significantly increased the number of bands and artists performing at the Festival, in order to give expression to all sectors of the population and to the full array of musical styles."

 

In late March and early April Jerusalem's Old City will host the Sounds of the Old City Festival – where visitors embark on a fascinating musical odyssey into the four quarters of Jerusalem's Old city. The Festival will feature special events and performances by celebrated artists and dozens of ethnic bands representing a broad range of musical styles from around the world. The Sounds of the Old City Festival is a multisensory cultural and musical experience in which the streets ring with authentic sound, enabling visitors to sample the various cultures represented and to learn about the unique history of each Old City quarter through the music that characterizes it. The Festival is an initiative of the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs and the Jerusalem Municipality, and is produced and managed by Ariel Municipal Company.

The Festival will be held on Monday-Thursday, 31 March-3 April 2014, from 19:00-23:00. Admission is free of charge.

 

 

This is the third consecutive year that Sounds of the Old City is being held, and the 2014 Festival will feature an even larger and more diverse selection of performances than in past years. Ethnic music groups will be joined by such celebrated singers, bands and ensembles as: Danny Robas, Ariel Zilber, Eviatar Banai, Red Band (The Puppet Folk Revival), Shuli Rand, Idan Haviv, Udi Davidi, Aharon Razel, and more. In addition, each evening there will be a BaTaverna al HaHomot ("Tavern on the Walls") show at the Tower of David, featuring Shimon Parnas and the Taverna band, who will play stirring Greek melodies in an authentic "tavern" atmosphere.

 

The Festival will extend into all parts of the Old City, and each of the Old City quarters will resound with the particular form of music that characterizes it. Ensembles to be taking part in the Festival include (by quarter): Armenian Quarter – Dilijan and Music from the Land of Ararat; Jewish Quarter – Sounds of the Oud, Ketem Paz, Aharon Razel, Udi Davidi, Chut HaMeshulash, the Jerusalem Klezmer Association, Yishai Lapidot, Ariel Zilber, Eviatar Banai, Moetzet HaShira HaYehudit hosting the Gat Brothers, and Shuli Rand; Muslim Quarter – the Atroosh Ensemble, the Leylot HaMizrach Band and an array of other musicians; Christian Quarter – the Black Hebrews of Dimona, Orphaned Land and System Ali; entrance to the Old City – Danny Robas, Idan Haviv, Sheketak, Red Band (The Puppet Folk Revival), Mawazine, the Alaev Family, the Habibti Ensemble. In addition to performances mounted in each specific quarter, numerous ensembles will be appearing throughout the Old City, including: the Na'am Ensemble, Savta Memi, Amechaye Klezmer Band, the Istiklal Trio, Rebetiko for the Soul, Golnar, the Samara Ensemble, the Remangar Flamenco Company, Gypsy Spirit, the Insera Band, and many others.

 

This year, for the first time, the Festival will feature a Music Fair in the Jaffa Gate Plaza, offering visitors a huge and varied selection of CDs and DVDs at attractive prices. Musical instruments will also be on sale at the Fair. The Music Fair will be held in cooperation with Hatav Hashmini, Israel's largest chain of music stores.

The Sounds of the Old City Festival, along with Light in Jerusalem and the Jerusalem Knights Festival, is a major cultural and tourism anchor of Jerusalem's Old City. The Old City is Israel's most important tourist destination – a veritable magnet for travelers. The many compelling historical sites and the picturesque character of the Old City are self-evident attractions by day. The myriad activities that take place within the ancient walls after dark – the Sounds of the Old City Festival among them – offer visitors a broad array of international events and performances, as well as an opportunity to sample the tastes, ambience and nighttime magic of the Old City.

 

Mayor Nir Barkat: "Jerusalem's cultural revolution has not bypassed the Old City, which takes on a special vibrancy during the evening and nighttime hours and is becoming an attractive destination for visitors from Israel and abroad. The encounter between the music and the special Old City ambience creates a one-of-a-kind Jerusalem experience that is not to be missed."

C.E.O. of the ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, Dvir Kahana: The Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs views these nighttime tourism events as a major force for advancing tourism in Jerusalem generally, and particularly in the Old City. These activities are a direct continuation of the broad array of tourism initiatives currently being promoted in the city by the Ministry for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, the Jerusalem Development Authority and the Jerusalem Municipality. This year the Festival is even richer and more varied, and I invite the public at large to come and experience it."

 

The Director of the Jerusalem Development Authority, Aner Ozeri: "The Sounds of the Old City Festival offers visitors an intensive multisensory experience, combining authentic music with the breathtaking sights of the Old City. This year we significantly increased the number of bands and artists performing at the Festival, in order to give expression to all of the population sectors that reside within the Old City's four quarters, and to the full array of musical styles. We are excited to be holding the Festival and feel that it symbolizes the multiculturalism and authenticity that characterize the Old City."

The CEO of Ariel Municipal Company, Zion Turjeman: "Nighttime tourism in the Old City has flourished over the years, thanks to a wide variety of high-quality international cultural events. Visitors to the Sounds of the Old City Festival will enjoy an abundance of multicultural musical performances and activities suited to all ages and visitor types, and to the special nature of the Old City itself."

www.itraveljerusalem.com

 

Photos Silvia Golan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a joint operation conducted by the Shefet Police and the Israel Antiquities Authority *** The ossuaries were allegedly plundered recently from an magnificent ancient burial cave in the Jerusalem region

A number of suspects were apprehended in the early hours of Friday (28.3) in a joint operation by inspectors of the IAA Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery and detectives and patrolmen of the Shefet police station in Jerusalem. They were caught while in possession of eleven decorated stone ossuaries – ancient coffins – that the Jewish population used for burial in the Second Temple period, two thousand years ago. Some of the ossuaries still contained the skeletal remains of the deceased.

The suspects – residents of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Arab village of Abadiyah, in the vicinity of Bethlehem – were caught red-handed by a team of patrolmen and detectives from the Shefet Station in Jerusalem when they were closing a deal to sell the ossuaries to Jewish merchants, near the Hizma checkpoint north of Jerusalem.

The inspectors of the IAA Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery immediately recognized that these are special ancient ossuaries of unique significance. It is suspected the ossuaries were recently looted from an ancient burial cave in the region of Jerusalem.

The suspects were arrested on the spot and taken in for questioning under caution by investigators of the IAA and the Shefet police station. Their remand was extended Friday morning by the Jerusalem Magistrates Court.

The Jewish population used stone ossuaries for secondary burial during the Second Temple period and they were very common from the second century BCE until the first century CE. The ossuaries are decorated with typical Jewish symbols, among them the lily flower, the six-petal rosette and other symbols. The decorations adorning the ossuaries were a major element of the Jewish art of the period.

Shallow engravings, etched in the past by means of a sharp stylus, were found on the walls of two of the seized ossuaries. They cite the names of the deceased whose bones were collected in the coffins. One of the engraved ossuaries that were found bore the name "Ralfin", written in squared Hebrew script characteristic of the Second Temple period. This name is apparently a Hebraized form of an unusual Roman name. According to Dr. Eitan Klein, deputy director of the Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery, who examined the ossuaries, "this is the first time this name appears on an ossuary from the Land of Israel". On the other ossuary is a Greek inscription that could not be deciphered, and below it the name "Yo'azar", in squared Hebrew script. The name Yo'azar is a common Jewish name in the Second Temple period, and occurs in contemporary written sources, such as Josephus' writings. The name appears in this form and a slightly different form – "Yeho'azar" – on numerous Jewish ossuaries from this period.

Some of the ossuaries were engraved with inscriptions in squared Hebrew script, characteristic of the Second Temple period and some bore Greek inscriptions, including the names of the deceased.

According to Dr. Eitan Klein, "these are singular finds. The inscriptions on the ossuaries provide us with additional characters and names from amongst the Jewish population in the Second Temple period, and the motifs adorning the ossuaries will supplement our knowledge with new information about the world of Jewish art in this period". Dr. Klein stated, "There is no doubt that the ossuaries were recently looted from a magnificent burial cave in Jerusalem. Remnants of paint remained on top of the ossuaries and the containers themselves belong to the group of "magnificent Jerusalem" ossuaries that were manufactured in the city in antiquity".

The Israel Antiquities Authority reports that the bones found inside the ossuaries will be turned over to the Ministry of Religious Affairs for burial.

It should be emphasized that antiquities robbery is a serious offense punishable by five years imprisonment and the unlicensed trafficking in antiquities is a criminal offense punishable by law by a prison sentence of three years.

Photograph: the IAA Unit for the Prevention of Antiquities Robbery.

 

 

The Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv proudly supports the program ”Romanian Films at Cinematheques in Israel” in partnership with the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, in collaboration with Jerusalem Cinematheque, Haifa Cinematheque, Holon Cinematheque.

After the fall of communism, several remarkable young Romanian film directors have been bringing Romania in the international spotlight, year after year, participating in international film festivals and winning numerous awards. Many of these films have been successfully presented in Israel with the support of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv, at the major international film festivals in Jerusalem and Haifa, but also in the more specialized international festivals such as DOCAVIV, Jewish Eye, EPOS, TLVFest, Rehovot International Women’s Film Festival and so on. Afterwards, some of these films have been distributed in cinema theatres in Israel.

The productions that will be screened for this edition of the program ”Romanian Films at Cinematheques in Israel” have been released in the last 6 years: “I Am an Old Communist Hag” (2013, directed by Stere Gulea), “Everybody in Our Famly” (2012, directed by Radu Jude), “Best Intentions” (2011, directed by Adrian Sitaru), “The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu” (2010, directed by Andrei Ujică), “Francesca” (2009, directed by Bobby Păunescu), “Testimony” (2008, directed by Răzvan Georgescu). These productions are being screened for the first time in the cinematheques, for the general audiences and outside of the international film festivals.

Thanks to Mandragora Movies, Mediapro Pictures, Star Crest Media, Films Boutique, Bobby Păunescu, Andrei Ujică, Stere Gulea, Răzvan Georgescu.

Special thanks to Alon Garbuz, general director and Pini Schatz, programs director of the Tel Aviv Cinematheque.


The page of the event, with full schedule, details about the films and tickets: http://www.icr.ro/kolnoaromani2014_ro
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Winner of Cannes International Film Festival Award in 2013
Winner of Directors' Fortnight Award in 2013
Winner of International Confederation of Art Cinemas (CICAE) Award
Winner of 5 César Awards for Best Film, Best First Film, Best Actor, Best Script and Best Editing
Winner of 2 Lumière Awards for Best First Film and Best Actor
Selected as Best French Film of the Year by the International Critics

"The first memory of my mother is from the age of 4 or5. She called my two brothers and me to the table: 'Suns and Guillaume, dinner!' The last time I talked to her by phone she ended the talk saying: 'Take care of yourself, my big girl.' In between, there were many misunderstandings..."

This is the film of Guillaume Gallienne as director and main actor. It is based on his successful single actor play, where he played all roles.

The film was the unquestionable sensation in the Cannes Film Festival, and got the strongest and largest applause after each presentation. It was candidate for 10 César Awards and winner of 5 César Awards. It was selected as the opening film for the French Film Festival.

It is a bold, humoristic, refreshing, sincere and touching production on identity and maturity, which has become one of the greatest hits of this year in the French film industry, with over 2.5 million spectators and enthusiastic critics in France and the world.

Direction: Gulllaume Gallienne

Production: Cyril Colbeau-Justin, Jean-Baptiste Dupont, Alice Girard, Edouard Weil

Screenplay: Gulllaume Gallienne, in cooperation with

Cinematography: Glyn Speeckaret

Editing: Valérie Deseine

Music: Marie-Jeanne Serero

Cast:

· Guillaume Gallienne as Guillaume / Maman
· André Marcon as Le père
· Françoise Fabian as Babou
· Nanou Garcia as Paqui
· Diane Kruger as Ingeborg
· Reda Kateb as Karim

Production country and year: France 2014

Language: French, with Hebrew and English subtitles

Running time: 85 minutes

Exhibition in Israel: Starting March 27 in Tel Aviv Cinematheque and other cities.

I LOVED IT   !!!!!!  Silvia G Golan

 

 

 

The Panamanian pianist and philantropist Danilo "Cholo " Perez was awarded by the Jerusalem Municipality with the " Jerusalem Medal " for his cultural contribution to peace through music.


The ceremony took place at a meeting with the Coltural Committee of the Municipality of Jerusalem headed by Vice Mayor Ofer Bercovitz.. Mr. Perez was distinguished not only for the accomplishments as a Panamanian artist, but also for his work for peace and culture through UNICEF and UNESCO.


The Panamanian virtuos, winning international awards Grammy spoke at the city council about his artistic life, projects, and his good feelings about Israel as receptive community for his Jazz.
Perez gave concerts in Jerusalem , Tel Aviv, and on Sunday in Hertzliya .

 

He was surprised by the recognitions and distinctions . He revealed that for many years he was coming to Israel and has made a link with the public who loves the Latin Jazz .
Perez , founder of the Panama Jazz Festival is considered to be one of the most talented musicians of modern jazz and piano. He is now in the middle of an international tour - to Greece and the United States among other countries.

 

Photo Panama Embassy

 

 

 

The Embassy of Romania to the State of Israel and the Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv are proud to invite you to the events celebrating The Days of the Francophonie, during March 2014. Romania will be present at the events with a Romanian music recital performed by Leon Siberdi, Romanian born Israeli artist, and by a national stand open to the public between 11:00-14:00 on the esplanade of the Arab-Hebrew Theatre in Jaffa.

In the opening of the event, H.E. Mrs. Andreea Păstârnac, ambassador of Romania to the State of Israel, will deliver an introductory speech on the significance of the Francophonie in Israel.

The Romanian music recital will take place Friday, March 21st, between 12:10-12.30 p.m., at the Arab-Hebrew Theatre in Jaffa (10 Mifratz Shlomo St., in the Old City of Jaffa, tel: 03 518 5563).

Free entrance.

The International Day of the Francophonie has been celebrated worldwide each year on March 20, since 1998. The French Embassy and the French Institute, in collaboration with institutions of the various francophone states, are organizing a series of cultural events in Israel, under the title "The Celebration of the Francophonie".

This year, joining France (the French Institute in Israel and the French Embassy) in the celebrations are the following countries: Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Greece, Switzerland, Vietnam, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ivory Coast, Cameroon and Romania.

The program includes a series of activities, ranging from conferences, performances, concerts to educational visits to the most important francophone high schools and schools in Israel.

 

 

Purim, one of Judaism's more colorful and popular holidays, is celebrated this year between sunset Saturday, 15 March, and sunset Sunday, 16 March, in most of Israel – excluding Jerusalem where Purim will be celebrated from sunset on Sunday, 16 March, until sunset on Monday, 17 March (see below). Purim is not a public holiday in Israel, but many offices, shops, and public institutions (including the GPO) will operate on a reduced basis. Schools will be closed, but public transportation will operate as usual, and newspapers will be published.

Background
Purim commemorates the events described in the Book of Esther. In Esther 3:8, the anti-Semitic Haman, Grand Vizier of the Persian Empire, tells Persian King Ahasuerus that, "There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among all the peoples... in your kingdom. Their laws are different from those of every people, neither do they keep the king's laws. Therefore, it does the king no profit to suffer them. If it please the king, let it be written that they be destroyed..." Thus, Haman coined one of the most infamous anti-Semitic canards: That the Jews are a clannish and alien people who do not obey the laws of the land. At Haman's contrivance, a decree is then issued for all Jews in the Persian Empire to be massacred. But, as the Book of Esther subsequently relates, Haman's plot was foiled and, "The Jews had light and gladness, and joy and honor...a feast and a good day." (8:16-17)

Throughout the centuries, Purim – which celebrates the miraculous salvation of the Jews and the thwarting of Haman's genocidal plot – has traditionally symbolized the victory of the Jewish people over anti-Semitic tyranny. As such, Purim is a happy, carnival-like holiday.

Purim in Film
Following are clips from six films (courtesy of the Steven Spielberg Jewish Film Archive, that depict the various ways in which Purim has been celebrated:

Adloyada, Tel Aviv 1960:

Faces of Freedom (1960) – New immigrants are absorbed into Israeli society at the beginning of the 1960s. The film begins with a Purim carnival.

Springtime in Palestine (1928) - Comprehensive survey of the developing country in the 1920s. Includes a Bukharian Purim feast and scenes of the 1928 carnival in which Baruch Agadati appears with Tzipporah Tzabari, the first Purim queen of Tel Aviv (from 11:33 min).

Eretz Yisrael: Building Up the Jewish National Home (1934) – The film begins with scenes of the Adloyada in Tel Aviv. It continues with agricultural scenes in Kibbutz Ein Harod, Deganya A and the women's agricultural school in Nahalal.

Edge of the West (1961) – A color film surveying Jewish life in Morocco in the early 1960s, including Purim celebrations (from 28:35 min.)

Hassidic Music (1994) – From the series "A People and Its Music" which depicts various Jewish music traditions. Includes scenes of Lubavitch Hassidim celebrating Purim (from 23:22 min.)

The Fast of Esther
Thursday, 13 March, is a fast day known as the Fast of Esther, commemorating (inter alia) the fact that Queen Esther – the heroine of the Book of Esther – and the entire Persian Jewish community fasted (4:16) in advance of Queen Esther's appeal for King Ahasuerus not to implement Haman's genocidal plot. The fast will extend from before sunrise in the morning until sunset. Special prayers and scriptural readings are inserted into the synagogue service. (The fast is usually held the day before Purim; it is moved to the previous Thursday if the day before Purim falls on Saturday, i.e. the Sabbath, as it does this year.)

Purim
After sunset Saturday evening, 15 March, festive prayers will take place in synagogues, where the Book of Esther will also be read aloud. It is customary for people, especially children, to come to synagogue dressed in costume. During the reading of the Book of Esther, whenever Haman's name is mentioned, congregants traditionally make as much noise as possible in order to drown out his name – a reflection of God's promise (Exodus 17:14) to, "blot out," the Amalekite nation, of which Haman was a descendant; special Purim noisemakers may be used for this purpose. The Book of Esther will be read again during morning prayers on Sunday, 16 March. A special Purim prayer is inserted into the daily prayers and the blessing after meals.

On Purim, Jews are enjoined by the Book of Esther (9:22) to send gifts of food to each other, make special contributions to the poor, and have a festive holiday meal in the afternoon. To this end, the day is also marked by collections for various charities, and by people visiting neighbors and friends to deliver baskets of food, prominent among which are small, three-cornered, fruit-filled pastries known as Oznei Haman in Hebrew (Haman's ears) or Hamantaschen in Yiddish (Haman's pockets).

At the festive meal, some maintain the custom of becoming so inebriated that they cannot distinguish between, "Blessed is Mordechai," (Esther's uncle and the hero of the Book of Esther) and, "Cursed is Haman."

Shushan Purim
In Jerusalem, Purim is ordinarily celebrated one day later than it is in the rest of the world; accordingly, all Purim-related observances are postponed by one day. This practice originates from the fact that an extra day was prescribed for the Jews of Shushan (the modern Susa, one of the Persian Empire's four capitals) to defend themselves against their enemies. This second day is known as Shushan Purim. As mentioned in the Book of Esther itself (9:16-19), Jews living in walled cities (later defined by rabbinical authorities to mean walled cities at the time that Joshua entered the Land of Israel) celebrate Purim one day later than Jews living in unwalled cities. There are several other such cities in Israel where Shushan Purim is celebrated. In some cities whose status is in doubt, the Book of Esther will actually be read on both days.

In many places in Israel, Purim is marked by special parades; the most famous of these takes place in Tel Aviv. Many kindergartens, schools, synagogues, and towns will also host special Purim parties and carnivals.

Photo by Avishai Teicher 

 

So far, about 40 Story Gardens have been erected in the "Children City" that have become a huge outdoor gallery for Israeli and international children stories

  1. Holon-Children City is completing the erection of a new garden within the Story Garden, based on environmental sculpture with the best artists in Israel, and inspired by well children stories. It is a unique project of its kind in Israeland the world, and attracts thousands of visitors and tourist every year.

Hana Hertzman, Holon Municipality's General Manager, said: "The purpose of this project, which combines sculptures and stories accessible to all, is to increase the awareness and love for children literature and acquaintance with its characters. The project is also part of the development of the "green lung" in Holon, which is considered one of the green cities in Israel.

The new Story Garden "Tricks in a Plate", which opens these days in the Jessie Cohen (ג'סי כהן) neighborhood within the garden "התנאים", is inspired on the book written by Holon resident Sima Lahat and her granddaughter Amit Miron. This book deals with the confrontations experienced by many parents while feeding their little children.

The garden includes an impressive collection of colorful and joyful sculptures, performed by artist Miri Kolan, who also sculpted the Story Garden "Dudu's Dinosaur" located in the grove "היובל".

The original drawings in the book were performed by illustrator Uri Wisler and the garden was designed by architect Carmela Gabriel.

The entrance to the gardens is free at all day hoirs.

For info refer to Holon website: www.holon.muni.il

 

Photos

Silvia Golan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Time at the Israel Museum
The Israel Museum brings together for the first time a rare group of 9,000-year-old stone masks, the oldest known to date, in a groundbreaking exhibition opening in March. Culminating nearly a decade of research, Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World showcases twelve extraordinary Neolithic masks, all originating in the same region in the ancient Land of Israel. On view from March 11 through September 13, 2014, the exhibition marks the first time that this group will be displayed together, in their birthplace, and the first time that the majority of them will be on public view.

Originating from the Judean Hills and nearby Judean Desert, the twelve masks on view each share striking stylistic features. Large eye holes and gaping mouths create the expression of a human skull. Perforations on the periphery may have been used for wearing them, for the attachment of hair, which would have given the masks a more human appearance, or for suspending the masks from pillars or other constructed forms. Based on similarities with other cultic skulls of ancestors found in villages of the same period, the masks are believed to have represented the spirits of dead ancestors, used in religious and social ceremonies and in rites of healing and magic. By recreating human images for cultic purposes, the early agricultural societies of Neolithic times may have been expressing their increasing mastery of the natural world and reflecting their growing understanding of the nature of existence.

"It is extraordinary to be able to present side by side this rare group of ancient stone masks, all originating from the same region in the ancient Land of Israel," said James S. Snyder, Anne and Jerome Fisher Director of the Israel Museum. "That we have been able to assemble so many – first for intensive comparative research and then for display – is a tribute to the collections that were so cooperative in making these treasures available to us. And, given their origins in the region and the context provided by the adjacent setting of our Archaeology Wing, their display in our Museum in Jerusalem carries special meaning, underscoring their place in the unfolding history of religion and art."

The current presentation is the result of more than a decade of research. For many years, the Israel Museum has held in its collections two Neolithic stone masks–one from a cave at Nahal Hemar in the Judean Desert and the other from Horvat Duma in the nearby Judean Hills. A chance discovery of photographs of similar masks led Dr. Debby Hershman, the Museum's Curator of Prehistoric Cultures, to begin to research the subject. Hershman enlisted the assistance of Professor Yuval Goren, an expert in comparative microarchaeology at Tel Aviv University, to explore the masks' geographical origins, as well as of the computerized archaeology laboratory at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to conduct 3-D analysis that shed light on their comparative features and functions. The current display reflects the fruits of this in-depth research, bringing together twelve striking and enigmatic masks near the place of their origin and for the first time.

Face to Face is curated by Dr. Debby Hershman, Ilse Katz Leibholz Curator of Prehistoric Cultures. The exhibition and its accompanying publication were made possible through the generosity of Judy and Michael Steinhardt, New York, and with additional support from the donors to the Museum's 2014 Exhibition Fund: Claudia Davidoff, Cambridge, MA, in memory of Ruth and Leon Davidoff; Hanno D. Mott, New York; the Nash Family Foundation, New York; and Yad Hanadiv, the Rothschild Foundation in Israel.

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the leading art and archaeology museums in the world. Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections ranging from prehistory through contemporary art and includes the most extensive holdings of Biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world, among them the Dead Sea Scrolls. In just under 50 years, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects through an unparalleled legacy of gifts and support from its circle of patrons worldwide. In 2010, the Museum completed a comprehensive renewal of its campus led by James Carpenter Design Associates, New York, and Efrat-Kowalsky Architects, Tel Aviv, including the creation of new galleries, orientation facilities, and public spaces, and the complete reinstallation of its encyclopedic collections. The Museum also organizes and presents programming at its off-site locations in Jerusalem at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, where it presents archaeological artifacts from the Land of Israel; and at its historic Ticho House in downtown Jerusalem, a venue for exhibitions of contemporary Israeli art.

 

Face to Face: The Oldest Masks in the World

March 11, 2014-September 11, 2014
Location: Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Samuel and Saidye Bronfman, Archaeology Wing
Curator: Debby Hershman
Media: prehistoric masks
These extremely rare 9,000-year-old stone masks all originated in the Land of Israel and are considered among the most ancient human portraits. The exhibition concludes a decade of investigative work and marks the first time that this enigmatic group will be displayed together in their birthplace

Photo  The Israel Museum, Jerusalem  

Paul Klee
Born Switzerland, active Switzerland and Germany, 1879–1940 
Group of Masks
1939 
Gouache on paper mounted on burlap 
95 x 70 cm 
Given in memory of Alma Morgenthau by her daughter, Anne Wertheim Werner, New York, to American Friends of the Israel Museum 
Public Domain 
Accession number: B84.0653

 

Invitation: the symposium Jewish-Romanian Architects in Bucharest of the Interwar Period and book launch Harry Stern and Architectural Modernism in Bucharest
March 3rd, 15:00-19:00
Venue: Faculty Council Hall, Segoe Bd. Floor 2, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion, I.I.T., Haifa.
The invitation is an entrance permit to the Technion on March 3rd, 2014.

Program:
15:00 Coffee and Refreshments
15:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Prof. Yehuda Kalay, Dean, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion
Dr. Gina Pana, Director, Romanian Cultural Institute
Ms. Danna (Stern) Davis: Bridges
16:00 Dr. Raphael Vago, Tel Aviv University: The Jews of Bucharest in the Inter-War period: agents and victims of "Modernization"
17:00 Coffee and Refreshments
17:30 Prof. Iris Aravot, Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion: The Bercovici School
Arch. Simona Or Munteanu: Fragments of life - Architect Harry Stern
Dr. Felicia Waldman, Center for Hebrew Studies, Faculty of Letters, University of Bucharest: Urban legends of Jewish Bucharest
Dr. Anca Ciuciu, Center for the Study of Jewish History in Romania - Federation of Jewish Communities in Romania: Lost places of Jewish Bucharest
19:00 Farewell

Harry (Herman) Stern (1909-1954) was a Romanian-Jewish Modernist, who developed an architectural language and a professional approach that were both rational and lyric. His works formed a significant contribution to the well tempered Modernism that flourished in Bucharest as a counterpart of the raising urban bourgeoisie of the interwar period. As an educator, Stern had a major impact during WWII, when he chaired and led the Architecture Department at the Bercovici Jewish College (1940-1944). After the war he became Dean of the Faculty of Architecture in Bucharest. Stern was a gifted professor and practitioner, who never gave up on his profession of architecture, even when his right to sign his work was taken away. Throughout that dark period in history, he never stopped his involvement with Modernism, in both pedagogy and practice.

 

 

 

 

The novel presents a fascinating and sobering insight into human life – the story of a woman, covering, in an iterative flow, more than a century of events in Jewish history – resuscitating a world already past. The character is a metaphor of a life in search of spiritual fulfillment, but it also stands as metaphor of a people and a the State of Israel re-born and re-awakened to love from the ashes of hate.
The story narrates the life's journey of a woman, and of her quest for self-realization and growth.
Her path is marked by determination and endurance, leading her, finally, to, Israel, the land of her soul and her most ancient destiny.
The character experiences conflicts very early on in life, and these are not her conflicts alone; like Jessica, they also belong to other generations, that of her parents, two Shoa survivors, conflicts of a past as well as a present
Her quest towards the right and true, to assert and yet accept, animates the character and the entire work. The novel's heroine, Jessica, chose to devote her life to defending her values, people and country with unflinching devotion.

"I want to leave a mark, a legacy to future generations, because I'm a Jew, but more so because I belong to the human race."
"On a Wing from the Holy Land" is filled with vignettes of Jewish life - from shtetl and ghetto to suburb, and is teeming with history of Jewish dislocation, folklore, determination, disillusion and hope, medical malpractice, violence, friendship, adolescence, age and death. It is a biography of Jessica, and love story rich with a tapestry of life and events past and present from ancient Rome to Prague, Russia, America, New Zealand and Israel. The last lines of the odyssey encapsulate the fulfillment of life in Israel:  

 

Photos provided by  Bat Zion Susskind Saks

 

 

 

 

 

 


'The new generations would keep traditions alive and populate, like Dina and Jessica had done in the past, that precious land that was homeland again. They had returned home from everywhere, after millennia of banishment, exterminations, pogroms, and persecutions – Jessica and Israel were finally one, reunited never to part again.'

 

 

For the first time in Israel: Tallinn – Tel Aviv Festival

International Festival directed by Estonian Conductor and Violinist Andres Mustonen.

During February 20-24, 2014,
in the Train Station Site (מתחם התחנה), Tel Aviv.

About 100 leading musicians from Israel and Estonia will participate in the Tallinn – Tel Aviv Festival, a feast of sounds in the Train Station Site: classical music, ancient music, jazz, electronic music and ethnic music.

The festival promoter and musical director, the Estonian conductor and violinist Andres Mustonen, is the founder and musical director of the MustonenFest, worldly renowned festival that has taken place for 24 years in Tallinn, Estonia's capital. Now, Andres Mustonen decided to start an additional festival in Tel Aviv, which will take place 2 weeks after the MustonenFest, and will follow its pattern. The Tallinn – Tel Aviv Festival will host many of the MustonenFest participants, while keeping the character and contents suitable to the local public.

 

The festival will include 6 performances of classical music, world music, jazz, electronic music and a fusion of these different styles. Mustonen, who is known throughout the world for his informal approach to music and breakage of the formal concept of the traditional concert hall, aims to bring the North-European culture to Tel Aviv, and initiate collaborations between the Estonian musicians and their brothers in Israel, combine the different musical styles, and produce a new and unique event, stressing a cool and relaxed experience, while presenting music that is accessible to the general public.

The concerts will take place in Hall 4 within the מתחם התחנה, a closed space specially adapted as a concert hall for this festival. The festival will include unexpected surprises arriving from Estonia, such as Vana Tallinn liquors and Olde Hansa snacks, and outdoor appearances. Open jam sessions will also take throughout the night in the coffee shop, and a photograph display called "Four Seasons in Tallinn" will be displayed.

Following the initiative of Andres Mustonen, the relations of the two municipalities that sponsored this event strengthened. Besides the economic support of the Municipality of Tallinn and Estonia's Ministry of Culture, Tallinn's Mayor andEstonia's Minister of Culture are expected to arrive to the festival as honored guests. The festival will end with special festive concert to celebrate Estonia's Independence Day.

The list of participant artists from Israel includes Jerusalem Symphonic Orchestra, soprano Claire MagnagiYaron Gottfried TrioEtty Ben-Zaken EnsembleSuzanne Dellal Dancers, wind instrument artist Yoram Lachish, jazz pianist Anat Fort, child prodigy Itamar Carmeli, and more. The concerts will be moderated in Hebrew by key figures in our music world, such as Dubi LenzNitza ShaulAvigail Arnheim and others.

From Estonia will arrive Jazz Hart Quartet, the experienced well known ensemble Hortus Musicus, the soloists of Estonia's National Opera House, and players of ethnic Nordic instruments, such as Yak Soar (guitar), Tula Kan(Nordic harp), Tabo Ramel (contrabass and computer) and Tanel Ruben (percussion instruments).

 Tickets  *9066http://www.eventim.co.il/tallinntlv
Site: [www.mustonenfest.com ]
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The Embassy of France, the French Institute of Israel, the Economic Department and UBIFRANCE, are pleased to announce:

 

FOOD

SO FRENCHY SO TASTY

The French culinary week in Israel #2

 

February 9 to 12, 2014

Beer Sheva, Haifa, Jerusalem, Mitzpe Ramon, Nazareth and Tel Aviv

 

The Embassy of France, the French Institute of Israel, the Economic Department and UBIFRANCE launch for the second consecutive year, "SO FRENCHY SO TASTY", the French culinary week in Israel, from February 9th to 12th. For the first time, this event will take place not only in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, but also in Haifa, Beer Sheva, Mitzpe Ramon and Nazareth.

On February 10th, 11th and 12th, 19 French chefs will join Israeli restaurants among the best in Israel and will offer the general public to discover a unique and original menu, only made for this French culinary week in Israel.

Among our guests, we will receive Christopher Hache (One star Michelin, Les Ambassadeurs at the Hotel Crillon, Paris), Patrick Raingeard (One star Michelin, gold award in the Gault and Millau’s guide in 2013, Cap Estel), Mourad Haddouche (One star Michelin, Loiseau des Vignes), the pastry chef Sebastien Gaudard (Best Pastry Chef of the Year 2012 in the Pudlo’s guide), Olivier Arlot (One star Michelin, La Chancellière), Jean-Yves Bordier, expert in butter, provides the best restaurants in France with special tasty and flavored butters, Didier Aniès (One star Michelin, Meilleur Ouvrier de France, Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat), Stephane Froidevaux (4 awards in the Gault and Millau’s guide, Le Fantin Latour), Sylvain Sendra (One star Michelin, l’Itinéraire, Paris), Damien Laporte (L’Absinthe, from the prestigious Rostang’s House, Paris), Lionel Levy (One star Michelin, Intercontinental Marseille), Yoni Saada (Finalist of the French TV show Top Chef in 2013, Miniatures, Paris), Sebastien Sanjou (One star Michelin, Relais des moines), Didier Edon (Domaine des Hautes Roches), Eric Provost (l’Etrier, at the Royal Barriere Hotel, Deauville), Christophe Dovergne, founder of the famous French culinary Website 750g.com, Alban Rousseau (from the Culinary consulting company Rousseau-Lesellier and the restaurant The Meal, Dax), Thierry Charrier, head-chef at the French ministry of Foreign Affairs (Quai d’Orsay) and Guillaume Gomez, head-chef of the Elysee’s palace, the residency of the President of France, François Hollande.

They will join the kitchens of Hotel Montefiore (Tel Aviv), Dallal (Tel Aviv), Dallal Bakery (Tel Aviv), Olive Leaf, the restaurant of the Sheraton hotel, Tel Aviv, Pastel (Tel Aviv), Shila (Tel Aviv), Mul Yam (Tel Aviv Port), Messa (Tel Aviv), Kitchen Market (Tel Aviv Port), Popina (Tel Aviv), Cow on the Roof, the restaurant of the Leornardo Plazza hotel in Jerusalem (Fattal), Adom (Jerusalem), Hanamal 24 (Haifa), bistro Venya (Haifa), Flea Market (Tel Aviv), La Repubblica di Ronimotti (Tel Aviv), Dante (Nazareth), Chez Eugene (Mitzpe Ramon), Smilansky Tapas Bar (Beer Sheva).

Exclusively this year, French tableware will be presented at Pastel restaurant during the event. The famous French Haviland Porcelain Factory will provide the restaurant dishes directly imported from its plant in Limoges. All tables at Pastel restaurant will also be dressed for the occasion by Yves Delorme Palace home.

Throughout the week, the French chefs will have the opportunity to experience the quality of Israeli products: they will enjoy a visit of local producers in the fields of wine, olive oil, cheese, organic fruits and vegetable.

On February 9th, will take place the kick-off of this French culinary week (by invitation), during which H.E Patrick Maisonnave, Ambassador of France in Israel, will present the French chefs and their Israeli partners.

On Tuesday February 11th, a private gala lunch (by invitation) will be held at "Cow on the roof”, the restaurant of the famous Israeli chef Shalom Kadosh who cooked for President Shimon Peres and many prestigious politician men during his career. Among the guests of this selective lunch: food critics who especially came from France to appreciate the French culinary week in Israel and the guests of the Ambassador of France. This exceptional lunch will be cooked by five head-chefs together: Shalom Kadosh of course but also Lionel Levy from the Intercontinental hotel in Marseille, Stephane Froidevaux from the restaurant Le Fantin Latour, Moshe Aviv, chef of the Israeli restaurant “Messa” in Tel Aviv and Guillaume Gomez, head-chef of the Elysee’s palace, the residency of the President of France.

On Wednesday February 12th, the Sheraton hotel in Tel Aviv will host three of our French chefs for exceptional Master Classes. At 1pm, Thierry Charrier, head-chef at the French ministry of Foreign Affairs (Quai d’Orsay), will present, as a starter, his recipe for layered smoked salmon with crispy vegetables. At 2.30pm, Olivier Arlot will show, as a main course, how to cook his delicious bar studded with olives, fennel, citrus and spiced juice. Then at 4pm, Sebastien Gaudard will present his recipe of a lemon tart, the favorite French dessert! A tasting will follow each Master Class.

During our French Culinary Week in Israel, the International Mediterranean Tourist Market (INTM) will take place on February 11th and 12th at the Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center. 24 students of the Hotel School in Paris, hosted by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and students from the Israeli hotel school Tadmor, will present desserts made ​​together. On the 11th of February, the Israeli Minister of Tourism, Uzi Landau, will welcome the French delegation that exhibits at the INTM: Air France, the Tourist Office of Cannes, Pierre & Vacances, The Palace of Versailles, the hotel Home Plazza in Paris, the Radisson Blue hotel at Disneyland Paris, Club Med, and Tours of France, in the presence of the Ambassador of France in Israel, H. E Patrick Maisonnave (pending).

"SO FRENCHY SO TASTY", the second edition of the French culinary week in Israel, will take place in partnership with Air France, Bragard, the French bakery Courcelles, the Municipality of Tel Aviv, the Municipality of Haifa, Dontown Haifa, Haviland, JC Decaux, les Maîtres cuisiniers de France, Remy Martin, Seyman, the Sheraton hotel in Tel Aviv, Time Out, TV5MONDE, Vatel, Mercure hotel, The Tiberias Hotel Association, the culinary school Rimonim, Yves Delorme Palace, the Jean Drouant school, the French Ministry of Trade and Tourism, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, the Ile-de-France region and La Galerie.

TV5MONDE, in collaboration with SO FRENCHY SO TASTY, is the number 1 worldwide francophone TV channel. On a daily basis you can find the secrets of French cuisine on TV5MONDE, as well as lifestyle, cinema, entertainment, news and much more... The best of TV in French.

 

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Practical Information:


SO FRENCHY SO TASTY

From February 9th to 12th, 2014

Beer Sheva, Haifa, Jerusalem, Mitzpe Ramon, Nazareth and Tel Aviv


Tasting the menus dedicated to the French culinary week in Israel

February 10th, 11th and 12th

In the restaurants that participate to the event

Booking contacts: all contact details on the Website of the French Institute


Master Classes

February 12th from 1pm

The Sheraton hotel in Tel Aviv

Hayarkon St. 115

Entrance: 60 NIS / Package for 3 Master Classes: 150 NIS

Reservations (mandatory): institutfrancais-israel.com or by phone at 03-7968000

The Embassy of France, the French Institute of Israel, the Economic Department and UBIFRANCE, are pleased to announce:

 

FOOD

SO FRENCHY SO TASTY

The French culinary week in Israel #2

 

February 9 to 12, 2014

Beer Sheva, Haifa, Jerusalem, Mitzpe Ramon, Nazareth and Tel Aviv

 

The Embassy of France, the French Institute of Israel, the Economic Department and UBIFRANCE launch for the second consecutive year, "SO FRENCHY SO TASTY", the French culinary week in Israel, from February 9th to 12th. For the first time, this event will take place not only in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, but also in Haifa, Beer Sheva, Mitzpe Ramon and Nazareth.

On February 10th, 11th and 12th, 19 French chefs will join Israeli restaurants among the best in Israel and will offer the general public to discover a unique and original menu, only made for this French culinary week in Israel.

Among our guests, we will receive Christopher Hache (One star Michelin, Les Ambassadeurs at the Hotel Crillon, Paris), Patrick Raingeard (One star Michelin, gold award in the Gault and Millau’s guide in 2013, Cap Estel), Mourad Haddouche (One star Michelin, Loiseau des Vignes), the pastry chef Sebastien Gaudard (Best Pastry Chef of the Year 2012 in the Pudlo’s guide), Olivier Arlot (One star Michelin, La Chancellière), Jean-Yves Bordier, expert in butter, provides the best restaurants in France with special tasty and flavored butters, Didier Aniès (One star Michelin, Meilleur Ouvrier de France, Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat), Stephane Froidevaux (4 awards in the Gault and Millau’s guide, Le Fantin Latour), Sylvain Sendra (One star Michelin, l’Itinéraire, Paris), Damien Laporte (L’Absinthe, from the prestigious Rostang’s House, Paris), Lionel Levy (One star Michelin, Intercontinental Marseille), Yoni Saada (Finalist of the French TV show Top Chef in 2013, Miniatures, Paris), Sebastien Sanjou (One star Michelin, Relais des moines), Didier Edon (Domaine des Hautes Roches), Eric Provost (l’Etrier, at the Royal Barriere Hotel, Deauville), Christophe Dovergne, founder of the famous French culinary Website 750g.com, Alban Rousseau (from the Culinary consulting company Rousseau-Lesellier and the restaurant The Meal, Dax), Thierry Charrier, head-chef at the French ministry of Foreign Affairs (Quai d’Orsay) and Guillaume Gomez, head-chef of the Elysee’s palace, the residency of the President of France, François Hollande.

They will join the kitchens of Hotel Montefiore (Tel Aviv), Dallal (Tel Aviv), Dallal Bakery (Tel Aviv), Olive Leaf, the restaurant of the Sheraton hotel, Tel Aviv, Pastel (Tel Aviv), Shila (Tel Aviv), Mul Yam (Tel Aviv Port), Messa (Tel Aviv), Kitchen Market (Tel Aviv Port), Popina (Tel Aviv), Cow on the Roof, the restaurant of the Leornardo Plazza hotel in Jerusalem (Fattal), Adom (Jerusalem), Hanamal 24 (Haifa), bistro Venya (Haifa), Flea Market (Tel Aviv), La Repubblica di Ronimotti (Tel Aviv), Dante (Nazareth), Chez Eugene (Mitzpe Ramon), Smilansky Tapas Bar (Beer Sheva).

Exclusively this year, French tableware will be presented at Pastel restaurant during the event. The famous French Haviland Porcelain Factory will provide the restaurant dishes directly imported from its plant in Limoges. All tables at Pastel restaurant will also be dressed for the occasion by Yves Delorme Palace home.

Throughout the week, the French chefs will have the opportunity to experience the quality of Israeli products: they will enjoy a visit of local producers in the fields of wine, olive oil, cheese, organic fruits and vegetable.

On February 9th, will take place the kick-off of this French culinary week (by invitation), during which H.E Patrick Maisonnave, Ambassador of France in Israel, will present the French chefs and their Israeli partners.

On Tuesday February 11th, a private gala lunch (by invitation) will be held at "Cow on the roof”, the restaurant of the famous Israeli chef Shalom Kadosh who cooked for President Shimon Peres and many prestigious politician men during his career. Among the guests of this selective lunch: food critics who especially came from France to appreciate the French culinary week in Israel and the guests of the Ambassador of France. This exceptional lunch will be cooked by five head-chefs together: Shalom Kadosh of course but also Lionel Levy from the Intercontinental hotel in Marseille, Stephane Froidevaux from the restaurant Le Fantin Latour, Moshe Aviv, chef of the Israeli restaurant “Messa” in Tel Aviv and Guillaume Gomez, head-chef of the Elysee’s palace, the residency of the President of France.

On Wednesday February 12th, the Sheraton hotel in Tel Aviv will host three of our French chefs for exceptional Master Classes. At 1pm, Thierry Charrier, head-chef at the French ministry of Foreign Affairs (Quai d’Orsay), will present, as a starter, his recipe for layered smoked salmon with crispy vegetables. At 2.30pm, Olivier Arlot will show, as a main course, how to cook his delicious bar studded with olives, fennel, citrus and spiced juice. Then at 4pm, Sebastien Gaudard will present his recipe of a lemon tart, the favorite French dessert! A tasting will follow each Master Class.

During our French Culinary Week in Israel, the International Mediterranean Tourist Market (INTM) will take place on February 11th and 12th at the Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center. 24 students of the Hotel School in Paris, hosted by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism and students from the Israeli hotel school Tadmor, will present desserts made ​​together. On the 11th of February, the Israeli Minister of Tourism, Uzi Landau, will welcome the French delegation that exhibits at the INTM: Air France, the Tourist Office of Cannes, Pierre & Vacances, The Palace of Versailles, the hotel Home Plazza in Paris, the Radisson Blue hotel at Disneyland Paris, Club Med, and Tours of France, in the presence of the Ambassador of France in Israel, H. E Patrick Maisonnave (pending).

"SO FRENCHY SO TASTY", the second edition of the French culinary week in Israel, will take place in partnership with Air France, Bragard, the French bakery Courcelles, the Municipality of Tel Aviv, the Municipality of Haifa, Dontown Haifa, Haviland, JC Decaux, les Maîtres cuisiniers de France, Remy Martin, Seyman, the Sheraton hotel in Tel Aviv, Time Out, TV5MONDE, Vatel, Mercure hotel, The Tiberias Hotel Association, the culinary school Rimonim, Yves Delorme Palace, the Jean Drouant school, the French Ministry of Trade and Tourism, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism, the Ile-de-France region and La Galerie.

TV5MONDE, in collaboration with SO FRENCHY SO TASTY, is the number 1 worldwide francophone TV channel. On a daily basis you can find the secrets of French cuisine on TV5MONDE, as well as lifestyle, cinema, entertainment, news and much more... The best of TV in French.

 

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*

Practical Information:


SO FRENCHY SO TASTY

From February 9th to 12th, 2014

Beer Sheva, Haifa, Jerusalem, Mitzpe Ramon, Nazareth and Tel Aviv


Tasting the menus dedicated to the French culinary week in Israel

February 10th, 11th and 12th

In the restaurants that participate to the event

Booking contacts: all contact details on the Website of the French Institute


Master Classes

February 12th from 1pm

The Sheraton hotel in Tel Aviv

Hayarkon St. 115

Entrance: 60 NIS / Package for 3 Master Classes: 150 NIS

Reservations (mandatory): institutfrancais-israel.com or by phone at 03-7968000

 

 

 

    Trailer

 TANGO DIVINO

THE URBAN MAN PASSION

A Presentation of Erica Boaglio & Adrian Aragon

 

A sensual and elegant show with great emotional impact where the stories’ theme take us to the wonderful, fascinating scenes of a live and hopeful Argentina. Lights, choreography and beautiful music are the setting of the superb   TANGO DIVINO.

Erica Boaglio and Adrian Aragon are the creators, choreographers, directors and principal dancers of Divino Tango in a masterful production with superb, agile staging. Erica and Adrian take us to the soul of a culturally rich country where imagination travels as fast as the will to get away from never-ending crisis that affect the population. The soundtrack has been carefully selected to give the choreography the required sensitive elements of each scene. Some of the composers added to the new creation of Luis Corallini and represented in the production are Astor Piazzola, Osvaldo Pugliese and Francisco Canaro.

PASIONES COMPANY

The company was created by Erica Boaglio and Adrian Aragon and is the result of over 25 years of individual careers plus almost 15 of joint professional activity.

The company aims at presenting the show in a completely different way and with unique style.  TANGO DIVINO  is the clear reflection of a renewed way of seeing Argentinian dancing. For the very first time, tango and folklore merge and interlace in perfect harmony without breaking apart. Spectators feel the emotions that take them to the very “heart” of Argentina.

 

Divino Company is undoubtedly the tango reference of the beginning of this century. This is the way the world sees it.

 

Erica Boaglio and Adrian Aragon are the creators, choreographers, directors and producers of the show. They accent the company’s refined fresh style. Over the course of their careers as dancers and choreographers they have done important works at both national and international level which charmed the audience with their performances thus getting the respect and recognition of the international media.

 

Since 1994, they have been performed on the world’s stages, taking their own productions or taking part in premier tango companies. From Argentina to Canada, Portugal and Hong Kong; over 2000 performances on the finest stages in the world and creating film choreographies for important singers with international reputations. At present, their last two productions, "Pasiones-Tango and Musical" and "Instinto-Tango and Musical" have wowed 300,000 spectators despite the short time these creations have been presented. This has enabled the Pasiones Company to expand into new markets that are willing to share this wonderful experience of Argentinian energy and art.

 

Dates, theaters and ticket prices:   

 

19-3  Jerusalem Theater, telephone * 6226  Bimot 02-5605755

www.bimot.co.il Prices:  259 /219/ 179  sh.

 

20-3    Haifa Auditorium, tel.   04-8377777   04-8384777  04-8418411

www.barak-tickets.co.il Prices  259 /219/ 179  sh.

 

21-3    Ness ZionaHejal Ha Tarbut Tel 08-9226979 08-9304020

www.tarbut-nz.co.il  Prices  259 /219/ 179  sh.

 

22-3   Netanya Hechal Ha’Tarbut   tel 09-8308811

www.netanya-culture.co.il Prices  259 /219/ 179  sh.

 

23-3  Tel Aviv  Opera House Tel 03-6927777

www.israel-opera.co.il  *2274  www.hadran.co.il

Prices  299/ 259 /219/ 179  sh.

 

24-3    Hertzlia Hechal Ha’Omanut Tel 1700-702929

www.hoh-herzlia.co.il Prices   299/ 249  sh

 

NOTE: Friends of DIPLOMACY.CO.IL are offered a discount when ordering/purchasing tickets. Please be sure to mention the code “Tangueros” to receive the discounted prices.

more info  Silvia G. Golan  03-6953819

 

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It's seldom that we have an encore in the middle of a concert. It happened on Wednesday evening at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art Recanati Auditorium during a concert of the Israel Chamber Orchestra.

The evening opened with a performance of a musical creation by Israel's own Sharon Farber, "Translucent Rocks". Farber was commissioned to write the music in honor of 40 years of the liberation of Jerusalem, in 2007, which is when it was first performed. As Farber told DIPLOMACY: "When the musicians and the conductor like the piece they are performing, the audience can feel it". It was clear ('translucent'!) from the applause that the audience loved and appreciated this unique music, which was rearranged for a chamber orchestra, although the original was written for a symphony concert. The unusual name has an interesting twist: In English, the piece was translated as "Translucent Rocks", but that should have been "Translucent Stones". The reference is the legendary and ubiquitous Jerusalem stone that has such historical meaning for Israel's capitol.

Next we heard two Tchaikovsky pieces, including variations on a rococo theme for cello and orchestra, opus 33. Guest Conductor Nir Kabaretti, the orchestra and the starring cellist Hillel Zori were magical. The audience, already charmed by "Translucent Stones", would not let Zori leave the stage without giving an encore, and so it happened – in the middle of the concert – an encore.

A more sober – even melancholic – piece by Samuel Barber followed the intermission. "Even though the music for this concert was selected ages ago in cooperation with the ICO's Music Director Yoav Talmi," said maestro Kabaretti, "it is most appropriate that we dedicate this tonight to recently departed Prime Minister Arik Sharon. It is this same piece that Jacqueline Kennedy chose to be performed at a memorial for her late husband, the former President of the USA." The ICO The concert ended on a high note with a Haydn symphony, "The Clock".

Sharon Farber was gracious enough to find time in her busy schedule in Israel to talk to DIPLOMACY. "I wish I could have spent more time in Israel, but just before I left Los Angeles I had to attend the premiere of a musical interpretation I wrote of a book, a true story with a Holocaust background. 'Die Bestimmung' was performed to critical acclaim in Los Angeles and I have already been approached to present my work in New York, in Sweden and in Holland. I hope that Israel will be on that list too." We can't help but hope so too....

Once again, the Israel Chamber Orchestra came through. For more information on upcoming concerts: www.ico.co.il

 

Photo provided by the Israel Chamber Orchestra

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The School of Performing Arts Beit-Zvi (www.Beit-Zvi.com) presents again the praised musical "Grease" with the participation of the 3rd year students and the direction of Daniel Efrat. The original version was written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey.

The musical tells the story of Sandy and Danny who meet on the sea coast during the summer and fall in love with each other. Just as they think for sure that they will have to separate, they find out that Sandy's family decided to settle down and that they will study in the same high school. The plot, accompanied by songs that became a classic, and by youth struggle for love and popularity, develops up to a surprising change undergone by Sandy just before the closing party.

This musical was adapted to a movie in 1972, starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton John in the main roles. The movie became an overwhelming success and the two main characters were granted the Golden Globe Award as the best actor and actress in that year.

The musical "Grease" was staged several times in Israel; in 1995 starring Aki Avni, Zvika Hadar and Cy Heyman. It was presented the first time by Beit-Zvi in June 2004, with the choreography and direction of Gilad Kimchi. It was then staged in November 2004 with different participants, and again in 2006.

"Grease" to be staged this January is directed by Daniel Efrat, a Beit-Zvi graduate who has become one of the leading productions presented by Beit-Zvi, such as "Two Kuni Lemels", "Chicago", "Mammy", and others, and also directed "Billy Schwartz", which won the first place in Israeli Musical Party a few weeks ago. He translated and took part in the musical "Rising Spring", which is currently presented in the Beit-Lessin Theater.

The following professionals are involved In this presentation of "Grease": Daniel Efrat, who wrote the Hebrew version of the musical, is en charged of the direction, Oren Eldor of the musical management and arrangements, Omar Zamri of the choreography, Rami Oservaser of the additional arrangements, Dafna Peretz of the decoration, Yuval Kaspin of the clothing, and Dolev Zigel of the lighting.

The actors and actresses will be 3rd year students of Beit-Zvi: Hila Hoisman and Shira Chen will act as Sandy Dumbrowski, Moti Hova and Ivan Luria as Danny Zuko, Yifat Aharoni and Sharon Krok as Miss Lynch, Sahar Sofer and Noam Amit as Patty Simcox, and Keren Gazit, Mirit Farjun and Eyar Steinman as Betty Rizzo.

The choreography, decoration, lighting, performance of actors and actresses and the atmosphere in the musical are excellent, and the entrance fee is considerably low, which makes this spectacle very attractive. I strongly recommend it.

"Grease" will be presented on January 1-16 and 19-25, in the Ramat-Gan Theater, at 16 Hibat Zion St.

To acquire tickets, contact 03-5799290 or *9798.

Photo Yossi Zwecker

 

 

The stage was bare except for the gleaming grand piano. The setting was perfect; the audience needed no distractions when Vadim Gluzman and Angela Yoffe performed their magic; him on his Stradivarius (on extended loan through the generosity of the Chicago Stradivari Society), her at the piano.
The Gluzman-Yoffe combination is far from new, but that permutation set the tone for the rest of the evening at the Recanati Auditorium of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art on Saturday night.

In a brief introduction Mr. Gluzman told of his "Tale of Four Cities" (apologies to Charles Dickens) – Riga, Tel Aviv, New York and Chicago. Not surprisingly, the dominant language in the audience was Russian. He had his first violin lesson (in Riga) at age seven and he hasn't stopped playing since. "I can't imagine my life without my violin", he added.

The second enchanting combination of the evening was the choice of pieces: first a Mozart sonata, then one by Prokofiev, followed by Stravinsky's "Suite Italienne" and Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir d'un Lieu Cher". The finale was a short Castelnuovo-Tedesco piece from Figaro, the Barber of Seville. The choice, the combination, both of composers and of the selections, gave Ms. Yoffe a glorious opportunity to demonstrate her wide range of skills and styles, while Mr. Gluzman was nothing short of breathtaking on the violin. Such virtuosity - and they make it look so easy! Clearly, both artists had fun while they worked hard to dazzle the audience. And dazzle they did.

Before the performance, I chatted briefly with a friend. She told me that she had "discovered" the Gluzman-Yoffe team when they first arrived in Israel in the early 1990s, and has been a fan ever since. "You'll love this concert", she said. "They will wow you off your seat".

Was she ever right. I shall look forward to attending more performances by this outstanding husband-wife duo.

 

 

Have you ever wanted to explore the unforgettable world of knights battling it out in an arena like in medieval times, get into the spirit of a knight's tournament from long ago, and be witness to Israel's first international competition in this young sport?
• The first international sport tournament in Israel, "Medieval Battles" - World Medieval Fighting Championship - WMFC: Israeli Challenge - will be held on January 23, 2014 at 7 pm, in the garden of the Haifa Convention Center.
• The Israeli team, which will be hosting this tournament, has represented Israel several times in world championship medieval battles in Russia and France.
• Medieval knight fighting has developed in recent years into a sport throughout the world and has been enjoyed in Israel already for several years.
The Israeli team will be competing for the first time, in Israel, against representatives from seven countries as part of the international tournament of medieval battles called "Duel Professional." Countries participating in this international tournament are France, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, the Ukraine, Belarus and Luxembourg.
At the last group world championship – "Battle of the Nations"- held in France six months ago, the Israeli team won 14 consecutive battles and came in eighth place among 22 countries.
The arena, showcasing the fascinating spectacle of medieval knight battles, will surely excite both the sport fan and history buff. The contestants are divided into categories according to their weight and matched with others based on their skill level. It will not be by sword and shield alone that will lead the knight to claim victory. Knights must also be skilled in combat techniques, and be brave and smart as well. In "Medieval Battles", as in any sport competition, there are strict rules and regulations. The "Professional Duel" competition is held in a roped-off-arena, with each fight consisting of three, two-minute rounds, with one-minute rest between rounds. The winner is the one with the most points after three rounds. It is strictly forbidden to stab or choke an opponent or hit him in the un-allowed area of the body. Such activity is penalized by taking off points from their score. Weapons have specifically designated minimum and maximum weights. If a weapon breaks during the battle, there is a specified limited time allotted to replace it.
There are several knight clubs across Israel in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Petah Tikva and Be'er Sheva. Each club has a unique area or technique that it specializes in. Club member addicts invest their leisure time and considerable funds throughout the year to establish and expand the recognition of this sport. They come to regular meetings adorned in special dress and armor which they acquire or create to resemble those worn during the historical medieval age and the Crusader period. Protective gear includes a metal helmet, a steel suit of armor that includes hand and feet protectors, a set of swords and other elements that characterize the period. Swords are not sharpened since they are not intended to injure or harm the opponent. At practice sessions, participants practice the various types of fighting techniques such as: traditional bow and arrow, 12th century fencing, sword battles using historical weapons and group and two-person battle techniques.
Once a year in July, the "Kingdom of Jerusalem" club organizes for its members a 28 km three-day trip during which they re-enact the knight battles of "Karnei Hattin". During last October, club members participated in the Jerusalem Festival, where they demonstrated fighting contests from different periods in history and different styles.
Medieval Knight fighting is not recognized as a sport by the sports authorities in Israel, although other countries do recognize it. Various countries around the world are now working at having this exciting sport recognized as an Olympic sport.
• Tickets can be purchased at "Bravo tickets office: (http://bravo.org.il/announce/18863)

Photo Andre Kinzarski

 

 

 

To date, only two pieces of fabric treated with actual dye-murex have been found in Israel

The fabrics identified by Dr. Na'ama Sukenik of the Israel Antiquities Authority represent the most prestigious colors in antiquity: indigo, purple and crimson, which are mentioned in Jewish sources

 

 

 

 

Thousands of fabrics dating to the Roman period have been discovered in the Judean Desert and regions of the Negev and the 'Arava. So far only two were colored with dye extracted from the murex snail. Now, within the framework of a study conducted by Dr. Na'ama Sukenik of the Israel Antiquities Authority, three other rare fabrics belonging to pieces of prestigious textiles were exposed that might have been used as clothing in the Roman period.

Dr. Sukenik's doctoral dissertation was supervised by Professor Zohar Amar of the Department of the Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology and Dr. David Illuz of the Department of Life Sciences at Bar-Ilan University. The textiles were examined by Dr. Orit Shamir, Curator of Organic Materials at the Israel Antiquities Authority.

These prestigious textiles, from the Wadi Murabba'at caves located south of Qumran, were revealed in a study that analysis the dye of 180 textiles specimens from the Judean Desert caves. Among the many textiles, most of which were dyed using substances derived from plants, were two purple-bordeaux colored textiles – parts of tunics that were double dyed utilizing two of the most expensive materials in antiquity: Murex trunculus (Hexaplex trunculus) and American Cochineal insect .

A third textile, made of wool, indicating the thread fibers were dyed by exposing them to sunlight or heated after having been dyed, represent another use of the murex snail for achieving a shade of blue, and it is possible that the item in question is an indigo fabric made by means of a technique similar to making the tekhelet (blue)in a tzitzit.
The importance of this fabric is extremely significant as there are practically no parallels for it in the archaeological record.

Dr. Sukenik, assisted by Dr. Alexander Varvak, examined the colors using advanced analytical instrumentation for identifying dye substances (HPLC).

The testing of the fabrics, performed by Dr. Orit Shamir of the Israel Antiquities Authority, revealed that the two purple textiles were spinning in a unique manner characteristic of imported textiles, whereas the blue textile was spinning in the same fashion as the local textiles.

Of all of the dyes that were in use, purple is considered the most prestigious color of the earlier periods; however it seems the public's fondness for this reached its peak in the Hellenistic-Roman period. The purple dyed fabrics attested to the prestige of the garment and the social status of its owner. There were times when the masses were forbidden from dressing in purple clothing, which was reserved for only the emperor and his family. These measures only served to increase the popularity of that color, the price of which soared and was equal to that of gold.
It is difficult to know for certain how such prestigious fabrics came to be in the Murabba'at caves. They might have been part of the property belonging to Jewish refugees from the time of the Bar-Kokhba revolt and demonstrate their economic prosperity prior to the outbreak of the uprising.
Another possibility is that they were part of the possessions of a small Roman unit, which on the basis of the artifacts was stationed in the Murabba'at caves following the Bar Kokhba revolt. It is likely these same soldiers brought some of their belongings from overseas to Israel and others they purchased from the local Jewish population during their service in the country.

The three fabrics shed light on the Murabba'at caves and represent the most prestigious colors in antiquity: indigo, purple and crimson.

Click here to download pictures of the fabrics - http://we.tl/PgQ9h1FbNw. Photograph: Clara Amit, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

 

 

 
 

The bad news is that the Israel Chamber Orchestra’s “Amadeus” series is over. The good news is that “over” applies to 2013. From September to November 2014 the orchestra will give another series of “Amadeus” concerts, celebrating the music of Wofgang Amadeus Mozart, the wonder child of the late 18th century. If you missed all or part of the series, all is not lost …

 

In 1787, at just 31 years old, Mozart himself conducted the premiere performance of his acclaimed opera “Don Giovanni”, in Prague. On Wednesday night in the Recanati Auditorium of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art the audience was held spellbound by Maestro Yoav Talmi conducting the orchestra’s interpretation of the opera’s overture.  This was the last concert in the Amadeus series;  other works in this last concert included Mozart’s symphony #33 in B-flat major, piano concerto #11 in F major, and piano concerto #23 in A major.

 

Without doubt the star of the evening was the celebrated Taiwanese pianist Ching-Yun Hu, whose virtuosity on the piano in concerto #23 was simply – brilliant. The support of the orchestra in this familiar-to-many concerto added to our pleasure. 

Also showcased was 12-year old Israeli-born Yael Koldovsky – a rising pianist who still has a way to go. Her performance revealed budding artistic technique, and as Maestro Talmi explained, she was chosen as a child prodigy to emphasize the extraordinary talents and prodigious ability of the young Mozart, who began composing music at age five.

Check out the Israel Chamber Orchestra

 

 

website www.ico.co.il for details of the Blue Series – Rococo Variations, which begins on 14th January next. 

 

Photos   Silvia Golan

The Israel Chamber Orchestra
Amadeus 5
Monday, December 23 / Tuesday, December 24
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Wednesday, December 25, Kibbutz Yifat
Yoav Talmi, Conductor
Chung Yun Hu, Piano
Yael Koldovsky (12 years old), Piano
Mozart:
Symphony No. 33 in Bb Major, K.319
Piano Concerto No. 11 in F Major, K. 413
Overture to "Don Giovani", K. 527
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
For tickets please call 03-518-8845, Ext. 5
 
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Photo :Nitzan Yehuda, Bosmat Niron Nahum Hugi

The globalization leads to union of people and cultures into the general machinery and creates a large diffusion among the countries. WE all consume similar things. Plurality is the spirit of the language. The liberation or the global experience affords us this freedom, not only the ideology.
To what extent do we preserve originality, or do we, rather, seek association and general identification? Do we search for self determination or do we aspire to a product that could successfully cope with criticism? Indeed, it is the ideology and cultural contents that forges the outlook, as well as the criteria of beauty and aesthetics. The global-locality blurs the boundaries. Does cultural resemblance provide insights and affect the subject's imagination?
Contemporary art exhibits a double and paradoxical connection between the local and the universal. The Israeli narrative comes out against capitalist bourgeoisie, yet it adopts it too. The two narratives unfold a relationship: On the one hand they are absolutely Americans (the capitalist culture of the west), and on the other hand local Zionist narratives are merged into them.
The exhibition displays a fabric of images reaching us from innumerable cultural contexts. There is no single monolithic structure, there is no specific genre and there is not one coherent identity according to which we create things. The local can no longer remain local, and thus creation is in fact confronted with a geo-political viewpoint on the one hand, and displays on the other hand a new Israeli angle, which is equated and associated with components of the modern industrial world that calls for innovativeness and worships it.

photo Moshe Dayan & Belgium Ambassador  John Cornet d'Elzius

 

The Pop-Art draws in principle on the capitalist culture and strives towards a new manner of establishing a connection while being familiar with the mechanism, and integrates works of art, the creation procedure of which is accompanied by the exposure and deconstruction of fundamental components, alongside well-known popular daily subject matters and cultural icons. The artist's familiarity with the myths and symbols of diverse cultures, and the artistic means lead into creating fascinating connections, new interpretations allowing new practice with regard to the material which manifests itself in sometimes abstract expressiveness, modernity, lyricality that always presents an esthetic compositional array, which is made up of internal rules imparting a renewed aura to the image. The subjective choice of the artist thus captured in the world of contents and in the admiration of the beautiful and the sublime, in which he seeks the contexts among the forms, realizes in his unique language his desires and contents, and give scope for pathos. His steadfast holding onto life itself, onto the raw materials of the creation and their processing, which is saturated with passion, vitality and sensuality – all those become merged in one act of creation.

Walther Benjamin asserted that "in order to characterize the political orientation of a work of art, it is necessary to identify the position it occupies in its relations of production, as well as the stance it adopts towards those". The exhibition displays a paradigm of two categories aspiring a synthesis: The one makes reference to the geographical location, materials, topics, myths and local nationalism, and the other gives expression to the wish to the universal, general – being offspring of the large world.
Do we present the connection between man and a territory? Or between men the culture he is exposed to? If that is so, the world of art has no boundaries, and the structure it exhibits is based upon the existence of a coherent mental structure that the collective mental structure has elaborated.
The exhibition presents a mix up of "here and there" out of an affinity that indentifies what is here, as a new society extracting and detaching the Zionist principle from the geographical context and insists on being part of the western/global culture.

Photos  Liat Shaitman 
Bosmat Niron, Curator and producer

Between the 14th and 30th December 2013 Slovene films will be screened in seven cinematheques in Israel. The movies to be shown are Slovenian Girl (Slovenka, 2009), Dancing in the Rain (Ples v Dežju, 1961), A Trip (Izlet, 2011), Gravehopping (Odgroba dogroba, 2009), Guardian of the Frontier (Varuh meje, 2001) and Dad (Oča, 2001).

The Film Week will start in Haifa on the 14th December, Tel Aviv on the 15th, and in Jerusalem on the 16th December in the presence of renowned Slovene Director Damjan Kozole (Slovenian Girl, Spare parts tc). Movies will also be screened in Rosh Pina, Holon, Herzelia and Sderot.

You are welcome to the opening events. Please reserve your seats at : Tel Aviv 03 695 0407, Haifa 04 833 8888, Jerusalem 02 565 4333 (see attached invitations).

Herewith is the Repertoire of the Slovene Film Week :

Tel Aviv Cinematheque:
Slovenian Girl (15.12. – with Director Damjan Kozole), Dad (16.12.), Guardian of the Frontier (17.12.), A Trip (18.12.), Dancing in the rain (22.12.), Gravehopping (23.12.)

Haifa Cinematheque:
Slovenian Girl (14.12. – with Director Damjan Kozole), Dancing in the rain (16.12.), Gravehopping (18.12.), A Trip (19.12.), Dad (21.12.), Guardian of the Frontier (22.12.)

Jerusalem Cinematheque:
Slovenian Girl (16.12. – with Director Damjan Kozole), Dad (17.12.), Dancing in the rain (21.12.), Gravehopping (24.12.), Guardian of the Frontier (25.12.), A Trip (28.12.)

Herzelia:
Gravehopping (17.12.), Slovenian Girl (21.12)

Rosh Pina:
Slovenian Girl (27.12.), Gravehopping (30.12.), A Trip (2.1.)

Holon:
Slovenian Girl (25.12) Gravehopping (28.12.), Dancing in the rain (30.12.), A Trip (31.12.), Dad (1.1.)

Sderot:
Slovenian Girl (22.12.), A Trip (24.12.), Dad (30.12.)

 

 

The Association for the Wellbeing of Israel's Soldiers (AWIS) proudly presents an exhibition of visual arts by Israel's soldiers, an initiative of the AWIS and together with the Avni Institute, the Israeli Education and Youth Corps and the Israel Border Police.

The exhibition will open in a festive event on Thursday, 12 December 2013, at 17:30 in Beit Hachayal (Soldier's Home) located on 60 Weizmann Street in Tel Aviv in the presence of the IDF Head of Human Resources, Maj. Gen. Orna Barbibay, Education and Youth Officer, Brig. Gen. Avner Paz-Tzuk, Border Police Commander, Maj. Gen. Amos Yaakov, and AWIS Chairman and project initiator, Mr. Avigdor Kahalani.

This is the only exhibition of its kind in both Israel and worldwide presenting an array of artwork including sculptures, paintings, photographs, digital media and drawings by IDF soldiers from various units.

A panel of judges, consisting of specialists in art from the Avni Institute and representatives from both the IDF and the AWIS have reviewed 210 submissions and selected a few dozen to be exhibited. The top five will receive a one year scholarship to the Avni Institute of Arts and Design. In addition, the "audience favorite" will be chosen amongst the artwork posted on the AWIS Facebook page.

The works will be displayed free to the public at Beit Hachayal (Soldier's Home) on 60 Weizmann Street in Tel Aviv from the 12-19 December 2013, Sunday-Thursday, from 08:00-16:00.

 

photo : Silvia Golan

 
 
 
Yad Vashem 2013 International Book Prize for Holocaust Researchin memory of Abraham Meir Schwarzbaum, Holocaust survivor, and his family members murdered in the Holocaust, Awarded to Dr. Avihu Ronen and Prof. Bernard Wasserstein
 
Works cited for compelling and outstanding research
 
(December 10, 2013 - Jerusalem) The 2013 Yad Vashem International Book Prize for Holocaust Research, in memory of Abraham Meir Schwarzbaum, Holocaust survivor, and his family members murdered in the Holocaust, has been awarded to Dr. Avihu Ronen for his book, Condemned to Life: The Diaries and Life of Chajka Klinger (University of Haifa and Yedioth Books, 2011) and to Prof. Bernard Wasserstein for his book, On the Eve: The Jews of Europe Before the Second World War (London: Profile Books, 2012).
 
The award ceremony will take place at Yad Vashem on Thursday, December 12, 2013 at 13:30 at the International Institute for Holocaust Research Lecture Hall, Yad Vashem. Each of the prize recipients will present a lecture on his book at the event. 
 
From the Judges Remarks:
Of all the books that were presented to the Book Prize Committee this year, two books were especially notable. Condemned to Life by Dr. Avihu Ronen weaves together meticulous research regarding different chapters of the Holocaust, with a thorough and sensitive account of the way in which the Holocaust was viewed during Israel's first few decades. Through a critical examination of both of these two central aspects, the author, a respected historian and son of Chajka Klinger, an activist and leader of the underground in Bedzin, Poland, seamlessly combines them together without compromising either. The book offers a rare blend of logic and emotion, humanity and power - a combination that sweeps the reader with it from the very first page and makes the book suitable for both researchers and the general public alike.
 
On the Eve provides a fitting response to the need, felt both in the research world and in higher education, for a broad, comprehensive analytical overview of European Jewry in its entirety and its situation and internal dynamics before the disaster. This lacuna has now been filled by Prof. Bernard Wasserstein’s study which is an excellent work of historical synthesis by a leading scholar that deals with the condition of European Jewry in the 1930's. The author deals with economics, politics, language, culture and intellectual life, institutions, beliefs, internal divisions and more. Elegantly written and organized in a generally thematic manner, the book provides a truly comprehensive, continent-wide step-by-step overview of the situation of European Jewry between the two World Wars which the author describes as "close to terminal collapse. Wasserstein has an unerring feel for telling an anecdote, poignant poem, folk song, or literary selection, all of which appear in abundance throughout his gripping narrative. On the Eve is a thought-provoking and rare academic introduction to European Jewish history during a crucial era, which provides an evaluative framework that allows for a deeper understanding of the Shoah and in many ways is a tour de force.
 
The finalists this year were Alon Confino, Foundational PastsThe Holocaust as Historical Understanding, Laura Jokusch, Collect and Record, Jewish Holocaust Documentation in Early Postwar Europe and Joanna Tokarska-Bakir, Okrzyki pogromowe. Szkice z antropologii historycznej Polski lat 1939-1946.
 
The members of the Yad Vashem Book Prize Committee for the year 2013 were: Committee Chairman Prof. Dan Michman, Yad Vashem and Bar-Ilan University, Israel; Prof. Sam Kassow, Trinity College, USA; Dr. IaelNidam-Orvieto, Yad Vashemand the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel; Prof. Dina Porat, Yad Vashem and Tel Aviv University, Israel; Avner Shalev, Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate, Israel; Dr. David Silberklang, Yad VashemUniversity of Haifa and Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel; Prof. Dr. Sybille Steinbacher, University of Vienna, Austria.
Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, was established in 1953. Located in Jerusalem, it is dedicated to Holocaust remembrance, documentation, research and education. www.yadvashem.org
 
Photo provided by  Yad Vashem
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Holiday of Holiday Festival of Haifa is commemorating its 20th year. Beit HaGefen, the Arab-Jewish CulturalCenter, and Haifa Municipality initiate the festival aiming to inspire and encourage tolerance and mutual respect through art and culture.

 

Every winter the city of Haifa dons its holiday best and shares its unique beauty – its good relations with its diverse, multicultural population. Tens of thousands of visitors come to the neighborhood of Wadi Nisnas and the surrounding areas, to take part in the festival's events, enjoy outdoor vibrant and colorful artistic performances, music, theater, children's shows, fairs, conferences, concerts, and Mediterranean cuisine.

 

The festival opens on Friday, December 6, 2013 and will continue throughout the month of December on weekends (Friday and Saturday). The events will take place in Beit HaGefen, Wadi Nisnas, the German Colony, and the Downtown quarter.

 

 

Major events this year:

 

"Haifa Art" – Dozens of gallery openings, workshops, and casual interactions with artists in the Downtown quarter of the city.

 

Museum without Walls – Launching Internet archival research and an outdoor photography exhibit in Wadi Nisnas.

 

The Annual Exhibit – "In Between" – The Beit HaGafen Art Gallery, alternative open spaces and galleries in Haifa, The Haifa City Museum, and in the Art and Cultural Center in Nazareth

 

Rock and world music performances: System Ali, Malfoof Collective, Marwan Madani, the Naam Ensemble, Tsvi and the "Escorts"; George Samaan; from Jordan: Jonny Maimom, star from the program "Arab Idol"; The Big Band Orchestra from Haifa; the Matbukha Project, Swing de Gitanes and Haim Romano, Luna Abu Nassar, George Abu Shkara, Lala – a modern Ethiopian musical ensemble and more…

 

Liturgical performances – musical ensembles, orchestras and choirs from Israel and abroad, in Haifa's churches

 

Around-the-world culture for children – Interactive performances and workshops: Brazilian and Native-American music, African dance, the Arab-Jewish Young-People's Orchestra, capoeira and acrobatics, arts-and-crafts workshops, children's theater, circuses, Christmas parades, street artists and clowns.

 

Antiques fair in Beit HaGefen, dance performances and workshops, guided tours in Wadi Nisnas, conferences: "Culture in Multicultural Cities in Israel"; international conference: Ex-territorialism and Human Rights, Winter-and-Lights winter fest in the German Colony, and more.

 

 

Liturgical Concerts 

The rich and diverse liturgical and chamber music makes its way once again to the churches and concert halls of Haifa under the direction of Prof. Amos Lanir, which will include: Bach's Christmas Oratorio in St. Elias Greek Catholic church, performed by a chamber orchestra, soloists and new vocal ensemble conducted by Yuval Ben-Ozer; Stabat Mater – the Barocada Ensemble performing Mendelssohn, Haydn, and Mozart, Northern German music of the 17th century; The Height of Baroque with the French Horn in St. John's Evangelist Episcopal Church; The Soloists Ensemble of Tel Aviv will perform Mozart's Requiem; The Chamber Choir of Pécs, Hungary will perform Handel, Bruckner, Kodai, Liszt, Verdi and Bartok; "Bach and Friends" Saturday noon concert in St. John's Church with the  Madrigal Choral Ensemble and Baroque Chamber Orchestra; the opera Venus and Adonis performed by The Ensemble Phoenix and soloists, conducted by Myrna Herzog; "Magical Sounds"  - for the whole family - with Nitza Shaul; "Oneg Shabbat", with members of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, performing Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, and more. Concert venues:St. John's Evangelist Episcopal Church, St. Elias Greek Catholic Church, Rapaport Auditorium, The Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, and the Studio Theater.

 

Fairs

National Antiques Fair –   Fridays, from 10:00a.m – 4:00p.m., Saturdays, from 10:a.m. – 7:00p.m. Beit HaGefen, Shederot HaTzionut 33. The fair draws tens of thousands of visitors, collectors and art appreciators from all over the country each year. Dozens of booths, galleries showing paintings, porcelain, crystal, furniture, silver, Judaica, jewelry, carpets and antique lighting, stores and private collections, showing and selling their wares in Beit HaGefen.

 

Art Fair

Saturdays in Wadi Nisnas – arts and crafts stalls, booths and stands, art workshops for children, and more

 

Weekend Festivities in Wadi Nisnas

Every weekend from 11:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. outdoor performances will take place on the central stage in Wadi Nisnas: International music, Eastern and Western music, traditional and modern. System Ali, Malfoof Collective, Marwan Madani, the Naam Ensemble, Tsvi and the "Escorts", Miriam Tokan and many more will be among the performers. Smaller performances will be held on Thursdays and Fridays at the Beit HaGefen Theater and adjacent venues. George Samaan, Lionel Faretein (from The Voice) will give solo performances; the cabaret performance "Avshalom", and more. On Friday afternoons, dance performances in Beit HaGefen: Two Colors of India; "Woze"; Winter of Dance, a Dance-training Workshop.

 

Family and Children

Family-friendly enclosure with craft workshops and cultural performances and a variety of folklore for children: the Young-People's Arab-Jewish orchestra; the Bangoura African Dance Ensemble; interactive performances explaining Brazilian and Native American music; theatrical, dance, circus and acrobatic performances; street artists and clowns from the "Sypholuxes" and more. Saturday's at noon children's plays will be performed in the Beit HaGefen Theater. Christmas Parades with Santa Claus and The Scouts Band; the national children's exhibit in the Clore Library andCultural Center, in Beit HaGefen and in the Haifa Museum of Art – exhibit-related activities: "Getting Educated"

 

 Santa Claus's Home – Welcomes children to visit on Saturdays in Wadi Nisnas

"Winter Fest" in the German Colony – Thursday, December 19, from 6:00p.m – 11:00p.m:

Winter festivities celebrating light. The German Colony is dressed for the occasion, clad in hundreds of lights, illuminating the streets, homes and businesses. The venue will be closed for all traffic, and will stage a Christmas Parade, street artists, circus performers and acrobats; Swing de Gitanes will be hosting Haim Romano, Luna Abu Nassar, George Abu Shkara; Lala - modern Ethiopian music; Jerome Arush; The Big Band of the Haifa Symphony Orchestra; and the Matbukha Project will crown the evening with a huge gala celebration.

 

Conferences in Beit HaGefen

Culture for All Artists – December 12, 2013 – Planning Culture in Multi-cultural Cities in Israel with Sayed Kashua, Prof. Sami Samuha, Norman Issa, Ibrahim Abu Shindi, Eyal Sher, Rabbi Shibi Fruman, Mr. Phil Wood, Ms. Nisrin Marcus, Anton Shalhat, and Assaf Ron. The problems and challenges of cultural event planners in multi-cultural cities, way in which to inspire and preserve multiculturalism, and can the language barrier be broken.

 

Ex-territorialism, Human Rights and Contemplating the Avant-Garde – December 20, 2013, from 11:00a.m. – 1:00p.m. in cooperation with the French Institute within the framework of artists Ruth Sela and Ma'ayan Amir's project "Ex-territory".

Weekend tours: Art tours of Wadi Nisnas and the city's galleries, the Baha'i Gardens, the German Colony and of the new designer's quarter, "Compound 21", in the lower "Downtown" neighborhood of the city.

 

For more information, please visit our website:

 

www.haifahag.com

 

 

For the First Time: A Building Dating to the Hasmonean Period was Discovered in Archaeological Excavations in the City of David, in the Walls Around Jerusalem National Park

 

Josephus wrote about Hasmonean Jerusalem but it is only now that remains of a building are being exposed from this period in the city’s history

 

In recent months remains of an impressive building from the Hasmonean period (second century BCE) are being unearthed in excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority is directing in the Giv‘ati parking lot, located in the City of David in the Walls Around Jerusalem National Park. The excavations are sponsored by the "Friends of City of David".

 

The building stands c. 4 meters high and covers an area of c. 64 sq. m. The building’s broad walls (more than one meter thick) are made of roughly hewn limestone blocks that were arranged as headers and stretchers, a construction method characteristic of the Hasmonean period.

Although numerous pottery vessels were discovered inside the building, it was mainly the coins that surprised the researchers. These indicated the structure was erected in the early second century BCE and continued into the Hasmonean period, during which time significant changes were made inside it.


According to Dr. Doron Ben Ami and Yana Tchekhanovets, the excavation directors on behalf to the Israel Antiquities Authority
, “The importance of this discovery is primarily because of the conspicuous paucity of buildings from the Hasmonean city of Jerusalem in archaeological research, despite the many excavations that have been conducted to date. Apart from several remains of the city’s fortifications that were discovered in different parts of Jerusalem, as well as pottery and other small finds, none of the Hasmonean city’s buildings have been uncovered so far, and this discovery bridges a certain gap in Jerusalem’s settlement sequence. The Hasmonean city, which is well-known to us from the historical descriptions that appear in the works of Josephus, has suddenly acquired tangible expression”.   

 

 

Photograph: Assaf Peretz, courtesy of the Israel Antiquities Authority.

 

 

 

 
 
 

IN ADVANCE OF CHRISTMAS 2013, THE TOURISM MINISTRY IS WORKING IN COOPERATION WITH THE CHURCH AND OTHER BODIES TO FACILITATE CHRISTMAS CELEBRATIONS FOR TENS OF THOUSANDS OF FAITHFUL EXPECTED FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON

 

Tourism Ministry invests NIS 86 million in infrastructure development and maintenance of Christian holy sites in last two years * Tourism Minister to host pre-Christmas receptions for Church leaders in Jerusalem and Nazareth * Tourism Ministry to provide free shuttle transport to Bethlehem from Jerusalem and back for 24 hours of Christmas

 

 

Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau: “The Tourism Ministry under my leadership will continue to invest significantly in the preservation and renovation of Christian holy sites. Since its establishment, the State of Israel has attached great importance to values of freedom of religion and worship and works tirelessly to facilitate religious practice for people of all religions in freedom and mutual respect. We will do all we can to ensure that every Christian can visit the holy sites. We  invite the faithful to visit the Holy Land and experience a powerful religious and spiritual pilgrimage in Jerusalem, the Galilee and beyond.”

 

The Tourism Ministry is working in cooperation with the Church and other bodies to facilitate the celebration of the Christmas festivities for the 75,000 visitors expected to arrive in Israel for the Christmas period. According to Tourism Ministry estimates, 25,000 of these visitors will be pilgrims.

During the holiday, the Ministry of Tourism will offer free transportation, helping pilgrims travelling between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Buses will leave according to demand from Mar Elias Monastery to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and back again and will operate non-stop from noon on 24 December through to noon on 25 December. Representatives from the Ministry of Tourism will welcome tourists and pilgrims at Rachel’s Crossing with a gift bag containing a set of coasters depicting scenes of Israel and chocolate in the spirit of the holiday.

According to Tourism Ministry statistics from Rachel's Crossing, 1.85 million tourists have passed through the crossing to visit Bethlehem in the months Jan-Oct 2013. It is anticipated that about 2 million people will have visited Bethlehem in 2013 (almost double the 2012 figure of 1.18 million).

 

Since 2011, the Tourism Ministry has invested NIS 86 million in developing and maintaining the infrastructure of Christian sites, in order to enrich the pilgrim's spiritual experience. These sites include, among others, the baptism site at Qasr el Yahud near the Dead Sea, Mount Zion and Ein Karem in Jerusalem and the Gospel Trail in the Galilee. Other projects include, among others, the boardwalk from Tiberias to Capernaum, Korazim and Mount Precipice. Future infrastructure projects at Christian sites include, among others, Tel Megiddo, the Old City of Jerusalem, Sussita and other sites in the Tiberias and Galilee region.

 

As part of the ongoing activities to promote pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the Tourism Minister  Dr. Uzi Landau and the representatives of the Tourism Ministry in Israel and around the world meet regularly with Church leaders and communities. The Tourism Minister  met recently with bothHis Beatitude, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Tual and His Beatitude, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III in order to discuss matters important to the Church and future collaboration.  Representatives in the Tourism Ministry are anticipating continued collaboration with the Church for the visit of Pope Francis, who is expected to visit the Holy Land in the first half of 2014. The Tourism Ministry invested over  NIS3.5 million in infrastructure and marketing the recent International Day of Faith celebrations held at Mount Precipice in Nazareth (17.11.13), led by the Latin Patriarch and attended by about 7,000 Catholic faithful from the region and overseas.

 

 

Targeted marketing campaigns take place around the world to Christian communities, encouraging tourism to the Holy Land. The ministry runs dedicated websites and facebook pages for the Catholic and Evangelical communities.

 

www.holyland-pilgrimage.org (the Tourism Ministry’s dedicated site for Catholic pilgrims, available in English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Polish and Portuguese).

 

 

http://www.goisrael.com/Evng (the Tourism Ministry’s dedicated site for Evangelical Christians)

 

 

CHRISTIAN TOURISM - STATISTICS AND CHARACTERISTICS

 

During 2012, Israel’s record year for incoming tourism, 2.88 million tourists visited Israel (staying more than one night). About 56% of all incoming tourists in 2012 were Christian. About half were Catholic (808,000), and nearly 30% of all incoming tourists defined themselves as pilgrims.

 

 

90% of all Christian tourists visit Jerusalem. About two-thirds of all Christian tourists in 2012 visited the Dead Sea area (68%); Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee (62%) Bethlehem (60%) and just over half visiting Nazareth (56%) and Capernaum (55%).

 

The most visited sites by Christian tourists (who can include more than one site) includeChurch of the Holy Sepulchre: 84%; Via Dolorosa: 82%; Western Wall: 82%; Mount of Olives: 82%; Jewish Quarter: 79%; Church of the Annunciation: 61%; Capernaum: 55% and Yardenit baptism site: 46%.

 

 

Characteristics of Christian tourism: Average length of stay: 7.7 nights ; Average expenditure: $1483; Average expenditure per day: $187 per day;  83% visit within framework of an organized tour; 80% of all Christian tourists are first-time visitors; 20% of pilgrims are repeat visitors, with about 32% of them having visited within the last two years.

 

The major source countries for Christian tourism are Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, Poland, Mexico (mainly Catholics); Russia and  Romania (mainly Orthodox); Nigeria (Catholics and Protestants).

Source: Tourism Ministry Inbound Tourism Survey and CBS

 

 

TOURISM MINISTRY PRE-CHRISTMAS RECEPTIONS AND FESTIVITIES IN NAZARETH

 

11-15 December 2013, Nazareth

 

  1. Christmas festivities in Nazareth open11 December 2013 with the lighting of the Christmas tree and the traditional Christmas market, selling Christmas decorations and gifts, from 11-15 December.

 

22 December 2013, Nazareth

 

The Minister of Tourism Dr. Uzi Landau will host the traditional reception for Church leaders and representatives in Nazareth, on Sunday, 22.12.13 at 18:30 at the Golden Crown Hotel Nazareth. The reception, which will include the participation of the Director-General of the Tourism Ministry Amir Halevi and the new Mayor of Nazareth Ali Salamwill include an artistic program with  singer Maria Jubran.

 

23 December 2013, Jerusalem

 

Tourism Minister Dr. Uzi Landau will host the traditional pre-Christmas reception for leaders of the Christian communities and churches in Israel at the Shimshon Center,  Beit Shmuel in Jerusalem on Monday, 23 December at 11:00. Also participating in the reception alongside the Christian leaders will be the Director-General of the Tourism Ministry Amir Halevi, and representatives of the Church, government and private bodies involved in promoting Christian tourism to the Holy Land. The minister will send season’s greetings for Christmas to the Christian communities and invite the faithful around the world to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

 

24 December 2013, Nazareth

 

On Christmas Eve, 24.12.13, the traditional parade of thousands of local youth, together with the leaders of the Christian communities, will pass through Nazareth from 15:00. The parade ends at the plaza in front of the Basilica with a firework display, sponsored by the Tourism Ministry, to announce the opening of the festive Christmas celebrations (17:30). Christmas Mass will be celebrated in the Basilica of the Annunciation at 19:00.

Photo provided by  Israel Ministry of Tourism

 

 

 

Israel Museum Presents its 2013-4 Winter Exhibition Season Showcasing Israeli and International Contemporary Art



4 x 4: Four Exhibitions, Four Months on view December 3, 2013 – April 5, 2014


Jerusalem, November 25, 2013 – This winter, the Israel Museum launches a series of exhibitions that spotlight a roster of internationally acclaimed and emerging artists from Israel, in the greater context of the international contemporary art scene. COLLECTING DUST in Contemporary Israeli Art examines the work of fifteen artists who transform dust into contemporary works of art exploring temporality, memory, and Israel’s environmental landscape. Continuing the theme of remembrance is the first-ever retrospective of Gideon Gechtman, whose oeuvre explored how art can act as a posthumous memorial. Also on view is the first solo exhibition in Israel of Mika Rottenberg, whose work examines the role of women in society and the repercussions of an increasingly digital world.  Related to this theme, the Museum is presenting an exhibition drawn from its encyclopaedic collections in the fine arts and archaeology that shows, as it were, the "roots" of contemporary art, from prehistory onward. Out of Body: Fragmentation in Art focuses on works of art that were created as distinct parts of the human body, from Egyptian amulets from the third and second millennia BCE through contemporary works by leading contemporary and Israeli artists. All four exhibition are on view from December 3, 2013, through April 5, 2014.

4 x 4: Four Exhibition, Four Months



[cid:image003.png@01CEE9C7.7344B750]COLLECTING DUST in Contemporary Israeli Art
The pervasive presence of dust – as matter or metaphor – is the thread that connects the works on view in this exhibition. A century after Marcel Duchamp and Man Ray’s seminal Dust Breeding, the artists whose works comprise this presentation give their own interpretations of dust’s enigmatic nature. Whether focusing on intimate or remote surroundings – in the studio, in the city, or in the expanses of the desert – they engage with the medium of dust to probe such perennial issues as the passing of time, creation and erosion, presence and absence.

COLLECTING DUST presents 45 works from the last decade by Israeli artists active in the fields of painting, photography, installation, and video, among them Ilit Azoulay, Gilad Efrat, Irit Hemmo, Dana Levy, Micha Ullman, Gal Weinstein, Sharon Ya'ari, and Yuval Yairi. The exhibition is curated by guest curator Tamar Manor-Friedman.

Gal Weinstein's Dust Cloud series (2009), which opens the exhibition, presents clouds of volcanic ash using steel wool in a sequence of quasi-scientific images that develop towards a threatening climax. In his photographic Rashi Street series, Sharon Ya'ari focuses not on the vibrant city of Tel Aviv that constantly reinvents itself, but rather on the fumes of demolition and thunder of urban renovation.

Gideon Gechtman: 1942–2008
[cid:image005.png@01CEE9C7.7344B750]This first retrospective of the work of Israeli artist Gideon Gechtman, five years following his death, examines four decades of his creative oeuvre. It presents approximately 120 objects, encompassing a wide range of media—installation, sculpture, painting, photography, video, and print. Gechtman was among the pioneers who introduced radical change into the definition of artistic action in Israel and worldwide. At the age of 31, he underwent open-heart surgery to treat a heart condition that had been diagnosed in his childhood. This seminal event led him to an intense exploration of issues relating to illness, mortality, bereavement, and memory, and of the ways in which works of art can serve as posthumous memorials. In the 1970s, Gechtman began to treat his artistic output as a personal mausoleum, designed to preserve his work and self after his death. Gideon Gechtman is a comprehensive survey of his work in both deeply personal and broadly universal ways.

Gechtman's 2003 work Archive is a mausoleum-like reconstruction of the tiered graves in the cemetery of Port Bou, Spain, the burial place of philosopher and critical theorist Walter Benjamin, to whom the work is dedicated. Contained in the niches are various handmade objects that reference elements of Gechtman’s earlier oeuvre and serve as a narrative of his artistic career, preserved in this posthumous installation. The exhibition is curated by Aya Miron, Associate Curator, David Orgler Department of Israeli Art.

[cid:image007.png@01CEE9C7.7344B750]Squeeze: Video Works by Mika Rottenberg
The first solo presentation in Israel of video and installation artist Mika Rottenberg, this exhibition presents six video works by the artist, spanning a decade of artistic creativity. Known for her use of the human body in extreme, poetic, and critical ways, Rottenberg creates out-of-the-ordinary assembly lines, in which actresses with unusual physical attributes and abilities become part of an absurd manufacturing process that produces a variety of nameless products using substances such as sweat, hair, and cosmetic powder. Born in Buenos Aires and raised in Tel Aviv, Rottenberg’s work examines the role of women in society, the tension between man and machine, and the role of the handmade in an increasingly global, commercial, and hyper-technological age. The exhibition is curated by Amitai Mendelsohn, Curator of the David Orgler Department of Israeli Art.

Out of Body: Fragmentation in Art
Human body parts – hands, feet, torsos, and various organs – are the subject of this exhibition of approximately 200 works of art and archaeological artifacts from across the Israel Museum’s collections and on loan from collections in Israel and worldwide. As distinct from a display of objects that were discovered as fragments of ancient artifacts that were once whole, Out of Body focuses on works that were originally created in parts, exploring ways in which diverse cultures rendered aspects of the human body in different periods of time. Objects on display include prehistoric artifacts, Egyptian amulets, Etruscan and Hellenistic votive offerings, European ex-votos, Jewish cult objects, and works of modern and contemporary art in painting, sculpture, photography, video and installation. Featured artists include Hans Bellmer, Marcel Duchamp, Robert Gober, Sigalit Landau, Hila Lulu Lin, Annette Messager, Man Ray, Auguste Rodin, and Sasha Serber, among others. Out of Body is curated by Tanya Sirakovich, Michael Bromberg Head Curator of Prints and Drawings.

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the leading art and archaeology museums in the world. Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections ranging from prehistory through contemporary art and includes the most extensive holdings of Biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world, among them the Dead Sea Scrolls. In just under 50 years, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects through an unparalleled legacy of gifts and support from its circle of patrons worldwide. In 2010, the Museum completed a comprehensive renewal of its campus led by James Carpenter Design Associates, New York, and Efrat-Kowalsky Architects, Tel Aviv, including the creation of new galleries, orientation facilities, and public spaces, and the complete reinstallation of its encyclopedic collections. The Museum also organizes and presents programming at its off-site locations in Jerusalem at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, where it presents archaeological artifacts from the Land of Israel, and at its historic Ticho House in downtown Jerusalem, a venue for exhibitions of contemporary Israeli art.

 

Photo  provided by the Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Aznavour, the French singer who is among the world’s most successful recording artists of all time gave a concert at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena on November 23, 2013. Aznavour, nearing his 90's, who has composed about a thousand songs, sold over 100 million records, and was voted as the Entertainer of the Century by CNN in 1998, came to Tel Aviv to perform a selection of his greatest hits.

 

The audience totaled about 7.500 personas, included Israel's President Shimon Peres, distinguished artists, such as Rita, Yoram Gaon and Einat Saruf, political figures, such as Dalia Itzik and Moshe Arens, businessmen, such as Yitzhak Tshuva, and more.

He started by greeting the public with "Bruchim Ha'baim" en Hebrew, and explaining that this is all the Hebrew he knows.

 

 

The French singer of Armenian origin sang several of his all-time hits, among these, "Ave Maria" and "Emmenez-Moi", accompanied by 5 excellent musicians and an exceptional singer.

At one stage of the show, he invited the singer Achinoam Nini, and both performed together the hit "She". The top moment was his performance of the famous song "La Boheme".

 

Along the performance, all his fans could notice his typical gestures, facial and hand expressions, and his motion in the stage - unforgettable spectacle.

 

Verdi for Starters with Some of the best Spanish music

Manuel Hernandez Silva, (Venezuela, Spain) conductor

Idit Zamir, soprano

 

The 25th concert series of the Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon-LeZion (ISORL) the Israel Opera Orchestra marks the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi, the eternal Doyen of Italian Opera Composers. Every concert series starts with a work by Verdi.

 

The third series with an emphasis on Spanish music honors Verdi's "Don Carlos" and opera the plot of which takes place in Spain of the 16th century.

 

The more contemporary Spain will be manifested by two works by Manuel De-Falla. El Amor Brujo written with marked influence of the Gitaneria genre (pantomime-music-dance) to text by Gregorio Gimemz. The other work "Seven Popular Spanish Songs" (Siete canciones populares españolas) acts like a brochure or a poster presenting different regions in Spain like Asturias Aragon and others. Latin American music is represented by the "Redes" Suite written by Mexican Silvestre Revueltas, a serious orchestra work depicting the hard life of the Vera Cruz fishermen community. The concert ends with a lighter touch in Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 a humoristic and touching work best described by Shostakovich himself: "It is a merry little piece. Musicians will love to play it, and critics will delight in blasting it." We in the orchestra love it…

 

Conductor Manuel Hernandez Silva was born in Venezuela and has been residing in Spain for quite some time. He conducts all over Spain, Germany and Latin America. He was the ISORL guest some three years ago for a single concert, and we are happy to have him again this time for 4 concerts in the stat-of-the-art concert hall with its unique acoustics Rishon LeZion, as well as a concert in the Ashkelon Heichal HaTarbut Auditorium.

Israeli operatic soprano Idit Zamir is the soloist in the series.  

     

  

Manuel Hernández-Silva, conductor

Idit Zamir, soprano


Verdi -  Don Carlo: Interlude, Eboli's Aria

De-Falla: El amor brujo

De-Falla: Seven Spanish Folk Songs

Revueltas: "Rades" Suite

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9

 

TICKETS 100-160 NIS Tel  03-9484840  

 

The concerts:

Rishon LeZion Heical Meir Nitzan LeOmnuiot Habama

23, 24, 26 November 2013 at 8.30 p.m.

Ashkelon Heichal HaTarbut :

27 Novemeber 2013 at  8.00 p.m.

 

 

 

The Sverdlin Institute for Latin American History and Culture, Tel Aviv University

Cervantes Institute

Diploma Studies for Translation and Revision, Tel Aviv University

CALL FOR PAPERS

International Conference on VOICE AND ETHICS: LA VOZ DEL TRADUCTOR

December 15-16, 2013

Tel-Aviv University, Cervantes Institute



Translations are haunted by voices:  the author’s, the narrator’s, the characters’, the translator’s , the editor’s, the publisher’s as well as the implied, the original, the unheard, the ululant. And, of course, the voice of the reader.  Recent research in Translation Studies has explored the notion of voice and the ways in which it can be applied to translation practice and ethics. How is voice translated from one linguistic and socio-cultural tradition to another? Can we (should we) always hear the voice of the translator? What about the interpreter – do we (should we) hear his voice? This colloquium focuses on the challenges involved in the translation mainly, but not only of Spanish and Hebrew voices. It wishes to reflect on the questions and obstacles faced by translators, especially those of Spanish and Hebrew texts, in transferring the different social, psychological, political and cultural contexts of distinct voices. What deformations, innovations or transformation result from these inter-linguistic and cultural crossings between different languages?  Moreover, since ethics has so often been associated with the voice – the voice of consciousness, the voice of reason – what are the specific ethical challenges in translating Spanish and Hebrew voices across cultural borders?

 

Papers are invited on such topics as:

  • The linguistic and psycho-linguistic constraints of translating voice

  • The role of authorial and editorial voices in the translation process

  • The ethics of voice and translation

  • The voice of the `invisible’ translator

  • The voice or no-voice of the interpreter

  • the voice in community translation/interpretation

 

  • The voices of the translator: one translator, many authors

  • Translation challenges  of intra-textual voices

  • Gendering voices in translation

  • Voice, translation and dramatic texts

  • Translation as performance

  • Poets translating poetry

  • The political dimension of translated voices

  • The inner censor

Please submit proposals (Spanish, Hebrew, English) by 23 November 2013 to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Courtesy of the Embassy of Ecuador and the Sverdlin Institute for Latin American History and Culture:
"4 Glances at Ecuadorian cinema"
This evening, November 14, 2013:

In the name of the girl
Tania Hermida
2011 (103 mins)
*English Subtitles*

18:00 hours
Room 1, Rosenberg Building
Tel Aviv University
All movies in Spanish with English Subtitles

See you there!

The Sverdlin Institute for Latin American History and Culture
Tel Aviv University,
Tel Aviv, 69978
Tel-972-36405013
http://www1.tau.ac.il/humanities/latin-america/index.php

 

In Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Sderot & Rosh-Pina Cinematheques

 

The Argentine Film Week is sponsored and organized by the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Israel, involving Ambassador Carlos Faustino García, Cultural Attaché Manrique Lucio Altavista, Programmer Tomás Dotta and Producer Mariana Fernández. It is supported by the National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts (INCAA).

 

The Film Week was inaugurated in the Tel-Aviv Cinematheque on Monday, November 11, 2013. The ceremony started with addresses by Tel-Aviv Cinematheque Manager Alon Garboz, Ambassador Carlos Faustino García and Cultural Attaché Manrique Lucio Altavista to the distinguished diplomatic and artistic representatives and guests.

 

Then, the film "The Ethnographer" (El Etnógrafo) was screened.

The distinguished guests included Gila Almagor and Yaacov Agmon, film director Jorge Gurvich,journalist and film director Shlomo Slutzky, and Manager of the Department of Culture and Arts in Tel-Aviv Municipality, Iris Mor.

 

The film "The Ethnographer" was directed by Ulisses Rosell in 2012. The film with deals the Wichi Indians in Chaco, Argentina, and with an American ethnologist, John Palmer, than rather than finishing his thesis, marries a native and has a large family. He strives to support the Wichi Indians cause, getting involved in law suits and confronting companies which pillage land that belongs to the Indians with complete impunity.

 

The Argentine films included in this festival will be screened in the cinematheques of Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Sderot and Rosh-Pina. The calendar of the screenings is shown below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following is the entire program of a ‘taste of India’ from 13-16.11.2013 At Mahsan 2 Jaffa Port 

Major performances:

  1. DR. Ashwini Bhide on 13-14 at 21:00
  2. Holy – coproduction of Indian-Israeli dance performance by the int. Cheographer Idan Cohen  - with the cooperation of “Sephire Creation” Calcatta India. 15-16.11
  3. Bolliwood dance performance – David  from Namaste Israel 14-16.11
  4. Aya Mayala – Classical Indian Dance-Kathak 16.11

 

 

Dr. Ashwini Bhide is a Hindustani Classical music vocalist of Khyal Gayaki of Jaipur-Atrauli Gharana. Born in Mumbai into a family with strong musical traditions, she completed her Sangeet Visharad from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. She has been under the tutelage of her mother Smt. Manik Bhide, who has been instilling in her the intricacies and tradition of Indian classical music. At the young age of 17 she won the President’s Gold Medal at the all India Radio Music Competition in 1977.

 

Since the late 1980s DR. Bhide-Deshpande has been on concert tours to every continent and frequently performs at prestigious music conferences around the world, including the Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahostav in Pune, Maharashtra." target="_blank" style="color: #1155cc;">youtube.com/watch?v=xc6VwKWhf3c

 


Exhibition: On the Wings of Shakti

An exhibition on women empowerment. It reflects the many colors-characteristics of women in India, and the change of their status. The first exhibition will be held in Israel at the presence of the Israeli-Indian artists. The exhibition itself (without the artists) will move to Mumbai in January 2014. The Exhibitions have been organized by the Israeli Embassy in India and the Indian Embassy in Israel. The art products will be then offered for sale. 20% from the turnover of the sales will be contributed to women organizations in India.

 

Wednesday 13.11.2013

20:00 Reception

21:00 Ashwini Bhidi  performance

 

Thursday : 14.11.2013   18:00-22:30

Stalls

Exhibition

18:00:  Mandalas – lecture-demonstration

18:30   Ayurveda - by Dr. Eran Magon

19:30 – Bolliwood –David Nigrekar

21:00  - performance of Ashwini Bhide

                         

Friday: 15.11.2013 

Stalls

Exhibition

11:30 – 12:15 Mandalas by Carmela Zak

12:30 Bolliwood –David Nigrekar

 

14:00 Holy performance

 

15: 00 – 16:30 Children package :

Benny Djubas – Sitar

Osnat Yisraeli – Yoga children & parents

Efrat Shaked – preparing Children toys

 

21:00: Performance HOLY

 

Saturday

Stalls

Exhibition

11:30-13:30 Children package

Benny Djubas – Sitar

Osnat Yisraeli – Yoga children & parents

Efrat Shaked – preparing Children toys

14:30 - Holly Performance

15:30 - Aya Mayala Classical Indian Dance

Workshop:

17: 00 Rangoli with MS Swati

18:00 Ayurveda with DR. Magon

19:30 Bolliwood –David Nigrekar

21:00: Performance HOLY

 

 

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The Israel Chamber Orchestra has done it again. The two concerts this week at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art featuring pianist / conductor Ian Fountain were, in a word, beautiful.

 

Maestro /pianist Ian Fountain is the youngest-ever winner of the prestigious Arthur Rubinstein International Music Society piano master competition.

 

 He was just 19 years old when he was awarded first prize, in 1989. This week’s concerts, the 2nd in the “Amadeus” series, featured two piano concerti and symphony No. 34 in C Major.

 

The chamber orchestra and Mr. Fountain “clicked” and the enwrapped audience rightly demanded an encore, which on Thursday night the pianist presented alone.  The legacy of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart lives on.

 

Details of the next concerts in the “Amadeus” series by the Israel Chamber Orchestra, which run through November and December (all performed in the Racanati Auditorium at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art), can be found on the orchestra’s website (www.ico.co.il ). Featured guest artists include pianist Angela Cheng, conductor Yi An Xu and pianist Ching Yun Hu.

 

Photo Ely Leon

 

 

 

The Embassy of Cyprus has staged an interesting photographic exhibit (open to the public until the 13th of November 2013) in the spacious lobby of the Einav Cultural Center next to Tel Aviv’s city hall building. The collection of photographs (and documents) tells the story of Famagusta from historical times and until today, with heavy emphasis on the events that turned it into a sad and empty ghost town.

 

Anyone who has read Leon Uris’ 1958 classic “Exodus”, or saw the Otto Preminger production of the movie (by the same name) a few years later, cannot be unfamiliar with Famagusta, once a famous and popular resort and deep-water port on the east coast of Cyprus.

 

I say “once famous” because today Famagusta is a ghost town. When Turkey invaded the island in 1974 and split into two countries, one Greek and the other Turkish, Famagusta was fenced off, the residents expelled and the town closed down. The barbed wire fences are still there.

In the “Exodus” story (events take place around the mid1940s, just before the establishment in 1948 of the State of Israel) Famagusta was the location of camps for displaced persons. Cyprus was governed by Britain at the time, as was then Turkish Palestine. Jewish refugees who escaped the death camps of Europe and entered (or attempted to enter) British Palestine were deported to Cyprus, especially to the camps around Famagusta. It was from there that the ship “Exodus” sailed to freedom in Israel.

 

At the opening of the photographic exhibition the Ambassador of Cyprus to Israel, His Excellency Dimitris Hatziargyrou, mentioned the many similarities between Cyprus and Israel: both were ravaged by Crusaders, by the Ottoman Empire and other forces; both subsequently fell under British Rule; both gained independence at about the same time; and both are close diplomatically and geographically. The “Exodus” link is forever burned in the memory of so many Israelis – and probably Cypriots too.

 

Also present at the opening, and here in Israel especially for this exhibit, is the Mayor-in-Exile of Famagusta, Mr. Alexis Galanos. He addressed the audience and made a passionate plea on behalf of the exiled former Famagustans for the United Nations enforce the several resolutions that they passed to reunite the city, to remove the fences and to allow the deported populations to return.

 

Some of the photographs – we see “before” and “after” – are wrenching, as is the history of the separation of the island. Peace in our divided neighboring country would be a dream come true. It would be in Israel too.

 

Photo Silvia Golan

 

 

Thursday, 14 November, 8:00pmA special evening in cooperation with the Embassy of Portugal 
to mark the 125th anniversary of his birth 
and on the occasion of the publication of the book of poetry 
"Beyond the Green Mountain" (Carmel Publishers) 
translated by Rami Saari

Greetings: 
Miguel de Almeida e Sousa, Ambassador of Portugal
Ayelet Bitan-Schlonsky, Chief Curator and Director of the Bialik Compound

Programme:
On Fernando Pessoa - Rami Saari
Reading Fernando Pessoa - Amir Or, Nurit Zarhi, Rachel Halfi, Dalia Yairi
Music: The Pearls of the Baroque

Entrance: 40 nis.

For additional information: Beit Bialik 03-525 45 30

 

 
    The Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv is organizingbetween November 10-14, 2013 three organ recitals performed by Steffen Schlandt in Jerusalem and Haifa.The events are organized in collaboration with The Representative of the Romanian Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, Jordan and Jericho, The Cathedral of St.George the Martyr, The Magnificat Institute-School of Music in Jerusalem, Haifa University- Haifa Center for German and European Studies, Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society and The Research Authority. Recital program:
• Sunday, November 10, 2013, 7:00 pm – Jerusalem, The Cathedral of St.George The Martyr (20 Nablus St.) 
Details: tel: 02- 627 1670, fax: 02- 627 3847,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  
http://www.j-diocese.org/index.php?lang=en&page=1296660183622 Free entrance, the number of seats is limited.• Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 4:00 pm – Jerusalem, The Magnificat Institute-School of Music – Monastery of Saint Saviour (St. Francis Street no.1- Christian Quarter in the Old City, close to the New Gate) 
Details: tel: 02- 626 6609, fax: 02- 626 6701,This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,  
http://www.magnificat.custodia.org/English%20index.htmlFree entrance, the number of seats is limited.• Thursday, November 14, 2013, 7:00 pm – Haifa, Hecht Auditorium- Haifa University Free entrance, the number of seats is limited.

 

Photo provided by The Romanian Cultural Institute

 

 

 

 

 

President Peres will inaugurate the Israeli pavilion

 

Israel was chosen as guest of honor at the Guadalajara book fair. With the participation of a large delegation of authors, artists, singers and poets, this will be the greatest Israeli presence at a cultural event abroad ever.
Guadalajara International Book Fair
Guadalajara International Book Fair
 
(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)
President Shimon Peres will inaugurate the Israeli pavilion at the Guadalajara International Book Fair during his state visit to Mexico. Israel was chosen to be this year's guest of honor at the fair, the most important Spanish-language book fair, and second in size only to the Frankfurt Book Fair.
President Peres, accompanied by delegation of about 150 senior business people, is scheduled to leave on a state visit to Mexico at the end of November. This is the first visit of its kind to Mexico in the last decade. During his visit, President Peres will meet with Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto, with ministers, senior government officials and with senior members of the Mexican business sector.  In addition, the President will address the Mexican Senate and students.
The Israeli delegation to the fair will include more than 30 authors, poets, members of the academic community and publishers, including authors David Grossman and Etgar Karet, poets Roni Someck and Agi Mishol and Israeli Nobel Prize Laureate for chemistry, Professor Ada Yonath. In addition, the delegation will include a series of artists including singers Ahinoam Nini and Ivri Lider.
The Israeli pavilion will be constructed on an area of approximately 1750 square meters. It is expected to be the star attraction at the fair, which is projected to attract some 700 thousand visitors.  The pavilion was designed by renowned architect Enrique Norten, whose work presents the relationship between sacred and secular, past and future and tradition and modernity.  Video art by the artist Michal Rubiner will be integrated into the pavilion, and facsimile copies of the Dead Sea Scrolls and Albert Einstein's manuscripts will be displayed. An Israeli film festival, a culinary fair and many Israeli exhibitions will be on display at the fair as well as at various venues around the city of Guadalajara.
During the nine days of the fair, the Israeli delegation will stage over 200 different cultural activities. Israeli Ambassador to Mexico Rodica Radian-Gordon stated at a press conference at which the events planned for the Israeli pavilion were presented that "The Israeli presence at the fair will be a celebration of Israeli culture in Mexico," and added that this is the greatest Israeli presence ever at a cultural event abroad.
Founded in 1987, the Guadalajara Book Fair has been choosing one country as guest of honor since 1993. The guest of honor receives massive media exposure, which begins prior to the fair itself.
Israel's participation as a guest of honor at the Guadalajara Book Fair is a result of an initiative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the embassy in Mexico and in collaboration with the local Jewish community.

The Israeli delegation:
  • Shimon Adaf, author and poet
  • Gila Almagor, actress and author
  • Prof. Reuven Amitai, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Hebrew University
  • Prof. Naim Araidi, poet and ambassador
  • Yaron Avitov, author
  • Benny Barbash, script writer and author
  • Hamutal Bar-Yosef, poet
  • Prof. Aviva Doron, poet and scholar
  • Gideon Efrat, art historian and curator
  • Alona Frankel, author
  • Shira Geffen, author and producer
  • Victor Gloger, chef
  • David Grossan, author
  • Jorge Gurvich, movie producer
  • Prof. Hanoch Gutfreund, former Hebrew University president and director of the Einstein Center
  • Asaf Hanuka, illustrator
  • Gil Hovav, journalist and food critic
  • Judith Katzir, author
  • Etgar Keret, author
  • Ivri Lider, singer
  • Savyon Liebrecht, author and playwright
  • Eyal Megged, author
  • Yoram Meltzer, author and translator
  • Agi Mishol, poet
  • Eshkol Nevo, author
  • Achinoam Nini, singer
  • Tal Nitzan, poet and translator
  • Aliza Orbach, photographer 
  • Rony Oren, animator and claymator 
  • Uri Orlev, author 
  • Avi Ostrovsky, conductor 
  • Daniel Oz, poet
  • Galia Oz, author
  • Hanoch Piven, artist and illustrator
  • Dorit Rabinyan, author
  • Nimrod Reshef, illustrator
  • Dr. Adolfo Roitman, curator of the Shrine of the Book, Israel Museum
  • Zeruya Shalev, author
  • Prof. Anita Shapira, Israel Prize recipient
  • Silver-Garburg Piano Duo
  • James Snyder, Israel Museum director
  • Ronny Someck, poet
  • Nava Swersky
  • Prof. Chava Turniansky, Israel Prize recipient
  • Michael Tsalka, pianist
  • Prof. Ada Yonath, Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry
  • Boris Zaidman, author
  • Nurit Zarchi, author
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Musical groups:
  • Anachnu ve-Atem, Israel folk dance group
  • Band of the East, Omer Avital jazz band
  • Giora Feidman klezmer band
  • Hadag Nahash, Israeli band
  • Infected Mushroom, Israeli band
  • Marsh Dondurma, Israeli band
  • Sheketak Group

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Concert
The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, IBA will open the2013/2014 season with a festive concert on Wednesday, 30.10.13 at 20:00 in the Henry Crown concert hall at the Jerusalem Theatre.

 

The concert season will open with the classical series entitled "Friends" to mark 70 years to the rescuing of the Denmark Jewry by the Danish people during the Holocaust. The concert series captures the deep friendship between the Danish people and the Jewish Nation and will be held in the presence of the Danish Crown Prince Frederik, the Minister of Education Shai Piron and the Chairman of the Knesset, Yuli Edelstein.

 

The concert will be orchestrated by the musical director Frederic Chaslin whose mother was a Danish Holocaust Survivor. Chaslin's mother was kept hidden from the Nazi's for a period of five years by a family of Fishermen, and as a sign of respect, the musical director was named Fredric after the son of King Christian X responsible for saving the Jews.

 

The "Friend" series focuses on works by composers and artists from various periods throughout history and connects them through their "ideological ties". This concert, called "Chaslin and Friends", will play the opening of "Helios" by Nielsen, "Songs of a Wandering Apprentice" by Mahler and Berlioz's "Symphonie Fantastique."

 

Additionally, the American baritone, Jonathan Michie, who appeared in the Leipzig Opera including Papageno in Mozart's Magic Flute, Shonar in "La Boheme" and Figaro in "The Barber of Seville", will partake in the concert.  He debuted in the Los Angeles Opera as the pastor in "Albert Herring" and in his role as Mercato in the "Romeo and Juliet" in the Florida Opera.

 

Photo  Rafi Kutz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(October 22, 2013 - Jerusalem) On Thursday, October 24, 2013, Yad Vashem and the Aladdin Project will hold their first-ever joint Holocaust education seminar in Turkey. A group of some 20 academics who teach in private and public universities in Turkey will participate in the program organized by the International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem, in cooperation with the Aladdin Project and the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) at Galatasaray University in Istanbul. 

 

The seminar is the first stage of a five-part educational initiative for Turkish academics. Within the framework of the seminar, the participants will hear lectures on Holocaust education and antisemitism including: "Turkey and the Universality of Holocaust Education: the Aladdin Project's Perspectives," by Abe Radkin Executive Director, the Aladdin Project, "Project Overview and a Workshop on Holocaust Memory Represented in the Graphic Arts," by Richelle Budd Caplan, Director of the European Department at Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies, "Issues in the Study of the Holocaust" followed by a discussion, by Yad Vashem Senior HistorianDr. David Silberklang, with closing remarks by Dr. Umut Uzer of the Istanbul Technical University. 

"This is an initial, although important step given the significance of Turkish society in the Muslim world.  At Yad Vashem we are witnessing interest in the Holocaust that traverses countries, religion and language. Our International School for Holocaust Studies is prepared to meet this challenge," said Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev.

 

During the second stage of the program participants will take part in an online study course beginning in January 2014.  In June 2014, the group will visit Jerusalem for a weeklong seminar at Yad Vashem's International School for Holocaust Studies.  In the fourth stage they will implement educational programs in their respective universities, and in February 2015 the program will culminate with a video-conference summarizing the program and bringing together the entire group of educators to assess the outcome of the long-term project. 

 

 

The International School for Holocaust Studies at Yad Vashem was founded two decades ago to provide Holocaust education to a broad audience. Hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, soldiers, and leaders of public opinion from Israel and around the world attend programs at the International School every year, and use the various multi-media educational materials created.  www.yadvashem.org

The Aladdin Project is an independent NGO whose goal is to promote greater mutual knowledge among peoples of different cultures and religions, particularly Jews and Muslims, in order to bring about changes in attitudes and perceptions and develop a culture of peace and tolerance. www.projetaladin.org

 

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) is an intergovernmental body whose purpose is to place political and social leaders’ support behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance and research both nationally and internationally. www.holocaustremembrance.com

 

Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority, was established in 1953. Located in Jerusalem, it is dedicated to Holocaust remembrance, documentation, research and education. www.yadvashem.org

  

Photo provided for Yad Vashem

 

 

 

 


America-Israel relations explored in unique exhibition opening on November 3

Jerusalem, October 16, 2013 – The Israel Museum announces the presentation of the exhibition Aircraft Carrier: American Ideas and Israeli Architectures, originally organized for the Israeli pavilion at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia in 2012. This inventive exhibition explores the dramatic changes in Israeli architecture beginning in 1973, focusing on the influence of the United States. It takes its name from the famous line by Alexander Haig, US Secretary of State under Ronald Reagan, who stated that "Israel is the largest American aircraft carrier in the world that cannot be sunk." Five leading Israeli and international artists and architectural photographers – Assaf Evron, Fernando Guerra, Florian Holzherr, Nira Pereg, and Jan Tichy – were invited to reflect upon the major architectural phenomena that demonstrate the dramatic shift of Israel from a socialist welfare state into a booming free market. In addition to the works of architectural photography, sculpture, and installation, Aircraft Carrier includes thirty unique, whimsical merchandise objects, each one representing a key event in US-Israel relations, created in collaboration with product designer Tal Erez.



The eventful year of 1973 was a critical turning point for Israel’s social, economic, and political structures, as well as American strategic interest in the Middle East, with the surge of global capitalism in the background. Together, these elements radically transformed Israeli architecture. Rather than viewing the history of Israeli architecture as a succession of exemplary projects, Aircraft Carrier focuses on clusters of associations, influences, and innovations that can be considered as defining phenomena in the field. Four of these phenomena identified in this exhibition are: “Signals” – attempts by private companies and individuals to proclaim their social and political power through the building of projects; “Emporiums” – the rapid transformation of the Israeli socioeconomic model from socialist austerity to hyper-consumerism; “Allies” – collaborations between the State and the private sector working together in the promotion of national goals; and “Flotillas” – the segregation of space into distinct environments with parallel architectures, built for different sub-societies. The combination of these phenomena exposes Israel as a place of paradox in which the operations of free markets rely on State mechanisms. The built environments that emerged from these contradictions reflect the strange but solid embedding of liberal and capitalist principles in the foundation of a country that was known as a socialist welfare state.

The exhibition is introduced by a "store," in which visitors are invited to buy custom-made merchandise items designed by Tal Erez especially for the project. Each one of the items represents a key event in the history of US-Israel relations and includes: bobbing head dolls of the Camp David trio Menachem Begin, Jimmy Carter, and Anwar Sadat; "neo-liberal" alms boxes featuring Uncle Sam; "send a settlement" postcards; black fist stress balls in the spirit of the Israeli Black Panther movement of the 1970s; and "sweet 16" M-16 chocolate bars in commemoration of the massive weapon airlift that saved Israel in the Yom Kippur War.


Aircraft Carrier is on view from November 3, 2013 to January 4, 2014, and is curated by guest curators Erez Ella, Milana Gitzin-Adiram, and Dan Handel, who created the exhibition for the Biennale.

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the leading art and archaeology museums in the world. Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections ranging from prehistory through contemporary art and includes the most extensive holdings of Biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world, among them the Dead Sea Scrolls. In just under 50 years, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects through an unparalleled legacy of gifts and support from its circle of patrons worldwide. In 2010, the Museum completed a comprehensive renewal of its campus led by James Carpenter Design Associates, New York, and Efrat-Kowalsky Architects, Tel Aviv, including the creation of new galleries, orientation facilities, and public spaces, and the complete reinstallation of its encyclopedic collections. The Museum also organizes and presents programming at its off-site locations in Jerusalem at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, where it presents archaeological artifacts from the Land of Israel, and at its historic Ticho House in downtown Jerusalem, a venue for exhibitions of contemporary Israeli art.

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Gallery: Hacubia

Address: 13 Yehosha Yeivin

 

Opening: 19\10\13

 

till: 28/11/13

 

Phone number: 02-5456222, 02-5456223

 

Web: http://www.hacubia.jerusalem.muni.il

 

Opening hours: Sun.-Thu. 10:00-18:00

 

Public transportation: 17, 19, 32

 

Exhibition title: Persona

 

In his 1907 work "Obsessive Actions and Religious Practices", Freud notes that the purpose of obsessive actions is to reduce and ameliorate the anxiety caused by obsession; according to him, these actions constitute a desperate attempt to exert control over an uncontrollable world.

The exhibition seeks to illuminate the two sides of obsessive-compulsive disorder: the urge to do something, even covertly, that while posing a potential obstacle to creative endeavor, can also expedite the artistic process.  The works in this exhibition will show the potential of obsession to challenge the order that our culture imposes on us.

Participating artists: Ester Schneider, Michal Barnea Shani, Nitsan Hamerman,  Ohad Milstein, Anat Michaelis-Levi, Shimon Lev                          

Curator: Nitza Pery

 

Gallery: Ticho House

 

Address: 9 Harav Kook

 

Phone number: 02-6245068

 

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Opening hours: Sun, Mon, Wed, Thu: 10:00-17:00

Tue.10:00-22:00

Fri. 10:00-14:00

Fri. 10:00-14:00

 

Public transportation: light railway, 7, 18, 19, 74

 

Exhibition title:Like a Plastic Plant

 

Short text about the exhibition: The exhibition is held in the framework of a series initiated by Hazira, forming a dialogue between established and influential Jerusalem-based artists and contemporary artists residing in the city. Arif-Galanti's exhibit relates to Anna Ticho's watercolors of flowers in a number of inter-related ways: her color palette, the optimistic, escapist and free mood, and her awareness of the passing time.

Exhibited in the permanent galleries of Ticho House, Arif-Galanti's photographs, video works, and installation are shown within the context of Ticho's works.

 

Participating Artists: Einat Arif Galanti, Anna Ticho

 

Curator: Timna Seligman

 

Artistic director for Hazira: Guy Biran





Gallery: Jerusalem Artists House

Address: 12 Shmuel Hanagid

Opening: 17/10/13

Till: 7/12/13

Phone number: 02-6253653

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Web: http://www.art.org.il/

Opening hours: Sun.-Thu. 10:00-13:00, 16:00-19:00

Fri.: 10:00-13:00 Sat.: 11:00-14:00

Public transportation: 7, 19, 21, 4, 9, 18, 74

Exhibition title:

New Members 2013

Winner of the 2013 Osnat Mozes Young Artists Painting Prize

The 7th Exhibition in the 18th Nidbach series: Yoav Friedlander/Strange Truth

Short text:

New Members 2013   

The group exhibition at the Jerusalem Artists' House allows a close glimpse at the artists' new works, all created during the last year. This juxtaposition of various art works is a meeting point between different mediums such as painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, ceramics and installation.

Winner of the 2013 Osnat Mozes Painting Prize for a Young Artist: Elham Rokni Elham Rokni creates a worldview of a condensed and complex yet coherent world.

Her works are characterized by technical and textural experiments that are usually abandoned abruptly, as though they have finished their role, in order to make room for the next one. Rokni's painting process draws its strength from this experimentation, and perhaps even more, from its release. This causes an emotional reaction in the viewers, both complex and unsettling, which leaves them restless.

Yoav Friedlander/Strange Truth

Yoav Friedlander’s photographic images are created in two different cultural environments: USA and Israel. Some are staged, fabricated and photographed in a home setting while others are resulted by observation and a process of documenting the outside world. The subject matter in the gradually formed body of work has become a fertile ground for research and understanding of the cultural sphere as well as the photographic-mental process of the photographer.

Participating Artists:

New Members 2013: Alon Kedem, Boris Oicherman, Hannan Abu-Hussien, Irit Abba, Dan Orimian, Yael Robin, Shosh Israeli, Leonid Zeiger

Winner of the 2013 Osnat Mozes Young Artists Painting Prize: Elham Rokni

The 7th Exhibition in the 18th Nidbach series: Yoav Friedländer

Curator: New Members 2013 – Tali Ben Nun

 

Winner of the 2013 Osnat Mozes Young Artists Painting Prize: Hila Cohen Schneiderman

The 7th Exhibition in the 18th Nidbach series: Yoav Friedlander/Strange Truth – Yossi Galanti



Gallery: The Social Gallery

Address: 22 Shivtey Israel, Musrara

Opening: 17/10/13

Till: 17/12/13

Phone number: 02-6286519

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Web: http://www.musrara.co.il

Opening hours: Sun.-Thu. 10.00-17.00

Public transportation: 6, 19

Exhibition title: The wilderness my brother wanders

 

In the exhibition we wish to examine the influences of the Canaanite movement on Israeli photography, through the juxtaposition of the poetry of Canaanite poets and their contemporary photographers such as Micha Baram, Dalia Amotz, and  others (alongside younger photographers with whom we will collaborate in the future, such as Adi Nes, Anat Zuckerman, and David Adika).  With this curatorial act the exhibition seeks to offer a different point of view from that of previous exhibitions ("New Canaanites", "New Nimrods"), and look at the interdisciplinary connection between poetry and photography that documents sculpture, photography per se, and sound.

The exhibition is part of "Fotopoetica" - one roof for display of poetry and photography in MUSRARA galleries.  

Participating Artists: Danziger, Yehiel Shemi, Melnikov, Benjamin Tammuz, Amos Kenan

among the participating Photographers: Yossi Berger and David Adika

Curator: Avi Sabag and Eyal Ben Dov

 

Gallery: The New Gallery in Musrara

Address: 9 Ha'ayin Chet, Musrara

Opening: 17/10/13

Till: 17/12/13

Phone number: 02-6286519

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Web: http://www.musrara.co.il

Opening hours: Sun.-Thu. 10.00-17.00

Exhibition title: A Queen in Blond

Short text about the exhibition: The exhibition "A Queen in Blond" brings together Haya Ester's epic and sensual poetry with works by the artists Haim Ben Shitrit, Yehudit Shriber, and Marselo Lauver, in an exhibition that seeks to examine new statements that emerge from the encounter between poetry and photography.

Participating Artists: Haya Ester, Marcelo Louber, Haim Ben Shitrit, Yeudit Shriber

Curators: Ayelet Hashachar Cohen

Head curator: Avi Sabag

 

 

 

Gallery: The Morel Derfler Gallery

Address: 9 Ha'ayin het, Musrara

Opening: 17/10/13

Till: 17/12/13

Phone number: 02-6286519

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Web: http://www.musrara.co.il

Opening hours: Sun.-Thu. 10.00-17.00

Public transportation: 6,19

Exhibition title: Photosynthesis

Short text about the exhibition:

The exhibition engages in the encounter between photography and poetry, and between a Jerusalemite photographer, a photographer with Cambodian roots and a Vietnamese poet.

Participating Artists: Itzik Harosh, Tomer Kap

Curator: Ayelet Hashachar Cohen

 

 

Gallery: Zik Group

Address:  Beit Neqofa industrial zone

Opening: Saturday 19.10.13 at 16.00 (one-off event)

Till: Saturday 19.10.13 at 16.00 (one-off event)

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Opening hours: Saturday 19.10.13 at 16.00 (one-off event)

Thu. and Fri. by appointment.

Public transportation: superbus 185, 187.

Exhibition tittle: 2π

Short text about the exhibition:

A live ongoing action, during which the members of Zik Group will create a new sculpture.                                                                                                          The exhibit and events will surround the motif of the circle; wheel thrown pottery, the circle of fire, the tribe's fire, pizzas, compasses, mandalas, and cosmic circles stand at the heart of the group's activity in the last couple of years. All these will be expressed as the group opens a window into its studio work.

The event will take place for one evening in the framework of Manofim.

Participating artists: Zik Group.

 

Gallery: The Gail Rubin Wildlife Art Gallery

Opening: 19.10.13

Till: spring 2014

Address: James Rothschild Av.

Phone: 052-3869488

Buses: 26,9

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Website: www.jbo.org.il

Opening hours: Sun.-Fri. 09:00-15:00

Exhibition: Amir Balaban: Naturally Tainted

Amir Balaban is a watercolorist who paints birds, plants, and landscapes.  His watercolors

capture and preserve transitory moments and perpetuate movement, tone and light.  His paintings are done in nature, out in the open, within the event, without context – like small pieces of a gigantic puzzle, which he does not seek, nor finds possible to solve.  The artist is a witness who does not intervene, nor interpret.  He invites us be a party to the prolonged and attentive observation through which he transforms lines into color spots.

Artists: Amir Balaban

Curator:  Ronit Sorek, The Department of Prints & Drawings, The Israel

Museum, Jerusalem

Gallery: Barbur

Address: 6 Shirizli

Opening: 17/10/13

Till: 22/11/13

Phone no: 054-7232866

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Website: http://www.barbur.org

Opening hours: Mon.-Thu. 16:00-20:00

Fri. 11:00-14:00

Public transportation: 6, 7, 7א, 8, 17, 19, 21, 21 א

Exhibition: Telekinesis

Sort text: The work of Raz Gomeh, who lives in China, is informed by the influence of Asia's two bookends – China and Israel – an experience distilled into the artist's second solo exhibition. The show highlights his work in a number of media including drawing, sculpture, and moving image – presented in an installation created specifically for the Barbur Gallery space.

Artists: Raz Gomeh

Curator: David Stromberg

 

Gallery: The Artists’ Studios – Art Cube Gallery

Address: 26  Ha’oman St., 4th floor

Talpiot Industrial Zone

Opening: 17/10/13

Till: 15/2/14

Tel: 02-6797508

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Gallery hours: Thu. 16:00-20:00, Fri. 11:00-14:00, Sat. 11:00-15:00

‏ website: artiststudiosjlm.org

Public Transport: 13,5

title: Vestige

Short text:  Five years after Gideon Gechtman's death, the exhibition seeks to carry out a new work postmortem of Gechtman in collaboration with Miri Segal. The joint exhibition, curated by Avi Lubin, will realize together with the artist's widow Bat Sheva Gechtman (Zeisler) an artwork that is based on an abstract and general dialogue that took place between the two artists. One of the key questions the exhibition wishes to examine is whether and when can the artwork be attributed to Gechtman, an artist that death was a central motif in his work? How can it be realized when he cannot take part in the conceptual and visual decisions? The exhibition, which also includes individual works by Gechtman and Segal, will take place alongside an extensive retrospective of Gechtman's works at the Israel Museum Jerusalem.

Artists: Gideon Gechtman, Miri Segal

Curator: Avi Lubin

 

Gallery: Agripas 12 Cooperative Gallery

Address:  12 Agripas (entry from the inner courtyard)

Opening: 17/10/13

Till: 12/11/13

Phone number: 077-5404897

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Opening hours: Mon.-Thu. 16:30-19:30

                            Fri. and Sat.: 11:00-14:00                           

Public transportation: 18,32,74,8,21,60,25

Exhibition title: Leonid Zeiger:

                           In Process

The exhibition presents a section of the artist's recent oeuvre, offering an insight into a particular creative process developing within a series of works. From the drawings to the “finished” paintings, a discourse is constructed linking Russian and European Medieval art and questions pertinent to the performance of a painter today. Central to this discourse is the craft of painting on its technical, experiential, and philosophical aspects.

Artist: Leonid Zeiger

Curator: Katya Oicherman

 

Gallery: Uganda

Address: 4 Aristobolus

Opening: 17/10/13

Till: 1/12/13

Phone number: 02-6236087

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Web: www.uganda.co.il

Opening hours: 12:00 till last customer

Public transportation: the light railway

Exhibition title: The Sad Story of Ya Ya

Short text about the exhibition:

The Sad Story of Ya Ya is an adventure tale of a girl, a skeleton and a rabbit, and something that went wrong.

The modern spectator holds a host of information and basic assumptions concerning the way physical rules or their absence affect animated heroes and their abilities. It creates a special framework within which we accept as a given the status of the "heroes" as companions of the real world.

Every week, Ya Ya recounts the devastating developments that led to the tragic end of her story. She confronts the taboo of maintaining the perfection of the body as it appears in Disney's traditional animations. Under the cover of a story which is "only drawn", Ya Ya can deal with death, life, and fate, and with the question of why things are the way they are and one cannot change

them. Only one question remains open: what was the color of her eyes?

Artist: Amir Polak

Curator: Itamar Winer.

 

Gallery: Artspace Gallery

Address: 5 HaZefira

Opening: 17/10/13

Till: 26/12/13

Phone number: 02-5662423

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Web: http://www.artspacegallery.co.il

Opening hours: Tue., Thu. 17:00-19:00

Public transpotation: 18, 21, 1

Exhibition title: The Same Landscape

Short text about the exhibition:

Alongside Ruth Kestenbaum Ben-Dov's better-known work, characterized by strong textual and conceptual elements, the view from the artist's Galilee studio has been a recurrent theme in her works. It may be the same landscape, yet beyond the cyclical changes of season and light, the painter and her way of working with paint have also undergone change: the works that span from 2001 to 2013 range from exactitude to abstraction, from serenity to commotion.

Artist: Ruth Kestenbaum Ben-Dov

Curator: Linda Zisquit

 

Gallery: Dwek Gallery

Address: Mishkenot Sha'ananim Guesthouse, Yemin Moshe

Opening: 17/10/13

Tittle: 20/11/13

Phone number: 02-6292220

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Web: http://english.mishkenot.org.il/hebrew/hebGalleryHomePage.aspx

Opening hours: sun.-sat 10:00-20:00

Public transportation: 18, 21, 4, 14

Exhibition title: Surface

       

Hila Karabelnikov-Paz’s solo exhibition focuses on Israeli landscapes. The large-scale works are composed of countless pieces of masking tape and wallpaper, characterized by their bright and intense color. The first and most significant component that catches the viewer’s attention is the narrative content of paintings such as: Sunset at the Sheraton Beach, An Old Pool in the Landscape, Cyprus Treetops, Hadera Chimneys. These paintings are not realistic or illustrative, but rather have a strong emotional nature, laden with personal symbolism.

Artist: Hila Karabelnikov-Paz

Curator: Raz Samira

 

Gallery: Vision Neil Folbrg Gallery

Address: 18 Yosef Rivlin

Opening: 17/10/13

Till: 5/12/13

Phone number: 02-6222253

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Web: www.visiongallery.com

Opening hours: Mon.-Thu. 13:00-19:00

Sun., Fri. by appointment

Public transportation: 14,21,18,13

Exhibition title: Ronnie Setter – Possible Worlds

Short text about the exhibition:

Ronnie Setter combines photography and drawing to present images that exist beyond time and place. Utilizing historical images or her own photographs, she prints the photographs on transparencies upon which she etches drawings; at once an act of destruction and creation. The light boxes she uses are a stage on which she posits miniature objects, creating a world of new possibilities.

Artist: Ronnie Setter

Curators: Sarale Gur Lavy, Neil Folberg





Gallery: Mt. Scopus Campus Square

Address: Mt. Scopus Campus

Opening: 17/10/13

Till: march 2014

Phone number: 054-8820070

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Opening houers:  Sun.-Thu. 9:00-19:00

Public transpotation: 68, 69, 19, 17, 4A

Exhibition title: Treasures over Time

An assemblage of furniture from different periods arranged in a seemingly random fashion, in an attempt to gather the lost time – a forgotten world that has been enclosed in storage warehouses, a disappearing world. It contains a handful of notes and antique artifacts that tell the story of the Land of Israel, its past, and its culture from a current point of view.

Pieces of pottery, scraps of paintings, snatches of history, are reawakened in this sensitive display, in which the drawings of Sarah Holbreich executed while looking through a microscope or magnifying glass unravel before us the wonders and secrets of classical research.

Artist: Sarah Holbreich

Curator: Michal Mor

Design: Sonja Olitsky, Dani Hochberg

Gallery: The Photographic Communications Dept. Gallery, Hadassah Academic College

Address: 37 HaNeviim

Opening: 17/10/13

Till: 17/11/13

Phone number: 02-6291950

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Opening hours: Sun.-Thu. 10:00-17:00

Public transportation: The light railway

Exhibition title: Inside The Space

Short text about the exhibition: "City Slivers" is a photographic project that has been active in Jerusalem since 2010, in which photographers are invited to photograph Jerusalem and the resulting works are featured in the designated website:www.city-slivers.com With the aim of lingering and looking at the collection of works through the encounter with a different medium, we invited the painter Pesach Slabosky to use the artworks on the website as materials for a new piece.

Participating artists:  from “City Slivers”: Joel Kantor, Gustavo Sagorsky, Orit Siman-Tov, Gilad Ophir, Yaniv Waissa, Yigal Shemtov, Efrat Shvily, Vardi Kahana, Galia Gur Ze’ev, Yaakov Israel.

Curator: Pesach Slabosky

 

Gallery: Muslala Project

Address: 28 Heleni HaMalka

Opening: 17/10/13

Till: continued

Phone number: 054-6735326

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Web: http://www.muslala.org

Opening hours: 24\7 - located in the public space

Public transportation: light railway, 6,1,17,19

Exhibition title: Green Muslala – launch of the new outdoor art trail of the Muslala project

Short text about the exhibition:

An outdoor art trail featuring artworks that engage with practical applications of ecology as well as different aspects of public art. The trail emerged from the desire to connect the world of practical ecology to the public space in a creative, interesting, and aesthetic way as an organic part of the street (site-specific), making practical ecology more accessible to the public.

Participating artists: Shmulik Twig, Shlomi Mir, Omer Ackerman and Boaz Balachsan Permaculture group led by Barack Ben-Hanan, Matan Israeli and more.

Curator: The Muslala Group

 

Gallery: Jerusalem Print Workshop

Address: 38 Shivtei Israel

Opening: 17/10/13

Till: 6/12/13

Phone number: 02-6288614

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Web: http://www.jerusalemprintworkshop.org

Opening hours: Sun.-Thu. 8:00-15:00, Fri. 10:00-12:00

Public transportation: 6,17,19,1

Exhibition title: PhotoPoetica at the Workshop

Short text about the exhibition:

A unique collaboration between two of the art centers active in the Musrara area – the Jerusalem Print Workshop and Musrara School of Photography, in the framework of PhotoPoetica project initiated by the school. As part of this collaboration, three graduates of the Musrara School specializing in the disciplines of photography, video-art, and installation were invited to work at the Jerusalem Print Workshop and create new works that will integrate printmaking, photography, and poetry. The exhibition is an encounter between three artists and three realms of art within the space of the workshop and its history of interdisciplinary creation.

Participating Artists: Noa Brezner, GuyYitzhaki, Yaniv Yur

Curator: Irena Gordon

Gallery: Nora Gallery

Address: 9 Ben Maimon ave.

Opening: 17/10/13

Till: 23/11/13

Phone number:  02-5632849   02-5636627

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Web: http://noragallery.com/

Opening hours: Sun.-Thu. 16:00-18:00, Sat. 11:30-14:00

Title: "1+1" (teacher and his pupil)

The exhibition presents the dialogue between Alexander Okun and one of his former pupils, Asya Lukin. The dialogue takes place in frameworks that could be defined by two quotes:  

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” (William Arthur Ward)

"I have learned a lot from my teachers, more from my friends, but most of all from my pupils" (Chazal)

Artists: Alexander Okun, Asya Lukin

Curator:  Dina Hanoh

Gallery: The Art House, Mevasseret Zion

Address: 23 Yasmin St., Mevasseret Zion

Opening: 19/10/13

Till: 19/11/13

Phone number: 02-5700089

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Opening hours: Mon.-Thurs. 17:00-19:00, Sat.11:00-13:00

Title: The Black Venus from Mevasseret Zion

Tamar Hirschfeld's exhibition holds two polar opposites within one space; one presents white, respectable and melodramatic women, while the other displays black and unruly women.

The white woman franticly seeks to represent restrained and self-possessed refinement; the black woman is wild and frivolous. The white woman is cold and distant, practically ghost-like, while the black woman is a sprite, gay and brave. The encounter between the women will take place in different cemeteries.

For the exhibit, Hirschfeld created a video which features Ethiopian girls from the Absorption Center located not far from The Art House. In the exhibit Hirschfeld herself appears in black and white while the Ethiopian girls are directed as a Greek chorus.

Artist: Tamar Hirschfeld

Curator: Lihi Habas

 

Gallery: Bezalel7- Image Room

Address:7 Bezalel

Phone number: 052-3278278

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web: www.facebook.com/Bezalel7Gallery

Opening hours: Sun.- Thu. 07:00 - 00:30, Fri. 07:00 – 15:30

Public transportation: 19, 7 (Busses 71,72,74,21 stop at the “Mashbir” station, a walking distance from the gallery).  

Exhibition title: When the Earth Rises

 

Short text about the exhibition: Sasha Tamarin’s work investigates the relationship between science, culture, and time. For the artist, rocks are universal objects that cannot be attributed to history or to a nation, but are rather charged with mystical powers of the timeless and eternal.

This body of work is comprised of a collection of images that ranges from an almost juvenile fantasy to a cynical point of view on humanity's aspiration to solve the unattainable and even seize it.

 

Participating Artists: Sasha Tamarin

Curator: Sasha Tamarin, Tal Rosen and Yoel Fink.

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, yesterday evening (Monday, 16 September 2013), launched a virtual exhibit to mark the centenary of the birth of Menachem Begin. Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat, Menachem Begin Heritage Center Chairman Herzl Makov and Google Israel Research and Development Director Yossi Matias also attended the event.



Menachem Begin is the first Israeli personality to be remembered in a joint initiative between the Google Cultural Institute and museums and cultural institutions around the world. The goal of the initiative is to render the materials in cultural institutions more accessible to various publics around the world via the Internet.



With photographs and video clips, the exhibit tells the life story of Menachem Begin, starting with his birth in Poland, through his activities in the Betar movement, his imprisonment by the Soviets, his arrival in the Land of Israel, his war to liberate the homeland and the key roles he played in Israeli politics – in the opposition, as a minister and as Prime Minister.



Menachem Begin Heritage Center Chairman Makov showed Prime Minister Netanyahu photographs of the signing of the peace agreement with Egypt as well as the peace agreement itself, signed by Prime Minister Begin, US President Jimmy Carter and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, and a quote by Begin ("Under no circumstances will we allow an enemy to develop weapons of mass destruction to be used against our people. We will defend the citizens of Israel, at the proper time, with all means at our disposal.") regarding the bombing of the Iraqi nuclear reactor in June 1981.



Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "Menachem Begin taught us that peace is made and upheld only with the strong. There is much to learn from this splendid exhibit about this exemplary personality. Here one may surf our collective memory which is composed of the great spirit and the great deeds of great people."



Culture and Sports Minister Livnat said, "No subject is more appropriate than Menachem Begin to be the subject of an exhibit that allows anyone in the world to study his outstanding personality, his love of Israel and his abiding commitment to liberal values, including freedom of expression, equal opportunity and the reduction of social gaps. In many ways, Google is probably the most popular means in the world for making information more accessible, which provides a person with freedom, the same freedom that stood as the base of the liberal outlook which Menachem Begin clung to his entire life. Begin led a political-social revolution in Israel, and Google is leading an information technology revolution. Today we link the two so that Begin's life and deeds will be accessible to all at the click of a mouse."



Menachem Begin Heritage Center Chairman Makov said, "With the launch of this exhibit on the Google site we are emphasizing the heritage and work of Menachem Begin among millions and perhaps billions of people around the world. This is a moving moment for us and a very significant moment in the history of the Center."



Google Israel Research and Development Director Matias said, "The internet has led to the democratization of the arts, history and heritage, and is able to help preserve important material for the future such as documents, photographs and letters, which over time might be forgotten and could disappear. Via the Google Cultural Institute, we are pleased to provide the technology through which the people at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center will be able to upload archival material and, from the physical exhibit, provide background documentation and context, and render it accessible to people around the world."

 

 

 

 


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, this evening (Tuesday, 17 September 2013), at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, held an additional meeting of the renewed Tanakh Study Circle. Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef and Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau attended the circle, which is named after Sara Netanyahu's late father, Shmuel Ben-Artzi.



This is the fourth meeting of the Circle, which was renewed in May 2012. The Tanakh Study Circle is a tradition from the days of former prime ministers David Ben-Gurion and Menachem Begin and is held in cooperation with the Menachem Begin Heritage Center.



This evening's session focused on the last weekly portion of the Book of Deuteronomy, 33:1-34:12.



Prime Minister Netanyahu said, "I would like to open the discussion with Deuteronomy 34:1-6. Moses our Teacher could not enter the Promised Land and we are here in his merit and in the merit of the struggle of our people to be here, the inheritance of our ancestors, and we welcome every moment. It is a very great privilege to read this great book and know that we are realizing what the Almighty commanded our people. The fact that this is our inheritance and we are here, reading these words today, and knowing that we will remain here forever – thus we are fulfilling the precept."



Prime Minister Netanyahu added, "At this time I would like to send my best wishes for a quick recovery to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, via his son, the Sephardi Chief Rabbi, and I am certain that I speak for us all."

 

 

Tel Aviv, Museum | 1 October at 20:00

Haifa, Rapaport Hall | 2 October at 20:30

Jerusalem, Henry Crown Symphony Hall | 3 October at 20:00

Conductor: Michael Sanderling

soloists: Yuval Herz,  violin | Guy Pelc, baritone

 

 

Program

Berthold Goldschmidt (1903 – 1996)

Passacaglia op. 4

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy (1809 – 1847)

Violin concerto in E minor op. 64

Allegro molto appassionato | Andante |

Allegretto non troppo – Allegro molto vivace

Gustav Mahler (1860 – 1911)

Lieder aus | from Des Knaben Wunderhorn“

Trost im Unglück | Rheinlegendchen |

Des Antonius von Padua Fischpredigt | Revelge

Dmitri Schostakowitsch (1906 – 1975)

 Symphony No. 6 in B minor op. 54 | Largo | Allegro | Presto

Concerts 2013:

  

Tel Aviv, Museum | 1 October at 20:00 – for tickets: *9066 or EVENTIM

Haifa, Rapaport Hall | 2 October at 20:30 - for tickets: 04-8338888

Jerusalem, Henry Crown Symphony Hall | 3 October at 20:00- for tickets: 02-5605755

 

 

 

 

“Ophel Treasure” includes gold medallion with Menorah, Torah and Shofar etchings

Jerusalem, September 9, 2013 — In summer excavations at the foot of the Temple Mount, Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar made a stunning discovery: two bundles of treasure containing thirty-six gold coins, gold and silver jewelry, and a gold medallion with the menorah (Temple candelabrum) symbol etched into it. Also etched into the 10-cm medallion are a shofar (ram’s horn) and a Torah scroll.

Hebrew University of Jerusalem archaeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar displays a 10-cm gold medallion discovered at the foot of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Etched into the medallion are a menorah (Temple candelabrum), shofar (ram’s horn) and Torah scroll. (Photos by Ouria Tadmor)

A third-generation archaeologist working at the Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology, Dr. Mazar directs excavations on the City of David’s summit and at the Temple Mount’s southern wall. Calling the find “a breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime discovery,” Dr. Mazar said: “We have been making significant finds from the First Temple Period in this area, a much earlier time in Jerusalem’s history, so discovering a golden seven-branched Menorah from the seventh century CE at the foot of the Temple Mount was a complete surprise.”

The discovery was unearthed just five days into Mazar’s latest phase of the Ophel excavations, and can be dated to the late Byzantine period (early seventh century CE).  The gold treasure was discovered in a ruined Byzantine public structure a mere 50 meters from the Temple Mount’s southern wall..

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The menorah, a candelabrum with seven branches that was used in the Temple, is the national symbol of the state of Israel and reflects the historical presence of Jews in the area. The position of the items as they were discovered indicates that one bundle was carefully hidden underground while the second bundle was apparently abandoned in haste and scattered across the floor.

Given the date of the items and the manner in which they were found, Mazar estimates they were abandoned in the context of the Persian conquest of Jerusalem in 614 CE. After the Persians conquered Jerusalem, many Jews returned to the city and formed the majority of its population, hoping for political and religious freedom. But as Persian power waned, instead of forming an alliance with the Jews, the Persians sought the support of Christians and ultimately allowed them to expel the Jews from Jerusalem.



Hanging from a gold chain, the menorah medallion is most likely an ornament for a Torah scroll. In that case it is the earliest Torah scroll ornament found in archaeological excavations to date. It was buried in a small depression in the floor, along with a smaller gold medallion, two pendants, a gold coil and a silver clasp, all of which are believed to be Torah scroll ornamentations.

“It would appear that the most likely explanation is that the Ophel cache was earmarked as a contribution toward the building of a new synagogue, at a location that is near the Temple Mount,” said Dr. Mazar. “What is certain is that their mission, whatever it was, was unsuccessful. The treasure was abandoned, and its owners could never return to collect it.”

The Ophel cache is only the third collection of gold coins to be found in archaeological excavations in Jerusalem, said Lior Sandberg, numismatics specialist at the Institute of Archaeology.  “The thirty-six gold coins can be dated to the reigns of different Byzantine emperors, ranging from the middle of the fourth century CE to the early seventh century CE,” said Sandberg.



Found with the coins were a pair of large gold earrings, a gold-plated silver hexagonal prism and a silver ingot. Remnants of fabric indicated that these items were once packaged in a cloth purse similar to the bundle that contained the menorah medallion.

Mazar’s Ophel excavation made headlines earlier this year when she announced the 2012 discovery of an ancient Canaanite inscription (recently identified as Hebrew), the earliest alphabetical written text ever uncovered in Jerusalem.

The 2013 excavation season at the Ophel ran from the middle of April to the end of July, on behalf of the Institute of Archaeology of the Hebrew University. The Israel Antiquities Authority is carrying out the preservation works, and is preparing the site for the public. The excavation site is situated within the Jerusalem National Park around the walls of Jerusalem of the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, and is administered by the East Jerusalem Development Company.

The Ophel project has been generously underwritten, since 2009, by Daniel Mintz and Meredith Berkman from New York. The entire project includes the archaeological excavations, the processing of the finds towards publication, as well as the preservation and the preparations of the site for its opening to the public.

Herbert W. Armstrong College in Edmond, Oklahoma supports Mazar’s project by sending students to participate in the excavations.

About the Institute of Archaeology
The Institute of Archaeology was founded in 1934 as the Department of Archaeology of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1967 it became the Institute of Archaeology. Today the Institute is an independent research and teaching unit within the Faculty of Humanities, with a staff that provides administrative and scientific assistance as well as the technical facilities necessary to carry out its research projects. Academic programs include studies for B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in prehistoric, biblical and classical archaeology.

About the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ranked among the top academic and research institutions worldwide, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is Israel's leading university and premier research institution. Serving 23,000 students from 70 countries, the Hebrew University  produces a third of Israel’s civilian research and is ranked 12th worldwide in biotechnology patent filings and commercial development. Faculty and alumni of the Hebrew University have won seven Nobel Prizes and a Fields Medal in the last decade. The Hebrew University was founded in 1918 by visionaries including Albert Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Martin Buber and Chaim Weizmann. It is located on three campuses in Jerusalem and a fourth in Rehovot.

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The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, today announced the gift of a cohesive body of portraiture by Richard Avedon—totaling 74 photographs created between 1969 and 1976—through the collaboration of three donors. The unprecedented gift was initiated by Leonard Lauder, who upon learning that Avedon’s work was not represented in the Israel Museum’s collection, invited the Richard Avedon Foundation and Larry Gagosian—whose gallery represents the Foundation—to join him in ensuring that the photographer’s work would be properly reflected within the Museum’s encyclopedic holdings.  This joint gift will be on view at the Israel Museum in spring 2014 as part of its Focus on the Collection exhibition series and builds on the Museum’s 50-year history of collecting photography, further distinguishing it as one of the world’s leading holdings with more than 75,000 images.

The gift consists of:

·         Avedon’s iconic 20 x 8 foot photographic mural Allen Ginsberg’s family, Paterson, New Jersey, May 3, 1970 (printed 1993), given by Leonard A. Lauder through his foundation The American Contemporary Art Foundation, Inc.

·         A complete set of the artist’s four smaller-format murals, created between 1969 and 1971, given jointly by Mr. Gagosian and The Richard Avedon Foundation. Each image depicts a group of distinctive Americans of the time:  Andy Warhol and members of The Factory, New York, October 30, 1969 (printed 1975); The Chicago Seven, Chicago, Illinois, November 5, 1969 (printed 1969); The Mission Council, Saigon, South Vietnam, April 28, 1971 (printed 1975); and Allen Ginsberg’s family, Paterson, New Jersey, May 3, 1970 (printed 1999).

·         The Family (printed 1976), a portfolio of 69 prints that was first published in Rolling Stone magazine, given by Mr. Lauder and Mr. Gagosian. Each 8 x 10 inch photograph depicts an individual from America’s political, financial, and intellectual elite of the time.


“We are pleased that this core collection will now become a part of the photography holdings of the Israel Museum,” said James Martin, executive director of The Richard Avedon Foundation. “We believe that Richard Avedon, who was so proud of his Jewish identity, would be very happy to see this important body of work exhibited in Jerusalem.”

“The Israel Museum is tremendously grateful to Leonard Lauder, The Richard Avedon Foundation, and Larry Gagosian for this wonderful gift and this exemplary model of patronage,” said James S. Snyder, Anne and Jerome Fisher Director of the Israel Museum. “Leonard, the Foundation, and Larry clearly understood how important it was to have Avedon represented in our collection, and their vision and generosity have provided us with a cohesive body of work of one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century.”

Avedon began his career in the mid-1940s as a genre-bending fashion photographer, who introduced narrative elements into traditional fashion spreads. In 1969, Avedon adopted what would become his signature portrait style—subjects posed singly and in groups against stark white backgrounds that allowed individuals’ distinct personalities to emerge. The works gifted to the Israel Museum capture this moment of transition in Avedon’s career and demonstrate his central role as an artist who chronicled an era of conflicting ideas, radical politics, and shifting social mores.

Allen Ginsberg’s family, Paterson, New Jersey, May 3, 1970 is part of a series of photographic murals, unprecedented in scale, that Avedon began to create in 1969. Photographed within an 18-month period, these murals were groundbreaking for their multiple panels as well as their socially conscious and provocative subjects. Avedon took the 20-foot-long photograph of the counterculture poet, Allen Ginsberg, and his extended family at a party in honor of the publication of a new book by Ginsberg’s father, Louis.

The four small murals from this same series, given by The Richard Avedon Foundation, include: Andy Warhol and members of The Factory, New York, October 30, 1969, which captures a pivotal moment in Warhol’s public persona following the attempt on his life by Valerie Solanas, the move out of the Silver Factory, and the increasingly commercial success of his art; The Chicago Seven, Chicago, Illinois, November 5, 1969, which features the radicals charged with crossing state lines with the intention of inciting a riot at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago; The Mission Council, Saigon, South Vietnam, April 28, 1971, a group portrait of the military leaders who masterminded America’s engagement during the Vietnam War; and Allen Ginsberg’s family, Paterson, New Jersey, May 3, 1970, a 30-inch print of the same image reproduced in the larger mural.

The Family is a powerful document of the American establishment captured by Avedon in the wake of Watergate, during the 1976 Carter-Ford presidential campaigns and published that same year in Rolling Stone magazine. It includes 69 individual portraits of members of the American elite, including politicians, union leaders, bankers, CEOs, publishers, and journalists, who, despite differing political persuasions, reflected the homogeneity of American social power at the time.

“The American Contemporary Art Foundation believes in the importance of sharing the work of American artists as widely as possible,” said Leonard Lauder, president of the Foundation. “The Israel Museum already holds a strong representation of works by leading 20th-century American practitioners in photography, with the notable exception of Avedon.   It was important to me that one of our nation’s most influential masters be represented significantly in this distinguished collection.”

“Richard Avedon’s work has been a personal passion of mine since I first saw his large-scale murals and showed his work in my Los Angeles gallery in the mid-1970s,” said Larry Gagosian, owner of the Gagosian Gallery. “Avedon profoundly impacted 20th-century portraiture, and his influence continues to reverberate today.  I am delighted to play a role in ensuring that a significant body of his work now enters one of the world’s renowned museum collections.”

About Richard Avedon and The Richard Avedon Foundation
Considered among the most influential photographic artists of the 20th century, Richard Avedon (1923-2004) began his professional career in 1942 in the U.S. Merchant Marine Photographic Department and then attended the Design Laboratory at the New School. He began his work as a fashion photographer for Harper’s Bazaar in 1945, eventually joining the staff at Vogue magazine, where he would remain until 1988. In 1992 he was named the first staff photographer for The New Yorker. He received a Master of Photography Award from the International Center for Photography, and his work is included in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, along with countless other museums and institutions worldwide. He is the only photographer to have had two major exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and a 2007 retrospective exhibition organized by the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark traveled to Milan, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, and San Francisco. Avedon established The Richard Avedon Foundation during his lifetime. Based in New York, the Foundation is the repository for Avedon’s photographs, negatives, publications, papers, and archival materials.


The Noel and Harriette Levine Department of Photography at the Israel Museum

Since opening in 1965, the Israel Museum has maintained a focus on the exploration and exhibition of photography. Its comprehensive collection marks the Museum as a leader among encyclopedic museums in holdings of this medium. Over the years, through selected acquisitions, as well as gifts from key donors such as Arnold Newman, Arturo Schwarz, and Noel and Harriette Levine, the department’s collection has grown to comprise more than 75,000 works from the earliest days of photography to contemporary times. Areas of expertise include pioneering 19th-century practitioners and photography of the Dada and Surrealist movements, as well as in-depth representations of such historically significant artists as Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Andre Kertész, and Man Ray. The department also promotes contemporary Israeli photography through an active program of acquisitions as well as through individual and group exhibitions dedicated to the work of Israeli photographers. In addition, the department awards three photography prizes, the Gérard Lévy Prize for a Young Photographer, the Kavlin Photography Prize for life achievement, and the Shpilman International Prize for Excellence in Photography.

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the leading art and archaeology museums in the world. Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections ranging from prehistory through contemporary art and includes the most extensive holdings of Biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world, among them the Dead Sea Scrolls. In just under 50 years, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects through an unparalleled legacy of gifts and support from its circle of patrons worldwide. In 2010, the Museum completed a comprehensive renewal of its campus led by James Carpenter Design Associates, New York and Efrat-Kowalsky Architects, Tel Aviv, including the creation of new galleries, orientation facilities, and public spaces, and the complete reinstallation of its encyclopedic collections. The Museum also organizes and presents programming at its off-site locations in Jerusalem at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, where it presents archaeological artifacts from the Land of Israel, and at its historic Ticho House in downtown Jerusalem, a venue for exhibitions of contemporary Israeli art.

 

 

 

Over 150 artworks related to the world of Jewish content from more than 50 emerging and established artists from Israel and overseas will be showcased at the first Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art that will take place in the Achim Chasid complex at 45 -47 Emek Refaim Street, the First Station, Hechal Shlomo, Beit Avi-Chai and the Musrara neighborhood from 15 September – 31 October 2013. Modeled on the century-old Venice Biennale, the Jerusalem Biennale will offer – for the first time - a stage for contemporary creative forces that relate to the Jewish world of content. Curators and artists with different approaches and from the haredi and modern orthodox through to the secular worlds will give their own interpretation of contemporary Jewish art, from photography, video art and installations through performance art, paintings and sculpture.

 

"We are thrilled that so many artists from Israel and overseas will be participating in the first Jerusalem Biennale for Contemporary Jewish Art" says Biennale initiator Rami Ozeri. "Artists and curators come from different backgrounds and traditions, but they all express Jewish ideas and concepts in their artistic work. The breadth and scope of the Biennale can best be appreciated by visiting each exhibition and engaging in the debate - what is contemporary Jewish art?".

 

The exhibition at the Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art at Hechal Shlomo, 58 King George Street, curated by Nurit Sirkis-Bank and entitled “My Soul Thirsts” (Tsama' Nafshi) opens on 15 September at 19:00. Over 30 artists from Israel and overseas are participating in the exhibition which features more than 60 different artworks works including abstract, figurative, textile and multi-dimensional, including pieces from graduates of the Oman art school for haredi women, a satellite of the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. The shared focal point of the works is the yearning, the longing and the desire for holiness, as seen from a contemporary perspective. In each of these works there is a desire  for a connection between Heaven and Earth – “My soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You…” (Psalms 63:2). Artists include Tobi Kahn, Yossi Arish, Yael Ashkenazi, Yoram Bouzaglo, Miriam Hadassa Bukshpan, Sarah Bornstein, Avi Biran, Vera Gutkina, Moriah Giladi, Asher Dahan, Yael Dickman, Tsfonat Hindi, David Baruch Wolk, Shanina Touson, Caryn Yavin,  Noa Leah Cohen, Gil Cohen Magen, Dov Lederberg, Avraham Loewenthal, David Louis, Tal Levy, Metavel, Judith Margulis, Belu- Simion Fainaru,  Doni Silver Simons, Shimon Pinto, Daniel Flatauer and David Henni Ferster, Rivka Kook, Chana Cromer, Israel Rabinowitz and Rachel Stern.

 

The two historic Templar-era buildings at the Achim Chasid complex, 45 -47 Emek Refaim Street, will host two exhibitions (opening event on 16 September is by invitation only). The Now Now exhibition, curated by Oryan Galster, Porat Salomon and Ronen Yizhaki deals with the tensions between movement and stagnation, progress and tradition, past and future- and the way they are manifested in the present. The exhibition explores the autonomy of the moment – of “now” – in traditional Jewish  thought. Artists in the Now Now exhibition include Raaya Bruckenthal, Shulamit Etsion, Oryan Galster, Shai Azoulay, Pearl Schneider, Porat Salomon, Guy Briller, Yitzhak Livneh, Michael Sgan-Cohen, Eran Naveh, Michael Sgan-Cohen and dance group Between Heaven and Earth. The Here and There exhibition, curated by Ram Ozeri, showcases artworks that make the connection between the Jewish idea and everyday reality, the text and the image, the way the story is told and the way it effects our lives. Artists include American award-winning artist Tobi Kahn, American-Israelis Andi Arnovitz, Ken Goldman and Jessica Deutsch, Ruth Schreiber, British-Israeli Mordechai Beck and London-based Jacqueline Nicholls. 

 

The following events (included in the cost of the Biennale entrance ticket with advance registration at www.kolhaot.com) will take place at 45 Emek Refaim during Hol Hamoed Succot, run by the Kol Haot organization:

Sunday Sept. 22: “Text to Symbol” Workshops, guided in English and Hebrew and appropriate for the whole family, will explore how biblical texts are transformed into inspiring works of art. Participants will create their own original piece, based on traditional Jewish texts. 10:00 to 11:30 and 12:30 to 14:00. In addition, gallery tours guided by guest artists in English will take place at 16:00 and 17:00.

Monday – Sept. 23, 20:00:“Ancient Texts & Contemporary Art”, a panel discussion in English with Biennale artists Andi Arnovitz, Ruth Schreiber, and Mordechai Beck, on the nexus between Jewish sources, inspiration, and modern issues at 20:00.

 

Thread of Gold, a joint exhibition showcasing Israeli artist and musician Neta Elkayam and her artist father, Michael Elkayam, will open on 17 September  at 19:00 at the cultural center of Beit Avi-Chai44 King George Street. Father and daughter draw on each other’s work for inspiration, as Neta creates a connection and a conversation with her father’s Judaica art, sometimes tackling painful subjects such as politics, religion, Jewish-Moroccan identity versus Israeli identity and more.

 

 

Award-winning photojournalist Ziv Koren will exhibit a selection of his photographs in a solo exhibition entitled Seventy Faces  curated by Rei Dishon and Urban Gallery at the recently-opened and restored First Station, David Remez Street. The exhibition, which opens on 19 September at 19:00, showcases Koren's photographs of places and situations where symbols from the Jewish world meet the complicated Israeli reality. Koren plays with the lens on the thin line between these worlds, documenting life on the one hand and creating meaning on the other.

Ticket prices: NIS 30 for three venues - Emek Refaim; First Station; Wolfson Museum of Jewish Art  (not restricted to one day) or NIS 20 for a single venue. No charge for entry to Beit Avi-Chai and Musrara.

Biennale program subject to change.

The Jerusalem Biennale is supported by Achim Chasid, the Leichtag Foundation, the Jerusalem Foundation and Bank Hapoalim.

 

Opening times:

Hol Hamoed (22 - 24 September): 10:00 - 19:00

Sundays-Thursdays 10:00 - 13:00 and 17:00 - 20:00

Fridays and holiday eves: 10:00 - 14:00  http://jerusalembiennale.org/

 

Works by Maurycy Gottlieb, Isidor Kaufmann, Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, and

Charlotte von Rothschild on display from September 10


The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, presents an exhibition exploring the work of fourteen pioneering Jewish artists living in 19th-century Europe. Each of these artists, representing the first and second generations of Jews to enter the art world previously closed to them, straddled the fine line between maintaining their Jewish origins while pursuing a field in which they depicted nudes and even Christian subjects for their patrons. Making an Entrance: Jewish Artists in 19th-Century Europe also challenges the long-held premise that the "first Jewish artist" was Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, protégée of the Rothschild family, and presents the works of the lesser-known artists Salomon Pinhas from Kassel and Jacob Liepmann from Berlin, who worked in Germany at the very beginning of the 19th century.



Making an Entrance features 40 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures by artists such as Mark Antokolsky, Vico d'Ancona, Maurycy Gottlieb, Jozef Israëls, Isidor Kaufmann, Isaac I. Levitan, and Charlotte von Rothschild, drawn from the Museum's collection and from private collections, many of which have been rarely seen by the public. Highlights include Pinhas' 1808 portraits of "Father of Reform Judaism" Israel Jacobson and his wife Mink Samson-Jacobson, d'Ancona's Sleeping Nude (1860s), Oppenheim's The Return of The Jewish Volunteer from the Army to his Family (1834), and Gottlieb's Jesus in Front of his Judges (1877-1879).

Beginning in the nineteenth century, artistically talented young Jews sought to enter a world closed to their predecessors where they could channel their creativity toward painting and not limit themselves to the crafting of objects with a religious function. This meant challenging the ancient prohibition against graven images and often, by extension, even abandoning the orthodox community and its way of life. By mid-century, more Jewish painters felt free to depict a broad range of subjects, some of which were considered daring by Jewish standards, such as female nudes, and Christian themes and provocative events from Jewish history. Others produced work on traditional Jewish subjects while also exploring political themes, such as Oppenheim's depiction of Otto von Bismarck's fictional visit to the Vatican. By the end of the century, having achieved recognition within European culture, some Jewish artists returned to their roots, as it were, and devoted themselves to nostalgic portrayals of Jewish types of the shtetl – a visual record of what they feared might be a vanishing way of life.


Making an Entrance is on view from September 10, 2013 through July 15, 2014 and is curated by Shlomit Steinberg, Hans Dichand Curator of European Art.

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem
The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the leading art and archaeology museums in the world. Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections ranging from prehistory through contemporary art, including the most extensive holdings of Biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world, among them the Dead Sea Scrolls. In just under 50 years, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects through an unparalleled legacy of gifts and support from its circle of patrons worldwide. The Museum also organizes programming at its off-site locations in Jerusalem at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, where it presents archaeological artifacts from the Land of Israel, and at its historic Ticho House in downtown Jerusalem, a venue for exhibitions of contemporary Israeli art.

http://www.imj.org.il/exhibitions/presentation/exhibit.asp?id=866

 

Photo provided by The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

 

 

 

 

 
 

The exhibition will be open to the public as of September 17, 2013

From the 1920s until the outbreak of WWII, many Israeli artists went to study in Paris, the art capital of the world at that time. Their art was influenced by the French painters, in particular by artists such as Auguste Rodin, Maurice Utrillo, Edouard Vuillard, Raoul Dufy, and Maurice de Vlaminck, as well as those of the Jewish “School of Paris” – Chaïm Soutine, Jules Pascin, Pinchus Krémègne and Michel Kikoïne. This chapter in the history of Israeli art is notable in the works of Chaim Atar, Menahem Shemi, Moshe Castel, Itzhak Frenkel, Aharon Avni, Arie ArochZvi Shorr, Moshe Mokady and many others. Issues for discussion that arose from the French art trends in general and from those of the "School of Paris" in particular, determined the unique quality of the discourse that appeared in Eretz-Israeli art field of the era. This is the focus of the current exhibition.  

The exhibition comprises examples of French painting and works by the artists of the Jewish School of Paris, which had great influence on the Israeli artists in the period under review. Thus we can examine the characteristics of the cultural links between the Israeli artists and their contemporaries in Paris, which reached a peak in the 1930s-1940s.  The wide selection of works by Israeli artists (more than 90 works) follows the general development of art in the Land of Israel as influenced by those events. The main categories of the interpretive discourse are discussed, including artistic representations deriving from them – the Israeli landscape, the creation and definition of an uniquely Jewish artistic language, and the choice of “what to paint".

The intention of the exhibition is to present an overview of the ideas and values of one of the most fascinating eras in the history of art in Israel – a period that gave rise to a creativity aspiring to create a new reality and to invent “the spirit of the age".

An exhibition on the same theme will open simultaneously at the Hecht Museum. It will focus on the influence of the School of Paris on the artists of the Artists’ Quarter in Safed in the 1950s-1960s. 

Curator: Svetlana Reingold

http://www.mkm.org.il

 

 

 Photo provoded by  Mane Katz Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

The festival will include an array of dance, theater, musical performances, street theater, workshops and activities for the entire family at the Yavne Culture Center throughout Chol Hamoed Sukkot.

A special performance by "Etnix" will open the festivities on September 22nd with their celebrated show "The Celebration of Etnix"

Most of the events are free of cost with a few offered for a nominal fee.

 

The "Batzir Chadash" festival held each year in Yavne provides a platform for performing arts and a venue for artists and new works leading to innovations in art and the stage. The festival will take place in Yavne's new cultural center with most activities free of charge.

The popular band "Etnix" will open the festivities on September 22nd and events will take place throughout Chol Hamoed Sukkot, between September 22-24. The performing arts activties will include dance, theater, street theater, acrobatic performances, workshops in street theater and many more activities suitable for the entire family.

 

Activities at the cultural center will include:

At thePerforming Arts Center Dimona's Theater lab will present "Snow and the City" with Ohad Knoller, Ofir Nahari and "Afachadbeshummakom". Additionally, the center will host the performance "Igloo" directed by Yehezkel Lazarov and performed by "Gesher Theater" performer's Shiri Gadni and Alon Friedman.

 

In as much, in essence of their new disc, The "Common Bond" will perform ethnic music to hype up the atmosphere.

Additionally, Café- Café located near the Culture Center will redesign their location to offer guests an Arabian Nights atmosphere as diners sit on carpets and pillows listening to tall tale stories of the "Scheherazade". Even more, the audience is invited to share their own stories and partake in the evening.

The Pais Buildingwill present the performance by the writer-entertainer Sari Sarit celebrating the release of her new book "The Yotzer Pinat Hachofer".

 

The Workshops are open to the public and created for to the entire family. They include juggling, walking on stilts, balancing games, balloon forming and walking on rope, etc. The guests participating in the workshops will be given an opportunity to perform what they learned on stage. This stage will also be used as a platform for performances by the next generation of musicians from the music division of the Ginsburg high school of Yavne.

The Cultural Center highlights will include performances such as "Hilula Bamemlacha" by the Cabaret Total group. The center will host their entire Cabaret Total professional team for a one of a kind performance by the best circus and street theater performers, singers and dancers, stage directors, and costume designers necessary to make the production a success.  

 

Mayor of Yavne, Zvi Gov Ari- "This is the third year the city of Yavne has proudly put together such a wonderful festival. "Batzir Chadash" has become a leading and significant festival in Israeli culture. The festival unveils contemporary art as well as original and groundbreaking discoveries in theater, dance, art, mucsic, literature, street theater and all in a city working hard to provide considerable development and regeneration. The wide audience an especially culture lovers visiting this festival are guaranteed a pleasant experience with a rhythmic and vibrate young touch."

The artistic director of the festival, Nahum Langsam: "The festival was inspired by all the festivals taking place around Europe. Currently in its third year, "Batzir Chadash" continues to develop in various directions by including guest performances with theater groups outside the Tel Aviv bubble and offering workshops open for the audience to take part in."

 

Many of the events are free of cost

Performances taking place in the Cultural Center and the Pais building will be offered for a nominal fee of₪ 30

Those with season tickets can use their bonus tickets and/or special performance tickets

The "Batzir Chadash" Festival will take place between 22-24 of September between the hours of 18:00-23:00 on the premises of the Yavne Cultural Center located at the corner of Duani Ave. and Jabotinsky

For further details and tickets: 08-932.0000

The festival program can be found at yavnecity.co.il

 

The late Ephraim Kishon was, and still is, a much-revered author, humorist, satirist and screenwriter in Israel. Although he was not Israeli born (he was Hungarian and survived WW2 in European concentration camps) he soon adopted Hebrew after his arrival in Israel in 1949 and thrilled generations of Israelis with his linguistic inventiveness and sharp pen. It took Kishon only about two years before he began writing newspaper articles in Hebrew. His novel “The Scapegoat” provides the theme for Ben Israel Levin’s satirical play presented by the Aspaklaria Repertory Theater in Tel Aviv on Wednesday evening.

  

The play is in Hebrew, so a review would not really interest most readers of www.diplomacy.co.il . The theme however is universal: Through a trick of fate and circumstances, a second-rate journalist at a third-rate newspaper in a fictional country in 1930s Europe, that is suffering terrible economic woes (we all recognize the country at once), hits upon an idea that saves the newspaper from bankruptcy and which the readers love – a perfect scapegoat for all the country’s problems. The satirical scapegoat turns out to be the bald people. Levin’s clever dialog enables the audience to understand how the masses, desperate for someone to blame for their misery, accept the “logical” progression from the seed of the silly idea (bald people? Really?) to become a national political movement. Crafty politicians, unethical industrialists and slick journalists persuade the nation that only by removing the terrible affliction – the bald people – can the country survive and prosper. The sharp satire, the barbs and the bitter memories make this play as relevant today as it might have been in Nazi Germany of the 1930s

It is perhaps subtly appropriate that the performance was at Tel Aviv’s “Yad Lebanim” auditorium. The national Yad Lebanim organization perpetuates the memory of Israel’s fallen soldiers throughout the country and provides emotional support for the bereaved families. Aspaklaria Theater is recognized as the first religiously observant Jewish theater in Israel, and as such is a new (and welcome) addition to Israel’s rich theatrical repertoire.

Diplomacy.co.il hopes that there is future in English for Ben Israel Levin and for the Aspaklaria Repertory Theater; not only Hebrew speakers should benefit from their productions.

 

 

 

Every language has marvelous twists and turns and special word-plays that just do not translate into other tongues. Hebrew is no exception. So I will not even try to explain the Hebrew title of the concert at the Recanati Auditorium of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art on Wednesday evening, except to say that in Hebrew, it is brilliant. (In English it simply translates as “A Winning Combination”.)

 Brilliant too was the performance by the Israel Chamber Orchestra, conducted as usual by Maestro Yoav Talmi. The entire evening was generously supported by the Samsung Electronics Group, based in Korea.

 

 

 


 The Israeli Samsung representative Mr. Choi Dong Seok addressed the audience. “Music is a priceless form of expression, and it plays an important role in shaping society, balancing our lives with a wide spectrum of emotions”, he said.  His Excellency the ambassador to Israel of South Korea, Mr. Kim Il-Soo, graced the evening with his presence and graciously addressed the audience briefly as well. He mentioned how pleased and surprised he is time and again to discover how appreciative Israeli audiences are of music, including classical music. To judge by the lengthy applause during and at the end of the concert, his Excellency had another opportunity to experience the warm gratitude of the audience for the outstanding concert.

 

The concert opened with a rendition of the overture from “The Barber of Seville”. Other musical selections for the evening included a selection of Romanian folk dances by Bartok, the 2nd and 3rd movements from Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” (Summer), the 4th movement from Mendelssohn’s “Saltarello” and surprisingly, the American Aaron Copland’s “Hoe-Down” from “Rodeo”.

 

 

But by far the most exciting was Haydn’s 4th movement from “The Farewell Symphony” – as lovely today as when it was written in 1772. It was written for Haydn's patron, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy, while he, Haydn and the court orchestra were at the Prince's summer palace in Eszterháza. The stay there had been longer than expected, and most of the musicians had been forced to leave their wives back at home in Eisenstadt, so in the last movement of the symphony, Haydn subtly hinted to his patron that perhaps he might like to allow the musicians to return home: during the final adagio each musician stops playing, snuffs out the candle on his music stand, and leaves in turn, so that at the end, there are just two muted violins left (played by Haydn himself and the concertmaster, Alois Luigi Tomasini). Esterházy seems to have understood the message: the court returned to Eisenstadt the day following the performance. At the concert in Tel Aviv the ritual was repeated, with musicians leaving the stage until just two remained on the darkened podium. Dramatic and beautiful.

 

Maestro Talmi thanked the hosts (Samsung) for their generous support and thanked the musicians – and the audience – for their musical skills and their appreciation, respectively. He reminded the audience that the Israel Chamber Orchestra has a varied program to suit all tastes (“… but don’t expect hard rock…,” he added with a smile).

 

This concert was another fine example.

Photos  Silvia G.Golan 

Yad Vashem was recently ranked fourth in the top 25 museums in the world by TripAdvisor, the foremost travel website driven by reviews and comments of tourists and travelers. Visitors applauded the "moving and informative displays," the “incredible use of architecture, audio visual, photos, and actual items to recreate a time in history that should never happen again” calling it an "emotional, educational and inspiring experience" an “unbelievably moving experience” that is a "must-see" for any traveler to Israel.

 This summer, TripAdvisor also awarded Yad Vashem its 2013 Certificate of Excellence Award – an honor given to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews. To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, sites or businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor. Yad Vashem is currently listed as first among 146 recommended sites to visit in Jerusalem.

 Some 1 million people visit Yad Vashem annually.    Guided tours and audio guides are available in many languages (including English, Hebrew, German, French, Spanish, Russian, and Arabic).



Royal storerooms were also revealed in the joint archaeological excavation of the Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority at Khirbet Qeiyafa *** These are the two largest buildings known to have existed in the tenth century BCE in the Kingdom of Judah

Two royal public buildings, the likes of which have not previously been found in the Kingdom of Judah of the tenth century BCE, were uncovered this past year by researchers of the Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority at Khirbet Qeiyafa – a fortified city in Judah dating to the time of King David and identified with the biblical city of Shaarayim.

 

One of the buildings is identified by the researchers, Professor Yossi Garfinkel of the Hebrew University and Saar Ganor of the Israel Antiquities Authority, as David’s palace, and the other structure served as an enormous royal storeroom.

Today (Thursday) the excavation, which was conducted over the past seven years, is drawing to a close. According to Professor Yossi Garfinkel and Sa'ar Ganor, “Khirbet Qeiyafa is the best example exposed to date of a fortified city from the time of King David. The southern part of a large palace that extended across an area of c. 1,000 sq m was revealed at the top of the city. The wall enclosing the palace is c. 30 m long and an impressive entrance is fixed it through which one descended to the southern gate of the city, opposite the Valley of Elah.  Around the palace’s perimeter were rooms in which various installations were found – evidence of a metal industry, special pottery vessels and fragments of alabaster vessels that were imported from Egypt. The palace is located in the center of the site and controls all of the houses lower than it in the city. From here one has an excellent vantage looking out into the distance, from as far as the Mediterranean Sea in the west to the Hebron Mountains and Jerusalem in the east. This is an ideal location from which to send messages by means of fire signals. Unfortunately, much of this palace was destroyed c. 1,400 years later when a fortified farmhouse was built there in the Byzantine period”.

A pillared building c. 15 m long by 6 m wide was exposed in the north of the city, which was used as an administrative storeroom. According to the researchers, “It was in this building the kingdom stored taxes it received in the form of agricultural produce collected from the residents of the different villages in the Judean Shephelah. Hundreds of large store jars were found at the site whose handles were stamped with an official seal as was customary in the Kingdom of Judah for centuries”.

The palace and storerooms are evidence of state sponsored construction and an administrative organization during King David’s reign. “This is unequivocal evidence of a kingdom’s existence, which knew to establish administrative centers at strategic points”, the archaeologists say. “To date no palaces have been found that can clearly be ascribed to the early tenth century BCE as we can do now. Khirbet Qeiyafa was probably destroyed in one of the battles that were fought against the Philistines circa 980 BCE. The palace that is now being revealed and the fortified city that was uncovered in recent years are another tier in understanding the beginning of the Kingdom of Judah”.

The exposure of the biblical city at Khirbet Qeiyafa and the importance of the finds discovered there have led the Israel Antiquities Authority to act together with the Nature and Parks Authority and the planning agencies to cancel the intended construction of a new neighborhood nearby and to promote declaring the area around the site a national park. This plan stems from the belief that the site will quickly become a place that will attract large numbers of visitors who will be greatly interested in it, and from it one will be able to learn about the culture of the country at the time of King David.

 

 

 

 



"Come and play for the Israeli National Team – you have already achieved every other possible achievement"

 

 Stoudemire to President Peres on his new educational project in Israel:

 "I'm happy to be here in Israel – I understand the immensity of my responsibility as a role model to youth all over the world."

 

"I want to develop a medium through which African-Americans can explore their Jewish roots through the bible"

 President Shimon Peres hosted the New York Knicks NBA all-star player Amar’e Stoudemire at his residence in Jerusalem this morning.  Stoudemire is in Israel to take part in the Maccabiah Games where he will serve as part of Canada’s Basketball team staff. He asked to meet with President Peres and present the educational project which he has begun to promote in Israel - learning science through sports. President Peres was impressed by the height (2.08 meters) of the player, and opened the meeting by jokingly asking Stoudemire to compare heights by taking  a "back to back" photo. The president then turned to Stoudemire and said: "It is an honor to have you in Israel. Since you have already achieved all the possible achievements elsewhere, I now urge you to join the Israeli National Team and be a part of our country. On behalf of the Israeli people and more importantly, on behalf of the youth of Israel, I am very pleased to have you here today. Your presence delights the children and there is nothing more delightful than children that are delighted. You are a very special man, not only because of your talent in basketball, but because of your personality. So many children all over the world dream of the NBA, and you are a hero to them.  We appreciate the program that you have initiated with Hebrew University - an innovative program which will undoubtedly make a difference.  Instead of people fighting on the battlefield , let them compete on the basketball court. On the court, there are no victims, just individuals and teams striving for excellence. I see athletes as ambassadors of peace. "

 

 Stoudemire thanked the President for his kind words and said: "It is an honor to be here, coaching in the Maccabiah games. Being able to meet you is definitely a big accomplishment on my end. My efforts for education are very important and that is the area that I focus on. I feel that the way we can cure poverty is through education, and that is what my charity efforts have been about. Being able to expand that here in Israel is a great accomplishment and this has definitely been a phenomenal trip and this is only day two. We are starting the basketball of physics, which is a program that Hebrew University already had in motion. We are also looking to include an African American studies course of the scriptures of the Jewish culture. That is an area that a lot of us are intrigued with because there are so many other tribes that are Jewish, and for them to be able to research that history in an actual system would be great. Playing basketball is a platform that allows me to be somewhat of a role model for the youth and that is a responsibility that most basketball players have on our shoulders- to be positive role models for the youth, because they look up to us. So to be able to expand my charity efforts not only in New York, but here in Jerusalem and with the Hebrew University, allows the ideal of being that positive role model for the youth to expand. Being able to meet you is definitely one of the biggest achievements in my life and career. Thank you again.”

 Stoudemire who is in the process of converting to Judaism, was born in Florida in 1982. He began his NBA career at 18 years old, when he was drafted into the Phoenix Suns. Attending the meeting was Mr. Zvi Hauser, outgoing Cabinet Secretary, who is supporting the project in Israel, children from Kiryat Malachi who achieved certificates of excellence after participating  the Science Oriented Youth program last year. After hearing about Stoudemire’s charity project, the children told President Peres with great excitement that Stoudemire is their hero.

 Photo Credit: Mark Neiman - Government Press Office

 
 
 
 

 



FREE CONCERT

The Embassy of Colombia in Israel has the pleasure to invite you to the

musical-cultural performance of the sensational band

 BOMBA ESTEREO

 Place: GAN HAPISGA, Amphitheater of Yaffo

Date: Saturday, August 3, 2013

Time: 8:30 pm

 With this concert the Embassy of Colombia promotes our culture,

honors our Colombian Community in Israel,

and exalts our national holidays

of July 20th and August 7th

In addition there will be a performance of:
Dance Group organized by the Colombian Community
Music Group of Salsa and Latin Music

 

Photo provided by Colombian Embassy

 

 



Israeli Ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub hosted the launching of Taglit-Birthright Israel “UK Awareness Campaign” in celebration of its thirteenth anniversary. Leaders from the Jewish community attended the event. Among the dozens of people were Taglit-Birthright Israel representatives, business people and supporters of the program.

Ambassador Taub congratulated Taglit-Birthright Israel on its 'bar mitzvah' describing the project, which has to date brought 340,000 young people to Israel, as "one of the unusual, ambitious and effective projects in Jewish history.”

 

Prof. Ada Spitzer, Vice President of Development and Community Relations of Taglit-Birthright Israel said that “one of the goals of the new campaign is to increase the numbers of participants from the UK substantially, from 200 to 700 youngsters a year.”

Guests also heard from two Taglit-Birthright Israel participants. Matthew Kefton said “I knew nothing of my Jewish identity, I was shocked, it was an inspiring trip. I now work for the UJIA as the Masa UK representative. It sounds cheesy but Taglit-Birthright Israel changed my life.”

Esther Thorn-Gent, a university student from Devon, came back from a Taglit-Birthright Israel trip two weeks ago. She said “Through the program I connected to my religion. I felt alive in Jerusalem and that I have the right to be there. It touched my soul. “



Taglit-Birthright Israel's  data shows that of those who have completed the Birthright programme, assimilation has been reduced by 50%. More so, the strengthening of local communities around the world is being achieved through the participants' reconnection with their

Jewish identity. Taglit Birthright Israel is the largest project in the Jewish world today.

 Photo: Yakir Zur Photography



"Space and Identity in Contemporary Romanian Theatre", conference held by the theatre critic Octavian Saiu at Karov Theatre in Tel Aviv.Thursday July 18, 2013, 6:00 pm

The Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv and Karov Theatre are proud to invite you to the conference "Space and Identity in Contemporary Romanian Theatre" held by the theatre critic Octavian Saiu. The event will take place Thursday, 

July 18, 2013, 6:00 pm, at Karov Theatre.
The conference, in English, will include video screenings of fragments from some of the most representative Romanian theatre performances. The evening will be moderated by Nicu Nitai – director, actor, founder and head of the Karov Theatre. 

Free entrance, the number of seats is limited. Please confirm your presence at: 036961746 (The Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv)

 

Opening July 2013, Exhibition Features Seminal Works by Max Beckmann,

Georges Braque, André Derain, Alexej von Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky,

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Henri Matisse, and Maurice Vlaminck, Among Others

 

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, will showcase Fauve and Expressionist paintings from one of the world’s most notable private collections of modern art in the exhibition Color Gone Wild: Fauve and Expressionist Masterworks from the Merzbacher Collection. On view through November 2, 2013, the exhibition features works by major Fauve and Expressionist artists from high points in their careers, including paintings by Georges Braque, André Derain, Alexej Jawlensky, Wassily Kandinsky, Henri Matisse, and Maurice Vlaminck, among others. Fifteen years following the collection’s public debut at the Israel Museum, Color Gone Wild provides a focused examination of forty-two collection highlights, including important works acquired since then, all linked by a vivid use of vibrant color as a vehicle for emotional expression.

“Since its first public presentation at the Israel Museum in 1998, the Merzbacher Collection has been universally embraced for its exceptional quality, comprising paintings that trace the history of color in the 20th century,” said James S. Snyder, the Anne and Jerome Fisher Director of the Israel Museum. “The works on view in Color Gone Wild are linked by their intensity of color and their emotional expressiveness—reflecting Werner and Gabrielle Merzbacher’s persisting passion for collecting artworks by some of the most pioneering artists of the 20th century. We are deeply grateful to the Merzbachers for making the presentation of this extraordinary display possible.”

Color Gone Wild reflects the Merzbachers’ aesthetic passions. Their interest in collecting was spurred initially by Mrs. Merzbacher’s grandparents, staunch supporters of the avant-garde who amassed a small but stunning collection of modern art. The modern masterpieces on view in this presentation are unified by their brilliantly contrasting hues and energized brushwork. Though differing in subject matter, the paintings all demonstrate a freedom from the social and artistic conventions of their time and a vision of art as socially and spiritually transforming. The exhibition opens with Fauve painting, leading then to the two groups of Expressionists, The Bridge (Die Brücke) and the Blue Rider (Der Blaue Reiter), emphasizing the contemporaneous preoccupation of these painters with expressive color, bold brushstrokes, and innovative composition.

Included in the exhibition are two keystones of the Merzbacher collection: Blooming Trees (1909) by Karl Schmidt Rottluf and Interior at Collioure (1905) by Henri Matisse. The acquisition of Blooming Trees marked a significant break in the Merzbachers’ earlier collecting practice, which initially favored works by Social Realists and colorful Impressionists. Shortly thereafter, the arrival on loan from Mrs. Merzbacher’s parents of Matisse’s Interior at Collioure further established the foundation for the Merzbachers’ new collecting focus and fueled their search for seminal Fauve and Expressionist works, as well as paintings from related art movements.

Approximately one quarter of the works in Color Gone Wild were purchased following the collection’s public debut in 1998 and have never been seen in Israel. Among the newly acquired works in the exhibition is Wassily Kandinsky’s Two Hoursemen and a Lying Person (1909-1910), an early work that demonstrates the artist’s inclination towards abstraction with its bold simplification of figures and heightened use of color. Also on view are Girl with Cat (1910) and Two Nudes on a Blue Sofa (1910-20) by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, which in their crude, non-naturalistic depictions of contemporary bohemian life reflect the artist’s attempts to break from the traditional academic style of the age. Another work that marks a shift in artistic practice is Maurice de Vlaminck’s Potato Pickers (ca. 1905-07), an example of the artist’s trend towards “deconstructing” the physical landscape into violent streaks of color that convey a sense of motion. The exhibition will also showcase newly acquired paintings by Erich Heckel, Emil Nolde, and Max Beckmann.

 “Gabrielle and I are deeply grateful for the opportunity to share our collection with the Israel Museum’s public and to spread the joy that emanates from these works,” said Werner Merzbacher. “As long-time friends of the Israel Museum, we consider this exhibition a kind of homecoming, fifteen years following our collection’s public debut in Jerusalem, and a gesture of our ongoing support for a museum that is dear to us.”

Color Gone Wild will be on view within the Museum’s collection galleries, as a preamble to its permanent display of the art of the 20th century. The exhibition is an extension of a longstanding relationship between the Israel Museum and the Merzbachers, dating back to Mr. Merzbacher’s extended term as the Founding President of the Swiss Friends of the Israel Museum. In 1986, the Merzbacher’s gifted the Dr. Julius and Hilde Merzbacher Gallery for Israeli Art.

Color Gone Wild is curated by Dr. Adina Kamien-Kazhdan, David Rockefeller Curator, The Stella Fischbach Department of Modern Art at the Israel Museum. The exhibition and catalogue are made possible by the donors to the Museum’s 2013 Exhibition Fund: Claudia Davidoff, Cambridge, MA, in memory of Ruth and Leon Davidoff, Hanno D. Mott, New York, and The Nash Family Foundation, New York. Additional support is provided by The Ministry of Culture and Sport, Israel.

The Israel Museum, Jerusalem

The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the leading art and archaeology museums in the world. Founded in 1965, the Museum houses encyclopedic collections ranging from prehistory through contemporary art and includes the most extensive holdings of Biblical and Holy Land archaeology in the world, among them the Dead Sea Scrolls. In just under 50 years, the Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects through an unparalleled legacy of gifts and support from its circle of patrons worldwide. In 2010, the Museum completed a comprehensive renewal of its campus led by James Carpenter Design Associates, New York, and Efrat-Kowalsky Architects, Tel Aviv, including the creation of new galleries, orientation facilities, and public spaces, and the complete reinstallation of its encyclopedic collections. The Museum also organizes and presents programming at its off-site locations in Jerusalem at the Rockefeller Archaeological Museum, where it presents archaeological artifacts from the Land of Israel, and at its historic Ticho House in downtown Jerusalem, a venue for exhibitions of contemporary Israeli art.

Photo Silvia Golan 

 

"The Luxury of France in Israel".

The Chamber of Commerce Israel-France,

and its President, Dr Daniel Rouach,

are pleased to invite you to a special Networking Conference


French Touch Event :

"The Luxury of France in Israel"


The Dan Gallery is proud and delighted to invite you to the exhibition:

"The Party"
The sculptures of Yosl Bergner


Excerpt from the text by Gideon Ofrat:

"It is as if, Bergner has united more than 60 years of painting. 
He painted the klezmers in Australia in the 1940s
(before returning to them in the 1990s).
The kite-flyers and the masks are from the 1950s; while the clowns, 
the butterflies, the wooden horse and others were painted in the 1960s-70s. 
Together, these party guests compose a self/soul-portrait of this important Jewish artist." 

Opening: Thursday, July 11th 2013, at 8.30p.m. 
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Thai Food Demonstration by McDang, a world renowned Thai Master Chef was held at Tiger Lily restaurant in Tel Aviv on 28 June 2013.

The Royal Thai Embassy invites selected guest   to participate a cordially evening . Three very delicious Thai dishes were demonstrated the last Friday the 28th of June ,by the world Master chef McDang , at the exclusive reception in Tiger Lilly restaurant in Ramat Hahayal ,
 Tel Aviv.

Three complete cooking pots and a small ceramic oil lamp were uncovered inside a small cistern in a drainage channel that runs from the Shiloah Pool in the City of David to Robinson’s Arch, in archaeological excavations the Israel Antiquities Authority is conducting near the Western Wall

The artifacts will be exhibited in a study conference on the City of David organized by the Megalim Institute, which will be held this coming Thursday, July 4, at Ramat Rahel

Recently a small cistern belonging to a building was exposed in an archaeological excavation the Israel Antiquities Authority is conducting near the Western Wall, in the vicinity of Robinson’s Arch in the Jerusalem Archaeological Park. Inside the cistern were three intact cooking pots and a small ceramic oil lamp that date to the time of the Great Revolt.  The vessels were discovered inside the drainage channel that was exposed in its entirety from the Shiloah Pool in the City of David to the beginning of Robinson’s Arch.

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The Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv and Chamber Music Center – Israel Conservatory of Music are proud to announce the Israeli debut and tour of Arcadia Quartet, 26, 28 and 29 June, 2013.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Monday, 17 June 2013), unveiled a new stamp in memory of Israel's seventh prime minister, the late Yitzhak Shamir. Also participating in the ceremony were the latter's son, Agriculture Minister Yair Shamir, Communications Minister Gilad Erdan, Israel Post Chairman of the Board Sasi Shilo, Israel Post CEO Haim Elmozino and the designer of the stamp, Ilan Eliezer Hagai.

SANTIAGO, Chile,  (BWNS) — A new video for the House of Worship for the South American continent in Santiago, Chile has recently been made available in English and Spanish. It can be viewed online at the House of Worship's official website.

Titled "the Blossoming of a Vibrant Community", the newsreel is the third in an ongoing series of presentations about the House of Worship situated in the mountains overlooking Santiago. It focuses on the efforts occurring in parallel to the physical construction of the edifice – in particular those concerned with its contribution to community life.

On Thursday, June 7, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro marched in Tel Aviv’s gay pride parade.  Speaking to a crowd of thousands of marchers, he acknowledged the achievements of the Israeli LGBT community for gaining equal rights and emphasized the work of the U.S. government to raise awareness of LGBT rights around the world. After the speech, Ambassador Shapiro marched with Embassy personnel for the full parade route to Tel Aviv’s Gordon Beach.

The first Gay couple that was legally wed in France, will spend the upcoming weekend in Tel Aviv and will attend the city's Gay Pride Parade.

Mr. Vincent Autin and Mr. Bruno Boileau were invited by Tel Aviv's Global & Tourism Company.

















"We need your help in combating Anti-Semitism" said Naftali Bennett, the Minister of Economy, during his speech last night at Taglit Birthright Israel International Sport's Day


Thursday 06/06/13, the Minister of Economy, Naftali Bennett, addressed thousands of young Taglit Birthright Israel participants from around the world and Israeli soldiers from across country, Charles Bronfman and Michael Steinhardt, Co-founders of Taglit Birthright Israel, Gidi Mark, the CEO of Taglit Birthright Israel an Doron Karni, the VP of International Marketing at Taglit Birthright during the closing ceremony of the programs' International Sport's Day.

Award-winning British theatre company 19-27 will perform their acclaimed show'The Animals and Children took to the Streets' at the Israel festival this week.   The London Evening Standard described the show as "a five-star twisted fairy tale incorporating storytelling, performance, animation and live music". 

We are delighted to support this visit, bringing great British theatre to Israel.

 

The performance will be in English, without subtitles and is appropriate for children aged 12+. Friends of the British Council are entitled to a 15% discount. For reservations please call *6226 and quote discount code: 1515.

 

For more information, visit Israel Festival website.

 

From June 13 to July 11, 2013, the exhibition Arhitektura will be presented in the Architects’ gallery on 15 HaMigdalor Street in Jaffa.
The exhibition will present developments in architecture in Slovenia between 2008 and 2012. Forty projects which embody the thought
and the image of contemporary Slovene architectural culture represent a complex review and information about the dynamic architectural
scene in Slovenia. Guests at the exhibition will be architect Rok Oman from Ofis architects and Kristina Dešman, curator of the exhibition.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, today (Sunday, 2 June 2013), in his Jerusalem office, met with Israel's national under-21 football team, ahead of the UEFA Under-21 Championship, which is due to start this Wednesday, 5 June 2013. The Israeli team will open the tournament with a game against Norway in Netanya.

Also attending the meeting were Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat, Netanya Mayor Miriam Fierberg, Culture and Sports Ministry Director-General Orly Froman, Israel Football Association Chairman Avi Luzon, Tournament director Ronen Hershko, Israeli team coach Guy Luzon and the team's players. The team gave Prime Minister Netanyahu a team jersey with his name on it and an autographed ball.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center congratulates R&B singer Alicia Keyes for her courageous decision today to go ahead with her July 4th, Tel Aviv concert and refusing to bow to people like Pulitzer Prize-winning author and activist Alice Walker and Pink Floyd member, Roger Waters. Walker's appeal to Keyes stated, "It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in danger (soul danger) by performing in an apartheid country ... ." 

TEL AVIV INTERNATIONAL SALON
Top Decision Makers Speaking With TLV Young ProfessionalsPresents:

The Life & Times of Ze'ev Jabotinsky
One of the Founding Fathers of Israel, he created the Jewish Legion,
the Irgun & Beitar.
He was a politician, journalist, soldier, philosopher, visionary &
inspirational leader who fought unceasingly and passionately for the
establishment of the State of Israel and the return of the Jewish
People at The Jabotinsky Museum
Date: Tuesday, June 4th, 2013, 7:00pm-9:30pm
Venue: The Jabotinsky Museum, Beit Jabotinsky, 38 King George Street, Tel Aviv




Hundreds of thousands of tourists from all over the world are expected to visit the spectacular Lod mosaic this summer, at the initiative of the Israel Antiquities Authority


History is being made at the Louvre Museum in Paris. For the first time an official Israeli exhibition will be displayed in the world’s most visited museum.


The spectacular Lod mosaic that was uncovered in an archaeological excavation by the Israel Antiquities Authority will be on display in the Cour du Sphinx (Sphinx Courtyard) in the Roman wing of the museum between May 23 (tomorrow, Thursday) and August 19. So far the mosaic has been shown at five museums in the United States, foremost among them a successful presentation held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and a total of c. 700,000 visitors have attended the exhibitions in America.




On Monday May 6th, 2013, the commemoration Day of the Portuguese Language and Culture in the CPLP (Comunidade dos Paises de Lingua Portuguesa), a joint initiative of the Embassies of Angola, Brazil and Portugal, was celebrated at the Hayalom Theatre in Ramat Gan

HE Ambassador of Angola, Mr. Jose Joao Manuel, HE Ambassador of Brazil, Ms. Maria Elisa Berenguer, and HE Ambassador of Portugal Mr Miguel de Almeida E Sousa welcomed approximately 250 guests in the theater’s foyer, where cocktails were served on the occasion.

 

The CPLC- Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries- was formed on July 17th, 1996 by Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, Sao Tome,and Principe. Later in 2005, the Ministers of Culture of the member-States of the CPLP declared the 5th of May as the "Day of the Portuguese Language and the Culture in the CPLP”.

During the ceremony, the Ambassadors of Angola, Brazil and Portugal to Israel addressed the public, speaking of the political, economic and cultural dimensions of the CPLP. Particularly, the CPLP was presented as a community that understands a common language can  form bridges between countries separated by great distances. Therefore it wants to commemorate the multiple and diverse cultures of the countries and territories where Portuguese constitutes an official language.

 

During his speech, HE Ambassador of the Republic of Angola to the State of Israel, Mr. Jose Joao Manuel, reminded the audience that the CPLP was formed in 1996, with its Head of Office in Lisbon. Since then, the Organization “has become a domain of political-diplomatic focus for its member-States and is an agent of unity on a global scale, performing increasingly significant and influential joint actions”.

“One of the most important commitments of the Organization has been to support all international attempts to resolve conflict by peaceful means and to stress the importance of preventive diplomacy mediation” said  the Angolan diplomat. “At the moment, [...] the CPLP is playing an active role in international attempts to solve an internal political crisis in the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, created by the military coup that took place a year ago.” he detailed.

 

The Ambassador further explained that cooperation among  the countries of the CPLP in economic matters is crucial; diplomatically the organization also serves to defend mutual positions on the most varied topics that dominate international politics, while each one of the participating countries belongs to particular regional organizations. By virtue of their geographical location and the particular regional organizations they belong to, each member-state of the CPLP constitutes a potential defender of the interests of the other member-state. Therefore, the  CPLP, an organization made up of only eight countries with branches all over the world, that has established itself as an effective interlocutor for different issues on the international political and diplomatic agenda.

To conclude, Mr. Manuel cited Mr. Murargy who recently said that the CPLP must not confine itself to being a linguistic community. The dynamic of its activities show that the CPLP could become a much more encompassing institution, embracing such areas as as cooperation in the field of training, education, culture, defense, security, economy and commerce.

 

On her turn at the podium, HE Ambassador of Brazil Maria Elisa Berenguer assured that the joint presence of the CPLP points to the sense of brotherhood and solidarity uniting the eight member-states of the community of Portuguese speaking countries

Ms. Berenguer explained that the the CPLP countries share linguistic, historical, ethnic and cultural ties which have enabled them to set up a community that has progressively made itself known in the world economy.

 

“Home to about 250 million inhabitants, we are not a negligible market,” the Ambassador said. “ In 2011, 15 years since the founding of the CPLP, the GDP’s of our eight countries taken together reached USD 2,85 trillion. And the average inflation of the community's member-state stands at 6.5%.  These figures have proven attractive to foreign capital: growing investments in the CPLP countries show how confident the global market is in the outlook of our economies”.

The Brazilian diplomat further explained that the economic dimension of the CPLP would not be complete without a reference to the economic value of the Portuguese language, not only as an asset in cultural-related activities, but also as a tool for economic and commercial development, selling services and conducting business in general. As a result, the constant coordination between the member-state countries in multilateral forum has come to reflect the vision of their societies converging on the quest for a more just and diverse world.

 

The Ambassador of Portugal in Israel spoke about the cultural dimension of the CPLP. His speech focused on the result of centuries of a rich coexistence and miscegenation of peoples and cultures in the four corners of the world.

Understanding Portuguese is not the sole preserve of one state; the government of the member-states of the CPLP are committed to the preservation and valorization of their common language in the framework of the organization on a the global scale.  For example, the International Institute of the Portuguese Language, the International Centre of Documentation and the Observatory of the Portuguese Language all play a prominent role in the education and dissemination of the Portuguese language.

 

Similarly, explained the Ambassador, “We are adopting strategy document and common action and programs in order to promote the expansion of the usage of the language in each of our national societies in the diaspora of the various member states and, much more important, in a growing number of international organizations, regional and global.”

The Portuguese diplomat went on to further detail that the member-states of the CPLP are active in all instances and international organizations in UN agencies and programs and in specialized Multilateral Organizations. Therefore, in the functioning of the CPLP, it is a common practice to strive for conciliation in the defense of national and regional interests of the member-states, searching within the organization to find common answers to the global challenges, whether they are faced individually or collectively.

 

Lastly, the Ambassador stated “the CPLP is more than the sum of of the Nations that compose it or the language group it represents. It is the living expression of a common will to continue in a path of creation of a common cultural space. Based on voluntary sharing of our values and cultural expressions, to which a coexistence of centuries- and the teachings of history- give a unique character which is the pride of all of us.”

 

After the protocol the Contemporary Dance Company of Angola performed for the guests in the Hayalom Theatre.

 

Photo  Silvia Golan

 

 

 

 

 

 



















The history of Jerusalem creates a contemporary dialogue between city and creator ..
this time the creator being industrial designers or fashion designers.  
The Tel Aviv fashion scene will hit Jerusalem and the designer world fill the citadel
 as "Jerusalem is a Source of Inspiration" in the new exhibitions at the Tower of David Museum.
















A spectacular colorful mosaic dating to the Byzantine period (4th–6th centuries CE) was exposed in recent weeks in the fields of Kibbutz Bet Qama

 The Israel Antiquities Authority and Cross-Israel Highway Company Invite the Public to Visit the Archaeological Excavation, Free of Charge, this Coming Thursday, May 16 – the Day after Shavuot

Wednesday & Thursday, May 22 - 23, 2013
Tel Aviv Museum, Sderot Shaul Hamelech

The Israel Chamber Orchestra  with
 
Pianist Roman Rabinovich, winner of the Rubinstein Piano Competition 2008
and Maestro Yoav Talmi, the newly appointed Music Director of the ICO
in a program presenting the best of Chamber Orchestras' repertoire 
while demonstrating the virtuosity of every section in the ensemble.   
Fun for the musicians and audience alike!!!
For more details please visit:
50% discount for subscribers of:
For tickets call: 03-518-8845 / Ext. 5


















The David InterContinental Tel Aviv’s anxiously awaited THE Spa is set to open during the summer of 2013. The 900 square-meter oasis of peace and tranquility of this exclusive and upscale spa facility will combine the beauty and allure of holistic traditions with the sophistication of modern spa techniques, to deliver the ultimate spa experience.

The name says it all: THE Spa stands for Tailor-made Holistic Experience. The concept behind the name is to allow the guest to choose whatever service she or he may desire.

Whether it be choosing the type of salt for a treatment, selecting specific background music, or choosing the flavor of the cocktail at the end of the treatment, all aspects will be customized to the guest’s individual preferences. The treatments provided will combine holistic approaches and methods resulting in an overall experience unlike any other. Guests will not only be able to discover a journey through bliss and serenity, but they will be able to enjoy the perks of our hotel by being a guest at THE Spa.

















Tools used by the quarrymen and a 2,000 year old key were also uncovered at the site. The huge stones that were quarried there were presumably used in the construction of the city’s magnificent public buildings

 Archeologist will be available for interviews and photographs at the site of the quarry today (Wednesday) from 12–2:30 PM. Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your arrival and receive directions to the site.


 















Senior officials in the tourism industry of the isle of Gran Canaria in the Canary islands are to arrive in Israel this week, to take part in a special event hosted in Tel Aviv, where they will present the main attractions the magical Island has to offer the Israeli tourist, aiming to increase the scope of their activity with Israeli travel agents

Gran Canaria and the Canary islands are a new attractive destination for the Israeli tourist, with something to offer for every season of the year.

 The event will he held on May 8th, 2013, at 18:30, at Sheraton Hotel, Tel Aviv. 

 Senior officials in the tourism industry of the isle of Gran Canaria in the Canary islands are to arrive in Israel next week, to take part in a special event held in Tel Aviv, where they will present the main attractions the magical Island has to offer the Israeli tourist, aiming to increase the scope of their activity with Israeli travel agents. The event’s participants will include representatives from the Gran Canaria tourism industry, travel agents, travel agents fromTAMADABA TOURS and hoteliers.

The Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv announces a series of cultural and scientific events dedicated to the Holocaust in Romania and to the memory of its victims, as follows: 
• May 12, 09:30 a.m., Constantiner Lecture Hall, The International School for Holocaust Studies Yad Vashem, Jerusalem: the international conference "New Trends In The Research of the Holocaust in Romania and its Memoralization" 
Participants: Radu Ioanid (USA); Colette Avital, Dan Michman, Alexander Avram, Raphael Vago (Israel); Alexandru Florian, Michael Shafir, Adina Babeş, Ana Bărbulescu, Alexandru Climescu (Romania).  

The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, in collaboration with Artis, is proud to present 

Host & Guest   Opening: 2 May 2013  Closing: 30 June 2013

Guest curator: Steven Henry Madoff

 An extensive international art event

 Dozens of artists and curators from across the globe will come to the Tel Aviv Museum in May and June in order to participate in the extensive project, which includes nine exhibitions, workshops, performances, and other events.

 Initiated by Artis and in collaboration with the museum, the project addresses the complex relationships of hosts and guests, including rituals, obligations, tensions, and generosity, as part of the human condition.

 The project was curated by guest curator Steven Henry Madoff, an independent curator and critic living in New York, who is the chairman of the Masters in Curatorial Practice at the School of Visual Arts.



















A well-known Chinese production company and movie stars completed filming last week of a Chinese epic called “Old Cinderella”. The Tourism Ministry, which supported the filming of the movie in Israel, expects that the movie will positively affect the numbers of Chinese tourists visiting Israel.

 

As a result of this, their first visit to Israel, leading actress Zhang Jingchu decided to relocate the filming of a campaign in which she was starring for the De Beers diamond company from Paris to the Dead Sea.

 

“I fell in love with Israel and decided that we have to shoot the campaign here.  I simply asked the camera crew at very short notice to relocate the filming from Paris to the Dead Sea,” explains Jingchu.

 

Last weekend, the De Beers campaign was filmed against the backdrop of the Dead Sea.

 

Photo credit: Natalie Ben Dara

PAVING THE WAY FORWARD

THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL JERUSALEM SYMPOSIUM 
ON GREEN AND ACCESSIBLE PILGRIMAGE ENDS WITH:
• “JERUSALEM FRAMEWORK: PRINCIPLES FOR GREEN AND ACCESSIBLE PILGRIMAGE”
• LAUNCH OF GREEN PILGRIMAGE NETWORK ISRAEL CHAPTER 
• 2014 SYMPOSIUM TO BE HELD IN SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

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