The site, which emerged from humble beginnings, is the go-to resource for young English speaking tourists in Israel. The site covers an unprecedented range of topics ranging from the typical tourist sites such as Masada or the Dead Sea, to places which are off the beaten track which were previously inaccessible to English speaking tourists. It also covers concerts, festivals, activities, restaurants, and accommodation information to provide the complete information package that tourists need when planning to visit Israel.

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 Jerusalem

In honor of Earth Day and in order to raise awareness about climate change, Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat turned off the lights illuminating the Old City Walls at 20:00 today, 22 April. Barkat was joined by Swedish pilgrim and Brother of the Military and Hospitaller Order of St. Lazarus of Jerusalem, Jӧrgen Nilsson who yesterday arrived at the Jaffa Gate at the end of a 5 month, 5,000K pilgrimage on foot from Sweden to Jerusalem. Dr. Kusum Vyas, founder of the Living Planet Organization and a keynote speaker at the First International Jerusalem Symposium on Green and Accessible Pilgrimage, presented Mayor Barkat with an olive tree sapling and offered a traditional Hindu prayer for peace (Saanti Mantra) May there be peace in heaven. May there be peace in the sky. May there be peace on earth. May there be peace in the water. May there be peace in the plants. May there be peace in the trees. May there be peace in the Gods. May there be peace in Brahman. May there be peace in all. May that peace, real peace, be mine.” After light out, Jerusalemites, tourists and symposium participants watched the first full-length movie screening powered by solar energy on the Old City Walls. The 78-minute Eco-Cinema movie, “Land of Genesis” showcases Israel’s landscapes, fauna and flora by following three mammals in their respective geographic habitats, as the seasons change. 

The first historic train station in Jerusalem, founded 122 years ago, will reopen its doors

to the public in the spring of 2013. Located in Jerusalem’s Baka neighbourhood between

the road from Hebron to Bethlehem, the “First Station” is soon to become an entertainment venue.

 The President of the State of Israel, Shimon Peres, received greetings for Israel's Independence Day from a number of world leaders including President Barack Obama, President Putin and Pope Francis.

President Peres to the 120 Outstanding Soldiers:

"You are Israel's army of peace! Without you Israel would not be protected, with you Israel will know peace"

 The President of the State of Israel, President Shimon Peres, hosted the central Independence Day celebrations at his residence in Jerusalem this morning. The celebrations included the traditional ceremony for the outstanding soldiers and the "Singing Independence with the President" event which has also become an Independence Day tradition. The event was attended by Prime Minister Netanyahu, Minister of Defense Yaalon and Chief of Staff Gantz who each sang a song they had selected along with various Israeli artists

The Cabinet, at its weekly meeting today (Sunday, 14 April 2013), on the eve of Israel's 65th Independence Day, the theme of which is national heritage, decided to build a permanent home for the Israel State Archives out of recognition of the latter's importance as the national institution responsible for preserving, and rendering accessible, the documentation of Israel's state institutions.

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Women artists, writers, MKs, and public intellectuals will speak at a celebratory event to mark the publication of And She That Stood – The Passover Haggadah with a New Feminist Interpretation. They will speak about experiences of freedom in their lives and what the festival means to them. Speakers at the event will include: Agi Mishol, Yochi Brandeiss, Neri Livneh, Si Heiman, Anat Lev Adler, Sara Blau, Esti G Hayim, MK Tami Zandberg, Eilat Beiton Schlonski, Noam Fertman, Rachel Liel, Naomi Chazan, and more.


The event is being held by Hamidrasha Center for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Oranim and the New Israel Fund, and will take place on Wednesday, 27th March, 18:30, at Beit Ha’ir, Bialik Square, 27 Bialik Street, Tel Aviv.


Passover will take place this year between sunset on Monday 25 March, and sunset on Monday 1 April.  The first and last days of Passover – Tuesday 26 March and Monday 1 April – are legal holidays in Israel.  Passover marks the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt, from slavery to freedom.  Jews are commanded to tell the story as if it had happened to them personally and not as a mere historical event, in order to emphasize the importance of our hard-won and precious freedom.

Preparations for Passover

The period preceding Passover is marked by extensive preparations and several special ceremonies.  The most important of these concerns the removal of hametz, i.e. any food product that contains leavened wheat, oat, barley, rye, or spelt products.  In keeping with the Biblical command in Exodus 12:19<http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Bible/Exodus12.html> and 13:7<http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Bible/Exodus13.html>, Jews will, before Passover, thoroughly clean their homes to remove any crumbs or bits of food, etc. that may be hametz.
















Homage to the late designer and entrepreneur Lea Gottlieb

Lea Gottlieb has become a symbol of success in the textile industry in Israel and around the world. With great ingenuity and initiative she transformed a small workshop into an internationally renowned company – Gottex. From the very beginning, Gottex under Gottlieb’s leadership concentrated its efforts on the export market, and represented Israeli fashion at international fashion shows and fairs in Paris, London, Cannes, Düsseldorf, New York, Los Angeles, and Singapore. In 1972, Lea Gottlieb won first prize at the Cannes International Fashion Show, and throughout her career attained international fame and reputation for ‘Made in Israel’ fashion. Over the years, Lea Gottlieb’s designs have featured on the covers of the world’s most prestigious fashion magazines. Prominent figures who have worn her designs over the years include Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana, Queen Noor, Mrs. Nancy Kissinger, and movie stars like Elizabeth Taylor and Brooke Shields.











                          

                                                 
                                     

A new and unique collaboration, this summer, between the management of the 19th Maccabiah and Camp Kimama management has produced a dedicated summer camp for visitors and families of the Maccabiah Games.
 

 A unique two week international get together of youngsters from around the world who are coming to Israel for the opening of the 19th Maccabiah Games, and children from all over Israel.

Avishay Nachon, the manager of Kimama Israel announced , “We at Kimama are excitedly looking forward to the arrival of the Maccabiah delegations. We are opening a new camp for our guests that will include, besides our regular popular activities, participation in the Game’s stirring opening and closing ceremonies and other major events, including important competitions in which their relatives are participating.” Avishay adds that this is a special opportunity for Israeli youngsters to meet peers from abroad in an exciting camp atmosphere.
















Concert number 3 of the 2012-2013 season (the 47th season) of the Israel Chamber Orchestra is a delightful series of works by Felix Mendelssohn; two grand piano concertos, and after the intermission, a symphony composition. We attended the concert at the Recanati Auditorium of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art on Thursday 14th March (the date is important – see below), and we expected it would be a fine performance. Little did we know just how fine.

On February 28th 2013, The Royal Thai Embassy to Israel presented “Enchanting Night of Thai Exquisite Performance”, a recital of different traditional Thai dances performed by the Royal Palace Ensemble at the Gerard Bechar Center in Jerusalem.


Directed by Dr. Anucha Thirakanont, the show is part of a world tour and was presented in Israel for two days under the auspices of the Ambassador of Thailand, H.E. Mr. Jukr Boon-Long.

 TOURISM MINISTER STAS MISEZHNIKOV “The tourism potential for Israel from China is far from realized and one of the goals of the ministry for 2013 is to break through into the Chinese market. Undoubtedly, the effect of a movie, shot in Israel with leading Chinese stars, will be greater and more significant that other alternative marketing activities”.A well-known Chinese production company is set to shoot scenes in Israel next month for a Chinese epic called “Old Cinderella” that is expected to be a blockbuster movie thanks to the stars such as Zhang Jingchu (“Rush Hour 3”) and director Lu Chuan.  More than 15 of the 95 minutes in the movie are expected to feature scenes shot in Israel. During a recce in Israel in January 2013, the production team chose Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea as their locations. 22 members of the production team and cast will arrive in Israel on 16 April for a week of filming, assisted by a local film production company.












The Israel Antiquities Authority conducted an archaeological excavation prior to the construction
 of the new railroad line to Karmiel by the National Roads Company of Israel. Among the finds:
 thousands of broad bean seeds and a large number of arrowheads and stone axes.

This Sunday, March 17, the Israel Antiquities Authority will conduct tours
of the excavation site for the public – free of charge

Greetings from the Commisioner

Dear Friends,
 

 Known as the "Capital of the Negev Desert," the southern city of Beersheba has emerged as one of Israel's most unique travel destinations with ancient archeological sites and eco-friendly attractions dotted throughout the city of nearly 200,000 residents. 

 Whether exploring art, culture or history exhibitions, strolling along the newly opened Beersheba River Park or dining in one of the several cafes and restaurants located around the environmentally focused Ben Gurion University, Beersheba is a diverse city boasting sites and attractions for travelers of all interests. 

 We hope to see you in Israel this year to explore the desert oasis known as Beersheba.

 Shalom,

 Haim Gutin
Israel Tourism Commissioner, North & South America

















Artistic Director and Choreographer of the BatSheva Dance Company, Ohad Naharin, has done it again. Beginning early April, his latest work, “The Hole”, will be presented twice daily in a most unusual setting at the Varda Hall at Tel Aviv’s Suzanne Dellal Dance Center.

One of the greatest surprises in “the Hole” (besides the title) is that the roles of the dancers alternate at each performance: the women take the male roles and the men take the female roles. That is not to say that you see women in tights and men in tutus, nor will men be pirouetting or women lifting the hefty men. You need to think out of the box to understand the gender-change concept, or else – see the performance, preferably twice.



























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 Toronto, Canada – Sunday March 3, 2013. - A large representative group of thirteen (13) editors and assigned faith based journalists representing the Canadian Church Press Association (“CCP”) depart for The Holy Land on Sunday March 3rd 2013 for a weeklong Journey of Discovery. Most notable for twelve of the thirteen this will be a first time visit to The Holy Land.

 In July 2012 it was announced at the Canadian Church Press Association’s (“CCP”) National Conference that took place in Toronto, there would be a group Press Trip to Israel in early 2013. Mr. Ian Adnams, Vice President of the CCP and Mr. Jerry Adler, PR and Communications Director for the Israel Government Tourist Office- Canada made the joint announcement as an open opportunity for all CCP member publications to join this historic group trip.















The Ambassador of the Netherlands to Israel, Caspar Veldkamp, launched a play written and performed by the Dutch actress Hiske Eriks at the Holon International Women's Festival (took place 27 February – 2 March).



The Israel Chamber Orchestra presents its next concert with works by the young 
Felix Mendelssohn,
a beautiful, romantic and highly energetic program not to be missed!
Maestro Yoav Talmi, Music Director of the ICO
 and the great Israeli Pianist Alon Goldstein 
will share the podium. watch them here:
 
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Recanati Auditorium, 
27 Shaul Hamelech Blvd.
Discounted tickets for subscribers of:
Call: 03-518-8845, Ext. 5
This program will also be presented in Jerusalem on March 11 at 17:00
"Etnachta" program at the Henry Crown hall, admission free! 
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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", between March 1-20, 2013. The Romanian participation in the events will be represented by a jazz concert performed by three students from the Israeli Conservatory in Tel Aviv- the Jazz Music Department, and by a national stand organized by the Embassy of Romania to the State of Israel.

The recital will take place Friday, March 1st, at 12.30 p.m., at the headquarters of the French Institute in Tel Aviv (7 Rotschild Blvd., telephone: 03 796 80 00).
















A Special surprise awaited President Peres during a flight over Emek Harod


Members of Kibbutz Tel Yosef created the largest field drawing ever in Israel, an image of President Peres, as a tribute to his 90th birthday


















President Peres and the President of FC Barcelona, Mr. Sandro Rosell, announced a special football match for peace involving FC Barcelona and Israeli and Palestinians football players

 President Peres:


"Children have heroes like Messi, Xavi and Iniesta to copySport in general, and football in particular, brings down barriers, eliminates racism and teaches us to compete in friendship rather than fight in anger." 












The Israel Antiquities Authority exposed remains of an installation for extracting liquid which dates to the Byzantine period, within the framework of infrastructure development implemented by the Tel Aviv-Yafo municipality

Purim one of Judaism's more colorful and popular holidays, is celebrated this year between sunset Saturday, 23 February, and sunset Sunday, 24 February, in most of Israel – excluding Jerusalem and a few other cities where Purim will be celebrated from sunset on Sunday, 24 March, until sunset on Monday, 25 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.





Monumental burial chamber, discovered after 40-year search, reconstructed and on display alongside new archaeological findings from first century BCE for the first time











The traditional Woman Festival is on its way, presenting “Women Go All the Way.”

Holon Theater and Holon Municipality are producing, as tradition dictates, Woman Festival and will present a fascinating tapestry of feminine achievements with an abundance of performances, workshops, discussions, movies, and art and design installations. A variety of artists from Israel and abroad will participate in the festival.

 Woman Festival 2013 will take place between February 27- March 2

Between the 16th of February and the 10th of March, 2013, at Kibbutz Beeri there will be exhibited a series of artworks produced under the title “The Spirit of Săpânța” – a Romanian – Israeli traditional and contemporary art project, initiated by prof. Haim Maor in cooperation with the Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv.
The project  “The Spirit of Săpânța” aims to reveal some common features between the Israeli contemporary art and the Romanian traditional art. The artworks (paintings, drawings, documentary photos, video recordings) were made in August – September 2012 in Săpânța, and were presented in an exhibition organized at Galeria Lina - Sinagoga Bistrița, by the Society of Concerts Bistrița, with the support of the Israeli Embassy in Romania, in cooperation with Bistrița Municipal Cultural Center, The Jewish Community of Bistriţa-Năsăud and Bistriţa City Hall. 

Tel Aviv Arts Council & The Center for Contemporary Art

Presents:

"The History of Israeli Contemporary Art"

With the Curator of the CCA, Chen Tamir


Become an Israeli art expert in an hour's whirlwind survey,

taught by one of Israel's leading art experts.

Including a talk with artist Nira Pereg, and tour of her current exhibition.

The Embassy of the Argentine Republic is pleased to invite you

to a series of events taking place in the framework of

the 26th Jerusalem International Book Fair,

where you can find us at stand 518 in the Teddy Hall

 Calendar of events

 Jerusalem

 Monday, February 11th, 17:00

Lecture: "From Juan Perón to Cristina Kirchner: political history of contemporary Argentina", by Prof. Raanan Rein (Vice President Tel Aviv University)

Place: International Convention Centre Binyaney Ha´uma. Address: Shazar 1

Language: Hebrew

FOUR MICHELIN-STAR CHEFS ARRIVE IN ISRAEL TO GIVE WORKSHOPS: CHRISTOPHE DOVERGNE, CHRISTOPHER HACHE,  DAMIEN PISCIONERI AND THIERRY MARX

 TOURISM MINISTER STAS MISEZHNIKOV: “ISRAELI CUISINE ENRICHES THE ISRAELI TOURISM PRODUCT AND INCREASES THE COUNTRY’S APPEAL FOR INCOMING TOURISTS. COOPERATION WITH ONE OF THE WORLD’S CULINARY POWERS SUCH AS FRANCE PLAYS A PIVOTAL ROLE IN UPGRADING THE TOURISM PRODUCT FOR TOURISTS AND LOCALS ALIKE.”

ROSE KLABIN  Rise & Fall Corporate Identity

 Shenkar Multidisciplinary Art Department

 Cordially invites you to the opening of the exhibition by the brazilian artist Rose Klabin

 Curator Hagai Segev

 Thursday, February 7, 2013

7pm Gallery talk with the artist and curator,

8pm Reception with the Honourable Ambassador of Brazil to Israel

Maria Elisa Berenger

President of Shenkar College , Prof Yuli Tamir

The Patti and Ernest Worth Gallery at the Historical Elite Building

8 Jabotinsky Street, Ramat Gan

Gallery hours: Sun-Thur 10pm-8pm 









                             







Betina Schnaid

In Chelsea Old Tawn Hall, a Victorian wonderful building, ended yesterday the 2013 London Biennale of Art. Selected works from 140 countries, from Japan to Brazil and China to Lativa, Israel was present and was represented by an Olah Chadasha: Betina Schnaid.

A recognized group of curators from Europe chose the paintings and sculptures of abstract, figurative and conceptual art done by 40 artists, who filled the elegant and traditional Palace from January 23rd to 26th.




















The Nature and Parks Authority opens the Ramon Crater Visitor Center in Memory of Astronaut Ilan Ramon

The newly renovated visitor’s center at Mitzpe Ramon will open its doors in memory of Ilan Ramon, whose shuttle exploded during the Columbia disaster. The center offers an extraordinary journey through the life of the first Israeli astronaut and a unique experience with the wonders of the Ramon Crater.

 "A musician of unusual sophistication, discipline and personality with a keen grasp of disparate styles…

lyricism and passion that she conveyed with the confident sensitivity of a true winner".

 She is praised by the media around the world and will now play for us in Tel Aviv.




















The Archaeological Archive of Israel is Scanned and Going Online

www.iaa-archives.org.il


The heritage program in the Prime Minister’s Office: The information constitutes the principal foundation
 of archaeological research of the past one hundred years


Israel Antiquities Authority: We will make this extraordinary information accessible to the general public in Israel and abroad


The archaeological archive of Israel, which is administered by the Israel Antiquities Authority and amasses data on all of the activity of the archeological entities in the country, is computerized and will go online in the coming days. This is being underwritten with joint funding provided by the “Landmarks” heritage program in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Israel Antiquities Authority.  The scientific archive has its beginnings in the British Mandatory Department of Antiquities. It was continued by the Israel Department of Antiquities and is managed today by the Israel Antiquities Authority, which invests considerable thought and resources in its operation.

The television sitcom "Avoda Aravit >" ("Arab Labor") won the trophies for Best Comedy, Best Lead Actor in a Comedy and Best Lead Actress in a Comedy, as well as awards for directing and screenplay at the annual Israeli Academy of Film and Television Awards held this past Friday, 11 January 2013

"Avoda Ivrit," which has been written up in The New York Times (among others), was the first primetime Israeli television to depict Arabic-speaking main characters and takes a humorous look at Israeli society, especially the cultural divide between Israeli Arabs and Jews.
                 

On January 20 at 20:00, the Association will hold a festive event on the occasion of 30th anniversary. The event will take place at Reading 3 Tel Aviv - Jaffa, and will include the mayor of Tel - Aviv - Jaffa, Ron Huldai, member of Knesset Meir Shitrit and his wife, the PR women Ruth Shitrit, the well known businessman David Weissman and others

The non-profit association works to provide assistance, love and support for children between the ages of 3 to 6, which were raised in tough environment and suffered from lack of basic education. The association operates dozens of shelters (with free computer access) and emergency lines which provide a helping hand.

The Israel Chamber Orchestra

Tel Aviv Museum of Art , Recanati Auditorium

 Tue. Wed. January 15 & 16, 2013 at 20.30

 Pearls of Baroque & Rococo

American conductor John Nelson, known for his special touch with vocal music,

Handel : Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No 6 in g menor

Mozart : Symphony No 29 in A Major k. 201

Handel : “ Dixit Dominos” for Soloist , Choir & Orchestra

Join us to hear this exquisite work and find out what makes it

A paradox of beauty and fury

 

a deeply spiritual choral work based on text of Psalm 110

Claire Meghnagi soprano, Avital Deri alto

 The Jerusalem Academy Chamber Choir

Ticket price - 200 ILS, subscribers of the following media pay only 129 ILS

 www.diplomacy.co.il    www.israelenlinea.com   &  Club 50

More info call Silvia 03-6953819

 For tickets call 03-518-8845, Ext. 5

 

 

OVER 40 MILLION VIEWS AROUND THE WORLD FOR THE TOURISM MINISTRY’S CHRISTMAS SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN
10 MILLION UNIQUE USERS ON FACEBOOK
 
CAMPAIGN COST: NIS 65,000
TOURISM MINISTER STAS MISEZHNIKOV: “CHRISTIAN TOURISM TO ISRAEL, IN ALL ITS DENOMINATIONS, IS A MAIN TARGET MARKET FOR THE MINISTRY’S MARKETING EFFORTS IN ORDER TO INCREASE INCOMING TOURISM. THE TOURISM MINISTRY USES SOCIAL MEDIA AFTER DETERMINING THAT THE MAIN MOTIVE FOR VISITING ISRAEL IS THE RECOMMENDATION OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE VIEWED OUR CONTENT VIRALLY IN A POSITIVE MANNER AND WITH A CALL TO ACTION. IN ADDITION, WE INCREASED THE NUMBER OF FOLLOWERS FOR OUR ADVERTISEMENTS.”

An Invitation to another unique concert
The very well known "Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi - will be performed next to the
"American Four Seasons" by celebrated American Composer Philip Glass.
Virtuoso Violinist Robert McDuffie will perform these two great works,
opening  the New Year with an exciting adventure not to be missed!

Tel Aviv Arts Council

 Exclusive Closing Event

Conversations with the Curator & Artists
Explore the 85 Artist Project, Open Bar & DJ
 
Date: Saturday, December 29th, 2012
8:00pm-10:30pm

Venue: Once I Was A House, Villa on the Dunes
5 Livne Street, Caesarea

Cost: 60nis with a roundtrip bus from Tel Aviv
40nis without transportation

RSVP: http://TelAvivArtsCaesarea.eventbrite.comPayment can be made above with Paypal.
Tickets are limited, reserve today

About the Event: Exclusive Art Villa Closing Party

























The finds, dated to the early monarchic period and including pottery figurines of men and horses, provide rare testimony of a ritual cult in the Jerusalem region at the beginning of the period of the monarchy.

 They were uncovered during excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority, prior to work by the National Roads Company on the new Highway 1 section.























The first historic train station in Jerusalem, founded 121 years ago, will reopen its doors to the public in the spring of 2013. Located in Jerusalem’s Baka neighbourhood between the road from Hebron to Bethlehem, the “First Station” is soon to become a touristic complex.
 
Built in 1892, the station was the first railroad constructed in Palestine (then under Ottoman rule). From that point on, the train travelled from Jerusalem to Jaffa and continued to function until 1998. For the past 15 years, the old train station has remained abandoned.
 
The historic building will now reopen to the public as “The First Station”, a cultural centre that is envisaged to host artistic events, exhibitions, and serve as a local museum. The building's original architectural design was heavily influenced by 19th century European templar culture, thus the restoration of the station will allow for the centre to become a significant touristic attraction. Original wagons and locomotives stationed at the site will not leave the property boundaries, but will serve as museum pieces.


















Mr. Sheldon Adelson: "Remember, you are Jews, be proud of being Jewish"

Noam Gershoni: "The path towards the medal is a lot more important than the medal itself"

Israel's gold medalist in the Paralympics, Noam Gershoni, and the IDF Search and Rescue division received honors from Taglit Birthright Israel for their representation and contribution to strengthening Israel's public standing. "Everything is in your hands": Last night, Tuesday 18.12, Taglit Birthright Israel honored organizations and individuals who proudly represented the State of Israel in the Diaspora and helped strengthen Israel's public standing in the world.

Photo credit- Binyamin Shilo
This is a must-see movie, especially if you are not Israeli, not Jewish and have no sentiments concerning the last 150 year’s history of the Middle East. The movie reveals historical perspectives of which most of us, Israeli or not, are only dimly aware. We vaguely recall that then-Palestine was an overseas province of the Ottoman Empire. We knew that Yemen was once home to a thriving Jewish community, poor, but rich in Jewish culture. And of course we remember the British Mandate and the struggle by Zionists to re-establish a Jewish homeland in the Land of Israel.
 
“The Golden Pomegranate” brings all that history to life through the eyes of a young Yemenite girl, Mazal, all of 14 years old, who is married off and sent from Sana’a, Yemen, to fulfill the yearning of generations of Yemenites: “Next year in Jerusalem”. If you are Israeli, as I am, you might also be pleased that in the darkened movie house, nobody could see your tears of emotion, or perhaps hear your muffled sobs as the movie draws to a dramatic close.



















The Israel Chamber Orchestra certainly did not disappoint the audience at the second concert of the new season at the Recanati Auditorium of the Tel Aviv Art Museum. Only two performances of this concert, on the 18th and 19th of December 2012. The concert was a special salute to Rudolph Barashi, who began as the orchestra’s Musical Director in 1981. Walter Barashi, the maestro’s son, was instrumental in ensuring the success of the concert, and special tribute was paid to him for his ongoing support of the orchestra.

Star of the evening was the appearance of Azerbaijan-born Dmitry Sitkovetsky, violinist, conductor, chamber musician and director of music festivals. Trained in the United States, Sitkovetsky’s family music tradition comes through clearly. His Tel Aviv appearance as both conductor and violinist thrilled the audience. Similarly, his duo with Elizabeth Basoff-Darskaia playing Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins (the “Bach Double”) allowed both stars to shine while enabling the audience to enjoy the styles of the two excellent but rather different musicians.

TOURISM MINISTER AT THE TOURISM CONFERENCE IN HAIFA UNIVERSITY: “THE TOURISM MINISTRY IS INVESTING IN MAKING THE TOURISM PROFESSION AN ACADEMIC SUBJECT”

This morning (19 December), the Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov participated in the 4th Tourism Conference to take place in the University of Haifa. The minister, who has just returned from a visit to Moscow designed to increase incoming tourism from Russia and Ukraine, noted that: “Strengthening Israel’s image overseas will bring many more tourists and inject income into the economy. The tourism industry is a national resource that contributes significantly to the Israeli economy both in terms of employment and revenue. We will continue to increase our activities marketing Israel around the world, as we prepare for 5 million tourists by the year 2015.”
Photo caption: Tourism Ministry's pre-Christ​mas reception for Church leaders

Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov today (17.12.12)  hosted a pre-Christmas reception for the leaders of the Christian communities and churches in Israel at Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem. During the festive event, the minister gave his greetings for Christmas to the Christian communities in Israel and called on the faithful around the world to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land: “The Christian community, in all its denominations and with its hundreds of millions of faithful around the world, represents one of the main anchors for incoming tourism to Israel. Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, with Jerusalem at its center, serves as a bridge for peace and cooperation between faiths and peoples.

” According to Tourism Ministry estimates, about 75,000 tourists will visit Israel during the Christmas period, of whom about 25,000 are Christian pilgrims. The ministry will operate a free, continuous 24 hour shuttle bus service between Jerusalem and Bethlehem from noon on Christmas Eve through to noon on Christmas Day and representatives from the ministry will welcome the visitors and pilgrims with sweets and cards.

CHRISTMAS EVENTS 2012 ESTIMATE: ABOUT 75,000 TOURISTS WILL VISIT ISRAEL FOR THE CHRISTMAS PERIOD, OF WHOM 25,000 WILL BE CHRISTIAN PILGRIMS

TOURISM MINISTER STAS MISEZHNIKOV WILL WELCOME THE LEADERS OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCHES AND COMMUNITIES IN ISRAEL IN A TRADITIONAL PRE-CHRISTMAS RECEPTION, 17.12.12

 Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov: “About 60% of all visitors to Israel are Christian. The Christian community is a central anchor in marketing incoming tourism to Israel. Throughout the year, the Tourism Ministry works with the communities in Israel and overseas to increase cooperation with opinion-formers, community leaders and the faithful in order to promote and develop pilgrimage to the Holy Land”.

 Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov will host the traditional pre-Christmas reception for leaders of the Christian communities and churches in Israel at Mishkenot Sha’ananim in Jerusalem on Monday, 17 December at 11:00. The minister will send season’s greetings for Christmas to the Christian communities and the Christian leaders present will call on the faithful around the world to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Also participating in the reception alongside the Christian leaders will be the Director-General of the Tourism Ministry Noaz Bar-Nir, senior representatives from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and the Interior who work in cooperation with the Tourism Ministry throughout the year to promote tourism on the Jerusalem-Bethlehem-Jericho track.

  According to Tourism Ministry estimates, about 75,000 tourists will visit Israel during the Christmas period. Of these about 25,000 will be Christian pilgrims. During the holiday, the Ministry of Tourism will offer free transportation, helping pilgrims travelling between Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Buses will leave every 15-20 minutes from Mar Elias Monastery to the Church of the Nativity, and back again and will operate non-stop from 24 December at 12:00 through 25 December at 12:00. Representatives from the Ministry of Tourism will welcome tourists and pilgrims at Rachel’s Crossing with sweets and cards in the spirit of the holiday.

 The Minister of Tourism, Stas Misezhnikov will also host a reception for Church leaders and representatives in Nazareth, with the participation of the Director-General of the Tourism Ministry Noaz Bar-Nir and the Mayor of Nazareth Ramiz Jaraisy. The reception will take place at the Gardenia Hotel Nazareth on 19.12.12 at 18:00.

The Sverdlin Institute for Latin American History and Culture

The S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies

Cordially invite you to:

Mexico: A Supplanted State

Dr. Samuel Schmidt

Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Hidalgo, México

Wednesday, December 19 at 18:00

Gilman Building, Hall 449, Tel Aviv University

(Entrance through gate 4)

The lecture will take place in English

Free Entrance**

For more information, please contact:

03-6405013, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The documentary „My Beautiful Dacia” presented at Holon Cinematheque. December 13th, 2012, 8:30 p.m.

Crulic – The Path to Beyond, directed by Anca Damian, at the fourth edition of the annual Israeli animation competition MaraToon. 15.12.2012, Holon Cinematheque

Common Roots. Design Map of Central Europe. Holon Design Museum. 15 November 2012 – 23 February 2013

Exhibition of Photographs by Sandu Mendrea: ”Romania in Images”. 28 November 2012 – 15 January 2013

More info
http://www.icr.ro/tel-aviv
The two concerts, honoring the Late Russian Conductor Rudolph Barshai, will feature a program based mainly on the three Violin Concertos by Johan Sebastian Bach, played and conducted by the legendary Russian Violinist-Conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky.

Yesterday, December 6, 2012, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Israel, Mr. Caspar Veldkamp, co-hosts the opening event of the combined exhibition of World Press Photo and Local Testimony, at the Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv. The largest and most important exhibition of its kind comprises a selection of the World Press Photo competition and the best of local photojournalism -Local Testimony. The World Press Photo exhibition, curated by the Dutch World Press Photo Foundation, is considered the world’s most prestigious exhibition of international current affairs photography.

CHANUKAH ("dedication" in Hebrew) is celebrated this year from sunset Saturday, December 8, until sunset Sunday, December 16. The festival commemorates both the 164 BCE rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem after its desecration by the ruling Seleucid (Syrian Greek) Kingdom, under Antiochus IV – and the re-establishment of religious freedom for the Jewish people after a period of harsh repression. The success of the popular revolt led by Judah Maccabee and his brothers has, ever since, symbolized the Jewish people's fight for, and achievement of, its liberty and freedom as a nation against overwhelming odds. Chanukah is not a legal holiday in Israel; offices, shops and public transportation will operate as usual.  The Government Press Office offers the following guide:

The 3 Finalists
Gaudemard Anais, France
Keblyte Agne, Lithuania
Intermission
Fukui Mai, Japan
Will play at the
Final Concert  6 December 2012, 20:00
Smolarz, Tel Aviv University
WithThe Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Nir Kabaretti, Conductor
Program:
Claude Debussy: Danses Sacrè e profane for harp and strings
John Williams: "On Willows and Birches"for harp and symphony
orchestra, Israel premiere Winners' Announcement & Prize Distribution
Tickets:1-700-703030
In March 2013 the Second Mediterranean Biennale will open in Sakhnin, initiated by the artists and curators Belu-Simion Fainaru and Avital Bar-Shay in co-operation with Mifal HaPayis and under the auspices of the Municipality of Sakhnin, the Ministry of Education, Culture & Sport, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the newspaper Haaretz, the French Cultural Institute, the Goethe Institute, The Polish Institute, the Italian Cultural Institute, the Embassy of Austria, and the Rich Foundation. Preceding events have been scheduled to take place during December:a6/12 – Painting workshops with Florin Stefan, Professor of Art in Cluj University, Romania. Stefan will reside in Sakhnin, meet with the residents there, and execute paintings on the subject of "Sakhnin – the town and its residents". These paintings will be displayed in the exhibition in 2013. Stefan will teach the students long-established methods of preparing coloring matter in techniques such as making paint from eggs or dairy cheese, which was traditionally used in Romania for painting icons on glass during the Middle Ages.


















A special guest arrived in Israel. Sinterklaas, which is the Dutch equivalent of Santa Claus, was actually the inspiration behind the familiar Santa Claus that is known and loved all over the world. According to tradition, Sinterklaas comes by ship from his residence in Spain, accompanied by his dark-skinned helper, Pete.
Sinterklaas also came to the Jaffa Port by boat and was welcomed by the Netherlands ambassador in Israel, Caspar Veldkamp. Sinterklaas did not disappoint, and handed out gifts to children, as per tradition. The event was held by the initiative of the Dutch Forum in Israel.
Photo: Netherlands ambassador in Israel, Caspar Veldkamp, welcomes Sinterklaas. Photographer: Kobi Wolf, courtesy of the Netherlands Embassy in Israel

A NEW WEBSITE FOR THE CITY OF TEL AVIV-YAFO GOES LIVE TODAY, AN INITIATIVE OF THE TOURISM MINISTRY, TEL AVIV MUNICIPALITY AND THE TEL AVIV HOTELS ASSOCIATION; THE WEBSITE, WHICH IS AIMED AT TOURISTS, OFFERS A MARKETING AND IMAGE PLATFORM FOR THE INTERNATIONAL MARKET
 
TOURISM MINISTER STAS MISEZHNIKOV: “TEL AVIV IS A CENTRAL ANCHOR IN THE ISRAELI TOURISM PRODUCT AND ADDS A WIDE CHOICE TO THE MANY EXISTING TOURISM SITES IN THE COUNTRY. ABOUT 70% OF TOURISTS VISITING ISRAEL COME TO TEL AVIV, A DESTINATION WHICH IS CONSIDERED BY MANY TO BE ONE OF THE WORLD’S FOREMOST ENTERTAINMENT CITIES. TODAY TEL AVIV COMPETES WITH LEADING EUROPEAN CITIES IN THE TOURISM ARENA AND WAS RECENTLY SELECTED AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST PREFERRED ENTERTAINMENT CITIES BY THE LONELY PLANET GUIDE”

















Picture (L-R): Ambassador Veldkamp, Ambassador Pimor and Professor Afshin Ellian (picture by Kobi Wolf)

Last week, the Israel Council on Foreign Relations and Ambassador of the Netherlands to Israel, Mr. Caspar Veldkamp, jointly hosted a lecture by Dutch Professor Afshin Ellian at the Dutch Ambassador’s residence. The lecture  titled “The future of Europe Between Europhilia and Europhobia” which is a plea for a more pragmatic approach to the EU. Ambassador Avi Primor, president of the ICFR, also took part in the debate.

Afshin Ellian (born 27 February 1966 in Tehran, Iran) is a Dutch professor of law, philosopher, poet, and critic of Islam. His frequent plea is that people in the West are too often unaware of the unique value of the democratic constitutional state and are thus not defensive enough towards threats from political Islam, which he refers to as ‘islamofacism’. Due to threats on his life tied to such criticism, he is currently heavily guarded.’

Ambassador of the Netherlands to Israel, Mr. Caspar Veldkamp said: “Though Professor Ellian’s opinions on Europe and Islam may not be considered mainstream by some, as Ambassador of the Netherlands I hold freedom of speech in very high esteem. Especially in times when the European Union may no longer be taken for granted, I find it important to also give a podium for more critical voices. Just like Israelis –  as the saying goes “Two Israelis, three opinions”  - I too love a vivid debate and hope this event will serve as a platform for us to speak freely on the pros and cons of the European Union and to share ideas and learn from each other.”    









President Peres on the role of sport in making peace:


"Sport really is a sort of entrée to peace. We play games of Palestinian and Israeli youngsters; it has a deep educational impact and meaning."

President Peres on recent instances anti-Semitism in football:


"It's not only against everything we all stand for but it's against the very concept of sport."

The President of the State of Israel, President Shimon Peres, hosted the President of UEFA, Michel Platini at his residence this morning. Mr. Platini is visiting Israel with senior figures from UEFA, for the draw for the UEFA Under 21's Football Championship that will take place in Israel this June.
 

"A story in installments"
will take place tomorrow

The exhibition was held in the last month in Dan Gallery in honor of Yosl Bergner’s 92nd birthday
consisting of works that were painted in the last year

For details and registration go to www.Artbid.co.il

Gal-On gallery is pleased to invite you for a gallery talk on Friday, November 30th at 12:00pm, during the exhibition of Raya bruckenthal / Heebrid  and Tzahit Goldman / Inverted Sky.The talk will be joined by Sivan Shtang (Department for Hermeneutics and Cultural Studieds, Bar Ilan University), the artists and the exhibition curator Yehudit Matzkel.The exhibition discusses the blending and crossing points between the secular and religious sectors in the Israeli society.

"A successful tourism year has been cut off before our eyes due to the continuing security emergency. Based on experience, the situation will worsen further before returning back to normal."

This is a quotation from an urgent letter sent by Chairman of ITTAA Mr. Kobi Karni, to the attention of Israeli Minister of Tourism and Minister of Transport.

 Thousands of cancellations of inbound tourism from around the world directly affect domestic tourism in Israel, driving it to the verge of paralysis. Massive cancellations also have significant effect on all tourism business in the country, including the Israeli airlines, which are struggling for existence as it is, and are now driven closer to critical threshold.

The situation of an existential threat to Israeli aviation stands in sharp contrast to the national interest of the State of Israel, Karni emphasized. Considering a possible scenario when foreign airlines will suspend flights to Israel due to security situation, a stable Israeli Airline industry is Israel's only guarantee to keep aviation connection between Israel and the rest of the world.

 Facing impending danger, an immediate action is required. An action aimed at creating a safety net to ensure stability and continued operation of the Israeli airlines and ensuring the independence of the Israeli Airline Industry.

 



Red painted walls in the Brueghel showroom at the Museum of Art in Tel Aviv are now are empty, they resemble the scene of a daring art theft.

 The Museum of Art Tel Aviv, concerned about the rocket attacks on the city, has moved nearly 200 pieces to a room the size of an auditorium that is secure against bursts of rockets. Among the moved pieces there are around 100 paintings by family members of the Flemish Renaissance maestro Pieter Brueghel Senior.

 "Even if there is a small possibility of damage, we are not playing games. We do not take chances, "said Doron Lurie, chief curator and museum conservationist about the art pieces.” We safeguard them as we would our own children."

 Another Israeli art museum followed the example, to save its most important pieces of art in fortified vaults underground to protect them from the current escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas.

 In the southern city of Ashdod, which has frequent rocket attacks due to its proximity to Gaza, Yuval Biton, curator of the Museum of Art Monart Center, removed 15 works of important contemporary artist Tzili Geva. The pieces are stacked in a four-story underground vault designed to withstand rocket and bio-weapon attacks.

UPDATE FROM THE TOURISM MINISTRY AS REGARDS “OPERATION PILLAR OF DEFENCE” AS OF 20 NOVEMBER 2012

TOURISM MINISTER STAS MISEZHNIKOV: “THE CONTINUED FIRING ON THE SOUTH AND THE RESULTING OPERATION PILLAR OF DEFENSE, IS ONLY AFFECTING TOURISM IN A MINIMAL WAY FOR THE MOMENT. THE TOURISM MINISTRY IS MAKING PREPARATIONS FOR THE ECONOMIC REHABILITATION OF THE REGION WHEN THE OPERATION ENDS AND HAS FORMULATED A PACKAGE OF INCENTIVES AND BENEFITS FOR TOURISM SERVICE PROVIDERS IN THE REGION WHO HAVE BEEN AFFECTED. WE WILL BE HERE AFTER THE OPERATION HAS FINISHED IN ORDER TO HELP THE RESIDENTS WHO ARE DISPLAYING SUCH BRAVERY. THEY GIVE US THE COURAGE TO BE VICTORIOUS AND WE WILL NOT FORGET THEM THE DAY AFTER.”

The Dan David Archaeology Building will cover an area of c. 20,000 square meters and will occupy the eastern building of the Schottenstein National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel, currently under construction on Museum Hill

 The Dan David Foundation will donate an especially generous contribution for the construction of the building which will be the main venue of the Israel Antiquities Authority for the exhibition of the archaeological heritage of Israel and the archaeological work of the Authority, and will be a world center for researchers and visitors.

The Dan David Archaeology Building will be constructed in the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein National Campus for the Archaeology of Israel which is being built on Museum Hill opposite the Knesset, between the Israel Museum and the Bible Lands Museum, and overlooking the Hebrew University Botanical Gardens.

 According to Shuka Dorfman, director-general of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “This is the largest and most important project to be established in Jerusalem in this decade – for the glory of the city of Jerusalem and the State of Israel, as a country that supports culture and heritage”.



















Photograph​ed by Batya badanowski

The sixth traditional media conference organized by Yosi Bar Mocha - President of Igud Haitonaim (Association of Journalists in Israel) - took place
this year at the impressive Herods Hotel in Eilat from November 4th through the 7th . 1,600 participants including academicians, public figures, speakers and 250 reporters, photographers, television and radio personalities gathered to discuss the future of journalism during the economic crisis and to give recognition to those who have demonstrated excellent achievements.
The conference was well organized, professional, and very informative. Panels were set up throughout the hotel’s conference room where a variety of topics were addressed including protecting free expression and protecting public broadcasting from those who wish to control and dominate its movement.

Participating in the discussions were many well-known public figures such as Eli Yishai (Minister of Interior), Yair Lapid (Reporter, Chairman of the “Yesh Atid” party), Moshe Kachlon (Minister of Communication), Yuval Shteinitz (Minister of Finance), MK Shelly Yechimovich (Labor party), Mayor of Haifa Yona Yahav, MK Dr. Ahmed Tibi, and Tzion Amir (Advocate to President Katzav).
Also participating were popular media figures including television anchor Haim Yavin, Amos Shoken (Haaretz), Ben Kaspit (Maariv), Shalom Kital (Yediot Aharonot), Roni Daniel (Arutz 2), Avi Weiss (Arutz 2), Judy Nir Moses (Yediot Aharonot), Dani Zaken (Chairman of Association of Journalists- Jerusalem) and Rotem Abrotzki (Chairman of Association of Journalists- Tel Aviv).The participants expressed sorrow over the decline of the Maariv newspaper and for the many reporters who remained jobless. There was also concern for the future of Arutz 10 and Arutz 1, which may also be at risk, and the future of members of the media in general.

It gives us a great pleasure to invite you to a unique concert of the Israel Chamber Orchestra.
The ICO recently returned from a wide concert-tour in 8 countries of Latin America:
Mexico, Costa-Rica, Guatemala, Colombia, Equador, Peru, Argentina and Uruguay.
We would like to dedicate our concerts to those amazing countries and their representatives.

Stick a pin anywhere into a map of the world and you're likely to hit a country (or even a city) where Iňaki Urlezaga has appeared on stage as principal ballet dancer. This world-renowned choreographer and dancer has garnered awards and accolades wherever ballet lovers gather, and that is no small gift. His rich and varied repertoire has earned him the highest acclaim.

Israel is blessed with rich cultural offerings in the arts, yet the visit by the Argentinean company is surely going to be a stellar attraction for both opera and ballet lovers. Verdi's opera "La Traviata" is being presented as an extraordinary ballet by the "Ballet Concierto" dance company, in Tel Aviv.

Israel’s Minister of Education Gideon Sa'ar and German Federal Minister of Education and Research Dr. Annette SchavanJerusalem, October 17, 2012 — Germany's Federal Minister of Education and Research announced today that her country will contribute 10 million euros in the coming year to the endowment fund that supports the Minerva Centers, at the opening of the first Minerva German-Israeli Science Festival at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The festival, which showcases the accomplishments of Minerva Centers and presents new Centers to the public, is produced with the assistance of the Hebrew University's Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace.

A subsidiary of the Max Planck Association, the Minerva Foundation was the first agency established on behalf of the Federal German Ministry of Education and Research with the sole purpose of funding high-quality research in Israel and stimulating cooperation among research partners in the two countries. The Foundation has established 30 centers in Israeli universities, where both German and Israeli scientists work together in all fields of research.

By the end of October Israel will be honored to host one of France most important musician, Jean-Louis Matinier

Matinier is an accomplished musician well known over Europe, a master of accordion and the most adventurous and open minded virtuoso on his instrument
(ECM, Anour Brahem, Juliette Greco, Renaud Garcia Fons)

Matinier will arrive Israel for a special collaboration with Zohar Fresco, the world's master of middle eastern drums as well as with Itamar Erez, Avri Borochov and vocalist Talya G.A Solan.

This special French - Israeli collaboration is kindly supported by the French Embassy, the Romain Gery Jerusalem French institute and the Israeli MFA.

A French Israeli international collaboration with Parisian accordion master, Jean Louis Matinier.
Talya G.A Solan, an Israeli vocalist, and Jean Louis Matinier met in 2010 as part of international jazz collaboration in Rome. That musical encounter led to an artistic friendship from which this uncommon Israeli-French collaboration has grown Matinier brings to the collaboration creativity, sensitivity and an unmistakable spark, while Solan offers beautiful vocals of extraordinary expression, range and sincerity.

An equally impressive virtuoso musicians including Zohar Fresco (percussion), Itamar Erez (guitar) and Avri Borochov (double bass) will joing G.A and Matinier for three magical concerts of original music and Israeli poems of love.

By the end of October Israel will be honored to host one of France most important musician, Jean-Louis Matinier

Matinier is an accomplished musician well known over Europe, a master of accordion and the most adventurous and open minded virtuoso on his instrument
(ECM, Anour Brahem, Juliette Greco, Renaud Garcia Fons)

Matinier will arrive Israel for a special collaboration with Zohar Fresco, the world's master of middle eastern drums as well as with Itamar Erez, Avri Borochov and vocalist Talya G.A Solan.

This special French - Israeli collaboration is kindly supported by the French Embassy, the Romain Gery Jerusalem French institute and the Israeli MFA.

ABOUT 6000 CHRISTIAN FRIENDS OF ISRAEL FROM AROUND THE WORLD WILL CELEBRATE THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES IN JERUSALEM. TOURISM MINISTER STAS MISEZHNIKOV:

"CHRISITAN TOURISM IN ALL ITS DENOMINATIONS WILL REMAIN AT THE CENTER OF THE TOURISM MINISTRY'S MARKETING ACTIVITIES IN THE COMING YEAR. CHRISTIAN TOURISM JUSTIFIES THE INVESTMENT. 1.7 MILLION CHRISTIAN TOURISTS ARRIVED IN ISRAEL IN 2011, 58% OF ALL INCOMING TOURISM".

About 6000 Christian friends of Israel from over 100 countries, led by Evangelical community leaders, will arrive in Israel to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (30 Sept – 4 October). Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov will welcome the thousands of Christian visitors to the feast in a special broadcast that will take place in the International Convention Center, Jerusalem. The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem is arranging the events surrounding the feast, with assistance from the Tourism Ministry.

Wiki Loves Monuments Israel is a photography contest organized by Wikimedia Israel, as part of an international competition.
Amateur and professional photographers are welcome to take pictures of any national heritage site in Israel, in accordance with this map and the linked lists, and submit it to the competition via a special upload wizard on Wikimedia Commons. Each user is required to register a Wikimedia Commons account to participate.

THE CHANNEL AND THE TOURISM MINISTRY PRODUCED A PROGRAM AND CLIP ABOUT THE ISRAELI OPERA FOR OCTOBER BROADCAST

The French television music channel Mezzo will dedicate its programming in October to music and opera from Israel. Mezzo's director general, Christophe Winckel, who arrived in Israel earlier this week, noted in a press conference that the broadcasts will include the Jazz Festival to take place in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem under the channel's sponsorship as well as programs about the Israeli Opera.

The TV channel, in cooperation with the Tourism Ministry, created a five-minute clip featuring the recent Israeli Opera production of Carmen which took place at the foot of Mount Masada in June 2012 as part of the Israeli Opera Festival at Masada. The program, which also includes a behind-the-scenes look at the production, will be broadcast throughout the month of October.

According to Eli Shukron, excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “It is now absolutely clear that the Jerusalem’s water consumption during the First Temple period was not solely based on the output of the Gihon Spring, but that it also relied on public reservoirs”

The two figurines – c. 9,500 year old – in the image of a ram and a wild bovine, point to the existence of a cultic belief in the region in the New Stone Age. They might have been used good-luck statues to ensure a successful hunt.

The setting was the acoustically wonderful Recanati Auditorium of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. The occasion was the gala concert by the Israel Chamber Orchestra before its departure for a grand tour of nine Latin American countries. The audience of the sold-out performance was graced by the presence no less than six Ambassadors – Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Uruguay – and many Consular representatives from around the world. Also present were several Israeli VIP’s, including Ms. Orit Noked, Minister of Agriculture.

"Escalandrum", the orchestra of Daniel "Pipi" Piazzolla (grandson of the famous Astor Piazzolla) will be appearing in Israel at the "Shablul" Club in Tel Aviv's port, on 11 and 12 September 2012. There will be two performances each day.

Musicians and artists from Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Azerbaijan and Israel will come together in the holiest city in the world as part of the 24-hour Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival.

Among the participants-- Hassan Hakmoun (the king of the Gnawa from Morocco), Yossi Fein, Sevda (the young Azerbaijani diva), Berry Sakharof in a special sunrise performance, Zohar Fresco, Mark and Peretz Eliyahu, The Diwan Project hosting some fascinating guests and much more….

The Britrish Council is happy to support the exhibition and workshop of Zowie Broach and Brian Kirkby, designers and founders of the British fashion house BOUDICCA. This will take place in Beit Ha'ir Museum as part of the Year of Fashion project.

22.8.12 - 5.9.12

The 6th Israel Festival of Art Photography by immigrant photographers, “A New Eye on Israel 6 (2012)” will open on 22.8.12 at the Gallery of the Association of Journalists (Beit Sokolov) in Tel Aviv, with the assistance of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption - the Center for Immigrant Artists. Amongst this year’s participating photographers are immigrants from the USA, the U.K., Argentina, Colombia , the Ukraine, Lithuania, Spain, Russia, Austarlia, Moldova and Uzbekistan.

Co-presented by the Israel Museum and the Jerusalem Season of Culture, “720°” originally premiered in London in 2011 as part of the Bloomberg Summer at the Roundhouse Series

London-based Israeli designer Ron Arad's renowned installation was launched this week in the Art Garden of Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Music, Rhythm and technology meet to create the biggest event of summer 2012!

Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv

this summer, the Eretz Israel Museum, will open his gates to a first of-a-kind family event, – a unique entertainment park which targets all senses. It will be an opportunity for the wide audience to experience Mayumana’s special world of creation.

The David Intercontinental luxury hotel in Tel Aviv lavishly celebrated its partnership with the London 2012 Olympic games last week. General Manager David Cohen expressed his gratitude to the hotel’s tourist operators and business partners for their loyalty and dedication.

Stone seal may prove story of Samson

A small stone seal found recently in excavations of Tel Beit Shemesh, which could be the first archaeological evidence of the story of the biblical Samson.

 

Israel is known for its rich culture and history with archeologists' constantly unearthing artifacts of biblical proportions. The latest finding was a small stone seal found recently in excavations of Tel Beit Shemesh, which could be the first archaeological evidence of the story of the biblical Samson.

Archeology

3,400 year old burnt wheat discovered at Tel Hazor

14 large clay jugs containing seeds of 3,400 year old burnt wheat have recently been uncovered in a storage room at Tel Hazor in the Upper Galilee. Tel Hazor, a national park, has long been recognized as one of the country's most important archaeological sites.

The Jerusalem Season of Culture is delighted to present (again):

BALABASTA

Culture in the Market

Three Sundays in August

Made in Mahane Yehuda

August 5, August 12, August 19

Between 5:00pm-11:00pm

Entrance is free!

 

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

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

Communicated by the Municipality of Jerusalem)

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



 

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

 

 

 

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

 


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



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



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



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

 


 

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

 


 

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

 

Batya Badanowski  photos

 

 

 

 


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

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

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

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Encouraged by the impressive reception of their project, both artists have decided to come back in the 2012
presenting "Dos Pajaros Contraatacan", a new adventure that puts up together two of the best
spanish music repertories in order to create a unique show.

Joan Manuel Serrat and Joaquin Sabina, both famous international artists, will present in the Nokia Stadium
of Tel-Aviv, in Israel, their concert next Thursday, June 21 2012.

Dos Pajaros (Two birds), one rebellious and spoiled, the other one smooth, the two songwriters,
troubadours, love women and to whom they also sing, each with his romance with his songs of love
or heartbreak also they sing to life, and to things of life.

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