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The 51st Abu Gosh Vocal Music Festival will take place from May 30th to June 3rd 2017. Singer and conductor Hanna Tzur has been the festival’s musical director since 1995. Concerts are held in the spacious Church of the Ark of the Covenant gracing the Kiryat Yearim hilltop and in the intimate Crypt of the 12th century Benedictine Crusader Church nestling in a peaceful, exotic garden. People from all over Israel attend the festival, taking time out from the bustle of everyday life to immerse themselves in good music, enjoy the views over the Judean Hills, to picnic with friends, get a taste of the outdoor performances and browse the craft stalls.
An unprecedented renewal project that will upgrade Israel’s tourism product and enhance the glorious past and future of Caesarea, as well as the entire area, was announced at a press conference held today (Wednesday) by the Edmond de Rothschild Foundation, Caesarea Development Corporation, Israel Antiquities Authority and Israel Nature and Parks Authority
Among the archaeological discoveries that have been exposed and can be visited by the public – the altar of a temple built by King Herod c. 2,000 years ago in honor of Emperor Augustus and the goddess Roma, mentioned in the writings of Josephus Flavius, and the synagogue of Caesarea
Recovery in incoming tourism from Russia
Against the backdrop of a 35% increase in incoming tourism from Russia in the first quarter 2017, Russian airline Ural Airlines inaugurates a new route today from Moscow to Tel Aviv
Tourism Minister Yariv Levin: “Russia is one of the most important markets in which we are working to market Israel as an attractive tourism destination. I welcome the decision of Ural Airlines to operate a direct flight here, a decision that was made with the cooperation and encouragement of the Tourism Ministry. This is another important step in our efforts to encourage tourism from Russia and I am convinced that the opening of this route will lead to an additional increase in the number of tourists visiting Israel.
Ural is another airline that joins the ranks of new airlines operating in Israel thanks to the encouragement of the Tourism Ministry. We set ourselves the goal of bringing new direct routes to Israel and we are indeed witnessing an exceptional momentum of airlines flying into Israel and bringing with them record numbers of tourists.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Holocaust Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day today (Monday, 24 April 2017), at the Knesset, made the following remarks at the 'Unto Every Person There is a Name' ceremony:
"My late father-in-law, Shmuel Ben-Artzi, came here, at the age of 18, in 1933. He left his native Bilgoraj in Poland. His father, it could be said, pursued him up to the train station in Warsaw and tried to convince him to stay in Poland. Shmuel was insistent. He was full of love for Zion. He was also an emissary for the Musar movement yeshiva in Novardok and opened a branch in Bnei Brak.