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Following are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's greetings on the occasion of the Sigd holiday:

 "Honored kesim, spiritual leaders and public figures, dear members of the Ethiopian community.

 I greet all of you on the occasion of Sigd which you are now celebrating.

 According to ancient tradition, this is holiday is doubly significant: Private and public introspection, and strengthening unity among the community.

 The State of Israel recognizes Sigd as an official holiday. In recent years, I have learned about the leaders and traditions of your magnificent community, and I have studied about your cultural and religious wealth. I think that the time has come for the entire Israeli public to recognize the beauty and uniqueness of the Ethiopian community. No less important than this is to assist you in your long journey to integrate into Israeli society.

Matthew Gould, the British Ambassador to Israel, joined a service of remembrance yesterday to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian service people.

Dozens of World War Two veterans who served in the British armed forces, along with diplomats, British citizen living in Israel and members of the public came together on Sunday at the Commonwealth War Grave Cemetery in Ramle for the annual services of remembrance.

The ceremony was led by British Defence Attaché Colonel Philip Stack, with an address by Matthew Gould. The ambassador said, “The challenges we face change but the virtues needed, the virtues shown by the fallen, stay the same – vision , courage, collective purpose, a willingness to sacrifice for the sake of the future and, as we demonstrate today, a determination not to forget our history.  If we forget how painfully freedom is won, we will lose it.  If we take it for granted, it will not survive. To be guardians of our children’s future we must keep faith with our ancestors’ past.”

On the occasion of the 52nd Anniversary of the National Day of the Federal Republic of Nigeria while also commemorating the twentieth year of Nigeria and Israel resuming diplomatic relations. The embassy of Nigeria hosted an official reception on October 14th 2012 at the Residence of Nigeria in Tel-Aviv.

Ambassador David Oladipo Obasa and his wife Mrs. Olusola Olanrewaju Obasa welcomed HE Minister of Improvement of Government Services Mr. Michael Eitan, who assisted as an honorary guest. Also, among the select group of distinguished guests was the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps Ambassador Etoundi Essomba of Cameroun, Ambassadors, Head of the Diplomatic and Consular Missions, International Organizations and other select guests.

During his speech the Nigerian Ambassador David Oladipo Obasa gave a warm welcome to guests, particularly acknowledging the presence of Mr. Issachar Ben-Yaacov, former head of the Israeli Mission to Nigeria in 1973 when diplomatic relations between the two countries were suspended.

William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" is famous in own right, but became all the famous in its rendition as the Broadway musical "West Side Story" which is loosely based on the Shakespearean theme.

Now Berta Yampolsky of the Israel Ballet has brought back a treat for ballet fans in the form of "Romeo and Juliet as a classical ballet (staged by Wendy Lucking, to the music of Prokofiev). The ballet, which has been previously presented all over Israel as well as at the Bucharest Opera House, will be performed at the Tel Aviv Center for the Performing Arts on the 9th and 10th of November.

The first performance of this ballet was scheduled for January 1991, but was delayed until June of that year due to the outbreak of the Gulf War. People fortunate enough to get tickets now will have only two opportunities to see this dance classic in Tel Aviv this coming weekend.

The Festival will take place at Felicja Blumental Music Center, 26 Bialik Street

Tel Aviv from 21 - 25 October. All concerts begin at 20:30

The program features renowned artists from Argentina, coming to Israel

especially for the Festival. Famous Israeli artists will perform with them.

Artistic Director and Founder of the Festival


Programs and Dates

Sunday 21 October

A feast of Argentine music -

Piazzolla, Ginastera, Guastavino, Lasala, Aguirre and others

PALOMAS DORADAS - Tamar Melzer/flute and Julieta Tolchinsky/piano

DUO ETZION/MURVITZ - Yoni Etzion/cello and Batia Murvitz/piano

TANGO ARGENTINO - Daniel Giusti and Oksana Golik - Tango Dance Duo

celebration of Argentinean music with works by Piazzolla, Ginastera, Guastavino, Lasala,

Aguirre and selection of Tango dances 80 NIS / 70 NIS

Tuesday 23 October & Wednesday 24 October

An Evening of Folklore -

Folk Music from Argentina and Latin America


Singer Silvia Iriondo, with Federico Arreseygor /piano, Horacio Hurtado/doublebass

and Fernando Bruno/percussion

Tickets NIS 95 NIS / 85 NIS

Tursday 25 October

Celebrating Argentina – Remembering Piazzolla ALBERTO PORTUGHEIS & Friends

(The renowned pianist Alberto Portugheis returns to Israel after 17 years)

with Sivan  Rotem/soprano,  Vera Vaidman/violin,  Hemda Raz/piano

and Micha Haran/cello, violin

Works by Piazzolla, Ginastera, Guastavino, Gianneo and Kutnowski

Tickets 90 NIS / 85 NIS

for discount you must mencione " Silvia " at the moment to buty the ticket


Felicia Blumental Music Center  03-620 1185

From 10 to 16 hs

For more information, tel:  03-695 3819

or email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.