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A SCENE FROM ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn.’
A happy life – in theory

Ra’anana’s Center Stage presents ‘Rapture, Blister, Burn’

By ARLINE BROWN
27/01/2020
Israeli Alma Har’el wins Director’s Guild award

Sam Mendes won the top prize for direction of a feature film, for his World War I epic, 1917.

FROM LEFT, Julian Pacheco Tinoco, Samy Katsav and Juan Orlando Hernández
The Lounge

An offshore patrol vessel built by Israel Shipyards, that was recently purchased by the Honduran Navy, was officially featured in the Central American country.

By MICHAL GALANTI
27/01/2020
Alma Har’el first Israeli,first woman, to win key Directors Guild Award

Har’el used her win for the critically acclaimed coming-of-age drama written by and starring Shia LaBeouf to make a passionate plea for women directors who lost their health insurance.

Weeping in coal - the feminist art of Hannan Abu-Hussein

Hannan Abu-Hussein explores such loaded issues as violence against women and the complexities of Arab-Israeli relations in ‘My Body-Soul-Honor-Property,’ currently at the Givat Haviva Art Gallery.

Bar Refaeli calls on followers to vaccinate their kids.
Bar Refaeli names her first son David

The couple celebrated the baby’s bris at their home with close friends and immediate family.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2020
Fran Drescher doesn’t mind being single, she has a ‘friend with benefits’

“It’s delightful and delicious but I’ve got a big life,” she said.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/01/2020
The week in pictures

Jerusalem Post readers send us their snaps and shots from the week.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
25/01/2020
Cafe Europa
A new lunch in town: Cafe Europa

Cafe Europa introduces lunch, discontinues pinchos and aperitivo

By BUZZY GORDON
24/01/2020
FROM LEFT: Cast members Victoria Gershkovich, Miriam Metzinger, Gavriel Weinberg and Daniel Fliegler
‘Of Thee I Sing’ injects humor into politics

Gershwin music and Marx Brothers comedy resonate and amuse on a stage near you

By YAKIR FELDMAN
23/01/2020
FATIMA ABU ROOMI wages her feminist battles from within the community.
New art exhibit focuses on the life of women in religious societies

The exhibition title, “Trespassing,” spells out much of the guiding intent behind the show.

23/01/2020
Singing my way into old age

Though I’ve always loved to sing, I was a secret singer for most of my life.

By CAROL UNGAR
25/01/2020
ZABŁUDÓW SYNAGOGUE, Poland, 1895.
Reviving a lost world: Bible stories wrapped into today

All conscious Jews share the one great tragedy that befell our people in Europe, the Shoah – the catastrophe – in English, the Holocaust.

Eran Tzur reflects on life in the public eye and ‘The Beast Within’

Jewish wisdom and culture remain an important source of inspiration for Tzur. “I am an atheist but have musician friends in Jerusalem who combine religious life with creativity."

23/01/2020
New International Holocaust Remembrance Day exhibit focuses on liberation

The self-explanatory title of the new video-based exhibition at the institute is Liberation – The First Moments.

22/01/2020
Banned poetry and the Kurdish question

Kurdish writer Firat Ceweri visits Israel to speak on writing in minority languages

Producer Alexander Rodnyansky on being a Jewish Ukrainian filmmaker

‘People like to say Russia is a country with an unstable past.’

Habima stages ‘Masada 1942’ to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

The play, which was written by Glenn Berenbeim, with lyrics by David Goldsmith and music by Shuki Levi, is set in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Cast member Jesse Eisenberg attends the premiere of "Zombieland: Double Tap" in Los Angeles, Califor
Jesse Eisenberg to portray resistance-era Marcel Marceau

The film will be opening in theaters in the US and will be available On Demand starting March 27.

Steve Vai joins lineup of Red Sea Guitar Festival

American guitar legend Steve Vai is returning to Israel to reveal more alien guitar secrets.

21/01/2020
Ara Malikian as likely to blow his audience away as beguile them

Grammy-nominated eclectic violinist mixes Bach and Led Zeppelin to sublime effect

20/01/2020
Israeli director to make new Hitler comedy

The film follows the success of Taika Waititi’s 'Jojo Rabbit,' which received six Oscar nominations.

Alut launches ‘Space City’

De Beer, an international artist with many of his works done with community collaboration, invited children on the autism spectrum to participate in an imaginary trip to outer space.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/01/2020
Tel Aviv’s winter fest has something for everyone

Musical attractions galore will be enhanced by Moshe Shai’s classic photo display.

19/01/2020
Israeli comic book team wins Japan's International Manga Award

The 80-page comic Piece of Mind by Guy Lenman and Nimrod Frydman is the second Israeli comic to win at the prestigious event.

19/01/2020
FROM LEFT: Almog Kapah, Idele Ross and Vered Sasportas.
Stepping up and stepping out

The motto of the Havana Club is ‘Grey Hair – we don’t care.’

Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives for his arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Court in New York,
Jury picked for Harvey Weinstein trial

The former Hollywood producer faces multiple charges, including rape and sexual assault, for which he could get life in prison.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
18/01/2020
Hank Azaria will no longer voice Apu on 'The Simpsons'

"I won't be doing the voice anymore, unless there's someway to transition it or something," Azaria said in an interview with SlashFilm.

By REUTERS
18/01/2020
Quentin Tarantino at the Jerusalem Cinemateque on December 14, 2019.
Quentin Tarantino on Tel Aviv, missiles and learning Hebrew

The director is married to Israeli singer/model Daniella Pick, who is pregnant with their first child, and he said he doesn’t just feel at home in Tel Aviv — it really is his home now.

In 'Incitement,' director Zilberman tries to get in Yigal Amir's head

In Zilberman’s retelling, Amir’s road to perdition is paved with real or perceived personal slights and the misguidance of certain rabbis — and even of his own mother.

By TOM TUGEND/JTA
17/01/2020
Whitney Houston, Doobies lead R&R Hall of Fame nominations

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 class of inductees runs a gamut from shimmering R&B-laced pop and classic ‘90s hip-hop to industrial rock and foursquare glam-rock.

By RANDY LEWIS
16/01/2020
The Provincial Dance
Contemporary Russian dances

The M.ART festival presents contemporary Russian culture to the Israeli audience

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
16/01/2020
Soprano Hibla Gerzmava  bringing encore performance to Israel
Soprano Hibla Gerzmava bringing encore performance to Israel

The internationally renowned coloratura soprano-singer, returns to Israel for a single concert as part of her world tour.

By MAXIM REIDER
16/01/2020
Chinese choreographer Yang Liping returns to Israel with  a spectacular production of Starvinsky’s ‘
The Cycle of life

Chinese choreographer Yang Liping returns to Israel with a spectacular production of Starvinsky’s ‘Rite of Spring.

By NERIA BARR
16/01/2020
‘WHEN YOU are forced into a zero-sum game, it is incredibly difficult to switch to a different track
Lessons from the movie ‘Marriage Story’

Anyone who is involved in the process of divorce will tell you that most couples start off from a place of wanting an amicable divorce, but few end up getting one.

Up close and personal: Artists tell their Holocaust stories

Opened Wednesday and on display through July 5, The innovative exhibit features eye witness drawings made during and immediately after the Holocaust.

By MARIA LISELLA
16/01/2020
BUSCH TRIO
Musicians with a mission

Omri Epstein says that the vast majority of classical musicians currently have to muddle through in far less nurturing conditions.

16/01/2020
Pancake tower
We should all be eating more blintzes this year

How to go about making a blintz that’s mostly a memory?

By MELISSA KLURMAN/JTA
16/01/2020
Tiroche offers ‘lost’ Chagall painting to bidders

Saturday auction will offer 1970s work ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ that was stolen in 1996.

The cover of Goldsmith’s book
A children's book to encourage young women to take an interest in science

Prof. Cwikel publishes "Mayufa and the Bone Lady", a children's book in English, Arabic and Hebrew on paleontology. The book encourages girls to engage into science.

By PATRICIA GOLAN
15/01/2020
Fashion
Israeli model says Lebanese designer banned her from show

Arbel Kynan did not disclse the name of the designer.

The Operative, Diane Kruger on the right, Martin Freeman on the left
Opaque characters

‘The Operative’ takes the fun out of the spy game

Peres Center seeks Israel’s hottest start-ups for new expo

The Expo Hall showcases 45 of Israel's most impressive start-ups to visiting delegations. More than 75,000 visitors from 56 countries have visited the innovation center since February 2019.

14/01/2020
Country Music Association Awards - Arrivals - Nashville, Tennessee, U.S., 14/11/2018 - Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie cannot wait to come to Israel

Lionel Richie will perform in Israel for the first time on March 2 in Tel Aviv.

By DEBORAH DAHAN
14/01/2020
PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT Mahmoud Abbas – not saying anything about the elections, but working behind th
A ‘Jeopardy’ question about a city in the West Bank causes controversy

Even before the commercial break was over, social media went into overdrive, with many insisting Needle was right and others doubling down on Israel as the correct answer.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
14/01/2020
Static and Ben El
Israeli pop duo sensation Static and Ben El release new song with Pitbull

Static and Ben El, the young pop musicians, are credited with having the most-watched Israeli music video in history, with over 54 million views on YouTube

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/01/2020
Liturgical takes come to Tel Aviv

Artistic director Shira Sivan Monsongo and artistic program adviser Eli Greenfeld have put together a decade-marking cast list that culls from a wide range of creative and stylistic intent.

13/01/2020
Acclaimed Israeli film to be shown on HBO ahead of nationwide premiere

This is a significant step, because no other Israeli feature film has been broadcast on HBO in recent years

Art exhibition heads to Jerusalem's Mahaneh Yehuda market

Jerusalem-born photographer Eyal Granit returns home with a first-of-its-kind exhibition

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/01/2020
The week in readers' pictures

Jerusalem Post readers send us their snaps and shots from the week.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
11/01/2020
Dutch return rare, Nazi-looted porcelain to Jewish heirs

The 18th century porcelains are currently a part of the Art collection of the Royal Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
11/01/2020
Meditation, Hania Rani style

The Shaman of Sounds series presents gifted Berlin-based Polish pianist

10/01/2020
Night Light brings music and art to Neve Sha’anan

Live concerts, free art shows and delicious Eritrean food will be on offer during the two-night celebration.

Playing the learning curve

49-year-old American jazz saxophonist Chris Potter comes over here, to join Israeli counterpart Eli Degibri for a bunch of shows at Tel Aviv’s Shablul jazz venue.

10/01/2020
Playing beautifully

Pianist Boris Berezovsky tops the A-list of international musicians participating in the Eilat Chamber Music Festival.

By MAXIM REIDER
10/01/2020
For love’s sake

The Israeli Opera presents a new and exciting production of ‘Idomeneo’ by Mozart.

10/01/2020
Books from the collection of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities.
Creatively Speaking

In 1941, at the height of his fame, Henri Matisse, the internationally recognized painter whose daring use of colors and shape had dazzled the art world, suffered a devastating setback.

By BEN HERSKOWITZ
10/01/2020
Israelis celebrate body art at the 2019 Israel Tattoo Convention
Israelis celebrate body art at the 2019 Israel Tattoo Convention

From artists who rebuild old-school tattooing machines to drop-ins, the family-oriented event had something for everyone.

Shani’s IPO debut displays command

Martha Argerich, the soloist of Ravel’s Piano Concerto, displayed South American temperament, if such a thing exists.

By URY EPPSTEIN
07/01/2020
Peter Wertheimer dies at 72 – playing with love

Romanian-born Wertheimer exuded a sense of generosity of spirit and delicate emotion. With his flowing gray locks, impressive goatee and rotund girth, he struck a striking figure.

07/01/2020
Meditation, Hania Rani style

The Shaman of Sounds series in Tel Aviv presents gifted Berlin-based Polish pianist.

07/01/2020
Controversial Prozac Nation author Elizabeth Wurtzel is dead at 52

Author Elizabeth Wurzel, whose controversial, bestselling 1994 memoir, Prozac Nation, helped make discussing depression and mental illness socially acceptable, is dead at 52.

Robyn Hitchcock returns to Israel

A rare chance to see an overlooked rock legend in an intimate setting is awaiting the few lucky ones who are able to nab a ticket to his remaining show.

06/01/2020
72nd Cannes Film Festival - After the screening of the film "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" in compe
Quentin Tarantino wins Golden Globe, thanks Israeli wife in Hebrew

Toda, geveret,” Hebrew for “Thanks, Mrs.” Going back into English, he said, “I love you,” before walking off stage.

By LEON SVERDLOV , HANNAH BROWN
06/01/2020
Sixth edition of Night Light brings music and art to Neve Sha’anan

Live concerts, free art shows and delicious Eritrean food will be on offer during the two-night celebration.

Broza gives a million reasons to smile

“Having early access to music education can transform the future of a great learner and affect the trajectory of their entire life,” Broza declared on the project web site.

05/01/2020
The Rocket Man splashes down in Jerusalem

Yermi Kaplan pays tribute to his musical hero Elton John.

05/01/2020
Cup of Coffee. [illustrative]
Israelis consume more than 4 kg. of coffee per year

"In recent years, Israel’s coffee culture has become among the most developed in the world,” Uri Federman, CEO of Landwer Cafe, said.

06/01/2020
The week in pictures

Jerusalem Post readers send us their snaps and shots from the week.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
05/01/2020
Toulouse
Toulouse and fancy-free

Low fares on nonstop flights from TLV make ‘the other South of France’ nearly irresistible

By ARI BAR-OZ
05/01/2020
Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz, Benji Madden celebrate arrival of baby girl

While the couple are not Jewish, they were wed in a Jewish wedding in 2015.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
04/01/2020
Ooh la La Piedra
Ooh la La Piedra

There is pizza that you order for the kids when you’re too tired to cook, and then there is La Piedra.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
02/01/2020
Croquembouche by Chefs Keren Kadosh and Orgad Roash
Promising young chefs cook for charity

Leading Israeli culinary masters feted at chaotic gala event

By BUZZY GORDON
04/01/2020
Over the tracks
Over the tracks

Leading Israeli culinary masters feted at chaotic gala event

A gentle rhythm king
A gentle rhythm king

Musical focusing on African refugees in Israel debuts this mont

By SHANNA FULD
02/01/2020
Entirely truthful make-believe
Entirely truthful make-believe

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is the most beguiling thing, a movie that feels entirely truthful even within its own Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

By JUSTIN CHANG
02/01/2020
Another brick in The Wall
Another brick in The Wall

Israel’s preeminent Pink Floyd tribute band, Echoes, honors 40th anniversary of landmark album

02/01/2020
Jerusalem Cinematheque unveils renovated auditorium
Jerusalem Cinematheque unveils renovated auditorium

The Jerusalem Cinematheque unveiled its newly renovated Auditorium 1, its main auditorium, at a festive screening Monday night of the film Les Miserables, a French crime drama by Ladj Ly.

Encore! and sons
Encore! and sons

The members of the audience shell out some hard-earned cash and then settle down for an hour or two of good-old clean, insouciant entertainment.

09/01/2020
Confronting life as  a religious widow
Confronting life as a religious widow

MALI FINNISH, 49 from Ofakim, has six children from the ages of 10 to 30, as well as four grandchildren. She lost her husband, Asher, eight years ago to cancer and has not remarried.

By ILANA SHTOTLAND
02/01/2020
Mourning loss and celebrating life – through the eyes  of a camera
Mourning loss and celebrating life – through the eyes of a camera

At first sight, Sarah Muchtar’s pictures appear delicate, infused with poetic intimacy and sweet feelings.

Wudang Wushu on stage
Wudang Wushu on stag

In 2003, the Chinese Wudang Kung Fu Troupe was established as a vehicle to research, revive and preserve the roots of Wudang as well as to celebrate the sport.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
02/01/2020
One question about ‘Cats’: Why?
One question about ‘Cats’: Why?

Unfortunately, the film doesn’t have an ounce of the bite or sex appeal of the 1998 video version of the stage production.

By KATIE WALSH
02/01/2020
Eastwood takes his libertarian ethos to questionable ends
Eastwood takes his libertarian ethos to questionable ends

The thematic through-line of the films is one of individualism, heroics or success attained in spite of or against powerful outside forces and systems of control.

By KATIE WALSH
02/01/2020
1917’ a stark,  breathtaking  World War I film
‘1917’ a stark, breathtaking World War I film

Sam Mendes’s 1917 is nothing short of astonishing. Designed as two extraordinarily long, unbroken shots, the film is a stunning feat of cinematography.

By KATIE WALSH
02/01/2020
‘Jojo Rabbit’ shows Hitler through the eyes of a child
‘Jojo Rabbit’ shows Hitler through the eyes of a child

For many, the idea of Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, a comedy set in Nazi Germany in which a boy’s imaginary friend is Adolf Hitler, is so repugnant that there is no way they would consider seeing it.

Of pirates and underground worlds
Of pirates and underground worlds

A mythical tale with Harry Potter-level potential

By MARION WINIK
02/01/2020
Eilat Israel’s winter wonderland
Eilat Israel’s winter wonderland

If you’d like to get out for a walk in nature during your hotel stay, then you’re in luck, because the Eilat Mountains have many wonderful trails (just don’t hike when there is flooding).

By MEITAL SHARABI
02/01/2020
From 'Gotham' to Tel Aviv – David Mazouz in Israel

Having played the role of would-be superhero Bruce Wayne on Fox’s Gotham since he was 12 years old, Mazouz keeps an open mind about the future.

Adolf Hitler will be a prominent character in Jojo Rabbit, a satirical movie by Taika Waititi
Springtime for Taika Cohen and ‘Jojo Rabbit’

Not only is it all right to ridicule Nazis, but making fun of them can have a positive impact.

VIEWERS ENJOY a screening during the Cinema Italia, 2018 at the Cinemateque Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv film festival celebrates Israel through foreign eyes

The Tel Aviv Cinematheque is putting these movies front and center with its festival, Out Looking In: Israel in the Eyes of Foreign Directors, which runs from January 6-31.

Jordan asks Netflix not air controversial series 'Messiah' in the country

This represents a notable shift in position for the RFC, as the series was partially shot in Jordan.

01/01/2020
The year in (readers’) photos

We present 12 of our favorite shots (one from each month) that were selected for publishing in 2019

By YAKIR FELDMAN
01/01/2020
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