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Oud Festival
Jerusalem Int’l Oud Festival - Shahid Parvez exemplifies diversity

Over the years, the Jerusalem International Oud Festival has delved into all sorts of sounds and culture, beyond the strict bounds of the Arab world.

21/11/2019
silhouette of a man [Illustrative]
Who is the sexiest man in Israel?

Pnai Plus reported that tens of thousands voted and that Tamir Steinman won handily with 23% of the vote. Steinman said in response to this honor: "Thanks very much. I wish us all only quiet days."

'The worst is when a society proudly adopts evil as an ideology.'
Parashat Vayera: An ideology of evil

The story of Sodom reminds us that when pride takes hold of a society, evil follows.

By SHMUEL RABINOWITZ
15/11/2019
Pasta, pizza and a whole lot more
Ra’anana's Pastaria: Pasta, pizza & a whole lot more

While Pastaria does a great trade in pizzas from home-made dough and every variation on pasta, we decided to go more for vegetable options for the first course.

Musical chefs
Tel Aviv's fine dining restaurant Pastel - new chef Koby Bachar

Chef Hillel Tavakoli has been associated with the restaurant Pastel for the last five years, and was in no small measure responsible for its popularity.

By BUZZY GORDON
16/11/2019
'Hamlet's Big Adventure!'
Shakespeare for laughs: The Virgin Atlantic London in Tel Aviv Festival

The American troupe is principally coming over here to participate in the inaugural Virgin Atlantic London in Tel Aviv Festival, which takes in a range of disciplines in Tel Aviv November 27-30.

14/11/2019
Danny Boyle's 'Yesterday'
‘Babylon Berlin,’ bots gone bad v Boyle at his best

Babylon Berlin focuses on Gereon Rath (Volker Bruch), a police detective from Cologne, who is trying to forget past traumas when he is reassigned to Berlin.

Ballet Men
Men's ballet company closes Suzanne Dellal Center’s international season

BalletBoyz will perform a program consisting of two works, Them and Us, each of which highlights a different strength of the company.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
14/11/2019
The right way to tour the natural and historic sites of Israel.

Hiking the natural beauty spots of Israel, from the snowy slopes of Mount Hermon, the fertile coastal strip in the center to the arid deserts of the south.

By JASON BLACKSHAW
14/11/2019
AMIR NAVE’S 2017 work ‘The Boy is a bag of needs.’
Painter of transfigured flesh, Chaim Soutine arrives at Ein Harod

In a new comprehensive exhibition, a forgotten legacy of Israeli and world art is redeemed

Picture this and that

Illustration Week – offering 79 exhibitions – brings a splash of color to Tel Aviv

13/11/2019
Joe Lynn Turner’s classical gas

Vocalist for Rainbow and Deep Purple to ‘rock the opera’ with Ra’anana Symphonette

13/11/2019
ROGER HODGSON
Hodgson gives more than a little bit in TA

Roger Hodgson, former co-frontman/co-founder of Supertramp, opened his show Monday night by asking the audience to set aside its concerns and embark on a musical journey.

By ELIOT ZIMELMAN
13/11/2019
From Poland with piano love

The entire four-day program (November 13-16) has a Polish scent to it, with many of the concerts devoted to works by Chopin, although not all pertain to the classical genre.

13/11/2019
Jacob’s Ladder music festival closes down

Annual Anglo gathering for over 4 decades sunk by rising costs, growing bureaucracy.

12/11/2019
Jerusalem and all that jazz...festival

Back on the home front, drummer Amir Bressler will lead the Liquid Saloon quintet, taking in African rhythms, spacey beats and psychedelic jazz.

11/11/2019
ROGER HODGSON
Roger Hodgson takes the long way home

Supertramp icon makes his Israel debut to mark 40 years since ‘Breakfast of Champions.’

07/11/2019
Honeyland
Docaviv Galilee shows the best films in beautiful setting

Docaviv Galilee presents the best of Israeli and international documentary cinema and features more than 20 films and meetings with filmmakers.

Echoes, Israel’s premier Pink Floyd tribute band, will perform the British rock legends’ landmark al
Israeli Pink Floyd tribute band Echoes marks ‘The Wall’s 40th anniversary

With an expanded 10-person lineup, shows will take place at the Beersheba Arts Center on January 6; the Charles Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv on January 14; and at the Congress Center in Haifa on February 6.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
07/11/2019
Eating to a Beat: Disco Tokyo
Eating to a Beat

Disco Tokyo is the latest success story for the R2M restaurant group.

By BUZZY GORDON
10/11/2019
Asian fusion at its best: Station 9
Asian fusion at its best

A meal comprised of small appetizers is the best way to enjoy ‘Station 9’

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
07/11/2019
Back to Sorrento
Back to Sorrento

Itsik is proud to have cooked for former president Barack Obama, former prime minister Tony Blair, Bar Refaeli, and now he can add the Deutsches to his list.

ESTOUDIANTINA IRODEIO
Greeks in Jerusalem

Estudiantina ensemble and Andreas Katsigiannis host vocalist Alkistis Protopsalti in the closing gala show of Jerusalem’s Oud Festival.

07/11/2019
Dance troupe returns to Herzliya
Momix lives!

The renowned dance troupe returns to Herzliya with a retrospective production of repertory highlights.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
07/11/2019
John Demjanjuk arrives in a court room for the continuation of his trial in Munich on January 13, 20
This week on TV

It’s been more than 30 years since Demjanjuk was stripped of his US citizenship and deported to Israel, where he stood trial for war crimes.

Even Ophelia

For this production, Schenfeld called upon her company of dancers to bolster Ophelia’s path to freedom. “The company is like a Greek chorus or like something breathing in nature,” she says.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
06/11/2019
Piano Festival
Jazz dreaming

Yidov’s initial steps in show biz were with his brother. “We played at all sorts of places around Israel. We played Argentinian folklore material, which was my first musical love.”

06/11/2019
From Django with love

Bireli Lagrène brings the legend back to life in Israel

06/11/2019
Getting Bjorn Again

ABBA tribute arrives in Israel to turn back the years

By SHANNA FULD
07/11/2019
A weekend full of art in Tel Aviv

Three-day ‘Loving Art, Making Art’ Festival will be held across the city

Shlomo Artzi
Health charity concert canceled after refusing to include female artists

Rabbi Avraham Elimelech Firer, head of Ezra LeMarpe NGO, requested that women not sing at a benefit concert for his charity due to the religious prohibition on men listening to women sing.

Claire Danes Met Gala
Fashion designer Zac Posen is shutting down his fashion label

Posen founded the company in 2001 at the age of 20.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
04/11/2019
All about chicken
All about chicken

Roosto, a new fast-food chicken restaurant, is in one of the unluckiest locations for a restaurant in Jerusalem – the gas station at Tzomet Oranim near the Hadar Mall.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
30/10/2019
Seasonal vegan gourmet
Seasonal vegan gourmet

The venerable Meshek Barzilay refreshes its food and cocktail menus

By BUZZY GORDON
31/10/2019
Come for the chopped liver,  stay for the meat
Come for the chopped liver, stay for the meat

Tzipora, in the back of Cinema City, is a large welcoming restaurant decorated with a lot of wood that seats about 100.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
30/10/2019
Bat Ella is back!
Bat Ella is back!

Bat Ella joins us once again, this time with celebrated Israeli composer-pianist Guy Mintus, to bring us an exciting multicultural orchestral fantasy.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
30/10/2019
Juliette Binoche shines as a woman bent on revenge
Juliette Binoche shines as a woman bent on revenge

The movie, which combines comic elements with a psychological thriller, works best when it sticks with social commentary and comedy and is at its weakest when it moves into melodrama and moralizing.

Noa Zuk and Ohad Fishof blend movement  and live music together seamlessly in ‘Raconto Kun’
Feeling without necessarily understanding

Zuk and Fishof are one of the most intriguing couples in the Israeli arts community.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
30/10/2019
After 45 years, Spyro Gyra remains  a force on the global jazz scene
What’s in a name?

Spyro Gyra beats for longevity, and is still doing the business, a full 45 years after it first formed. The American quintet will perform just a single show here, at Hangar 11 at the Tel Aviv Port

30/10/2019
LARA FABIAN: ‘I’ve always nurtured the brighter side.’
Love conquers all for Lara Fabian

Belgian superstar serenades Israelis one more time.

By JENNIFER GREENBERG
28/10/2019
Jazz & The City: Autumn leaves in Salzburg

Salzburg's jazz festival took place October 16-20.

27/10/2019
Hadera’s landmark kosher restaurant
Hadera’s landmark kosher restaurant

The restaurant was established 50 years ago by Savta Yaacobi, the matriarch of the family who still, at age 86, keeps a grandmotherly eye on the proceedings.

Welcome back, Rama
Welcome Back, Rama

The popular hilltop restaurant Rama’s Kitchen rises from the ashes and reopens.

By BUZZY GORDON
24/10/2019
A multi-talent show
A multi-talent show

Next week, Naharin will perform Playback, an intimate musical production, at the Suzanne Dellal Center’s Yaron Yerushalmi Hall.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
24/10/2019
A French delight
A French delight

Maestro Dan Ettinger talks about ‘Manon’, the new production that opens the Israeli Opera’s season

By MAXIM REIDER
24/10/2019
LETTING THE ingredients shine: Natalie Braier does a cooking demo
Beyond recipe ingredients: Bake, set, match

Matchmaking guru stirs up chemistry.

By NADINE WOJAKOVSKI
25/10/2019
Israeli folk dancing festival kicks off in Eilat

It's a unique event filled with round-the-clock dancing, singing, performances by folk artists and dance groups from around the world coming to show their appreciation of Israeli dance.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
23/10/2019
A screenshot of the trailer for Star Wars Episode IX: The Return of Skywalker
Star Wars Episode IX tickets on sale in Israel

The film is billed as the final installment in the Skywalker saga.

The love story behind Skin, a film about conquering hate

Skin is a fact-based American drama about Bryon Widner, a skinhead who underwent dozens of operations to remove tattoos from all over his body after he left the white supremacist movement.

The Tel Aviv Wine Festival
Tel Aviv Wine Festival celebrates its fifth year

The Tel Aviv Municipality and “The Grape Man” invited the public to celebrate Sukkot in style while trying some of the best wines Israel has to offer.

Marthe Cohn
Haifa hosts the Jewish nurse who spied on the Nazis

“As soon as they knew I could speak German, they wanted me to work for military intelligence,” she said.

Gal Gadot will star as Warsaw Ghetto heroine

The movie will be made for Warner Bros, and Gadot and Varsano will produce with Marc Platt.

The Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch
All about love

Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch returns to Israel with ‘Carnations’

By NERIA BARR
11/10/2019
LAST YEAR’S DGTL Festival in Tel Aviv
The magic of Magit

Famed DJ Magit Cacoon spins melodic techno beats at DGTL Tel Aviv.

By JENNIFER GREENBERG
10/10/2019
KENNY NEAL: I’m telling a story about where I come from
Keeping the blues in the family

Louisiana guitarist Kenny Neal brings his licks to the Israeli stage.

10/10/2019
Film by Israeli director wins prize in Iraq

The Oscar-winning short film by another Israeli director, Guy Nattiv, also took part in the competition.

Israeli fashion designer wins prestigious Karl Lagerfeld Prize

This is the first time an Israeli designer has won the award at the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/10/2019
A friendly neighborhood gourmet

“I don’t work with just one supplier,” he explains. “Since meat is so variable, I work with many suppliers, some national, some local, to ensure we don’t have to work with sub-par cuts.”

By RAFAELLA CHURGIN-GRADSTEIN
02/10/2019
Incarnations of ‘Carnations’

“I am not performing in Carnations anymore, not for a few years because it’s quite physical and demanding. You have to have the right type of energy which I cannot offer anymore now,” Mercy says.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
02/10/2019
Painting a grand dream

Jerusalem-born choreographer Hofesh Shechter returns to Israel in the framework of the ‘London in Tel Aviv’ Festival.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
02/10/2019
Then, here and now

With the likes of Bernius and Kammerchor Stuttgart around, now in its 28th year, the Abu Gosh Festival appears to be staying ahead of the game.

02/10/2019
Living legends and restored classics

The 35th Haifa International Film Festival, which runs from October 12 to 21 at the Haifa Cinematheque and other theaters around the city, will present the best of contemporary and classic cinema.

JULES MASSENET’S ‘MANON.’
Opera season opens with ‘Manon’

The Israel Opera opens its 2019-20 season with Jules Massenet’s ever-popular Manon (1884 premiere in Paris). It runs from November 7 to 18 at the Opera House.

By HELEN KAYE
06/10/2019
Seaside dining at Jerusalem Beach

Gazoz Beach Restaurant has an ambitious menu for a boardwalk eatery

By BUZZY GORDON
26/09/2019
Where quality and quantity meet

I googled Kosher Herzliya, and among the options was Etnika on Shenkar Street off Abba Eban Boulevard, which has a considerable number of kosher and non-kosher eateries.

High spirits

Here is a list of some of the wines that are available for the coming holidays, ranging in price from NIS 40-395. Cheers!

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/09/2019
A blitz of colors and images

American artist Allison Zuckerman presents a new exhibition ‘To Create from a Cloud’ at the Herzliya Museum of Modern Art

By DEBLUZIA
22/10/2019
‘Incitement’ examines how a terrible era spawned a killer

Incitement, which in Hebrew is titled Days of Awe—the days of reflection between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur—seems to want Israeli society to take stock of itself in light of this story.

A ‘Shtisel’ New Year

Netflix doesn’t reveal its ratings, but there are 17,000 members in one Facebook group discussing the series.

Celine Dion
Celine Dion headed to Israel next summer

“See you soon Tel Aviv, Love, Celine” was posted on Dion’s twitter page Thursday.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
26/09/2019
Suede playing in Live Park Rishon Lezion
‘The Beautiful Ones’ - Suede put on sterling show in Israel

It was the British rock staples’ sixth visit to Israel, this time as part of an international tour in honor of their eighth record The Blue Hour.

By MICHAL TORKY
26/09/2019
'Tel Aviv on Fire' representing Luxembourg, not Israel, at the Oscars

Tel Aviv on Fire director Sameh Zoabi on the absurdity of his film representing Luxembourg at the Oscar

Directors Shaul Schwarz and Christina Clasiau with producer Lauren Haber
Israeli documentary wins Emmy

Trophy, an in-depth look at the big-game hunting, breeding and wildlife conservation industries in the US and Africa was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Nature Documentary.

Louis C.K. 2019
Embattled Louis C.K. returns to the stage – and Tel Aviv

Many people are looking forward to enjoying the controversial comedian's humor again.

ANOUK AIMEE
Claude Lelouch and Anouk Aimee top stellar Haifa Film Fest guest list

The festival will open on October 12 and will run until October 21.

"Incitement", a film about Yigal Amir, wins Ophir Award for Best Picture

Incitement will now be Israel’s official selection for consideration for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar nomination.

GIL ASSAYAS (third from right) with fellow Beatles tribute musicians, including Mickey Dolenz (left)
Israeli keyboardist joins all-star Beatles’ tribute

"Last day of rehearsals with these legends! Micky Dolenz (Monkees), Joey Molland (Badfinger), Todd Rundgren, Jason Scheff (Chicago), Christopher Cross. The whole band is sounding super tight!”

22/09/2019
BRET EASTERLING will present his first evening-length work, a solo entitled ‘Brecht,’ as part of the
‘Brecht’ comes dancing to Batsheva

“Someone asked me what I do and I said, ‘I’m a dance teacher.’

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
22/09/2019
Iceland's Hatari unveils "Palestine" banners on camera whilst receiving their score, Eurovision 2019
Broadcaster fined over Palestinian flag waving

Hatari is described on the Eurovision website as being an “anti-capitalist, BDSM, techno-dystopian, performance art collective."

21/09/2019
29 Israeli films to be shown for NIS 10 on Israeli Film Day

For screening times and information, check with individual theaters.

Demi Lovato visits Western Wall - Exclusive

She announced in 2012 that she has Jewish roots in a Twitter post

Summer symphonies in Salzburg

After 99 years, the Salzburg Festival, held in the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, continues to excel and surprise.

Japan comes to Tel Aviv

Tatami, the name the owners chose for this restaurant, is actually a traditional Japanese mat. But it also evokes in Hebrew “taim,” tasty.

Welcome to Mrs. Lek’s Kitchen

The kitchen may be in Lek’s name, but it was Yariv and a Thai sous-chef doing all the cooking. And Malili himself kept up a running commentary throughout the meal.

By BUZZY GORDON
18/09/2019
TV This week

This new version features a very young, racially and ethnically diverse cast that includes Nathalie Emmanuel, who played Missandei on Game of Thrones.

For the love of a dove

The Jerusalem Opera opens its season with an Israeli premiere of ‘La Colombe’ by Charles Gounod.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
18/09/2019
Abidin Ensemble pays tribute to the poetry of Nazim Hikmet

The Abidin Ensemble will present some of the poems of Hikmet, set to music by Turkish composer Erdem Buri (1923–1993).

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
18/09/2019
Excavations of ancient copper mines as part of Tel Aviv University’s Central Timna Valley Project. C
Israeli researchers identify biblical kingdom of Edom

The biblical kingdom of Edom has always been a significant puzzle for biblical archeology.

19/09/2019
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