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Ganit Goldstein’s 3D design, made of 100% recycled materials, presented at the exhibition
Israeli designer launches 3D-printed virtual reality fashion exhibition

Ganit Goldstein launched a virtual reality exhibition space to present one of the first fashion collections with cutting edge 3D printing.

Documentation of the working process including: a screenshot of a photo by Dan Robert Lahiani, a fil
Jerusalem's Manofim Festival takes to Zoom for 2020

This year’s online program runs October 27 to 29.

24/10/2020
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu, Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky (second from right) and Knesse
Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People

Natan Sharansky's memoir explores his struggles within the USSR, and during his Israeli political career.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
23/10/2020
Inside Ticho House, 2015
Examining the work and legacy of Anna Ticho

The writer, a nephew of the Tichos, delivered these comments at the opening of the Anna Ticho “Lifescape” exhibit, on October 25, 2018.

By CHARLES TICHO
22/10/2020
Vocal tasters and testers: 23 Israeli Music Festival to go online

This year’s significantly pared-down edition will take place at 1 p.m. on October 30 and goes by the title of “From the Drawer to Song – Choir Lab.”

22/10/2020
history
Reprisal of Simon Wiesenthal play streams online

In keeping with the times, the play, economically titled “Wiesenthal,” is digitally available anywhere in the world until Oct. 28.

By TOM TUGEND/JTA
22/10/2020
You could be in Israeli star Hanan Ben-Ari's new music video

Ben-Ari added that the videos should be videos and not pictures. If the videos catch three generations of family members together, then that's "magic," he said.

A scene from ‘Dear Comrades,’ being screened at the Arava Film Festival.
Arava Int’l Film Festival announces November program

The festival will feature the best of recent films from Israel and around the world.

Gal Gadot replaces Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in clip

Gadot has a slight resemblance to Taylor that has gone unremarked upon until now.

The Tel Aviv Opera House.
For the Israeli Opera, the show must go on

"Now all we are waiting for is a government approval of our plan, so we can open our doors to the public,” said Israeli Opera general manager Zach Granit."

Italian Zodiac clock
Horoscopes for Hodesh Heshvan 5781/2020 (October 18-November 16)

Transforming ‘mar’ (bitter) into ‘ram’ (greatness)

By LORELAI KUDE
18/10/2020
Majority of Arab News poll respondents happy Gal Gadot will play Cleopatra

The editors of the website seemed surprised by the results, headlining the article, “Shockingly, most Arab News readers in favor of Israeli actress Gal Gadot as Cleopatra.”

Nuphar on this week's cover of La-Isha.
Celebrating life and womanhood: Eylon Nuphar

A breast cancer survivor who isn't afraid to confront society's beauty standards.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
18/10/2020
The 66th "Speedo" Swim.
The latest coronavirus culture cancellation: Kinneret Swim

It's been around since 1954. This year, it will be cancelled for the first time.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
18/10/2020
Will museums be forced to sell collections to stay afloat?

The decision to auction off more than 200 items from the museum was, in fact, taken long before COVID-19 was an abominable twinkle in anyone’s eye.

17/10/2020
Israeli TV series peers into the Yom Kippur War's ‘Valley of Tears’

Amsel, a veteran writer in the Israeli television industry, has been working for a decade as co-creator and co-writer on Valley of Tears, a heralded series about the Yom Kippur War.

Gal Gadot teaches Hebrew in Vanity Fair interview

The interview went up ahead of Gadot's cover on Vanity Fair's November issue.

15/10/2020
Looking back on a happy childhood in Netanya

Ice deliveries, traveling barbers and goats strolling the streets are fondly remembered by a Netanya resident

By SARAH HERSHENSON
14/10/2020
A scene from the new Israeli TV series ‘Valley of Tears.’
HBO buys the rights to the Israeli series ‘Valley of Tears’

The series, which aired on KAN 11 back in October, stars some of Israel's highest profile actors.

Keret and choreographer Inbal Pinto on the set while filming the video dance inspired by the story ‘
Writing to fight the inertia: Etgar Keret finds inspiration in coronavirus

He may be known for sardonic short stories, but Keret reveals in conversation with the ‘Post’ an optimistic outlook and calls the months under COVID-19 ‘one of the most prolific periods’ of his life.

14/10/2020
Gal Gadot to appear on 'Vanity Fair’s' November cover

Gadot is the second Israeli to grace the cover of the magazine, following Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman.

Ancient two-shekel weight discovered near Western Wall

The excavation in which the weight was found was conducted by the IAA in conjunction with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. The weight was found beneath Wilson’s Arch by the Western Wall.

IDFA film festival to show Israeli documentary

Maya Zinshtein's newest analyzes Evangelical support for Israel.

MAKOM and JNF find creative ways to help communities fight COVID

“There has been great cooperation... It connects us to our roots. The older members of the community are the roots, we are just the branches, but they are the roots.”

Bar Papas
Jerusalem-based yeshiva rock band releases debut album after 20 years

While their music has always been written by the band members themselves, their lyrics are taken directly from the pages of the Talmud.

Gal Gadot to star as Egyptian queen Cleopatra in historical biopic

The Israeli star will work on the film alongside “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
12/10/2020
Haifa International Film Festival announces winners

Leaving Paradise by Ofer Freiman won the Best Film Award in the Israeli Documentary Film Competition, and its creators will receive NIS 40,000 as part of this prize.

The week in readers' pictures

Jerusalem Post readers send us their best shots of the week.

During coronavirus, home is where the photo is

The Photo Is:Rael grand happening probes the domestic domain

09/10/2020
US President Barack Obama awards the 2015 National Humanities Medal to poet Louise Gluck at the Whit
American poet Louise Gluck wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature

The literature prize has been dogged by controversy over the past several years.

By REUTERS
08/10/2020
Igal Ahouvi Art Collection launches online platform

More private collectors are beginning to unfurl some of the pieces of art they have so lovingly gathered from all corners of the world for our remote, Internet-based viewing pleasure.

07/10/2020
Zionism: a historic force for Jewish life

Exploring the relationship between Hebrew literature, modern Hebrew and Zionism

Aviv Geffen in concert via livestream, June 2020
Blackfield returns with new music video for 'Under my Skin'

The track features on their next album, For The Music, slated for release in December.

Winner of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, Netta Barzilai of Israel, takes part at the "Orange Carp
Project to help struggling Israeli music industry recreates 50 classics

The artists, whose styles run the gamut from rock to rap to Mizrahi, were able to put their own spin on these tunes while earning an honorarium of about $1,400.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
06/10/2020
Yom Kippur War series 'Valley of Tears' releases promos ahead of premiere

These previews give a glimpse of a multi-strand series that tells stories from this war that have never been dramatized before.

The week in readers' photos

Jerusalem Post readers send us their best pics of the week

 Actress Gal Gadot receives the 2018 #See Her award for her performance in "Wonder Woman."
Gal Gadot takes third place on Forbes list of highest paid actresses 2020

The 2020 list is characterized by more TV stars than usual. This is in part due to the coronavirus pandemic postponing the production of many big-budget releases.

03/10/2020
A man wearing a Swastika [Illustrative]
In ‘The Keeper,’ a rabbi saves the soccer career of an ex-Nazi

The film opens Friday at select theaters and video on demand.

By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
03/10/2020
At Haifa Museum, new exhibitions attempt to respond to pandemic

Should artists create art that reflects on the crisis while it's still unfolding? Some of them have successfully done so, highlighting the tension and terror of our new lives indoors.

02/10/2020
Iconic tv shows ‘Lool’ and ‘Shablul’ mark 50th anniversaries

Channel 12 revealed last week that the first music clip with the Lool gang, from 51 years ago, was apparently found in a flea market in Haifa.

Amid lockdown, still time for laughs with Comedy for Koby

Instead of live shows featuring some of the top stand-up comics from the US, the tour organizers are presenting a safe alternative with an online series of shows over the upcoming holiday.

By JERUSALEM POST LITE STAFF
01/10/2020
RONNIE PETERSON
Shalom Hanoch pays tribute to late bluesman Ronnie Peterson

It is difficult to overestimate Peterson’s contribution to the local blues scene.

30/09/2020
Why are Israelis still afraid?

Mark Lavie’s account of his career as a journalist in Israel

By ILAN CHAIM
30/09/2020
The Hana Greenfield Memorial Swim

This annihilated Jewish community had a life and a history, and we wanted it to be remembered and not erased, remembered and not forgotten.

By MURRAY GREENFIELD
30/09/2020
The Jewish Louis Vuitton

David Roytman transforms Judaica into luxury fashion

By ELI MANDELBAUM
30/09/2020
‘Big Bad’ Olga: An Israeli fighter who doesn’t give up

Olga Rubin, 31, became a professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter at the age of 26, six months after the birth of her son.

By RUBENS ZADEL
30/09/2020
Storyteller brings his family saga to life

“In Detroit, I saw how important Jewish and Israel education are, and this completely changed my professional focus.”

By LISA SAMIN
30/09/2020
Leon Sternberg and his art

He seemed too normal to be such an amazing artist. I expected some crazy story with drugs, love and God.

By HADASSAH CHEN
30/09/2020
‘Tehran’ debuts globally, sets critics talking

The website Decider, known for its “Stream it or Skip it” advice, had a clear verdict: “Stream it.”

Celebrating Bess Myerson, ‘The One and Only Jewish Miss America’

The documentary spotlights her early life and probes the politics of the pageant and how she overcame antisemitism to win.

Lior Ashkenazi in 'Footnote.'
Eytan Fox’s 'Rabbi' will be first TV project for Tadmor Entertainment

Rabbi will be about a charismatic and influential Orthodox rabbi whose world collapsed when he was accused by teenage male students of sexual advances.

Arkadi Duchin sets his sights on Abu Dhabi

“I’m sure there’s a lot more than horses and sweets there, but I don’t really know what there is. I think it’s a humorous song. I’m not trying to put down anybody.”

ISRAELI ACTRESS Niv Sultan plays an undercover Mossad agent and gifted computer hacker who is tasked
‘Tehran’ is a groundbreaking Israeli spy show about immigrant identity

"I have been in the business for 33 years, and I have been waiting and hoping that one day there will be characters that show us as Iranians as complex human beings, not just terrorists."

By LIOR ZALTZMAN/JTA
26/09/2020
Pathological perversion: Assi Meshullam presents an altar of pain

Sculptures showcased by Meshullam form a peculiar place of worship, in a partially successful attempt by the artist to offer an antidote to the religious visuals we know

25/09/2020
Israel of 1993 to Israel of 2020

Jennifer Stern, 50 - from Woodmere, New York To Hashmonaim, 2006

Ruth Bader Ginsburg mid-workout
RBG documentary filmmakers reflect on passed judge’s extraordinary life

“She had a sense of humor and a real sparkle to her.”

By MAKEDA EASTER/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS
24/09/2020
Yuval Noah Harari's 'Sapiens' to be adapted into graphic novel

The adaptation, entitled 'Sapiens: A Graphic History,' will be available in October.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
23/09/2020
‘THE GOLDFISH Theory’ is one of the entries in the 21st International Student Film Festival
Tel Aviv Student Film Fest goes online

The festival features Israeli and international competitions, as well as animated films, digital media and experimental and video programs.

‘Asia,’ ‘Here We Are’ among Ophir nominees

Sixty films were considered for awards in 18 categories.

Young Israeli film makers seen producing a short film in the market in Jerusalem's Old City on June
Historic film collaboration announced between Israel and UAE

Training programs will be developed for filmmakers from both countries.

Hidden: The Musical - The Secret Jews of Spain, by the Women's Performance Community of Jerusalem
Women’s Performance Community of Jerusalem thrives against the odds

Performing and surviving: The arts in the time of coronavirus

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
21/09/2020
Israeli singers contribute to International Peace Day broadcast

The annual Peace One Day happening, which has been going for 19 years now, is happening on September 21 with streamlined events with megastars such as, Paul McCartney, Elton John and Annie Lennox.

20/09/2020
Yaakov Israel expertly and lovingly conveys his intimate knowledge of everyday surroundings
Beauty in the everyday: A loving look at southwest Jerusalem

Yaakov Israel began documenting the less-than-palatial edifices in his home patch back when he was a student at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.

17/09/2020
Bridge: A mental sport or a physical one?

Is bridge a cure for eating and drinking or an additional cause of gaining pounds?

By MATTHEW GRANOVETTER
17/09/2020
Actor Tzachi Halevy and TV anchor Lucy Aharish at their wedding, October 10, 2018
Lucy Aharish and Tsahi Halevi announce they are expecting a baby

The announcement of their marriage generated controversy, with an outpouring of congratulations mixed with messages of hate.

ODED ZAIDEL 'US' 2020
Mundane becomes out of the ordinary at Jerusalem Artist's House

The most expansive exhibition at the Jerusalem Artists’ House at present takes in several dozen monochromic works by Talia Israeli.

17/09/2020
Beehives
Painting the beehive of a lively home

Empty hive syndrome

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
17/09/2020
Issa Rae has a Zoom conversation with a fellow boarding school graduate.
Bette Midler, Sarah Paulson and Issa Rae star in HBO’s ‘Coastal Elites’

Dispatches from the hell of early 2020

By MICHAEL PHILLIPS/CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS
17/09/2020
The Duchess: Canadian comedian Katherine Ryan with Steven Raskopoulos who plays the boyfriend.
Emmy's nominees are in good company

There are series about people we love to hate, but there’s a new trend: series featuring difficult and self-absorbed but eccentric, charming people we hate to love.

MICHAEL ALONI in his role as Akiva in the hit TV series ‘Shtisel’
‘Shtisel’ Season 3 has a trailer

The show aired originally in Israel in 2013 and ran for two seasons. The new season picks up four years after the end of the second season.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
17/09/2020
Popular Israeli reality show ‘Goalstar’ to film its next season in the UAE

“Goalstar,” a popular Israeli reality show that features celebrities playing soccer, will film its 2021 season in the UAE.

By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
17/09/2020
Hit Israeli series ‘Fauda’ will be back for 4th season

“Fauda” focuses on an undercover commando unit of the Israeli army whose members embed themselves in the Palestinian community, gathering intelligence and preventing terror attacks.

By MARCY OSTER
17/09/2020
FROM LEFT: Dr. Noa Regev, CEO of the Jerusalem Cinematheque and Israel Film Archive; Hila Abraham, I
Israel Film Archive website gives access to historical treasures

The Artistic View includes feature films, shorts and documentaries from throughout Israel’s history.

‘The Beauty Queen of Jerusalem’ will debut on Yes TV in 2021.
Yes unveils new TV lineup for 2021

Musician Amir Benayoun will be making his acting debut on the coming-of-age crime drama, Children of the Light.

Beit Lessin gives holiday bonus for all employees

Amid the novel coronavirus crisis, theaters across the country have been shut down, unable to put on productions nor to consequently pay employees from a wide range of functions.

16/09/2020
NORA GOLD – the driving force behind the Jewish Fiction.net web site.
Booking the Jewish trend with Nora Gold

“There are all sorts of articles and blogs that I saw about how many Jewish publications around the world are folding, and not just because of the coronavirus.”

15/09/2020
Evangelical Christians and Israel: Divisive issue explored in new film

The documentary focuses on what motivates American Christians to support Israel and what form their support takes.

Choreographer Rony Ben Hamou presents new solo at Intimadance Festival

Ben Hamou, 23, is one of the more powerful members of a new generation of choreographers afoot in Israel today.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
15/09/2020
Shooting Israel’s tourism industry in the foot

Israel’s slow response has led to losses in the billions of dollars, and tens of thousands of jobs in the tourism industry have been wiped out.

By URI SHARON
14/09/2020
Canaanite palace may have been destroyed in earthquake

“It’s very exciting when your work comes to fruition,” Dr. Assaf Yasur-Landau the Post. “And this research could be very influential in how we look for signs of earthquakes in archaeology."

Amos Gitai film premieres at International Venice Film Festival

This is the seventh time that one of Gitai’s films has taken part in the main competition at Venice, which awards the prestigious Golden Lion prize.

Flying high - Hilary Swank’s new space series has all the right stuff

You don’t have to be a sci-fi fan to get caught up in the personal crises.

By TNS
10/09/2020
TV highlights of the week: Ending, Middle and a first

The first three seasons of The Good Fight, the topical and very enjoyable Good Wife spinoff, will be available on Hot 3 starting September 15 on Sundays through Thursdays at 9:30 p.m.

What to do this Rosh Hashanah? Activites for all the family

Despite COVID-19, Israel’s national parks all over the country are offering festive activities for all ages. Below you’ll find a list of some of the most interesting ones.

By MEITAL SHARABI
10/09/2020
Rosh Hashanah - Gifts for the new Jewish year

Sit back, enjoy the best possible food you can cook, raise your glasses and let us all pray for a good and healthy new year.

By NERIA BARR
10/09/2020
Music in Jerusalem's Mahaneh Yehuda amid coronavirus outbreak, July 2020
Israeli musicians failing to meet COVID-19 guidelines during concerts

Singer Rotem Cohen was seen walking into his largely-unmasked crowd during his performance, shaking hands and even kissing some of his fans on the cheek.

Cinema South Festival takes off in Sderot

Of late, there has been a surge of popularity in such outdoor entertainment facilities around the globe, due to COVID-19 and social distancing constraints, including over here.

09/09/2020
Beit Avi Chai launches online High Holy Day-themed series

The series is designed to enable wide and diverse audiences and age groups around the world to connect with the uniqueness of the coming Jewish holiday period from their own homes.

Israeli underwear brand to shoot first Israeli campaign in UAE

The company said that the chance to shoot in the UAE is a "dream come true."

YASMEEN GODDER’S ‘Exercising Empathy.’
Dancing amid the pandemic at the Israel Festival 2020

In the past months, we became Zoom experts.

By ORA BRAFMAN
07/09/2020
Safe & Sound performance space in Haifa
Haifa International Film Festival to take place during Sukkot as planned

Some directors, actors and other film professionals will take part in the festival, both in person and via ZOOM meetings.

Israel Festival blasts off with tribute to Eric Siday

His name may not be instantly recognizable, but some of his work is considered an important milestone in the marketing world and, indeed, what we listen to across the musical soundboard.

06/09/2020
Guy BRAUNSTEIN
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra opens season on Sunday

“This is a moment we have been planning for many months,” says Avi Shoshani, the orchestra’s director general.

By SARAH HERSHENSON
06/09/2020
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