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Jonathan Groff visited Israel to prepare for Mossad agent role

Groff, who appeared in such shows as Glee, Mindhunter and Looking, will be starring in a new series created by Israeli director Eytan Fox.

Jazz is fine and dandy in Israel's Mitzpe Ramon

“It is such a special place. You get audiences there that I would never be able to access in other places. There is a unique atmosphere there.”

11/05/2021

American singer/songwriter LP to perform in Ra’anana in September

LP has released four albums since 2001 and has written songs for Rihanna (“Cheers - Drink to That”) and Christina Aguilera (“Beautiful People”), among others.

Lilach Pnina Livne opens a new home for art

Dozens of dancers, artists, friends and fans gathered to visit the latest addition to the re-awakened art scene with cultural events returning to full swing after a year of COVID-19 restrictions.

Gal Gadot touts women’s stories in new series

Israeli superstar to ‘Post’: Their determination surprised me and inspired me

Israel Opera soars to new heights with ‘The Bat’

Conductor Dan Ettinger, with his well-coiffed head of white hair and sparkling energy, was a marvel to behold as he led the musicians on a no-holds-barred 90-minute performance.

Arthur Rubinstein prize winners tour Israel

The prize winners are Juan Perez Floristan from Spain (1st Prize), Shiori Kuwahara of Japan (2nd Prize) and Cunmo Yin from China (3rd Prize)

By MAXIM REIDER
09/05/2021
WestEnd Films buys rights to female-soldier series, Dismissed

Israeli TV series ‘Dismissed’ headed internationally

Israeli Television Academy award winner Nir Berger (Dead End) and Atara Frish (Heroine), created the series and Frish is also the director.

Jerusalem highlights: May 7-13

What is going on in Israel's capital this week?

 A GENERAL view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City last year.

Jerusalem Day: A poem called 'Jerusalem'

Jerusalem’s story covers thousands of years, but this segment began in 1948.

Holocaust education: Exploring new models of memory

The ‘Holocaust or Hope Mini Museum and Escape Room’ takes a completely different approach from what most people would expect.

'O.K-19' evening to have long-awaited dance premiere

This month, Fresco Dance Company will finally premiere 'O.K-19', which is comprised of On by Adi Salant and Kapow by Eyal Dadon.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
06/05/2021

What defines Jewish music?

From Shlomo Carlebach to Debbie Friedman to Yiddish tunes, there is a vast history to explore.

By MIRIAM KATES LOCK
06/05/2021

Israel and the metamorphosis of the Sabra through the years

‘The Sabra symbolizes our attempt to create a figure who is the complete opposite of the weak Diaspora Jew’

By CARMIT SAPIR VITZ
06/05/2021

Post COVID, Jerusalem's culture scene is bruised but very much alive

Even when lockdowns, prohibitions on gatherings and other pandemic constraints are not in place, Jerusalem’s minor league purveyors of cultural wares have a hard time balancing the books.

06/05/2021

Iranian musician Hanna Jahanforooz keeps Persian culture alive

Persian music and Persian culture are central to Jahanforooz’s very being and not just in a pure artistic sense.

05/05/2021

What a load of cheek! First-ever course in Chutzpah launches worldwide

A new online course called “The Art of Chutzpah,” teaches users how to become more confident, courageous, and resilient.

Despite COVID-19, Israeli violinist to perform Mozart Concerto #5

The concert will take place at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in the framework of Museum’s chamber series and will be repeated in Ness Ziona Pais Art Center next night.

By MAXIM REIDER
05/05/2021

After COVID-19, Israel Festival makes its return

The festival's 60th iteration will take place June 3-19.

04/05/2021

New book, art exhibit focuses on 20 women who survived prostitution

The book is accompanied by works created by 20 different artists inspired by the women. Each artist created a unique work following the life story of each survivor.

Rami Kleinstein and Rita, 'first couple' of Israeli pop, reunite on stage

From the mid-1980s until the early 2000s, the couple were a veritable hit-making factory with twin solo careers that soared.

Alfred Hitchcock, George Clooney, Bortfort: What's new on TV?

Hitchcock’s undeniable misogyny may soon make him and his work a target of the cancel culture

‘Summer Snow’ to heat up Tel Aviv dance and culture scene

Summer Snow will be performed at the Suzanne Dellal Center on May 4-6, 28-31, June 1, 10-12, 17-19.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
29/04/2021

Jerusalem Cinematheque to honor 100th birthday of Federico Fellini

The program, called Fellini in Color, features 12 of his films that have been digitally renewed and which will be shown on the big screen in Israel for the first time.

Tale of Russia, US, Israel, sisterhood explored in new book

The heart of the book engages the reader with chapters that go back and forth in time.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
29/04/2021
SCENES FROM ‘Walter Arlen’s First Century,’ which will be screened at the EPOS festival March 28

Heroic artists shine in ‘Beijing Spring’ at Epos Art Film Festival

The festival features films on architecture, visual arts, protest art, poetry and literature, theater, dance, cinema on cinema and music, as well as an Israeli program and a short-film competition.

Gal Gadot to star in adaptation of sci-fi romance novel

The debut novel, Meet Me in Another Life, which just came out in the US on Wednesday, is also listed as No. 3 in “LGBT Thrillers” and No. 6 in “LGBT Science Fiction.”

The Arthur Rubinstein Grand Piano competition final begins

The concerts will be live-streamed on arims.org.il as well as on eventim.co.il/Arthur. Tickets are required.

By MAXIM REIDER
28/04/2021

Netflix series starring Fauda's Lior Raz releases trailer

Raz has appeared in other Netflix projects such as 6 Underground, but this is the first time he is the central character on an original Netflix series.

Lihi Kornowski from the series, Who Died?, courtesy of Yes

Lihi Kornowski to star in Six-Day War thriller, Jerusalem ’67

Kornowski will play Sarah, a woman living in Jerusalem who finds herself on the war’s front lines.

Writers Festival: Safran Foer analyzes identify, art and influence

Safran Foer was something of a wunderkind, bursting onto the global literary stage in 2002, at the tender age of 25 with his well-received debut offering, Everything Is Illuminated.

28/04/2021

'The Assistant': Film on Weinstein-esque scandal to be screened in Israel

The film to be released Thursday at Tel Aviv Cinematheque, Movielands in Karmiel, Netanya, Haifa.

Members of the U.S. rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform during their concert

Red Hot Chili Peppers delay Israel concert until Europe COVID cools off

Tickets that had been sold already would be good for whatever new date would be set.

André Rieu heads to Israel in 1st post-COVID return of delayed int'l shows

Shows will take place November 4 and 5 at Menorah Mivtachim Hall in Tel Aviv.

Chloe Zhao, winner of the award for Best Picture for "Nomadland," poses in the press room at the Osc

Diverse and distanced Oscar ceremony adapted to pandemic year

Nomadland, a poetic look at older Americans who choose an itinerant lifestyle, won Best Picture as expected.

2021 Hebrew Poetry Prize given to Shlomit Appel, Adi Wolfson, Baco Serlui

The secondary prizes each came with NIS 10,000, while the top prize came with NIS 50,000.

David Broza to perform at the Red Sea Jazz Festival

The festival kicks off this weekend with flamenco hits from ‘The Woman with Me’

25/04/2021

Jerusalem Municipality to hang colorful umbrellas across city center

Umbrellas will be hung from Maccabi Mutsri Square and will extend to the Hamashbir department store on King George Street, and they will remain there until the end of Sukkot.

Shira Haas, Amit Rahav and documentary series win Spirit Awards

The two Israeli stars of the Netflix miniseries 'Unorthodox,' Shira Haas and Amit Rahav, won Best Female Performance in a Scripted Series and Best Male Performance in a Scripted Series.

Jerusalem Cinematheque presents exhibit of children’s art on coronavirus

Exhibition was created under the patronage of Chief of General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces Gen. Aleš Opata, and the Metropolitan Archbishop of Prague, the Czech Primate Dominic Cardinal Duka OP.

The ‘Sound of Music’ returns to the Negev after COVID-19 delay

The 2020 run of the show, like so many others in the country, was cut short last March when COVID-19 darkened Israel’s stages.

By PATRICIA GOLAN
22/04/2021

Back with 'The Bat': Dan Ettinger returns to Israel with 'Die Fledermaus'

Dan Ettinger is certainly giving his first gig here since the virus outbreak every chance of bringing home the kosher bacon.

22/04/2021

International Writers Festival in Jerusalem comes back for 9th time

Israeli writers taking part include David Grossman, Meir Shalev, Etgar Keret, Eshkol Nevo, Dror Mishani, Zeruya Shalev and Agi Mishol.

COVID talk: A lesson in linguistics

There has been a long list of “new” terms that have irked me, starting from day one and “flattening the curve.”

By JODY KASNER
22/04/2021

The Drama of Radio: The past and the future

Audio drama’s special quality? It builds a private, exclusive picture in the mind of each audience member.

Israel's entertainment industry is coming back to life post-coronavirus

The showbiz community was one of the worst-hit sectors of life here during the seemingly interminable pandemic lockdown period, and folks who like to get a regular dosage are looking forward.

22/04/2021

Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat goes back to ‘bassics’

38-year-old Adam Ben Ezra offers intriguing, rhythmic renditions at this weekend’s music celebration

21/04/2021
Nazi hunters Beate Klarsfeld and her husband Serge Klarsfeld

Oscar-nominated filmmakers to produce documentary on French Nazi hunters

Lerner’s 2011 documentary “Hell and Back Again” about a soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder was nominated for an Oscar in 2012.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
21/04/2021

Mediterranean Biennale returns with fourth installment

The aim of this year’s show is to explore the theme of multicultural cooperation and the role of art as a bridge between peoples, places and of ideas in order to develop a transcultural dialogue.

By DANIEL SHORKEND
20/04/2021
Israeli writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret.

Israeli writer Etgar Keret to read excerpts for World Jewry online

The event will take place as part of Israeli Culture Month, initiated by the World Zionist Organization.

‘Black Rain’ exhibition descends on Tel Aviv's Edmond de Rothschild Center

Inspired by science fiction, the exhibition is not about the genre as much as it “employs science fiction to discuss dystopia.”

American Judaism explored in new Israeli TV show 'The New Jew'

This series about “new” Jews will likely enlighten, entertain, annoy and offend viewers in different ways, but it does present a varied and interesting portrait of American-Jewish life.

Lead actor from Netflix hit Shtisel to headline JNF-USA event

Michael Aloni will be interviewed by Danna Stern, Managing Director of Israel’s yes Studios, who Hollywood Reporter credits with “turning Israel into a global television powerhouse.”

Israeli composer Oded Zehavi's works to be performed in Tel Aviv

The title of the new work, Arlozorov 178, was, naturally, spawned by Zehavi’s home address, wherein it was scored.

15/04/2021

Digital art: Making art accessible, affordable to all

Digital art is the ideal medium to strike a balance between accessibility and exclusivity.

A newsstand in Manhattan outfitted with ‘Fake News’ headlines was a stunt by ‘Columbia Journalism'

Grapevine: Smolenskin Clarification

Movers and shakers in Israeli society.

Shtisel: How a TV show on a haredi family has enthralled Jews and non-Jews

Even those who don’t generally watch television at all, let alone Israeli TV, have been caught up in the phenomenon that is Shtisel.

By Rivkah Lambert Adler
15/04/2021

Third time's the charm for Batsheva Ensemble's 'Girlanda'

For the third attempt, the company has decided to return to its ‘Plan A’ and hold the performances on the stage of the Suzanne Dellal Center.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
15/04/2021

Raphie Etgar's final offering at Museum on the Seam shows social flashpoints

Etgar’s swansong is called “Life/ Still Life/ Land” and, true to the museum’s enduring sociopolitical purview, takes a sober and unblinking look at the acerbic side of society here.

15/04/2021

Independence Day: Classic Israeli films, TV series for the holiday

For more information and to order tickets, go to jfc.org.il

Trailer drops for ‘Beauty Queen of Jerusalem’

The epic series is scheduled to launch on Yes TV in Israel in early summer.

Isi Leibler: A voice of moral clarity

We could not pretend to cover the wide scope of Leibler’s life, as Suzanne D. Rutland did in her new book, 'Lone Voice: The Wars of Isi Leibler,' but rather focus on his essence.

13/04/2021

Israel Philharmonic releases film detailing its origins - watch

The Orchestra’s opening concert was conducted by Arturo Toscanini, the greatest conductor of his time, in Tel Aviv on December 26, 1936.

Italian Zodiac clock

Horoscopes for Iyar 5781: Lighting the way to soul-healing

Resist the temptation to blow off steam at whatever moves.

By LORELAI KUDE
10/04/2021

'Hasmhii Kol': Making the voices of women heard against domestic violence

While Maayan Rabani Neeman is not happy with the remuneration shortfall, she is far more concerned with the physical abuse meted out to women on a regular basis around the world

08/04/2021

Israeli Vocal Ensemble springs back to life

Despite the long break in performing, the choir members didn’t sit in despair during the drought season with their mouths tightly shut.

By MAXIM REIDER
08/04/2021

Remembrance day, loved one’s legacies live on

There is no single way to convey feelings. That certainly holds true when trying to sum up a person’s life, and their accrued emotional baggage and legacy, in a matter of just a few minutes.

08/04/2021
Stef Wertheimer

Who is Israel's wealthiest billionaire in 2021?

Some 21 Israelis made this year's list, with Stef Wertheimer at the top.

08/04/2021

Wine Talk: Eat, drink and be merry

Perhaps the sagest advice of how to enjoy yourself on Yom Ha’atzma’ut was found on a 6th century BCE wine chalice discovered in Cyprus. 'Be Happy, Drink Well.'

Chess pieces

Online chess event takes place in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day

Participating nations included Sudan, Morocco, Indonesia, Abu Dhabi and others who do not have diplomatic ties with Israel.

08/04/2021

Helen Mirren will portray Golda Meir in new Yom Kippur War film

The focus of the movie will be the drama of and high-stakes nature of Meir's decisions during the Yom Kippur war.

Anne Frank at her writing table in 1940; how many Anne Franks were lost in the Holocaust?

‘#AnneFrank’ and other films mark Holocaust Remembrance Day

The film will also be shown at the Jerusalem Theater from April 7 to10 and at the Haifa Cinematheque on April 8.

Genesis Festival comes to Kinneret in June for two nights

The festival is one of Israel's biggest music events since COVID-19 lockdown restrictions were eased.

06/04/2021

Harmony and musical accord in Acre's art gallery

The gallery represents 35 local artists, many of whom are new immigrants.

By DANIEL SHORKEND
05/04/2021

Bahraini royal family member to exhibit work in Israeli art show

Rashid Al Khalifa, Almagul Menlibayeva among fascinating global artists taking part in Haifa’s upcoming Mediterranean Biennale

By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE
05/04/2021

'Shape on Us' Vertigo Dance warrants moment of grace

VERTIGO – POWER OF BALANCE: Shape On Us. Choreography: Sharon Fridman. Suzanne Dellal Center, Tel Aviv

By ORA BRAFMAN
04/04/2021

‘Prussian Blue’ exhibit drags the Holocaust back into realm of real

Jewish-Mexican artist Yishai Jusidman offers a new way to see the horrors of the Holocaust often thought of as too terrible to depict.

An Israeli flag is seen on the first of Israel's El Al Airlines order of 16 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

El-Al opens direct flights from Israel to Georgia

Israelis who have been vaccinated may enter Georgia with an English certificate proving their vaccination, since the country accepts Israel's green passport.

'Path of the Fallen' walks the land Israel's heroes died for

These upcoming tours will cover the nation's most important landmarks in an attempt to follow the footsteps of the soldiers and victims who sacrificed their lives to protect them.

HBO Max buys Israeli television series dealing with on-the-spectrum adults

The series will also receive an English language remake which will air on Amazon.

 ALCATRAZ PRISON cells

What it’s like to celebrate Passover in prison

Last year during Passover, the virus was raging across the world. Stay-at-home-orders were given across the United States and countries were going on complete lockdown.

By CHRISTOPHER BLACKWELL/JTA
03/04/2021

New documentary 'Tuning' focuses on piano at Tel Aviv train station

Ilan Yagoda’s documentary shows music as a great equalizer

This beloved Syrian Passover meat pie is the ultimate comfort food

As my paternal grandparents came from a lower-middle-class background, blending ground beef with matzah was considered basic, cheap cuisine.

By ALEGRA SMEKE/JTA
02/04/2021

Hapoel Holon advances to Champions League Final 8

Veteran Pnini finds De Zeeuw for last-gasp winner to secure overtime victory over Casa Brindisi

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
02/04/2021

Artist, red hair inside

Listening to her Holocaust stories, memories that are very blurred, one could think this is the reason for what we see in her paintings.

By BASIA MONKA
01/04/2021
A young man jumps in the water in Acre's Old City.

Acre over Passover: Attractions you don't want to miss in this urban gem

Here are the top recommended things to see and do in Acre this Passover.

By ADI BEN EZER
31/03/2021

'Captain Underpants' creator removes 'passively racist' book off shelves

Pilkey apologized and said he would donate the profits from the book to various groups meant to advance Asian-Americans and diversity in publishing.

IMDb briefly reports Natalie Portman from ‘occupied Palestine'

The Internet Movie Database, owned by an Amazon daughter company, reported the Israeli-born film star as having been born in Palestine before changing the location back to Israel.

Steven Spielberg to gift $2m. toward racial, economic justice

Grants will be funded by his $1 million Genesis Prize award, as well as a matching $1 million contribution made by Spielberg and Kate Capshaw.

Art exhibit highlights coexistence, includes artists from Israel, Iran

Around 400 entries and concepts were submitted initially; a selection committee headed by artist Ilana Gur cut the list down to 30 total.

Jerusalem Artists’ House offers though-provoking fashion during pandemic

The Jerusalem Artists’ House has made a habit of putting some envelope-pushing stuff out there, featuring established artists and newcomers taking their first collection steps alike.

25/03/2021

Songs of Spring: Protecting Israel's natural beauty

We protect our wildflowers in Israel, particularly rare and endangered species.

Exciting Israeli tourism sites to visit during Passover

All of Israel’s many and varied nature reserves will be holding special activities and tours, and visitors are welcome to register ahead of time.

By MEITAL SHARABI
25/03/2021
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