■ It was a grand reunion for past and present dancers, choreographers, and costume and set designers, who gathered at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center on Saturday night for the gala celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Batsheva Dance Company. Chief choreographer and artistic director Ohad Naharin created a special new jubilee repertoire for the occasion.

■ The Arab city of Kalansuwa this month held a fund-raising event called A Smile of Hope, for leading Israeli therapeutic facility Beit Issie Shapiro and its Sindian Center, which serves the Arab community in the Southern Triangle.

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