New collection at Eretz Israel Museum, featuring Judaica from many periods in Jewish history, to be unveiled.

November 22, 2012 13:21
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There is still a Hassid

Dan Almagor’s play, Ish Hassid Haya (“Once There Was a Hassid”), has proven to be one of the most enduring performance works ever produced in this country. Forty-four years after its highly successful premiere, the play will take on a more contemporary look for its forthcoming run at Haifa Theater and Habimah Theater in Tel Aviv, with daily shows scheduled in Haifa from November 25 to 30, followed by performances at Habimah on December 3-6 and 8.

The current production, which is directed by Itzik Weingarten and stars Yigal Sadeh, Tzahi Halevy and Etti Vaknin, takes a broader perspective on Hassidism and the spread of cultural baggage within Jewry as a whole. In contrast with the original production, the new version incorporates the music, stories and humor of many Jewish communities.

The 1968 production starred Shlomo Nitzan and Danny Litani, with scenery created by internationally renowned artist Danny Caravan. It ran for more than 600 shows and went on the road to the US, the Soviet Union and Italy.

For tickets and more information about Ish Hassid Haya: (04) 860-0500 or; (03) 629-5555 or

007 and all that jazz

The box-office success of the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall, has spawned a musical tribute to some of the songs that made previous 007 escapades stick in the public’s affections over the years. Next Friday, the Mediatheque Center in Holon will host a starstudded lineup in the 007 – Her Majesty’s Secret Agent production, which will be fronted by a host of rock and pop stars including Efrat Gosh, Eran Tzur, Yahli Sonol, Asaf Rott and Daniel Salomon.

The show is part of the Ten Lamilim La’asot B’cha series and features songs from Bond movies from over the last 50 years, including You Only Live Twice, GoldenEye, The World Is Not Enough and Tomorrow Never Dies. The live music will be enhanced by screenings of clips from the relevant movies.

There will also a nod to the real world of espionage when former GSS head Yaakov Peri takes the stage to talk about some of his professional experiences.

For tickets and more information about 007 – Her Majesty’s Secret Agent: (03) 502-1552 or

Local Judaica

The Eretz Israel Museum in Tel Aviv has unveiled a new collection of locally produced Judaica artifacts. The permanent exhibition includes items produced in this part of the world between 1880 and 1967 which reflect many aspects of social-cultural life here over close to a century.

The items come from all sectors of pre-state Jewry and Israeli society and include a wide range of themes and motifs, from acts of heroism to the role of the kibbutz and from religious holidays to the Hebrew letters.

The artifacts also highlight the differences between the Jewish way of life in this part of the world compared with Judaism in the Diaspora.

For more information: (03) 541- 5244 or

Cracking nuts in Herzliya and Eilat

The Herzliya Performing Arts Center and Eilat Theater will host children’s productions of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, with choreography by Berta Yampolski. The Herzliya show will take place tomorrow at 11 a.m. and the Eilat shows will take place on Monday and Tuesday at 6 p.m.

This is a shortened version of the work, for children, and includes narration by the choreographer.

For tickets and more information: (03) 540-0551 or (08) 634- 3343 ext. 1

Chamber Music Club Hits Ten

The Israeli Chamber Music Club will mark its first decade with a festive concert at the Felicja Blumental Center in Tel Aviv next Friday at 2 p.m.

The program will include works by Moshe Zorman, Hillel Tzori, Yaron Gotfried and Yehezkel Braun, performed by club instrumentalists violinist Nitai Tzori, cellist Hillel Tzori and pianist Michael Peri, as well as guest artists soprano vocalist Einat Eronstein, clarinet players Noam Carmon and Danny Ardeman and viola player Gili Radein.

For tickets and more information: (03) 620-1185 ext. or

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