Beresheet Fest prepares for ninth year
A staple of Israel's New Age music festival circuit, Succot's Beresheet is set to offer plenty of live music, spiritual activities and family fun in its ninth annual installment. Held at the Kinneret's Dugit Beach from October 6 to 8, the festival will feature alumni of the local classic rock band Kaveret, punk rockers Useless ID, contemporary rock trio Nanunchka and pop acts Dudu Tassa and Din Din Aviv. In a separate area of the festival grounds, electronic music will be spun by DJs late into the night. Other activities include rain rites, collective relaxation workshops, a love-themed sunset march, a "Peace Succa," environmental lectures and children's theater. Festival producers say they expect some 15,000 people to participate. - Ben Jacobson
Kids get Adam Sandler gifts
Hundreds of children in Israeli conflict zones received video games donated by Hollywood actor Adam Sandler.
Foreign Ministry staff last week handed out some of the 400 Playstation consoles and games donated by Sandler at northern border towns that came under Hizbullah rocket attack during Israel's recent Lebanon war. Children in Sderot, a southern town frequently targeted by Palestinian rocket crews in the Gaza Strip, are also to receive the gifts.
A Foreign Ministry statement said Sandler, the Jewish star of Billy Madison and Click, had been moved to "bring happiness to the hearts" of Israeli children forced to take to shelters during the rocket salvoes. - JTA
Telling tales at the Givatayim Theater
Once upon a time - 13 years ago to be exact - the Israel Storytelling Festival got underway.
More than 500 authors, singers, actors, artists and politicians will take part in this year's festival, set to take place at the Givatayim Theater during Succot. Artistic Director Yossi Alfi, the founder and artistic director of the Community Theater movement in Israel, has scheduled a diverse line-up for the event, set to take place between October 8 and 14.
Among those taking part in the festival are Shimon Peres, Sefi Rivlin, Meni Peer, Yossi Gerber, Eyal Peled and Haim Hefer. Special storytelling events include Rina Schenfeld, Ido Tadmor and Rami Beer with stories from the world of dance; Carmela Menashe, Moshik Timor and Shmulik Rozen with stories in honor of Voice of Israel radio's 70th anniversary; Arye Golan, Itamar Rabinovich and Meir Rosen with stories from the United Nations; and Smadar Shir, Si Hyman and Orna Yakir with stories focused on women. A musical storytelling event called "Zionist Dream" will feature 44 members of the Beersheba Symphony. The festival is aimed at all ages, with tickets priced between NIS 65 and 95. - Viva Sarah Press