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De Niro to TAU students: COVID worse than 9/11

The virtual meeting with the Oscar winning actor and director was organized by Ido Aharoni, a graduate of TAU, former Israeli consul in New York and currently a lecturer at New York University.

Members of Chesed Shel Emes, a burial society based in Brooklyn, transport a body for burial at the
New Yiddish horror film trailer shows a Jewish burial gone terribly wrong

Much of “The Vigil” appears to be in Yiddish, and it stars actors who have previously appeared in Jewish-themed productions.

By PHILISSA CRAMER/JTA
13/07/2020
Hebrew Scouts nearly shut down during COVID-19 crisis, ‘unthinkable’

After one century of offering informal education to Hebrew youth across the country, the movement faces extreme uncertainty due to government actions.

IAC co-founder: Jewish and Israel education should be affordable for everyone

The 'Zoom Out' global e-summit on July 13-14, brings together international educators and EdTech executives with the aim of re-imagining the future of education in the coronavirus era.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/07/2020
Habima National Theater releases new video celebrating theaters' role

The video features a number of Israel's most prominent celebrities.

By OMRI RON
12/07/2020
Film (illustrative)
In ‘The Tobacconist,’ a young Austrian befriends Freud during WWII

The German-language film with English subtitles will be released July 10 via Kino Lorber, which shares revenue with local theaters.

By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
10/07/2020
Amihai Grosz: From Berlin with viola

Now first principal viola player of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Jerusalem-born Grosz is a seasoned campaigner.

09/07/2020
German Jewish poet brought back to life in a new online platform

Else Lasker-Schüler is considered to be one of the greats of German poetry, a bohemian artist who corresponded with many of the most prominent cultural figures of her time.

The huppah - a beloved object of Jewish art

The huppah is considered a symbol of God’s love above the married couple. The traditional huppah features an open sky above acknowledging God as Creator, who infuses marriage with deep spirituality.

By TOBEY YANAI
09/07/2020
What makes some overcome evil, while others are coopted and destroyed?

In Keep Saying Their Names, Simon Stranger tries to postpone the second death of Hirsch Komissar, his great-grandfather-in-law, a Norwegian Jew murdered by the Gestapo in 1942.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
09/07/2020
Guy Stern - From the Nazis to military intelligence in World War II

The so-called Ritchie Boys have been celebrated in books and documentaries for their critical contribution to military intelligence during World War II.

Vacationing in Eilat - Part I

Even though I’ve been making a great effort recently to avoid crowded and noisy places, I decided to check out what Israel’s southernmost city has to offer.

By MEITAL SHARABI
09/07/2020
The story of the synagogue and the stamp

The synagogue has been featured on postage stamps to note historical events and to demonstrate Israel’s relationship with other countries.

By HARVEY D. WOLINETZ
08/07/2020
Vienna: A weekend escape

Nosh on schnitzel, brush up on Freud and be dazzled by Beethoven.

By SHARON FEIEREISEN
08/07/2020
Beit Hatfutsot previews core exhibition

The new core exhibition will expand the museum’s exploration of Jewish culture, identity and spirituality.

Piris Eliyahu
For Piris Eliyahu, the music is blowing in the wind

“The wind inspires creativity as it blows across the desert.”

08/07/2020
A member of the ALEH Negev gardening team tends to the Rhoda Fischer Memorial Garden at ALEH Negev-N
Memorial garden will provide equal employment for special needs people

The memorial garden at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran has been dedicated to Rhoda Fischer.

Israel Sinfonietta to perform live concert Saturday night

Internationally-known pianist Asaf Kleinman joins from his home in Austria.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
08/07/2020
A drawing of a music note being strangled by a noose
Artists protest closure by questionably using noose image

The protesters were either unaware of or decided to ignore the revived connotations the noose has in the current racial struggles taking place in the United States.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF , JTA
08/07/2020
Winner of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, Netta Barzilai of Israel, takes part at the "Orange Carp
Netta Barzilai removes 'triggering' noose imagery from Instagram

Barzilai had posted the picture — a white note on a black background — on Monday night and removed it on Tuesday morning.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
08/07/2020
Soldiers from the Nahal Haredi unit, the ultra-Orthodox battalion in the Israel Defense Forces
Secular Jews are starting to understand the haredi Orthodox

The tension between secular and religious Israeli society has existed since before the country was founded and remains a contentious societal dividing line.

By RABBI AVI SHAFRAN/JTA
08/07/2020
SETH ROGAN stars (twice) in ‘American Pickle.’
Yiddish hipster heaven awaits with Seth Rogen’s ‘An American Pickle’

The movie was directed by Brandon Trost, a cinematographer making his feature-film directorial debut, and was written by Saturday Night Live writer Simon Rich.

The Market House Hotel
Market House Hotel: A jewel of Jaffa

The Market House only reopened to guests on May 28, after a period of closure due to coronavirus restrictions, but hopes to make up for lost time.

Arthur Hotel
The Arthur’s example in safely reopening the capital for tourism

If one equates Amity Island with Jerusalem and killer sharks with the killer novel coronavirus, one can’t help wondering if it is safe to go back into the hotels here.

By YAKIR FELDMAN
04/07/2020
Ida Haendel
Ida Haendel, master violinist and champion of Israel musicians, dies at 91

Despite giving many master classes, she always said: “I never teach, but I rather share my ideas about music with those who are ready to listen.”

By MAXIM REIDER
04/07/2020
Masada and the Sabbath – The sanctity of freedom over slavery

Separation from sin, and separation from that which enslaves us. The Sabbath is the covenant between the individual and one’s God.

By SHAUL GOLDSTEIN
03/07/2020
Israeli pop stars’ music video with Mexican and Arab garb irks viewers

Giant roosters are also featured.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
03/07/2020
Cameri Theater to return after coronavirus closures with two shows

The theater will be following strict coronavirus procedures, which will be announced over a speaker at the entrance.

02/07/2020
A PALESTINIAN flag hangs outside the Jaffa Museum, while in front, booths offer books, arts and craf
Jaffa Festival for Contemporary Arab Culture returns for fifth year

The festival features original productions, premieres of special productions, as well as theater events, musical performances, film and more.

02/07/2020
Will fans say ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah!’ to Beatles-themed tour of Israel?

The Beatles did not seem to harbor any hard feelings toward the Jewish state, since Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr ignored calls by activists to boycott Israel and performed here in recent years.

‘Spaceship Earth’ - A captivating look back at Biosphere 2

Documentary goes back to the compound where, from 1991 to 1993, eight men and women sealed themselves inside this three-acre terrarium and made it their research laboratory and made it their home.

By JUSTIN CHANG
02/07/2020
Israeli artist Michal Helfman calls temporality to question in exhibition

The sculptor and installation artist transformed a large gallery space into a stripped-down lab, in which she explores how the notion of time can affect the artistic process

02/07/2020
Israeli TV: Terrifying ‘Tehran,’ a Turkish train and a moving mystery

Almost any discussion of the story of 'Tehran' would reveal spoilers, but I can say that the suspense hinges on all kinds of situations that seem plausible.

New NIS 40 million Hechal Hatarbut arts center opens in Pisgat Ze'ev

“After many years, it is time to welcome the finished article,” said Mayor Moshe Lion. "In the coming years we will continue investing in Pisgat Ze’ev and in other neighborhoods. Enjoy."

02/07/2020
Treasures of Israeli folklore explored in new volume

In this 400-page volume, which is lavishly illustrated, each tale is accompanied by a scholarly commentary that provides an insight into its background, origins and history.

Television and the Israeli spy drama: Is it entertainment?

I want to be entertained by my television, not further disquieted. Life right now is disquieting enough as is.

02/07/2020
Dame Vera Lynn: The passing of a British icon

If any one person, apart from Winston Churchill, could be said to symbolize the Second World War for Britain, it was Vera Lynn.

Israel's Banai dynasty - Singing a Persian Jerusalemite tune

A new exhibition at the Tower of David Museum tells the truly remarkable story of an Israeli musical and cultural dynasty from the most unlikely of beginnings.

02/07/2020
Artists, musicians work outdoors amid coronavirus restrictions

Increasingly, culture-venue honchos are turning to al fresco events as a way of getting their creative wares out to the public without contravening capacity limits and social distancing rules.

01/07/2020
NETTA performs at home
Netta Barzilai enthralls international crowd with ‘at home’ set

The performance raised money for New York’s Downtown Women’s Center.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/07/2020
ISRAELI ACTRESS Niv Sultan plays an undercover Mossad agent and gifted computer hacker who is tasked
‘Tehran’ cast bridges Israeli, Iranian cultures

In a recent phone interview, director Daniel Syrkin and Iranian-American actor Shaun Toub shared their thoughts about the series and building bridges between Iranians and Israelis.

By SARAH MOOSAZADEH
01/07/2020
THE NETANYAHU FAMILY at the grave of Yoni Netanyahu.
The Left is not dead – just dormant

As happens every year around this time, Netanyahu, his wife, Sara, and his sons, Yair and Avner, visited the military cemetery on Mount Herzl to stand at the graveside of Lt.-Col. Yonatan Netanyahu.

Carl Reiner, American Jewish comedy legend dies at 98

Reiner, whose career began before World War II and continued to his last moments, set the standard for the Jewish-inflected humor that reshaped Hollywood and influenced all of American society.

Tel Aviv Municipality lights up for LGBT Pride month

Tel Aviv is famous for its LGBT community, and is consistently ranked as one of the top destinations world wide for LGBT travelers.

29/06/2020
Suchard, Gadot and ‘Fauda’ raise funds for Make-a-Wish

The three items raised over NIS 100,000 for the organization at the event held at the home of board member Galit Ferber Sheraski.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/06/2020
Deeply moving - Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra at re-opening concert

The members of the JSO were all spaced about a meter apart from each other, with strings each playing on a separate music stand. The winds played behind clear plastic shields.

By MAX STERN
28/06/2020
Birth of the Phoenix: An outdoor experience

The performance takes place with the audience sitting within a geodesic dome of bamboo, allowing for a flow between the internal and the external.

28/06/2020
REZA ASLAN, host of CNN’s series ‘Believer,’ stands at the Western Wall in 2015 during the filming o
International film mag leaves Israel off attractive locations list

Israeli producer claims snub is due to lack of government funding.

‘Yossi & Jagger’ makes best LGBTQ movie list

Yossi & Jagger, which won the Best Actor Award for its star, Ohad Knoller, at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2003, and dozens of other international awards, launched Fox’s international career.

Having fun on the streets of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv

With the majority of indoor arts venues still closed to the public, holding events and shows outdoors seems to be a fast emerging pattern in cultural climes.

28/06/2020
The week in readers' pictures

Jerusalem Post readers send us their best shots from the week of June 14, 2020.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/06/2020
The closing of a discerning eye: Esteban Alterman, 1963-2020

Alterman was a top-notch photographer, who soon after his arrival in Israel in 1991, became the house photographer for The Jerusalem Report.

Netta Barzilai appears in Netflix Eurovision movie

Israel is mentioned one time, when the song from Israel is one of the last two finalists.

The impact of COVID-19 on Israel's art community

With slashed budgets and shuttered galleries, the local art community expresses cautious optimism but raises a warning flag

25/06/2020
Tanduka
A treat off the beaten track

Tanduka is a rarity: A kosher restaurant worth a detour.

By BUZZY GORDON
25/06/2020
Popina
Fine dining in picturesque Neve Tzedek

Chef Orel Kimchi offers a new and very exciting menu at Popina

By JONATHAN GILAD
25/06/2020
ILAN VOLKOV conducting the concert at Jerusalem’s ICC auditorium.
Back to the IPO, in the flesh

For now, at least, music-lovers have plenty to look forward to in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa.

25/06/2020
Birth of the Phoenix
Culture rising from the ashes

“Somehow, this show is more exactly right now. It is more suitable today than ever before,” says Adi Sha’al.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
25/06/2020
INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED jazz trumpeter Avishai Cohen kickstarted the Unplugged in the Patio series
Here and now at Hansen House

Jerusalemites are now able to get an earful, eyeful and heartful of the real thing, as it unfolds right there before them, at Hansen House.

29/06/2020
COFFEE FOR two ready to serve at Café Duvshanit
As java joints reopen, ‘In Jerusalem’ gets in on the local buzz

Jerusalem has a coffee culture that stretches back to the Turkish coffee of the Ottoman period.

By HEDDY BREUER ABRAMOWITZ
25/06/2020
FORMER US special counsel Robert Mueller discusses Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential
Ex-CIA analyst: 120 million Americans saw Russian-Facebook content in 2016

In True or False, Cindy Otis, a former CIA analyst, provides an informative and engaging survey of fake news throughout history.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
28/06/2020
Ido Beck focuses on history, video games, wild boars in Haifa

In his new exhibition at Haifa City Museum, Beck gains inspiration from history, video games and wild boars gone urban.

Dave Carroll debuted his coronavirus-reflective song

Canadian singer-songwriter Dave Carroll debuted his coronavirus-reflective song‘When the World Stops Ending’ at this week’s OurCrowd online innovation conference

24/06/2020
Parking lot jazz cools down Tel Aviv

Like most successful Jewish ventures – as the saying goes – the Drivin’ Jazz program was initiated by a Jewish mother.

23/06/2020
'SCOOB!’ is one of the films scheduled to open in Israel next month.
Cinemas struggle to reopen amid new coronavirus regulations

The newly reopened theaters will have to follow a number of regulations.

When the Haganah Trained on the Beaches of Tel Aviv

The Haganah’s Camp Yona was located in northern Tel Aviv, on a site occupied by a luxurious hotel today; this was the location for a string of historic events.

By AMIT NAOR / NATIONAL LIBRARY OF ISRAEL
23/06/2020
starcatcher
Saturn’s last stand means ‘do the work’

Hodesh Tammuz 5780 (June 22 – July 21, 2020)

By LORELAI KUDE
22/06/2020
New documentary explores the life of notorious lawyer Roy Cohn

This riveting documentary attempts to unravel the mass of contradictions and complexity that were at the heart of Cohn’s life.

Hansen House is back: live, kicking and unplugged

Shabtai has pulled out all the stops, putting together a high-class, wide-ranging lineup of acts that span numerous genres and styles, from jazz to indie, and from electronica to ethnic sounds.

21/06/2020
Balloon art tackles climate change, corruption

Artist and activist Doron Gazit’s massively scaled tube-art installations walk the fine line between beauty and tragedy in nature

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars to be screened in Jerusalem for Israeli premier 40th anniversary

The Star Wars franchise is one of the most successful and widely beloved film franchises of all time.

22/06/2020
Daniel Craig as a Jew with a gun in "Defiance."
‘Defiance’ is the best Jews vs. Nazis inspiration that Netflix offers

If you’re also just in the mood for some guilt-free footage of Jews shooting back at their oppressors while in quarantine, Netflix is waiting.

By STEPHEN SILVER/JTA
20/06/2020
Israel Philharmonic Orchestra to perform free online concert

Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren will host the event. Registration is required to receive the link.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
20/06/2020
British musician Paul McCartney performs during the "One on One" tour concert in Brazil
Paul McCartney gets birthday wishes from Israel

McCartney's last performance in Israel was in 2008 and was a massive success. Rumors began to spark in late 2019 that McCartney was planning a return sometime in the near future.

19/06/2020
Bikurim Youth Village creates artistic opportunity for Israel’s periphery

The Village, which was established in 2014, “began as a family project or really, as kind of a wish or a dream,” according to its co-founder, Prof. Jonathan Dekel-Chen.

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Miniseries ‘Tehran’ may become the newest Israeli int’l hit

The eight-part series, which was extensively researched, deals in part with young, secular Iranians who oppose the regime.

With coronavirus restrictions lifted, why is the Israel Museum closed?

While some smaller museums have been able to reopen a few of their galleries, Jerusalem’s Israel Museum has remained closed to visitors

Shmulik Cohen
Jewish comfort food

Not always good for the heart but great for the soul.

Aroma breakfast
Calling my name

Aroma offers a reviving and good-value breakfast.

Nammos
Upscale gourmet on the water

Nammos, one of the stars of the Herzliya marina, reopened last week.

By BUZZY GORDON
18/06/2020
SMOKEY ROBINSON (left) and Berry Gordy in the documentary  ‘Hitsville: The Making of the Motown Soun
Motown magic, Vietnam vets and moody Mason

The series starts on Cellcom TV, HOT VOD, Next TV, Yes VOD, Sting TV and HOT HBO on June 22 at 10 p.m. and on Yes Action on June 28 at 10 p.m.

HOMAGE TO Antoni Gaudi – Zaidel infuses her take on iconic art of the past with her own here and now
Art for all ages – and places

Lena Zaidel seems to have followed a go-with-the-flow line to the creations in her new exhibition, Homage, curated by Batsheva Dori-Carlier which opened at the Agripas 12 gallery this week.

21/06/2020
PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING photojournalist Michel duCille (left) with Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist an
When three comic-writers take on the tribe and all things Jewish

When the writers say one of the hallmarks of Judaism is that “there is no one ‘right way’ to do things, there are only many wrong ways” they make an excellent point

Retired IDF major becomes Rimon School of Music's oldest graduate

After 27 years of service in the IDF and without any formal musical training, embarking on a rigorous musical career was the last thing Arik, then in his mid-40s, was expecting to do.

Universal becomes first major music label to open Israel branch

The music label will also open up a new branch in Morocco.

17/06/2020
A woman displays a "Free Iran" sticker as thousands of Iranian opponents in exile stage a protest ag
‘Fauda’ writer’s new show ‘Tehran’ gets picked up by Apple TV

Tehran focuses on the story of Tamar Rabinayan, played by Israeli actress Niv Sultan, who is a gifted young hacker for Israel’s intelligence unit.

By LIOR ZALTZMAN/JTA
17/06/2020
A SCENE from the film ‘Going for the Impossible – The Conductor Mirga Gražinyte-Tyla.’
Epos festival of art films to take place online

The festival was due to run in March, but will now be held online from June 18 to July 11.

OR SCHRAIBER (left) and Bobbi Jene Smith appear in ‘Aviva.’
Boaz Yakin’s dance drama ‘Aviva’ is an online hit

The film is currently streaming in North America through a number of theaters

Ein Harod art museum opens five new exhibitions this summer

Painter Eli Shamir’s exhibition “Borders” is actually co-hosted by the Herzliya Museum of Art with Mishkan presenting paintings that focus on borders and how the human eye defines them.

TEL AVIV Museum of Art director Tania Coen-Uzzielli (at right): ‘I felt it was very important to ens
Thousands of Israelis visit the Tel Aviv Art Museum following reopening

The museum closed one day after launching a new exhibition, but is now quickly running out of tickets due to the large number of visitors.

By OMRI RON
14/06/2020
Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman 1984 release date moved for fourth time

Hopefully the date will stick, and give followers something to look forward to after what's already been a long year.

13/06/2020
'Gone with the Wind' ban in US gets mixed Israeli reaction

Movie lovers who adore the film and think that HBO’s action is political correctness at its worst squared off with those who feel its depiction of slaves is disturbingly racist.

Angelica
Restaurant years are like dog years

erusalem’s Angelica restaurant reopens, offering a limited menu.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
11/06/2020
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