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Isra-Drama promotes international cooperation through Israeli theater

The annual festival introduces some 200 viewers from across the globe to the new theatrical works in Israel.

21/11/2020
Bette Midler and Hans Zimmer to appear with Israel Philharmonic

The event will be broadcast globally on December 6 at 9 p.m. Israel time, and will be free for the public.

By NERIA BARR
19/11/2020
Appreciating art from home

The “Mundane Heights” exhibition, which opened virtually a couple of weeks ago, is an aptly and oxymoronically named venture.

19/11/2020
Bringing Ladino music back to life

Hadas Pal-Yarden performs songs in Ladino time at the Oud Festival

19/11/2020
The Jerusalem Jazz Globus Festival returns

The 16th Jazz Globus Festival takes place on November 22-26; although, like almost every cultural event these days, events will be streamed online.

19/11/2020
Oh La La French Comedy fest begins November 22

It will feature the best of recent French comedies, as well as some classics from years gone by.

John Benjamin Hickey (right) and Niv Nissim are set to star in the Tel Aviv-based film Sublet from I
‘Asia,’ ‘Here We Are’ among films to compete at Jerusalem Film Festival

There will be prizes totaling NIS 500,000 that will be given to award winners.

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Coronavirus brings the Jazz Globus Festival to YouTube

Jazz Globus normally takes place at the downtown Harmony hall, but this time the shows will be broadcast via YouTube.

17/11/2020
Salman Schocken documentary premiers on Wednesday

The film paints a portrait of a secular man who was drawn to Judaism and Jewish subjects and a businessman who lived an intensely intellectual life.

Ladino music heads online in this year's Oud Festival

The Internet-facilitated audience on Sunday may recognize some of the numbers, including songs made famous by the likes of Yehoram Gaon.

17/11/2020
Larry Frisch
Larry Frisch: A man who lived life to the full, dead at 91

Veteran filmmaker kept working till he was past his mid-eighties

A map to a world that no longer exists

How should we look for the language of this story about genocide, about the Volhynia Massacre, and how can one make it universal and comprehensible?

By NERIA BARR
15/11/2020
National Library's Docu.Text film festival goes online

This year’s international festival highlights some of the best Israeli documentary films from recent years.

Israeli Opera chorus fights back against proposed layoffs

Members of the chorus make about NIS 50,000-60,000 per year, depending on how much they work, which is on the borderline of the minimum wage.

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Horoscopes for Hodesh Kislev 5781/2020 - November 17-December 15

Two eclipses and a short, sharp shock

By LORELAI KUDE
14/11/2020
Jesse Eisenberg to 'Post': New film is a story of salvation, not revenge

American-Jewish star talks about playing Marcel Marceau in Jerusalem film fest’s ‘Resistance’

Third age women dance in Suzanne Dellal Center to bring back culture

The women wore t-shirts on which it was written both their name and their age on the front, and the slogan "Give us back the culture!" on the back.

HBO adapts Tony Award-winning play about peace accords, into new film

The film, which will air next year, stars Andrew Scott (of “Fleabag” and “Black Mirror”) and Ruth Wilson (“The Affair,” “Mrs. Wilson”)

By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
13/11/2020
Virtual Photo Is:Rael Festival explore objective reality in photography

Guest of honor Martin Parr's work goes beyond Parr for the visual course

12/11/2020
Ophir Awards to be given out on Friday

This is an unusual year for the Israeli film industry, to put it mildly, because the coronavirus has forced theaters to stay shut since March.

21st Jerusalem International Oud Festival - 21 years ago today

Twenty years after it took its first tentative steps into the world of cultural enterprise, the festival has come of age, and is clearly rising to the occasion this time round.

12/11/2020
The Journey Through Music History: Celebrating music in Jerusalem

The Magazine spoke to the Ohalecha management husband-and-wife team of Meir-Simchah and Devora Panzer, as well as the center’s musical director, David Frankel, about the upcoming event.

By BEN BRESKY
12/11/2020
‘Glamour Boys’: When an LGBT group of British MPs foresaw Hitler’s threat

At a time when gay sex was still illegal in Britain, their decision to break ranks with then prime minister Neville Chamberlain’s policy of appeasing Hitler in the 1930s was all the more courageous.

By HUGO GREENHALGH
12/11/2020
Facebook and Anne Frank: New take paints famous diary with 2020 vision

This book has many valuable lessons for children, particularly during this time of political unrest and increasing intolerance and antisemitism.

By AYELET RAYMOND
12/11/2020
ISResilience: Resilience as an inherent element of the Israeli psyche

“By any rational analysis,” write the authors, “Israel should not exist at all, let alone be a thriving powerhouse of a country.

Memories: Some things are worth more than money

“Get rid of the clutter,” we’re told. Not me. I’ll go on collecting mementos and memories until I die.

‘Face it’ handbag, designed by Kobi Levy.
Kobi Levi pivots creativity to coronavirus-themed handbag collection

His newest collection includes a 'Face It' handbag, shaped like a mask.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
12/11/2020
Open Skies - Tel Aviv exhibition aims to reimagine the perception of art

It takes in a motley array of exhibits spread around downtown Tel Aviv feeding off more than 30 projects created by local and non-Israeli artists.

12/11/2020
Ophir Awards to be given out Friday

This is an unusual year for the Israeli film industry, to put it mildly, because the coronavirus has forced theaters to stay shut since March.

John Benjamin Hickey (right) and Niv Nissim are set to star in the Tel Aviv-based film Sublet from I
Eytan Fox’s ‘Sublet’ to open 37th Jerusalem Film Festival

'Sublet' stars Tony Award-winning actor John Benjamin Hickey as a New York Times travel writer grieving a loss who comes to Tel Aviv to research an article.

Japanese Ambassador Koichi Aiboshi (left), President Reuven Rivlin, and Haifa Mayor Einat Kalisch Ro
Japan, Japan

60 years ago, the only museum devoted to Japanese art in the Middle East opened. President Reuven Rivlin met with the Japanese Ambassador for the occasion.

Alex Trebek, host of the game show ‘Jeopardy!,’ poses with his Emmy Award at the 33rd annual Daytime
Alex Trebek: Trivia celebrant

It was not a show about Trebek; the trivia spoke for itself.

By SHELDON FREEDMAN
09/11/2020
A scene from the film ‘A Call to Spy.’
Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival to light up screens with great movies

As always, it will feature the best of recent movies of Jewish interest — including feature films, documentaries, short films and animated films, from Israel and around the world.

Israel Museum goes remote for exhibit at Ticho House

Somehow, the “impersonal” digital presentation fit the bill to a tee, in more than one sense.

05/11/2020
War stories told in coronavirus shadow captivate captive Israeli audience

Suddenly, as the coronavirus pandemic casts a long shadow over Israeli life, it seems Israelis want to look back at the country’s two most devastating wars in terms of loss of life.

Coronavirus moves Jerusalem Jewish Film Fest online

There will be online panels and events with actors and filmmakers, including with Jesse Eisenberg, who stars in one of the festival films, Resistance.

Arava film fest offers drive-in movie screenings

The opening-night screening of the drive-in part of the festival will be the latest film by acclaimed Danish director, Thomas Vinterberg, called Another Round.

38 Olim land in Israel as part of a Nefesh B’Nefesh Group Aliyah Flight
Nominations open for 2021 Sylvan Adams Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize

Eligible candidates for the prize must have made Aliyah from an English-speaking country, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, UK, and the US.

Nir Bergman film wins Audience Award at French film fest

Here We Are is nominated for 10 Ophir Awards including the best picture, director, screenplay and acting awards.

Iran to send gamers to Israel for international e-sports competition

Other countries without ties with Israel such as Indonesia and Malaysia have also expressed interest in coming, should they qualify in the upcoming tournament for their region.

03/11/2020
Sean Connery as James Bond in the 1960s.
Sean Connery – cool, sexy and unflappable

Watching Connery – who was handsome but also projected qualities that made him so much more than just a pretty face – on the big screen was one of the purest joys of moviegoing.

Pasta and cheese pizza quiche
Italian food week in Israel moves online during coronavirus pandemic

The week will also include a classic-car road trip from Tel Aviv to the north of Israel organized by ENIT and Alfa Romeo.

The movie poster for ‘Kiss Me Kosher.’
TLVFest, Israel’s LGBT film festival, goes online

The closing movie, Kiss Me Kosher, is a German/Israeli romantic comedy that tells the story of two generations of Israeli women who fall for a German woman and a Palestinian man.

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Shlomi Shabat, Israeli singer, reflects on battle with COVID-19

In a virtual press conference, Shabat told of his continuous struggle with COVID-19, even after his release. "But," he insisted, "I could still pick up my guitar and sing."

By SARAH BEN-NUN
01/11/2020
War, women and Borat: What's new to watch during the coronavirus pandemic

A number of new offerings have been made available on TV, VOD and streaming services.

Yitzhak Rabin visits with Stephen M. Flatow.
Rabin family opens private archive for TV series

The proposed series will be six parts and will be titled The Leader

Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem
An artifact exodus in the Museum of Islamic Art

One of the museum’s neighbors has been closely following the reluctant disposal of tapestries, utensils and watches.

The 'Momentum' installation by Nardeen Srouji takes a 3D staccato look at timekeeping
Time is in the limelight at Museum for Islamic Art exhibition

THE MUSEUM describes Time as “an interactive exhibition for the whole family” and invites members of the public of all ages to try their hand at “controlling time”.

29/10/2020
Meir Shalev
Esau, An Israeli film based on a biblical sibling rivalry - Watch

“Esau,” a drama based on the novel by the same name by Israeli author Meir Shalev, stars Shira Haas, Harvey Keitel and Lior Ashkenazi.

By GABE FRIEDMAN/JTA
29/10/2020
Award-winning documentary ‘The Last Sermon’ set for digital release

Movie follows survivors of Tel Aviv suicide bombing as they travel across Europe in bid to understand religious extremism.

By THE MEDIA LINE
29/10/2020
Israeli children in second grade (7 - 8 years old) using computers in a class room during a lesson a
BIGI streaming platform for kids launches in Israel

BIGI features programs from Israel and around the world, including such shows as Arthur, the kids’ version of Ninja Israel, Galis and many more.

 Abu Ghosh
Live from Abu Ghosh, it’s the orchestra

The performance, which will be broadcast via YouTube, Facebook and on the ICO web site, takes place this evening (Thursday) at 8 p.m.

28/10/2020
Museum for Islamic Art in Jerusalem
A last-minute reprieve for Islamic Museum auction

Until a day or so ago, over 200 works stored and exhibited at the museum were due to be offered for auction at Sotheby’s in London.

28/10/2020
Byzantine church discovered in Banyas nature reserve

According to scholars, the church, which used pagan architecture, was founded on the site when Christianity became the official religion in Israel in the fourth century CE.

19-year-old pop singer blamed for sustaining rape culture by MK

Others have claimed that the video, provocative as it may be, doesn't do anything that wasn't done countless times before.

1,700-year-old Greek inscription in Golan bears same name as village today

The Nafah army base was recently in the news as the setting for the acclaimed Israeli television series on the 1973 Yom Kippur War, Valley of Tears on Channel Kan 11.

Local disciples honor Carlebach on his 26th yahrzeit

“Reb Shlomo is more alive than ever. There are so many people studying his teachings, sharing his teachings and uncovering new songs.”

26/10/2020
Israelis and Sudanese promote solidarity and peace through game of chess

"It is the first time I think for Israeli players and Sudanese players to interact socially in sports," said one of the participants.

Ganit Goldstein’s 3D design, made of 100% recycled materials, presented at the exhibition
Israeli designer launches 3D-printed virtual reality fashion exhibition

Ganit Goldstein launched a virtual reality exhibition space to present one of the first fashion collections with cutting edge 3D printing.

Documentation of the working process including: a screenshot of a photo by Dan Robert Lahiani, a fil
Jerusalem's Manofim Festival takes to Zoom for 2020

This year’s online program runs October 27 to 29.

24/10/2020
PRIME MINISTER Benjamin Netanyahu, Jewish Agency head Natan Sharansky (second from right) and Knesse
Never Alone: Prison, Politics, and My People

Natan Sharansky's memoir explores his struggles within the USSR, and during his Israeli political career.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
23/10/2020
Inside Ticho House, 2015
Examining the work and legacy of Anna Ticho

The writer, a nephew of the Tichos, delivered these comments at the opening of the Anna Ticho “Lifescape” exhibit, on October 25, 2018.

By CHARLES TICHO
22/10/2020
Vocal tasters and testers: 23 Israeli Music Festival to go online

This year’s significantly pared-down edition will take place at 1 p.m. on October 30 and goes by the title of “From the Drawer to Song – Choir Lab.”

22/10/2020
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Reprisal of Simon Wiesenthal play streams online

In keeping with the times, the play, economically titled “Wiesenthal,” is digitally available anywhere in the world until Oct. 28.

By TOM TUGEND/JTA
22/10/2020
You could be in Israeli star Hanan Ben-Ari's new music video

Ben-Ari added that the videos should be videos and not pictures. If the videos catch three generations of family members together, then that's "magic," he said.

A scene from ‘Dear Comrades,’ being screened at the Arava Film Festival.
Arava Int’l Film Festival announces November program

The festival will feature the best of recent films from Israel and around the world.

Gal Gadot replaces Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra in clip

Gadot has a slight resemblance to Taylor that has gone unremarked upon until now.

The Tel Aviv Opera House.
For the Israeli Opera, the show must go on

"Now all we are waiting for is a government approval of our plan, so we can open our doors to the public,” said Israeli Opera general manager Zach Granit."

Italian Zodiac clock
Horoscopes for Hodesh Heshvan 5781/2020 (October 18-November 16)

Transforming ‘mar’ (bitter) into ‘ram’ (greatness)

By LORELAI KUDE
18/10/2020
Majority of Arab News poll respondents happy Gal Gadot will play Cleopatra

The editors of the website seemed surprised by the results, headlining the article, “Shockingly, most Arab News readers in favor of Israeli actress Gal Gadot as Cleopatra.”

Nuphar on this week's cover of La-Isha.
Celebrating life and womanhood: Eylon Nuphar

A breast cancer survivor who isn't afraid to confront society's beauty standards.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
18/10/2020
The 66th "Speedo" Swim.
The latest coronavirus culture cancellation: Kinneret Swim

It's been around since 1954. This year, it will be cancelled for the first time.

By SARAH BEN-NUN
18/10/2020
Will museums be forced to sell collections to stay afloat?

The decision to auction off more than 200 items from the museum was, in fact, taken long before COVID-19 was an abominable twinkle in anyone’s eye.

17/10/2020
Israeli TV series peers into the Yom Kippur War's ‘Valley of Tears’

Amsel, a veteran writer in the Israeli television industry, has been working for a decade as co-creator and co-writer on Valley of Tears, a heralded series about the Yom Kippur War.

Gal Gadot teaches Hebrew in Vanity Fair interview

The interview went up ahead of Gadot's cover on Vanity Fair's November issue.

15/10/2020
Looking back on a happy childhood in Netanya

Ice deliveries, traveling barbers and goats strolling the streets are fondly remembered by a Netanya resident

By SARAH HERSHENSON
14/10/2020
A scene from the new Israeli TV series ‘Valley of Tears.’
HBO buys the rights to the Israeli series ‘Valley of Tears’

The series, which aired on KAN 11 back in October, stars some of Israel's highest profile actors.

Keret and choreographer Inbal Pinto on the set while filming the video dance inspired by the story ‘
Writing to fight the inertia: Etgar Keret finds inspiration in coronavirus

He may be known for sardonic short stories, but Keret reveals in conversation with the ‘Post’ an optimistic outlook and calls the months under COVID-19 ‘one of the most prolific periods’ of his life.

14/10/2020
Gal Gadot to appear on 'Vanity Fair’s' November cover

Gadot is the second Israeli to grace the cover of the magazine, following Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman.

Ancient two-shekel weight discovered near Western Wall

The excavation in which the weight was found was conducted by the IAA in conjunction with the Western Wall Heritage Foundation. The weight was found beneath Wilson’s Arch by the Western Wall.

IDFA film festival to show Israeli documentary

Maya Zinshtein's newest analyzes Evangelical support for Israel.

MAKOM and JNF find creative ways to help communities fight COVID

“There has been great cooperation... It connects us to our roots. The older members of the community are the roots, we are just the branches, but they are the roots.”

Bar Papas
Jerusalem-based yeshiva rock band releases debut album after 20 years

While their music has always been written by the band members themselves, their lyrics are taken directly from the pages of the Talmud.

Gal Gadot to star as Egyptian queen Cleopatra in historical biopic

The Israeli star will work on the film alongside “Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
12/10/2020
Haifa International Film Festival announces winners

Leaving Paradise by Ofer Freiman won the Best Film Award in the Israeli Documentary Film Competition, and its creators will receive NIS 40,000 as part of this prize.

The week in readers' pictures

Jerusalem Post readers send us their best shots of the week.

During coronavirus, home is where the photo is

The Photo Is:Rael grand happening probes the domestic domain

09/10/2020
US President Barack Obama awards the 2015 National Humanities Medal to poet Louise Gluck at the Whit
American poet Louise Gluck wins 2020 Nobel Prize in Literature

The literature prize has been dogged by controversy over the past several years.

By REUTERS
08/10/2020
Zionism: a historic force for Jewish life

Exploring the relationship between Hebrew literature, modern Hebrew and Zionism

Aviv Geffen in concert via livestream, June 2020
Blackfield returns with new music video for 'Under my Skin'

The track features on their next album, For The Music, slated for release in December.

Winner of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, Netta Barzilai of Israel, takes part at the "Orange Carp
Project to help struggling Israeli music industry recreates 50 classics

The artists, whose styles run the gamut from rock to rap to Mizrahi, were able to put their own spin on these tunes while earning an honorarium of about $1,400.

By MARCY OSTER/JTA
06/10/2020
Yom Kippur War series 'Valley of Tears' releases promos ahead of premiere

These previews give a glimpse of a multi-strand series that tells stories from this war that have never been dramatized before.

The week in readers' photos

Jerusalem Post readers send us their best pics of the week

 Actress Gal Gadot receives the 2018 #See Her award for her performance in "Wonder Woman."
Gal Gadot takes third place on Forbes list of highest paid actresses 2020

The 2020 list is characterized by more TV stars than usual. This is in part due to the coronavirus pandemic postponing the production of many big-budget releases.

03/10/2020
A man wearing a Swastika [Illustrative]
In ‘The Keeper,’ a rabbi saves the soccer career of an ex-Nazi

The film opens Friday at select theaters and video on demand.

By CURT SCHLEIER/JTA
03/10/2020
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