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'The Dead Don't Die'
Movie's get creative during coronavirus lockdown

Two series from Israel and abroad examine life in today’s bizarre and often scary reality.

How Israel almost landed on the Moon

Using the story of Beresheet as its background, To the Moon on a Plastic Bottle traces how Israel’s unique cultural style has made the country a world leader in technology.

wedding
The quiet after the storm

By HADASSAH CHEN
04/06/2020
The future of tourism: When will the people come back to visit?

How different will people’s next vacation here in Israel or somewhere overseas look this year? Will they continue to go to the same places they go to every year?

By ILANA SHTOTLAND
04/06/2020
OMAD Shakur of Sudan shares his experiences in ‘Illegal Human Being’ in south Tel Aviv
The legacy of refugees through art and culture

Today, with refugees flooding in to so many countries, this accolade to a refugee legacy is particularly poignant.

ELIANNA & Ariel Stern, Tel Aviv
Israel PORCHraits: Documenting coronavirus lockdown via family photographs

Despite coronavirus lockdown, Lisa Rich found a new outlet – taking family photos outside the front doors, balconies and porches of peoples’ homes and apartments.

Israeli films included in Cannes official lineup

Being selected for the festival this year means that the film can be promoted as an “Official Cannes Selection,” which confers prestige and can help the film attract audiences.

Turning a Byzantine well near Arad into a dance stage

The current cast of “Perforated Earth” includes 14 performers and three musicians.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
04/06/2020
People at the movies (Illustrative)
For Italian Republic Day, Israelis offered free movies to watch from home

Festa della Repubblica is marked on June 2 annually, this year, the Israeli Cinémathèque offers people to watch online Italian films.

Yes Satellite launches English-subtitles VOD service

The service is offering its Hebrew-language series with English titles so English-speakers won’t have to wait years for the series to pop up with English translations on Netflix or other services.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for a speech at his Jerusalem office, regarding th
Will US audiences warm to TV show about Netanyahu?

“Bibi,” the longtime Israeli prime minister’s ubiquitous nickname, will be based on the bestselling biography “The Netanyahu Years” written by veteran Israeli journalist Ben Caspit.

62nd Grammy Awards – Arrivals – Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 26, 2020 – Dua Lipa
Dua Lipa shares anti-Israel post on Instagram

The post also referenced the events regarding the killing of George Floyd by a police officer, and included several hashtags of "HumanRights" and "fighting for justice."

By MAARIV ONLINE , JERUSALEM POST STAFF
02/06/2020
Government approves NIS 300 million financial aid for Israeli hotels

About 50% of all visitors to hotels are tourists, which means that without them, it is nearly impossible to maintain the everyday operational fees that the hotels require.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
01/06/2020
Face-shaped fountainhead uncovered at the Tzipori National Park in the Galilee.
Talmud comes alive in 1,800-year-old marble face found in Galilee

Similar artifacts have been uncovered over the years in several locations in Israel, including Caesarea and Beit Shean.

Owner of Tel Aviv's Barby Club on hunger strike near PM's Residence

Shaul Mizrahi: Gov’t won’t let me reopen, won’t compensate

31/05/2020
Plan for 'Fiddler on the Roof' movie remake ignites passions

A large cohort feels that a remake of Fiddler was unnecessary at best and sacrilege at worst.

Tel Aviv Pride Parade kicks off, 2019.
Pride Month kicks off with first Hebrew children's book on Pride Parade

The children's book gives children a glimpse into the lives of their parents and the struggle for equal rights.

31/05/2020
Superman
The return of Superman? Henry Cavill hints caped days not over

The British actor who took on the role of Superman in 'Man of Steel' hinted that talks are being held about him reprising the role in a future film.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
28/05/2020
Gal Gadot wonder
Gal Gadot surprises nurses dressed as Wonder Woman on morning talk show

Four Detroit medical professionals dressed as Wonder Woman spoke with Good Morning America host T. J. Holmes over video chat when they were surprised by real-life Wonder Woman Gal Gadot.

28/05/2020
MUSICIAN ZEEV TENE and his band Nimas Li (‘I’ve Had It’) will rock from the rooftops of HaShoftim St
Israeli artists and musicians display their exit strategies

Choreographer Yasmeen Godder invited 50 people to imprint their bodies on cloth as a means to give human bodies their presence again.

Shmaltz – Ashkenazi soul food in Jerusalem
Shmaltz – Ashkenazi soul food in Jerusalem

Schmaltz, Yiddish for chicken fat, was used instead of oil in Eastern European Jewish cooking, Ephraim Greenblatt says.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
27/05/2020
Meat galore
Meat galore

Whenever we peruse the extensive menu, we always plump for the sticky chicken wings as a starter, no matter what other goodies are offered.

Pizza Pozza
It’s official: Restaurants in Israel are reopening

On Wednesday, many eateries around the country resumed regular operations – with restrictions.

By BUZZY GORDON
27/05/2020
RINA SCHENFELD: This connection between words and movement is so inspiring for me and the dancers.
To dance or not to dance

It was during this confusing period that Rina Schenfeld was informed that she had won the prestigious Rosenblum Prize for the Performing Arts in the lifetime achievement category.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
27/05/2020
THE HERZLIYA MUSEUM of Contemporary Art.
Will the museums survive the coronavirus shutdown?

As they contemplate opening their doors after Shavuot, museums around the country are still putting the pieces together.

By NERIA BARR
27/05/2020
A SCENE FROM ‘The Pride Revolution,’ with Gal Uchovsky taking a selfie with a group of people.
Israeli pride, Netflix negatives and choice chick flicks

The Pride Revolution, a three-part documentary series on KAN 11 on the LGBT community in Israel, begins running on Saturday nights at 9:15 starting May 30.

THE WEDDING is great, but in real life getting to ‘happily ever after’ is not always easy.  (Picture
Building a happy marriage

A valuable manual for those pre-marriage, long-marrieds to find help

CHRISTIAN SAUNDERS, acting Commissioner-General of the UNRWA Agency for Palestine Refugees, attends
Destructive Western indulgence of the Palestinian dream

Refugee issue has no legitimate historical precedent or international parallel.

By GLENN C. ALTSCHULER
27/05/2020
IDF launches investigation into Noa Kirel's recent advertisement

The controversial video gained negative traction once it had aired owing to the fact that she is a popular public figure and was seen wearing a foreign army's uniform.

By CELIA JEAN
27/05/2020
University of Haifa.
U of Haifa receives $1.15m. donation to support Israeli musicians

The donation is the latest contribution to the university's broader mission of community building and urban development across northern Israel.

Jerusalem Film Festival opening event at Sultan's Pool, July 28, 2018
Jerusalem Film Festival announces ‘We Are One’ lineup

The Jerusalem Film Festival is one of 21 international festivals from 35 countries.

Israeli artists use Netanyahu's COVID-19 speeches as song lyrics

Even the song's title, translated as "Distancing is Love," is a reference to a speech given by Netanyahu on March 17th, when the world was only just starting to realize the scope of the Coronavirus.

A general view of the pool at the Royal Beach Hotel in Eilat, Israel, June 12, 2018
Hotels returning to normal: High occupancy in Eilat over Shavuot

"In Eilat there is the highest rate of domestic tourism - 90%. For hotels based also on foreign tourism, the recovery will take a long time."

By MOSHE COHEN/MAARIV
26/05/2020
Schenfeld’s dilemma: To dance or not to dance

In one of her poems, Schenfeld writes, “Word replaced movement. Threw it out the door.”

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
25/05/2020
Israeli cartoonist Michel Kichka explores coronavirus

One of the best-known Israeli cartoonists encourages his students at the Bezalel Academy of Art to draw about their shutdown experience

At rally, cultural sector questions reopening plan

The movie industry is feeling the pressure acutely because the big summer releases, such as Wonder Woman 1984 with Gal Gadot, have been postponed until at least the fall.

3,500-year-old plate depicting power struggle in ancient Negev discovered

Imri Elia, a resident of Kibbutz Niri, found the small engraved clay plate featuring two human figures near Tel Jemmeh.

A SCREEN grab from the film ‘Viral.’
CoPro documentary market to take place online

The CoPro Market, which is celebrating its 22nd year, normally takes place in Tel Aviv.

ISRAEL PORTNOY: If you don’t have some major tragedy then things won’t really be real.
From the flames

Israel Portnoy recovers from last year’s devastating fire in Mevo Modi’im with the help of his music.

26/05/2020
Noa Kirel acts as US soldier, sings 'Hair' song parody in new ad - WATCH

The already fun to watch video is enhanced for viewers by her singing through the whole clip.

By CELIA JEAN
23/05/2020
Yiddish land revisited
These 10 Yiddish words will get you through quarantine

Why not spend part of your “free time” at home brushing up on some of your bubbe and zayde’s favorite Yiddish words?

By ELLEN SCOLNIC , JOYCE EISENBERG
22/05/2020
A whole new world for returning players

Hapoel Beersheba’s Israeli-American captain Spencer Weisz documents his travels, excited to hoop

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
21/05/2020
ICO MUSICAL DIRECTOR Ariel Zuckerman
The Israel Chamber Orchestra offers healing sounds amid the pandemic

Musical director Ariel Zuckerman mixes tried and tested nuggets alongside music with here-and-now vibes

21/05/2020
THE FIRST program of the new ‘SheRa’ series shows, from left, Glimmer, Adura and Bow
'She-Ra and the Princess of Power' passes edge of greatness

The remake, based on the 1985 animated show She-Ra Princess of Power, delighted many old fans, won a bunch of new ones.

Exploring the ultra-Orthodox world and outer space

There are a lot of older shows on which to binge, but in terms of new offerings, most of the networks are running out of steam.

Bezalel artworks light up New York's Times Square

A full 20 works, produced by Bezalel students and graduates, have been brightening up a corner of New York’s Times Square since just prior to the corona outbreak.

21/05/2020
Trial of members of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s security services for crimes against humanity in
The Last Trial: Portraying the witness stand we all put ourselves on

The book plunges us into a trial and an exploration of various human desires – for sex, money, recognition, revenge – and the price that must be paid for them.

By RICK KOGAN
21/05/2020
Celebrating Jerusalem
Jerusalem Day events continue unhindered by coronavirus restrictions

Top Israeli musicians will perform in a concert by the Old City Walls and the Tower of David on Thursday night.

Comedy for Koby lineup, May 2020
Comedy for Koby takes to Zoom

Just like the live shows, the event will open up for a question and answer session.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
19/05/2020
Tel Aviv online vibes show ‘vital signs’

The digital lineup incorporates 28 artists, all Tel Aviv residents, who engage in four broadly delineated sonic genres: indie-folk-rock, electronic, jazz and experimental.

17/05/2020
SERET UK to get up close and personal – online

“Normally we’d have a red carpet with lots of press and a big reception with cocktails. We’ll try to keep a bit of the flavor of that.”

A movie displayed on a public building in Jerusalem as part of the 'closeup jlm' project
Jerusalem launches 'closeup jlm,' city's own Netflix

The videos available on the project's website are free of charge and available at closeupjlm.co.il.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
16/05/2020
The Netflix logo is shown in this illustration photograph in Encinitas, California
Israeli cop comedy on Netflix is the perfect pandemic pick-me-up

One less hailed Israeli show that you definitely should be watching is called “Hashoter Hatov” — Hebrew for “The Good Cop.”

By LIOR ZALTZMAN/JTA
16/05/2020
JERUSALEM DAY will be marked differently this year due to coronavirus restrictions
Beit Avi Chai lines up rich program of events for Jerusalem Day 2020

The full roster takes in online transmissions of classes, workshops, lectures, discussions and music shows on a range of digital platforms.

14/05/2020
Eden Alene
Eden Alene, Gali Atari to perform in Eurovision special

In spite of the disappointing cancellation, Alene, a charismatic new star who is the first Israeli Eurovision contestant of Ethiopian descent, has remained upbeat.

NIS 5,000 grants given to music industry workers

More than 700 workers, including musicians, lighting technicians, sound engineers and stage managers will receive the grant.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
14/05/2020
General view of the excavation area in Tel Bet Yerah.
Feast of snails and pig sheds life on Hellenist life in ancient Galilee

“If we look at food remains in Jewish settlements from the same period, we see very different species,” Pines, whose expertise is in the field of zoo-archaeology, told the Post.

Kosher Syrian meze comes to Jerusalem
Kosher Syrian meze comes to Jerusalem

Each of the items on the platter I received was excellent. Each can be ordered separately as well. They are finger-food appetizers and beautiful looking as well as tasting.

By LINDA GRADSTEIN
17/05/2020
THE ASSAF Granit Collection by Domino’s
Light at the end of the culinary tunnel

As restaurants make plans to reopen, many are enjoying increased take-away business.

By BUZZY GORDON
14/05/2020
CINEMA CITY in Jerusalem. Will it once again be filled with movie-goers?
What movie-going will look like in post-coronavirus era

Popcorn, Coca-Cola and disinfectant-gel.

JERRY SEINFELD – sharing his latest grievances.
Simply Seinfeld and Eli Cohen investigated

It seems sad to think that in this instance, Seinfeld is riffing on a problem that has become a public-health crisis rather than a laughing matter.

Blooming on the Judean Desert hills
Blooming on the Judean Desert hills

A stroll on the security road that faces Jerusalem reveals a treasure trove of wild flowers that dazzle with their amazing colors and scientific facts.

Israel train
Grapevine: Jerusalemites' land lock

Old City Christian Arabs vented their ire at Theophilos some two-and-a-half years ago when it was learned that he had sold property near the Jaffa Gate to Israeli Jews.

THE HOLLYWOOD sign is instantly recognizable to generations of movie-goers.
A window into the arts with Viertel

Exiles from Nazi Germany when Hollywood was born.

TEL AVIV Museum of Art director Tania Coen-Uzzielli (at right): ‘I felt it was very important to ens
Footloose and artfully free at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art

A new era for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

14/05/2020
THE CREAM of Israeli winemakers and viticulturists relaxing after a meeting.
Wine Talk: Mapping the way

After exhaustive discussions, the Israel Professional Enology Viticulture Organization (IPEVO) has published its own “Land of Israel Wine Map.”

Israeli vegan food
10-day long virtual food fest to celebrate rich, diverse Jewish cuisine

The fest begins on Tuesday, May 19 at 8 p.m. Eastern Time, and concludes on Thursday, May 28, which is also Erev Shavuot.

14/05/2020
‘MAD MEN’ creator Matthew Weiner
‘Mad Men’ creator Matthew Weiner: 'I really value Israeli creativity'

"I really value it, not only as our cultural tradition but also as a creative force."

THE TOWER of David Museum
A night at the (Tower of David) museum

In addition, the museum is holding a competition for one family to win spending a night at the museum sleeping in luxurious “glamping” tent under the Jerusalem skies.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
11/05/2020
English singer Morrissey performs
Concert business struggles to shake off coronavirus

Nick Cave, Morrissey only artists to reschedule Israel shows for 2021.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
12/05/2020
Kafka's Last Trial by Benjamin Balint
‘Kafka’s Trial’ wins prestigious Sami Rohr book prize

The Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature recognizes the unique role of contemporary writers in the examination and transmission of the Jewish experience.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
11/05/2020
Kurt Cobain's 'Unplugged' guitar to auction for $1 million

The Nirvana frontman recorded the "Unplugged" session in November 1993. He was found dead, aged 27, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Seattle home in April 1994.

By REUTERS
11/05/2020
Wiesenthal launches short film series on heroes
Wiesenthal launches short film series on heroes

The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Moriah Films division has launched a weekly short film series called Courage+Valor: Stories That Inspire.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
10/05/2020
Dylan, Jagger pay tribute to Little Richard

Elton John called Richard “without doubt... my biggest influence. Seeing him live in my teens was the most exciting event in my life at that point.”

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
10/05/2020
Famous Israeli interior designer Selwyn Elkin passed away, aged 80

He had a wonderful eye for color, didn’t shy away from chintz curtains and flocked wallpaper where necessary, but always produced a contemporary look.

COVID-19 hasn’t stopped one of Israel’s national passions: folk dance

Those in the know say some 200,000 Israelis across the nation attend regular Israeli folk dance, including public and private sessions called harkadot, on beachfronts, sports facilities and more.

By MARCUS GILBAN/JTA
09/05/2020
Migdal Ohr hosts virtual COVID-19 fundraiser concert on Lag Ba'omer

Mordecai ben David, Yaakov Shweky and Ishay Ribo will perform together for the first time in a three-hour show.

08/05/2020
RAFAELI
Eating out – at home

Rafaeli is one of the few truly fine restaurants in Netanya that are supplying customers with home deliveries.

MUSEUMS ONLINE
Getting close to art

On Tuesday, International Museum Day, which this year coincides with Lag Ba’omer, the digital offerings ante will climb several notches.

07/05/2020
‘NEVER HAVE I EVER’
Quirky coming-of-age stories for coronavirus lockdown days

Three just-released female-centric, coming-of-age movies and series focusing on minorities - The Half of It, Never Have I Ever and Betty - fit this bill.

A SCENE from  ‘The Wolfpack.'
Film festivals stream Israeli movies

The organizers of the festival want to emphasize that Docu Stream is meant to complement and not to replace Docaviv, which has been rescheduled for September.

A Greek Jewish man holds an Israeli flag November 23 in front of a monument in memory of more than 5
Not only Tevya’s family was wrecked

The heritage and destruction of what was lost in Sephardi Salonica.

By BEN FISHER
07/05/2020
Matthew Weiner (L) and Ron Leshem (R).
Jerusalem Writers Festival goes digital

The festival has been shifted to an online format and will run from May 10-13.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
06/05/2020
Television’s unsung heroes – comment

The stars we see every night on the news have taken the place of family – siblings, children and grandchildren – and of friends we can email but never see.

Israel, Dutch philharmonic orchestras to perform joint memorial concert

The performance will be available, at 1 p.m., on the Facebook pages and other digital platforms of both orchestras.

04/05/2020
Jewish pride flag LGBTQ
Pride parades throughout Israel pushed to end of summer

The parades were postponed until further notice to avoid the spread of the novel COVID-19.

03/05/2020
OPENING NIGHT of the 34th Jerusalem Film Festival at Sultan’s Pool amphitheater
Jerusalem Film Festival to join in unprecedented global online festival

During the festival viewers will be given the opportunity to donate to global organizations aiding people affected by the coronavirus.

By CELIA JEAN
04/05/2020
‘The Big Lebowski’, the perfect Jewish film to watch during coronavirus

For those of you who for some reason haven’t seen or heard of the 1998 movie — which has become the definition of a cult classic — it’s about a deadbeat called The Dude.

By BEN SALES/JTA
02/05/2020
IAC to host virtual concert to raise funds for US healthcare workers

“IAC Care” initiative’s concert this Sunday will feature Idan Raichel, David Broza, Rotem Cohen, Shlomi Shabat, and Keren Peles, all of whom will be broadcasting from the confines of their homes.

Powerful theater magic in time of coronavirus

Mystorin Theater reinvents itself in ‘Uncaged’ to create art during an age of social distancing

Shooting the breeze with Israeli hoopster Alber

Ness Ziona’s rising star comments on lockdown frustration, National Team and what the future holds

By JOSHUA HALICKMAN
30/04/2020
Wagner Moura and Ana de Armas in 'Sergio'
'Sergio': A reinterpretation of the life of Sergio Vieira de Mello

Cast as the titular diplomat, Wagner Moura, the Brazilian actor who starred as Pablo Escobar in the crime series Narcos, shares Vieira de Mello’s good looks and embodies the intelligence and empathy that made the man so good at his job.

By KEVIN CRUST
30/04/2020
GAGA IS AN improvisation-based movement language developed by Ohad Naharin and Batsheva Dance Compan
'Gaga': The improvisation-based movement language of dance

Whereas 10 years ago, interested parties had to travel to Israel to take a Gaga class, nowadays, teachers are spread throughout tens of countries.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
30/04/2020
WRITER-DIRECTOR Gon Ben Ari’s Literature and the Expansion of Consciousness session focuses on his f
Jerusalem Writers Festival to be held online with esteemed lineup

There are intriguing sessions right across the four-day online agenda.

01/05/2020
A LIBATION while working at the computer: One of life’s singular pleasures
Wine Talk: Your cup of wine

Free from the tyranny of wine experts

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