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Amid COVID-19, new art exhibit 'Zooms in' on young lives

The exhibition name has a double meaning, hinting at the deeper gaze into the lives of the youth that the exhibition depicts, while also referencing the Zoom video conferences.

Cave painting of a wild pig might be oldest art found in the world

Depicting Sulawesi warty pigs, the artwork was made with red ochre roughly 45,000 years ago.

Zodiac

Redefining family and readjusting the big tent Horoscopes for Shvat 5780

Venus, which enters Aquarius on February 1, heads straight for the Super Bowl of emotional vulnerability with Venus square Uranus, conjunct Saturn, and sextile wounded healer Chiron on February 6

By LORELAI KUDE
16/01/2021

Dating - Why everything is freezing, and not just the weather

Now it’s 2021 and nothing is as you envisioned.

By LORI SALKIN
14/01/2021

Health and beauty pleasures to get you through lockdown

This week look for a new perfect scent, indulge in new ice cream flavors, add some glamour with Beyonce’s makeup and don’t forget to trim your beard in style.

By NERIA BARR
14/01/2021

Tel Aviv remains Israel's leading aliyah destination despite COVID

In 2020, approximately 11% of all new immigrants to Israel decided to live in Tel Aviv, with the city retaining its status as Israel's leading city for olim.

By GADI ZAIG
13/01/2021

Sukkah doppelgangers reinvent contemporary Jewish artistry

Lea Mauas and Diego Rotman’s vision explores immigration & destiny

Ofer Portugaly’s basement shows

The results of these intimate jazz sessions are quality broadcasts that enable the listener not only to enjoy but also to feel a part of the performance.

By SARAH HERSHENSON
10/01/2021

Arrivals: Ciliann likes beautiful things

SARAH BRESLER - FROM NEW YORK TO BEITAR, 2010

By BASIA MONKA
07/01/2021

The Adventures of Gidon Lev: A post-Holocaust mosaic of life

“The Holocaust has not defined Gidon’s life – he has not allowed it to – yet he found himself feeling responsible for conveying his experiences at the hands of the Nazis."

Observations: Pacifiers, passwords and pandemics

"I spend half my life looking for things."

07/01/2021

Lessons to learn from the garden

All the gardeners I have known are gentle people, maybe because a garden teaches patience and careful watchfulness.

Nicole Peterson carries on her father’s musical legacy

Her first professional offering, a mellifluous stirring pop number called Red and Blue is now available on YouTube.

06/01/2021

Riff Cohen & Eliran Amar’s tribal dance

Artists collaborate in the Omanut-o-namut Festival today.

Kikar Dizengoff reinvented as ‘Speakeasy Square’

As Israel entered its second lockdown, hordes of Tel Avivians began to congregate at the square with takeaway food, snacks, blankets, cigarettes and a variety of beer and wine in tow.

‘Curtain-Up’ 2020: A triumphant story under COVID-19’s dark cloud

If one expected to see the artists echoing the harsh era, react to prolonged uncertainty of the roller-coaster reality, the opposite happened.

By ORA BRAFMAN
04/01/2021

After coronavirus: Will Israeli cultural institutions rebound in 2021?

Some say that the reopening of the cultural sector could be a time for a rebirth of the arts in Israel, particularly if the government chooses to support culture and give it the means to rebuild.

10 movies that made a tough year much better

With the world has turned upside down since The Irishman was released, with the vast majority of theaters around the world shuttered for nearly a year. But what got us through?

‘Homeland’ producer Howard Gordon takes on new projects, challenges

While he may feel stuck, as so many of us do these days, he is moving forward professionally.

The Ethiopian Jew who brings Ethiopian culture live in Tel Aviv

One of approximately 160,000 Ethiopian Jews now residing in Israel, Ashager Araro is part of an integral thread in the Jewish state’s historically rich fabric.

By LEONI JESNER/JTA
31/12/2020

Miri Tzachi - She saw beyond her lens

Tzachi covered many major news events, but what she was best known for was photographing scenes from Judea and Samaria.

Amid COVID-19, Tel Aviv's Tmuna Theater opens virtual museum

The curtain raiser is an exhibition titled “Events Horizon” that is due to open on the last day of this troubled calendar year.

29/12/2020

Lockdown lite: Feels like the third time

The biggest difference between this and the previous two lockdowns is that the schools are open which creates an atmosphere of normalcy.

More than 20,000 olim from 70 countries moved to Israel in 2020

New immigration to Israel still remains consistent, with new olim starting their new lives during a global pandemic.

By GADI ZAIG
28/12/2020

What were the best 10 shows to watch in 2020?

If there was a silver lining to the pandemic, for many of us it was the quality of the television we suddenly had more time to enjoy.

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra records Moroccan national anthem

The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra works to serve as a musical bridge for the diverse population of its city's namesake

Legendary Israeli violinist Ivry Gitlis dies age 98

Gitlis was arguably the greatest violinist in the 20th century.

By MAXIM REIDER
27/12/2020

Vertigo and Noa Wertheim ring out 2020

Vertigo Dance Company is set to host a major festival, albeit online, in which it will premiere two new works created during this strange period.

By ORI J. LENKINSKI
27/12/2020

Israel's cultural institutions light up in red for 'Red Alert' protest

The Red Alert Campaign evolved from the British #WeMakeEvents campaign, which began in April to highlight the plight of everyone involved in the supply chain of the live entertainment industry.

Music underscores social message at Israeli-Ethiopian arts festival

“It doesn’t make any difference whether we were born here, speak Hebrew fluently and unaccented, or do the army, we are always looked upon differently because of our skin color.”

24/12/2020

Shouting for health’s sake: A Music Festival during a pandemic

This year’s Israeli Music Festival is nothing to sneeze at.

23/12/2020

Israeli pianist David Greilsammer creates musical labyrinth

Labyrinth is a study in opposites, how they attract and even enhance one another.

By SARAH HERSHENSON
23/12/2020

Leaving, returning to the national, personal body shown in new exhibit

Pairing between oil paintings of Palestinian artist Anisa Ashkar and prints of late Israeli master Moshe Gershuni gives birth to an engaging dialogue on form, color and a sense of belonging.

23/12/2020

Matan Sacofsky’s artwork brings Jerusalem to life on canvas and video

“My goal is to depict Jerusalem from 50 different vantage points. I want to highlight the wonder, the diversity, and the complexity of this amazing ancient/modern city.”

By JAMES PALMER
17/12/2020
        The Downhill Strugglers’ Jackson Lynch plays a fiddle backstage at the Newport Folk Festival

The Fiddle: When inanimate objects tell a family's history

Book Review: The Fiddle, by Natalie Cumming

By MIRIAM KATES LOCK
17/12/2020
The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs during the Summer Night Concert in September. One of the

Exile Music: A Jewish family's journey from Vienna to Bolivia

Book Review: Exile Music, by Jennifer Steil.

By AARON LEIBEL
17/12/2020

After 'Shtisel,' what's next for Michael Aloni?

On the Safed set of the upcoming Yes series ‘Beauty Queen of Jerusalem’

By DIANA BLETTER
17/12/2020

Documentary series on Adolf Eichmann to air on KAN

The series will be based on recently discovered tapes of an interview that Eichmann did with Dutch Nazi journalist Willem Sassen in the ‘50s, while still in hiding.

Frank Zappa celebrated at Jerusalem Film Festival

When the composer-producer-guitarist died in 1993 at the age of 52, he left behind him a body of work that would do well to squeeze into three or four lifetimes.

14/12/2020

Comedy show 'Eretz Nehederet' releases vaccine clip

The clip lampoons the health establishment's handling of the coronavirus crisis with its trademark black humor.

Femma's Riddle

First Tel Aviv Jewish Film Festival goes online

The festival features premieres of films, both full-length features, documentaries and short films, from Israel and abroad.

The 34th Israel Film Festival in LA goes online amid COVID-19

This year the board of directors of the Israel Film Festival has selected Meir Fenigstein, the festival’s founder and executive director, to receive the 2020 IFF Lifetime Achievement Award.

Haifa's Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art celebrates 60th anniversary

The museum, which was closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, celebrated its anniversary in November with a special event.

Idan Raichel joins Andrea Bocelli in Dubai

Haim Bibas, the head of Israel’s federation of local authorities, said he looks forward to future cultural exchanges.

By MICHAL MICHELLE DIVON
13/12/2020
Italian Zodiac clock

Horoscopes for Tevet 5781

The ‘great conjunction’ of Jupiter and Saturn:

By LORELAI KUDE
12/12/2020
L-R: Sublet co-screenwriter, Itay Segal; actor Niv Nissim; actress Hana Laslo; Jerusalem Cinemathequ

Show goes on at Jerusalem Film Festival with screening of Sublet

Fox and his producer/husband Gal Uchovsky were on hand, as was one of the movie’s stars, Niv Nissim.

Liturgical sounds from Nazareth and beyond head online

Ticket prices for all the events in the festival program range from NIS 10 to NIS 150, and offer the public access to the Zoom-broadcast concerts as well discussions with the artists.

10/12/2020

Red Sea Jazz Festival returns amid COVID-19

All we need now is for the festival to beat the COVID-19 trap.

10/12/2020

Here comes the judge: US remake of Israeli show ‘Your Honor’ debuts

The New Orleans setting, far removed from the usual locations for a crime drama such as New York and New Jersey, gives the American remake an interesting atmosphere.

A new game lets you play Hanukkah goblins and shoot jelly doughnuts

In tabletop role-playing games — the best known is Dungeons and Dragons — the players aren’t constrained by a predesigned plot, as in a video game.

By MAYA MIRSKY/JTA
09/12/2020

Martin Scorsese looks inside filmmaking with Tel Aviv U. students

Scorsese's interviewers told him he would always be welcome at TAU.

Amid COVID-19, Beit Avi Chai celebrates Hanukkah on YouTube in style

The family-tailored event will be broadcast on the Jerusalem institution’s YouTube channel on December 10, starting at 6:30 p.m.

08/12/2020

Heartbeat Association gives food baskets to culture workers

It was held as an act of protest against the fact that the government is ignoring the plight of people who work in the culture and events industry.

Bob Dylan performs during the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware, U.S. June 17, 2017.

Changin' times: Bob Dylan's entire music catalog bought by Universal

UMG declined to say how much the deal was worth but it was likely to have swelled the coffers of the man who once wrote "money doesn't talk, it swears" by many millions of dollars.

By REUTERS
07/12/2020
Nick Cave

Nick Cave 2021 show in Tel Aviv canceled

Tel Aviv was one of 60 stops on the planned tour.

Jerusalem Botanical Garden to light up for Winter Lights festival

The garden is a center for entertainment, tourism and cultural events as well as for education, training and research.

MTV crowns Israeli Wonder Woman Gal Gadot best-ever 'she-ro'

"It's been one of the greatest joys in my life to play this character," said Gadot.

Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra to perform for Beethoven's 250th birthday

Conductor Andrew Parrott will accompany the musicians as they prepare for the concert and will conduct via zoom from his home in Oxford.

Israel to showcase top musical talent at International Showcase Festival

This year’s roster features a broad sweep of bands and artists

06/12/2020

Short film shows Birthright through the eyes of Russian Jews

For Horesh, the issues raised in the film speak to innate inequalities inherent in the Chief Rabbinate's laws.

By STEPHEN SILVER/JTA
04/12/2020

Meet the WestEnd girls behind ‘Valley of Tears’

The two women launched their London-based production, financing and international sales company for feature films and television 12 years ago.

The Warner Bros logo is seen during the annual MIPCOM television programme market in Cannes, France,

Warner Bros to stream next year's movies while they are in theaters

Upcoming movies affected include "The Suicide Squad," a new version of "Dune" and a "Matrix" sequel.

By REUTERS
03/12/2020

Jerusalem Film Festival to light up the Hanukkah season

The 37th Jerusalem Film Festival will run December 10-20 online.

Children’s hope of a better future

A new film looks at Palestinian youngsters and how their lives are impacted by the continuing Israeli occupation of their living and breathing space.

02/12/2020

Getting away with the Israeli Land Rover Club

After months of lockdown in the city, an invitation for a drive on the slopes of the Golan Heights was exactly what the doctor ordered.

By AMI YACHIN
02/12/2020

Tel Aviv Museum of Art reopens

After two and a half months in which it was closed to the general public following the spread of the coronavirus in Israel, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art reopened last Tuesday.

The Jerusalem Film Festival will light up the Hanukkah season

There is still a possibility that filmmakers will participate in in-person screenings with very small audiences, but nothing definite has been announced yet.

Uri Geller allows Pokemon to release Kadabra trading cards

This effectively brings an end to a 20-year legal battle.

29/11/2020
Yadin Gellman and Joy Rieger shooting a scene from Avi Nesher’s ‘Portrait of Victory.’

Celebrating a ‘Portrait of Victory’ for Israeli cinema

“It’s the 21st century, it’s no longer about good and bad guys. We’ve gone past that point. It’s about two conflicting narratives, each of which is searching for its own portrait of victory.”

Actors playing Alice, Jack, David and Peter in Come Away

Peter Pan-Alice mashup is lovely – but not fully grown

Directed by Brenda Chapman (Brave), Come Away is very good at conveying the magic of a child’s world

By MOIRA MACDONALD
26/11/2020
Richard Paley plays on a modern bassoon

Bassoon - love at first sound

Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra's principal bassoonist celebrates birthday

By BASIA MONKA
26/11/2020

New art exhibit shows the world within dolls

The Doll – The World Within runs from Friday, November 27- Saturday, December 5, at Arena Mall, 2 Ha-Shunit St., Herzliya Pituah.

By MAXIM REIDER
25/11/2020

Tel Aviv's Joseph Bau House Museum struggles to stay open

The Tel Aviv landmark contains the story and works of a remarkable life

25/11/2020

Avishai Cohen’s fans choose their favorite songs

This is the first time the music of Avishai Cohen has been remastered and presented in such an exclusive way

By GUNDULA MADELEINE TEGTMEYER
24/11/2020

Jerusalem will light up in purple for people with disabilities

This will be done to raise awareness for incorporating children with disabilities into society.

24/11/2020

Ethiopian arts festival Sigdiada endures online

Sigdiada started in 2012, and this year it marks its ninth edition.

Israeli-Polish conductor Gabriel Chmura dies at 74

His life was a deeply moving artistic journey that had the merit of rejoining cultures and hearts.

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.

People are silhouetted as they pose with mobile devices in front of Youtube logo

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.

Italian Zodiac clock

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’

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
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