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20 February 2018 - 6 Adar 5778 - ו' אדר ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Exhibition in China tells the history of the Israeli kibbutz E-mail

Israel’s Consul General in Guangzhou Nadav Cohen and his wife Einan Cohen, who is the cultural attaché at the consulate, both of whom are former kibbutz members, have initiated an exhibition as part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ “Jubilee” project.

The exhibition is currently being displayed simultaneously at Guangzhou’s Red Torii Museum and at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in Shantou, where a joint campus has been established with Israel’s Technion university.

It is an audiovisual journey that presents the collective history of kibbutzim in Israel in the years 2010-2017, with an emphasis on “intimate humanity” and combining photography, video art, documentary films and a soundtrack by the Gevatron Choir.

“The State of Israel, with all its advanced achievements, is highly regarded here, and the kibbutz is perceived as a success story with its unique contribution to its establishment,” explained Consul General Cohen, a kibbutznik from the Jordan Valley. “For many of the older generations, the kibbutz is reminiscent of the communal settlements in the periphery of China during the Communist revolution.”

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An Israeli Love Story premières in China E-mail

On 25 December, the Israeli film An Israeli Love Story premièred in Beijing. Directed by Dan Wolman and starring Israeli actors Adi Bielski and Aviv Alush, the film, released in 2017, is based on the true story of the love affair between Pnina Gary, from Nahalal, and Eli Ben-Zvi, son of Rachel Yanait and Yitzhak Ben-Zvi, the Second President of the State of Israel.
The film is set in 1947, during the turbulent period of prestate Israel. Margalit, a young girl, enjoys theatre and dreams of becoming an actress.

One day, she meets a boy called Eli and falls in love with him instantly. She tries to get close to him, hoping he’ll fall in love with her, but things do not go as planned because he’s too busy with the Palmach.

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2018 Taipei International Book Exhibition looks to Israel for inspiration in the age of reading E-mail

The 26th edition of the Taipei International Book Exhibition is set to run from 6 to 11 February at the Taipei World Trade Center.

Organised by the Taipei Book Fair Foundation (TBFF) under the auspices of Taiwan’s Ministry of Culture, this year’s book show is themed “Age of Reading” and features Israel, which just celebrated its 70th anniversary, as guest of honour.

During the event, over 200 Israeli publications, from comics and children’s books to history, literature and lifestyle, will be showcased in a venue inspired by the Hebrew Bible, giving participants a taste of Israel’s robust publishing industry.

Chu Jui-Hao, director of the MOC Department of Humanities and Publications, said at a press conference announcing the event that the gathering of heavyweight Israeli authors, food writers and artists at this year’s book exhibition will give local readers a show-going experience like never before, praising the rich culture and history of the country.

His sentiments were echoed by TBFF Chairman James C. M. Chao, who highlighted the felicitous combination of this year’s exhibition theme and theme country. He commented that reading brings power to the people, which can be seen in the example set by Israel over the years, and the unique books, design and food exhibited at the press conference served to illustrate this point.

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