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23 January 2018 - 8 Shevat 5778 - ח' שבט ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Design motifs of Jerusalem’s buildings and streets highlighted in new exhibition E-mail

Jerusalem in Detail, a new exhibition that opened in October at the Israel Museum, highlights often-overlooked but highly symbolic design motifs hidden in Jerusalem’s streets and buildings.

The exhibition was inspired by the research of David Kroyanker, the foremost chronicler of Jerusalem’s architecture. Kroyanker, an Israeli architect and architectural historian, has written dozens of popular books about Jerusalem neighbourhoods, streets, and buildings, and urban planning.

The exhibition enables visitors to hone their observational skills and discover the functional and decorative details that say so much about the many nations, culture and ways of life that left their mark over the centuries. The display spotlights Jerusalem’s cosmopolitan visual richness and whets the appetite for further exploration of the city. The exhibition, housed in the main gallery of the museum, is organised according to the various types of architectural details that show how different “builders” left their imprint on Jerusalem over the ages.

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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra gives historic performances in Nanjing and Harbin E-mail

The famed Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) under Maestro Zubin Mehta was welcomed warmly on its recent tour to China. The tour featured three concerts in Nanjing City in Jiangshu province (5, 6 and 7 August) and two concerts in Harbin in Heilongjiang province (10 and 12 August).

On 5 August, Dr Eyal Propper, the new Consul General of Israel in Shanghai, attended the orchestra’s opening performance at the Jiangsu Center for the Performing Arts in Nanjing City.

He said: “In the past, most of the world-famous symphonies went to Beijing and Shanghai due to the lack of high-quality art centres [in other cities]. Now, I am very pleased to see that more and more cities and regions have increased their input in art fields. I believe that more world-renowned art groups will come to Jiangsu in the near future with the completion of the Jiangsu Center for the Performing Arts.”

A pre-concert lecture on the same evening familiarised the audience with Mr Mehta and the orchestra. Consul General Propper attended the lecture and delivered a speech. He has known Zubin Mehta personally for 25 years, and travelled to Nanjing City to honour their long friendship.

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Israeli wins bronze medal in Muay Thai E-mail

An Israeli teenager won bronze at the Thai boxing world championships in August after a Palestinian opponent refused to fight him.

Amit Mdah, 16, from Sumei, an Arab town in the Galilee, was declared the bronze medallist at the Muay Thai event in Thailand. The Palestinian competitor might face a penalty for refusing to take part in the quarter-finals.

More than 2,000 participants from around the world competed in the event. The Israeli teenager defeated a rival from Madagascar to reach the cancelled bronze-medal fight.

This is not the first time that Middle Eastern politics have spilled over into sporting events. At last year’s Rio Olympics, an Egyptian judoka was sent home after refusing to shake the hand of his Israeli rival.

Meanwhile, the Israeli delegation was prevented from boarding a bus to the opening ceremony by their Lebanese counterparts.

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