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19 July 2019 - 16 Tammuz 5779 - ט"ז תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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Jaffa Fest 2019 E-mail

In the heart of bustling Jaffa, the Jaffa International Theatre Festival will take place this year from 13-30 June.

Among trendy cafés, the flea market, the clock tower, and the port, Gesher Theatre will stage one of the largest international theatre festivals in Israel known as Jaffa Fest.

Jaffa Fest 2019 serves to foster the ties between Jaffa’s cultural institutions by showcasing ground-breaking, challenging theatrical works to an Israeli and international audience.

Throughout the festival, various events are held at many venues including, Gesher Theatre, Jaffa Theatre HaTeiva concert studio, and The Avni Institute of Art and Design.

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Tel-Aviv ready to host 2019 Eurovision Song Contest E-mail

The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will take place at the Tel-Aviv Expo Exhibition Ground, Israel, from 14 to 18 May. This will be the third time the contest will take place in the country, after 1979 and 1999. Israel has participated 42 times since its first appearance in 1973.

Israel was chosen to host the contest after local singer Netta Barzilai won last year in Portugal with Toy, propelling her to international stardom. The winning country customarily hosts the event the following year.

It will be the 64th Eurovision Song Contest. The first Semi-Final will be held on 14 May, the second Semi-Final on 16 May and the Grand Final on Saturday 18 May. The show will be hosted by Israeli celebrities Bar Refaeli, Erez Tal, Assi Azar and Lucy Ayoub. During the three-day competition, musicians and artists from more than 40 nations will be performing.

Pop superstar Madonna will make a guest appearance at the event. Concert promoters Live Nation Israel and the singer’s US representatives confirmed reports in Israeli media that she will perform two songs in TelAviv during the three-day Eurovision competition.

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Gandhi’s grandson visits Israel E-mail

Dr Arun Gandhi visited the Jewish state for the first time as part of a promotional book tour in March. His best-selling book, The Gift of Anger: And Other Lessons From My Grandfather Mahatma Gandhi, has been translated into many languages, including Hebrew.

During his visit, Dr Arun Gandhi gave a lecture at Habima Theater in Tel-Aviv. His grandfather, Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi, is one of the most famous people in world history, who inspired freedom and civil rights movements across the world. Dr Arun Gandhi followed in his grandfather’s footsteps by advocating the concept of “non-violence”, sometimes perhaps crossing the line of what is seemingly acceptable by suggesting that Israelis talk too much about the Holocaust.

The book, written by the 84-year-old sociopolitical activist, describes his time living with his grandfather in India for two years between the years 1946-48. The author talks about the 11 most important lessons of his life, intertwined with personal stories about his time with his revered grandfather.

“I wrote the book reluctantly because I did not think anyone would be interested in my childhood lessons. But obviously I was wrong because it has been translated into more than 30 languages. It means people have found something that resonates with them. As a writer, I would want readers to absorb every lesson that I have shared, but readers have their own minds and they absorb what they find important to them,” he told Ynet news.

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