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21 August 2017 - 30 Av 5777 - ל' אב ה' אלפים תשע"ז
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Top artists to perform in Israel this summer E-mail

The hot summer concert lineup in Israel just got hotter, with the recent announcements that Britney Spears, Pet Shop Boys and Tom Jones will each give concerts.

Britney Spears will visit Israel for the first time this summer as she performs in Tel Aviv’s HaYarkon Park on 3 July. Within the first day of the tickets being sold, more than 15,000 tickets were purchased. A multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon, Spears has sold close to 150 million records worldwide.

Tom Jones is scheduled to perform at Tel Aviv’s Menorah Arena on 28 June. This will be his third visit to Israel – the last time he performed there was in 2013.

The singer, who is now 76 years old, has sold over 100 million records over the past 50 years and is known for his hits It’s Not Unusual, What’s New Pussycat and Delilah. In the 1990s he gained a new fan base when he released Reload, an album of cover duets with artists such as Robbie Williams and Stereophonics.

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Open House Tel Aviv-architecture showcased E-mail

Open House Tel Aviv, an urban festival of architecture, will be held from 18 to 20 May, for the eleventh consecutive year, showcasing the architecture of Tel Aviv. The festival is part of the “Open House World Wide Organization”, which invites residents to get to know the most interesting houses and buildings that compose the landscape of their city.

Over 150 tours will be available to the general public and all of them are free. This year, members of the public will have the rare opportunity to explore, among other sites, Beit Ariela, the largest and oldest public library in Israel, and to go behind the shelves and into the archives to explore the treasures of the library.

In addition, the architect Ganit Mayslits Kassif will talk about the renovations that are taking place at the library, which is in the midst of a multiphase refurbishment process, and will also talk about the planned changes in the building and their impact on the entire complex.

Architects Rami and Hila Lotan will lead a tour of Yad LeBanim on Pinchas Street, which now serves as a municipal cultural centre. Designed by their grandfather, the building is scheduled to undergo renovation and expansion works that are expected to start soon.

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2,000-year-old road exposed near Bet Shemesh E-mail

A wide and impressive 2,000-year-old road dating to the Roman period, in an extraordinary state of preservation, was revealed recently in archaeological excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority near Bet Shemesh, conducted prior to the laying of a water pipeline to Jerusalem.

Students from a local high school, Ulpanat Amit Noga, volu-nteered to participate in the dig. The ancient road passed close to the Israel National Trail, and it will be conserved in situ.

According to Irina Zilberbod, director of the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, “The road that we discovered, which 2,000 years ago passed along a route similar to Highway 375 today, was up to six metres wide, continued for a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometres, and was apparently meant to link the Roman settlement that existed in the vicinity of Beit Natif with the main highway known as the ‘Emperor’s Road’. That road was in fact a main artery that connected the large settlements of Eleutheropolis (Bet Guvrin) and Jerusalem. The construction of the Emperor’s Road is thought to have taken place at the time of Emperor Hadrian’s visit to the country, circa 130 CE, or slightly thereafter, during the suppression of the Bar Kokhba revolt in 132-135 CE. The presence of a milestone (a stone marking distances) bearing the name of the emperor Hadrian which was discovered in the past close to the road reinforces this hypothesis.”

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