19 July 2019 - 16 Tammuz 5779 - ט"ז תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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Zorba The Buddha Festival 2019 E-mail

Israel’s largest hippy festival, The Zorba Festival, happens twice a year, in Spring and during the Festival of Sukkot, at the Desert Ashram in the Negev. This year’s Spring event will fall during Pesach Chol Hamoed from 23 to 27 April.

Founded in 2003, the fiveday festival is a sensual meeting between spirituality, dance, meditation and music. It’s where all the edges meet – the great celebration of life, dancing, movement, music, deep yoga, the spirit of meditation and the silence of the desert. The programme includes workshops and meditations with top instructors and gurus from Israel and abroad.

“Zorba the Buddha” teaches people that life is a journey that can combine the best of all worlds: the fiesta with the meditation, the dance with the quiet, the riches of the festival with the simplicity of the desert.

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Renowned Israeli conductor inspires Myanmar with an appreciation of music E-mail

Israeli pianist Maestro Nir Brand visited Myanmar in February and gave a series of special performances in the country, organised by Israel’s Embassy in Myanmar.

Brand is a conductor of orchestras, a presenter on the Israeli Galgalatz radio station, and an educator with a love of classical music.

On 12 February he performed in a concert titled Life is a Concert at the Goethe Villa, co-hosted by the Embassy of Israel and the German Goethe Institute.

The next day he conducted the musical workshop at the National University of Arts and Culture, followed by an evening performance at the Novotel Hotel Max for an “Israel Tourism Celebration” event. Then on 14 February he gave a special performance for children at Yankin Children’s Hospital.

Brand regularly travels around the world, promoting music to people in less fortunate regions and countries. He was born in Beersheva to Romanian parents, and was raised with a profound appreciation for music from an early age. “My mother and grandmother insisted that I nurture my talent and pursue piano lessons,” he said. “My parents both loved the piano, but had no means to learn how to play in Romania. They invested in my learning, and my grandmother would accompany me to lessons regularly, taking two buses to get me there.” He added: “Because of their commitment to me despite our modest circumstances, I feel I must make an effort to change the world through music and bring its beauty to others.”

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Chinese-Jewish chef’s show nominated for Emmy E-mail

Chinese-Jewish chef Molly Yeh has been nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for best culinary host for her show Girl Meets Farm. The show, which is aired on the US Food Network Channel, premiered on the Food Network last summer and is now in its third season.

In an Instagram post, Yeh wrote that she was “completely verklempt” to be nominated.

Yeh, 30, became popular through her casual, aesthetically pleasing blog, “my name is yeh”. She occasionally melds her two heritages together in recipes, and now uses ingredients from the North Dakota farm she moved to with her husband, Nick Hagen.

“Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago and living in New York, it didn’t even strike me as a possibility that a place could really exist without tons of Jews,” Yeh told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, about her culture shock moving to the Midwest. “If I wasn’t going to be maintaining my Jewish identity and celebrating Jewish holidays and cooking Jewish food on the farm, nobody was going to be.”

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