24 June 2017 - 1 Tammuz 5777 - א' תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ז
Arts & Culture

In a screening at Cinematheque Tel Aviv on 25 January, Noel Izon presented the Israel première of his documentary, An Open Door: Holocaust Haven in the Philippines, about how the Philippines, under then-President Manuel L. Quezon, provided refuge to some 1,300 Jews fleeing the Holocaust in the 1930s.

The event kicked off the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and Israel.

“Through this excellent historical documentary, we hope to celebrate and generate greater awareness of the enduring friendship between Filipinos and Jews, which even antedates the independence of both countries,” said Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial at the event.

The envoy noted that thenPresident Quezon worked with Jewish networks in Manila from the 1930s to 1941 to provide visas and shelter to the European refugees, most of whom became “Manilaners”, making the Philippines their home.

He added that the late President’s open-door policy for Jewish refugees was a signi cant aspect of Philippine-Israel relations.

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National Library of Israel acquires valuable Jewish manuscripts and books E-mail

The National Library of Israel has acquired what is considered the world’s greatest private collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts.

The Valmadonna Trust Library contains some 10,000 items, including a 15th-century copy of the Hebrew Bible and one of the only two surviving copies of a 16th-century Passover manuscript from Prague.

The collection, assembled over decades by London collector Jack Lunzer, was entrusted to Sotheby’s auction house in New York in 2009. Lunzer initially hoped the US Library of Congress would acquire the collection, worth millions of dollars.

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The Jerusalem International Book Fair E-mail

The Jerusalem International Book Fair (JIBF) will take place again at the First Station, Jerusalem, from 11 to 15 June, in conjunction with the Hebrew Book Week (organised by the Israeli Publishers Association).

Visitors to the fair can participate in unique cultural and literary experiences, including meetings with authors, book displays, readings, and activities for children.

Events are free of charge and open to the general public. The International Book Fair Exhibition Hall is one of the main attractions of the fair. About 250 publishers from Israel and abroad will present local and international contemporary books.

JIBF is a biennial event that has taken place since 1963. It is a substantial meeting ground between literature and publishing communities both Israeli and international. Each JIBF brings to Jerusalem hundreds of publishers, editors, agents and scouts and presents the Israeli literary scene to them, while at the same time exposing international literature to attendees.

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