24 October 2017 - 4 Heshvan 5778 - ד' חשון ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
Jerusalem in Babylon exhibition – “We remember Zion” E-mail

Marking the 25th anniversary of the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem and the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem in Babylon exhibition opened to the public on 17 May.

The exhibition, which showcases the phenomenal Al-Yahudu tablets, presents the evidence of the first exiles and provides a backdrop to the stories behind the destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian captivity and exile.

Featuring core material from the earlier By the Rivers of Babylon exhibition, which revealed the rare Al-Yahudu tablets for the first time, Jerusalem in Babylon tells the story of the destruction of the First Temple and Jerusalem and the exile of the Judeans to Babylon.

It concludes with an echo of Psalm 137, “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and wept when we remembered Zion”, touching on the quest for return that has echoed in the hearts and prayers of the Jewish people for millennia.

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Sri Lankan food expo delights Tel Aviv diners E-mail

The Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel, in partnership with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Israel and the Sri Lankan Tourism Bureau, recently hosted a 12- day celebration of Sri Lankan cuisine prepared by visiting Sri Lankan chefs Kamal Surendrajith and Iyadurai Madasami, who were on their first visit to Israel.

The festival featured special lunches and dinners at the hotel’s signature restaurant, The Olive Leaf, as well as a tourism booth and a Sri Lankan market in the Sheraton lobby.

The festival began on 7 May at a reception in the presence of guest of honour Selvaraj Periyasamy Pillai, Ambassador of Sri Lanka in Israel. The festival was organised by the hotel’s executive assistant manager, Patrick Mudalige, himself a native of Sri Lanka.

The chefs designed menus based on traditional Sri Lankan products to create authentic Sri Lanka dishes. On the opening evening, a three-course meal was served to invited guests, reflecting the kind of cuisine prepared at Colombo’s luxury Kingsbury Hotel, the guest chefs’ home kitchen.

The first of the three courses of the opening-night dinner reflected influences of South India, Sri Lanka’s immediate neighbour. A sushi-like roll made with sticky rice came in two versions, one stuffed with shredded spiced chicken and the other with potato similar to the filling of a masala dosa.

This was accompanied by a tasty vegetable cutlet reminiscent of yellow dal, as well as cubed mixed vegetables that had been in pickled in a delicate solution redolent of clove.

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Frank Lavin, diplomat and author, visits Hong Kong E-mail

The United Jewish Congregation of Hong Kong (UJC) welcomed Frank Lavin to Hong Kong on 11 May to give a talk and to celebrate the launch of his new book. The event was held at the Hong Kong Jewish Community Centre, King David Room.

Franklin L“Frank” Lavin was born 26 October, 1957, and is a former Republican White House aide who was the political director for Ronald Reagan between 1987 and 1989, a US diplomat, and bank executive. As Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Lavin headed the International Trade Administration for the United States Department of Commerce from 2005 until 2007. He also served as the US Ambassador to Singapore from 2001 to 2005.

His new book, entitled Home Front to Battlefront: An Ohio Teenager in World War II, is a biography of his father, Carl Lavin, who served with the 84th Infantry Division in the Battle of the Bulge. Thanks to Frank’s detailed research, we are able to follow 18-year-old Carl Lavin from his enlistment through his deployment overseas. The book allows us to see a pivotal time in world history through one soldier’s eyes.

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