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Arts & Culture
Talented artist exhibits for International Women’s Day in India E-mail

In celebration of International Women’s Day, a special art exhibition titled From my Quill to the Canvas: A Tribute to Femininity, showcasing works by talented Jewish artist and author Ludmilla Chakrabaty, was held in March at the Sheraton Hotel in New Delhi.

Israel’s Ambassador in India, Ron Malka, was the guest of honour at the launch of the exhibition on 7 March. Many diplomats and art enthusiasts attended the event.

Ludmilla Chakrabarty was born in Russia. While there, she taught English at the University of Tver and wrote a regular column in the Sestra newspaper. Since marrying an Indian orthopedic surgeon, she has lived in India, where she combines two professions: a lecturer of English and an artist and book illustrator.

Chakrabarty’s first book of stories, The Winged Tree and Other Fairy Tales, takes readers to an unusual world where trees dance to the tune of musical notes, an alchemist prepares a unique elixir and little kids take care of their naughty, troublesome, grown-up parents!

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Hebrew University adds new manuscripts to Einstein Archive E-mail

Part of a collection of 110 manuscript pages written by Albert Einstein was unveiled at the Albert Einstein Archive at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on 6 March.

The university announced that it had obtained a “magnificent” collection of Albert Einstein’s manuscripts, shedding new light on the mind and soul of the Nobel Prize-winning physicist ahead of the 140th anniversary of his birth.

The bulk of the 110-page collection consists of yellowed pages of handwritten equations, as well as several personal letters written in German. In one correspondence with his lifelong friend Michele Besso, Einstein said he felt “ashamed” for never having bothered to learn Hebrew.

Inside the mind of a genius

Professor Hanoch Gutfreund, the archive’s academic director, said: “For historians of science, it is very important to have manuscripts, because then one sees that he crossed out something, that he changed something, and it is interesting to see how he actually worked.” Each of the four personal letters from Einstein “is a gem”, Gutfreund added. “In every letter exchanged between them, they refer to something scientific. But they always share something personal about their families. And they also very often exchange remarks about their Jewish identity.”

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Large presence for the Philippines at tourism event in Tel Aviv E-mail

Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Secretary of the Philippine Department of Tourism, opened her country’s pavilion at the 25th International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) in Tel Aviv on 12 February.

This was the fourth time that the Philippine Department of Tourism had participated in the IMTM. This year, the Philippines had the largest booth in the annual travel fair, with representatives of 15 Philippine travel agencies and hotels.

“The Department of Tourism will promote sustainable tourism and invites Israelis to visit the country to experience its culinary tourism, heirloom recipes and slow-food process, rich cultural diversity, and exciting eco-tourism activities,” said Secretary Romulo-Puyat at the event’s opening ceremony. “Israeli tourist arrivals to the Philippines reached 20,343 in 2018, with 16.66% growth from 2017. The 20,000 mark was achieved, despite the closure of Boracay for six months. This proves that beyond the perfect sunsets and the natural beauty of our 7,600 islands, the caring, friendly and hospitable nature of Filipinos has always been the main reason why our people are close to the hearts of Israelis, and why they keep coming back to the Philippines,” said Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial.

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