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Arts & Culture
Hebrew University launches largest index of Jewish art E-mail

The Center for Jewish Art at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem launched the world’s largest online database of Jewish art at the World Congress of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem on 16 August.

The Bezalel Narkiss Index of Jewish Art is a collection of digitised images and information about Jewish artifacts from all over the world.

The online collection includes more than 260,000 images of objects and artifacts from 700 museums, synagogues and private collections in 41 countries, as well as architectural drawings of 1,500 synagogues and Jewish ritual buildings from antiquity to the modern day.

The public and amateur or professional researchers can easily access more than a quarter of a million images, with accompanying details and descriptions, either by simple keyword search or according to such categories as Iconographical Subject, Origin, Artist, Object, Community, Collection or Location.

Under the direction of Dr Vladimir Levin, the Center has in recent years worked steadily toward completing the Index by photographing, measuring and painstakingly describing and categorising each piece to be made available online to the public.

“Jewish culture is largely perceived as a culture of texts and ideas, not of images. As the largest virtual Jewish museum in the world, the Index of Jewish Art is a sophisticated tool for studying visual aspects of Jewish heritage. We hope that making this Index available will lead to further in-depth study of primary sources, and serve as an enduring launching pad for the study of the historical and cultural significance of Jewish art for many years to come,” said Dr Levin.

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Color Me Israel to inspire cultural understanding between Israel and South Korea E-mail

An adult colouring book on Israel, targeting the Korean market, designed and published by Israel-Asia Leaders Fellow Lee Jae Eun, has been launched in Korean bookstores.

The book, Color Me Israel, was inspired by Jae’s life and travels in Israel. It features descriptions and taglines in Korean, and takes the reader from her arrival in Israel with her Korean passport on an El Al plane to floating in the Dead Sea, drinking at a fruit juice stand in Tel Aviv, playing matkot, a popular paddle-ball game, on the Tel Aviv beach, and visiting Israel’s famous tourist sites. The book also features Jewish festivals such as Purim, Chanukah, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot and Pesach.

For the past four years, South Korean native Jae, who speaks fluent Hebrew, has been working as the Press Officer at the Israeli Embassy in Seoul.

Jae was a Fellow on the inaugural year of the Israel-Asia Center’s Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship, from 2011 to 2012, while she was studying her BA in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The Israel-Asia Leaders Fellowship is an eightmonth programme focused on building future leaders in IsraelAsia relations.

Drawing had always been one of Jae’s favourite hobbies. She explained that she wanted to use this to create something light and fun about Israel. “Israel has a somewhat serious image in the world. It is often related only with conflict or religion,” says Jae. “Even in Korea, where people generally have a positive image of Israel, people don’t really know the modern face of Israel.”

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Karmiel International Dance Festival Print E-mail

Over 250,000 visitors and tourists attended the 30th Annual International Karmiel Dance Festival, which took place from 8 to 10 August in Karmiel, located between Akko and Tzfat, in the heart of the Beit Kerem Valley, Israel. The event is the largest dance festival of its kind in the country.

Tennis courts, sports halls and community centres, together with an amphitheatre and an arena, became the stages for the festival, with over 100 performances and events scheduled throughout the area, and with the participation of 10,000 dancers. This year there were performances by dancers from China, Georgia, Prague and Hungary.

Dance companies from all over Israel, and from many other countries, participate in the Karmiel Dance Festival. Dance enthusiasts of all ages, from children to adults, attend scores of performances. In addition, the Festival includes Salsa dance parties; marathons of Zumba, Hip Hop and Breakdance; Jazz and choreography competitions; roller dancing; public singing and more.

(Issue Sep 2017)

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