24 June 2017 - 1 Tammuz 5777 - א' תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ז
Arts & Culture
WJC publishes new book chronicling its 80-year history E-mail
A new book chronicling the history of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) has been released and is now available for purchase on Amazon.

The World Jewish Congress, 936-2016 details the dramatic diplomatic efforts and achievements of this pre-eminent international Jewish organisation, from its founding in Geneva 80 ears ago to the present.

In his foreword, WJC President Ronald S. Lauder wrote: “This book reminds us not only what the WJC did in the past, but why the Jewish people need this vital organisation now more than ever and will continue to need it in the future.”

Among the episodes chronicled in the anthology are the WJC’s multifaceted rescue efforts during the years of the Holocaust; its pioneering role in crafting the groundbreaking Jewish-Catholic dialogue that fundamentally and profoundly changed the relationship between the Jewish people and the Vatican; its role in providing invaluable assistance to the prosecutors at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg; its high-level diplomatic negotiations that enabled Jews from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria to emigrate to Israel, France and elsewhere during the 1950s and 1960s; its exposure of Kurt Waldheim’s Nazi past, and its leadership of the international efforts to force Swiss banks to disgorge more than one billion dollars they had wrongfully withheld from Jewish Holocaust victims and their heirs.
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56th Israel Festival offers daring artistic programme E-mail

The 56th Israel Festival, which started on 1 June and continues until 18 June, is an internationally renowned interdisciplinary festival that takes place each year in Jerusalem, offering an original, innovative and daring artistic programme.

High-quality productions in dance, music, drama and performance theatre from all over the world take centre stage, and also on the programme are original Israeli productions and free outdoor performances. This year’s festival takes place mostly in the various halls and spaces of the Jerusalem Theatre.

The Israel Festival opened with a Groove Party that both celebrated the 56th Festival and marked the 50th Anniversary of Jerusalem’s Reunification. An electrifying musical performance in the magical open-air Sultan’s Pool featured Israel’s top established and emerging musicians.

Reflecting Israel’s rich diversity and Jerusalem’s multiculturalism, the event brought together outstanding musical legends such as Teapacks and Knesiyat Hasekhel, pioneering bands that have profoundly influenced the Israeli musical identity.

Joining the festival lineup, the Firqat Alnoor Orchestra, made up of outstanding Jewish and Arab musicians who, together with guest singer Nasreen Qadri, will bring their unique east-west sound. Queen of Israeli-Indian groove Liora Itzhak will bring Bollywood to the stage, while A-WA and Yemen Blues will rock with the hottest Yememite sound in the Middle East, mixed with the exhilarating sounds of the Kutiman Orchestra.

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Musrara Mix Festival 2017-a mix of social cultural meanings E-mail

The Musrara Mix Festival is an international multidisciplinary event that takes place annually in the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Musrara. The festival is a hub of artistic and social happenings, embodying the political and cultural essence of Jerusalem and Israel.

This year’s festival, with a theme of “Terra-Incognita: East-West in a Hybrid World”, will take place from 6 to 8 June.

“East and West” are relative concepts originating from the field of geography. However, over the years, these concepts have become charged with cultural, social and economic meanings, which have been imbued with changing world views.

The Musrara Mix Festival this year offers a platform to the diverse and hybrid voices that range along the cultural spectrum between East and West, North and South, advanced technology and shamanism, combinations that convey an experience of the hybrid situation, a liminal situation, and the move towards a new world and a multicultural world view.

Dozens of artists from around the world will be contributing to the festival, including the Chinese artist Ma Li, who will conduct a mass event she calls “Technotaichi”, a hybrid form influenced by traditional Chinese practice, Communist-order trainings and Western techno culture.

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