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Arts & Culture
A third Israeli Film Festival in Vietnam Print E-mail

An Israeli Film Festival was held in the central coastal city of Da Nang, Vietnam, from 19 to 23 May. Local residents were offered a chance to take on a cinematographic journey to the country and learn more about Israel’s diverse cultures, traditions and identities.

The five films screened were: Magic Men, Zero Motivation, A Matter of Size, Jelly- fish and Five Hours from Paris. The films, with English and Vietnamese subtitles, were screened at the Le Do Cinema.

This festival was part of the recent Israel Film Festival in Vietnam that took place earlier this year in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, from 24 February to 6 March. Israel’s Ambassador to Vietnam attended at both events.

(Issue June 2017)

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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