22 October 2019 - 23 Tishri 5780 - כ"ג תשרי ה' אלפים תש"פ
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Japanese Summer Festival Print E-mail

The second annual all-day Japanese Summer Festival recently took place in Tel- Aviv on 24 August, held at ZOA.

A full host of activities were organised for the attendees, intended to highlight Japanese culture. Examples of these include a karaoke area, an origami challenge, flowerarranging lessons, authentic Japanese food stands, and plenty of theme-inspired beverages. Japanese chef Manami Ono arranged the vast array of food delicacies.

The festival also featured a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and Sushi workshops conducted by Israeli Chef Boaz Tzairi.

During the day, eight performers accompanied by original music performed a traditional Japanese dance show. There was also the Aikido Performance entitled The Way to Harmony with Energy, a Japanese martial arts demonstration, and a Taiko Show – Giant Drum which is customarily saved for ceremonies in public temples, and is based on a combination of martial arts and meditation.

(Issue Sep 2019)

Israel booth at the Hong Kong International Book Fair 2019 E-mail

An Israel booth was organized at this year’s Hong Kong International Book Fair offering a selection of books from Israel and a wide range of thematic events and presentations.

The seven-day Hong Kong Book Fair held in July is one of the most popular annual events in the city, held during the summer holidays.

It is aimed at not only students but the wider general public, offering the chance to browse new books and take advantage of many promotions. It attracts close to one million visitors.

As the host of the Israeli booth, the Consulate General of Israel in Hong Kong organised a wide range of events and seminars both on the event stage and inside the Israeli booth itself.

On the Sunday before the fair, Ahuva Spieler, Consul General of Israel to Hong Kong and local Hong Konger, Ellen Ng, read two new Israeli children illustration books: The Little Spacecraft and Grandpa’s Back Blocks Everything.

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HKHTC presents a lecture at the Book Fair E-mail

The Consulate of Israel in Hong Kong & Macau also arranged a lecture on Holocaust education in cooperation with the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (HKHTC).

Continuing efforts to reach out to the local community in Hong Kong, the HKHTC presented a public lecture titled: Who Will Write our History?: Rediscovering a Hidden Archive from the Warsaw Ghetto at the Fair.

The talk attracted a diverse, standing-room-only crowd, emphasising the value and importance of HKHTC’s core message of tolerance and unity. The lecture was presented by HKHTC’s Executive Director, Simon K. Li, in Cantonese, enabling the Centre to connect with hundreds of local Hong Kong community members- including many who, through this event, were learning about the Holocaust for the first time.

The lecture focused on Samuel Kassow’s book, Who Will Write our History? which documents a secret archive created by historian Emanuel Ringelblum. During his internment in the Warsaw Ghetto, Ringelblum established a scholarly organization to record the experiences of the ghetto’s inhabitants.

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