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Barbra Streisand to perform in Israel E-mail

In what the New York Daily News described as “The Hottest Ticket In Town” and whom the Huffington Post called “The Greatest Star by Far,” Barbra Streisand will bring her spectacular stage show to Israel for the very first time this summer, playing the Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv on 20 June 2013.

The Jewish - American iconic singer and actress will perform at the stadium in front of some 16,000 spectators. Barbra Streisand Live promises to be a magical evening of timeless hits, combining her elegant voice, with self-deprecating humor and charming banter.

The singer will be surrounded by a 60-piece orchestra and accompanied by special guests Chris Botti, her son Jason Gould, and sister Roslyn Kind, all of whom performed last year on Back to Brooklyn, Streisand’s highly successful North American tour.

The most accomplished female recording artist ever, Streisand has received 10 Grammys including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Grammy Legend Awards 51 gold albums, 30 platinum albums, and 13 multiplatinum albums. According to the RIAA, she is the No. 1 best selling female recording artist in history and the only woman to make the Top 10 all time best selling artists list.

An artist of unparalleled accomplishments in multiple entertainment fields, Streisand has made her mark as an award winning actress of stage and screen, recording artist, concert performer, film director, producer, screenwriter, songwriter, philanthropist, designer, photographer, author and activist.

Streisand is the only artist ever to receive an Oscar,Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Directors  Guild of America, Golden Globe, National Medal of Arts and Peabody Awards as well as France’s Legion d’Honneur and the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

She is, in fact, the recipient of 2 Oscars, 5 Emmys, 10 Grammys, a Tony and 12 Golden Globes including the Cecil B. DeMille Award.

In addition, Streisand is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors. The three films she directed received 14 Oscar nominations.

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Ancient wine press discovered E-mail

Remains of a Byzantine settlement with an impressive wine press, probably owned by Christians, were recently excavated on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) near Hamei Yo’ av, near Ashkelon.

The discovery was made during salvage excavations prior to the construction of a banqueting garden in the area.

According to Dr. Rina Avner, the IAA excavation director, “The wine press exceeded 100 square metres in area. It consists of a large treading floor surrounded by six compartments on the north and east.

These compartments were used for fermenting grapes upon their arrival from the vineyards, to produce high quality of wine. The treading floor slopes to the west, where a settling vat and two collecting pits are situated in a row.

A led pipe connects between the treading floor and the settling vat, which in turn is connected by two led pipes to the two collecting pits”.

“In the centre of the treading floor is a depression, intended for a screw press. This device would allow applying further pressure to the grape remains from the compartments and thus, to produce vinegar and low-quality wine, mentioned in rabbinic sources as “paupers’ wine”.

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US President Barack Obama’s trip to Israel E-mail

President Obama made a historic three day visit to Israel in March. Obama also visited the Palestinian territories and flew to Jordan as part of his Middle East trip.

His visit to Israel was to express the deep and multifaceted relations between Israel and the US. These relations are rooted in shared values and common interest. It was clear to see during his stay that Israel will always have strong and vocal support from the US, especially when it comes to Israel’s security.

Both nations are working to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear military capabilities and denouncing those who seek to twist history and the 3,000 year old connection of the Jewish people to the land of Israel.

There is an unbreakable alliance based not only on mutual security interests and economic interests, but also on shared values and common interests.

President Obama was warmly welcomed on 20 March at a ceremony at Ben-Gurion International Airport. On his arrival there was a presentation of Israel’s multi-layered defense system, showcasing the Iron Dome, Magic Wand, Arrow 2, and Arrow 3.

His itinerary included meetings with Israel’s President Shimon Peres and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Obama was guest of honor at a special dinner on the evening of his arrival at the official residence of the Prime Minister.

The following day, President Obama toured the Israel Museum. A presentation of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book, and a special technology exhibit in honor of the President: “Israel Technology for a Better World” was showcased.

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