26 February 2017 - 30 Shevat 5777 - ל' שבט ה' אלפים תשע"ז
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Shalev Ad-El conducts Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra Print E-mail

Israeli conductor Shalev Ad-El returned to Hanoi, Vietnam, for a concert on 19 November and conducted the Hanoi Philharmonic Orchestra, to mark the 60th anniversary of the Vietnam National Academy of Music.

Shalev and Vietnamese artists from the academy played masterpieces by well-known Western composers, including Strauss and Brahms.

Born in Israel in 1968, Shalev is the music director of Israel’s highest-ranking chamber orchestra, Netania, Kibbutz chamber orchestra. As a recipient of scholarships from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, he graduated from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and won first prize at the François Shapira Competition in 1987.

He has played with most of the leading orchestras in Israel, including the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra, and has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues and events, including the Wigmore Hall in London, the Frick Collection in New York City, the Suntury Hall and Opera City in Tokyo, the Brugge festival, the Bachfest in Leipzig, and the Göettingen and Utrecht festivals. In 2008, he was awarded the German FASCHPREIS for his lifelong contribution to reviving central-German music.

(Issue Dec 2016)


Israeli book Let There Be Water translated into Burmese Print E-mail

As part of the collaboration between Israel and Myanmar, the Israeli Embassy in Myanmar is promoting the book Let There Be Water by author and activist Seth M. Siegel.

The book, which tells the story of water management in Israel, has been translated into Burmese, the official language of Myanmar, by the publisher, Hane Latt. It was launched during the Myanmar Water 2016 Exhibition in the presence of Israel’s Ambassador to Myanmar, Daniel Zonshine, and the publisher, on 20 October at the Myanmar Event Park, Yangon. During the exhibition, the Embassy of Israel also represented various Israeli companies from the water sector.

The book illustrates the vision and sacrifices made by Israel and its people that have long made water security a top priority and have become a model for the US and other countries around the world. It is based on meticulous research and hundreds of interviews, and reveals the methods and techniques of often-offbeat inventors who have enabled Israel to lead the world in cutting-edge water technology.

(Issue Dec 2016)


Deepavali celebrated in Israel Print E-mail

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Israel celebrated Deepavali, the Festival of Lights, for the second consecutive year, at a colourful ceremony at the Embassy premises on 29 October. The function was attended by a cross-section of the Sri Lankan community in Israel, along with the Embassy staff.

This ceremony was held in keeping with the tradition of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Israel of celebrating the important religious festivals of the major religions practised in Sri Lanka. Ambassador Periyasamy Pillai Selvaraj, who welcomed the guests, highlighted the importance of Deepavali. In his speech, he stressed the necessity of eliminating the darkness in the minds of human beings in order to create tolerance and harmony amongst all people, irrespective of their ethnicity, caste, creed, religions or any other differences, so that they become good citizens.

One of the highlights of the event was the beautiful chanting of devotional keerthanas by Gunavatar Das and his team. The programme ended with a reception hosted by the Embassy, with an array of traditional foods and sweets associated with Deepavali.

(Issue Dec 2016)


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