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Fourth Indian Jewish National Convention held in Israel E-mail

The fourth Indian Jewish National Convention was held on the evening of 18 October in Kiryat Gat.

The six-hour event was filled with Indian dance, music, food and exhibits about Indian-Jewish heritage. The highlight was a musical extravaganza by a troupe from India.

Almost 2,500 people attended the event, which was supported by India’s Embassy in Israel, Kiryat Gat municipality and several other organisations.

There are close to 100,000 “People of Indian Origin” (PIOs) in Israel. Most of them are Jews who migrated to Israel from the 1950s onward and are now Israeli nationals.

Indian Jews came from four regions of India: the Bene Israel Jews came from Maharashtra, the Cohini Jews came from Kerala, the Baghdadi Jews came from Bengal and the B’ nei Menashe came from Manipur/Mizoram.

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Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize in Literature Print E-mail

On 13 October, the Swedish Academy announced that this year’s Nobel Prize in Literature had been awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”.

The US-born singer and songwriter, whose real name is Robert Allen Zimmerman, was raised Jewish and grew up in Minnesota. Dylan wrote some of the most influential and well-known songs of the 1960s. His hits include Blowin’ in the Wind, Like a Rolling Stone and The Times They Are a-Changin’.

Dylan is the first American to receive the prize in more than 20 years; novelist Toni Morrison won in 1993. He is due to receive the US$927,740 prize in Stockholm on 10 December, which is Alfred Nobel’s birthday, however it is not yet known whether he will attend.

“The news about the Nobel Prize left me speechless,” Dylan told Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy. “I appreciate the honor so much.”

(Issue Nov 2016)


Israel’s embassy in Japan exhibits at a major tourism expo E-mail

The embassy of Israel in Japan, in co-operation with the Ministry of Tourism, participated – for the first time in three years – in the JATA Tourism EXPO Japan, Asia’s largest-scale tourism festival, which was held in Tokyo from 22 to 25 September.

This year, Israel was represented by two booths, with seven Israeli travel agencies coming specifically for the EXPO, as well as local Japanese travel agencies that specialise in the Israeli market.

Well over 185,000 people attended this year’s EXPO – a record high – and visitors to the Israeli booths enjoyed Israeli wine, olive oil and cosmetics. The mascot of the Embassy of Israel in Japan, Shaloum chan, entertained the crowds.

The Israel themes related to “Israel, the Land of Creation – The Land of Milk and Honey”, of advanced technologies, and of cultural diversification, tastes and varieties.

Israel appeals to a variety of Japanese tourists who wish to explore the country’s natural wonders, such as the Dead Sea and the world’s largest migration of birds, as well as its ancient historical sites such as Jerusalem and Masada, Christian pilgrimages, the cosmopolitan vibe of Tel Aviv, and Israel’s “Startup Nation” and vibrant high-tech scene.

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