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Preparations for International Ice Festival Underway – Jerusalem


Chinese craftsmen prepare Jerusalem’s first Int’l Ice Festival set to open March 6th at the Old Train Site featuring Fairytale World, an ice bar, skating rinks, and Jerusalem landmarks made of ice. Jerusalem, Israel. 13th February 2012.

Chinese craftsmen prepare Jerusalem’s first Int’l Ice Festival set to open March 6th at the Old Train Site featuring Fairytale World, an ice bar, skating rinks, and Jerusalem landmarks made of ice. Jerusalem, Israel. 13th February 2012.

Chinese craftsmen prepare Jerusalem’s first Int’l Ice Festival set to open March 6th at the Old Train Site featuring Fairytale World, an ice bar, skating rinks, and Jerusalem landmarks made of ice. Jerusalem, Israel. 13th February 2012.

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Knesset Celebrates 63 Years in an Open House Event – Jerusalem

Thousands of Israelis visit the Knesset today as it opens its doors to the public hosting an Open House event on the occasion of the parliament’s 63 birthday. Speaker of the Knesset, Mr. Reuven “Rubi” Rivlin was quoted saying: ”The Knesset is the house of the people, and this will literally be true, when a crowd of thousands comes to the Knesset to enjoy a range of activities. The purpose of the ”Open House” is to celebrate the Knesset`s birthday in a way which will bring the public closer to the Knesset, its unique role and its operations. The happening taking place on Tu Bishvat will be a mix of educational activities, cultural events, exercises led by MKs and yearly traditional ceremonies. I can promise anyone who comes an exceptional experience.”

Many interactive activities took place in Parliament today including the Knesset Band who welcomed visitors in the front plaza, ‘Story Hour’ for children lead by MKs, an exhibition of the Knesset Guard dog handlers, symposiums lead by MKs on political issues for students, actors dressed as famous Israeli political leaders interacted with visitors and a workshop on hand-powered bicycles for the handicapped.

A kindergarten class from the Arab city Tayibe arrives to the Israeli Parliament for an open house celebration on the occasion of its 63rd birthday, exemplary of Israeli democracy and equality of rights. Jerusalem, Israel. 8th February 2012.

A row of photo portraits of past prime ministers decorates the halls of the Knesset as it opens its doors to the public for an Open House birthday celebration. First photo portrays legendary David Ben-Gurion. Jerusalem, Israel. 8th February 2012.

Children are mesmerized as MK Nachman Shai reads a story by Lea Goldberg to granddaughter’s kindergarten class in ‘Story Hour’. Thousands of Israelis visit the Knesset today for an open house celebration. Jerusalem, Israel. 8th February 2012.

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“Last Portrait: Painting for Posterity” at Yad Vashem

On the eve of Int’l Holocaust Remembrance Day “Last Portrait: Painting for Posterity” is unveiled at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum presenting some 200 portraits drawn by 21 artists in the face of death. Jerusalem, Israel. 22nd January 2012.

Portrait series by Jiri Valdstyn-Karlinsky on display in “Last Portrait: Painting For Posterity”. Valdstyn was commissioned to paint for the S.S. in Theresienstadt therefore had access to painting materials. Jerusalem, Israel. 22nd January 2012.

Curator Eliad Moreh-Rosenberg speaks passionately of “Last Portrait: Painting for Posterity” as exhibition is unveiled at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Jerusalem, Israel. 22nd January 2012.

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My Favorite Museum In The World

Wow! What a day at my favorite museum in the world – Eretz Israel Museum in Tel-Aviv! Always with fascinating contemporary exhibits, a strong emphasis on photography and never disappointing!

1918

Sir Ronald Storrs was the first British Governor of Jerusalem between 1918-1926 when the British took over Palestine from the Turks after 400 years of Ottoman rule.

Being neither Jew (British or foreign) nor Arab, but English, I am not wholly for either, but for both. Two hours of Arab grievances drive me into the synagogue, while after an intensive course of Zionist propaganda I am prepared to embrace Islam

He definitely had a difficult job!

1946

Between the years 1946-1949 the British deported some 52,000 Jewish immigrants to Palestine, Jews escaping the Nazi claws in Europe, to detention camps in Cyprus. Rachel Fisher arrived in one such camp in 1948. She set up Foto Rachel and documented everyday camp life.

Fisher set up a darkroom in a tent, she painted a kerosene lamp red and and set the exposure by opening and closing the tent flap.

2010

Fast-forward to the present – World Press Photo and the local Israeli version ‘Edut Mekomit’ are two exhibits I try not to miss every year.

My very sincere recommendation – go see them now! Before these temporary exhibits end!

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“Aftershock” by Ziv Koren and Itay Engel

Spent a beautiful morning with beautiful people at the Tachana Compound in Tel-Aviv.

We went to see “Aftershock” by Ziv Koren and Itay Engel – Ziv with photos of Haiti right after the January 12th earthquake and Itay with a documentary movie.

Although I greatly admire Ziv’s photography, his exhibition was just another set of Haiti photos I’ve seen so many of. Itay Engel was better able to put his personal stamp into his documentary movie.

But it was indeed a beautiful morning!

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Yuri Kozyrev

World Press Photo 2009 on display in Tel-Aviv at The Eretz Museum. Depicted is Yuri Kozyrev’s 1st prize in portraits singles; Rajiha Jihad Jassim (37) stands with her son Sarhan, in Baghdad, Iraq. Her husband, Gazie Swadi Tofan, was kidnapped in November 2006 and is still missing. For months she visited the city morgue to join the crowd that daily watches the images of unidentified corpses screened on five video monitors, in case she could recognize her husband among the dead. With five children and no family income, she can no longer pay the bus fare so does not visit the morgue any more, but still hopes for Tofan’s return.

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