21 September 2018 - 12 Tishri 5779 - י"ב תשרי ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Arts & Culture
Synagogue exhibition from Eastern Europe on display in Hong Kong E-mail

Hong Kong’s Ohel Leah synagogue and the Consulate General of Hungary are presenting an exhibition at the Jewish Community Centre showcasing historical synagogues of Eastern and Central Europe. Titled Rudolf Klein Synagogues of East-Central Europe 1782-1944 Exhibition, it runs until 10 June.

An official opening ceremony was held in the courtyard of Ohel Leah Synagogue on 15 May. In special attendance at the ceremony was Dr Pal Kertesz, Consul General of Hungary. A mix of community members and visitors attended. Rabbi Asher Oser and Dr Pal Kertesz gave a welcoming address.

The exhibition presents the rich architectural heritage of Central-Eastern European synagogues from the 18th to the 20th centuries, across many cities past and present. It was compiled by Professor Rudolf Klein, a Hungarian Jewish architect. The panels provide interesting references to religious and ethnological traditions. The various architecture formats of synagogues take many distinct shapes and styles, including Solomon’s Temple, a factory hall, a church, a barn, a cottage, a palace. The countries whose synagogues are featured in the exhibition include Hungary, Austria, Ukraine, Romania, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia.

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Award-winning puppet play showcased in the Philippines E-mail

When All Was Green, an award-winning a non-verbal puppet show, was performed in Manila in May by Israeli artists Dikla Katz and Avi Zlicha of Key Theatre in Israel. It told the heart-warming tale of a boy and a tree, and depicts both the generosity of nature and the greed in a man’s heart.

Inspired by Shel Silverstein’s book The Giving Tree, it highlights the importance of maintaining balance and living in harmony with nature. The show was presented in the Philippines in celebration of the 60th Friendship Anniversary between the two countries. It was staged in various locations across the city, including the University of the Philippines, and tickets were free.

In an interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA), Yulia Rachinsky-Spivakov, deputy chief of mission of the embassy, said they brought When All Was Green to Manila to reach the Filipino youth and instill the importance of sustainability in their young minds.

“We support the idea of sustainability and sustainable development, which is part of the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations,” she said. “We believe that we need to take care of our environment, and this specific performance is touching this topic in a very good manner, so all ages can relate.”

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The 35th Jerusalem Film Festival Print E-mail

The 35th Jerusalem Film Festival (JFF) will take place this year from 26 July to 5 August.

Since its founding in 1984, JFF has become a significant international platform for the presentation of Israeli cinema and the exposure of the best of world cinema.

For 11 days, more than 200 films will be screened, offering a rich and varied programme, alongside numerous professional events for members of the film industry from Israel and abroad. Each year, the festival’s Gala Opening Ceremony takes place at the Sultan’s Pool, an ancient water basin that has been turned into an outdoor amphitheatre with spectacular views of the Old City walls. On opening night, which attracts thousands of viewers, the selected opening film is screened on an enormous screen in the presence of worldrenowned film directors and actors, local and international members of the film industry and the general public.

Additional events include nightly parties at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, outdoor screenings and festival activities throughout the city.

For details visit: http://www.jff.org.il

(Issue Jun 2018)

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