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19 June 2018 - 6 Tammuz 5778 - ו' תמוז ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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Residents in China submit designs to celebrate diplomatic relations with Israel E-mail

The Consulate General of Israel in Shanghai is running a competition to design a diplomatic gift, to celebrate the 26th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Israel, and the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.

The competition is open to residents of Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui, Jiangxi and Zhejiang, or students who are studying in educational institutions in these municipalities and provinces.

Participants submitted their designs for either a necktie or a scarf with the required specifications. The theme of the competition was “Impressions of 70 years of Israeli innovation from a Chinese perspective”. The winners will be announced later this month, and will be rewarded with a free trip to Israel.

“So when celebrating the 70 years of Israel, we were thinking about how we could combine the spirit of Chinese people and the spirit of Jewish people so that we can get a sense of how Chinese people look at Israel. We decided to do something that will be nice and beautiful and represent something real. We will use it as an official diplomatic gift,” said Dr Eyal Propper, Consul General of Israel in Shanghai, during a press conference about the competition.

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Israeli psytrance duo Vini Vici to perform in Asia Print E-mail

Electronic dance music duo Vini Vici will be performing at club Zouk in Singapore on 11 May. The Israeli musicians, known for hits such as Great Spirit and Chakra, will also be performing in South Korea at Club Arena on 12 May and in Japan at the Electric Daisy Carnival in Chiba on 12-13 May.

Music producers Aviram Saharai and Matan Kadosh established Vini Vici in 2003. They had both worked on music and projects together in their hometown of Afula in northern Israel.

The duo rose to international fame through collaborations with several household names in electronic dance music, including Armin Van Buuren, Dmitiri Vegas & Like Mike and W&W. Vini Vici performs all over the world and attends many musical festivals.

Great Spirit has become a festival anthem and has been supported by many DJs, making the track one of the most recognisable tunes in the genre.

(Issue May 2018)

 
Artist and illustrator Hadassah Mariadas brings new meaning to Psalm 121 E-mail

A new childrens illustrated book The Song of Ascent: Psalm 121 has been launched from a Singapore based artist and educator in an international School in Singapore.

Hadassah Mariadas was inspired by the Psalm 121 written by King David and wants to reach out to young children about the wisdom of the words and the deepr meaning of the text. Her richly illustrated picture book tells a story within the framework of Psalm 121 of a teddy bear which gets blown away from lavender field in Devonshire, England, travels miles ends up finding a home in Israel. She goes through a myriad of emotions as life throws her into unexpected circumstances that were both beguiling and unpleasant. The little teddy with her balloon eventually overcomes all situations with God’s help in finding a place in a family.

Haddasah’s illustrated book intends to capture the attention span of a young child in order for them to learn something from a story. “Characters in Children’s literature are important to keep them engaged. I chose a Teddy bear with a balloon as my main character partly because every child could relate to this bundle of fluff, the fur, the sweet face and the sentimental value which accompanies each teddy bear. A balloon is an extraordinary object to most children as they float and fly away,” she explains.

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