17 January 2018 - 1 Shevat 5778 - א' שבט ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
Launch of comic book brings together the families of a rescuer and the rescued E-mail

The launch of a special comic book in Manila in August honoured a significant moment in the history of the Philippines and its heroic support of the Jewish community.

Titled: “Open Doors, Open Hearts – the story of how Manuel L. Quezon and the Philippines saved 1,300 Jewish souls from the Holocaust”, the comic book tells the story of the “Open Door” policy initiated by Manuel L. Quezon on the eve of WWII, and the rescue of 1,300 Jewish souls from the Holocaust. Quezon was president of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944.

Guests at the launch event included members of the Quezon family (the savers) and the Hahn family (the saved), Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau, and the creative team who produced the comic book, led by Sarge Lacuesta.

For the first time, Manuel Quezon’s daughter Nini Quezon-Avanceña met Leticia Hahn, who married a son of one of the refugees and raised a family.

2017 marks the 80th anniversary of an extraordinary humanitarian story. At its heart is the moral victory of the Philippines, in contrast to the moral collapse of many nations that considered themselves enlightened. With the rise of Nazi Germany, the world was facing the darkest chapter in human history.

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Israeli SOL Dance performs in China E-mail

Israeli modern dance company SOL Dance, under the artistic direction of Eyal Dadon, toured China in August and September, performing in Beijing, Shanghai and Xian.

The troupe performed its own works, including a special piece titled “Sale”, and also collaborated with local Chinese dance-theatre groups.

In an innovative coproduction by the Chinese Dance Theater from Beijing (BJ9CDT) and SOL Dance, Israeli and Chinese dancers expressed their movement and drama through their common and different cultures, interpreting famous cultural treasures.

Eyal Dadon established SOL Dance Company in 2016. The six dancers, who come from a variety of backgrounds, embody Dadon’s unique choreographic style.

The dancers and the works reach the audience in an intimate and human manner.

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The Third Bible Marathon E-mail

The third Bible Marathon took place in Israel on 6 October, with runners following in the footsteps of the first marathon man, who ran the 42 kilometres from the battlefield at Eben Ezer (modern day Rosh Ha’ayin) to Shiloh.

In the beginning of the Book of Samuel it is written that “a man of Benjamin ran from the battle line the same day, and came to Shiloh with his clothes torn”. He ran from Eben Ezer to Ancient Shiloh to tell of the end of the war between the Israelites and the Philistines. His mission was to inform Eli, the priest of Israel, of the defeat in the war, the death of his sons and the capture of the Ark of the Covenant.

Many centuries later, after the Six Day War, the founder of the Maccabiah Games, Yosef Yekutieli, set out to measure the length of the course from Rosh Ha’ayin to Shiloh, in the Benjamin region. He was amazed to find that the length of this historic path precisely matched that of the modern marathon – 42 kilometres (the official length of the Olympic running contest, determined in 1908 at the London Olympics).

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