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Israeli cookbook published in Taiwan E-mail

A Chinese-language version of the book Jerusalem was recently released in Taiwan, making it the first cookbook on Israeli dishes to be published there. The book promotes the culture of Israel through its diverse food and the history behind the dishes.

The cookbook, written by Israeli chefs Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi, includes 120 recipes that explore the rich flavours of Jerusalem.

Emily Ching-Chun Chuang, editor-in-chief of Emily Publishing Co., said at the book launch in April that she was impressed by Israeli cuisine when she visited the country in 2013, and missed the food.

“Israel has delicious food, such as hummus and pita bread, but these are not well known to many Taiwanese people,” she said, adding that the Chinese version of the cookbook is intended to introduce the food and culture of Israel to the Taiwanese people.

Asher Yarden, Israel’s representative to Taiwan, also attended the event to support the book. Speaking at the launch, he said he hoped it would help promote Israeli culture in Taiwan. He said that bilateral ties are good but that there is a need to improve mutual understanding.

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A third Israeli Film Festival in Vietnam Print E-mail

An Israeli Film Festival was held in the central coastal city of Da Nang, Vietnam, from 19 to 23 May. Local residents were offered a chance to take on a cinematographic journey to the country and learn more about Israel’s diverse cultures, traditions and identities.

The five films screened were: Magic Men, Zero Motivation, A Matter of Size, Jelly- fish and Five Hours from Paris. The films, with English and Vietnamese subtitles, were screened at the Le Do Cinema.

This festival was part of the recent Israel Film Festival in Vietnam that took place earlier this year in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, from 24 February to 6 March. Israel’s Ambassador to Vietnam attended at both events.

(Issue June 2017)

 
Jerusalem in Babylon exhibition – “We remember Zion” E-mail

Marking the 25th anniversary of the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem and the 50th anniversary of the unification of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem in Babylon exhibition opened to the public on 17 May.

The exhibition, which showcases the phenomenal Al-Yahudu tablets, presents the evidence of the first exiles and provides a backdrop to the stories behind the destruction of Jerusalem and the Babylonian captivity and exile.

Featuring core material from the earlier By the Rivers of Babylon exhibition, which revealed the rare Al-Yahudu tablets for the first time, Jerusalem in Babylon tells the story of the destruction of the First Temple and Jerusalem and the exile of the Judeans to Babylon.

It concludes with an echo of Psalm 137, “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and wept when we remembered Zion”, touching on the quest for return that has echoed in the hearts and prayers of the Jewish people for millennia.

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