19 November 2017 - 1 Kislev 5778 - א' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
Arts & Culture
The Centenary of The Balfour Declaration exhibition E-mail

An exhibition titled The Centenary of the Balfour Declaration is currently on display at the Israel Academy of Science and Humanities in Jerusalem.

It assembles a wide range of historical documents, texts and objects lent by archives and collections located in Israel and the UK. The items on display bear witness to past events and to their changing meanings during the course of the intervening century. Through letters, copies of the local press, as well as information cards highlighting the main players at the time, the Balfour Declaration, a letter sent by British Foreign Secretary Arthur James (later Lord) Balfour to Lord Lionel Walter Rothschild on 2 November, 1917, is explored.

The 67-word text of the Declaration represented a delicate balancing of the views of politics, public figures and intellectuals, Jews and non-Jews in Great Britain and around the world, expressed at meetings and via correspondence, behind the scenes and in the open, at conventions and in the press. Guided tours can be organised for groups upon request.

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Design motifs of Jerusalem’s buildings and streets highlighted in new exhibition E-mail

Jerusalem in Detail, a new exhibition that opened in October at the Israel Museum, highlights often-overlooked but highly symbolic design motifs hidden in Jerusalem’s streets and buildings.

The exhibition was inspired by the research of David Kroyanker, the foremost chronicler of Jerusalem’s architecture. Kroyanker, an Israeli architect and architectural historian, has written dozens of popular books about Jerusalem neighbourhoods, streets, and buildings, and urban planning.

The exhibition enables visitors to hone their observational skills and discover the functional and decorative details that say so much about the many nations, culture and ways of life that left their mark over the centuries. The display spotlights Jerusalem’s cosmopolitan visual richness and whets the appetite for further exploration of the city. The exhibition, housed in the main gallery of the museum, is organised according to the various types of architectural details that show how different “builders” left their imprint on Jerusalem over the ages.

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Israel Philharmonic Orchestra gives historic performances in Nanjing and Harbin E-mail

The famed Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) under Maestro Zubin Mehta was welcomed warmly on its recent tour to China. The tour featured three concerts in Nanjing City in Jiangshu province (5, 6 and 7 August) and two concerts in Harbin in Heilongjiang province (10 and 12 August).

On 5 August, Dr Eyal Propper, the new Consul General of Israel in Shanghai, attended the orchestra’s opening performance at the Jiangsu Center for the Performing Arts in Nanjing City.

He said: “In the past, most of the world-famous symphonies went to Beijing and Shanghai due to the lack of high-quality art centres [in other cities]. Now, I am very pleased to see that more and more cities and regions have increased their input in art fields. I believe that more world-renowned art groups will come to Jiangsu in the near future with the completion of the Jiangsu Center for the Performing Arts.”

A pre-concert lecture on the same evening familiarised the audience with Mr Mehta and the orchestra. Consul General Propper attended the lecture and delivered a speech. He has known Zubin Mehta personally for 25 years, and travelled to Nanjing City to honour their long friendship.

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