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The selected photos present a fascinating and mesmerizing perspective of the events that took place over the past year. They are exhibited at the MUSA – Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv photojournalism exhibition.

The main photographic event was opened on Thursday, 20 December, at MUSA, the Eretz Israel Museum, Tel Aviv. The certificates were awarded to the winners in the various photography categories.

The photos will be on display until 2 February 2019 at the Local Testimony exhibition which is now in its 16th year, together with the prestigious World Press Photo international exhibition. The joint display of the Israeli and international exhibitions offers the viewer an in-depth picture of the events that took place on the international and Israeli scenes over the year, as they were captivated in the camera lenses of the finest photographers in Israel and abroad.

This year some 7,000 photos were submitted by about 350 professional photographers; of these 170 photos and video clips were chosen, as well as Photo of the Year and Series of the Year, in the categories of news, nature and the environment, religion and faith, society and community, sports, urbanism and culture, and the photographed story.

The exhibition reflects the reality of our region, events that were striking in the media over the past year, alongside those that were important from a social and human point of view.

The curator of the exhibition is Ami Steinitz, and with him on the jury panel Uri Gershuni, photographer, artist and lecturer, Gilad Tocatly, director and producer, Mark Yashaev, photographer, artist, and lecturer, Ilan Itzhayek, editor-in-chief of Xnet, Yedioth Aharonoth Yaakov Israel, photographer, artist and lecturer, Rina Castelnuovo, photographer and journalist, Guy Raz, photographer and MUSA curator, and members of the editorial board Vardi Kahana, photographer and curator, and Dana Wohlfeiler-Lalkin, initiator and exhibition manager.

Ami Steinitz, curator of Local Testimony 2018:

“A war of low but ever-increasing intensity has been going on over the past year; heavy clouds of smoke accompany reports on IDF attacks in the depth of Syria, confrontations with Palestinians on the border of the Gaza Strip, and scorched fields ignited by incendiary kites and balloons in the settlements of Otef Gaza. The lack of clarity vis-à-vis the extant situation and its implications worsen also as a result of changes in the character of documentation. Freedom of information and opinion in the social networks and global media channels is manipulated for disseminating fake news by private people, organizations, and countries. Photojournalism alters its appearance when numerous events are photographed by security cameras and smartphones by the man in the street, and are circulated in the media. The uniqueness of documentary photography lies in its exclusive capture of an uncontrollable event, through which a story, hidden from our eyes, is revealed. The value of the art of photography is greater than the simplistic description of an event, and the documentary photograph expresses a repressed dimension of the world of phenomena”.

Winners in the various categories in the Israeli photojournalist competition, Local Testimony

Photo of the Year

Oliver Fitoussi / Haaretz

Knesset Member Oren Hazan of the Likud, taking a selfie with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and members of the coalition, following the late-night vote and passing of the Nation-State Law.

Also in the photo: Knesset Members Avi Dichter, Nurit Koren, Yaron Mazuz, Ayoub Kara, Miki Zohar and Anat Berko

Knesset Yisrael, Jerusalem, 18 July 2018

The Jury’s statement:

Oliver Fitoussi’s photo, “The Nation-State Law marks “a definitive moment”, showing the faces and names behind the written word in the law which Israel’s Knesset passed. No less than the fact that the Nation-State Law indicates the process that Israeli society is undergoing – from a democratic to a Jewish society, and some claim a shift from a democratic to racist state – the photograph depicts the moment following the voting process. It is a moment of relief and respite, and in the center the red tie worn by the prime minister signifying a “red traffic light.” Next to him stand the Knesset members who supported the law, and who mirror Israeli society – some wearing white shirts, their bellies protruding, and next to them, the “whipper ‘MK Oren Hazan, who is documenting the historic moment, like any other member of the public.

Series of the Year

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Barry Talis

Private moments of a religious and ecstatic experience during ceremonies and rituals. The photo was taken employing a long exposure technique, which creates chaos, and a flash device that underscores the main figures.

Jerusalem and Bnei Brak, 2014-2018

The Jury’s statement:

Barry Talis’s series of the year is a juxtaposition of Photo of the Year. It is a long-term work that presents the freedom of ritual and religion, depicted in personal and ceremonial moments of different ethnic groups in a democratic Israel and the freedom of creative art. Jews, Christians and Ethiopians in ecstatic moments in the lens of a virtuoso photographer who restores the belief in art and the strength of the medium to offer documentation of a moment that moves one. And indeed, the structure of the series underscores the mediational process that takes place between the eye of the photographer and his or her camera, and reality: the one that moves through the photograph’s filter and flash, creating esthetic distance on the one hand and at the same time underscoring the main figures in the frame, all this simulating reality as a virtual space, as if taken from the world of the cinema and computerized imaging.

1st Prize in the category of News, singles:

Ilia Yefimovich / DPA

A Palestinian youth during a conflict with IDF soldiers in the West Bank, during the second week of demonstrations that took place after US President Donald Trump announced the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

Kalandia, 20 December 2017

1st Prize in the category of News, series:

Amir Cohen / Reuters

Incendiary kites, fires, smoke and rockets in Otef Gaza (Gaza envelope).

Otef Gaza, November 2017-August 2018

1st Prize in the category of Nature and Environment, singles

Ohad Zwigenberg / Yedioth Ahronoth

Israel Border Police at a camouflage drill.

Jerusalem Hills, 27 March 2018

1st Prize in the category of Nature and Environment, series:

Alexander Bronfer

Bathers and visitors at the Dead Sea, near Har Sdom.

Ein Bokek, September 2016-August 2018

1st prize in the category of Religion and Faith, singles:

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Emil Salman / Haaretz

Members of Neemanei Har Habait (Temple Mount Devotees) slaughtering a sheep, “practicing” for the Passover sacrifice (the Paschal lamb). Members of the movement are determined to build the Third Temple.

Jerusalem, 19 March 2018

1st Prize in the category of Religion and Faith, series:

Asaf Freidman

Chevra Kadisha employees regard the work of tohara (preparing the body for burial) and burial as a mission, based on the sublime goal of maintaining the honor of the dead on his or her final voyage to eternal rest.

Cemeteries, January- August 2018

1st Prize in the category of Society and Community, singles:

Marc Israel Sellem / Jerusalem Post

Miriam and Neria playing with their infant son.

Yitzhar, 12 August 2018

 

1st Prize in the category of Society and Community, series:

Oren Ziv /Activestills, for Local Discussion

The settlement Khan al-Ahmar was founded in the 1950s between Jerusalem and Jericho by Bedouins who were evicted from the Negev. In September 2018 the Supreme Court approved the demolition of the village, including the school where children of the area study. The evacuation of the village, located in E1 area, has won international interest, since it is regarded as part of an Israeli attempt to prevent the territorial continuity of a Palestinian State.

Khan al-Ahmar, 11 June-18 July 2018

1st Prize in the category of Sports, singles:

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Ohad Zwigenberg / Yedioth Ahronoth

Yossi Benayoun, one of the best Israeli football players, came to play with Beitar Jerusalem. As a result of an argument with the owner, Eli Tabib, he was forced to leave the club.

Jerusalem, 17 January 2018

1st Prize in the category of Sport, series:

Michael Shvardron

Horse race on a race course in the Negev.

Segev Shalom, April-May 2018

1st Prize in category of Culture and Urbanism, singles

Asaf Kliger

Tom Yaar removing her makeup at the end of a day of filming for the program “Tom Yaar is doing matriculation”.

Tel Aviv, 18 June 2018

1st Prize in the category of Culture and Urbanism, series

Corinna Kern /Reuters

Roofs of Tel Aviv serve as a safe haven for various purposes.

Tel Aviv, October 2017-January 2018

1st Prize in the category of the Photographed Story:

Gili Benita

A year’s follow-up of the organization Save a Child’s Heart, an Israeli humanitarian organization, that offers life-saving medical treatment to children from developing countries, who suffer from congenital heart disease. Since the organization was founded, 4,800 children from 58 countries, whose fate was sealed, were treated and were able return to their countries.

Wolfson Medical Center, the Save a Child’s Heart children’s home, Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute in Dares Salaam, Tanzania, 2017-2018

 

Partners and supporters: Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, Ynet, Ofek Aerial Photography, Canon and Samsung

Opens: 21 December 2018

Closes: 2 February 2019

Opening hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday: 10 am – 10 pm/ Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, 10 am – 4 pm/Friday 10 am – 2 pm

Guided tours open to the public: Saturdays 11 am., 12:30 pm, Mondays and Thursdays, 11:30 am (included in ticket price)

Tickets: NIS 52/ Tel Aviv residents: NIS 42/ Senior citizens: NIS26/ Children under 18 – free of charge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The multicultural city of Haifa, is celebrating its 25th anniversary of the 'Festival of Festivals', a combined event gala of all the major religious holidays together since chronologically they all occured within a few days of each other.

The "Festival of Festivals" will take place throughout December with most activities scheduled over weekends from Thursday-Sunday.

 

Festival Highlights

  • A nature tour 'From Black to Green'
  • Beit HaGefen Theater
  • The House of Grace
  • Lunch at 'Garden' and Dessert at 'Douzan' in the German Colony

A Nature Tour 'From Black to Green'

Two years ago, the neighborhod of Romema in Haifa suffered from a wave of fires that turned all the open space in the neighborhhod from green to charred black. After several months of restoration, the festival of festivals is hosting a new tour for the first time, led by agronomists Hanoch Burger and Khaled Hamoud through the new path telling the story of the restoration.

 

 

Beit HaGefen Theater

'Beit HaGefen' is an Arab - Jewish Cultural Center that is located in the heart of the German colony. This year 'Beit HaGefen' will inaugurate a new space of activity, "The Third Space: A Space for Art and Education". The space is the new wing of the Beit Hagefen Gallery, which will offer the audience experiences that combine works of art and activities focusing on life skills in a multi-cultural society.

In general, aside from the gallery, several concerts will be held at Beit HaGefen as well as three free Arabic lessons accompanied by music played on a Kanun/Qanun (a string instrument) led by Avshalom Farjun. Some of the events will be open to the public for free and others require advance purchasing of tickets. Also, 'Beit HaGefen' will be included in some of the festival tours. 

The House of Grace

The 'House of Grace' is the term for a kind social project taking place in the first Greek Catholic cathedral located in the heart of the German Colony. The project, envisioned by an Arab Christian family is aimed at rehabilitation of released prisoners before they return to society. The main hall of the cathedral is still used for prayers and concerts, but the back end has been turned into a hostel. The father of the family and founder of the project, Kamil Shehade has recently had a plaza named after him in honor of his important contribution to society. Fortunately, the family continues his work. We met his son Jamal as well as one of the tour guides, Ulfat Haider who will be leading a women's tour that will pass through the 'House of Grace'.

Lunch at 'Garden' and Dessert at 'Douzan'

If you like trying modern updates to traditional food, you'll enjoy these two neighboring restaurants located in the German Colony.

Our meal at 'Garden' consisted of delicious dishes such as meat or cheese filled giabettas, kebabs baked in a pan sealed under a layer of pita bread and grilled eggplant salad with Labane cheese decorations. The owner Tair Halifa wecomes you.

 

At 'Douzan' we were welcomed to a few mouth-watering desserts: chocolate cream cake, a raspberry cheesecake and owner Fady's special Malabi. Fady also welcomes you.

 

 

The best news is that all the information is availabe in English on the festival website. 22222222222222http://haifahag.com/?lang=2

For additional related articles, please refer to the article on the author's website:

https://www.israel-best-trips.com/single-post/2018/12/02/Haifa-A-Preview-of-the-Festival-of-Festivals

 Photos Credit  Beit HaGefen

 

 

 

 

Puzzleland: launch new Games for Hanukkah and Christmas

New games available at Puzzleland an Israeli chain that specializes in puzzles and brain games. In Israel, all the games come with dual-language instructions. The launch took place in their store at Dizengoff Center Tel-Aviv.

 

 

Puzzleland is currently launching Thinkfun's thinking games - known as leaders of fun and challenging games. The games are suitable for children and adults.

One of the most prominent games that is a cornerstone among the  thinking games are:

  • Rush HourTM (sold in three versions - a junior, an adult and a two-player version), which provides skills of planning, strategy, and special perception. The purpose of the game is to free the red car from the traffic jam. Suitable for ages 8+. Consumer Price: 99-119.90 NIS.

 

 

To read the full article:  https://www.israel-best-trips.com/single-post/2018/11/14/Puzzleland-New-Games-for-Hannukah

Photo Silvia Golan

 

 

 

 

The Moscow's Circus on the Ice performance of "The Snow Queen" for Hanukkah. This breathtaking experience includes virtuoso figure skating on an ice rink, acrobatics, costumes, spectacular circus stunts and real snow falling on stage in an all-family theatrical circus show based on the magical legend "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen. 


WHEN: Hanukkah 2018, between 30 Nov 2018 - 11 Dec 2018 in theaters throughout the country

The show is held in 12 cities around the country from 30.11.18 - 11.12.18: Beer Sheva, Rishon LeZion, Tel-Aviv, Ashdod, Petah Tikva, Herzliya, Jerusalem, Kiryat Motzkin, Haifa, Karmiel, Kfar Saba and Modi'in.
The previous performances of "The Ice Circus from Moscow" presented in Israel: "Alice from Wonderland on Ice" and "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs on Ice", were a huge success and impressed Israeli viewers with their originality, unique stunts, and magical atmosphere. "The Snow Queen" is the most successful show of the circus and has become a worldwide hit.
 

 

This coming Hanukkah will bring its enchanting version of Hans Christian Anderson's "The Snow Queen" to a number of stages across the country. The show is a combination of virtuoso ice skating, acrobatics, breathtaking circus stunts, sonic effects, original costumes and real snow falling on stage that make the classical legend an impressive celebration that will leave no observer indifferent. The show will be accompanied by vocal narration in Hebrew.

The eternal struggle between good and evil and the victory of the warmth of a loving heart over indifference and cold is in line with the Hanukkah tradition that symbolizes the prevailment of light over darkness.


You can see a trailer of the show below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXRhX1h0ZS4

 

Dates of Performances:

  • Beer Sheva, the Performing Arts Center - Great Hall, Friday, Nov 30, 2018 at 11:00

  • Rishon Lezion, Heichal Meir Nitzan Center for Culture and Art, Friday, Nov 30, 2018 at 18:00

  • Tel Aviv-Jaffa, the Performing Arts Center, Saturday Dec 1, 2018 at 11:00

  • Ashdod, the Performing Arts Center, Monday, Dec 3, 2018 at 11:00

  • Petach Tikva, The Mann Auditorium, Tuesday, Dec 4, 2018 at 17:30

  • Herzliya, Performing Arts Center, Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 at 17:30

  • Jerusalem, Jerusalem Theater for the Performing Arts, Friday, Dec 7, 2018 at 11:00

  • Kiryat Motzkin, Theater Hall, Friday, Dec 7, 2018 at 18:00

  • Haifa, Rappaport Center - Auditorium, Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 at 11:00

  • Karmiel, The Narkan Cultural Center, Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 at 18:00

  • Kfar Saba, The Mann Auditorium, Beit Yad Labanim, Sunday, Dec 9, 2018 at 17:30

  • Modi'in, Heichal Hatarbut Modiin Maccabim Reut, Monday, Dec 10, 2018 at 17:30

  • Netanya, Municipal Culture Hall, Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018 at 18:00

Duration: an hour and a half, including a break

Ticket Price: 145 NIS - 235 NIS

Reservations can be made by phone at 072-2753221 or *3221 or 076-54696962 and on theHebrew website

 To read the full article:  https://www.israel-best-trips.com/

Happy Hanukkah!
Talma

 
Photos Silvia Golan
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
Historic Kfar Hamaccabiah, Israel's Largest Sports Club, Expands 

and Offers Free Half-Year Membership

Kfar Hamaccabiah, the largest private sports club in Israel, recently unveiled its newly expanded and upgraded its facilities and announced a special membership promotion: acquire a membership for a year and receive an extra six months free.

Among the facilities the club provides are:

-- Five (5) swimming pools, two of which are covered and heated

-- A world-class fitness facility

-- Fourteen (14) tennis and basketball courts, plus mini-football fields

-- Studio fitness and exercise classes for all ages, adults, and children

-- The Cube, the new hip-hop exercise craze devised by Israeli celebrities

--  A new pilates and equipment studio with leading instructors

-- Year-round swimming and tennis academies

 

 

-- Green lawns and outdoor playgrounds for children

-- Newly refurbished and modernized locker rooms and spa  

 

 

In addition to all of the above, Cafe K, a dairy restaurant with a revised, health-oriented menu, will be serving meals seven days a week on the Kfar Hamaccabiah premises.

Management has also announced that studio fitness and exercise classes will now be open to the general public, and the facilities of the club can be hired out for private functions.

 

About Kfar Hamaccabiah :
 
Kfar a Maccabiah is the headquarters of the Maccabi World Union.
The Maccabi World Union is an international Jewish sports organization spanning five continents and more than 50 countries, with some 400,000 members. 
The Maccabi World Union organizes the Maccabiah Games, a prominent international Jewish athletics event. 
 
The movement is named after the Maccabees (Hebrew: מכבים or מקבים, Makabim) who were a Jewish national liberation movement that fought for and won independence from Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Ironically, at the time the Maccabees were staunchly opposed to athletic competitions, part of the Hellenizing cultural tendencies which they opposed.
Athletic competitions held in Jerusalem under the Seleucid rule were terminated once the Maccabees took over the city. However, the modern Zionists who took up the name were mainly interested in the Maccabees as militant Jewish heroes whose example Zionism sought to emulate.
 
 
 
Kfar Hamaccabiah -- Maccabiah Village -- derives its name from the Maccabiah Games,  the Jewish Olympics. Competitions were held here, and participants had accommodations here. Now, the sports club is also home to a hotel and convention center.     
 
Photos by Silvia Golan