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.President Isaac Herzog and the First Lady celebrate the Maccabi World Union's 100th anniversary celebrations at Kfar HaMaccabiah


Today, President Isaac Herzog and First Lady Michal Herzog participated in the Maccabi World Union's centenary celebrations at Kfar HaMaccabiah in Ramat Gan. The event was also attended by Culture and Sports Minister Hili Tropper, MWU chairman Amir Peled, Maccabiah Games CEO Roy Hessing, and Israeli Olympic medalists.

During the event, President Herzog was given a surprise gift: a photograph from the Twelfth Maccabiah Games, featuring his late father Chaim Herzog in his role as President with the WMU's leaders and its then-chairman, the late Yisrael Peled, father of the current chairman, Amir Peled.

President Herzog began his speech by saluting the Maccabi World Union for a century of activity: "Members of Maccabi in Israel and around the world, happy birthday! One hundred years is no trifling matter for any organization, certainly for such a significant Jewish, Zionist, educational movement like the Maccabi World Union. Maccabi represents a wonderful combination. It succeeds in being both a symbol of excellence in sport, of ambition, and of the pursuit of victory; and it is also a Zionist educational movement that reaches young Jews around the world and kindles the spark of Zionism in them. Not everyone knows it, but I was born to a Maccabi member."

President Herzog noted his family's special connection to the movement: "My father, the late Chaim Herzog, was Ireland's bantamweight boxing champion in his youth, and of course an ardent member of the Maccabi club in Dublin. I mention my father's youth not as an old memory, because as everyone knows, being in Maccabi is not something that goes away after a few years. As you see in the photograph on the screen, my father was a Maccabi member and always remained a Maccabi member.

"The movement's most outstanding enterprise, the Maccabiah, has also been with me at every station in life. The Maccabiah Games are not just a sporting enterprise, but a national, Zionist, educational enterprise of historic importance, whose name precedes it. It would be hard to exaggerate the importance of the Maccabiah Games to the Jewish People, to Jewish peoplehood. Its influence on this enterprise, on the most important building blocks of our nation, is evident every day and every hour.



"The Maccabiah has become the second-largest sporting competition in the world after the Olympics. It is also the biggest Jewish-Zionist gathering in the world, and tens of thousands of athletes are expected to come to Israel in a year for a true sporting celebration. There will be athletes here of all ages, from 12 to 90. Among them will be athletes with cognitive and physical disabilities. Thank you to you, the leaders of Maccabi, for wisely opening the gates to everyone. The medals won by Artem, the Maccabi member who brought us a gold medal, and his friends are important and precious, but the participation of people with disabilities warms our collective Jewish and Zionist heart."

In a special message in English to members of the Maccabi World Union all around the world, he added: "The centenary of the phenomenal Maccabi World Union is a celebration of Jewish values and a display of continuous Jewish unity, love of Israel, and passion for sports. Although miles apart, we know that we all belong to the same people, and prolonged social distancing and imposed restrictions cannot diminish the bond we share. I applaud Maccabi members, in every club and continent around the globe, for your fortitude and dedication, and I look forward to greeting each and every one, in Israel, a year from now, at the Maccabiah."

President Herzog ended by saying: "Shana Tova Umetuka to the Maccabi family and all its fans. May we all merit a 'sound mind in a sound body' this year, and may Maccabi continue to flourish for at least another century! Happy birthday!"

Photo credit: Silvia G.Golan

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"The second edition of "Art on Screen"   16  exciting experiences  Tel Aviv Museum of Art  Between August 10-14
 A second season for the celebration of events Dance, musicals, music and art from around the world
 Projected on the big screen
Five days, 16 exciting experiences  At the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Between August 10-14- 2021
"Art on Screen"  16 movies  20 screenings  Five days
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
Tuesday 10th August to Saturday 14th August

All films are translated into Hebrew

Ticket prices include entrance to the museum during gallery opening hours
Filmed shows

75 Price NIS
Movies: 50 NIS
Purchase tickets through the Eden Cinema website  www.edencinema.co.il
Or by phone * 6876
What can we see as part of the season?

Musicals: Three spectacular productions coming straight from London -
Kinky Boots
The musical, based on the British film, hit Broadway and was a huge success and won many Tony Awards. By Harvey Firstein, Cindy Laufer wrote and composed the songs. The production moved to London and was shown there with great success as well. The production from the Adelphi Theater will be screened as part of the festival. The story of a failed shoe factory manager, aided by a drag queen succeeds, and together these two opposites create a special line of boots, and mostly discover acceptance, understanding and friendship. A sweeping and exciting musical that takes us from the sleepy city of England to the runways of Milan's fashion shows. An evening of great fun and empowerment
The musical received 6 Tony Awards, including "Best Musical", 3 Olivier Awards
"Stunning, wonderfully cheeky and uplifting" Time Out
"The King and I"
The classic musical of Rogers and Hammerstein
The story of Anna the English teacher and her son Louis who come to the Kingdom of Siam, to teach the many wives and children of the King of Siam, who is trying to open his country to the West
Kelly O'Hara is re-enacting her Tony-winning role in a Broadway production, alongside Japanese Oscar-nominated Ken Watanby. Bertald Cher's glamorous production, favorite songs, memorable dance pieces, footage from the legendary Palladium Hall in London. The musical that will make you dance in a chair and get excited.

"42nd Street"
A stage adaptation of the classic film, which tells the behind-the-scenes of the world of theater, and the classic story of the choir dancer who gets the one-time opportunity, when the star breaks her leg

This is the biggest production of this musical, Tony Winner. With a variety of familiar songs and lots of sweeping tap dances and a breathtaking finale with dozens of participants that will fill the screen with the joy of dance. Photo from the Drori Lane Theater in London

Dance performances

"Red Shoes" - Matthew Bourne
Matthew Born who bought his world in his special adaptation of "Swan Lake" in which the prince fell in love with a male swan. Bourne adapted the famous film, about the girl who dreams of being the best dancer in the world, and created a spectacular, sweeping and breathtaking work. The work features Adam Cooper, a former royal ballet singer who was revealed in all his glory in the form of the swan in Bourne's Swan Lake. A special photo with an audience, a month before the closure in London, at Saddlers Wells Hall
"Swan Lake" - the Paris Opera House stood out

The production of Rudolf Noriev, who took Patifa's famous choreography and made changes to it in a brilliant production. In the production, he gave the role of the prince equal weight to the character of Odette / Odile. A production that gives music an emotional and profound meaning

"The Pirate - La Corsair" performed by soloists and dancers from the Mariinsky Opera House in St. Petersburg

One of the favorite classical dance pieces. A variety of oriental and erotic dances. Unforgettable brewery clips that will make you applaud enthusiastically even in front of the big screen

"Morris Bejart, The Dancing Soul"

A documentary about the great composer, from his childhood in Marseille to his way to the pinnacle of the dance world with the 20th century ballet in Brussels and a ballet by Bazar Lausanne at the end of his life

Opera and music
"Opera "Don Giovanni
The famous opera of Mozart and de la Punta is given a modern stage expression in the performance of the Lyon Opera House, in one of the most beautiful operas ever written, full of eroticism and excellent musical performance

 "Paolo Conte"

Many are familiar with the song It's Wonderful by Italian composer, writer and singer Paolo Conte. The song accompanies a familiar commercial, but Conte has a host of great songs and complex and important lyrics. A film that combines his performances, interviews with him and interviews with great Italian artists from various fields, such as Roberto Benini, Vinicio Caposella, Isabella Rossellini and more

Plastic art and architecture
"Farewell - Viva La Vida"

A new documentary that has not yet hit theaters, which tells the story of the beloved artist's life and brings an encounter with materials that have not yet been revealed, including her personal belongings. The film additionally revives some of her legendary paintings

"Klimt and Sheila - Amor and Psyche"

A film that traces the work of the two great Austrian artists, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, through archive footage and a visit to the marvelous museums in the city of Vienna.


A special film consisting of two parts: the first is the life story of the special artist, which raises important questions about the treatment of indigenous women and colonialism, and the second part is a guided and fascinating tour of Gauguin's special portrait exhibition at the National Gallery in London

"Eiffel Tower, a story of surprising gamble"

A film that follows Gustav Eiffel's struggle to build in Paris the special tower that changed the face of the city and became its most prominent icon

As well as documentaries about other artists including Picasso, Renoir and contemporary Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz Diaz

Purchase tickets through the Eden Cinema website: www.edencinema.co.il

Or by phone * 6876

Attention - Entrance will be allowed only to Green Passport holders!!!!
 Photo courtesy PR 


The Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv invites you to the online screening of the Romanian film “Freak show. The Movie”, an adaptation from the theatre show created by Florin Piersic Jr. The event is part of the program of the 11th edition of Beer Sheva International Fringe Theatre Festival, which will take place online and live between July 26-29, 2021 on the festival website (international program) and in the Old City and the Beer Sheva Fringe Theatre.

The movie “Freak show. The Movie” will be available for online viewing, from July 27, at 20:00 until July 28, at 20:00, with Hebrew subtitles.

Freak show. The Movie, directed by Florin Piersic Jr. (Romania, 2020, 90 minutes, with Hebrew subtitles)

Tickets: https://www.thefringe.co.il/?CategoryID=376&ArticleID=119

Directed, written and performed by Florin Piersic Jr.
Synopsis: Based on the one-man-show written, directed and played by Florin Piersic Jr. (one of the best performers in Romania), Freak Show.The Movie is a mesmerizing journey through the lives of the different characters imagined by the main (and only) actor. Each story has comic and tragic nuances, peering into the most uncomfortable parts of humanity. The result is a feature film which feels like you're a in a bumper car speeding up and crashing over and over again.


“Freak show. The Movie”, director: Florin Piersic Jr., at the Beer Sheva International Fringe Theatre Festival


Freak show The Movie - film still



Photo courtesy of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv









Who said that only Kafka is lacking in our challenging reality? What is  really needed is Czech films –bright, phycological and sarcastic. So please find: 

Czech Film week will be held from 14.08 till 31.08 in five cinematheques in Israel: Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, Herzliya, Holon ( At the beginning only three were included, but it became clear, more cities are interested).

Robert Mikolas, director of the Czech House Jerusalem, former Army correspondent of Radio Prague in the Middle East, and a writer with ironic tough to the life has choose six films to caught many. (Recently he wrote with bitter irony that at least one positive expectation of the corona lockdown, to create a baby boom, was shattered by the reality that it has led to a divorce boom, as people are afraid of being infected. So we really need humor these days, he asserts.)


The festival opens with CHARLATAN, the new film by acclaimed director Agnieszka Holland on August 14 at 19:30 at Jerusalem Cinematheque. Ivan Trojan, winner of four Czech Lions for best actor in a leading role, stars in the biographical drama about faith healer Jan Mikolasek will open the festival. The following day, August 15, the opening ceremony will take place at the Cinematheque in Tel Aviv. The festival will open in Haifa on August 16.

After the big success of Burning Bush devoted to the tragic figure of Jan Palach, Agnieszka Holland  turned to the Czech history again. 

Jan Mikolášek was a very famous healer, an unusual medicine man, who was using unorthodox methods of diagnosis and treatment. Those special skills made him not only well known but also rich. In Czechoslovakia before World War II, he became some kind of institution and even during the German occupation he was able to preserve his status by healing high Nazi officials. He was sure that it would not be different after the war. The communists who took power were also humans. And humans fell sick, felt hopeless and needed the doctor; a special kind of a doctor as well, when others cannot help. But the situation changed when his main Stalinist protector died, and the regime decided to destroy him. He was too different, too rich, and too independent. The film already received four Czech lions. 



Director Petr Zelenka, master of the black humor brings to Israel his new film DRONMEN (2020), a psychological thriller. Zelenka prefers provocative plots related to politics. “I am proud by the Czech explosives and the Czech hockey” – said one of the film hero. In the center the story of an attempt to assassination on Dick Cheney. The film was party shot in Israel.

Retrospective of the New Czech wave (Czech spring) films is here. COACH TO VIENNA (1966, directed by Karel Kachyňa) was called by the authorities "disgraceful ideological mischief”. For ideological reasons the film was denounced as "disgraceful ideological mischief", anti-Czech, anti-German, and anti-partisan. Kachyňa had to go into exile in …Austria ( What to do: the authorities did not have their Siberia…) Iva Janžurová, one of the best Czech actresses of all time, who played the leading role in the film  is celebrating her 80th birthday this year.

Next is the comedy ECCE HOMOLKA (1969), directed by Jaroslav Papouše, who worked with famous Milos Foman,

The documentary and the documentary ANTONIN DVORAK (1990) by Jaromil Jires did not easily paved the way to TV, for beying not modest enough. Now when the world celebrates 180 years from his birthday, it`s OK already.

TIGER THEORY, a 2016 adventure comedy. The life of veterinarian Jan Berger (well-known actor Jiri Bartoska, president of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival) is usurped by his wife, Olga (Director: Radek Bajgar) is also on the list. 


Photos courtesy of the Czech  Embassy





In 1991 (that seems so last-century, but only 30 years ago), the ambassadors of three countries – Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland – established the so-called Vicegrad group, recalling an historic event stretching back to the mid-1300s.

Now four countries are involved: The Czech Republic, The Slovak Republic, Hungary and Poland. Last week, in a moving ceremony at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, the Ambassador of Poland, His Excellency Marek Magierowski, handed over the presidency of the V4 to His Excellency Levente Benkő, Hungary’s Ambassador to Israel.

 Invitations to the diplomatic community were issued by the cultural attaches of the four embassies, and also by the Ceské Centrum and the Polish Institute.

Guests were treated to a beautiful cocktail reception, followed by screenings of four animated films: A Heligoland Romance, Love, Acid Raw and Yellow.

An unusual diplomatic event on the Israeli scene, hopefully to be repeated more often.


 Photo credit Embassy of Hungary

 Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, Mr. Marek Magierowski and HE the Ambassador of Hungary, Mr. Levente Benkő.