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Experience in the 2nd Vineyard Extravaganza

 

The second Vineyard Extravaganza Festival at the Gezer Regional County will take place on September 3-5 2015.

 

Thursday September 3rd


The opening event will be at the BARKAN WINERY on Thursday evening September 3rd at 19:30.


A celebration of Israeli wineries, offering tastings of wines from our local region and also food stands will be available.


The opening session will be held in the beautiful Gardens of the Barkan Winery with live music during the evening,

 

 

 

Friday September 4th


Art Visits- Different local artists will open their houses and studios, providing art lovers the chance to browse and buy original artworks direct from the artist. With a focus on quality and value for money, the Artists Open Houses aim to bring a dynamic mix of arts and crafts to the widest possible audience, providing visitors and viewers with engaging and inspiring experiences.


Visitors can expect to see a wide range of art including jewelry, ceramics and textiles, paintings, sculpture, printmaking, photography and many other media whilst also having the opportunity to chat directly with the artists. The Artists Open Houses is free for visitors and open to everyone.

 


Saturday September 5th
The closing event will take place at Hulda Forest, families are sure to find something that everyone will enjoy. These events offer a time to have fun together, a place for kids to be kids.

 

 

 

The Festival is open to the public   &  free of charge!

 

More info :    050-6569296   /  08-9576450

 

http://www.gezer-region.muni.il

 

 Photos Silvia Golan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweden, Ikea, Eurovision – a Winning Combination.

 

The Swedish Ambassador to Israel, His Excellency Carl Magnus Nesser and his charming wife Maria hosted an unusual party at their Herzlia residence last night, with a double celebration: first, to honor the winner of the 2015 Eurovision concert, Swedish singer, entertainer and TV host, Måns Zelmerlöw, who was visiting Israel, and secondly to announce the launch of the 2016 Ikea catalog. Ikea, in case you are unaware, is an international Swedish company with a major presence in Israel with three huge store locations. The catalog launch was perfectly timed to match the launch worldwide (no less than 213,000,000 copies) with about 1,700,000 copies in Israel alone (in Hebrew of course, perfectly attuned to international and local markets.)

 

 

The guest list was long – and interesting. In his brief welcoming address to the assembly, the Ambassador mentioned that the “Swedish Embassy had never been as popular as this evening”, and that many people who asked for invitations had to be turned away. Shuki Koblenz, CEO of Ikea Israel and co-host of the event also addressed the guests. “Ikea is one of the most powerful Swedish brands in Israel”, he said. He gave a brief overview of Ikea and the services and locations in Israel, referring to the new 326-page catalog as a guide.

 

Among the guests: Itzhak Aberkohen, CEO of the giant Supersol (“Shufrasal”) supermarket chain; David Castel, Consul General of Sweden in Haifa; Doron Sapir, CEO of CAL – Israel Credit Cards Ltd.; Nira Awad, Israeli finalist in the 2009 Eurovision contest; Svika Pick, who in 1998 wrote the song “Diva”, performed by Dana International, who won the Eurovision Song Contest that year; and many other VIPs of Israeli industry, the media and entertainment. (It is interesting to note that Pick was also asked to write songs for contestants from other countries, including the Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia.) Guests mingled inside and outside the elegant residence, enjoying a delicious buffet and a selection of beverages.

 

 

Sweden has won the Eurovision contest seven times, a record matched by only one other country – Ireland. Sweden’s first and perhaps most famous winners were the “ABBA” (ᗅᗺᗷᗅ) group in 1974. However, Måns Zelmerlöw’s popularity seems destined to match. His performance of five hits last night, including the winning Eurovision song “Heroes”, was met with an astonishing audience response. No doubt his charming personality (in fluent, unaccented English) added to his appeal.

 

  

Tiny Israel has not been unappreciated at the Eurovision contest, with three winning songs and many other results in the top echelons. The event has been hosted twice in Jerusalem (for several reasons Israel was unable to host the event after the 3rd win.)

 

 

The Ikea concept of hosting the Swedish winner as a parallel to the other Swedish winner – Ikea – seems to have paid off. Both are popular and successful Swedish icons. What better reason to multiply success than to use both? It is a powerful recognition of Israel’s importance that on the occasion of the Ikea magazine 2016 launch, the much-in-demand Swedish performer appeared in Israel, of all countries.

 

 

 Photos  : Silvia G. Golan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Embassy of India in Tel Aviv announces launch of the 2nd competition 'Cooking India-Flying India 2015'

 

Encouraged by the tremendous response to our last year's cooking competition on Indian cuisine, the Embassy of India in Tel Aviv announces launch of the 2nd competition 'Cooking India-Flying India 2015', with the cooperation of Yediot Achronot. The winning couple will receive 2 round tickets to India and one week's hospitality ad tourism in India. Ambassador of India in Israel Mr. Jaideep Sarkar said; " The variety of food and spices in India is reflective of our geographical and cultural diversity and our assimilatory civilisational history. They say the way to heart goes through the stomach. Cooking India-flying India is our attempt to touch Israeli hearts!"

 

Competition stages: stage 1. send an Indian main course dish recipe to Yediot Achronot facebook page. 2. The selected 20 participants will cook the meal according to the recipe that their have sent and bring the dish to the residence of the Deputy Ambassador of India. The judges will taste their food and select three candidates who will make it to the finals. 3. The finals will take place at TOKO restaurant, in Rishon Le Zion. The pannel of the judges include: Chef Leon Menachem chairman of the Israeli chef Asso. Owner of the Tandoori chain restaurants Ms.Reena Pushkarna, Chef Nitzan Raz, and Mrs. Sarndha CDilevsky, who was ranked high at the Israeli Master chef TV program.

Best of luck

 

 

 

NBA players slam-dunk for the state of Israel:

Omri Casspi in Friends of Zion museum in Jerusalem: “It is really important to show the world the freedom Israel gives to each religion to practice their faith. Seeing the Christians throughout history helping out our country and our people it really touched my heart”

 

Jerusalem, Israel, July 26, 2015: A group of NBA stars visited the Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem as a show of solidarity with the State of Israel. Zionism has often appeared to be an exclusively Jewish issue—not so. Tens of millions of Christians are fervent and unapologetic Zionists.

 

"It is really important to show the world the freedom Israel gives to each religion to practice their faith. Seeing the Christians throughout history helping out our country and our people it really touched my heart”, says Sacramento Kings Forward Omri Casspi. The visit of the delegation is very important because the younger generation in the United States idolizes famous people from the fields of music, sport and entertainment. Casspi led a delegation to Israel that included NBA stars Demarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings), Caron Butler (Sacramento Kings), Chandler Parsons (Dallas Mavericks), Iman Amfert (Cleveland Cavaliers). The players were accompanied by other professionals and NBA league officials.

 

The NBA superstars visited the newly-opened Friends of Zion Museum to learn first-hand about the long history of friendship, cooperation and help from non-Jews, the hundreds who have helped the Jewish people during the last few generations, and especially during the Holocaust and the creation of the State of Israel.

 

The NBA stars and their delegation toured the museum for an hour and a half, watching exhibits delivered via some of the most impressive museum technology in the world, including three-dimensional projection mapping on unique sculptures and complex rotoscope animations that bring live-action video footage into a painted media.

 

They learned the about the contributions of Friends of Zion such as US President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, US president's forefather, Prof. George W. Bush, Orde Wingate, and righteous gentiles such as Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg and the Ten Boom family, who risked their lives to save Jews persecuted throughout the world.

 

Caron Butler, a Forward for the Sacramento Kings, said, “It was amazing to the touch the largest screens I have ever seen in my life! It was just mind blowing, a great experience! I feel like this is a must do; anyone who comes to Jerusalem must visit this museum.”

 

After the tour, the Friends of Zion Museum presented Omri Casspi and his foundation with the Defender of Zion award for outstanding work on behalf of the Jewish people on and off the court.

 

 

About the museum:

 

The museum is the brainchild of thousands of people who love Israel, of all denominations, and its purpose is to bring people closer and cultivate friendship between religions..

 

The museum is supported by thousands of people around the world who love Israel. Former Israeli President and Nobel Prize laureate Shimon Peres, serves as chairman of the museum’s International Board of Trustees. The museum is currently open to visitors by reservation on the Museum's website: www.fozmuseum.com, by emailing the reservation department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling +972-2-532-9400. The purpose of the Friends of Zion Museum is to draw people together and foster friendship between religions. Former President of Israel and Nobel laureate Shimon Peres, who serves as Chairman of the International Board, stated that ““Nothing is greater than the cause of friendship among human beings".

 

The Museum is currently open to visitors by reservation on the Museum's website: www.fozmuseum.com or by emailing our reservation department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +972-2-532-9400.

 

Photos: Kfir Sivan

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.kkl.org.il/eng/about-kkl-jnf/events/tours-events/?filtermonth=8d2015

 

Get to Know the Green Side of Israel - Events in Nature

 

Get to know the green side of Israel with KKL-JNF! KKL-JNF holds exciting tours and events all throughout the year, in KKL-JNF forests, parks and sites all over Israel.

Upper Galilee Vineyards Festival: Biriya Hike

 

Upper Galilee Vineyards Festival: Yaakov Shwekey
4.8.2015 9:00 PM
Shows and events for the week of Tu b'Av in Biriya Forest
Friday - Wednesday, 31 July - 4 August, 15 - 19 Av

 

Upper Galilee Vineyards Festival: Shlomo Artzi
6.8.2015 9:00 PM
Shows and events for the week of Tu b'Av in Biriya Forest
Friday - Wednesday, 31 July - 4 August, 15 - 19 Av

 

Dr. Arthur - Father of the Pioneers
7.8.2015 8:00 AM
Bus trip to Ben Shemen Forest and environs
Friday, 7 August, 22 Av, at 08:00

 

Free on Friday: Arazim Valley
7.8.2015 9:00 AM
Every Friday, free!
Fridays in August, at 09:00

 

Streams, Water and Everything in Between
14.8.2015 8:00 AM
Jeep trip in the Lower Galilee
Friday, 14 August, 29 Av, at 08:00

 

Free on Friday: Nahal Ketia
14.8.2015 9:00 AM
Every Friday, free!
Fridays in August, at 09:00

 

Klezmer Music in the Forest
18.8.2015 4:00 PM
An excursion by car in the forests of Meron and Biriya
Tuesday, 18 August, 3 Elul, at 16:00

 

More info :

http://www.kkl.org.il/eng/about-kkl-jnf/events/tours-events/?filtermonth=8d2015