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Enchanted Evening Leah Goldberg-Her Life and Poetry

Ulpan-Or, Center for Hebrew Studies and Israeli Culture and Mrs. Barbara Crook

are honored to invite you

to a magical and fascinating evening

dedicated to the works of Leah Goldberg

Mrs. Barbara Crook Ulpan-Or

Magical performance of the award winning singer and actor Ola Schur Selektar, using music arrangement for the piano by Nir Kaufman, will bring new life to the creations of Leah Goldberg.Watch a video clip of Ola’s performance accessing the link below. During the evening there will be a screening of a documentary film about the life and works of Leah Goldberg directed by Yair Qedar,followed by an open discussion with the audience about the film.

The concert will take place on Saturday, 7th of January at 20:00

at the Prima Royal Hotel.

3 Mendely Mocher Sfarim St., Jerusalem.

There are limited seats available!!

Tickets will be sold on the evening of the show for a subsidized price of 25 NIS.

We hope that this evening will bring you closer to the Hebrew language and to the Israeli culture.

Please email us if you are interested to get materials related to Leah Goldberg’s songs processed and translated by Ulpan-Or to help you understand and study those.

The Leah Goldberg film CD will be available for sale at Ulpan-Or. 

Looking forward to having you with us.

Yoel, Orly and Barbara

Learn Hebrew with Israeli culture – Summer events in Israel 2011

Learning Hebrew with Ulpan-Or always holds within it an Israeli cultural experience. In order to learn Hebrew most effectively, you have to hear Hebrew, read Hebrew and get to know the culture in Israel. Thanks to some good recommendations on this blog, you could enjoy excellent Israeli culture, and also study all kinds of Hebrew – Modern Hebrew, spoken Hebrew, biblical Hebrew and all of it – the fun way!Today we bring to you the second blog by our friends, – An Insider’s Guide to Touring Israel. Israel Inside Out is dedicated to sharing their insider knowledge of all the special places in Israel that locals normally keep to themselves. So whether you are a local or a visitor, whether you are looking for something to do for 2 hours or 2 weeks, how to keep children (of all ages) busy they have the information you need. For more information on touring Israel visit them at Shalom and Welcome to this week’s In Israel Blog Summer is really here, the past few weeks have been hot in fact unseasonably hot for the time of year – enjoyable for tourists and locals alike with the sun brightening everybody’s day and making the evenings really pleasant to enjoy the outdoors and the cafes. The swimming pools and beaches (See for example Tel Aviv Beaches, Palmachim Beach & Haifa Beaches) are pretty busy – what better way to pass the time of day and let the heat pass.In fact the beach has been in the news over the past week as Tel Aviv hosted the European U20 Beach Volleyball competition featuring teams from around 30 countries around Europe. Tel Aviv’s Gordon Beach was turned into an international sporting arena with seating for 1000 people in the main arena. It was popular with locals and tourists and a really welcome initiative that it was free admission. The overall competition was won by Poland (men) & Austria (women)As mentioned in our last In Israel blog the Great Israeli Cottage Cheese Revolt has spread to different areas. Social protesters are taking advantage of the fine weather to set up demonstration tent cities in the major cities (such as on Rothschild Boulevard in Tel Aviv) demanding reform in the housing market to make it more accessible for students and young families.The summer is also a popular time for special events – some such as the Israeli Glass 2011 Exhibition taking place in Tel Aviv are indoors and offer excellent air conditioned refuge; whilst others such as many of the activities in Jerusalem’s Summer Events take place in the great outdoors. We have launched a new section – IsraelInsideOut Events – check back regularly as we keep this updated with the major happenings on Israel’s culture and entertainment scene. We have also launched a new forum where we provide you our readers with a spot to tell us about your favorite recommendations in Israel – see Your Favorite Places and Recommendations. Come and share your secrets with us and check out what other people are recommending. One of the first posts is about rafting on the upper reaches of the River Jordan – just right for the summer. We are also working hard on some other exciting developments on Israel Inside Out– watch this blog for further news. From time to time we have carried news of some impressive archaeological finds such as Hirbat Madras. Recently a site called Tel Shikmona near Haifa has been re-excavated and a house from the period of the Kingdom of Israel has been rediscovered. Rediscovered because apparently it was found in a previous excavation and then partially buried under debris. The long range plans are for an archaeological park on the site. For more details see Tel Shikmona Excavations Another startling find was made in excavations in a drainage ditch near the Shiloach Pool of an ancient gold bell presumably worn by a high ranking official sewn to a garment – possibly that of one of the High Priests in accordance with the description of the priestly clothes mentioned in Exodus. The theory goes that the person lost the bell and it fell into the drainage ditch below the road. The City of David is one of our favorite sites in Jerusalem. It has also been announced that the Qasr al Yahud (The Jewish Castle) site is now open daily. Christian tradition associates this site with the baptism of Jesus whilst in Jewish tradition the crossing of the Jordan by Joshua and the Children of Israel must have taken place close to this area as it is close to Jericho.The Hebrew month of Av starts on August 1 and this year the 9th of Av falls on Tuesday 9th August. In Jewish tradition the 9th of Av is associated as a day of tragedy and is marked as the day of destruction of both Temples. Therefore, this week’s recommended activities take place in and around the Old City of Jerusalem – the Burnt House has some striking finds and an impressive multi-media presentation that personalises the destruction. We then recommend taking in the view of Jerusalem – perhaps from Mount Scopus (where the Talmud recalls that Rabbi Akiva laughed with confidence that just as Jerusalem’s destruction had been predicted by the prophets so too their prediction of Jerusalem’s restoration would surely happen) or perhaps from the roof of the Hurva Synagogue – one of the best views in town. Meanwhile check out the Hurva Views video with a special mix of the legendary Jerusalem of Gold.Finally, one of the coolest videos of Israel is now available on line – courtesy of a (French- American – Aussie) skateboarding crew called Cliche and Skateboarder Magazine – some great views of instantly recognisable and more obscure sites in Israel. For those of you are tempted to try this yourself – you can see that the streets of Zion are pretty tough even for the pros! Le’Hitraot from Jerusalem

An Insider’s Guide to Touring Israel

An Insider’s Guide to Touring Israel

In Israel is a blog published by our friends, – An Insider’s Guide to Touring Israel. Israel Inside Out is dedicated to sharing their insider knowledge of all the special places in Israel that locals normally keep to themselves. So whether you are a local or a visitor, whether you are looking for something to do for 2 hours or 2 weeks, how to keep children (of all ages) busy they have the information you need. This week we decided to share one of their blogs with you so you can enjoy some great ideas, where and what to do in Israel. For more information on touring Israel visit them at Shalom and Welcome to this week’s In Israel BlogShavuot has been and gone, and as normal was celebrated with a nationwide cheese fest – it is not too late to check out some of our recommendations for fine cheese makers in Israel. Although the festival has finished cheese is very much in the news at the moment as we are in the midst of the Great Israeli Cottage Cheese Revolt (not to be confused with Bar Kochba’s Great Revolt!)The overview of the revolt is that consumers are angry at the apparently high prices of this favorite staple of the Israeli diet and declared a boycott for next month. Statistics of the relative price of cottage cheese in different countries and the cost of Israeli foods abroad have become daily conversation and the topic has of course reached the highest levels of government. In the mean time some enterprising supermarket chains have slashed the price resulting in a spike in consumption as we all get our last fix; which in return caused the boycott to be moved up effective immediately. As many people have said – a country is in really good shape when cottage cheese is the main news item. The Jerusalem Light Festival is currently being staged all over the Old City of Jerusalem. There are four different routes (one in each quarter) with different illuminations on buildings and in the streekutits, together with art works created from light and street performers. It is a great production and the streets of Jerusalem are absolutely heaving. The highlight of the festival is without a doubt The Butterfly Effect – a stunning acrobatic opera staged on the Old City Walls – using the walls as a vertical stage. The story is a simple one about the conflict between the Empires of Light and Darkness and how light eventually triumphs to the greater good. The message is less important than the amazing use of acrobatics, dance, music and video arts to create an unbelievable experience. If you can’t be there yourself then check out our photos and videos of the Jerusalem Light Festival. A new video of Jerusalem – Thru Jerusalem has just been released by the artist Kutiman – and combines scenes of Jerusalem mashed with local musicians and artists. The video is available here.A couple of weeks ago there was a live performance of Aida at the foot of Masada with the rock and the desert providing the backdrop to produce an unforgettable performance. Read our guest blog – Aida at Masada.Tel Aviv is planning its own night festival next week – the Tel Aviv White Night. The name is a play on the Hebrew for being awake all night (white night) and the fact that it celebrates one of Tel Aviv’s finest assets – the world famous Bauhaus Architecture in Tel Aviv’s White City area. Unfortunately, this is a one night extravaganza but it promises to make up with an intense program.Tel Aviv has recently launched its own cycle rental scheme. This is a welcome development and enhances Tel Aviv’s cycle accessibility. There are many routes through the parks and along the sea front – Cycling in Tel Aviv is easy and fun.For this week’s recommendation we turn to the Galilee – although the Galilee is well known for its views, villages and hiking trails we are going to focus on some of the hidden gems in the Art Museums in the Galilee. There is great diversity from the famous Ein Harod museum to the collections at Tefen combing art with cutting edge industrial technology and practices – Art Galleries in the Galilee.Finally last week Israel (together with many other regions) was treated to a spectacular Total Lunar Eclipse lasting almost 2 hours. The eclipse was very clear and it was easy to track the shadow growing on the moon’s face until it disappeared and then just after midnight it started to reappear. Le’Hitraot from Jerusalem


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