APRIL 2013 Vol. 6 - Issue 5    
GREETINGS FROM THE COMMISSIONER 

 
Dear Friends,  

With the spring season finally here, now is the perfect time to travel to Israel and experience cultural celebrations and events taking place throughout the country, including the annual Israel Festival, the country's largest arts and culture event. 

 

We hope to welcome a new wave of travelers in Israel this year to experience the unique events and attractions from the Galilee in the north to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and the Negev Desert in the south.

 


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Shalom,

Haim Gutin
Israel Tourism Commissioner, North and South America

THE 52ND ANNUAL ISRAEL FESTIVAL TO FEATURE LIVE PERFORMANCES BY ISRAELI AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS, MAY 23 - JUNE 22, 2013

The 52nd annual Israel Festival will feature three weeks of dance, theater and music performances by Israeli and international artists at various locations in Jerusalem, May 23 - June 22, 2013.  This year's festival will showcase a one-off performance by Israeli singer Shlomi Shaban alongside guests Asaf Avidan, Berry Sakharof and Ninet Tayeb at the Ottoman-era Train Station Entertainment Complex, May 23; Dressed to Dance, a performance combining flamenco costumes from Madrid and live music at the Tower of David, May 30 and June 1; and a performance of Hideki Noda's The Bee at the Rebecca Crown Auditorium, May 31 and June 1, among others. www.israel-festival.org.il

ISRAEL MUSEUM IN JERUSALEM EXTENDS KING HEROD EXHIBITION THROUGH JANUARY 2014

The Israel Museum in Jerusalem will extend its new exhibition showcasing artifacts from King Herod's Tomb until January 2014 as a result of unprecedented public demand. The new exhibition, entitled "King's Final Journey," showcases more than 250 archeological finds from the recently discovered tomb of King Herod, including three sarcophagi, restored frescoes and King Herod's private bath from the palace at Cyprus. The exhibition also features never-before-seen carved stone elements from the Temple Mount and an imperial marble basin believed to be a gift from Augustus, among others. www.english.imjnet.org.il

104-YEAR-OLD PENNSYLVANIAN MAKES HER FIRST-EVER PILGRIMAGE TO ISRAEL

Eleanor Hall, a 104-year-old resident of Bucks County, PA, pictured right, made her first-ever pilgrimage to the Holy Land last month, along with three generations of her family members and members of the Addisville Reformed Church. The trip included visits to Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea and the Old City of Jerusalem, among other destinations in Israel. Mrs. Hall and her family were also feted at a special reception in her honor at the Israel Consulate in Philadelphia, upon their return from Israel.

CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN JEWELRY EXHIBITION ON DISPLAY IN TEL AVIV'S NEVE TZEDEK NEIGHBORHOOD THROUGH MAY 6

A new pop-up exhibition showcasing contemporary jewelry pieces designed by Italian artists, entitled "Bella Giola!," is now on display at the Ermanno Tedeschi Gallery in Tel Aviv's Neve Tzedek neighborhood through May 6, 2013. The exhibition includes pieces created by top Italian jewelry designers, including Elena Cavallo, Bruna Chiarle, Elena Martinelli and Nericata, among others. www.etgallery.co.il

TEL AVIV ANNOUNCES "SALUTE TO THE WHITE CITY" FESTIVAL, MAY 2-4, 2013

The "Salute to the White City Festival" will commemorate the 10th anniversary of Tel Aviv being named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its collection of Bauhaus architecture, May 2-4. Home to 4,000 Bauhaus-style buildings, Tel Aviv will host a festive weekend featuring exhibitions, architecture tours and events, including the "Houses from Within" festival, Guerrilla Lighting Display and Greening the White City Architectural Preservation Conference. www.batim-il.org/DefaultEng.aspx?batim

TELLAVISTA.COM OFFERS WIDE SELECTION OF SHORT-TERM AND APARTMENT RENTAL OPTIONS IN ISRAEL

The newly launched Tellavista.com website offers a selection of more than 1,200 countrywide apartment and short-term rental options in Israel. Offered in eight different languages, the new website simplifies travel to Israel by providing hospitality options for travelers based on budget, date, number of rooms, neighborhoods and special amenities. www.tellavista.com

JAFFA'S MUSEUM OF ANTIQUITIES PRESENTS MINI ART EXHIBITION 2013 

The Mini Art Exhibition 2013 features a wide-range of miniature artworks, figurines and micro-sculptures at Jaffa's Museum of Antiquities, on display through June 30, 2013. The exhibition presents works by artists from Israel and around the world, including meticulously designed micro-sculptures by British artist Willard Wigan, miniature photographs and train models, as well as dozens of micro-models of imaginative scenes including architectural structures, fictional characters and theaters. www.oldjaffa.co.il

KELEVLAND PET RESORT HOTEL OFFERS RESPITE 

For travelers arriving in Israel with canine friends, Kelevland is a canine pet resort and academy for dogs offering a wide range of training activities and overnight lodging in Mitspe Yericho near Jerusalem. Israel's only high-tech dog kennel, Kelevland features a doggy swimming pool and offers activities led by expert dog trainers, as well as air-conditioned rooms with 24-hour web cam service and an on-call veterinarian. www.kelevland.com

JERUSALEM'S ISRAEL MUSEUM PRESENTS NEW EXHIBITION HIGHLIGHTING THE WORKS OF SPANISH ARTIST JOAN MIRO

Jerusalem's Israel Museum recently unveiled a new exhibition highlighting the works of Barcelona-born artist Joan Miro, on display through June 29, 2013. The second installment of the Israel Museum's "Focus" series, the exhibition showcases Miro's Painting (Spanish Dancer) and his drawing, Untitled (Spanish Dancer), as well as 13 paintings, drawings and sketches depicting Spanish Flamenco dancers. www.imj.org.il

WALL STREET JOURNAL LISTS TEL AVIV AMONG THE WORLD'S MOST INNOVATIVE CITIES

A recent survey of nearly 1 million people, sponsored by the Wall Street Journal, listed Tel Aviv among the "World's Most Innovative Cities." Tel Aviv, which placed in the #2 spot ahead of New York, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo and London, was also recently described by Forbes magazine as "one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

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