Make the boycott go up in Pixie dust

Latest cancellation from the Pixies doesn’t mean the music stops.   Israeli music fans are not going to let some misguided, undereducated musicians ruin their good time. Last Saturday night, more than 7,000 fans crowded the Tel Aviv Exhibition Grounds …

Not the new kid on the block

The new ‘Masbirim’ campaign is acting like it invented the hasbara wheel.   The debate over whether Masbirim – Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein’s new effort to involve average Israelis in the effort to defend the Jewish …

Animating the Na’vi with an Israeli swagger

A career in music gave way to a career in animation for Israeli Shahar Levavi, who was part of the team that created the groundbreaking movie Avatar.   A scene from the film Avatar. What do you do if you’ve …

New US reality TV show to feature Israeli hospital

Phil Rosenthal and Steven Spielberg have combined their talents to come up with a new reality TV series for US TV set in Jerusalem’s Sha’are Zedek Hospital.   Photo courtesy of Yossi Zamir/Flash90 In the new series, US doctors will …

Black belt soprano

In love with performing and signing: Grammy award winner Hila Plitmann When Hila Plitmann’s name was announced last week at Los Angeles’s Staples Center as a Grammy Award winner, the 36-year-old Israeli operatic soprano was across town at a birthday …

Toda, and have a nice day

A Castro store in Germany. The clothing chain has opened 26 stores outside of Israel.Who would have thought that the products abroad most associated with Israel would have ever evolved from Jaffa oranges and Uzis to computer chips and ICQ? …

America finds its Ex List on Israeli TV

“It’s an historic moment – the first Israeli-inspired show to be made into an American network series,” said Arik Kneller, head of Kneller Artists Agency, which represents Mythological X creator Sigal Avin. The CBS version – called The Ex List …

Israeli film Strangers wins hearts in the US

Israeli film Strangers wins hearts in the US

There was no mention of it in the recently released Winograd Report on the Second Lebanon War, but the cataclysmic events that unfolded two summers ago also almost derailed Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv’s film Strangers.   The movie, about an …

Israel’s 60th through a different lens

Your neighbors and colleagues may not know it, but it’s their celebration too.It was just another night in Jerusalem. I was having dinner last month with a visiting group from the Beachwood, Ohio Chamber of Commerce. We were into our …

Israel and US partner in alternative energy research

AJC’s Danny Grossman: Our vision of the world is where the oil bargaining chip would have a lesser value.US President George W. Bush signed into law this week a bill that will grant millions of dollars in funds for joint …