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A young couple silhouetted at Jerusalem's Light Festival. Photo by Mendy Hechtman/FLASH90

An Israeli film school with a religious twist

Ma’ale students set up a shot – ‘When Ma’ale was set up, there were no Orthodox cameramen, editors, producers, or directors.’Once upon a time, if you were Israeli and you wanted to learn filmmaking, you had no choice but to …

Israel baseball takes the field

‘I think we have a chance to bring the red, white and blue spirit of American baseball over here, and it shouldn’t be so much of a problem for Israelis to learn.’If you didn’t know any better you’d think you …

Can Safed become Israel’s Aspen?

The ‘old city’ of Safed – ‘Scientists need to exchange ideas in an informal place’.Some creative ideas start in the air. Literally. David Tannor, an Israeli professor of physical chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, was on …

It’s all about time for Israeli designer Itay Noy

Itay Noy with one of his creations: I was interested in watches’ psychological aspects and aspects of their movement. (Photo: Nurit Yahalomi)When noted American philanthropist Charles Bronfman purchased a strikingly-designed clock while visiting the annual student end-of-year exhibition at Israel’s …

The little Israeli cookie that could

Company patriarch Yosef Abadi and his famous cookies.Can an Israeli bagel-shaped cookie with origins in a Syrian Jewish family’s kitchen shine brightly in the Land of the Rising Sun? If the cookie is from Yoram Abadi’s Jerusalem-based bakery, you can …

Israeli film makes big splash at Cannes

Shira Gefen and Etgar Keret pose with their Golden Camera award. (Photo: AP) The closing night at the Cannes Film Festival was a momentous one for Israel. Filmmakers Shira Geffen and her husband Etgar Keret (better known for his prolific …