Culture
Young people have been flocking to the Haifa Port for Kartel events. Photo by Matansky

An Israeli field of dreams

Dan Duquette, who is organizing the Israel professional baseball tryouts, served as general manager of both the Montreal Expos and the Boston Red Sox.More than 60 self-styled athletic studs hoping to play professional baseball in Israel came out on November …

Israeli rockers to light up NY indie showcase

Ex-Lion Tamer guiratist Zoe Polanski on playing in the US – It’s fun and a good place to be.The CMJ Music Marathon – the American independent rock music annual showcase in New York City – is going to have an …

Real life hoop dreams for Israel’s Gaza evacuees

Home Game chronicles daily life before and during the evacuation of the 30-year-old farming community of Netzer Hazani, in the southern Gush Katif settlement bloc, as its teenage basketball players prepared for a tournament.While media coverage of Israel’s evacuation of …

Israeli Sci Fi and fantasy fans get beamed up

Displayers and attendees at the ICON Festival – ‘You can just start talking to people’.Whether their taste was Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, or just good old aliens, there was something for every Sci Fi fan at the tenth ICON Festival …

Israeli boutique wineries make the grade

The Clos de Gat vineyards in the Ayela Valley. ‘Israel has found ways to innovate, in particular by growing grapes in locations – and in soil – where no one expects success.’Once upon a time, the words wine and Israel …

For Israel’s Agam, it’s all about visual thinking

Yaacov Agam presents his Visual Cognition (Smarts) program to pre-school students. ‘Visual shapes – a circle, a line, a triangle – are universal symbols.’Artist Yaacov Agam makes a quick sketch. He conceals it, then uncovers it for a split second …

Making peace through Jewish and Arab musical roots

Hisham and Friends’ Assi Givati and Ihab Nimer perform at Villa Melchett on the Galilee – Music bonds us and other people.While the notion of Jews and Arabs in Israel playing music together is relatively commonplace, Ariel Nishri’s Groupeace initiative …