Bernstein in Beersheva – 1948

During the War of Independence, conductor-composer Leonard Bernstein underwent a trial by fire that forged a bond with Israel and helped shape the country’s classical music scene. “I see my future as very close to the future of Israel.”




The Vintage Advantage

Anything old used to be suspect but rebrand those hand-me-downs and trendy Israelis are there.




A Celebration of Mastication

An online collection of chewing gum wrappers spans Israeli history from pre-State to sugarless.




Battle for Beersheva

The mystery surrounding a controversial photo of the 1917 Australian Light Horse charge on Beersheva is solved and a museum honoring the event will be established.




Photographic Truth at Bezalel

A new exhibit explores the history of the photography department at the Bezalel Academy of Art & Design.




The Original Battle Over Milky

It’s currently in the headlines as a symbol of the high cost of living but Israel’s favorite chocolate pudding and whipped cream treat has always inspired high passion.




Sukkah-hopping with presidents

The Israeli presidential open house at Sukkot tradition started in 1952 with the idea of raising public awareness about issues like absorption and mass immigration. It continues today, bringing concepts of environmental protection and tolerance for others to the fore.




Living History Israel-style

This Sukkot holiday, visitors to Israel’s national parks can enjoy a variety of historical re-enactments ranging from Neanderthal to Nabataean, Canaanite to Crusader — and pirates, too.




Shmita – Controversy and Community

Since 1888, Shmita, the agricultural sabbatical year, has ignited controversy. This year, efforts are being made to reset the “reset year” with a focus on the environment and spiritual well-being.




New Year’s Nostalgia

The Jewish New Year is a time for reflection with holiday greetings that recall simpler days.




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