Grapevine October 31, 2021 – Festival Time

The Fifth Jerusalem Biennale will open on November 11 and will continue until December 30. Art lovers who wish to meet artists, or better yet, visit them in their homes or studios, will have ample opportunities to gravitate between selected historic Jerusalem locations, as well as dozens of small events in homes and studios in Take me Home exhibitions and in solo and group exhibitions that can be seen in person and online, and the best part is that admission is free.

Some 300 professional artists will participate, mostly from Israel, but also from the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Belgium, Turkey, Greece, Morocco, the United Emirates and Argentina. the Take me Home The exhibition, which includes works by more than 100 contemporary artists, will take place in the former Shaare Zedek building, which is the permanent venue for the Biennale.

“This year’s Jerusalem Biennale is very different from previous editions, where we met in museums, galleries and other public spaces to share the art experience,” says the founder and creative director of JB. Rami Ozeri. “This year, we ask ourselves the question: is art part of our private domain? Do we have significant artwork on the walls of our living room, bedroom, or kitchen? And if so, what should we do to go one step further and share this art with family, friends, or even strangers? “

■ AFTER a secret visit to Jordan and a state visit to Ukraine, the President Isaac herzog he is going to England in November, but not on a state visit, so he is unlikely to meet the queen. You must attend a dinner honoring the life and legacy of former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, who passed away a year ago at age 71 after battling cancer. Sacks was widely recognized by both Jews and Gentiles as one of the most learned clergymen who managed to find common ground between religious and secular philosophies, especially those dealing with civil rights.

Among the many tributes published after his death, was one of Prince carlos.

UK CHIEF Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks is honored at the 2016 Templeton Prize ceremony. Sacks completed most of the translation, although portions were completed by an esteemed committee after his passing. (credit: Catholic Church England Wales / Flickr)

Last week, on the anniversary of Sacks’ death, Herzog issued a videotaped statement in which he said: “Rabbi Sacks was a giant man, a rabbi whose prose read like poetry; whose words, in his magically soft and wise voice, touched our hearts, our souls and our minds; whose humility, whose goodness, whose brilliance of spirit enriched the Jewish world and, indeed, the entire world. His untimely passing a year ago has left a huge void in our collective Jewish life. “

■ REGARDLESS of the mainstream of Judaism with which someone identifies, there are always subtle and sometimes not so subtle differences in customs and practices, even among the most strictly Orthodox people. The unifying factor is in the universal Jewish recognition of Shabbat, Jewish holidays and Yizkor (I remember) commemorations of the anniversaries of deceased loved ones. How all of these are observed by different communities and individuals is another story.

Nearly a decade ago, the South African Chief Rabbi Warren goldstein he dreamed of the Shabbat Project, which he continues to direct. This global initiative is far from uniform, but it links Jews around the world through Shabbat dinners and lunches, Shabbat-oriented weekend retreats, challah cakes, liturgical concerts, and more.

Such events have attracted Jews from around the world, but they went into semi-hibernation and were much more subdued during 2020 and much of 2021. In mid-October this year, there was a great revival with 1,166 unity events across the city, ”In addition to thousands of private events, in 1,511 cities in Europe, the United States, South America, South Africa, Asia and Australia, where people celebrated Shabbat. In places where COVID restrictions prevented groups from meeting, people participated in Zoom and other social media, everyone was happy to be a part of Shabbat in different ways and yet they were linked through that one word: Shabbat. .

Goldstein was delighted with what he called “the triumph of Jewish unity” with so many individuals, organizations and groups of synagogues coming together although geographically separated.

Interestingly, more secular Jewish women in Israel and elsewhere simply love to be a part of a challah bake, and are delighted to take home the results, which of course are placed on the table on Friday night, regardless. whether or not the candles on Saturday were. lit or Kiddush recited. It may be just a penny of Judaism, but a penny is better than nothing.

■ CO-FOUNDERS of the Israel Magen Fund David rose and Die goldstein presented by the president of the Binyamin Regional Council Whole Israel with eight life-saving defibrillators for Magen David Adom ambulances and paramedics stationed throughout the Binyamin region, in Neria, Dolev, Ateret, Shiloh, Kochav Zion, Mevo Horon, Eli and Kfar Adumim. On behalf of the residents of Binyamin, Ganz thanked the Israel Magen Fund, the Joseph Safra Foundation and individual donors from around the world “for their important donation that will undoubtedly save lives.” The Israel Magen Fund supports Israel’s military and medical sectors through transparent, direct and communicative donations.

■ ON FRIDAY, November 26 in the morning, the singer-songwriter Ania buckstein will participate in a fundraising brunch and intimate musical performance hosted on behalf of Life’s Door by Piety and Menachem Oren from Tel Aviv.

Only people with a Green Pass will be admitted. Reservations close on November 17 and can be made at [email protected] Tickets range in price from NIS 1,000 to NIS 20,000 for one to 10 people. Brunch is at 9:30 a.m. and the show at 11.

Life’s Door helps people with terminal or life-threatening illnesses to cope and put quality in their lives, and also to prepare in a calm and calm way for the end of life.

■ AS IF Tel Aviv residents are not bothered enough by overbuilding throughout the city, here comes another major construction project on land owned by the municipality.

Amot, from the Alony-Hetz Group, and Gav-Yam at a press conference last week announced the launch of the ToHa2 Tower, adjacent to ToHa1 at the intersection of Totzeret Ha’Aretz, Yigal Alon and Derech HaShalom.

Featured architects Ron Arad and Avner yashar, who designed ToHa1, joined forces once again to present what they call a timeless creation that will impact your environment. As the

The new tower will be considerably taller and three times the size of its adjacent predecessor, rising to 300 m and spanning 77 huge floors of 2,500-3,000 m² each. The total area of ​​the tower will cover ~ 170,000m².

Construction is scheduled to begin in November following the completion of the underground parking lot, and the overall project is expected to be ready for occupancy in 2026. The developers believe that when completed, the tower will be occupied by leading local and global companies, and that collectively they will provide jobs for 20,000 employees.

The total investment in the project by both companies is estimated at NIS 3 billion and the anticipated revenues, once completed and fully occupied, are expected to reach NIS 280 million per year.

The project was unveiled in the presence of the mayor of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Ron Huldai; company managers, Amot’s chief investment officer Nathan Hetz and CEO Shimon Abudarham; President of Gav-Yam Eldad fresher and CEO Avi Jacobovitz.

ToHa2 will offer a combination of culinary, cultural, leisure, entertainment and fitness experiences, as well as an auditorium.

Both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem increasingly resemble Hong Kong. Since Tel Aviv is a very modern city, that’s not so bad, except for the fact that there seems to be some kind of competition as to how far the tallest towers can go. In view of the Iranian threat, that is quite scary. But Jerusalem, unlike Tel Aviv, is over 3,000 years old and should have more of a quality of yesteryear than one striving for tomorrow. With all its new simplified modernity, Jerusalem is losing the uniqueness of its character, something that annoys many of its residents who came to Israel as immigrants and chose to live in Jerusalem, either because they were religious or because of the character of Jerusalem. the city, or both.

But the kind of city they bought their homes in is fast disappearing.

■ The hotel chain THE DAN sponsors the Israeli Cuisine Festival that takes place in conjunction with American Express, beginning in the second week of November and continuing through the first week of December. Among the outstanding chefs will be Haim cohen, Raz Rahav and Ran Shmueli, which will be hosted by Dan Hotel Chefs at the King David Hotel Jerusalem and the Dan Caesarea Hotel, and several chefs will also cook a storm at the Dan Tel Aviv Hotel.

Parallel to the festival, the chain’s hotels will have holiday weekends with musical performances and visits to the market.

Although many people now shop for groceries and eco-friendly groceries online, nothing beats the atmosphere in the hustle and bustle of the market with its colorful displays and even more colorful characters.

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