Culture

Catch of the day

Catch of the day

Deca, the kosher fish restaurant established 11 years ago in Tel Aviv, has acquired an enviable reputation – and justifiably so. The menu was initially put together by celebrity chef Haim Cohen, and the layout of the place is such that diners can watch present chef Roi Cohen and his helpers beavering away in the spotless kitchen through a hatch […]

‘On the Spectrum’ and into our hearts

‘On the Spectrum’ and into our hearts

The new television series On the Spectrum, which just premiered on YES, is about three young adults with autism living in Tel Aviv, one of whom, Ron (Niv Majar) is a young man obsessed with roombas (the autonomous vacuum cleaner/robot). As the mother of a young man with autism who is obsessed with vacuum cleaners, I connected to this moving, […]

Lover of Israel

Lover of Israel

The first time he came to Israel two years ago, Horacio Cartes, the president of Paraguay, addressed a meeting hosted by the Israel branch of the World Jewish Congress and the Israel Council on Foreign Relations. On Tuesday of this week, he did so again, prompting ICFR president Dan Meridor to remark that it’s very rare for a president of […]

From Czardas to ‘Hatikva’

From Czardas to ‘Hatikva’

 ‘Getting to know tradition for me is like exploring a road that leads to the depths of a garden full of secrets,” says Gabor Mihalyi, director of The Hungarian State Folk Ensemble, which will perform Transcarpatia Invoked on June 4 at the Opera House in Tel Aviv and June 6 at the Haifa Auditorium. Regarded as the best folklore ensemble […]

Opera by design

Opera by design

 Opera, as we well know, is a fantasy world. Fans of the format will know that it sometimes takes quite a while, for example, for a fatally wounded soldier to finally shuffle off his mortal coil, and the whole genre is riddled with melodrama. But that lies at the core of the art form and lends itself to emotive expression […]

Reframing Reality and redefining film

Reframing Reality and redefining film

People with special needs have become more active than ever in telling their own stories in recent years, and the world has begun to take notice. These visions by and for people coping with various challenges will be examined at SHEKEL’s fifth Reframing Reality Film Festival, which runs from May 28 to 31 at the Jerusalem Cinematheque. Reframing Reality is […]

Alt-J: No oldies act

Alt-J: No oldies act

In a summer concert season dominated by nostalgia (Ringo Starr, Ozzy Osbourne) and modern dance DJs (Marshmello, Hardwell, Black Coffee, Martin Garrix) that 2000s commodity known as the currently active rock band is rare to find on Israel’s shores. Fortunately, one of the most acclaimed of the endangered species – Britain’s Alt-J – is making its second appearance here in […]