Jethro Tull’s tour of Israel

Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull’s vocalist, flutist and guitarist, is bringing his Jethro Tull 50th anniversary tour to Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in October.

A Jewish theme park in Dimona

The Negev city of Dimona is planning a “Park of Wonders” theme park, similar to Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Florida, but with Jewish and Israeli themes. Its five “worlds”, called “Oasis”, “Spirits”, “Jewish Nation”, “Society” and “Time” will each have four or five rides.

Israel is the best travel destination for vegans

Israel is popular with vegans, mainly thanks to vegan-friendly Tel Aviv. The Israeli non-profit VeganFriendly recommends places for vegans to stay and many hundreds of restaurants to visit. You can go on vegan tours, and there is even a vegan Birthright tour.

Your soundtrack to Purim

DJ Antithesis plays some of the modern Israeli songs connected to the Jewish festival of Purim – undoubtedly the happiest time to be in Israel. I can’t wait to get back there!

Alley-Oop to Aliyah

Nefesh B'Nefesh and Fun in Jerusalem sponsored an event in Jerusalem to promote the book, "Alley-Oop to Aliyah" by David A Goldstein. It describes the good experiences of African-American basketball players who came to play in Israel. Some even converted to Judaism and made Aliyah.

Ashley Blaker does Teshuvah

Yes, the unique Orthodox Jewish UK comedian, Ashley Blaker is returning to Israel for another tour, entitled “Meshuga Frum”. He will perform (Y”H) from March 4-8 in Jerusalem, Beit Shemesh, Netanya and Raanana. “Not to be missed” says his publicity.  But we surely have missed him!

Japanese duo sample more Israeli snacks

Readers may remember when my friend Pamela Levene sent a selection of Israeli snacks to Japanese video bloggers Satoshi and Shinich. Pamela recently sent them another batch to taste and comment on.

Israeli gets lead road in Chicago on Broadway

Israeli singer and actress Shiri Maimon is set to play the role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of Chicago in September. She will follow Liza Minnelli, Brooke Shields and Melanie Griffith, who have all played Roxie in the long-running Broadway hit.

Super blue-blood moon over Jerusalem

Although I missed it, the “once in a lifetime” event of a super blue blood moon was visible from Israel. A super moon is when the moon is at its closest to the Earth. A blue moon is a second full moon in one month.  And a blood moon is an eclipse of the moon, which turns it reddish.

Liev Schreiber gives master class at TAU

Actor director Liev Schreiber, star of the “Ray Donovan” TV series, came to Israel to attend a friend’s wedding, enjoy some “warmer weather, good humus, and lots of fizzy bobolah!” He also gave a master class in drama at Tel Aviv University. Video is of a previous trip in 2009.