Israel Philharmonic plays Carnegie Hall

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) just completed its first tour in three years under Maestro Lahav Shani - the first native Israeli to lead the IPO. The 14 Nov performance at New York’s Carnegie Hall rounded off a tour that included Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Palo Alto.

Jerusalem hosts World Chess Championship

12 top international teams, including Israel (with its female captain) compete for the World Chess Team Championship in Jerusalem this week. The teams are Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, India, South Africa, China, Spain, France, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Poland, and the United States.

First direct flight from Israel to Qatar

The first aircraft to fly between Israel and Qatar took 180 Israeli and Palestinian Arab soccer fans to the World Cup. Qatar refused to allow Israeli airplanes to make the trip, but they overlooked that Cyprus-based TUS Airways is a subsidiary of Israel’s Knafaim Holdings Ltd.

Photo Is:rael

Tel Aviv’s 10th International Photography Festival (23 Nov – 3 Dec) features 70 photography exhibitions, plus dance, performances, video art, music and more. The theme of this year’s festival is “Action”.

Thousands of pelicans visit Israel

Thousands of white pelicans have arrived in Israel on their annual trek to their winter quarters in Africa. About 50,000 pelicans migrate through Israel from mid-Aug to Nov, before flying into the Sinai desert and further down the Nile to their winter ponds.

Sisterhood on skateboards

When two Israeli friends found that there were so few women represented in the skateboarding world, they decided to do something to change that.  Paola Ruiloba and Maayan Levi founded the Jerusalem Skater Girls (JSG). These Israelis from all backgrounds are now taking the skater world by storm.

The only hotel museum in the world

The Dona Gracia Hotel & Museum in Tiberias is the only hotel museum in the world. It tells the story of the remarkable Dona Gracia (1510-1569), a courageous, politically influential female philanthropist who saved hundreds of secret Jews from the Inquisition and much more.

Israeli videos at Riga festival

The Waterpieces International video and contemporary art festival, in Riga, Latvia, featured eleven videos focusing on Israel’s culture, nature, science, and identity. They were curated by ​Drorit Gur Arie, director of the Petach Tikva Museum of Art.

More rare species visit Israel

Three pink whiprays over 100 cm long were sighted off the coast off Eilat. Whiprays are an endangered species of stingray. Earlier this year a rare guitarfish, an even more endangered species, was spotted off Eilat’s coast.

Israeli woman takes second place in NYC Marathon

Israeli Lonah Chemtai Salpeter has finished second place in Sunday’s New York City Marathon, seven seconds behind the Kenyan winner. It is the best final result for an Israeli man or woman in the history of the race, which is in its 51st year.