Best student documentary

The documentary "Requiem for a Whale", by Tel Aviv University alumni Ido Weisman, won the best student film award at Los Angeles’ IDA Awards, considered the most prestigious award in the world of documentary films. The film also recently won the Israeli Documentary Forum Annual Awards.

What’s hot on Jerusalem’s Streets in Israel’s “winter”

Plenty of colorful sites and flowers to see on the Streets of Jerusalem.  The almond trees are in blossom more than two weeks before Tu B’Shvat – the Jewish New Year for Trees.

Where to experience live Jazz in Israel

Jazz festivals in Israel include the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival (May); New Orleans Jazz Festival (Jun); Summertime Jazz Festival (Aug); Jerusalem Jazz Festival (Sep); Jaffa Jazz Festival (Oct) and Red Sea Jazz Festival (Nov). Lyricist /Jazz pianist Joe Stilgoe and his band are currently here on tour.

Much to do in Holon

Nefesh b’Nefesh have arranged discounted entrance prices and guided tours in English at two of Holon’s exciting museums on Thu 2nd Feb.  First up is the Caricature/Cartoon (Comics) Museum and afterwards the Design Museum. Contact and registration details in the link below.

Queen of the Desert

Israeli photographer Moshe Kotzen’s book “Queen of the Desert” is a unique combination of a fairy tale together and photo journal. It features many of his photos of unusual rock formations in Israel’s Negev desert.

Jerusalem’s Armenian Museum

The Mardigian Armenian Museum is housed in a 19th century building in Jerusalem’s Old City and has just reopened after a 5-year renovation. Jerusalem is home to a community of some 6,000 Armenians and the museum is preserving their history and culture.

Running in Antarctica for Israeli education

Israel’s Eyal Shimoni ran the Antarctica leg of the Racing the Planet 4 Deserts Ultramarathon. He raised funds for Israeli NGO Yadid Lachinuch, with 2,800 retired Israeli volunteers helping teachers in over 490 Israeli schools. Eyal is now training to run in Chile.

Take a walk on Jerusalem’s streets

Israel’s capital is full of traffic, tourist buses, international conferences, and (of course) construction.

The world’s ugliest building

The Nachum Tower in Tel Aviv has been voted by users of social media site Reddit as the world's ugliest building. Built in the “brutalist” style during the post-1948 demand for high-rise buildings, it now is enjoying fame as a tourist attraction for its “beauty in the beast”.

Jerusalem orchestra in London

The Jerusalem Orchestra East West featuring Mehdi Nassouli & Koyos is performing at 7.30pm on Sunday 5 Feb at the Barbican in London.