Matisyahu ascends to new heights

Rap singer Matisyahu uplifted the spirits of the crowd at Jerusalem’s Zappa at the Lab. The eclectic musician entertained his secular and religious fans for two hours with his 20 years of hits.  From his recent “Ascent” memorial to the Supernova victims, to his 2009 hit “One Day”.

See the parade

The photos of Jerusalem’s Purim Parade by the Real Jerusalem Streets are far more interesting than those published last week.  The costumes of many of the spectators also deserve much praise.

Boutique hotel joins elite club

Jaffa’s Drisco boutique hotel, and its onsite (non-kosher) top Middle East restaurant, George & John, are the first Israeli establishments to be admitted to the Relais & Châteaux association. The Drisco once hosted Mark Twain, fell into disrepair, now refurbished in the American Colony.

Pakistani Muslim holds book launch in Jerusalem

Peer Syed Mudassir Nazar Shah launched his new book, “Whispers in The Stones, A Sufi’s Quest Through Time” via Zoom at Jerusalem’s Center for Public Affairs research institute. It is about holy sites in Pakistan and includes a chapter on Pakistan’s Jewish history.

How archeologists date the Tower of David

An in-depth description of the renovated Tower of David in Jerusalem. It includes a video (see 2nd link) of how modern Israeli archaeologists use the latest technology to date the various sections of the tower, compared to the techniques used during the British Mandate.

Visit the Israel Museum

There are currently some interesting exhibits and lectures at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Shekels true or false (ends Apr 30); a VR tour of Aleppo’s Great Synagogue. Roman Road in the Desert; The lost album of Yemenite photos;

Cycling team wins Tour de Taiwan

Israel Premier - Tech cycling team continued its success at the Tour de Taiwan. After winning the first stage last week (see previously) it won the overall team event after clinching the 5th and final stage in Kaohsiung City. The team’s 13th win of the year already beats 2023.

The Israelis heading for the Paris Paralympics

Israel has 15 athletes so far in its team for August’s Paris Paralympics.  Israel won nine medals at the 2021 games – eight of them in the swimming events.

Jerusalem’s new laser light show

The city of Jerusalem has just started its new laser light show along the Tower of David promenade. Through music and visuals, the show tells the story of Jerusalem’s cultural tapestry while offering spectators a panoramic view of the iconic landmarks of Israel’s capital city.

Jerusalem in Harmony

The “Emunah” Concert – Jerusalem in Harmony, takes place on Weds Mar 27 at the Jerusalem Theatre. Chazanut, Classics, Broadway, Israeli, and more. Featuring Shai Abramson, Simon Cohen, Halellu Choir, & Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. Proceeds go to the Emunah Centers for Trauma Counselling.