Covid-free islands

Israel’s Knesset has approved a plan allowing hotels and other venues to re-open in Eilat and the Dead Sea resort of Ein Bokek, transforming them into coronavirus-free “tourism islands.”  Tourists will need to present a negative COVID-19 test result from no more than 72 hours prior to entry into the “island”.

New Hannah Senesh Museum

  New Hannah Senesh Museum. A new heritage museum honoring hero and poet Hannah Senesh has just opened just south of Haifa at Kibbutz Sdot Yam - the kibbutz that Hannah Senesh belonged to. Hannah was only 23 years old when she parachuted into occupied Europe to try and help Hungarian Jews during WWII.

Documentary Film Festival

The National Library of Israel’s sixth annual Docu.Text Film Festival (Nov 15-25) is going digital, with a special track for English-speaking international audiences. It features award-winning documentary films, Q&A sessions, and an array of special events. Free of charge with Zoom registration.

New Jerusalem museum

Jerusalem’s Beit Hakehillot museum under construction will take visitors on a tour of Jewish history, using multimedia and virtual reality, plus Jewish ritual objects and manuscripts. The $50 million renovation of an abandoned Protestant orphanage is Jerusalem’s largest landmark renovation of its kind.

Pandemic handbags

When Israeli designer Koi Levi saw people walking in the street carrying their facemasks as if they were handbags, he decided to design a handbag that looked like a facemask.  He also designed one shaped like a padlock, as a play on the word “lockdown”.

IAC Coast to Coast Gala

“Dare to Dream”, is the title of the Israeli American Council's first global gala on 15 Nov. Israeli stars include the amazing “special” Shalva Band, Eurovision singer Eden Alene, mentalist Lior Suchard and many more.

A towering update

This article compliments last week’s article (see ) about the $40 million update for the Tower of David in Jerusalem.  Sharon has included several photos of the renovation work.

City Bakes Jerusalem

British Master Baker Paul Hollywood has brought his TV series to Israel’s Capital City.  He has several unique culinary experiences. He learns about the city's baking culture and history. He then creates Jerusalem bagel bread and almond and pomegranate loaf cake. Sit back and enjoy.

Land of Milk and Honey

Two single malt whiskies distilled in Tel Aviv received top scores from Whisky Advocate - one of the world’s leading whisky magazines. Milk & Honey Distillery’s M&H Classic and M&H Elements Sherry Cask single malts scored 91 and 90, respectively. The former was also an Editor’s Choice.

Documentary of Israel’s equestrian champion

“UnReined,” is a new documentary about Israeli equestrian champion Nancy Zeitlin who made Aliya from San Diego in 1967.  As a riding instructor she worked with disadvantaged youth including Palestinian Arabs.  She still holds Israel’s equestrian high jump record.