The troupe has been preparing for its Off-Broadway debut for two and a half years.
Of all the international protests in the West over the Gaza war, many of them controversial--in my opinion many of them ill-informed--one which has caused more heartache and uproar than almost any other has been the Tricycle Cinema (also a famous fringe theatre in London) dropping the Jewish Film Festival. "Dropping?" The venue, and its artistic director Indhu Rubasingham, says no. They only required the JFF to give up its nominal funding from the Israeli embassy, and her theatre even offered to make up the difference.
The Vienna Philharmonic has revoked awards bestowed upon six Nazis, news agencies, including Reuters, are reporting. This will be seen as a big step in the orchestra's coming to terms with a dark chapter in its past.
Russian/British/Jewish pianist Evgeny Kissin issued the following quite emotional appeal--in Russian/English/Hebrew--for his fellow professionals' solidarity with his newest country.
"I am a Jew, Israel is a Jewish state--and since long ago I have felt that Israel, although I do not live there, is the only state in the world with which I can fully identify myself, whose case, problems, tragedies and very destiny I perceive to be mine." -- Evgeny Kissin
Russian-Brit superstar pianist Evgeny Kissin will become an Israeli citizen on Saturday, December 7, 2013. He has received the personal backing of another prominent Russian (now leading Israeli politician), Natan Sharansky.
For many, the voice of Israel, Arik Einstein's death has been greeted by national mourning.