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December 08, 2010
Shnat Sikkum Seminar 2010 began with an opening tekes at the Park of the Australian Soldier in Beersheva. Brandon Alter, an Israel By Choice participant addressed the ceremony
“I am standing here today as a member of the Australian Jewish youth whose gap year in Israel, in my case IBC, is coming to a close. I could spend hours talking about how this experience has changed me as an individual as well as a collective part of Israeli and Australian society, however what I wish to share with you today, in my eyes means much, much more.
This ceremony here in Be’er Sheva signifies the meeting of two time periods and two cultures. We are here commemorating and celebrating the heroism and valour of...
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December 07, 2010
By Jessica Pinsky, WUJS Israel Arts
Where do I come from?
When asked by Israelis where in the states I grew up, I reply, “Ohio—do you know it?” Mostly they have heard of it but have no idea where it is. I say “It’s in the middle”. “What goes on in the middle?” Not much.
So it is of little surprise that I tried out many major cities in the US over the past 8 years. Cities make sense for some artists, constant stimulation, and incessant, pulsing energy just waiting to be tapped into. I never found the perfect fit. You know, the place you can see yourself living forever.
Who am I?
I am an artist, I am a Jew.
Do people usually write lists in order...
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December 06, 2010
By Ayelet Firstenberg, Young Judaea Year Course Jerusalem madricha
I have been living in Jerusalem for almost a year now. Something really special about the city, and especially our area of Talpiyot, is the fact that you are always a ten-minute walk or bus ride away from being able to pursue your artistic interests. For music, art, and dance lovers like myself, consider this a brief guide to the arts in Jerusalem.
There are no end to concerts in Jerusalem. The Lab (Hama’abeda) is a smaller venue, a twenty minute walk from campus with shows ranging from strange alternative dance shows to big-time performers like Hadag Nachash. Another favorite is the ...
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