15,000 people attended largest Israeli Cultural Festival in Europe

Posted on September 18th, 2017


The largest Israeli cultural event in Europe, TLVinLDN, attracted some 15,000 people to the five-day event to celebrate Israeli culture and diversity in London.

The festival, hosted Sept. 7 – 11, was organized under the direction of TLVinLDN Chairman Marc Worth, and realized with the support and partnership of Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy, as well as other sponsors and private donors.

Some of Israel’s top female singers, including Ethiopian-Israeli Ester Rada, performed for hundreds of locals during Sunday’s celebration, under the theme “Woman in Power,” at the historic Roundhouse Music Hall in London.
“We came from Tel Aviv to bring you love,” said Rada, as she opened the evening before a soul music performance from Maximilian Blumin.

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Chinese Self-Help Books Teach Readers How to Be More Like the Jews

Posted on September 11th, 2017
BY TAMAR FOX for Jewniverse

Head to the self-help or business section at a bookstore in China and you’re likely to see books with titles like Learn To Make Money With the Jews, and Jewish People and Business: The Bible of How to Live Their Lives. These cringy titles might suggest something weird, or even anti-Semitic, but they’re actually part of a booming philo-Semitic culture in China, where Jews are widely perceived as entrepreneurial and successful, exactly what so many Chinese people hope to become.

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American Muslims Want To Increase Mosque Security. They’re Turning To Jews For Help.

Posted on September 4th, 2017
BY BEN SALES for The Jewish Week

With Islamophobic hate crimes on the rise, Muslim leaders are working harder to secure their mosques and institutions. Some are turning to Jewish experts for assistance.

A few Jewish organizations have partnered with local and national Muslim groups to advise them on best security practices and advocate jointly for stronger hate crime legislation. Cooperation between the two communities, which was growing late last year, is turning toward the particulars of staying safe in a nervous climate — how to prevent attacks and handle hate crimes.

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This Holocaust monument in Belarus is haunting — and subversive

Posted on August 28th, 2017
By Cnaan Liphshiz for JTA

KHATYN, Belarus (JTA) — Even by Soviet standards, the massive memorial complex near Minsk to the victims of Nazi atrocities stands out for its immense scale and ambition.

Spread across half a million square feet — roughly the size of 10 football fields — the haunting Khatyn Memorial is essentially a graveyard not for people, but for entire villages wiped out by the Nazis in Belarus.  Byelorussia, as it was then known, was one of the few places in Europe where German brutality toward non-Jews matched their anti-Semitic savagery.

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Polish villagers hold Jewish wedding without Jews

Posted on August 21st, 2017
By Cnaan Liphshiz for JTA

Nostalgia for Jews is a well-documented phenomenon in Eastern Europe, with cultural and even substantial commercial aspects.

In Ukraine,  so-called Jewish-themed restaurants with pork-heavy menus compete for tourists, while figurines of Jews are sold at markets as good luck charms. In Poland, graffiti reading “I miss you, Jew” have become a common sight.

Beyond the kitsch, Jewish cultural festivals draw large non-Jewish audiences in Krakow, Warsaw and Budapest.

Some credit this trend to a feeling of loss over the near annihilation of once-vibrant Jewish communities. Others trace it a desire to reconnect with the pre-Soviet past.

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