Berlin Becomes A Musical Playground For Israeli Artists

May 17, 2017

Jerusalem Post, May 17, 2017 BERLIN – At a rehearsal room in a rundown building in the industrial Lichtenstein neighborhood of eastern Berlin, Israeli singer Moran Magal was preparing for her anticipated show at Berlin’s TheARTer Galerie. From her keyboard, she directed her band members (consisting of an Israeli violinist and bassist and Brazilian drummer) for a soulful rendition of “Always Something” in her melodic rock-metal style. Only 10 months in Berlin, singer/ pianist Magal is proud at having organized her own band, making its way across the city

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Warum ich Berlin liebe, obwohl ich es eigentlich hassen sollte [German]

May 1, 2017, April 29, 2017 Click here for the English version Eigentlich hätte ich Berlin wohl hassen sollen, als ich die Stadt 2014 von Tel Aviv aus das erste Mal besuchte. Ich kam zusammen mit meinem amerikanischen Vater hierher, der in der Nähe von Hannover das ehemalige Vertriebenenlager besuchen wollte, in dem seine polnischen Eltern, Überlebende des Konzentrationslagers Auschwitz, ihn zur Welt gebracht hatten. Vielleicht wäre ich auch gar nicht hinge

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Ivanka Trump at W20 Summit in Berlin

April 26, 2017

Jerusalem Post, April 25, 2017 First daughter Ivanka Trump entered the lion’s den in Berlin on Tuesday as a panelist at the W20 Summit on women’s economic empowerment, where she was heckled for defending the attitudes of her father, US President Donald Trump, toward women. Trump’s visit to Germany came at the invitation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and marked her first international trip since being named a White House adviser

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Lost and not found: mystery shrouds Holocaust-era household items

April 20, 2017

JNS, April 18, 2017 At an antiques flea market in Berlin, one of several stands proudly displays two Hanukkah menorahs for sale. The husky, white-haired seller, who wears a Soviet hammer-and-sickle pin for show, explains how one of them probably came from Königsberg, a former German city in modern Russia. The other is easy to identify: a plaque indicates it was gifted by an Israeli organization to a German-Jewish benefactor in 1992. Next door, piles of old German photo albums are also for sale. Two albums, chosen at random, show happy, growing German families.

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Berlin Launches First Ever Jewish Food Week

March 22, 2017

Jerusalem Post, Arts & Entertainment Page, March 23, 2017 Under the name “Nosh Berlin,” the first ever Berlin Jewish food festival kicked off on Sunday, March 19 at the MarktHalle in the hip neighborhood of Kreuzberg with Jewish-Israeli favorites like cholent, sabich, burekas and bagels, served at this weekly indoor food fair. The program continues throughout the week with cooking workshops, lectures, and meals themed after such topics as Passover cooking, vegetarianism and Judaism, Berlin café culture and Shabbat in international Jewish traditions. Read More

A Miracle in the Lodz Cemetary [VIDEO]

March 1, 2017

In the summer of 2016, I stopped in Lodz, Poland with a friend while on-route from Warsaw to Krakow to visit my grandfather’s hometown. Both he and my grandmother survived the Lodz Ghetto where the Nazis herded and enclosed hundreds of thousands of Jews before deporting them to death camps. We visited the Jewish cemetery, equipped with a list of the burial sites of possible Arfa ancestors. What happened when we came across a group of 30 Jewish young professionals truly inspired us….

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