Making peace through Jewish and Arab musical roots

Hisham and Friends’ Assi Givati and Ihab Nimer perform at Villa Melchett on the Galilee – Music bonds us and other people.While the notion of Jews and Arabs in Israel playing music together is relatively commonplace, Ariel Nishri’s Groupeace initiative …

Israeli music to soothe the soul

David Broza entertains residents of the North in a bomb shelter last week. (Photo: Barry Davis)I had been up north just a couple of weeks earlier. That was a long-awaited three-day vacation to Banias, near Israel’s northern tip, and sleepy …

Young Israeli lawyer helps Rwandans find justice

Sigall Horovitz: I knew I wanted to make a difference.Sigall Horovitz certainly wasn’t looking for a cushy number when she set out to become a lawyer. Rather than head off for the more lucrative areas of litigation, such as divorce …

Ashkelon plant to help keep the region stocked with water

The world’s largest desalination plant will supply 15 percent of Israel’s household water needs.If there is something that all Middle Eastern countries can agree on, it is the need for more sources of water in their region. Water shortages, and …

A Black Belt in Understanding

Martial arts expert Danny Hakim believes that traditional Japanese Budo can help Arab and Jewish children bridge cultural and political differences. To some the idea of using martial arts to engender peace and harmony may seem downright contradictory. But Danny …

Israeli school jazz band heads for West Coast stage

Members of the Thelma Yellin School jazz band who will be performing this week in California.You could say it’s a classic case of sending coals to Newcastle, or maybe just some old fashioned hutzpa. Whatever your take on it, having …

Israel’s rich multi-culturalism sings out in America

The Yemin Orde band – consisting of Israeli youth originally from Ethiopia, Brazil, the Ukraine, France, Georgia and Russia.The Yemin Orde Wingate Youth Village, located in the Carmel Mountains near Haifa in northern Israel, is a truly unique place. Founded …