In pride, without fear

Last weekend’s attack on a gay community center in Tel Aviv may have shocked Israel, but the country’s gay community takes strength from the response. Justin Rudzki is an Australian freelance writer living in Tel Aviv. Ask any local lad …

Israeli documentarian Medalia in line for Emmy medallion

Israeli documentary filmmaker Hilla Medalia: “This is the stuff of dreams. To be nominated for an Emmy is one of the highest accolades in my industry,”Arranging a telephone interview with Israeli documentary filmmaker Hilla Medalia requires the scheduling dexterity of …

Ethiopia to Broadway, via Jerusalem

One of a Kind – AndArgay has been a runaway success, winning several awards.In 1985, 10-year-old Yossi Vasser and his family set out on foot from the Ethiopian village of Uzava. The perilous 700-kilometer journey that ensued took them through …

Coffee, cake and co-existence in Jaffa [VIDEO]

Coffee, cake and co-existence in Jaffa [VIDEO]

Israeli Arabs and Jews meet and mingle freely at Café Yafa, Jaffa’s award-winning coffee shop.To the casual observer, it’s just another player in the crowded Tel Aviv-Jaffa coffee shop scene. The place exudes a bohemian chic not unusual for this …

Israeli deaf-blind theater offers an unexpected feast

Nalaga’at’s actors weave together a series of mimed and narrated sketches. Picture by Liron Almog.At first thought, it seems about as appealing as the idea of a nephew’s school play. But the Nalaga’at (Do Touch) Theater Group, a troupe of …

Israeli film, Beaufort, in race for Oscar

For Ron Leshem, co-author of the film Beaufort, which has just been nominated for an Oscar for best Foreign Language Film by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Los Angeles, the prospective award comes as something as …

Israel’s latest export – TV spoonbenders and shrinks

It’s a Wednesday night, 8.00pm – prime time in the world of television. The opening credits herald the start of the hottest new reality TV sensation – a five part mentalist extravaganza called Phenomenon. The camera focuses briefly on controversial …

Looking for paradise with author Ron Leshem [VIDEO]

Looking for paradise with author Ron Leshem [VIDEO]

Ron Leshem: I regard this all as just a backdrop to a totally human story.Ron Leshem bounds into his office with youthful energy and apologizes profusely for being 15 minutes late for our interview. Sporting the urbanite uniform of jeans, …