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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Arts & Culture

The Old Jerusalem Train Station TodayWhen The First Station opens this spring, it won’t be for railroad passengers but for shoppers, diners and culture buffs.

In the late 1800s, the introduction of the Jaffa-to-Jerusalem rail line revolutionized travel in the Holy Land. And from 1892 to 1998, the solid stone Ottoman structure at the junction of Jerusalem’s German Colony, Baka and Abu Tor neighborhoods served as its eastern station house.

But when the trains stopped running to downtown Jerusalem, the building fell into disrepair and the rail yard behind it was left to the weeds. Several ideas for repurposing this prime location were floated over the years, and finally the venerable venue will be getting a new life this spring.

Renamed The First Station, the 130-year-old

 Claire Bloom and Martin Landau as a married couple in Woody Allen’s Crimes and MisdemeanorsF. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that there are no second acts in American lives. Obviously Fitzgerald never got to meet Martin Landau, the Academy Award-winning actor who at age 60 found a career renaissance thanks to a number of plum film roles. Prior to the late 1980s, Landau was best known for playing master of disguise Rollin Hand on the 1960s hit television series Mission: Impossible. I spoke with Landau recently about his fascinating life and career.

Landau was born to Jewish parents Morris and

Honey && Co opened in the summer of 2012.Honey & Co. brings Middle East fare to British palates, winning rave reviews from food critics.

They met 10 years ago while working together in an Italian restaurant in Herzliya. Last summer, accomplished husband-and-wife chefs Itamar Srulovich and Sarit Packer took the plunge of opening their own 25-seat restaurant in a fashionable residential district of London.

Honey & Co. is already creating a buzz among British foodies.

“The food here is stunning, alive with colour and texture,” gushed

The 11 cast members of “Not By Bread Alone” are all deaf, blind or visually impaired. And speaking of unconventional, the play begins with the cast members baking bread on stage. Throughout the play, the bread is kneaded, formed and baked, as the extraordinary storytellers convey their memories and dreams.

First, the show began running in Tel Aviv. Then, it traveled to London, where audience members gave a standing ovation to the world’s “only professional deaf-blind ensemble.” Last

The Book of Schmaltz: A Love Song to a Forgotten Fat details the many practical uses of this classic “Jewish” food ingredient.Chopped liver is one of the greatest of culinary joys. I remember buying a container a number of years back from a gourmet supermarket.

I thought it was quite good, but when I brought a container to my parents, my mother commented that it was goyisher chopped liver. Indeed, as usual, she was right, for this chopped liver was made with – gasp! – olive oil! As any liver aficionado knows, real Jewish chopped liver must be made with that golden goddess of fat – schmaltz!

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