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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Arts & Culture

Member of Israelis national Habima theater, as envisioned by the protestors. (Probably.)British theater and film professionals are protesting en masse the inclusion of Israeli national theater Habima in this May’s Shakespeare Globe to Globe festival. A group of theater and film industry members published their opinion in an open letter in British newspaper The Guardian, which cites Habima’s staging of shows at what they believe are illegal Israeli settlements. Signatures on the letter included such luminaries as director Mike Leigh, actress Emma Thompson, and actor Richard Wilson. The letter contends that, “Last year, two large Israeli settlements established ‘halls of culture’ and asked Israeli theatre groups to perform there. A number of Israeli theatre professionals – actors, stage directors, playwrights – declared they would

The Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal, NJ, has announced a new Monmouth County Jewish/ Israeli Film Series showcasing world-class cinema exploring the Jewish experience. A diverse selection of ten films— including dramatic features, riveting documentaries, and entertaining comedies— will be shown from April 15 through July. The series is being sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County, and films will be screened on a big screen at the state of the art Axelrod Performing Arts

In what is perhaps an embodiment of the Jewish people’s story of persecution and survival, an original copy of the Wolf Haggadah – a distinctively illustrated Sephardic Haggadah written in the late 14th century that subsequently made its way through a number of countries – will go on display in a computerized version at the National Library of Israel.

Written by French physician and scholar Yakov Ben Shlomo, who lived in the Provence region of France, the Wolf Haggadah is 36 parchment pages

Billionaire Lily Safra will sell her jewels at Christies for at least $20 million.A collection of expensive jewels owned by billionaire Lily Safra is scheduled to be auctioned off for at least $20 million, with the proceeds to go to twenty charities selected by the widow of banker Edmond Safra. The 70 gems, which Christie’s will offer for sale in Geneva, Switzerland, in May,  include diamonds, rubies, sapphires, antique pieces originating from the late 18th century, and period jewelry. “This jewelry collection reflects her refined taste and its evolution throughout five decades

 Benny Morris, coauthor of Israels Secret Wars, is a professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.Author Recommends Best Books About Famed Israeli Intelligence Agency
Gordon Thomas is a Welsh author who is renowned in Israeli literary circles for Gideon’s Spies: Mossad’s Secret Warriors, which was published in more than sixteen languages and has been heralded as one of the foremost books on Israeli intelligence. In a piece appearing in the Wall Street Journal on March 10, Thomas noted five books he believes give insight into the Mossad and its operations over the years. We thought our readers