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  Main Israel Jubilee Events: Western Europe

Note: The information below was provided by the respective Israeli embassies and consulates abroad (highlighted in bold). For further information or clarification, please contact them directly. Addresses, e-mail addresses and contact numbers can be accessed from our website.

(updated as of January 4, 1998)


Location

    

Date

Type of event

ANKARA

Dec. 23, 1997

Hanukkah opening event

 

Independence Day

Festive reception
Jubilee exhibitions
Musical performances

  

ISTANBUL

Apr. 30, 1998

Independence Day reception, to include the "Horizons" exhibition

 

May 7, 1998

Appearance by David Dower at the Istanbul Stock Exchange

 

May 1998

Exhibition of photographs by Varda Sam-Pollack

 

June 1998

Academic conference on Turkey-Israel relations

 

Autumn 1998

Top Importer award ceremony

  

ATHENS

Dec. 23, 1997

Lighting of the first Hanukkah candle in Skopje in the presence of the President of Macedonia

 

January 1998

The conference of the Association of Travel and Tourism Agents in Israel will be held in Athens. Israeli artists Ricki Gal, Rami Kleinstein, Yisrael Katorze will perform at the conference.

 

JanuaryFebruary 1998

"Horizons" photo exhibition and exhibition of Zionist posters

 

March 1998

Exhibition: "Architecture in Israel"

 

April 1998

Seminar on Greece-Israel relations organized by the Research Institute for Mediterranean and European Studies and with the participation of Israeli academics (at the European Cultural Center in Delphi).

 

AprilMay 1998

The Tel Aviv Museum exhibition "19481998: Three Generations in Modern Israeli Art" will be held at the National Gallery in Athens.

 

June 1998

Israel Film Week in Athens

 

June 1998

World premiere of the opera Elazar. This is a production of the Greek opera that will be presented at the Athens Festival. It tells the story of Elazar the Hasmonean.

 

September 1998

The Israel Chamber Orchestra will appear at the Athens International Festival.

 

October 1998

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall with a local conductor.

 

November 1998

Shlomo Mintz will appear with the Athens orchestra.
Contacts are under way to bring the Cameri Theater to Athens as part of a theatrical exchange project with the Greek National Theater. A tentative date has already been set for the Greek theaters performance in Israel.
Translation of Israeli literature into Greek: Amos Oz (who is expected to visit Greece in the autumn of 1998 in coordination with the publishing house) and A. B. Yehoshua Mr. Mani (he may be invited to Greece in coordination with the publishing house). We are in contact with the company that will publish these books regarding the format of the main literary event at which the translated Israeli literature will be presented.

 

December 1998

Conference on Mediterranean economic cooperation, organized and sponsored jointly by Ben-Gurion University and the Greek Institute of Middle Eastern Studies (IMSAM).
Publications (in Greek): Israel: Old-New Land, a booklet containing general information about Israel (culture, science, society, etc.) and about the special events expected to take place in Greece and Israel in honor of the jubilee; translation of the "Horizons" exhibition catalog; a booklet on Israeli film; a supplement about Israel in a major financial newspaper; a tourism supplement on Israel (taking advantage of the conference of the Association of Travel and Tourism Agents in Israel, to be held in Athens; see above)

  

BERN

Dec. 23, 1997

Hanukkah opening event

 

Independence Day

Festive reception

  

GENEVA

Dec. 23, 1997

Hanukkah opening event

 

Independence Day

Festive reception

 

April 1998

International book fair, with Israel as the country of honor

 
  

BONN

Dec. 13, 1997

Israel Week, including two exhibitions, lectures, and a performance by the Karmiel Dance Company

 

Dec. 23, 1997

Opening ceremony for the jubilee celebrations lighting of the first candle by the President of Germany in Munich

Bonn

Mar. 10, 1998

Performance of Yehuda Almagors The Dwarf, in the Pantheon

 

Mar. 16, 1998

Performance by the Cameri Theater of Family Story

Aachen

Feb. 5, 1998

Lecture: "If You Will It, It Is No Dream: On Utopian Planning in Altneuland," by Dr. Itta Heinde-Ginberg, at Aachen city hall, organized by the University of Aachen

Alzey

May 1998

Lecture in honor of the jubilee at city hall
Augsburg: Various activities are being planned for the Augsburg-Schweben Jewish museum.

Aurich

Mar. 8, 1998

Concert by the Jerusalem Great Synagogue choir
Exhibition in conjunction with ORT

 

May 1998

Exhibition: "Customs in the Everyday Lives of the Jews of the Low Countries"

 

July 23, 1998

Moran choir from Moshav Beit Yitzhak
Throughout the year, activities in conjunction with the twin city of Bat Yam

Baden-Baden

May 1998

Festive lecture on Israel by Avraham Steinberg, accompanied by a musical program

Bad Homburg

December 1997

"Akim" picture exhibition

 

May/June 1998

Symposium of small and medium enterprises in the friendship leagues in the region

Braunschweig

Mar. 4, 1998

Performance by the Gesher Theater

 

Mar. 1529, 1998

"Without Borders": Literary week dedicated to Israel readings by Israel authors. Exhibition: "Contemporary Israeli Art" from the Ramat Gan Museum

Bremen

 

Readings organized by Prof. Roschenthaler

 

November 1998

Israeli Dance Week

Celle

Mar. 1, 1998

Concert by the Great Synagogue choir

 

Jan. 25, 1998

Exhibition: "Contemporary Israeli Art" from the Ramat Gan Museum in the palace

Cottbus

 

Israel Week organized by the DIG

 

May 14, 1998

Performance of Yitzhak Bavels historical play The King, accompanied by an exhibition on the history of the State of Israel

Dessau

Jan. 27, 1998

Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony, with special attention to the establishment of the State of Israel as a Jewish state

 

Sept. 8, 1998

Festive performance in honor of the jubilee

Duren

 

The Popular University is planning a lecture on Israel.

Dusseldorf

Apr. 30, 1998

Party at the Swiss Hotel with the Sky High band

 

Sept. 6, 1998

Festive performance in honor of the jubilee

 

Aug. 20Sept. 19, 1998

Dance festival in the new dance hall of North RhineWestphalia. Participants: Liat Dror and Nir Ben-Gal, Batsheva Dance Company, Itim Dance Theater, dance workshops, musical performance of "Bustan," Vertigo, Kibbutz Dance Company

Dresden

Aug. 30, 1998

Festive performance in honor of the jubilee

Schloss Elmau bei Garmisch

 

Book week readings by Batya Gur, Yehoshua Kenaz, Yehudit Katzir films and reading by Etgar Keret

Emden

Mar. 1, 1998

Performance by the Batsheva Dance Company

 

Mar. 7, 1998

Performance by the Gesher Theater

 

Sept. 17, 1998

Festive performance in honor of the jubilee

Erfurt

 

Signing of a twin-cities pact between Haifa and Emden, accompanied by an artistic program

Essen

May 14, 1998

Opening of a photo exhibition at the old synagogue

 

MayJuly 1998

Lectures on various aspects of the development of the State of Israel and cooperation with the university, schools, and old synagogue. Interdisciplinary performances of Germany, Awake, organized by the Popular University

Esslingen

 

Israeli-German seminar for educators: "The Aims of Education in the Next Millennium"

Frankfurt

December 1998

Lecture by Prof. Chana Cotton: "Jerusalem during the Period of Roman Rule in Palestine"

Fulda

Spring 1998

"Literature in the Castle," with Israeli authors

Georgsmarienhutte

Summer 1998

Exchanges of Israeli and German artists, workshops

Gottingen

Mar. 7, 1998

Performance by the Batsheva Dance Company

 

Mar. 11, 1998

Performance by the Gesher Theater

Halle

Dec. 7

Opening of the exhibition "Peace in the Desert," by Ruth Levin, at the Moritzburg Museum

 

Nov. 68, 1998

Israeli film and theater days

Hamburg

Aug. 19, 1998

Opening of an exhibition of photographs by Micha Baram at the Springer publishing house

 

Aug. 19Sept. 12, 1998

International summer festival with the Batsheva Dance Company, Zik Theater, Divan band, Itim Dance Theater, three young choreographers (Barak Marshal, Yossi Agmon, and Inbal Pinto), Ilana Elya, Smadar Yaaron dancing, Bernando Montat French-German-Israeli cooperation, international dance evening "Israel: Its Meaning for the World", performances by many Israeli bands

Hameln

Feb. 26, 1998

Performance by the Batsheva Dance Company, films, exhibitions, readings

Hannover

Feb. 28, 1998

Opening concert by the Great Synagogue choir

 

Mar. 5, 1998

Performance by the Gesher Theater

 

Mar. 12 and 29, 1998

"Without Borders": readings by Batya Gur, Yehoshua Kenaz, and Benny Barabash

 

Sept. 2, 1998

Festive performance in honor of the jubilee

Hann.-Munden

May 1998

Exhibition by Ruth Shani: "Tel Aviv-Safed Paintings on Silk"

Heidelberg

Mar. 14 and 16, 1998

Performance by the Cameri Theater of Family Story

Heidenheim

Apr. 1930, 1998

"Shalom Israel" exhibition at city hall, lecture, dance troupe, and musical ensemble

Helmstedt

Mar. 4, 1998

Concert by the Jerusalem Great Synagogue choir

Hildesheim

Mar. 17, 1998

Performance by the Gesher Theater

Hochsauerlandkreis

May 1998

Exchanges of delegations with the Meggido Regional Council

Ingolstadt

 

Lectures and films at the Popular University

Kempten/Allgau

 

"Israel Yesterday and Today": essay contest organized by the Cologne Jewish community
"Akim" exhibition
Auction to raise funds, organized by the CologneTel Aviv Twin City Pact

 

Mar. 1617, 1998

Book week, with Benny Barabash, Etgar Keret, Yehudit Katzir, Sami Michael

 

Mar. 1421, 1998

The University of Cologne and the Theater Department are organizing an Israeli-German theater festival, with the participation of semiprofessional groups and an accompanying program.

 

Late autumn/winter

Showing of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Roman-German Museum

Krefeld

May 10Aug. 9, 1998

"Being There": exhibition by Zvi Goldstein at the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum

Leipzig

May 1998

Festive concert by the Hatikvah orchestra in the Ewandhaus

 

May 14, 1998

Festive Independence Day ceremonies in the Leipzig synagogue

Leverkusen

Sept. 10, 1998

Festive performance in honor of the jubilee; exhibitions and discussions

Limburgerhof

 

Exhibitions, seminars, films, lectures

Ludwigsburg

Dec. 14, 1997

Presentation of the book The Will to Go to the Holy City and screening of films in the old synagogue building in Freudental

 

Jan. 18, 1998

Celebration to mark the opening of a series of jubilee events in the old synagogue in Freudental

 

February 1998

Concert by Efrat Peled; art and coin exhibitions

 

Mar. 14, 1998

Concert by the Philharmonic Orchestra at the music festival in the Ludwigsburg Palace

Luneberg

Feb. 23, 1998

Performance by the Batsheva Dance Company

 

Mar. 1529, 1998

Literary evenings; see Braunschweig

Magdeburg

Dec. 11, 1997

Teachers seminar: "Israel at 50"

 

Mar. 11, 1998

"Israel at 50": lecture by Natan Schneider/Tel Aviv

 

July 1998

Israel Week. Exhibitions of Israeli pictures and films. "Contemporary Israeli Artists" exhibition at the Reg. Museum

 

Mar. 18, 1998

Opening of Israel Film Week

Mainz

May 19, 1998

Exhibition: Dorit Yaakobi, DIG

Mannheim

Jan. 14, 1998

Opening of the exhibition "The Missing Picture," in memory of Yitzhak Rabin. Readings, concert, and films organized by the Jewish community

 

Jan. 14, 1998

Exhibition: Ruth Horm

 

May 18, 1998

Discussion and concert by the Haifa Municipal Theater, organized by DIG

Moselfest

July 5, 1998

Concert: Giora Feidman and the Israeli Camerata Orchestra

Wochen

Sept. 20, 1998

Concert: Sharon Kam and the Orin Quartet

Mulheim

 

Lectures at the Popular University in cooperation with the twin city of Kefar Sava

Munich

Mar. 515, 1998

International Book Week, dedicated to Israel. Guests: Yehuda Amihai, Naim Areidi, Uri Avnery, Benny Barabash, Lev Brinsky, Daniela Carmi, Amos Elon, Batya Gur, A. B. Yehoshua, Yoram Kaniuk, Yehudit Katzir, Yehoshua Kenaz, Etgar Keret, Savyon Liebrecht, Mira Magen, Ronit Matlon, Sami Michael, Dorit Ravinian, Meir Shalev. Concurrent with the book week will be a series of Israeli films at the Museum of Cinema.

 

SeptemberOct. 26, 1998

Dance 98 Modern dance festival. Participants: Itim Theater, Kibbutz Dance Company, Liat Dror and Nir Ben-Gal, workshops with Amos Hertz, Batsheva Dance Company

Neuwied

May 15, 1998

Exhibition and lecture "Daily Life in Israel"

 

May 16, 1998

Jubilee celebrations organized by the Germany-Israel Friendship League

Nienburg

Mar. 6, 1998

Concert by the Jerusalem Great Synagogue choir

Nuremberg

Feb. 12Apr. 12, 1998

"Being There": exhibition by Zvi Goldstein

Offenbach

 

Exchanges of delegations with the twin city of Nahariyya

Oldenburg

Jan. 2325, 1998

"Leisure Time and Travel" tourism fair, with emphasis on Israel

 

Feb. 28, 1998

Performance by the Batsheva Dance Company

 

Sept. 3, 1998

Festive performance in honor of the jubilee

Osnabruck

Dec. 23, 1997

Candle-lighting in the market square

 

Mar. 9, 1998

Performance by the Batsheva Dance Company

Oy-Mittelberg

July-August 1998

(Seeking an Israeli folklore troupe)

Paderborn

 

Exhibitions, lectures, and discussions

Papenburg

 

Various events at the Popular University, with emphasis on Israel

Recklinghausen

 

Meeting of jurists at the Academy of Law, in conjunction with the Israel-Germany Jurists Organization. Additional events are being planned by the friendship league.

Rosenheim

Mid-July 1998

Beersheva Philharmonic Youth Orchestra

Schwerin

Feb. 17, 1998

Concert: Efrat Peled and Avri Levitan

Schwerte

May 2224, 1998

"50 Years: From the Socialist Idea to the Post-Zionist Reality": seminars on theater, film, and literature organized by the Catholic Academy kaleidoscope

Stade

Mar. 5, 1998

Performance by the Batsheva Dance Company

 

Mar. 13, 1998

Performance by the Gesher Theater

Trier

 

Exhibition: "Land Development and Afforestation." Exhibitions and lectures at the University of Trier

Ulzen

Mar. 4, 1998

Performance by the Batsheva Dance Company

Weimar

Jan. 15, 1998

Festive evening organized by the Friends of Israel Association in Weimar and Oldenburg

 

July 1998

Moran childrens choir from Beit Yitzhak

Wernigerode

October 1998

Events in honor of Israel will take place in the city over several months.

Wiesbaden

 

Exchanges of groups with the twin city of Kefar Sava

Wiesloch

 

Film Week in the film club in the city

Wilhelmshaven

Feb. 24, 1998

Performance by the Batsheva Dance Company

 

Mar. 13

Performance by the Gesher Theater

Witten

 

Various events are being planned.

Wittenberg

February 1998

Lecture by Moshe Zimmerman: "Turning Point in Israel"

 

Mar. 12, 1998

Lecture by Natan Schneider: "50 Years Where Has Israel Come To?"

Wolfsburg

Mar. 11, 1998

Concert by the Jerusalem Great Synagogue choir

 

Mar. 14, 1998

Performance by the Gesher Theater

Wuppertal

 

Various events are being planned.

Baden-Wurttemberg

 

In-service course for teachers on Holocaust education in schools, study tour, publication of a manual containing study topics on the jubilee as part of the series "Teaching and Learning," put out by the National Institute for Education and Teaching

Bavaria

Mar. 10end of April 1998

International Book Week in Bavaria will open in the city of Rosenheim with Israeli and German authors.

Brandenburg

 

Festive ceremony in the Landtag to open the jubilee events in the capital, Potsdam, with the participation of the heads of the state. Essay contest and dedication of class hours in school

Mecklenburg-Vorp.

 

Official ceremony in the Landtag and many additional programs

NRW

May 7, 1998

Opening of an exhibition of four young Israeli artists at the Science Ministry in Dusseldorf

 

May 28, 1998

Festive evening in the mission building in Bonn, with the participation of Johannes Rau and Israeli bands. "Building New Bridges": four nationwide competitions for children and teenagers

Saxony

Dec. 5, 1997

Festive evening in the Landtag in the presence of Minister-President Biedenkopf, with a musical program

Saxony-Anhalt

Dec. 4, 1997

Festive session of the Landtag in the presence of the heads of the state

 

 

Opening of the exhibition "From Vision to Life"; opening of an exhibition by six pupils who took part in youth exchanges with Israel

    
  

BERLIN

Dec. 13, 1997

Berlin: Festive concert sponsored by the Municipality of Wilhelmsdorf, with the earnings dedicated to planting trees in the Wilhelmsdorf grove in the twin city of Karmiel

 

Jan. 7, 1998

Gala "Musical Youth" concert by the Berlin Philharmonic, sponsored by the presidents of Germany and Israel and followed by a concert in Jerusalem

 

Jan. 7end of January 1998

Concurrent with the concert: opening of an exhibition at the Philharmonic: "From Vision to Life"

 

Feb. 15Mar. 1, 1998

Avri Levitan (viola) and Efrat Peled (piano)

 

Mar. 2, 1998

Gala concert at the Berlin Opera, with Liza Minelli

 

Mar. 18, 1998

Israel Week at the Academy of the Arts ADK

 

Mar. 1, 1998

Lecture by Shimon Peres as part of the Berliner Lektion

 

Mar. 1, 1998

Opening of an exhibition of photographs and documents: "Israel-German Relations," ADK

 

Mar. 1, 1998

The Gesher Theater will perform The Village at the Hebbel Theater.

 

Mar. 45, 1998

Theatrical performance: Crazy, Tel Aviv/Paris, at the HKW

 

Mar. 78, 1998

Discussion of current events and Israel-Germany relations

 

Mar. 14, 1998

Performance by three Israeli singing groups at a Berlin hotel

 

Mar. 2329, 1998

Readings by Israeli authors and poets at the Wannsee Literary Institute, with Yehuda Amihai, Ami Orr, Ruth Almog, Etgar Keret, Batya Gur, and Yoram Kaniuk

 

Independence Day (Apr. 30)

Direct broadcast of the celebrations at the Ramat Gan Stadium

 

May 7, 1998

Reception by the Israel Ambassador in Bonn, organized by the embassy

 

May 7, 1998

Opening of an exhibition of photographs by Micha Baram at the Springer publishing house, organized by the embassy

 

May 14, 1998

Central event of DIG-Germany. Concert by the new Israeli ensemble Musica Nova

 

May 17 and 19, 1998

Two concerts in honor of the jubilee at the Concert House and the Philharmonic, initiatives of the Association for the Promotion of Jewish Music

 

June 616, 1998

"Israel at 50: A Contemporary Look at the New Israeli Film": screening of films and meeting with Israeli directors and filmmakers. Sponsored by the Judische Volkshochschule.

 

Aug. 27, 1998

Main event at the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin, in the presence of the President of Germany and the Israel Ambassador to Bonn, organized by the embassy in Bonn

 

MarchNovember 1998

Film festival: "50 Years 50 Films" German Friends of the Cinematheque

 

Summer 1998

Komische Oper: Dance and song performance, with Esther Ofarim, Ofra Haza, and Hava Alberstein

 

August 1998

Silent Dance 98: Joint production by the Batsheva Dance Company and the Tolada Dance Company (Berlin)

Bernburg

 

"From Vision to Life" exhibition at the Bernburg Castle museum

Bielefeld

 

Main event with a musical program and a reception by the mayor and the DIG

  

BRUSSELS

Dec. 23, 1997

Hanukkah opening event

 

Independence Day

Festive reception

 

 

Salute to Israel Belgian artists

 

All year

Exhibitions

  

COPENHAGEN

Apr. 30, 1998

50th Independence Day celebrations

 

Apr. 2527, 1998

Israeli artists to be invited to the Tivoli. Among the participants are the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, Yusuf Wahad, and Pablo Ariel.
Annual conference of friendship leagues to mark the jubilee

 

April 1998

Seminar on the Middle East
Traveling information exhibitions.
Study tour of Israel for media people who deal with the Middle East
Trip to Israel by members of friendship leagues and fighters in the Danish underground in World War II

  

DUBLIN

Dec. 23, 1997

Hanukkah opening event

 

Independence Day

Reception with a concert by Israeli artists
Production of special publications
Exhibitions

     
  

THE HAGUE

Dec. 23, 1997

Ceremony of lighting the first Hanukkah candle and opening the jubilee celebrations in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Speaker of Parliament, and mayor of the Hague

 

Feb. 26, 1998

Yad Vashem ceremony to award Righteous among the Nations citations to 17 Dutch citizens

 

Apr. 21, 1998

Giant concert by the Holland Choir in the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam

 

Apr. 26, 1998

Appearance by Chief Rabbi Lau in the Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam

 

Apr. 29, 1998

Jewish community event in honor of the jubilee

 

Apr. 30, 1998

Festive Independence Day concert

 

May 3, 1998

Opening of the Jewish Music Festival in honor of the jubilee
Special edition of the prestigious literary monthly De Tweede Ronde in the second half of 1998
Jubilee supplements in the newspapers Het Parool and Haagsche Courant, and many television channels (including Avro and EO), RTL, TROS. Supplements/special broadcast days are planned for the entire jubilee year.

 

February 1998

Special edition of the monthly newsletter for elementary-school teachers, to include information and suggestions for teaching about the jubilee year

  

HELSINKI

Dec. 23, 1997

Opening of the jubilee celebrations with a ceremony in the Jewish community to light the first Hanukkah candle in the presence of the President of Finland
Finland-Israel Interparliamentary Friendship League: The chairman of the Israeli league, MK Modi Sandberg, is invited to Finland to mark the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel.
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem, Finnish Division: Jerusalem mayor Ehud Olmert is invited to Finland to mark the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel.
Finnish Friends of Israel Association: Reuma Weizman, the wife of the President of Israel, is invited to Finland to mark the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel.
Finnish Writers Association: An Israeli author is invited to visit Finland on a lecture tour to mark the 50th anniversary of the State of Israel.

 

Independence Day

Especially big reception to mark Israels jubilee
Gala concert by the Lahti symphony orchestra: Salute to Israel at 50
Preparation of a special supplement to be distributed with the leading Finnish newspaper on Independence Day
Finland-Israel Friendship League: schedule of cultural events in the periphery to mark the 50th anniversary of Israeli independence
Jewish community: special cultural evening in honor of Israels jubilee
Articles and broadcasts on Israels jubilee in the media

  

THE HOLY SEE

Dec. 23, 1997

As part of the opening of the jubilee celebrations, two senior officials Cardinal Cassidy, the head of the Commission for Religious Ties with Judaism (as the Popes personal representative), and Monsignor Tauran, the Foreign Minister of the Vatican will take part in the ceremony of lighting the first Hanukkah candle, to be held in the Vatican Gardens (next to the olive tree from Jerusalem that was planted there in June 1994 on the first anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the State of Israel). Other people have also been invited, including cardinals and rectors of Catholic universities.

 

Jan. 18, 1998

Cultural event with the ambassador in the city of Fano

 

February 1998

"By Bread Alone" exhibition at Urbaniani University in Rome. The idea is to have the exhibition travel to similar universities afterwards.
Study day/seminar for Jewish-Christian friendship leagues to mark the jubilee.
"Israel at 50" exhibition: The main opening event of the exhibition will include a concert/cultural event. In the planning stages.
Performances by the klezmer musician Shmuel Ahiezer. At least one of the concerts will be held in cooperation with the academic institution of the Vatican that deals with church music.
Stamp exhibition on Jerusalem in Rome and through Italy with the help of Christian organizations and Jewish-Christian friendship leagues.
Three-way exhibition of Jewish manuscripts: An exhibition of ancient Jewish manuscripts to include displays from three sources: the Vatican library, the library of the Jewish community in Rome, and the National Library in Jerusalem.
In the city of Brescia, in northern Italy, a local (Christian) artist has prepared a giant painting of a Jerusalem landscape that he intends to donate to the city of Jerusalem to have it placed in a public institution in the city (apparently a school).
Ladino music concert in cooperation with the Spanish embassy to the Vatican.

 

Independence Day

Big concert and reception.
Seminar on antisemitism in cooperation with the Holy See or a Catholic academic institution.
Round of appearances in Italy by an expert on archaeology who will tell of recent discoveries in the Christian holy places, including the discovery of the kathisma near Bethlehem.

  

LISBON

Dec. 23, 1997

Hanukkah opening event

 

Independence Day

Festive reception
Rally concert and band
Israel Week in Lisbon and elsewhere in Portugal
Newspaper supplements
Israeli films
Traveling exhibitions from Israel

  

LONDON

Dec. 23, 1997

Hanukkah opening event

 

Independence Day

Festive reception

 

Jan. 28, 1998

Philharmonic Orchestra

 

 

Reading of eight Israeli plays at the National Theatre
Performance of Yuval Tals opera The Park by the Thameside Opera

 

May 1998

Focus program on Israeli dance at Dance City in Newcastle and London

 

May 1998

Israeli piano trio in Prestin and traveling around Britain

 

 

Gesher Theater

 

May 1998

Wembley Arena (week of events)

 

Independence Day

Wembley Arena festive performance music, dance, and lyrics, produced by Dan Almagor

 

 

Soccer game between a London team and the Israeli national team
Events in the main peripheral cities: 510 cities.

        
  

MADRID

Dec. 23, 1997

Hanukkah opening event

 

Independence Day

Festive reception
Main events in Madrid and Barcelona with an Israeli dance troupe and a singer
Traveling exhibitions
Television programs
Israel Week in a Madrid department store

  

NICOSIA

Dec. 23, 1997

Conference of Mashav alumni over the years. The conference will be held in the Ambassadors residence and will be the opening event of the jubilee events in Cyprus, in the presence of the President of Cyprus.

 

Late March 1998

Visit by the directors-general of the coordination bureau of economic organizations and a seminar on Israel, relations between the two countries, and regional economic aspects. The matter is being coordinated with the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce

 

Independence Day

Performance by an Israeli folklore troupe at the festive reception. The troupe will also perform elsewhere in Nicosia and in peripheral cities.
Publication of newspaper supplements in both the general press and the financial press reflecting the 50 years of the State of Israel

 

June 1998

Solidarity trip to Israel by 450 members of the Friendship League and their families, along with high-ranking officials from the Administration and the House of Representatives
Re-establishment of the monument in memory of the clandestine immigrants active in Cyprus in the pre-State years. The subject is being coordinated with the Friendship League.
Visit by the mayor of Paphos to the mayors conference in Israel

 

June 1998

"Vibrant Israel" photo exhibition in Nicosia and other cities

 

June 1998

Meeting of US and Latin American Jewish leaders in Cyprus on their way to Israel. The community leaders will visit the sites of camps in which clandestine immigrants were held on the island.

 

SeptemberOctober 1998

Joint classical music concert by Israeli and Cypriot musicians. This event will be the climax of the cultural events in Cyprus for the jubilee year. It will consist of a festive concert in Nicosia and another concert in Limasol.
Israel Film Week, to be held in Cyprus for the first time.
Production of special publications in Greek for the jubilee.

 

November 1998

Trade exhibition of Israeli products at the International Exhibition Center in Nicosia.
Festive Top Importer award ceremony
Embassy participation, by means of an El Al booth, in the annual tourism fair in Cyprus.
Organization of an Israeli booth at the international trade fair in Cyprus.

  

OSLO

MarchApril 1998

Workshop on documentary films on Israeli society, to be held on the big campuses in Oslo, Bergen, and Trondheim

 

Apr. 30, 1998

A "Salute to Israel" event sponsored by friends of Israel in Norway Christian organizations, friendship leagues, and the Jewish community will take place in the concert hall in Oslo on Independence Day.

 

May 13, 1998

"Salute to the Jubilee" event by friends of Israel in the Christian Democratic party over the years
The embassy plans to hold a concert and reception together with or within a few days of the big salute.

 

June 1998

Event sponsored by the Israel-Norway Chamber of Commerce, to include hosting of a delegation of Israel businesspeople

 

JulyAugust 1998

Festive reception in Iceland in conjunction with the honorary consul of Israel and our friends on the island
Israel Film Week in cinemas outside Oslo
Workshops on Israeli literature and song in conjunction with the Norwegian Writers Association.

  

PARIS

SeptemberDecember 1998

"Israeli Season":
Music Approximately 15 concerts in Paris and traveling shows in Paris, Lyons, and Marseilles
Dance Approximately 10 performances in Paris and traveling dance troupes in Paris, Lyons, Montpellier, Lille, Rennes, and other locations: five troupes will perform in these cities.
Theater: Four Israeli theaters in a round of performances in Paris, Marseilles, and Aix-en-Provence, and a joint production in Strasbourg
Plastic arts: Exhibitions in Montpellier, Reims, Lyons, Bordeaux (2 exhibitions), Marseilles (2), Aix-en-Provence (group exhibition and individual exhibition), Sete, Quimper, Paris (7 exhibitions in public places and private galleries), and Chateauroux

  • Invitations to two artists to teach and two to create works of art
  • Symposia and collaboration between French and Israeli art journals
  • Publicity bus for plastic-arts exhibitions

    Design and architecture: Exhibition, realization of three models by Bezalel students and presentation of these models in the Nauto gallery in Paris; collaboration between schools of architecture

    Photography: Two exhibitions in Paris, one in Aix-en-Provence, and one in Marseilles

    Film: Reconstruction of an Israeli film; collaboration between film schools; Poitiers student festival; screening of Israeli films in Montpellier, Marseilles, Aix-en-Provence, Lyons, Toulouse, Paris, Strasbourg, and Bordeaux. Waiting for additional approvals.

    Literature and poetry: Five weeks of literature and poetry in Paris, Bordeaux and surrounding towns, Aix-en-Provence, and Marseilles; workshops, lecture series, discussion of childrens literature

    Discussion regarding preparation of special projects on social integration, medicine, computers, and education

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    MARSEILLES

    December 1997

    Ben-Gurion event (three exhibitions, three artistic events, two discussions, two lectures, films, etc.)
    Lighting of Hanukkah candles (on Dec. 28)

     

    February 1998

    Delegation of seven heads of religions

     

    April 1998

    Documentary Film Week, supplement or series of articles on Israel, Israeli Book Week

     

    Apr. 30, 1998

    Independence Day

     

    May 1998

    Exhibition of front pages from the world press on or around the day Israel declared its independence. Visit by the mayor with a financial delegation

     

    Late May 1998

    Basketball tournament in Antibes

     

    June 1998

    Sailing salute to Israel
    Two soccer games: in Marseilles and in Monaco.

      

    ROME

    Dec. 23, 1997

    Hanukkah opening event

     

    Independence Day

    Festive reception

     

    May 1998

    Large main event in Rome and performances around Italy

      

    STOCKHOLM

    Dec. 23, 1997

    Opening event lighting of the first Hanukkah candle in the central hall of the Jewish community in the presence of one of the senior government minister

     

    Jan. 18, 1998

    Concert by the citys symphony orchestra, Jonkping, with Israeli violinist Guy Braunstein and conductor Menachem Nebenhaus

     

    March 1998

    Literary seminar with two Israeli women authors

     

    April 1998

    Cultural seminar with two Israeli authors Anton Shamosh and Sami Michael

     

    Apr. 26, 1998

    Main event in the municipal auditorium (where the Nobel Prize ceremony is held each year) in the presence of Prime Minister Goran Persson. The program will include artistic elements and the participation of well-known Swedish artists.
    Premiere of the play Gan Ricki, by David Grossman.

     

    May 1998

    Israel Week, organized by the Swedish Free Church Council.

     

     

    Keren Hayesod is also planning a series of events, including a festive dinner at the Ambassadors residence on Jan. 29 with MK Amnon Rubinstein, a multimedia performance at the opening of its fundraising drive on Jan. 31, concerts at the Great Synagogue, two plays connected to the jubilee by the Jewish theater, and a repeat broadcast of the opening event at Teddy Stadium on May 3. In May the Friendship League will conduct various activities, both on the national level at the annual conference and in the local branches Malmo and Vasteras.
      

    VIENNA

     

    Exhibition on Israels 50th anniversary at the Historical Art Museum
    Concert by the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in conjunction with the radio

     

    MayJune 1998

    Special concerts in the Musikverein (May 28) and Konzerthaus (June 9)
    Concert of Jewish and Israeli music
    Cultural events in cooperation with the Austrian Broadcasting Authority Department of Science and Culture

     

    June 1998

    "Salute to Israel" event by the Maccabi movement
    Israel film week

     

    August 1998

    Performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in Vienna
    Main "Salute to Israel" event in Austria Center
    "Birth of Israel" exhibition in the Federal Assembly building
    Special issues of the Jewish newspapers in Vienna dedicated to Israel
    Event in the Jewish school, including a quiz about Israel
    Symposia of the Hebrew University and Tel Aviv University friendship societies
    Festive conference of the Austria-Israel Friendship Society
    Festive session of the Parliamentary Friendship Society
    Israel Day in the Jewish community
    Special Purim party organized by WIZO
    Exhibition of Israeli postage stamps

     

    May 1998

    Israeli Culture Week
    "Salute to Israel" event by Hashomer Hatzair
    Israeli art exhibition in the Jewish museum
    Event marking Austrias role in immigration to Israel