The Opening of the Sydney Olympic Games

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
September 7, 2000

A cultural festival will be held during the Sydney Olympic Games which will officially open on September 15. Israel will be represented at a number of special events, most of which have been organized and coordinated through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit will be displayed at the National Gallery of New South Wales – the host of the games.

On September 25, a special musical evening will take place at the same gallery, which will be devoted to Israeli music, with the accompaniment of local ethnic musical instruments.

The Albert Einstein exhibit, under the auspices of the Hebrew University, will be displayed at the Sydney Jewish Museum (148 Darlinghurst Road).

On September 18, an Israel Day will be held at the Samsung Pavilion in the Olympic Park, commencing at 10:00 in the morning. Israel is one of fifteen states that has been chosen to stage a national day. In the course of the day, there will be live musical appearances by Israeli artists, video screenings, exhibitions and the distribution of souvenirs. At 19:00, the athletes of the Israeli delegation will be presented to the audience.

Further details may be obtained at the Israeli Consulate in Sydney, which will be at the disposal of Israeli visitors during the Olympic games. The following numbers may be contacted, where necessary:

Calls from Israel:

Emergency: 00-61-2-402-136106
Regular: 00-61-2-2-92647933
Fax: 00-61-2-2-92902259

Local calls:

Emergency: 0402-136106
Regular: 02-92647933
Fax: 02-92902259

Address of the Consulate:

37 York St., 6th floor,
Sydney N.S.W 2000

The Jewish community is ready to host visitors at a number of centers. Complete information may be found on the following Internet site:

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