Thursday, August 31, 2006

Book Meme Into the Funny Farm

1. Name one book that changed your life:
Finding the Love that You Want by Harville Hendrix

2. One book you've read more than once:
Hmmm. When I was a Kindergarten and First Grade teacher I read lots of books over and over, but I am not sure I've read any "adult" books more than once. Wait, I read Gone With the Wind at least twice because I did an independent study on it in college. My paper ended up being 60 pages of sexual references: Rhett as a sexual predator. Scarlet as a harlot. God helps sinners who help themselves. Etc. It was fun to write and my prof LOVED it.

3. One book you'd want on a desert island:
How to Get of a Desert Island Alive for Dummies.

4. One book that made you laugh:
Like Yael, I loved A Confederacy of Dunces. It's hilarious but really powerful too. I laughed out loud during parts of To Kill a Mockingbird - that part where Scout's dressed as a ham and falls down tickles me! Anything by David Sedaris is a good laugh and I enjoyed How I Learned to Snap by Kirk Read.

5. One book that made you cry:
Wilfrid Gordon Mcdonald Partridge kills me every time I read it. Kills me.

6. One book you wish you'd written:
Anything on Oprah's list - I wouldn't be writing this blog though - I'd be off being rubbed down by handsome tanned men that don't speak my language - hey, wait a minute...

7. One book you wish had never been written:
Yael said Faulker. I can't believe it. Blasphemy! I don't have any myself.


8. One book you're currently reading:
Just finished 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Improve Their Lives. Started a new one, but I am not going to share.


9. One book you've been meaning to read:
Outwitting History (I have a long list of "to read".)

10. Tag five people:
Nope. Not gonna play. This meme dies here. I'm living on the edge, I know. Tfu, tfu, tfu!

Frog Legs

The other day I went shopping at Hanes and bought some new "training" pants (that's what they call sweat pants here) and tank tops. I bought a green pair that I love. When I took the tags off this morning before I put them on I read the color - צפרדע - frog. I now have frog legs - and I love it!

Sorry for the fuzzy pic - I caught Y on his way to work and made him take it. I don't know if you can see the dark circles under my eyes but I've been up since 3:00 this morning. That's the reason for all the blogging. There's not much you can do in a small apartment with others are sleeping. I blogged, did yoga, and drank coffee.

Where to Go?!

Y and I and I need to make some decisions about where to go during the hagim. (For those of you non-Jews or Israelis the hagim means holidays. It refers to Rosh Hashanah Sept 22-24, 2006, Yom Kippur Oct 1-2, 2006, and Sukkot Oct 6-13, 2006 - do we count Simchat Torah too?) Anyway, there are a lot of holidays coming up and we're ready for a break.

Y and I are considering Barcelona or Prague. If you have been to either place and have concrete recommendations, we'd love to hear them. By concrete recommendations I mean things like - Stay here it's great! Don't stay there - it sucks! Eat here. Don't waste time there. Etc.

Feel free to leave your thoughts in a comment here or email me at shalomisraelblog[at]gmail[dot]com.

I'm a Hurricane!

My mother would be so proud! Hurricane John!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Grey's Anatomy

I really like Grey's Anatomy. It's been playing on the Yes cable network here in Israel. Thank God for TV distribution.

Last night I watched the latest episode. We're behind the US - so don't leave comments giving away details. No spoilers please! :) Anyway, it's the episode where this guy gets bazooka ammo stuck in his chest and there is a lot of drama around getting it out - he lives, a woman gives birth, people have sex. What more could you want from a hour of TV?!

I notice lots of inconsistencies in TV and movie making. At one point in this episode Meredith's lip gloss wears off while her hand is stuck inside the guy along with the bomb. After the commercial break her lips are red and shiny again. I mean, I know it's TV - but I notice little things like that.

Toward the end of the episode, the bomb explodes while a guy from the bomb squat carries it off to dispose of it. You see the explosion and at one point his empty bulletproof vest goes flying through the air. Today I went with my friend J to eat a late lunch in downtown Jerusalem. While we were sitting there, I kept thinking back to that episode - the horror of the explosion. There have been many homicide bombings in a 2 block radius from where I sat for lunch. I thought about that for a minute and imagined what that must have been like. The visual from Grey's Anatomy helped me really connect with the power of these explosions.

Thank God that there haven't been many homicide bombings here lately. (Knock on wood, tfu tfu, tfu, salt over the shoulder, etc.) We've been busy dealing with a different type of war and its aftermath. I'm still gradually coming to terms with where I live and what that means.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

More Hot PC Updates

First of all, it's 4:50AM. Why am I awake?! I had to get up to go to the bathroom at 3:30 and haven't been able to go back to sleep. I finally gave up and, well, here I am. Ugh! Maybe a nap this afternoon?

A couple of months ago, I decided to get into this skype and google talk thing. It's loads of fun and a great way to stay in touch with friends and family all over the globe. Word to friends and family - sign up and add me. It's fun. Really.

Anyway, you need a microphone and headphones to do the chatting. I went shopping. I looked at a few headsets at Bug. I bought one (the cheapest) and headed home to try it out.

I took it out of the box and laughed out loud when I finally noticed the image on the packaging. The package was one of those impossible to open plastic sealed jobs - the headphones were in front and there was a printed piece of paperboard with the specs behind it. Here's a photo of it:
Yes, there was a naked muscle man inside the headset box. Apparently, my decision was influenced by a deeper force. What does this naked man have to do with headsets? What's he looking at back there? The world may never know.

Here are some things I made in Photoshop last week - my name in flames:



My name in bling:

Monday, August 28, 2006

Everything Possible

I recently read this song by Fred Small that was published in the book 10 Smart Things Gay men Can Do to Improve Their Lives. I like it.

Everything Possible By Fred Small

We have cleared off the table, the leftovers saved
Washed the dishes and put them away
I have told you a story and tucked you in tight
At the end of your knockabout day
As the moon sets its sails to carry you to sleep
Over the midnight sea
I will sing you a song no one sang to me
May it keep you good company

You can be anybody you want to be
You can love whomever you will
You can travel any country where your heart leads
And know I will love you still
You can live by yourself, you can gather friends around
You can choose one special one
And the only measure of your words and deeds
Will be the love you leave behind when your done

There are girls who grow up strong and bold
There are boys quiet and kind
Some race on ahead, some follow behind
Some go in their own way and time
Some women love women, some men love men
Some raise children, some never do
You can dream all the day never reaching the end
Of everything possible for you

Don't be rattled by names, by taunts, by games
But seek out spirits true
If you give your friends the best part of yourself
They will give the same back to you.

Saturday, August 26, 2006

Cookin' on the Computer

A few days ago, I was complaining to a friend about how hot my laptop gets sometimes. I have a Dell Inspiron 6000 (love it, btw!) and it warms up mainly under the right side of the keyboard after extended periods of use. It the winter it makes for a nice hand warmer. Right now though, when I am blogging in my boxers because it's so hot, I want to reduce the amount of heat near me as much as possible. My friend said that she saw a "cooling pad" for laptops at her local Office Depot (Yes, we have Office Depot in Israel.)

I talked to CK and Laya about it too. CK said that he's seen pictures on the internet of people cooking eggs on their computers. I believed him because I believe everything that CK says. But I wanted to see for myself and looked it up on the internet - THE source for truth. They said that Esther uses a cooling pad too.

Anyway, here's a link to a guy frying eggs in his CPU and a picture of it:

There's also an post on the internets where a guy cooks an egg on the underside of his MacBook. Now, I that guy has a lot of free time...

I headed to Office Depot and bought a cooling pad for myself. Here's a picture of a similar model. Mine has three fans instead of two.

It actually works pretty well for keeping my computer cool and it's really quiet. So, I am happy. I also read up on the Dell laptop battery recall and mine hasn't been recalled. With less heat and no fire, I'm one cool blogger.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Groovin' Kitty

This post is for Yael.
Cats
Hat tip to Sam. Get your own kitty here.

Monday, August 21, 2006

Jackie Chan Karate Chops Bird Flu

I've seen this UNICEF commercial on TV twice. I need to turn off the TV. This commercial is creepy-funny. Jackie Chan is hanging out with a bunch of kids and talking to them about the dangers of sick chickens while they make origami birds. Watch it here. Laugh, grin, and/or roll your eyes for yourself.

Rehavia Turtles

On my way home from my favorite makolet (mini-market) in the world, Feel Box, I saw a small turtle crawling on the sidewalk. It wasn't trying to go into the road but it was close, so I picked it up and put in the garden of the house it was walking past. I put in back the direction it was going - because I read somewhere that's what you're supposed to do.

Here's what the turtle I found looked like:

This turtle is called the "Golden Greek" or the Middle Eastern Spur-thigh Tortoise. Their populations have declined in Israel with the rise of development. Cats are also a major predators - eating eggs and young. Yet another important reason to control the cat population in Israel.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

New New Zionism

I am convinced that the cornerstone of Israel's future success as a Jewish state depends on education of her people. Israel must rise to the challenge presented by the world and excel in every way. We must push ahead with advances in every industry. Those advances need to become an integral part of life for people everywhere - making the importance of Israel an undeniable fact and her security a security interest for everyone.

These advances don't just spring up over night. There is already a strong tradition of educational excellence in Israel. However, it's not enough. We need continued investments in Israel's education system to ensure future generations of intellectual excellence. Y's brother will start teaching this fall and he has almost 40 children in his class! Reducing class size is a wonderful place to start. Increasing enrollment at our universities while reducing class size, funding research, paying scholars more, demanding academic excellence, and high levels of workforce training are all great ideas.

We already pay an incredible amount in taxes here in Israel, so I don't think that's where we can find the money. There is an terribly wasteful bureaucracy that is like a lead weight drowning us and keeping aspects of the government stuck in 1948. We need reform legislation and meaningful performance reviews to streamline the government and reduce waste. Use of technology and the internet may increase savings as well. It's time to end the culture of "Well, that's the way we do it here." or "That's how it's done in Israel." We need to really examine ourselves and decide if if can be done better - because it's important that we dedicate resources to where they're needed most.

What's the point of standing in line at a government office, that's over air conditioned, filling out loads of printed forms only to get a cold shoulder?! I think that just an accounting of energy waste would be revealing. All government rooms need to be regulated at a set temperature - no individual adjustments or personal heaters. When rooms are vacant, lights need to be turned off. One volunteer team in each government building needs to be established to develop ways to conserve in that building and then implement those ideas. Someone need to be responsible each day for turning off the AC, the lights, and making sure that the faucets are all closed.

I am not naive enough to think that huge amounts of money can be saved this way. The mind set that it's important to work toward a long term victory by putting our resources to work where it really makes a difference is the goal here. Education that leads to vital technological advances in a variety of fields is one of those key goals.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

I'm Melting!

My goodness, it's hot! For the past couple of days, we've really been having a heat wave here. I guess that's what happens in the Middle East in the summer. It's almost 10:00 and it's already roasting here. Today's high is 93 degrees then it'll be 93, 95, 95, and 96 on Thursday! Here's the thing - we don't have air conditioning. Generally it's nice enough in Jerusalem that you don't need AC. The weather here (except for the 3 months of winter) is one of the best things about Jerusalem.

Today we're going to Y's parent's house. They have a swimming pool and AC, so we'll be ok today. For the rest of the week I think that I am going to just go hang out in cafes with AC and work.

Sorry for the lack of blogging. I am still in love with Photoshop and I've had fun teaching myself all kinds of neat things this week. My friend Sam has been a big help with the learning curve. He has his own PC service business. You can check it out at http://pciam.com. His website has lots of good free advice too. One of the things that Sam shared with me this week is a website with tons of free, neat fonts. Check out Urban Fonts.

When I was searching for an image of the wicked witch, there were lots of sites selling candles in the shape of the wicked witch. Get it?! I'm melting! I'm melting!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Let's Do the Time Warp Again!

Thanks to a very kind, generous friend I have Photoshop on my machine now and spent yesterday playing with it. I've figured out how to remove dust spots that attacked my pictures from Georgia. There was dust inside my camera and a little UFO appeared in all of the pictures from that trip. The dust has magically disappeared from my lens, thank goodness. The goal with Photoshop is to make a new fancy blog header but the learning curve is steep. I like being a expert with something right out of the box and photoshop isn't like that. I am finding tutorials and going through them - learning skills one at a time. I am not sure if it's a time warp or suck - either way I've spent a lot of time playing around.

Last night I met Robbie from Because I'm In My Twenties and It's What You Do. He's a great guy and we launched right in to solving the world's problems. Meeting bloggers is fun, right Nominally Challenged, Savtadotty, Lisa, Xta, Celestial Blue, Robbie, Matt, Jacob, Esther, Mobius, Sam, S, Harry, Yael, Adam, Shutterfool, and CK, Laya and Michael?!

Switching gears, I put up lots of my pictures from Georgia on Flickr. Believe it or not, I actually have more pics than what I posted here on the blog - remember those long posts with lots of pics?! Anyway, I tagged them and yesterday this guy and his friend found me added me as a contact on Flickr. They're Georgian and have incredible images from Georgia on their flickr pages like these:


You can get to their images buy clicking on the images in the header of this blog and clicking on my contacts in Flickr or just go here and here. One of those guys stole my hat too! Check 'em out and you'll see what I mean.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Disturbing!

I found this picture on Flickr and though it was really disturbing (but maybe a good idea?!).

Sunday, August 13, 2006

It's My Birthday

For me today marks the end/beginning of another trip around the Sun. I just went to my post from last year and frankly, I am much happier, healthier, and more hopeful than I was a year ago. That's wonderful because I wasn't that bad off then!

I've started to receive cute and loving b-day wishes - cards and emails. It's so lovely to be remembered!

Yesterday I went to Y's parent's house and we swam and ate lunch together - delicious fun. Y's mom bought me a spa day at the David Citadel Hotel with breakfast, a massage, and a pool pass. She got one for Y too so that I won't be lonely! :) I got a card from my mom that said fun packages are on the way - gifts from the US! Yeah!

Last year I did a list inspired by David over at Treppenwitz of things that I want the world to know. I am pondering my list of 29 things!

In celebration of my big day, the peace lilly that I have been caring for since I moved to Israel decided to bloom. I've had these plants before, but I've never been able to get them to bloom again. I guess this one is getting the right food and light.


While I am uploading pictures, check out this one from the other night. It's the moon coming up over the apartment building across the street. It was amazingly bright. Earlier in the evening it was huge and orange and I saw it rise right over the Tower of David from where I was having dinner.

I chatted with Savtadotty last night and she's in the running for the best new blog name: Show and Tel Aviv. I have also been considering Kiss and Tel Aviv. So put your thinking caps on and help me come up with a name. I don't know if I want it to be limited to Tel Aviv...so think Israel in general....hmmm.

Friday, August 11, 2006

Hitting Home

I've mentioned my friend S a couple of times on this blog. She writes Shirat Hasirena. We chat online everyday and have become good friends over the past few months. We're the same age, went to the same university (GO HEELS!) and even grew up near each other. Despite all of that, we only met through the internet after we moved to Israel!

Yesterday, my dear friend S got sad news. One of her friends was killed in the conflict with Hezbullah. Go to Shirat Hasirena to read more about it.

I haven't fully processed how this feels for me. It makes me sad, angry, frustated - and definitely makes clear the fact that I live in a country at war.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Help Name My New Blog Contest!

I've had this blog for almost two years! It all started way back in October of 2004. Over time I've seen how I blog, what I like to blog about, and what the limits of this blog are. Part of the issues include formatting - I am not really happy with blogspot. I want tags, categories, etc. Other issues are more personal. I want my own URL too.

So, we are (once we find an apartment!) moving to the big city, Tel Aviv. I thought that it'd be a great time to start a new blog and change everything - including the name.

What's in a name?

Well, I've got an idea for a name that I am pretty sold on. (I am not going to mention it here until I register the URL.) Every time I mention it to someone, they giggle and smile. However, the name doesn't fully represent me and who I am. But does any name really do that? Ugh!

So, if your a regular reader and have some ideas - leave me some comments for good names... or even suggestions for aspects I could include in a name. Just brainstorm and be creative. I'll appreciate all suggestions - and if I pick your idea I'll take you out for coffee if you're in Israel or I'll send you something from the Holy Land if you're not. Thanks!

World Pride Guide: Final Update (Aug 10, 11, 12)

AUG 10

COMMUNITY CONFERENCE

World Congress of LGBT Jews/Keshet Ga’avah Mini-conference, 09:00-13:30

Dan Panorama Hotel, 39 Keren Hayesod St., Jerusalem

09:30-10:30

Gender variations in Mishnah

10:40-12:00

Jewish, queer, a camera in the hand and a script in mind

12:10-13:30

“Queer with guns: what can the US learn from the Israeli experience?”

PROTEST AGAINST HATRED

Across the street facing Liberty Bell Park, 18:00-20:00

Continuing to live - Continuing to love

As a result of the current hostilities in the region, the Jerusalem WorldPride march has been postponed. We hope and pray together with our colleagues and supporters around the world for a near end to hostilities and suffering in the region.

Even at these trying times, the struggle for equality, human rights, and a progressive LGBT community in Jerusalem is relevant and necessary. During the time that the Pride March was supposed to be held, the JOH, along with other human rights organizations, will hold a protest-rally against the incitement, oppression and violence towards the LGBT community. We will continue to defend the principles we have always promoted: peace, tolerance, and respect for diversity in all its forms.

It is essential for us to express publicly our outrage against the hate campaign targeting our community in a peaceful manner. We ask from all of those who wish to join in this protest to stand quietly and respectfully in line with the JOH staff, in order to avoid altercations with the local authorities.

OFFICIAL WORLDPRIDE PARTY

At HaOman17, Talpiyot, Jerusalem,

· DJ Yuval Zach will spin until the early hours of the morning.

· Oral presentation followed by performances by Korin Al-al and Dana Berger,. 20:00

· Performances by Funk´n´Stein, the band hosting Sha’anan Streett (HaDag Nahash), 23:00

AUG 11

SPIRITUALITY

Shabbat Service, Beit Shmuel roof

18:00

6 Eliyahu Shama St., Jerusalem, 02-6203456

At sunset we will meet on the roof of Bet Shmuel to welcome in the Shabbat with a Shabbat service and celebration in the best of Open House tradition, with the UJA – Federation of New York - Partnership 2000.”

FILM FESTIVAL

C.R.A.Z.Y

Cinema 1, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, Jerusalem, 02-5654333

14:00

A father and son collide over the son’s sexual orientation (Jean-Marc Vallee, Canada, 2005, 125 min. French, Subtitles in Hebrew).

ART

“I Love You”

Barbur Gallery, 6 Shirizali St., Jerusalem, 10:00-14:00, 054-7232866, (see Sunday’s schedule for details).

Exhibit dealing with the themes of transgender spirituality, space and time,

Dayla, 4 Shlom Tsion Ha´malka, 02-6234233, 10:00-14:00, (see Monday’s schedule for details).

Eli Vardi presenting,

Bayit Katan, 80 Baka Hevron Rd., 02-6714888.

9:00- 14:00

Award-winning Israeli artist presenting homoerotic paintings and drawings

MUSIC

Balkan Beat Box

Yellow Submarine, 13 Harechavim St., Talpiot, Jerusalem, 22:30, NIS 70-80, 02-6794040

BBB are Tamir Muskat and Ori Kaplan, joined by the gifted musicians/composers Itamar Ziegler, Dana Leong, Tomer Yosef and other great musicians. Both Tamir and Ori have been active for a decade in NYC´s premier underground bands like Firewater, Gogol Bordello, J.U.F, Big Lazy, Shot´nez, Victoria Hanna. Collaborating with VJ´s and MC-Vocalist, Percussionist Tomer Yosef, the BBB show comes to life.

NIGHTLIFE

Rishponashim celebrates WorldPride, Club Feeling,

Yarkonim Junction (15 minutes Northeast of Tel Aviv), NIS 75-85, 052-2592876, 054-5642321

22:30 Rishponashim line of women´s parties, celebrates WorldPride with a women´s party featuring food and gay products stands, unlimited alcohol and guest appearances including "Margol,” for women 18 and up.

Gays n´ Roses - 24:00, HaOman 17, 88 Abarbanel St., Tel Aviv, FFF Party Line presents 14 hours marathon, 80-120NIS

Gay Terminal - 24:00, The Dome, 19 Hatsefirah St., Tel Aviv, DJ Party, 80-140NIS

AUG 12

SOCIAL

Forever Young

Kol Ha’isha, 40 King George St., Jerusalem, 11:00

The adult community of the Jerusalem Open House invites people aged fifty and over to discuss issues related to the community.

Bicnic

Kol Ha’isha, 40 King George St., Jerusalem, 14:00

Bi´s and their local and overseas friends join for a social gathering.

Women´s Meeting

Kol Ha’isha, 40 King George St., Jerusalem, 20:30

Parents Conference

The German Colony, Jerusalem, 20:00

For details call Chana, 052-3456427

A conference and party for the Parents of Lesbian and Gay Children Movement.

FILM FESTIVAL

Breakfast on Pluto

Cinema 1, NIS 35, Cinematheque at Binyane Ha’uma, 1 Bulevard Shezar, Jerusalem, 02-5654333. 21:30 (See Wednesday schedule for details)

MUSIC

Yifat Netz

Syndrome, 18 Hillel St., Jerusalem NIS 25-35. 21:00

Jaqueline Jonee

HaMa´abada (The Lab), 28 Hebron Road, Jerusalem, NIS 50-60, 02-6292001. 21:00

A truly remarkable evening featuring a concert by the grand pianist drag-diva, female impersonator Jaqueline Jonee. Truly a remarkable evening…

ART

Exhibit dealing with the themes of transgender spirituality, space and time

Dayla, 4 Shlom Tsion Ha´malka, 02-6234233, 20:00-midnight, (see Mondays schedule for details).

Eli Vardi presenting, Bayit Katan

80 Baka Hevron Rd. Jerusalem, 02-6714888, 20:00-midnight

Award-winning Israeli artist presenting homoerotic paintings and drawings.

DRAG

Spicy Tigers on Speed

Yellow Submarine, 13 Harechavim St., Talpiot, Jerusalem, NIS 50-60, 02-6794040

22:30

An original show from Berlin, incorporating drag queens, drag kings, gender bender – live performances. After the show, DJ Nogistica will play a kickin´ set throughout the night.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Beach Distractions - Tel Aviv 2006

Thanks to Celestial Blue for the tip!

Setting It Straight Step-by-Step

Yael, our lovely Olehgirl, has been sharing with us all about the "enhanced", faked or staged photos that have been coming out of the war in Lebanon and showing up on TV and newsstands around the world.

She continues her roundup in her latest post and provides some context to the image that appeared on the cover of US News and World Report.

Yael's posts on this topic are eye-opening and definitely required reading. Check them out.

Jerusalem World Pride Update with Love

Matt Lebovic, the blogger behind From Jerusalem with Love, brings us a roundup of Jerusalem World Pride thus far. He writes, "This week’s WorldPride programs attracted hundreds of supporters from around the world. Far from the ‚“naked parade‚” many would falsely stereotype Pride events, the week has focused on GBLT health, human rights and youth support (www.worldpride.net). A slew of films, art exhibits and performances have filled every corner of the city, all aiming to promote a message of tolerance and 'love without borders.'"

Click over and read more about it.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Israeli Cultural Spotlight: Mosh Ben Ari

I got a special request from a reader to share with everyone about Israeli musician Mosh Ben Ari. My friend S is a big fan and if she likes Mosh Ben Ari then he must be good!

Shai, over at Shaister.com, wrote about Mosh Ben Ari back in 2005. He described him as such, "With his rugged looks and dreadlocked hair, Ben Ari looks like Eidan Reichel's macho older brother. His musical style is also a bit more muscular than Sheva'’s (a group Ben Ari was a member of until 2001) and leans more in the direction of rock and a lot more in the direction of reggae."

I promise that every Israeli artist does not have dreadlocks.

Watch the clip and check it out for yourself. If you like it, you can shop for it here.

World Pride Guide Parts 3 and 4 (Aug 8 and 9)

Tuesday August 8:

WorldPride Human Rights Day

The Human Rights Day, a part of the WorldPride 2006 events, reflects the LGBT community’s involvement in the field of human rights. During this day we will present a historic evaluation of the community’s struggle for human rights, conduct a debate of the difference in this field in various countries and sectors, and a discussion of the challenges that the community is currently facing.

Human Rights Day Schedule:

Study Tours:

· Ir-Amim Study Tours along the Jerusalem Envelope:

Tuesday August 8, 10:00-14:00 or Wednesday August 9, 15:00-19:00.

Pre-register at Ir-Amim, 02-6233973 or adva@ir-amim.org.il

The Israeli non-profit organization, Ir Amim ("City of Nations" or "City of Peoples"), will provide a first-hand encounter with the security barrier and its ramifications. The study tour, which roughly follows the Jerusalem municipal line, will examine the implications of the barrier on the daily life in the city.

During the study tour we will discuss the historical, political and social developments of the city since 1967, the various considerations which led to the construction of the barrier along its current route, and the consequences of the Jerusalem Envelope

· Rabbis for Human Rights Study Tour to East Jerusalem

9 Harechavim St., 10:00-13:00, pre-register at JOH: 02-6253191.

Rabbis for Human Rights is an organization giving voice to the Jewish tradition of human rights. RHR promotes justice and freedom, while campaigning against discrimination and inhumane conduct. Rabbis For Human Rights will lead a tour that begins at their centre, 9 Harechavim St., with a study of the scripts and it relation today and then continue to demolished houses, and houses under the threat of demolition in East Jerusalem. The tour will include a discussion with families in East Jerusalem affected by the demolition policies, and a visit to a house rebuilt by Rabbis Ffor Human Rights

For the following event and tours pre-register at the JOH: 02-6253191

8:30am – 9:30am Dan Panorama Hotel, 39 Keren Hayesod St. Jerusalem

Briefing by Rachel Liel, Director of SHATIL - the New Israel Fund´s Center for Empowerment and Training of Social Change Organizations, on civil society and the work of organizations in the fields of human rights, religious pluralism and social justice.

The New Israel Fund (NIF), a partnership of Israelis, North Americans and Europeans, is today the leading funder of social change in Israel. SHATIL complements NIF grant making by providing NIF grantees and other organizations with hands-on training and consultation in the basics of nonprofit management, coordinating coalitions, and running field projects.

9:30am – 12:15pm

3 Simultaneous Site Visits to a variety of Social Change Organizations in Jerusalem. JOH will be organizing busses that will depart from Dan Panorama Hotel.

Track 1

Bizchut: Center for Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities, advocates for the rights of disabled individuals in areas such as housing, education, health and employment.

Mahapach aims to create educational opportunities for children and youth in disempowered neighborhoods while nurturing independent local leadership for social change.

Track 2

Community Advocacy works to raise awareness of residents regarding their social rights and empower them to access these rights.

Kol Ha-Isha (The Woman´s Voice) is a grassroots, multicultural, feminist center dedicated to empowering women and working for social equality and justice, engaging issues such as women´s rights, violence against women and the growing economic distress of women in Israel.

Track 3

Yedid assists communities on the geographic and cultural periphery of Israeli society, fosters relationships among diverse sectors of the population, and brings disenfranchised communities closer to the principles and practice of democracy.

The Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) is Israel’s leading human and civil rights organization and the only one dealing with the entire spectrum of rights and liberties.

RELIGION

Jerusalem WorldPride will showcase a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for faith leaders from around the world to take a stand against bigotry and promote a message of love and tolerance. The Multifaith Convocation (August 8-9, 2006) will allow people of all faiths to explore ways in which our teachings convey respect for the dignity of all people. To live by these values, people of faith must strive to recognize that LGBT people share equally in the spark of the divine.


This message is perfectly suited to the Jerusalem venue of this Holy Meeting. It is also precisely the message that can most effectively mobilize grassroots support for progressive political change worldwide. The Multifaith Convocation, titled "Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage," will take place within the exceptionally beautiful compound of Beit Shmuel and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR), the Reform rabbinical seminary that overlooks the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.


The Multifaith Convocation at Jerusalem WorldPride 2006 has the potential to mark a turning point in the history of the LGBT movement. We will be making a declaration of faith from the hilltops of Jerusalem; our voices will echo worldwide.

MULTIFAITH CONVOCATION OPENING CEREMONY


Evening of Tuesday August 8

Opening Ceremony of Multifaith Conference, 18:30

HUC Courtyard, 13 King David St., Jerusalem, pre-registration 02-6250051

With speeches from three keynote speakers of the Convocation.

The Convocation will take place on Wednesday (see below).

FILM FESTIVAL

Amazing Grace

Cinema 1, 17:00, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333

The power of love is tested in this film about two young men and their hesitant relationship.

(Amos Gutman, Israel, 1992, 95 min. (Hebrew, Subtitles in English)

Paper Dolls

Cinema 1, 19:30, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333.

Paper Dolls explores changing patterns of global immigration and expanding notions of family through the prism of a community of transvestites from the Philippines who came to Israel as foreign workers (Tomer Heyman, Israel, 2006, 83 min. Tagalog and English, Subtitles in Hebrew & English)

Good Boys

Cinema 2, 20:00, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333.

Two male prostitutes meet and form an unlikely connection (Yair Hochner, Israel, 2005, 75 min. Hebrew, Subtitles in English)

The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros, ISRAELI PREMIERE

Cinema 1, 21:30, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333

Twelve-year old Maxie cooks, cleans and sews for his family and copes with being gay in the Philippines (Auraeus Solito, Philippines, 2005, 100 min. English, Phillipino, Tagalog, Subtitles in Eng)

Between The Lines: India´s Third Gender,

Cinema 2, 21:30, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333, see Monday for details

ART

The Presence of Unawareness (or: What You Know)

Beit Ha’omanim artists house, 20:30, 12 Shmuel Hanagid St., Jerusalem, 02-6253653, see Monday for details.

Exhibit dealing with the themes of transgender spirituality space and time,

Dayla, 4 Shlom Tsion Ha´malka, 02-6234233, 16:00midnight, see details on Monday.

Eli Vardi presenting, Bayit Katan

Baka, 80 Hevron Rd., 02-6714888, 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Award-winning Israeli artist presenting homoerotic paintings and drawings.

High and Low Tides

Agripas 12 Gallery, Jerusalem, 16:00-23:00, 02-6233257

A group exhibition presenting paintings, photos, illustrations and sculptures.

MUSIC

Leah Shabbat

Syndrome, 21:00, 12 Hillel St., Jerusalem (NIS 25-35)

Leah Shabbat, a soul singer, writer and composer, will perform from her repertoire.

DRAG

Peot Kdushot 3 (”Holy Wigs”)

Beit Shmuel, 21:00, 6 Eliyahu Shamaa St., Jerusalem, NIS 50-90, 02-6203456

The original Jerusalemite drag queens, in their third show, bring their drag show back home.

Parties

"Deep Shake" - DJ Elliot performs "gay masterpieces" with tunes from the renowned Grace Jones and Kurt Cobain. The Minerva Bar, 98 Allenby St., Tel Aviv, 22:00.

Wednesday August 9:

MULTIFAITH CONFERENCE

Reclaiming Our Faith and Our Heritage: Jerusalem WorldPride Multi-faith Convocation, Beit Shmuel Complex – Hebrew Union College, 08:30, 6 Eliyahu Shamaa St., Jerusalem, NIS 50, 02-6203456,

Speakers will include:

Rev. Pat Bumgardner (Senior Pastor of MCC of New York)

Irshad Manji (author of “The Trouble With Islam Today”)

Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum (Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Simchat Torah, NY)

Rabbi Naama Kelman (HUC)

Rabbi Ayelet Cohen (Associate Rabbi, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah)

Father James Alison (author, “Faith Beyond Resentment: Fragments, Catholic and Gay)

Rabbi David Lazar (Rabbi, Masorti Conservative Congregation, Tifereth Shalom, founding director of RIKMA, Rabbinic Chaplain for Israel AIDS Task Force)

Rabbi Steve Greenberg (author, “Wrestling With God and Men: Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition”)

Please sign up early through www.worldpride.net

08:30

Multifaith Prayer Service

at HUC Garden

09:45-11:00

Plenary I – Ritual and Liturgical Innovation and Challenges, Beit Shmuel Auditorium

11:15-12:30

Keynote, “Why Gay is Good: Introducing the Moral Values Project,” Prof. Chai Feldblum, Beit Shmuel Auditorium

12:30-14:00

Lunch at Beit Shmuel Auditorium

14:00-15:30

Workshop Sessions at HUC

15:45-17:00

Plenary II – Challenges for LGBT Inclusion in Religious Life, Beit Shmuel Auditorium

17:00

Closing Ceremony, HUC Courtyard

FILM FESTIVAL

Breakfast on Pluto

Cinema 1, 16:30, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333, 02-5654350

Gentle Patrick changes his name to “Kitten” and finds love and tragedy during a quest to find the mother who abandoned him. (Neil Jordan, U.K./Ireland, 2005, 130 min., English, Subtitles in Hebrew)

Trembling Before G-d

Cinema 2, 18:00, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar St., 02-5654333, 02-5654350

An exploration of LGBT life in Orthodox and Hassidic communities from Brooklyn to Jerusalem. (Sandy Simcha DuBowski, US, 2000,84 min. Eng., Heb. & Yiddish, Subtitles in Heb) The movie will be followed by a discussion with Rabbi Steve Greenberg.

Saint of 9/11, ISRAELI PREMIERE

Cinema 1, 19:00, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333.

In an enduring photograph of September 11, a team of rescue workers carry a Franciscan priest´s body from the World Trade Center. The world came to know Father Mychal Judge, Chaplain, FDNY, in death as a symbol of courage and sacrifice. (Glenn Holsten, U.S.A., 2005, 90 min. Eng., Subtitles in Heb.) The movie will be followed by a discussion with Rabbi Malcolm Lazin, Ex. Producer and founder of Equality Forum.

Sancharram (The Journey)

Cinema 2, 21:30, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333. (see Monday’s schedule for details)

The Bubble

Cinema 1, 22:00, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333

The lives and loves of three Tel Aviv roommates transcend borders and conflict. (Eytan Fox, Israel, 2006, 120 min., Hebrew only) The movie will be followed by a discussion with Gal Uchovsky, Ex. Producer.

ART

The Presence of Unawareness (or: What You Know), Beit Ha’omanim artists house, 20:30, 12 Shmuel Hanagid St., Jerusalem, 02-6253653, (see Monday’s schedule for details).

Exhibit dealing with the themes of transgender spirituality, space and time, Dayla, 4 Shlom Tsion Ha´malka, Jerusalem 02-6234233, 16:00 – midnight, (see Monday’s schedule for details).

Eli Vardi, Bayit Katan, Baka, 80 Hevron Rd., 02-6714888, 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Award-winning Israeli artist presenting homoerotic paintings and drawings.

High and Low Tides, Agripas 12 Gallery, Jerusalem, 16:00-23:00, 02-6233257

A group exhibition presenting paintings, photos, illustrations and sculptures.

CULTURE

Experiencing the Arabic language through love songs, Bat Shalom, 18:00, 14 King George St., Jerusalem, floor 1.

An experiential encounter with the Arabic language through Arabic Pop songs with a take on Arab dance. Hosted by dancer and Eastern culture expert Alon Ben Yehuda.

Kingdom of Jerusalem 2006, The Yellow Submarine (Zolelet Zehuba), 22:30, 13 Harechavim St., Talpiot, Jerusalem, NIS 30-35, 02-6794040

An evening of drag kings and international gender shows, featuring local and foreign royalty

Monday, August 07, 2006

But You're Not a Cheerleader!

When I was in Middle School or High School, some of my good friends were cheerleaders. Part of their outfit included these super cute (I thought at the time) shoes that looked like this:
Those little triangles, well, they're these little plastic pockets. You can slide out the color panels and replace them with a rainbow of other slides to match your school's colors or in my case I dreamed of coordinating them to my outfits!

I never, never, never mentioned my desire to wear these shoes to anyone! Can you imagine the reaction to a BOY wanting to wear "GIRL" shoes - and cheerleading shoes! OMG, what are you? GAY?! Instead, I kept quiet and learned to build resentments toward the cheerleaders - and just about anyone and everything else that contributed to the "system" that oppressed me and kept me from those cute shoes.

The following is from 10 Smart Things Gay Men Can Do to Improve Their Lives by Joe Kort (with some editing):
There is a social journey that we all take to develop our sense of self. We're born with most of our thinking, feeling, and sensory functions intact. In a healthy family, parents send messages that it's ok to be you, to experience all of your body senses, to have feelings and express them, to solve problems, to be assertive. But that's not always what happens. Instead we often get conflicting messages.

The messages we accept - or choose to obey - help to determine our place in the family we grow up in - even the culture we live in. ...[People] develop a "fugitive self" (that wears cheerleading shoes!) that goes underground. [Even heterosexuals have to hide/conform.] Because we want our caretakers to return our love, we decide to lose potentially troubling aspects of ourselves (cheerleading shoes) and pretend that they aren't there. Of course, they're not really gone for good, but they're out of conscious scrutiny. ...Gay men's core sexual identity gets buried along with any other "unacceptable" and "unfashionable" traits.
Gay Pride events are important because it really is one way for the gay community to counter the homophobia and heterosexism that has been drummed into us. It's a time where we can create a space in the public sphere where we can wear our "gay" cheerleading shoes - and laugh in the face of the naysayers - because we're supported by our partners, friends, family, and children. We really do stand up and say, "We don't agree! Boys wearing cheerleading shoes is A-OK!" In this way, gay pride helps everyone live a more honest life - it causes society to examine what really is important and to have dialog about why we do what we do. And that's a good thing.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

World Pride Guide Part 2: Monday, Aug. 7

YOUTH DAY

The youth day will open at 12:00, at the Knesset, with gay teens (ages 15-25) meeting the chairperson of the Knesset committee on child’s welfare: Shelly Yechimovich. We will hear what key figures in Israeli politics think of the subject of LGBT youth in Israel and express what we have to say.

To enter the Knesset, you must pre-register: 02-6250502, ext. 131.

The Knesset meeting will be followed by a youth and teens summit:

Youth, guides and volunteers meet to define the: LGBT Youth and Teens’ Bill of Rights.

Kol Haneshama Community Center, 14:00, 1 Asher St., Jerusalem

Free Admission

COMMUNITY EVENTS

WorldPride Solidarity Rally at the Jerusalem Separation Wall

Holding WorldPride in Jerusalem – the city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – is a significant opportunity for our diverse community to raise a voice for progressive moral values, inclusion, and pluralism.

The reality that surrounds us is one of conflict, violence, and decades-long occupation. While painful enough, it is becoming even more painful as a result of the separation wall being built up over the last 2 years, which physically divides Jerusalem and leaves many Jerusalemites behind the wall, denying access to most of Jerusalem for Palestinians, including members of our LGBT community.


Our commitment as an organization serving the diverse groups in our community and working towards a more tolerant Jerusalem is to challenge the hostile environment around us and stand behind our principles. At this rally, we want to express our solidarity with our community’s members who will not be able to be part of WorldPride – and won’t be able to take part in ongoing JOH programming in the future. For more information call the JOH: 02 625 0502

FILM FESTIVAL

Yossi and Jagger

Cinema 1, 17:00, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333

Yossi and Jagger are company commander and platoon commander at an IDF position in Lebanon, and they are a couple. They are very discreet, but then the big secret comes out, heightening tensions surrounding a dangerous military operation.

(Eytan Fox, Israel 2002, 65 minutes, Hebrew, Subtitles in English).

Tied Hands

Cinemateque 1, 19:00, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333

Tied Hands tells the story of a sensitive and complex relationship between a mother and her ailing son. (Dan Wolman, Israel, 2006, 90 min. Hebrew, Subtitles in English)

Sancahrram (The Journey)

ISRAELI PREMIERE, Cinema 1, 21:30, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333

A sensual and uniquely lyrical film about two young women falling in love with each other.

(Ligy J Pullappally, India, 2005, 107 min., Subtitles in English.)

Between The Lines: India´s Third Gender, ISRAELI PREMIERE

Cinema 1, 21:30, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333

An exploration of India’s outcast hijras, biological men who dress as women but reject identification with either gender. (Thomas Wartmann, India, 2005, 97 min. Hindi & English, Subtitles in English)

ART

The Presence of Unawareness (or: What You Know)

Bet Ha’omanim Artists House, 20:30, 12 Shmuel Hanagid St., Jerusalem, 02-6253653

One of Jerusalem´s picturesque buildings hosts video art works by artists, film and art school graduates. Curators: Michal Heiman and Eitan Buganim.

“I Love You”

Barbur Gallery, 6 Shirizali St., Jerusalem, 17:00-20:00, 054-7232866, see details on Sunday.

Exhibit dealing with the themes of transgender spirituality, space and time

Dayla, 4 Shlom Tsion Ha´malka, 02-6234233

Opening night – Monday at 20:00, then, every weekday 16:00midnight.

Exhibit by the three artists: Tobaron Waxman (photographer and videographer), Gil Yifman (painter), and Liron Gur (videographer).

Eli Vardi presenting

Bayit Katan, Baka, 80 Hevron Rd., 02-6714888, 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.

Award-winning Israeli artist presenting homoerotic paintings and drawings.

High and Low Tides

Agripas 12 Gallery, Jerusalem, 16:00-23:00, 02-6233257

A group exhibition presenting paintings, photos, illustrations and sculptures.

LITERATURE

The Fairy, The Queen and The Book Closet 2,

Tmol Shilshom, 19:00, 5 Salomon St., Jerusalem, 02-6232758,

a gathering of writers will discuss gay Hebrew literature (event to be held in Hebrew).

MUSIC

Strange Days

The Machshefot 2/3 + 1/3, Syndrome, 21:00, 18 Hillel St., Jerusalem, NIS 25-35

A tribute concert in memory of Inbal Perlmutter, former vocalist of the women´s rock band Hamachshefot (the Witches).

19:30-21:00

Opening of the WorldPride Human Rights Day: Reception at the Jerusalem City Hall

Speakers:

Julie Dorf- WorldPride co-chair

Louis-Georges Tin- Founder and president of the IDAHO Committee (International Day Against Homophobia)

Saturday, August 05, 2006

World Pride Guide Part 1

WORLD PRIDE BEGINS TOMORROW IN JERUSALEM! YEAH!

I've got a more personal post coming, but I wanted to quickly highlight the upcoming day's events and provide some info.

Are you in Jerusalem and have quesitons or need assistance? Visit the World Pride Information Center at:
The Lab/HaMa’abada, 28 Hebron Road.
Number for information 054-4898717
Hours of operation:
Sunday - Thursday 12:00 - 22:00
Friday 12:00 - 18:00
This is where you can meet other delegates, set a date, have a beer or coffee, enjoy the wonderful mountain air and get all the information you need from our JOH volunteers.

A Discount Card to cultural events, select cafes, bars and restaurants throughout the city can be purchased at the Information Center.

HEALTH CONFERENCE
International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Health Conference, Konrad Adenauer Conference Center at Mishkenot Sha’ananim.

Healthcare providers and other healthcare professionals from around the world will review LGBT healthcare challenges and discuss solutions based on a spectrum of healthcare systems. In addition to lectures and workshops, participants will have ample time to network during lunch and coffee breaks.

The conference will be held in English.

Free Admission:
To register please email
health@joh.gay.org.il
or call 02-6250502, extension 135 (Orni)
Leave your name, phone number, profession and chosen workshop (see below: 12:20 – 14:20 )

SUNDAY CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
09:30 – 10:20
KEYNOTE LECTURE:
Jay Laudato, Executive Director, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, New York, USA

10:20 – 11:10
Different models of LGBT healthcare:
Isidro Garcia Nieto, COGAM - The LGBT Collective of Madrid, Spain

Todd Ross: Director of Strategy Outreach to the Minister of Health and Long Term care for the Province of Ontario, Canada

11:25 – 12:20
DISCUSSION PANEL: "Is it necessary / feasible to open an LGBT healthcare center in Israel?"

Moderator Nurit Shein, Executive Manager, Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dr. Itzik Levi, HIV/AIDS Center, Tel Ha’shomer Medical Center; Dr. Amir Mandel, Maccabi Health Services, and Ina Michaeli, Activist

12:20 – 13:20
LUNCH (the conference is free, lunch NIS 55)

13:20 – 14:20
WORKSHOPS
Designed for healthcare professionals and the general public.

Four parallel discussion groups – include choice when you register:

PsycholoGAY – LGBT Psychology in Israel – Needs & Deeds
Jerry Levinson, Psychologist, Founder of PsycholoGAY, and Rachel Sover, Clinical Psychologist, JOH psycho-social service

Transgenders as Healthcare Consumers: New realities, New Concepts
Nora Greenberg, transgender rights activist, and Dr. Gal Mayer, MD, Medical Director, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, NY, USA

Lesbians and Breast Cancer: Lifestyle, Risk factors and Early Detection
Dr. Tanir M Allweis, Breast Surgeon, Hadassah Medical Organization, and Dr. Maya Gips, Senior Oncologist, Sha’arei Tzedek Medical Center

Senior LGBT Healthcare - "Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I´m 64?" Dr. Udi Avital, GP and psychotherapist, and Dr. Dubi Shteinitz, GP and psychotherapist

AFTERNOON LECTURES - LGBT COMMUNITIES - General Perspectives and Recent Developments

14:35 - 15:25
Medical Care of Transgenders:
Dr. Gal Mayer, Medical Director, Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, NY, USA.

15:25 - 15:50
Sexual health of women who have sex with women:
Dr. Sagit Arbel-Alon, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, Women´s Health Center, Hadassah

15:50 – 16:40
PANEL DISCUSSION: "Rapid HIV anonymous testing in Israel - Positive or Negative?"
Dr. Galia Pinsker, TB and HIV / AIDS Dep., Ministry of Health, Jerusalem; Prof. Shlomo Maayan, Head of Hadassah HIV / AIDS Center, Jerusalem; Prof. Gideon Hirsh, Israel AIDS Task Force (IATF)

16:45 – 17:00
CLOSING REMARKS IN MAIN HALL:
Daphna Stroumsa, Health Project, Jerusalem Open House



FILM FESTIVAL (Film Festival is Week-long. Each day featuring different films.)
All films are screened at Binyanei Ha’uma – the temporary location of the Jerusalem Cinemateque (the Cinemateque’s regular location is under renovation), 1 Sderot Shezar.

For information, please call 02-5654333.
We thank Vivan Ostrovski, Lia van Leer and Gal Uchovsky for their support and vision that has made this film festival a reality.

Film Festival Opening Event, 18:00, Binyanei Ha´uma, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333.

Capote
Cinema 1, 17:00, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333
Philip Seymour Hoffman artfully portrays gay icon Truman Capote in this award-winning drama. (U.S., 2005, 98 minutes, English with Hebrew subtitles)

Hineni
Coming Out in a Jewish High School,
ISRAELI PREMIERE, Cinema 1, 19:00, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333
Hineini (Hebrew for ´Here I am´) chronicles the story of one student´s courageous fight to establish a gay-straight alliance at a Jewish high school in the Boston area. (Irena Fayngold U.S., 2005, 62 min., Eng. Only). The screening will be followed by a discussion with the film’s producer, Idit Klein, Executive Director, Keshet Boston.

Short Films
Cinema 2, 21:30, NIS 35, 1 Sderot Shezar, 02-5654333
A collection of six short films with LGBT themes from various countries, curated by Edi Tapiro

ART (Art exibitions continue during the week with new shows each night.)

“I Love You,”
Barbur Gallery, 6 Shirizali St., Jerusalem, 17:00-20:00, 054-7232866 - an exhibition that grants artists an open platform upon which to deal with issues of sexual identity, masculinity and femininity.

High and Low Tides
Agripas 12 Gallery, Jerusalem, 16:00-23:00, 02-6233257
A group exhibition presenting paintings, photos, illustrations and sculptures.

Eli Vardi presenting,
Bayit Katan, Baka, 80 Hevron Rd., 02-6714888, 9 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Award-winning Israeli artist presenting homoerotic paintings and drawings.


LITERATURE (Each night features a different event!)

The Fairy, The Queen and The Book Closet 1,
Tmol Shilshom, 19:00, 5 Salomon St., Jerusalem, 02-6232758, 02-6221851,
A gathering of poets discuss gay Hebrew poetry (event to be held in Hebrew).

Israeli Cultural Spotlight: The Idan Raichel Project

This post is the first of several (I hope) that will highlight examples of Israeli culture and share with you all some things that I think are really cool about Israel. If you have suggestions for the Israeli Cultural Spotlight - music, visual art, dance, cinema, craft, whatever - email me (shalomisraelblog[at]gmail[dot]com) and I'll share it!

The Idan Raichel Project mixes musical influences from the "Israeli melting pot" to create unique and moving songs. Uniquely combining Ethiopian folk influences (Do you know about Ethiopian Jews and their aliyah to Israel? Learn more here.)Exceptionally popular, you've probably heard some of the songs from the Idan Raichel Project on the radio in the US and didn't even know that you were listening to Hebrew!

Sit back. Listen - most of it's Hebrew! and BUY!







The Green Birds Are Back

Yesterday, Y spotted a green bird. They're back. You can read about them from my posts from last year here and here. Its official name is the Rose-ringed Parakeet.

I took pictures. Click and click to enlarge. I'll try to get better shots in the coming days. The bird is more or less in the center of these photos.




Friday, August 04, 2006

CNN Spinning

I wonder if the folks at CNN get dizzy from spinning?!

Check out this video and really listen to what the Israeli spokesperson is saying.
  1. Israel is sorry if this was a mistake. Hezbollah considers the rockets that miss mistakes.
  2. Israel values life and regrets civilian casualties. Hezbullah rejoices in civilian deaths.
  3. Israel targets rocket sites, Hezbullah positions and targets that will keep Hezbullah from re-arming.
  4. Hezbullah hides in and attacks from populations centers.
  5. Hezbullah continues to indiscriminately fire deadly rockets into Israel - 8 people died yesterday.
Here's the video. I originally saw this on CNN but thanks to Treppenwitz for sharing the online video with us.

Lighten Up

I've been feeling a little down lately - or stressed - or stressed and down. Who knows?! The other day on my walk to lunch I took my camera and here are some funny things I found.

This sign made me laugh. The second destination, "HaMoshava HaGermanit" in English is "The German Colony". There isn't an English translation for Rehavya and Talpiot, so those words are transliterated - an English speaker unfamiliar with Hebrew would have no idea what "HaMoshava HaGermanit" is! I also like how the orange flowers in the trees coordinate with the sign! Notice the three languages on the sign - Hebrew, Arabic, and English...or sorta English.

This pedestrian crossing sign is all dressed up.

The man on the other side of the same sign is in drag.

You can see more photos of Jerusalem and other parts of my life in my flickr photo collection. Click on the picutres in the header or follow the link.

Thursday, August 03, 2006

Pallywood

Very, very interesting.




Again, thanks to Yael.

Video of Rocket Attack on Haifa



In this video you see and hear the impact of a Hezbullah rocket in Haifa.

Check out Yael's blog for more info and ongoing Qana discussion.

The Belles of Solace Glen

Last year my friend Jenn (who doesn't blog anymore) sent me a few books as a present (thanks again, Jenn!). One of them was The Belles of Solance Glen by Susan James. This book was a great break during this past week from "normal" life here in Israel. The Belles of Solace Glen is a lighthearted mystery about a small town in Maryland. It was engaging but not life changing. It's not a piece of great literature but a good book to take to the beach or to enjoy on a lazy afternoon. If you're looking for a classic, pick something else. If you're looking for a light read and some entertainment, this could be a nice treat.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Apparently, I am Santa Claus

If Iran is a stabilizing force, then I am Santa Claus.

Read more about it.