We are excited to announce that Yom Ha’atzmaut will be celebrated this year on Thursday, April 26. Last year’s event drew close to 2,000 people to the Asper Jewish Community Campus to participate in one of the best Yom Ha’atzmaut celebrations of Israel that Winnipeg ‘s Jewish Community has ever planned. If you were fortunate enough to be at the event last year, you will remember the energy and excitement of the celebration.
Lively concert featuring Israeli entertainer as well as community choirs (Brock Corydon, Gray Academy and Yona choirs)
Walk through History: Highlighting Israeli’s milestones and accomplishments (Children’s activity stations including crafts, sports, games, art, music, and more)
Programming for Tweens
Mo’adon Club for Teens
Rady JCC pool becomes Eilat Beach for family swim and games
Israeli Café featuring Israeli food and desserts for sale
Shuk/Market with vendors selling Israeli /Judaic products
Airbrushing and sparkle tattoos for kids
The drilling project led by researchers from Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University has also revealed that water levels of the sea have risen and fallen by hundreds of meters over the last 200,000 years.
Directed by Prof. Zvi Ben-Avraham of TAU’s Minerva Dead Sea Research Center and Prof. Mordechai Stein of the Geological Survey of Israel, researchers drilled 460 meters beneath the sea floor and extracted sediments spanning 200,000 years.
The material recovered revealed the region’s past climatic conditions and may allow researchers to forecast future changes.
Layers of salt indicated several periods of dryness and very little rainfall, causing water to recede and salt to gather at the center of the lake.
The researchers found that approximately 120,000 years ago, the sea came close to drying up entirely, with another period of extreme dryness taking place about 13,000 years ago.
Today, the Dead Sea lies 426 meters below sea level and is receding rapidly.
Despite this historical precedent, there is still cause for concern, said Prof. Ben-Avraham.
In the past the change was climate-driven, the result of natural conditions; today, the lake is threatened by human activity.
“What we see happening in the Middle East is something that mimics a severe dry period, but this is not climate-enforced, this is a man-made phenomenon,” he warned, caused by increasing amounts of water being taken from rivers for irrigation before it reaches the Dead Sea.
Ultimately, this prevents the refilling of the sea by the waters of the Jordan River.
In comparison, a USA TODAY report from 2010 stated that heart attack mortality rates for 2010 in the US averaged 16.2%.
The study, the full results of which are to be released at a conference next week in Tel Aviv, says that over 75% of heart attack victims are men and the average age of a victim is 63.5. In 2000, 26% of men who had a cardiac arrest suffered a repeat, related occurrence within the next month, while in 2010 only 10% had a repeat heart attack or stroke.
The decline in mortality is credited to expanded treatment facilities and an aggressive program of catheter angiography, a treatment that can be used to quickly determine if an artery is blocked, enabling “immediate opening of the artery while enabling optimal medical therapy on [hospital] admission,” said Dr. Amit Segev, Israel Heart Society head.
The data indicated that Israelis take an average of nearly two hours (111 minutes) to arrive at the hospital after the onset of heart attack symptoms, a long time in a situation where every minute counts. For women, that figure is even higher — more than 130 minutes on average.
“We have failed in educating the public that chest pains indicate a heart attack,” said Segev. “We are going to initiate a public campaign on the subject.”
Source: Times of Israel
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Twist Out Cancer is a support community… with a twist! Founded by Jenna Benn, 30 year old-Grey Zone Lymphoma survivor and prior Montreal resident, TOC leverages social media to help survivors and their loved ones combat the feelings of isolation, lonlieness and helpless that can accompany cancer diagnoses and treatment. TOC provides a forum through which anyone affected by cancer can share thoughts, experiences, stories and inisghts, allowing for the exchnage of ideas, encouragement, and wisdom from one community member to another. Most importantly, each survivor is invited to create a profile page distinguishing his or her individual “twist” on cancer. This “twist” becomes a collection of videos, posts, songs, pictures, or other media gifted to the survivor by his or her loved ones and friends- it is a living, changing, active, and personalized digital legacy that encourages loved ones to give, and survivors to share. Twist Out Cancer has the power to affect how we fight and heal, and change the way our community provides support.
To learn more about what Twisting Out Cancer looks like click here.
On Thursday May 10th, starting at 7:30 pm at Jello Martini Lounge join tiny twisters- Jenna Benn, Bev Shimansky, Dan Hadad, Kelly Malka, Jessica Seidman, Jessica Sharafi, Ilana Chriqui, Melissa Margles, Eytan Bensoussan, Noam Hakak, Simon Ben Simon, Hanne Ellingsen and David Shersher in Twisting Out Cancer.
This 1960′s inspired sock hop will be an evening of celebration. Dedicated twists, twist offs, 3d twister and tiny twister contests are all in store.
Noam Carver, Montreal based designer will be featuring and showcasing his TOC collection.
Tiny Twister T’s will also be on sale for purchase.
Tickets will sell out fast so purchase your tickets asap!
We look forward to twisting with you.
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Jello Bar, 151 Rue Ontario East, Montreal QC
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9. Shiri Maimon – Having made her breakthrough in music during the first season of Israel’s reality singing competition show “Kochav Nolad”, Shiri has since captivated audiences worldwide, with a breathtaking voice and remarkable on stage persona. Her musical accolades are a force to be reckoned with. Currently working on her anticipated third album, she went back to her roots in the last couple of years and collaborated with fellow Moroccan-Israeli singer Shimon Buskila, a little east meets west, and we were all enchanted.
7. Miri Bohadana – Prominently considered one of the sexiest women in Israel, Miri is one of the most sought after gems in the holy land. The 3rd runner up at the 1995 Miss World pageant, she continued with a prolific modeling, acting and tv hosting career, all the while a favorite in local gossip columns. She recently gave birth to her third child from her relationship with real estate business-mogul Bebo Kobo. So the beauty genes are moving forward to the next generation.
3. Moran Atias – Discovered by renowned designer Roberto Cavalli, this Israeli model & actress got her breakthrough hosting a top rated variety show in Italy. Moranis one of Israel’s success stories in Hollywood, showing her acting chops with a starring role on the Starz channel drama series “Crash” and a part in noted director Paul Haggis’ 2010 movie “The Next Three Days”. Her amazing beauty is also echoed in her charity work and that is the sexiest thing in our eyes.
1. Yael Abecassis – Early in her modeling career referred to as the local Andie MacDowell, this 44yo mother of 2 has often lead sexiest women lists in Israel, simply aging with poised grace and beatury. Her mother Raymonde Abecassis is a noted Moroccan style musician and actress, with Yael following along in the latter, getting world recognition not only at the Cannes Film Festival, but in all of France, winning the hearts of not only Israelis who can’t help but fall for her.
Since age three, Liron Amram has been going to the Yemenite music concerts performed by his father Aharon, now 75. Along the way, he also picked up the sounds of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Prince, together with those of Mizrahi greats like Avihu Medina. Amram has a peacock style with the punk bite and delicacy of hot sauce topped off with yogurt. He’s a hybrid – a real ethnic type but also a young hipster. On April 20 he will follow Avi Sinwani’s act at the Radio E.P.G.B Club in Tel Aviv.
“My father’s Yemenite music is crucial for me,” says Amram, one of his songwriter/promoter father’s six children. Asked if the pop music he loves is likewise crucial to his father, he said: “Look, from a musical point of view, my father connects to many styles. I can sit next to him in the car and listen to Jimi Hendrix and he likes it. Don’t forget that this guy saw his song ‘Galbi’ become a disco hit in the 1980s, and he was pretty happy about it. But I don’t think I’ll take him to a show where Prince is wearing only silk underwear, a leather jacket and socks.”
His show is composed of electronic versions of Mizrahi classics – that is, until Rami Danoch arrives to raise the roof with standards like “Barcelona” and “Et dodim cala.” “It isn’t easy to maintain the simplicity of the original and try to insert something else, something of your own, but I decided to take the risk,” said Amram.
For his last birthday party, Amram hosted Mizrahi legends Daklon and Aharon Yarimi. He is disappointed, though, by much of what he hears from contemporary Mizrahi artists. “My father’s material and that of Ofra Haza, Zohar Argov, Haim Moshe, Yishai Levy, Yehuda Keisar, Rami Danoch, Moshe Ben Mosh and Daklon are much more interesting and revolutionary than most of what’s released today.” But he hasn’t lost hope. “It’s just another stage in the development of the genre; perhaps when people relax about making big money they’ll start to make music, and then I believe the genre will take its place in the international repertoire, and not only here.”
Given his background, it’s surprising that Amram first sang Mizrahi songs on stage only a month ago, vocalizing Mediterranean style and playing guitar in front of electronic music. “When I was putting the show together, I had my doubts, but the moment I started to work on the electronic versions I felt completely natural about it.”
In a word, how would he characterize his music? “Mediterranean,” he says. “That may be the best description of my artistic schizophrenia.”
These days he’s studying production and sound at the Muzik College in Tel Aviv. “I have a lot of material recorded at a basic level that is slowing cooking into something with more shape,” he says. “Meanwhile I’m gathering the right people and plan to perform as much as possible. That’s the real school. In addition, I’m working on a live show with Yust Cohen, and three singles have already been released and a remix abroad, and of course there are parties on Radio E.P.G.B.” with DJ and broadcaster Yevgeny Charkov.