French television music channel Mezzo will dedicate its programming in October to music and opera from Israel.
Mezzo’s director general, Christophe Winckel, who arrived in Israel earlier this week, noted in a press conference that the broadcasts will include the Jazz Festival, which is to take place in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem under the channel’s sponsorship, as well as programs about the Israeli Opera.
According to Winckel, Israel is a particularly important territory for the music channel.
“Israel as a destination is very important to us, for two reasons,” says Winckel. “One is the huge number of subscribers – 3.1 million viewers. And the second is that Israel serves as a source of content, because your musical world is incredibly rich and diverse.
“We record here a lot. We air old material and records new material. For example, last year we offered a live broadcast of the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition, and this year we are launching in Israel a new jazz festival – Mezzo Jazz Mix Festival.”
The festival, which will help young Israeli artists gain international exposure, was first launched in 2008 in New York. This time it will be held in October in selected clubs and bars in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
The live performances produced by the music channel will be broadcast to 17 million households in 44 countries in a bid to expose Israeli music life to the world.
The TV channel, in cooperation with the Tourism Ministry, created a five-minute clip featuring the recent Israeli Opera production of Carmen which took place at the foot of Mount Masada in June 2012 as part of the Israeli Opera Festival at Masada.
The program, which also includes a behind-the-scenes look at the production, will be broadcast throughout the month of October.
In addition, the Tourism Ministry invested €40,000 (about $51,155) in the production of a 30-second clip featuring the Israeli Opera and its activities. This clip will be aired on the Mezzo channel several times a day during the month of October, offering a glimpse of the 2013 Israeli Opera Festival at Masada production.
According to Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov, “Unique cultural events such as the Israeli Opera Festival at Masada and the Jazz Festivals, which the Tourism Ministry supports, significantly contribute to Israel’s image overseas as a preferred destination for lovers of culture and art.
“Cooperation such as this with the Mezzo TV channel exposes Israel’s tourism product to new markets. The ministry is proud to support and market unique cultural and artistic events in Israel and will continue to do so in the future.”
The Mezzo TV channel, established in 1992, is a music channel that broadcasts classical music, opera, jazz and world music in 44 countries.
‘Israel through Instagram’ Jerusalem Pre-New Years
As the New Year approaches, Israeli Jews head to Jerusalem to celebrate and pray for a year full of joy, happiness, peace and Love.
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The research was conducted by Prof. Oren Froy along with Prof. Zecharia Madar, research student Yoni Genzer and research fellow Dr. Hadas Sherman at the Institute of Biochemistry, Food Science and Nutrition, at the Hebrew University’s Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The results were published in FASEB Journal under the titleTimed high-fat diet resets circadian metabolism and prevents obesity.
Previous research has established that disrupting mammals’ daily rhythms, or feeding them a high-fat diet, disrupts metabolism and leads to obesity. The researchers wanted to determine the effect of combining a high-fat diet with long-term feeding on a fixed schedule. They hypothesized that careful scheduling of meals would regulate the biological clock and reduce the effects of a high-fat diet that, under normal circumstances, would lead to obesity.
For 18 weeks they fed a group of mice a high-fat diet on a fixed schedule (eating at the same time and for the same length of time every day). They compared these mice to three control groups: one that ate a low-fat diet on a fixed schedule, one that ate an unscheduled low-fat diet (in the quantity and frequency of its choosing), and one that ate an unscheduled high-fat diet.
All four groups of mice gained weight throughout the experiment, with a ﬁnal body weight greater in the group that ate an unscheduled high-fat diet.
The mice on the scheduled high-fat diet had a lower final body weight than the mice eating an unscheduled high-fat diet. But surprisingly, the mice on the scheduled high-fat diet had a lower final body weight than the mice that ate an unscheduled low-fat diet, even though both groups consumed the same amount of calories.
In addition, the mice on the scheduled high-fat diet exhibited a unique metabolic state in which the fats they ingested were not stored, but rather utilized for energy at times when no food was available, such as between meals.
According to Prof. Froy, “Our research shows that the timing of food consumption takes precedence over the amount of fat in the diet, leading to improved metabolism and helping to prevent obesity. Improving metabolism through the careful scheduling of meals, without limiting the content of the daily menu, could be used as a therapeutic tool to prevent obesity in humans.”
I am currently a fourth year student of the University of Toronto and is participating in an exchange program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I am majoring in Jewish Studies and Near and Middle East Civilization with a minor in Political Science. I consider myself an avid but amateur “photographer”.
by Andrew Lee
For the past three years, my dream has been to study in Jerusalem, Israel. As my marks in the previous year did not meet the standards of Hebrew University, I strapped myself down for a year of intensive study in hopes of a second attempt to achieve my dream. This proved to be successful, as I am now in Israel studying at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for the next ten months. With my life packed into two suitcases, I arrived at Pearson International Airport in Toronto with a smile on my face, excited for the journey that lay ahead.
Air travel these days is often a strenuous activity. Security checks, luggage scans, random security interviews have all become common, especially when travelling to Israel. I guess I never really thought about it, but going to Israel would surely require me to undergo fairly intensive screening. I had previously been warned that strenuous security protocols may occur, and therefore took no offence. After undergoing these checks, my enthusiasm was a bit dampened by the time I managed to arrive at my seat. Throughout the long flight across the Atlantic, other passengers on board were excitedly chatting amongst themselves, which made sleeping near-impossible. By dawn, my lust and yearning for Jerusalem was rekindled as we neared Israel. Once I exited the airport, I was met by a statue of a Menorah, which reminded me of the revolt of the Maccabee and their recapture of Jerusalem. In that very moment, it finally dawned on me that I had arrived in the Holy Land and that I would be spending the next ten months in Jerusalem. Despite the obstacles I had to face to get here, I am here and my dream is about to come true.
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A recent archaeological dig undertaken by the Israel Antiquities Authority at the Tel Motza Site has uncovered two figurines dating back to the Stone Age (specifically the Neolithic Era)
The 9,000-9,500 year old figurines were found near a large circular structure built from rocks and mud bricks. The dig was conducted in light of the National Roads Authority’s plan to renew Highway 1 from Sha’ar HaGai to Jerusalem.
The first figurine, made of limestone and measuring 15 cm depicts a ram with winding horns. The craftsmanship is extraordinary; the animal’s organs are in accurate proportion.
The second figurine, more abstract in appearance is from Dolomite stone and seems to portray a large animal with horns. The horns emerge sideways from the center of the head resembling wild cattle or Buffalo.