- SUKKOT SOLIDARITY: The International Christian Embassy Jerusalem last night opened its annual "Feast of Tabernacles" Sukkot celebration with a gala event in the capital. Several high-ranking dignitaries will address the pilgrims, including Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, MK David Rotem, who chairs the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, and Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat. "It is a privilege to build on the unmatched record we have established over the past three decades for Christian tourism and solidarity with Israel," said Juergen Buehler, the executive director of the Christian embassy, which bills the week-long festivities as Israel's largest annual tourist event and solidarity mission. "Large delegations from some exciting new countries show this support is growing." Pilgrims this year hail from all major English-speaking countries but also from Brazil, China, Scandinavia and Thailand. Featured speakers include Angus Buchan, a South African farmer-turned-evangelist and Pastor Werner Oder, the son of an Austrian Nazi war criminal who is today a Christian minister in England. (Raphael Ahren )
- TEN COMMANDMENTS IN FIVE CLASSES: Tel Aviv's Alma Home for Hebrew Culture will be holding a lecture series with David Hazony, a contributor to CNN and The Forward, on the topic of his latest book, "The Ten Commandments: How Our Most Ancient Moral Text Can Renew Modern Life." The material that forms the basis for the book, which was a finalist for last year's National Jewish Book Award, will be broken down into five sessions, beginning Sunday, October 23 at 6:30 P.M. "It runs in the form of a Beit Midrash [a traditional Jewish house of learning]: everyone's sitting around a table, trying to create an intimate atmosphere," says English-language program coordinator Anat Perry. "It is taught, but with a very vivid discussion." Alma offers Hebraic culture classes for adults in English as well as Hebrew. For more information, contact Anat at firstname.lastname@example.org or 054-5569548. (David Sheen )
- FELLOW ARTISTS: The American Academy in Jerusalem - a fellowship for senior artists and cultural leaders - will officially launch later this month with an event at the capital's Yaffo 23 Gallery. The Academy aims to be "a larger civic effort to strengthen Jerusalem... as an international destination for art and culture," according to a statement released by the New York-based Foundation for Jewish Culture, which founded the fellowship this summer. The four fellows - visual artist Lynne Avadenka, of Detroit; choreographer Donald Byrd, of Seattle; theater artist David Herskovits and urban planner David Karnovsky, both of New York - will stay in Jerusalem from October 23 until December 23. They will work with local cultural or academic institutions in which they will teach master classes, serve as mentors and interact with their peers. The fellows will make "public presentations about their current work in Israel and when they return to the United States," according to the Foundation. For more information, see jewishculture.org. (Raphael Ahren )
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