AngloFile Briefs

Kiwis see export options in Israel

New Zealand businesses have their work cut out for them, the country's ambassador to Israel said this week at a reception in Ramat Hasharon. Hamish Cooper was referring to the fact that Israel exports much more to New Zealand than it imports from it. This imbalance, however, owes more to Israeli import restrictions than anything else. Cooper, who is based in Turkey, told AngloFile that he hopes Honorary Consul Gad Propper will help open the Israeli market to New Zealand exporters. Cooper also attended the reenactment this week of the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) cavalry campaign that led to the capture of the city of Be'er Sheva in 1917. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

New book aims to enlighten the drinking public on local wines

Over the past two decades, Israeli wine producers have reached world-class levels, Haaretz wine critic and former American Daniel Rogov writes in the introduction to "Rogov's Guide to Israeli Wines for 2008." With over 120 wineries now producing thousands of wines annually, Israeli wines have made their way onto the world wine scene. Rogov says his is the only comprehensive guide to this growing phenomenon of Israeli wines. The new edition of the guide includes detailed maps of Israel's wine regions; coverage of over 120 wineries; a tasting chart for your own ratings; contact details of all wineries; and almost 1,600 wines tasted, rated and fully described, through the 2006 vintage. Available at bookstores around the country. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

Alma College starts English program

English speakers in the Tel Aviv area now have the opportunity to study in the Beit Midrash of Alma College. The first-ever English-language program at the "home for Hebrew culture" focuses on the relationship between art and creativity and classic Jewish texts. The sessions are on Sundays from 2-6 P.M., with 13 meetings in each of two semesters in the 2007-08 academic year. Visits to writers, artists and media and advertising figures are part of the program. For details, call: 03-566-3031. (Cnaan Liphshiz)

Israeli claims U.S. poetry prize

An Israeli-born poet who was raised in England and educated in the U.S. received the New England Poetry Club's Daniel Varoujan Award, the group's largest annual prize. Atar Hadari's poem, "When," about the 2005 disengagement from the Gaza Strip, won the $1,000 prize, named for the Armenian poet. The club, which sponsors the oldest poetry reading series in the U.S., was founded by poet Robert Frost, among others. Hadari is the editor and translator of "Songs from Bialik: Selected Poems of Hayim Nahman Bialik." (Daphna Berman)

Canadian-Israeli poets to read their works in Jerusalem

An evening of Canadian poetry will take place Monday at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The event, sponsored by the university's Halbert Centre for Canadian Studies, as well as the Israel Association for Canadian Studies, will feature readings by Prof. Seymour Mayne, a faculty member at the University of Ottowa, as well as Canadian-Israelis Rochelle Mass and Mark E. Shapiro. To attend "Canadian Poets 'Writing' Israel: An Evening of Poetry," contact 02-588-3367. (Daphna Berman)

Hebrew Israelites to celebrate 40th anniversary with African festival

The Hebrew Israelite community in Dimona, together with other communities living in the Negev, is sponsoring a four-day festival from Wednesday in Segev Shalom, near Be'er Sheva, as part of a larger attempt to unite African cultures in Israel. The Hebrew Israelites, also called the Black Hebrews, will be joined by Ethiopian, Bedouin, Moroccan and Tunisian artists for the festival. Events include a cultural fashion show, cooking workshops and traditional storytelling, as well as concerts and camel and horse shows. The festival is part of the Hebrew Israelites' celebration of their 40 years in Israel. For more information, contact 052-865-9169 or ethnic_fest@yahoo.com. (Daphna Berman)