What Are Dozens of Young Russian Immigrants Doing in a Tel Aviv Cemetery?

The group SNOB Tel Aviv is using street theater to connect to the local culture. They reenact key moments in the history of Zionism but prefer formal wear to the Israeli casualness

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Anton Sazonov, left, Natalia Polevaya and Inessa Yurchik at Tel Aviv's Trumpeldor Cemetery.
Anton Sazonov, left, Natalia Polevaya and Inessa Yurchik at Tel Aviv's Trumpeldor Cemetery.Credit: Moti Milrod
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Dozens of people with earphones enter Tel Aviv’s Trumpeldor Cemetery at 9 P.M., as bright lights illuminate the graves of Max Nordau and Ahad Ha’am.

Above them appear, one by one, other early Zionist luminaries and founders of Hebrew culture including Theodor Herzl and Joseph Trumpeldor (who’s wearing an old army uniform over his scrawny chest), Haim Nahman Bialik, Shaul Tchernichovsky, Meir Dizengoff and David Ben-Gurion.

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