In the uncanny way that art imitates life, Jerusalem’s literary café, Tmol Shilshom, has been the setting for fictional accounts of young Israelis in search of love. The café, named in honor of the masterpiece by Israeli Nobel Prize-winner S.Y. Agnon, is half-hidden in a courtyard of the city’s historic Nahalat Shiva neighborhood. It is renowned for an atmosphere that encourages both cultural dialogue and romance over shared meals and occasional evening talks by Israel’s literary lights.
The “YH” in the name of the swanky YH4 Architects’ Gallery is for Yad Harutzim (loosely translated as “Striver’s Row’’), the name of the Jerusalem street where the Gallery established itself this past year. YH4 is a leader in the budding revival of the city’s dowdy Talpiot industrial district. The neighborhood’s car dealerships, retail and wholesale enterprises and fast-food restaurants are conspicuous, but some of the city’s premier cultural and business start-ups are hidden from the eye. One of YH4’s neighbors on the fourth floor of an aging grey-cement building is the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School.
Digger Phelps marvels at the timing of his first visit to Israel.
A legendary University of Notre Dame basketball coach until his retirement, Phelps, who retired in 1991, oversaw the Canadian masters squad at the Maccabiah Games that ended Tuesday in Israel. Just before leaving his Indiana home for Israel, Phelps learned that he is free of bladder cancer, after already having overcome two bouts of prostate cancer.
For Phelps, an observant Irish Catholic, that makes coming to Israel a prime opportunity to offer thanksgiving.
Lital Mosan happened to be in the right place to find her future husband. All she had to do was go to work every day.
Lital was working in the mayor's office at the Jerusalem City Hall. For months, she would enter the pretty stone municipal complex and greet the security guards on duty. It was just “hello, hello” each time. Security guards – many of them young and unmarried – are omnipresent in Jerusalem. They are generally seen but not often noticed.
I fell in love with Jerusalem in 1971, as a junior-year-abroad student at the Hebrew University. Someone who visits there today for the first time would be hard-pressed to imagine just how different the city was then...
‘Flipping the switch’ from think tank to liberal arts college, Shalem seeks to emulate U.S. elite academia, infused with Jewish identity.
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Jerusalem — Strolling around the new Shalem College recently, Daniel Gordis explained how the newly accredited, first-of-its kind liberal arts school will be a good fit for the neighborhood of Kiryat Moriah.
“There will be all kinds of cultural events, string quartets and drama to liven up the place,” said the college’s New York-born senior vice president.