Israel: Informative Web Sites
Jerusalem: Dome of the Rock and the Western Wall
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- World ORT: Providing a broad range of educational and community services in Israel and the Diaspora, World ORT's mission is "to work for the advancement of Jewish people through training and education; to provide communities wherever they are, with the skills and knowledge necessary to cope with the complexities and uncertainties of their environment; and, to foster economic self-sufficiency, mobility and a sense of identity through use of state-of-the-art technology." World ORT is the coordinating body of ORT National Organizations in fifty-eight countries, responsible for the education and training of 270,000 people each year through a global network of schools, colleges, training centres and programs.
- The Jerusalem Post: The Jerusalem Post provides "breaking news from Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish world."
- Israel (Wikipedia): This Web page is the entry in the Wikipedia, the free on-line encylcopedia, for Israel.
- Israeli and Jewish Museums on the Web: Sponsored and maintained by the University of Haifa Library, this Web site provides links to the sites of selected museums, from the Babylonian Jewry Heritage Center to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
- Chagall Windows: The "synagogue of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center was dedicated on 6 February 1962, as part of Hadassah's Golden Anniversary celebration. The floors and interior walls are made of Jerusalem Stone, and the synagogue is illuminated by a hanging lantern and by sunlight which streams through the magnificent [Marc] Chagall Windows." This Web site provides information on each of the windows: "The Windows represent the 12 sons of the Patriarch Jacob, from whom came the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Chagall's Windows are populated by floating figures of animals, fish, flowers, and numerous Jewish symbols. To understand fully the significance of the Windows they must be viewed against Chagall's deep sense of identification with the whole of the Jewish history, its tragedies and victories, as well as his own personal background in the shtetl of Vitebsk, where he was born and grew up."
- Beth-Hatefutsoth -- The Nathum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora: The Museum of the Jewish People On-line "is the Web site of Beth Hatefutsoth, the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, located on the campus of Tel Aviv University, Ramat-Aviv, Israel. The Web site was born in November 1996, because of the generous sponsorship of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, New York. Beth Hatefutsoth's Web site has proved to be an indispensable link to Jewish people in the Diaspora and in Israel, allowing us to reach out to people who otherwise would not be aware of the Museum's cultural and educational activities."
- Virtual Jerusalem: Virtual Jerusalem provides information and news on Jewish life, Israel, and Judaism.
- Tel Aviv Museum of Art: The Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel's main art museum, first opened to the public in 1932 in the home of Tel Aviv's first mayor, Meir Dizengoff. "The Museum quickly became the cultural center of the Tel Aviv, presenting local and foreign artists. In addition to its steadily growing collections, the museum serves as a platform for free-thinking cultural and artistic exchanges. The success of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and its growth of collections led to the need for more space. The Helena Rubinstein Pavilion for Contemporary Art opened in 1959, and the present main building of the museum in 1971. In 1999, a new wing was established along with a sculpture garden. The Museum hosts more than half a million visitors per year with a dynamic program of changing and permanent exhibitions, and exciting cultural programs of classical and jazz music, performance arts, lecture series, special events, children's programs, dance, and cinema."
Tel Aviv Museum of Art
- The Israel Museum (Jerusalem): This official site of the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, this Web site provides information on collections, exhibitions, programs, resources, and general information for visitors about the museum. The site is available in Hebrew, English and Russian.
- Old Jerusalem: This Web site presents images of Old Jerusalem with links to other images of Israel.
- Jerusalem Shots: This Web site, available in Hebrew, Russian, and English is a portal of photographic images of Jerusalem.
Israel's Coat of Arms
- City of David: This Web site presents a history and images of the City of David in Jerusalem.
- Hatikva (MP3 Format): This MP3 (428k) file is a rendition of the Israeli national anthem, Hatikva ("Hope") -- sung in Hebrew by Barbra Streisand -- courtesy of the Israel Science and Technology Homepage. The Israel Science and Technology Homepage also has provided iEARN with a recording of a performance of Hatikva by the Israeli National Military Band in MP3 format, which is very stirring; please note that the MP3 file is 1MB in size, however.
- Shamash -- The Jewish Network: Shamash is a worldwide consortium of Jewish organizations and enterprises which have come together to create an open Jewish network on the Internet.
- Photo Tour of Israel: Presented by Jews Information Desk, the Web site offers a virtual photographic tour of Israel.
- Israel Ministry of Tourism: This site is Israel's official North American tourism Web site. It provides extensive information for all kinds of travelers and group leaders.
- Travelers' Reports on Israel: Maintained by Lonely Planet, a publisher of travel guides, this Web page offers anecdotes and travel tips from people who have traveled in Israel.
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