Israel Culture
A Sweet Mélange of Many Cultures

Israel culture is as varied as in any well developed country of the world.

The areas of visual arts, music, sports, museums and all pertaining to culture are at the level of Europe, Japan or the United States.

Because Israel’s population is a mélange of many cultures, every sector has brought his part and slowly but surely it is now becoming one only culture for the whole country.

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Zubin Mehta

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Israel Music

  • The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
    Founded in 1936 as the Palestine Philharmonic Orchestra is has been the National Orchestra since then. After the establishment of the State it became known as The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

    Its conductor Zubin Mehta, one of the best conductors of the world was born in India, but has been with us for decades. We consider him one of us. The orchestra’s home base is the Frederic Mann Auditorium in Tel Aviv.

  • The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra
    The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra was established in the 1940s by the Israel Broadcasting Authority. Its musical director is Leon Botstein and its base is the Henry Crown auditorium of the Jerusalem Theater. All concerts are recorded and broadcast on Israel’s classical music station.

    Additional orchestras in Israel include the Haifa Symphony Orchestra, the Ramat Gan Orchestra, the Be'er Sheva Simfonetta, and the Israeli Chamber Orchestra.
  • Popular Music
    Israelis have been singing since the early settlers arrived with their melodies from more than 15 countries. It slowly developed into very unique Israeli Music. Today new singers keep appearing on stage and becoming big stars in front of our eyes. For this type of music I am going to dedicate a separate article.
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The recently renovated Habima National Theater in Tel Aviv
Cradle of Israel Culture


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Israel Theater

It consists of various groups of different ethnic origin. The beginners were immigrants fro Europe and Russia that created the legacy used today by younger generations of Theater in Hebrew. It is in constant evolution according to the world we live in. There are several theaters in Israel among them:

Habima

Habima is considered the National Theater of Israel. It is located on the heart of Tel Aviv, but the company performs countrywide. Habima presents both classical and contemporary theater. It has been recently renovated at a cost of millions.

Cameri Theater

The Cameri Theatre Company was founded in 1944 as a local, younger alternative to the “Eastern European” Habimah. It is headquartered in a complex of five auditoriums at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center.

Using all the auditoriums I gives some 1,700 performances a year among palyes, musicals and comedies. We just saw “Fiddler on the Roof” for the third or fourth time in 50 years.

Additional theater companies in Israel include :

  • Gesher caters to the Russian speaking and Eastern European theater audience.

  • The Haifa Theater is a large, contemporary theater group which organizes an annual theater festival of children's plays, and also presents plays in Arabic.

  • The Yaffo Arab Jewish Theater presents fringe theater nature.

  • The Beer Sheba Theater is a large theater group located in Beer Sheba in southern Israel. The group performs original productions and hosting plays from other theaters.

  • The Khan is a theater company in Jerusalem that performs in the atmospheric Khan, a former Turkish bath complex.

Suzanne Dellal Center for Dance and Theatre in Neve Tzedek Tel Aviv


Israel Culture - Israeli Dance

  • The Israel Ballet company
    Performs a rich repertoire of Classical ballet

  • The Suzanne Dellal Centre for Dance and Theatre
    It is Israel’s home for dance and the premier presenter of Israeli and international contemporary dance companies.It was established in 1989 and is located in the Historic Neighborhood of Neve Tzedek in Tel Aviv. It was founded by the Dellal Family of London, England in honor of their daughter Suzanne.
  • Bat Sheva Dan Company
    It was founded by Bat Sheva De Rothschild in 1960. Today it is located in the Suzanne Dellal Dance Center in Neve Tzedek. Its artistic director Ohad Naharin is considered one of the best choreographers in the world.
  • Kibbutz Dance Company
    It originated in Kibutz Gaaton in the north. This company is choreographed by Rami Beer and stages performances by adults and children. They have been acclaimed all over the world for their superb performance.
  • Other dance companies
    Some dance companies I want to mention are Bat Dor, Inbal, Noa Dar Company and Mayumana.

Performance of the Opera Nabuco on the slopes of Masada
An unforgettable experience for all

Israel Culture
Opera in Israel

  • The Israeli Opera at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center
    The Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center offers a variety of artistic activities, including dance performances, classical music and jazz concerts, performances for children; in depth back stage tours, fine arts exhibitions and above all the Israeli Opera productions, which are appreciated by opera professionals all over the world.

    The Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, featuring a state of the arts performance hall, is located in a beautiful building designed by the late Israeli architect Yaacov Rechter, with a modern day foyer designed by renowned Israeli architect Ron Arad, in the center of the exciting cultural hub of the city of Tel Aviv Yafo, the cultural capital of Israel.

    The Israeli Opera has established itself as one of the leading international opera houses, featuring leading opera professionals, singers, conductors, directors and designers. It coproduces its major productions with some of the major opera houses around the world.

    Since its inauguration 23 years ago, the Israeli Opera initiates a vast education and outreach program all around Israel, in order to expose new and different audiences to the magical world of opera and to make opera accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem


Israel Culture

Visual Arts

The art scene in Israel had its beginnings in the early part of the 20th century when the rebirth of a Jewish state in the Land of Israel was beginning to take shape.

In 1906 sculptor Boris Schatz established Israel’s leading school of art in Jerusalem, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. It was named for Bezalel Ben Uri, the first artist mentioned in the Bible.

Bezalel underwent numerous changes until it became the leading academy for art and design and moved to its present Jerusalem location on the Mount Scopus campus of the Hebrew University.

Karmiel Art Festival

Israel Culture

Festivals in Israel

There are many Festivals going on in Israel throughout the year. They include children’s theater, string instruments festivals, visual arts, several film festivals and festivals promoting food and drinks.

  • The Israeli festival is Israel’s leading cultural festival, held every May and June in Jerusalem. The festival features performances of music, dance, and theater from around the world.

  • The Karmiel Dance Festival is held in the northern city of Karmiel each July. The festival includes dance performances and public folk dancing sessions. Please visit our page on Karmiel.

  • The Akko Alternative Theater Festival held in Acre during the Holiday of Sukkot.

  • The Eilat International Jazz Festival takes place during the last week in August in the southern resort of Eilat, features leading jazz musicians from around the world.

Israel Culture is so vast that you may think of a big country of 100 million, no we are just close to 8 millions with a lot of culture.

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