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FLASHMOB DANCE ROUTINE AT THE CINEMALL IN ISRAEL

Forty G4S Israel employees performed a "flashmob" dance routine at the Cinemall shopping mall in Israel this past May. The dancers presented a choreographed dance version of Gabi Shushan's hit "Lehishtatot Lifamim," at 10AM to the delight of shoppers and travelers.

BETTE MIDLER VISITS YAD VASHEM IN JERUSALEM

American singer and actress Bette Midler visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem last month, where she is pictured, right, in the Hall of Names. The Museum's Hall of Names contains names and photographs of Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

HIP-HOP SUPERSTAR MISSY ELLIOTT TO PERFORM IN TEL AVIV, JULY 15

American hip-hop superstar Missy Elliott will perform at the Tel Aviv Expo Grounds today, marking her first-ever performance in Israel. The highly anticipated concert follows performances by Elton John and Rihanna in Tel Aviv earlier this summer.

CAESAREA GOLF COURSE FEATURED IN ROLEX WORLD'S TOP 1,000 GOLF COURSES

The recently renovated Caesarea Golf Course has been featured in the latest edition of Rolex's World's Top 1,000 Golf Courses. The guide was produced by esteemed French golfer Gaetan Mourgue D'Algue in coordination with more than 200 golf experts, pros, amateurs and reporters.

WHALE SCULPTURE INSTALLATION OPENS ON ASHKELON BEACH IN ISRAEL

A new installation showcasing giant whale sculptures opened last month on the boardwalk north of the Ashkelon Marina near Tel Aviv. The 36-by-29-foot structures were created by Israeli sculptor Arele Ben Arieh, whose creative inspiration stems from the book of Scriptures, which depicts the whale as a mysterious sea mammal representing the coastal city's ancient heritage. The environmentally friendly whale structures also serve as a climbing wall, swings and slides.

JERUSALEM'S MAMILLA HOTEL NAMED TO DESIGNHOTELS COLLECTION

Design Hotels, a hotel-based website featuring a curated selection of more than 190 independent hotels in more than 40 countries around the world, has recently added the Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem to its collection of hotels. The Mamilla Hotel opened last year alongside the new Alrov Mamilla outdoor shopping mall overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem.

12TH-CENTURY FRESCO TO BE DISPLAYED AT NEWLY RENOVATED ISRAEL MUSEUM, JULY 26

An enormous 12th-century fresco discovered last month in the Monastery of Miriam in the Gethsemane courtyard in Jerusalem will be displayed to the public for the first time at the newly renovated Israel Museum in Jerusalem, July 26. The 29-foot wall features a scene of deésis--the iconographic formula whereby Mary and John the Baptist beseech Jesus for forgiveness for the sake of humanity.

OUTDOOR MUSIC AND FILMS AT THE CAESAREA HARBOR

The Caesarea Harbor will host a selection of free outdoor movies and concerts every Tuesday throughout July and August. The Harbor will screen several films on a large outdoor screen, including No Reservations (July 13), The Mistress of Spices (July 20) and Bonjour Monsieur Shlomi (July 27). Also, the harbor will host musical performances by the Blue Ensemble (August 10) and the Waterloo Ensemble (August 17), as well as a special Cuban music concert (August 24).

ISRAELI OPERA PRESENTS CARMEN IN HAYARKON PARK, JULY 29

The Israeli Opera will present a performance of Bizet's Carmen at Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park at 9PM on Thursday, July 29. The presentation will include the Israel Opera Orchestra and Chorus, the Young Bat Kol Choir and the Neta Shezaf Flamenco Dance Theater, as well as opera singers from around the world.

SUMMER SUNSET CONCERTS AT APOLLONIA NATIONAL PARK NEAR HERZLIYA

A free concert series will take place every Friday at the Apollonia National Park near Herzliya at sunset (around 6PM) through September. The concerts will include Irish, Greek, Balkan, Jazz and South American music, as well as a special performance highlighting the music of The Beatles.

EL AL AIRLINES ANNOUNCES NEW SERVICE FROM TEL AVIV TO EILAT

El Al Airlines has announced new service from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport to Eilat beginning August 1. El Al will offer three daily flights to Eilat from Sunday to Thursday, as well as a Friday morning flight and Saturday evening flight.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE TO SAIL TO ISRAEL, OCTOBER 2011

Norwegian Cruise Line recently announced plans to sail to Israel for the first time in 10 years during its new 11-day Mediterranean and Holy Land cruise, beginning October 2011. The cruise will depart from Rome and dock in Haifa and Ashdod, and include overnight tours to Jerusalem, Galilee, Tel Aviv, Jaffa, the Dead Sea and Masada.

VOICE OF MUSIC FESTIVAL IN THE UPPER GALILEE, JULY 26 - AUGUST 2

The Voice of Music Chamber Music Festival will feature classical music concerts, free rehearsals, master classes and workshops at Kibbutz Kfar Blum in the Upper Galilee region, July 26-August 2. The festival will showcase a performance of Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata and Eight Symphony in addition to a Children's Festival with a presentation of Mozart's Bastienne and Bastienna.

JAZZ FANS FLOCK TO EILAT FOR 24TH RED SEA INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

The 24th Red Sea International Jazz Festival will showcase performances by Israeli and international artists, including Rickie-Lee Jones, Gary Burton, Danilo Perez, the Soul of Chicago and Shem-Tom Levi in Eilat, August 23-26. Also, the festival will include traditional midnight jam sessions around the pool of the Isrotel Yam Suf, as well as master glasses and jazz workshops.

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Hi Sara,

We had a great trip.  Thank you for all the special extras like the particular boat that we had for the Sea of Galilee [that was so great], Ice Cream at Beit Shean, etc.  The bus was great as well since we had plenty of room to be comfortable.  Our driver David did a great job with taking Linda to the clinic to get her ankle x-rayed.  Everyone seemed to have a great experience and most have said that it has changed their lives.  That makes it all worthwhile.

It was great to see your David there at the Farewell Banquet.  It was quite a feast and in a great setting with a room of our own.

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