Week of Israel

17th Week of Israel

From 19-29 November, the seventeenth consecutive year, the Jewish Community of Zagreb is organizing this cultural event with the aim of making the Jewish and Israeli culture closer to a wider audience. Admission to all events is free by appointment or reservation.

Gliptoteka HAZU, Narodni dom (Ilirska dvorana), Muzej za umjetnost i obrt, Auditorij ŽOZ, Hrvatski glazbeni zavod i Teatar Exit ugostit će eminentne umjetnike i izvođače uz nekoliko svjetskih premijera.

Program of the Week of Israel begins on November 19th at 7 pm with the exhibition “Jews and Zagreb”, which represents the life of Jews in Zagreb since the founding of Israelite religious community till this day and their contribution in all areas of life. The exhibition refers to the role of Jews in the development of modern Zagreb and modern society. On the opening day, a duo Buttons & Strings (Almir Mešković, accordion and Daniel Lazar, violin), will present themselves to the audience with the gypsy-klezmer, tango, doina and fado style. They are both graduates of the Norwegian Academy of Music in Oslo.

On Saturday, November 21st at 7.30 pm, Illyrian Hall will host Croatian Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra – Zagreb with soloists; Israeli violinist Evgenia Epshtein, clarinetist Bruno Phillippe, pianist Lana Bradić and soprano Klasja Modrušan. The concert program includes Israeli and Jewish music: classical, traditional and klezmer covers.

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You can find out on Monday, November 23rd at 7.30 pm in the Museum of Arts and Crafts, how does the combination of jazz, swing, klezmer and classical music sound like. Helmut Eisel is one of the world’s most famous clarinetist whose expression is characterized by a specific sound and improvisation. His “Clarinet who speaks” will be presented by Michael Marx on the guitar and Stefan Engelmann on the double bass. Helmut Eisel and JEM simply shouldn’t be missed.

Mixed choir ŽOZ – Lira with Gospodnetić singers and soprano Ana Mirta Horvat will be performing on Tuesday, November 24th at 7 pm in the Auditorium of the Jewish Community in Zagreb. The program includes most popular songs of Jewish music. Borna Šercar’s Jazziana Croatica and Ana Lice will present the result of their cooperation, the program that includes the most famous traditional Sephardic songs in jazz cover. You can find out what it sounds like on Wednesday, November 25th at 7.30 pm in the Croatian Music Institute.

The ending of this year’s Week of Israel will be marked with a completely different form of entertainment. A world attraction and famous Israeli mentalist Roi Yozevitch will perform on Sunday, November 29th in August Cesarec Centre for Culture and Film. This scientist, writer, and entertainer is revealing Croatian audience the secrets of the human mind. A program called “Telepathy live” also includes telepathy, telekinesis and more.

Week of Israel

A different view of Israel

Tonight at 7 p.m., Glyptotheque of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

The opening ceremony of the photography exhibition (Gilad Benari) and a concert by Matija Dedić Trio. Enjoy Kosher Wine Party after the program.


Wine is made by demanding laws of Jewish diet (Kashrut).

Products according to Halacha (set of rules for life), not as a separate type of wine, but as the wine produced in the prescribed (kosher) way. So, every wine could be kosher because Halacha doesn’t prescribe a specific grape variety, geographical origin or type of wine.

Two principles should be fulfilled in the production of kosher wine. The first determines that the harvesting of wine grapes and all helping items must be exclusively intended for the production of kosher wine (though they can be koshered – helping items that were used in the production of non-kosher wine can be cleaned). Everything that is added to the wine must have a certificate that it’s kosher (fungi, clarifying agents, etc.) considering that in the production of non-kosher wine, people use substances of animal origin, such as gelatin, casein, or even fresh blood to achieve clarity, which is prohibited in the production of kosher wines.

The second principle determines that the whole process from pressing of the grapes to the bottling must be done by Jews who comply with the regulations of the Sabbath and another mitzvah (commandments) from the Torah.