Israeli orchestra Firqat Alnoor performs Emirati love song on roof of Azrieli Towers in Tel Aviv, Sept., 2020. (Youtube/Screenshot)

Israel’s multicultural Firqat Alnoor orchestra performs Emirati love song in celebration of peace deal; Ido Lewinsohn is the second Israeli to graduate from the London-based Institute of Masters of Wine; Photographer Sharon Altshul captures beautiful, peaceful Jerusalem; and much more!

By Michael Ordman


The highest message of peace

From the roof of Tel Aviv’s Azrieli tower, Israel’s Firqat Alnoor orchestra of Jews, Muslims, Druze and Christians performed the Emirati song “Ahebak” (“I Love You”) in tribute to the historic Israel-UAE peace treaty. The YouTube clip has had more than a quarter of a million views.

Master of wine

Ido Lewinsohn is only the second Israeli to graduate as a Master of Wine from the London-based Institute of Masters of Wine. It involved a 3-year study program, theory papers, blind-tasting tests and signing a code of conduct. Ido is head winemaker at Barkan – one of Israel’s largest wineries.

A quiet stroll through Jerusalem

During Israel’s lockdown, Sharon Altshul took some photos of a very peaceful capital city.  Next week it is expected to get a little busier as the lockdown eases.

Caught in flight

Israeli photographer Yossi Eshbol was “Highly Commended” for his entry to the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. His photo entitled “Kids Game” captured the image of a Nubian ibex bravely jumping over a ravine in Mitzpe Ramon to reach its sibling on the other side.


Israeli filmmaker (“On the Map”) Dani Menkin premiered his latest documentary about Aulcie Perry, the American Israeli basketball player who helped Maccabi Tel Aviv win the EuroLeague in 1977 and 1981. Aulcie converted to Judaism, rehabilitated from addiction and was finally reunited with his estranged daughter.