Israeli mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital.

Mandolin maestro

Renowned Israeli-born mandolin soloist Avi Avital, who has been nominated for a Grammy award, is back in Australia for a concert tour starting later this month.

Rachel Weisz stars as academic Deborah Lipstadt in the courtroom drama Denial.

A feast of film

This year’s Jewish International Film Festival is bigger than ever, with top Israeli films and overseas productions – and an Australian documentary – dominating the line-up.

A scene from Who’s Gonna Love Me Now.

Movie wins $25,000 prize

The $25,000 prize for the best Israeli feature film or documentary screened at the recent AICE Israeli Film Festival held in Melbourne and Sydney has been announced.

The gardens of Deborah Halpern’s Warrandyte home and studio are adorned with her work, including the imposing Bosom Woman (2004) in the foreground.

Lifetime of art

Celebrated Australian sculptor Deborah Halpern is auctioning off more than 500 artworks from her collection to make room in her studio for the next phase in her career.

Festival creative director Justine Sless doing stand-up at the Melbourne Jewish Comedy Festival. Photo: Peter Haskin

Jewish comedy smorgasbord

The Melbourne Jewish Comedy Festival returned as a one-night variety show that combined comedy, cabaret, storytelling and songs in a smorgasbord of entertainment.

David Kassman’s Spiderman at the Wailing Wall.

Cutting-edge Israel art

Some of the best works by contemporary Israeli artists have been brought to Australia for a special fundraising exhibition.

Former right-wing politician Csanad Szegedi in a synagogue with Rabbi Boruch Oberlander in Keep Quiet.

Best of Israeli films

Films and documentaries by leading Israeli filmmakers will be screened during the AICE Israeli Film Festival in September. And the festival will award a $25,000 prize for the best film.

Logan Lerman and Sarah Gadon in Indignation.

Education in life

The movie Indignation is based on American-Jewish novelist Philip Roth’s 2008 autobiographical work that drew on his days at university in Pennsylvania. Film critic Don Perlgut rates it 4 out of 5 stars.

A lavish scene in Handel’s oratorio, Saul, at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2015. Photo: Bill-Cooper

Festival fever, Kosky style

A spectacular production of Handel’s biblical oratorio, Saul, is bound for the 2017 Adelaide Festival with leading director Barrie Kosky at the helm.

The Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s latest work, Horses in the Sky. Photo: Eyal Hirsch

Cutting-edge kibbutz dance

Israel’s acclaimed Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company is in Australia later this month for the first time in 23 years to stage an exciting new production.