June Critics' Picks

BaMakom: The Photography of Nino Herman

For over 40 years, Nino Herman has been documenting the human face of Israel. Paralyzed by polio at the age of two, Herman “chose for myself freedom of movement,” and began his career as a freelance press photographer, going on to become a photographer in the Prime Minister’s office. His early photographs show his dedication to all his subjects: Newly arrived immigrant children, an everyday cafe, or a state ceremony are all presented as equally important, each with a story to tell. His first exhibit in New York City, “BaMakom” (“In Place”), reflects this harmonious balance. 

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Photo courtesy of PR

May 11-August 12, The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery, New York City (jccmanhattan.org)

The Camera Man

Arriving at the Tower of David this month, ‘The Camera Man: Women and Men Photograph Jerusalem, 1900-1950’ will reveal previously untold perspectives of the Holy City, featuring the work of 34 photographers who lived and worked in Jerusalem during the first half of the 20th century. The photographers, men and women, came from a variety fo background with different motivations for documenting Jerusalem. The exhibition displays a colorful mosaic of different faces, told through everyday life and historic events. Dr. Shimon Lev, the curator of the exhibition, explains that the photographers were “acutely aware of the city in which they lived,” and that the different viewpoints and spheres of activity provide an “untold chapter in the history of photography in the country.” Alongside the new invention of the camera in the mid-19th century, Jerusalem witnessed an influx of international travelers. They found that the sight of the Holy City clashed with their imagined perspectives; in fact, the contrast between mundane Jerusalem and imagined Jerusalem still occupies the minds of photographers today. 

Photo by Tsadok Bassan
Photo by Tsadok Bassan

May 26- Dec 10. The Tower of David, Jerusalem. See online for further information (tod.org.il/en/exhibition/the-photographers)


With a lineup of Stephan Bazbaz and Yotam Avni, Alexkid’s Breakfast Club night kicks off summer with a sizzling hot set. The techno DJ and producer from Paris, now based in Berlin, is a legend of the 90s Parisian underground. Catch him before he jets off to Ibiza and the rest of the globe.

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June 11, 30-50 NIS. Breakfast Club, Tel Aviv

Colin Schachat

Internationally renowned Baritone and Cantor, Colin Schachat, will present a classical recital at The Brodt Center Auditorium on Monday June 13. Consisting of great and varied arias and songs including repertoire by Puccini, Verdi, Massenet, Gonoud, Giordano, De Curtis and Zilbertz, he will be accompanied by Ella Pasik for this performance. Schachat has performed with legendary tenors Jose Carreras and Neil Shicoff, as well as leading orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra London, and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. His versatility and resonant vocal style make him a popular performer among diverse audiences. Not to be missed. 

13 Jun, 20:00. Free admission. The Brodt Center Auditorium, 22 Zeitlyn St., Tel Aviv


With a career spanning two decades, D’Julz finds himself at the forefront of electronic music by submerging his soulful groove into compilations, radio shows, and club sets. His sheer knack for combining genres signifies his understanding of contemporary music. Don’t miss out.

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Photo courtesy of PR

June 16. The Block

Wiz Khalifa

As part of his summer tour, American hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa will be playing Rishon Lezion’s Amphitheater. Hailing from Pittsburgh, the tattooed artist, famous worldwide for collaborations such as “See You Again,” has just released his latest video, “Elevated.” 

June 25. 21:00-23:30. NIS 289- NIS 469 (Golden Ring). Live Park Amphitheater, Rishon Lezion (wizkhalifa.co.il)

Adi Shabat

Starting out as a music journalist in the 90s gave Adi Shabat an insider peek into the industry. For the better part of a decade, she’s built up Tel Aviv’s electronic underground with her label, SPAM. Immerse yourself in her fusion of deep house, techno, and indie grooves.

Photo by Goni Riskin
Photo by Goni Riskin

June 25. Kuli Alma, Tel Aviv

Barry Manilow

Brooklyn-born Manilow’s “One Last Time” tour is his final, and will include his-first ever concert in Israel. With over 80 million album sales worldwide, he’s one of the greatest selling artists of all time. To catch one of the last performances by the “Copacabana” star. 

June 30. NIS 255-NIS 1,505 (Orchestra seats). Nokia Arena, Tel Aviv (eventim.co.il)

Efrat Natan: Tar and Whitewash

A Tel Aviv roof that was tarred in winter and whitewashed in summer was the platform for a groundbreaking installation created by Efrat Natan for the Passover Seder night in 1979. The Israeli art world buzzed with talk of how Natan had turned ordinary items such as floor cleaning implements and undershirts into images of an entire life, from birth to death. A retrospective exhibition at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem focuses on more than 40 years of work from one of Israel’s most central artists, in which Natan recreates the much-discussed installation, “Work on the Roof,” and unveils new works.

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Photo courtesy of PR

Until October 29, Israel Museum, Jerusalem (imjnet.org.il)