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Celebrate 'Israel month' in the city

Next week, young patients admitted to the Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel will have medical clowns from Israel help them forget their pain for a few hours.

mumbai Updated: Nov 16, 2011 01:55 IST
HT Correspondent

Next week, young patients admitted to the Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel will have medical clowns from Israel help them forget their pain for a few hours.

Medical clowns, who are trained to entertain and heal patients, will be in the city on Monday to take part in the 'Israel Month' celebrations, organised by the Consulate General of Israel, for the first time in the city.

"There are several facets of Israel that have been sidelined by war and terror over the years. As part of the month-long celebrations, we are planning to introduce Indians to the culture of Israel," said Orna Sagiv, consul general of Israel.

The celebrations, which begin on Monday, will showcase various aspects of Israeli life, including a performance by the popular rock band, Red Band, coaching sessions with the Hapoel Israel Football Club, seminars by cardiac surgeons and demonstrations by chefs and wine experts.

The band will perform for students of KC College, Jai Hind College and Sophia College. "At the end of the performance, we will be organising an essay competition for college students based on the developments and future of Israel. The shortlisted winners will receive a cash prize of Rs 10, 000 besides getting their work published in an Israeli publication," said Sagiv.

To promote medical tourism in Israel, the consulate has invited cardiac surgeons Dr Frenkel Georgy and Dr Eyal Porat to the city. "The surgeons will participate in a seminar in KEM Hospital and Tata Memorial Hospital," said Sagiv.

During the last week of the celebrations, chef Kobi Mizrachi will teach underprivileged children at the Paul George Orphanage in Juhu to cook Israeli food.