New Stamps of Israel

Amphibians in Israel

\"israelThis stamp series presents four of the seven amphibian species currently inhabiting Israel. All four species are endangered locally or globally. Human activity has harmed the amphibian class more than other vertebrates. Due to their extreme sensitivity, amphibians serve as a bio-indicator of deterioration in the global environment. Amphibians have mainly been harmed in Israel as a result of their habitats being destroyed, but the key reason for their being endangered in the world is infectious diseases which are mostly spread as a result of trade in amphibians.

Issue Date: 23.06.2014 Printer: Joh. Enschede, The Netherlands Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: H30 / W40

Pioneering Women

\"pioneeringSara Levi-Tanai (1910 – 2005)

Choreographer, songwriter and poet Sara Levi-Tanai was born in Jerusalem to parents who were originally from Yemen. After her mother passed away when she was seven years old, she grew up in an orphanage in Safed and in the Meir Shfeya youth village. Levi-Tanai\’s many talents, including writing and dramatizing were apparent from the time she was a child and she was awarded a JDC scholarship to Levinsky Seminar in Tel Aviv. There she was trained as a preschool teacher and subsequently worked in preschools in little Tel Aviv. Due to a shortage of proper educational material, she began writing poems and recitations for children. She also published stories in a number of newspapers, Davar, Davar Yeladim and Davar Hapo\’elet.

In 1940 she moved to Kibbutz Ramat Hakovesh, where she taught preschool during the day and was a cultural creator at night. She wrote revues for the holidays, set biblical passages to music, wrote holiday songs and created folk dances, the most well-known of which is El Ginat Ha\’egoz (To the Nut Grove). She also published two children\’s books at that time. Her desire to be more active in the arts brought Levi-Tanai back to Tel Aviv, where she founded the Inbal Dance Theater in 1949. She brought young girls and boys from \”Kerem Hatemanim\”, and through them connected to her Yemenite roots, which inspired her unique artistic works.

Sara Levi-Tanai developed a new language of movement. Her choreography was inspired by the bible, Israeli landscapes and Yemenite and Sephardic folklore. Through its many overseas tours, Inbal served as an ambassador of Israeli culture.

Sara Levi-Tanai was awarded the Israel Prize in dance in 1973 for her contributions in the field of performing arts, as well as various other awards, including the title of \”honored citizen of Tel Aviv\”.

Esther Raab (1894 – 1981)

Esther Raab, Israel\’s first native poet, was born in Petach Tikva, the first Hebrew moshava (agricultural colony). Her father, Judah Raab, was among the founders of Petach Tikva. Her poems began to be published in the early 1920\’s and her first book, Kimshonim (Thistles) came out in 1930.

The happiest years of her life were those spent growing up in the moshava, with its landscapes, animals and vegetation, and in time – her wealth, friends, home in Tel Aviv, which was a gathering place for writers and artists in the early 1930\’s, and most of all – her poems, written over the course of more than 60 years, until just before her death at age 87.

The low points in her life were marked by her disappointing loves and marriage, her years of silence, her childlessness and in her later years she lost her fortune and was haunted by nightmares.

Author Yehoshua Kenaz wrote of her poetry: \”Reading these poems is an Israeli experience, a Mediterranean experience, a first class artistic experience that poet Esther Raab was perhaps the first to express in such a bold and pure manner.\”

Issue Date: 23.06.2014 Printer: Joh. Enschede, The Netherlands Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: H30 / W40

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