Israel – Bulgaria Joint Issue :Bird Migration
Israel and Bulgaria share a strong, unique historical bond. The joint efforts of the Bulgarian people, the Church and the Parliament saved the Bulgarian Jewish community during WWII, adding an exceptional human dimension to the diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Bird Migration:The Republic of Bulgaria lies on the Balkan Peninsula in Eastern Europe. The State of Israel is situated on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea, in the heart of the Middle East.The White Stork is one of 280 bird species that migrate over Israel. These birds, which also nest in Bulgaria, pass over Israel as they make their way to Africa, sometimes as far south as the South African city of Cape Town. The stork is connected to human habitats and in Europe it signifies the arrival of spring and symbolizes hope. Some 600,000 storks migrate through Israel’s skies twice a year, among them probably all of Bulgaria’s storks. Thus, the governments of Israel and Bulgaria chose the stork to appear on the joint-issue stamp as a symbol of peace and coexistence and as a sign that migrating birds know no borders.
Issue Date: 15.09.2016 Designer: Miri Nistor, Tuvia Kurtz Printer: Joh. Enschede, The Netherlands Process: Offset Size: 40 x 30 mm Values: NIS 5.00
Festivals Yom Kippur Poem
The poem “As the Clay in the Hand of the Potter” appears in the Ashkenazi version of the prayer book for the eve of Yom Kippur. The author is unknown. This stamp series features three of those artisans: the potter, the glazier and the silversmith. The illustrations on the stamps represent a metaphoric expression, independent of time and place, of that wondrous moment when the artisan’s hands create something new from his raw materials.
Issue Date: 15.09.2016 Designer: David Ben Hador Printer: Joh. Enschede, The Netherlands Process: Offset Size: 40 x 30 mm Values: NIS 2.30, 7.40, 8.30
In Israel the transitional seasons – autumn and spring – are short and often bring surprising weather changes.The Hebrew calendar year begins in the autumn. The year opens with the Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah festivals. There is a feeling of change in the air. Summer is over. The weather is unstable. There are windy and rainy days but also hot, dry, dusty days. The fields are arid and colorless after the heat of summer.
Issue Date: 15.09.2016 Designer: Miri Nistor Illustrator: Tamar Nahir-Yanay Printer: Joh. Enschede, The Netherlands Process: Offset Size: 40 x 30 mm Values: NIS 4.10