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Biggest Slumber Party

August is the month of festivals. Cellcom Volume is taking place right now on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. There’s a festival of Street Performers in Bat-Yam, another music festival in Holon, and so on and so forth.

Tonight comes the kids’ turn. The Tel Aviv municipality is holding a huge slumber party for kids in Park Ha’Yarkon this evening (Thursday, August 28). There will be lots of performances, a pyjama contest, a yawning contest, and several playgrounds.

Should be fun, and a good way to unwind before the school year returns next week.

Tel Aviv Slumber Party

The Power of Green People

I’m always amazed at the power of Little Green Footballs. How come a blog that has almost no original content in its posts (as of August 2008), and is closed to new registration, gets hundreds and thousands of comments so quickly on each new post?

Little Green Football Post

Do I find it extremely peculiar? Absolutely.

Am I envious? You betcha!

Little Green Football Touchdown

Johnson, what is your secret?

We have some great sales in Israel

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US Elections coming to a Synagogue near you

Unbelievable! Check out these Kippahs at

Hot Kippah

US Secret Service is operating within Israel


Yehezkel Ben-Shabat?

Yahara Goren?

Shimrit Harari?

Israelis socialize in English

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Walla! reports today that the number of Israelis on Facebook has reached 600,000. In other words, currently 1 out of every 10 Israelis has a Facebook profile.

Facebook Founder

Keep in mind there are many Israelis who do not subscribe to the Israeli network on Facebook or do not identify themselves as Israelis in their profile, so the real numbers may be even higher.

Obama’s illegal child

Bamba baby
The O-Bamba baby

Obama in Israel

Coming Up This Week

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Exclusive: News headlines from the future!

July 20
  • Monday: Barack Obama arrives in Jerusalem. A new state’s witness is claiming he saw Senator Obama handing PM Olmert a fat white envelope.
  • Tuesday: Gilad Shalit’s IDF comrades disposed today of their olive uniforms after 3 long years, as they reenter civic life. Nothing funny to say about this.
  • Wednesday: In their Washington meeting, Israeli Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi and his American counterpart Admiral Mullen allude at a nearing strike on Iran. Oil prices reach 150$ a barrel.
  • Thursday: Minister of the Interior, Meir Shetrit, endorses the construction of a new Arab city in the Galilee. He also promises to give away free Hershey bars every sunday until the coming primaries.

Luck doesn’t live here anymore

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Pais (pronounced “Pa’ees”) is the name of Israel’s only Lottery organization. For dozens of years, the weekly lottery raffle had been broadcasted on Israel’s Channel 1 (“A’rutz E’had”) every Tuesday evening.

Beginning July 1, the Pais raffle has moved to Channel 10. The show’s mythological host, Irit Anavi, will continue to entertain the Israeli gamblers from the show’s new TV studio.

Israeli Pais

Getting to Know You

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OK….that was way more fun than I thought it would be!

It seemed like as good a way as any to let you all know the latest news, and it was actually way more fun that I’d anticipated. Humor me, indulge me, and read it even if you don’t comment…


Welcome to the 2008 edition of getting to know your friends. Change all the answers so they apply to you. The theory is that you will learn a lot of little things about your friends that you might not have known!

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6 am. It was a mistake.

2. Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds. Yeah, baby.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Bee Movie, with the Trolls.

4. What is your favourite TV show? So many shows, so little space.
Currently making a point of catching up on the last series of Six Feet Under, and the as-yet-unreleased-in-Israel series of Dr Who.
Loves me some Torrentz.

5. What do you usually have for breakfast? Coffee, vegetables and 5% white cheese.

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Ice Skating in Israel

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SnowYes, it’s possible to ice skate in Israel! And especially now, in the hot summer days, there’s nothing more refreshing than dreaming of the Winter Olympics.

The most well known ice ring in Israel lies in the northern town of Metulla, just below the Hermon mount on the northeastern border. But for many years, we had used to have a large ice ring in the outskirts of Tel Aviv as well. It was called “Ach’la-Ke’rach”, which translates to “Cool Ice” in Hebrew. However, about five-six years ago, the place was burnt to the ground. Ironically, the ice could not stop the fire.

From that point on, residents in the center of Israel were left without an ice skating solution.

In 2004, Cellcom, one of the biggest cellular networks in Israel, erected a temporary ice ring in Rabin Square for two weeks. I personally remember how fun it was skating there with my younger brother, and perhaps this initiative was the thing that convinced several entrepreneurs to try and establish a new ice ring in Tel Aviv.

Two years ago, we saw the establishment of a small ice ring in Joshua Parks. However it didn’t survive long, and was forced to shut down after several months. Apparently it wasn’t profitable enough at the time.

And now, the final installment of our story…

This last September, the old Amusement Park in Tel Aviv, known as the Luna Park, inaugurated a new ice ring within the park grounds, titled iSkate. It measures 800 square meters in surface, and it operates 7 days a week. Nevertheless, admission prices are ridiculously high, at 70 shekels an hour, and when I came to check out their facility a few weeks back, the place was “dead empty”.

iSkate Tel Aviv

Will it manage to survive? Will the residents of Tel Aviv rediscover the joy of ice skating? I don’t know. Personally, I’m into rollerblading these days.

Wet Weekend

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For the fourth year in a row, Tel Aviv held its unofficial annual Water War. The event was organized by a group named Pharsh, and was inspired by similar events all over the world.

This last Friday, thousands of people arrived at Rabin Square, in the very center of Tel Aviv, just below the City Hall. Most came equipped with water guns, buckets, or simply with a mop cloth — and when the clock hit 3:15pm, the games began. There was only one rule: Drench everyone with as much water as possible and have as much fun as you want!

In order to save water, participants had been asked not to bring water from home, and to use the fountain’s water instead.

Tel Aviv Water Fight 2008
Photo by Flickr’s lamalama666

Tel Aviv is calling you tonight

In July 2003, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), proclaimed “The White City” of Tel Aviv as a World Cultural Heritage site, due the large number of buildings built in the city in the Bauhaus style.

Bauhaus in Tel Aviv

Every year since the UNESCO declaration, Tel Aviv celebrates its cultural heritage in an all-night festival all across the city. That festival, my friends, is happening tonight, Thursday July 3rd! Wherever you might stroll across town, you will encounter music performances, art displays, sporting events, and more.

Here’s a selected list of events happening tonight:

Tel Aviv University stays up all night, with free student movies, and a hip-hop concert that will showcase the famous Ha’Dag-Nahash alongside younger bands. It all starts there around 8pm.

White City celebrates in a White NightThe Banana Beach is hosting its own line of musicians. From 9pm and up to 4am, you could enjoy a fresh drink in the sandy beachside bar while listening to the Giraffes, Efrat Gosh, and Daniel Solomon. The bar will also display the movie Notting Hill on a large outdoor screen.

For all you romantic people, David Broza is holding a sunrise concert in the northern Ha’Tzuk beach. The music will start at 1am, and David himself will take to the stage at 3am. As far as I could find out, it’s all supposed to be free! And if you’d rather spend the night dancing, the southern Charles Chlore seaside park is having a wild dance party.

Jaffa Seaport, Tel Aviv’s Old Seaport, the Opera House, the Nach’lat Binyamin Market, Rothschild Boulevard — all these places will hold special events, such as public dancing, outside bazaars, and street performers.

In any case, feel free “to take it to streets” tonight, and I’m sure you’ll find something you enjoy.

Signs of Summer

Summer is the annual time of beach goers. Racquets, ice lollies, and bikinis — there’s plenty to look out for. But there are also several things to look out from.

Beach in Tel AvivJelly fish is a known annoyance along the eastern shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Those sting-inflicting cold-blooded animals migrate northward around this time of year, and according to recent reports, they’re well on their way at the moment.

Another menace that signals the onset of summer is the appearance of snakes. There has been news of numerous snake bites in recent weeks, which resulted in several people hospitalized in critical conditions, especially in the northern parts of Israel.

In case you get bitten by a snake, don’t panic and run. On the contrary, you’d want to slow down your blood circulation, so that the venom couldn’t spread too fast to vital organs. However don’t lie down flat, as you’d want the bitten area to be lower than the heart. Here are a few common tips about treating snake bites anyone should be familiarized with before going out on a field trip.

And if you do go out on a field trip in Israel, we’ll be glad to feature your travel story and your photos on our blog. You may contact us at for any contributions, comments, or questions.

Picture by NRG

Getting Lost in Tel-Aviv – Chapter 1

Tel Aviv is a marvelous city. I’ve been living here my whole life, and I still discover new things about it almost every day. There’s a lot going on under the surface: a lively music scene, ambitious infrastructure projects, countless events, and people from all over the world (I shall expand on this issue at some other time). One of my favorite activities is to stroll around the city and to discover new places that I never knew about, such as an old alley, a hidden park, or a new pub. The things I find in those walkabouts never cease to amaze me.

Getting lost in Tel Aviv

Last week I walked across the Yarkon River, Tel-Aviv’s landmark creek, which has a beautiful park alongside its shores. I entered the Bavli neighborhood — the easternmost neighborhood in Tel Aviv that sits on the banks of the river — and followed the pathway along the park.

Napoleon HillApparently, a small outdoor cafe had opened there two-three months ago, right at the edge of the water. They lined several wooden sofas on the grass and now offer around-the-clock service. The place looks incredibly romantic.

Then I strolled on and arrived at the point where the Yarkon River divides into two separate streams: One continues to be titled the Yarkon as it delves into the Joshua Parks — while the second, smaller, sibling quickly aligns itself along the Ayalon Highway, and is appropriately titled Ayalon Creek (mind you, the creek was there before the freeway).

This is a relatively quiet area of the park, virginal and wide. If you continue across the bridge, you arrive at the ancient archeological site Tel G’risa, which is commonly known as the Napoleon Hummock. It is a beautiful place, hidden from view, even as your car shoots across the nearby freeway, and on top the hummock you arrive at a round reconstructed structure that slightly resembles Stonehenge — at least this is the association that I came across my own mind.

The city has done a superb job in redesigning the surrounding parks in recent years, and it is now possible to ride a bicycle or simply walk along the pathways all the way from the Mediterranean Sea to Tel G’risa, and even farther.

Map Picture by Walla! Maps , Tel G’risa photo by Joshua Parks

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