Levinsky Market was established primarely to fulfill an existential need of the residents of the Florentine neighborhood. Not only was this market essential to offer basic goods and groceries to the locals, but also to create new jobs. The founders of the market immigrated from the Balkan area (Greece and Turkey). Back in the day, famous chefs would come from near and far to the Levinsky market, solely to seek out special and secret ingredients needed to serve the needs of their gourmet restaurants.
The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot, formerly the Nahum Goldmann Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, is located in Tel Aviv, Israel, at the center of the Tel Aviv University campus in Ramat Aviv. The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot is a global institution that tells the ongoing story of the Jewish people, intended for people of all faiths. Through its educational programming, the institution works to connect Jewish people to their roots and strengthen their personal and collective Jewish identity. The museum presents a pluralistic narrative of Jewish culture, faith, purpose and deed as seen through the lens of Jewish history and current experience today. The museum launched a large-scale renewal in 2016, adding a new wing with rotating temporary exhibitions, the Alfred H. Moses and Family Synagogue Hall featuring synagogue scale models, and Heroes - Trailblazers of the Jewish People, a children's interactive exhibition. Museum renovations will culminate with the opening of a new permanent core exhibition in early 2020. It is a center for Jewish discourse, engagement, education and research, encompassing a pluralistic and comprehensive worldview.
The "Fire and Water Fountain", commonly referred to as "Dizengoff Square Fountain", is a Tel Avivian landmark in the center of Dizengoff Square. Dedicated in 1986, the fountain is a kinetic sculpture and the work of the Israeli artist, Yaacov Agam. Agam developed this fountain over a period of ten years and it is one of his most renowned creations. He has gained international recognition as one of the founders of the kinetic art movement. The fountain consists of an illusory and a movement dimension. These are both typically works of Kinetic and Op art, which is achieved by the use of technology and the observer's movement. The fountain is composed of several big jagged wheels, which were designed in the kinetic style (colored geometric shapes, which are perceived as different images from different angles). A technological mechanism is automatically activated at different times of the day and the night, turning the wheels on their hinges, injecting water upwards in various forms, spitting fire upwards, while playing music. Throughout the years the fountain drew a lot of criticism from the Tel Aviv residents for the high cost of its ongoing maintenance. Until recently, the fountain was poorly maintained and occasionally stopped operating. However, the fountain was recently repainted and is a large social landmark known by all Tel Avivians. Photo Attributions: Ted Eytan, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons Ori lubin, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons Rubinstein Felix,, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
An intimate dining experience with a chef in South Tel Aviv. Join Chef Amit Raz for a multi course dinner at his charming apartment in Tel Aviv and enjoy a culinary experience customised to your taste buds. Raz will bring his diverse knowledge and experience and local and international flavour to create a unique plant based dining experience.
A tantalising taste experience in Israel's historic food markets. Embark on a culinary journey with a professional chef through the colourful and diverse food culture of Israel. Choose from Israel's historic markets in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem and learn about the essential local ingredients, savour delicious flavour from the market and learn about the history of the people who have been trading there for years and years.
Join me on a culinary adventure in Tel Aviv’s historic neighbourhood of Florentine or the Yemenite Quarter. We will visit Levinsky or Carmel Market and learn about their history and evolution. You will be introduced to shop owners and their heritage and taste traditional dishes. You will be shown the unique ingredients that make up the diverse cuisine found in Israel. The adventure will continue in my kitchen with a workshop on signature dishes found in Israel using ingredients from the market. We will conclude with a feast of flavours and cocktails Please watch promo: https://youtu.be/MpaVWOIYG6o Tasting treats from the market Gazoz – A refreshing reinterpretation of a soda (cool drink) using seasonal ingredients, fresh herb and bubbles. Anti-pasta platter from a Turkish deli including signature olives Burekas – stuffed phyllo pastry in a Turkish style Churchkhela- a Georgian sweet of nuts encased in grape jelly. Halva – a sesame based confectionary found in the middle east and the Mediterranean amongst others in different varieties. Cooking workshop Starters Baba ganush with green tahini (flame smoked eggplant with a sesame dip sauce blended with lots of parsley) Almond labane with zaatar and pomegranate (zesty nut cheese with a special herb and sesame seasoning) Freekeh (smoked green wheat) salad with dried figs, pistachios, parsley, mint and sumac dressing Mains Kebabs on cinnamon sticks Mejadara ( a Levantine dish of rice and brown lentils with mounds of caramelised onions) Dessert Malabi in two flavours – classic rose with pistachio and halva with silan and salted almonds Also includes: - Cocktails: arak with grapefruit, mint and cucumber - Local wine with meal - Recipe booklet and spices to take home - Menu and tastings may vary according to season Hours: Mondays-Thursdays 10: 30 -14:30 or 15:30 – 19:30 Fridays 9:30 – 13:30
Delicatessen is a deli located in central Tel Aviv known for its baked-goods, salads, sandwiches and on-the-go foods. Not only is the food great, but the atmosphere and outdoor seating make it great for dining in for breakfast or lunch. This restaurant uses low-heat in their cooking to create a variety of options and flavors, and uses the most high-quality products to prepared foods fresh each day. About 9 years ago, Delicatessen expanded their restaurants and bakeries to make it convenient for consumers to stop by and grab a bouquet of flowers, desserts, deli foods, cheeses, breads, and a bottle of wine. The owner of Delicatessens is well-known throughout Israel and has several other successful establishments throughout the country that always receive high praise for their quality of food and service.
A beautiful garden cafe located in Tel-Aviv, minutes away from the beach, with great prices and amazing food.
The battle of the best Romanian kebab is a never-ending story. For over 50 years, the Haim Nello grill has upheld its glory. The dishes at Nello's are known throughout the country and people come from all corners to have the experience again and again. The decoration of the restaurant is that of a Romanian home, which creates a homely atmosphere. Other than the famous grilled dishes, one will also find a whole raft of Romanian salads and desserts.
Amit discovered his passion for cooking as a child, in his grandmother’s kitchen. Two decades later, when his family immigrated to South Africa he fulfilled his dreams and worked professionally in the field. Years later, after a visit in India, he was inspired by the culture and diverse cuisine and decided return to the subcontinent and train in the local culinary arts. He brought back his knowledge to Cape Town and opened Masala Dosa Restaurant that combined traditional South Indian cookery with a modern dining experience. The restaurant operated successfully for 11 years under the care and dedication of Amit and also functioned as a space for cooking workshops for the public and chefs alike. The desire for change and travel led Amit to sell the restaurant in2016 and embark on a journey around the world. At the end of his travels he decided to return to his birthplace in Israel. He chose to reside in the heart of the city on a rooftop apartment surrounded by trees and birds. In this space he offers his experience and knowledge and hold workshops and special culinary events. Amit’s passions extend to the arts too. He has studied Design and Fine Art and has worked both as an artist and educator in these subjects in private institutions. He brings his knowledge and love to his guided tours in Tel Aviv specializing in street -art and architecture.
I’ve been always fascinated by our small but special land of Israel. So small but so much to see, so much history and many experiences to collect. I’m lucky to discover my passion in an early stage of life, and even more lucky to share that passion with people from all around the globe. I believe that a tour guide real role is to make you feel the heart of the land of Israel by reviving its history and connecting it to the present and the future. - Eli Vogman
My name is Amit Musaei. My life hobby is to travel and explore the land of Israel. at 2013 I decided to make a living from my passion and became a Licensed Tour Guide by the Ministry of Tourism in Israel. Nowadays I guide independent tourist & groups. I expertise in History, religions & ancient cultures. Through my tours I connect my travelers to the history of the land by showing the abundance of archaeological evidence, walking through world heritage sites & through Israel’s diverse nature. To enhance the experience we meet locals and travelers get to learn about Israel’s society. When leading spiritual tours aspect of religions comes alive either by following Jesus footsteps or when coming to experience the land of the Jewish ancestors following the bible. When touring in Israel Geopolitics would always be an interest, as a tour guide I am offering different aspects and trying to be unbiased. Contact me on any question regarding your future visit to Israel. I am offering guiding services all around Israel and will plan the tour to your requests and interest. - Amit Musaei
Purim 2022: The Purim Holiday is Back and Better Than Ever From Europe to the Middle East, Jews have been subjected to some of the most ruthless minority treatment in history. There have been many moments where Jewish communities around the world have thought, "This is the end." However, most of the time it all works out and as a result, a new holiday is born. One choice joke that American Jews often like to employ during such holidays is, "They tried to kill us, they failed, let’s eat." On Purim, this sentence is altered to read, "They tried to kill us, they failed, let’s party." For the last two years, the pandemic canceled this opportunity. However, Purim 2022 is returning with vengeance and several major events in Israel. Grab your Purim costume and your alcohol of choice and take to the streets and bakeries for all the merriment. [caption id="attachment_33622" align="alignnone" width="590"] Plate of traditional Hamantaschen cookies[/caption] Hamantaschen: A Tasty Symbol of Jewish Victory Sure, there are plenty of parades and things to do in Tel Aviv during the Purim holiday. Yet before all that you need to set a good carb base for all the alcohol you will surely consume. There is no better pre-drinking snack than some classic hamantaschen. These triangle shaped treats are sculpted to look like the three pointed hat of the famous Jewish enemy Haman. Haman wanted all the Jews of Persia massacred. It was through the efforts of Queen Esther, that the Jews of Persia were saved. She convinced King Ahasuerus to spare her people and execute Haman in the place of her Uncle Mordecai. For this reason, on Purim Jews read the Megillat Esther and indulge in some delicious little Haman hats or hamantaschen. Some of the best hamantaschen to be found in Tel Aviv is at Puni or Lechamin Bakery. Puni, the first cake shop in Yaffo, was built by a Polish immigrant by the name of Avi Puni, who came to Israel in 1922. The bakery specializes in many assortments of sweet and savory baked goods. All of these tasty treats are made using recipes straight from the Puni family cookbook. Throughout the year they are known for their signature bourekas and marzipan but during the Purim holiday, the hamantaschen reign supreme. Lechamin Bakery is known for its shelves of freshly baked and delicious loaves of bread from sourdough to rye. Exiting Lechamin without an assortment of fresh baked goods is next to impossible. This Purim 2022, indulge in their classic chocolate hamantaschen and pair it with a cup of their delicious coffee. [caption id="attachment_33531" align="alignnone" width="678"] Participants of the Zombie-Walk Tel Aviv dressed in a zombie Purim costume[/caption] The Walking Dead: Purim 2022 Edition Purim costumes come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, however, for certain occasions a dress code is required. Start prepping some fake blood and your finest ripped shirts for the Zombie Walk on March 19th. This is one of the most beloved themed Purim parades in all of Israel. People from far and wide come to Tel Aviv to take part in this celebration of the dead. In earlier years, the number of walkers was in the thousands. This year, volunteers are hoping for a similar turnout. The parade kicks off at 9:30pm at the corner of King George and Sderot Ben Tzion. Everyone is welcome, the young, the old, and do not be afraid to take your costume to another level of terrifying. [caption id="attachment_33625" align="alignnone" width="614"] Parade participants dressed in Purim costume[/caption] Adloyada is Aramaic for Stinking Drunk The Adloyada parades are by far the most celebrated events in Israel for the Purim holiday as well as the most historic. The first parade took place in Tel Aviv in 1912 and from that point on have been a staple of the Purim holiday in Israel. The Amaraic phrase that gave birth to the name Adloyada is “Ad Delo Yada'' roughly translated as “until no one longer knows.” Traditionally you must get so drunk on Purim that you can no longer tell the difference between the names Haman and Mordecai. These names look completely different in the Megillah so you have got to be pretty wasted. The Adloyada parades not only consist of people but some fairly elaborate floats. In the past, these floats paid homage to the history and culture of Israel. Some designs included giant Ben Gurion heads reading Israel’s declaration of independence or the twelve tribes of Israel. Today, the floats reflect a more modern touch of Israeli culture. The criteria are outlandish, colorful, and loud. DJs and musicians from across the nation come to spin their records and blast their horns from atop the floats. The overarching theme is diversity and difference, which can be seen in each and every float and every Purim costume. [caption id="attachment_33137" align="alignnone" width="518"] Purim Items: Hamantaschen (Oznei Haman), Purim masks, and Gragger (traditional noise maker)[/caption] Purim: A Much Needed Celebration of Life This Purim 2022 is possibly the most needed holiday in the last few years for the Jewish people and Israel. After all the stress, isolation, and precautions, it is high time that the entire nation let its hair down. Celebrating the continuation of life is a key pillar of many Jewish holidays, including Purim. This upcoming Purim holiday will be a celebration of survival not only for the Jews of ancient Persia but also Jews of the modern age.
From dreidels to latkes and everything in between, Hanukkah has become a holiday filled with joy and celebration. Known as the Festival of Light, Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, freedom of worship and religion, and of course, the oil miraculously lasting 8 days when it was expected to last one. This year, continue your favorite Hanukkah traditions through a variety of virtual Hanukkah events and activities right from your home! Don't let this holiday season be any less exciting than the last. Hanukkah is meant to be celebrated, and thanks to the many virtual celebrations and activities listed below, this year will be just as exciting, tasty, and special as it has ever been before! Festival: Virtual Israeli Cultural Evening and Chanukah Celebration December 10th, 2020; 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM EST Come join the Virtual Historic Tour of Hanukkah to not only celebrate this holiday season, but also to experience a virtual visit to Israel! Explore the rich history of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Hebron, and Tel Aviv in a cultural and diverse Israeli-based evening. An expert tour guide will explain the origins of this joyous holiday, but it doesn't stop there! Take part in virtual Israeli cooking and wine demonstrations, with interactive and engaging musical and dance presentations from native performers. There will also be classic Hanukkah traditions and games for people of all ages to enjoy! Festival: Hanukkah - The Festival of Lights, Virtual Edition December 9th, 2020; 6:00 PM EST This Hanukkah, join The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and J Arts for a meaningful and exciting virtual celebration! There will be a variety of family-friendly programs and activities involving Hanukkah music, arts and crafts, Hanukkah stories, and digital Hanukkah animations. Honor the significant history and rich traditions through cultural music, dances, artist conversations, and a special community candle lighting ceremony. Film Festival: 8 Nights of Films for Hanukkah December 10th-17th, 2020; Time Varies for Different Events To celebrate the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival's 40th anniversary, the Jewish Film Institute has organized a special and unique event, containing a drive-in movie and online screenings to honor the many decades of their history. Don't miss out on guests and remembrances relating to the Jewish cinema, with additional clips and trailers from the past 40 years. Join these 8 days of programming and have the opportunity to watch some well known Jewish classics such as “Film About A Father Who”, “Sublet”, and “Born in Jerusalem and Still Alive” to say a few. Make sure to light your candles, grab some latkes and sufganiyot, and enjoy a variety of films in honor of Hanukkah. Festival: Virtual Hanukkah Event December 11th-18th, 2020; Time Varies for Different Events Let the JCC bring some added Hanukkah fun and excitement to you this holiday season! Creating beautiful crafts, taking a virtual photo gallery tour of unique Hanukiahs, and singing and dancing to a variety of Hanukkah music is only just the beginning of what this virtual event has to offer. Come hungry because you can find many new delicious recipes and view pre-recorded cooking demonstrations as well! Enjoy daily Maccabee Warrior intensive training with personal trainers, read nightly Hanukkah stories, and of course, don't miss out on virtual candle lighting ceremonies. You never know, maybe you’ll even discover new traditions to include in your future Hanukkah celebrations! Holiday: Hanukkah at Home - Virtual Worldwide Lighting December 22nd, 2020; 6:00 - 6:30 PM EST Don't miss out on Lab/Shul Ritual Team for special Hanukkah inspired songs, stories, poetry, and more! Feel the joyous celebration as Rabbi Amichai and The Lab/Shul Team lead people of all ages and religions worldwide to light the symbolic holiday candles, illuminating so many houses around the world. Families with young children have an additional opportunity to join an 'Online Virtual Play Time' event. Here, join superstar kiddie rocker ShirLaLa, Lab/Shul Executive Director, Sarah Sokolic, and special guests of all ages including our favorite puppets! Holiday: Latkes & Light, A Virtual Family Hanukkah Celebration December 13th, 2020; 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM EST While people may not physically be together this Hanukkah, no one should ever be celebrating alone! Join the Jewish Community Center of Denver to light and bless the Hanukkah menorahs together, as one large community. This celebration is geared towards children ages 2-10, who will have the opportunity to sing, dance, and play Hanukkah themed activities. This event will feature educators from Jewish Explorers, Judaism Your Way, Staenberg-Loup Jewish Community Center, and PJ Library. Additionally, in honor of this celebration, The Tzedakah Project will benefit the JFS Weinberg Food Pantry, and there will be further discussions about the significance and impact that Tzedakah has on the world! Festival: Holiday of Holidays December 10th-20th, 2020; Time Varies for Different Events This Hanukkah, take part in the unique Holiday of Holidays Festival and contribute to promoting tolerance and mutual respect through culture and art! While exhibits are unfortunately unable to be physically displayed, join the online events showcasing art exhibitions and artist meetings, allowing one to be exposed to the beautiful array of culture and diversity within Israel. This festival provides the opportunity to take part in activities highlighting the positivity and benefits of developing relationships with other cultures. Learn the significance of breaking these unnecessary barriers, and develop or strengthen your trust between a variety of nationalities, ethnic groups, and religious groups throughout the Holy Land. Festival: Hanukkah 2020 Gift December 10th-17th, 2020; Time Varies Based on Location Come and join eight international tour guides as they guide us on a virtual trip around the world! Explore Jewish geography, discover the captivating history, and even take a hot air balloon tour, all while meeting other Jewish participants in this exciting virtual opportunity! Expand your Jewish community to people you never thought you would meet and connect with groups from Australia, Uganda, Turkey, Italy, Spain, and so much more. Give the gift of learning this Hanukkah season and get exposed to the significance and beauty of Jewish diversity all around the world.
Mimouna is a traditional North African Jewish celebration dinner, held annually the day after Passover and marking the return of the chametz. Though the tradition originated in North African countries like Morocco, cities around the world with a Maghrebi Jewish population now celebrate the holiday. In Morocco, on the afternoon of the last day of Passover, Jewish families prepare flour, honey, milk, and butter to be used to prepare post-Passover chametz celebration dinners. Historically, Jewish congregations would walk to an orchard in order to recite Birkat Ha'Ilanot, and following the conclusion of Passover, would recite passages from the Book of Proverbs and the Mishna. The celebration begins after nightfall on the last day of Passover. In many communities, non-Jewish neighbors sell chametz back to Jewish families as a beginning of the celebration. Moroccan and Algerian Jews throw open their homes to visitors, after setting out a lavish spread of traditional holiday cakes and sweetmeats. One of the holiday favorites is Mofletta. The table is also laid with various symbols of luck and fertility, with an emphasis on the number "5," such as five pieces of gold jewelry or five beans arranged on a leaf of pastry. The repetition of the number five references the five-fingered hamsa amulet common in both Jewish and Muslim North African and Middle Eastern communities from pre-modern times. Typically all those in attendance at a Mimouna celebration are sprinkled with a mint sprig or other green dipped in milk, symbolizing good fortune and new beginnings. Early in the day of the Mimouna, families go to the sea, splash water on their face, and walk barefoot in the water, to replay the scene of the miraculous crossing of the Reed Sea, which is believed to have taken place on the last day of Passover. In Israel, Mimouna has become a popular annual happening with private parties, outdoor gatherings, picnics and BBQs. One of the most notable Israeli celebrations takes place in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park, drawing about 100,000 people each year, often including the president and prime minister. Israeli law now requires employers to agree to grant an employee unpaid leave for Mimouna if asked. It has been estimated that in 2012 nearly two million people in Israel participated in Mimouna festivities. Other cities in Israel such as Tel Aviv and Ashdod are also known for their Mimouna celebrations as well. In Tel Aviv, many of the bars and clubs hold special events for Mimouna, and Ashdod is known for hosting former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, at a Mimouna celebration in 2014. Ashkenazi Jews living in Israel will often seek out these public celebrations or join family's of Moroccan friends who hold large celebrations at home.
The Norman, reflecting Tel Aviv through the visual and culinary arts, design, architecture, entertainment and the lifestyle elements this vibrant city offers. Grandeur and style are at the heart of the Norman, which captures the elegance of the 1920’s mixed with the comforts of a world class luxury hotel. The theme continues through the interior which fuses contemporary elegance with modern Tel Aviv. Guests will have the choice of two restaurants, a brassiere serving Mediterranean cuisine with a touch of Israeli Flair, plus a renowned Japanese Restaurant – Dinings which offers panoramic views across the city. Guests can use the Library bar to unwind and enjoy late night cocktails which will be served into the early hours. Art & culture are fundamental to the entire picture at The Norman. From our design and interiors, our growing book collection shared with our guests throughout the hotel, to our stunning art collection of contemporary Israeli artists with international reputations and our monthly cultural event that take place in the Library Bar – your time in the hotel will be enriched by discovery as it will in Tel Aviv itself. The Norman comprises of two historic 1920’s buildings featuring: 50 luxurious rooms and suites, two restaurants and a stunning roof top infinity pool with captivating views and offers a wellness concept from yoga, massage, to personal training and bicycles.
Characterized by a distinctive modern design that is as stunning to the senses as it is welcoming to the soul, THE POLI HOUSE design boutique hotel in Tel Aviv is the embodiment of the urban eccentricities, diversity and personalities that shape the city’s eclectic culture and design. The whimsical and earnest designs of architect Karim Rashid and South Tel Aviv’s unfiltered, street-art lined streets, work in unison with THE POLI HOUSE’s panoramic rooftop pool, sun deck, cocktail bar, tranquil spa treatment room and quaint cafe in a luxurious 1930’s Bauhaus edifice to create a next-level hospitality experience unmatched in the White City. Originally built in 1934 as a commercial office space known as the Polishuk House, the Poli House Hotel has a colorful history that has seen it house some of the city’s most iconic operations, including the clandestine Etzel printing press during the British Mandate and later the famous “Naaley Pil” (Elephant Shoes) children’s shoe store. After lying dormant and disheveled for years, the building has been painstakingly restored to its former glory by the award-winning, Tel Aviv-based Nitza Szmuk Architects and transformed into a symbol of Tel Aviv’s renaissance as an artistic, culinary and cultural hub.
The Rothschild Hotel, located in the heart of Tel Aviv’s beautiful and prestigious Rothschild Boulevard, is renowned as the most romantic hotel in Tel Aviv. The pampering rooms of the iconic hotel attract couples celebrating their wedding night, anniversaries and birthdays, as well as many tourists who enjoy the hotel’s architecture, design, location, amenities and warm and uncompromising service. The Rothschild Hotel was designed in tribute to the Zionist vision and activities of Baron Edmond de Rothschild, a visionary who made a tremendous contribution in laying the foundations for the State of Israel. The Baron’s investment in pre-state Israel was similar in many ways to the genesis and management of modern startups – bringing together vision and reality, successes and failures, and making adjustments along the way. In today’s lingo, he would be referred to as a startup entrepreneur, and not only as the Well-Known Benefactor. The Baron visited the Land of Israel five times, each time further developing his vision and monitoring its realization. Throughout the hotel, there are subtle hints that offer a creative and experiential interpretation of the Baron’s vision, character and work. The hotel is housed in a historic and eclectic building, one of the city’s most beautiful structures. - Rothschild Hotel