Asif, the main annual event of Israeli Animation, was founded by ASIFA Israel in 2000, and is produced by Animix Festival, in collaboration with the Israeli animation community. Asif aims to celebrate the crop of creative works made in the past year, and promote the art of animation in Israel, with the collection, sorting, documentation and Israeli animated films screening . Asif features selected films and an awards ceremony. Image attribution: iIraeli Animation Festival Animix via TouristIsrael
The Adloyada Parades These 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.
Purim Zombie-Walk The Annual Zombie-Walk in Tel Aviv was created to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim. During this holiday, many have the custom to dress up in costume and take part in marches, feasts, and parades. While many parades have a more general costume requirement, this parade encourages all its participants to dress as zombies! In previous years, nearly 4,000 zombie participants paraded down the streets of Tel Aviv, Israel for the zombie-walk. The walk is organized entirely by volunteers and is open to all that wish to participate, so it is encouraged to bring as many friends and family members as you wish. They say that the more bloody and nasty your zombie costume is, the better! This year, the walk will take place March 18.
Millions of dafim, millions of tests, endless hours of ameilus and dedication, will all culminate at the World Siyumim held in 7 locations across the globe. Throughout the limud of shas over 25,000 lomdim immersed themselves in the world of gemara with the Dirshu system of accountability, to ensure that they truly retain the knowledge they acquire. Gedolei Yisroel, Rabbonim, family members of the Dirshu lomed and yidden from all walks of life will join in an uplifting celebration of Ameilus B’Torah. Be in the moment, be inspired forever. Dirshu is an Orthodox Jewish international organization whose goal is to strengthen and encourage Torah study. Founded in 1997, the organization produces study cycles, sponsors shiurim (Torah lectures), furnishes and grades tests, and offers financial incentives to individuals and groups to learn and master Talmud, Halakha, and Mussar texts. It has also published new editions of traditional Jewish texts, and sponsored major gatherings to celebrate the completion of its study cycles. As of 2018, more than 150,000 people have participated in its programs, which have spread to 26 countries on five continents. Participation in the siyumim (celebrations of completion) of the various programs is on the rise around the globe. In 2012, Dirshu held a small Siyum HaShas in New York. In 2020, the organization planned 11 separate Siyum HaShas events. These include three events for a total of 20,000 attendees in the U.S., two events for 15,000 in Israel (Jerusalem and Tel Aviv), two events for 5,000 in Manchester, England; and siyumim in Paris, France; Cape Town, South Africa; Minsk, Belarus; and Pinsk, Belarus, which attracted thousands more. 2022 Live Stream from Israel 2022 Live Stream from Paris 2020 Live Stream from the USA 2020 Live Stream from Manchester
Tel Aviv-Jaffa is a great place to celebrate Christmas in Israel. The stunning Christmas tree next to the clock tower of Jaffa will be here again. Dates for Christmas Events: December 5 : Lighting of the Christmas tree December 10-11, 17-18 : Weekend Christmas Market December 21 : Teder Christmas Market December 22-23 : Jaffa Winter Festival December 27 : The Christmas Parade at Yefet Street (17:30) For more information about Christmas events in Israel, read Christmas in Bethlehem 2021, Christmas in Nazareth 2021, and Christmas in Jerusalem 2021. For more information about Christmas in Israel, read our blog: Christmas in Israel: Decking the Halls of Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Jaffa, and Nazareth.
Although wine festivals have taken the country by storm, few can compare to Tel Aviv’s Sommelier Wine Festival. This event features wine from all over the world, of course highlighting specialties from our Israeli wineries such as those in the Golan Heights. Although originally more of an industry exposition created to appeal to restaurants, critics, wine buyers, etc., this affair gives the public a chance to taste some special, and often unreleased wines. There are more than fifty Israeli wineries at this trade show, offering samples of their highest quality wines. Some specialties include Israeli ice wines and orange wines.