Zum Thema: Life, Culture & Sports

Israeli Photographer Treks for Polar Bears

Amos Nachoum is committed to capturing wildlife behavior, and fearlessly pursues the likes of whales, sharks and his latest conquest to fulfill his dream – the arctic polar bear. In a film called Picture of His Life, Amos, a world-renowned photographer who has twice been named Wildlife photographer of the year, and a team ready… […]

Holocaust Survivor Celebrates 104th Birthday with 400 Offspring

On her 104th birthday, Shoshana Ovitz had one wish for all of her children, grandchildren and descendants to meet at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. About 400 family members showed up to celebrate, fulfilled her birthday request. Ovitz survived the Holocaust, specifically Auschwitz, and suffered the loss of her family, witnessing her mother being taken… […]

Tel Aviv Steps into Luxury Food World

Israeli cuisine is stepping into the global spotlight, as six restaurants were recently awarded at the World Luxury Restaurants Awards in St. Petersburg, Russia. The awards are in their fourth year, and winners are voted on by over 100,000 guests, travelers and industry professionals. The six restaurants awarded are Aria, Milgo Milbar, Herbert Samuel, Chloelys, Hola,… […]

An Opportunity in Destruction

Av is known as the month in the Jewish calendar when “our joy is diminished.” It all started 2,000 years ago, on the ninth of Av, marked as Tisha B’Av, when the Jewish temple was destroyed. Only 600 years later, the second temple was destroyed, on the same day. Since then, Tisha B’Av has seen… […]

Window Collector Leaves Legacy in Jerusalem

Avid window collector, artist and lover of Jerusalem, the late Yoram Amir left his most transparent legacy in the center of the city. In collaboration with artistic duo, Lior Peleg and Itamar Faluja, the house of window panes is made out of 550 various windows, collected by Amir throughout the years, from street finds in… […]

Netflix is Number One Brand in Israel

In the past decade, Netflix has risen as the not so quiet disruptor in the media broadcasting business. Per a recent Globes report, Netflix is now considered the most successful brand in Israel, sharing the same prestige as its predecessors like Coca Cola and Google. In Israel alone, Netflix has seen a market price increase… […]

Tel Aviv Celebrates 100 Years of Bauhaus Architecture

Tagged as the White City, Tel Aviv is known to have the highest concentration of Bauhaus buildings in the world. The modernist Bauhaus movement was started in the 1920s by a group of Germans who fled Germany and landed in then British Mandate of Palestine. They believed in minimalist architecture, meaning minimal glass windows for… […]

Israeli Summer Plagues Have Arrived

As the Mediterranean sun sits closer on the shores of Israel, the country starts to swarm with its annual array of summer plagues. The plagues do not discriminate, and are felt by the people, no matter their background, language, age, or religion. The plagues are the signal that temperatures are on the rise, ready to… […]

English Speaking Theater Group Taking on Tel Aviv  

Thousands of English-speaking immigrants move to Israel annually, and with its complex and layered language, it can be challenging to find a way to communicate and connect. About five years ago, when Guy Seemann was approached with the promise of an empty and almost unused theater, Beit Yad Labanim, he decided to listen to his… […]

Supermarket Trends and Spends in Israel

If there’s one thing everyone in the Middle East can agree on, it’s a love of food. Recently, the Central Bureau of Statistics proved just how much, by running a report to show the metrics of food spending habits in Israel. After surveying over 9,000 Israelis, including Arabs and Jews, they found a few trends… […]

Arab Israeli Higher Education on the Rise

The number of Arab Israelis seeking doctorate degrees has doubled in the past ten years, according to a report from the Council for Higher Education, or CHE. From 355 students in 2008, there were 759 Arab Israeli students in 2018. The increase is a welcome approach to higher education, with 40% of degrees completed in… […]

Israeli Director Wins the Oscar

Israeli Native and Film Director Guy Nattiv, won the Oscar Award for “Live Action Short Film” for Skin, a 20-minute clip portraying a hate crime, and the impact it has for a black and a white child. Nattiv, along with his wife, Jamie Ray Newman, who produced the movie, and screenwriter Sharon Mayman, took the… […]

Is Sherut Culture a Vehicle for Kindness?

As I stand on Ben Yehuda, a busy main street parallel to the beach in Tel Aviv, I wave down a yellow taxi – not the New York kind – but what Israelis call a ‘monit sherut’, or shared taxi. The sherut is an alternative to taking the bus, as it often runs along the… […]

Texting Terribly in Tel Aviv

“Why did you just punch me in the face?” he asked. “I didn’t punch you,” I responded. “I fist bumped you. Ehm, is that just a Jersey thing?” It was only the beginning of our blossoming text message conversation, and I quickly learned that for the majority of Israeli men, the fist emoji is a… […]

Israelis on Social Media the Most

Walking through the urban streets of Israel, it’s easy to see that most people are glancing down with their eyes glued to their phones. Only a decade ago, Israelis were not able to easily access such a global connection, and today, the smart phone connections are only getting more powerful, which is proven by a… […]

Ethiopian Israelis Protest Against Police Brutality

After 24-year old Ethiopian man, Yehuda Biaga, was shot dead by a police officer, thousands of Israelis took to the streets and demonstrated peacefully against unjust police brutality. Protesters gathered by Azrieli Towers in Tel Aviv and caused a standstill in traffic. Their aim was to bring attention to the blatant racism and prejudice they… […]

Madonna and Netta Kick Up Sparks for Eurovision

While there are groups of people protesting Eurovision being in Israel, the show must go on – and it’s going on big. Madonna is expected to confirm her performance to kickoff Eurovision, thanks to a one-million-dollar donation, funded by Sylvan Adams, a well-known philanthropist who moved from Canada to Israel in 2015. He has dedicated… […]

IPC Bans Malaysia for Unethical Sportsmanship

The government of Malaysia, led by Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, refuses to allow Israeli athletes to participate in the Paralympics swimming championship, and were banned from hosting after the International Paralympic Committee, or IPC, took the action needed to send the right message across – sports and politics do not go together. Malaysia banned Israelis… […]

Domestic Violence Against Women Increases by 30%

In the past year, 21 women were murdered in cold blood by their husbands, partners or close family members. Of the 21 women killed, around half had filed a report with the police prior to their deadly incident. Disturbingly, there has been a 30% increase in violence against women in the last year, with over… […]

Israeli Education and its Teachers are Neglected

Being an educator in Israel is one of the least respected roles in Israeli society. In the Global Teacher Status Index 2018, it was found that Israel ranked second to last only under Brazil for educators being a respected profession. In comparison, China, which ranks first, considers a teacher’s role of equal importance to a… […]