Zum Thema: Culture

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… […]

Kibbutz Life Welcomes the Digital Nomad

The Israeli kibbutz has found its entry point into the startup nation’s ecosystem, and it promises WIFI. A staple of Israel culture, the first kibbutz in Degania was founded in 1910. It was built on principles of agriculture, teamwork and safety, and hundreds of shared communities spread across Israel following its pioneering footsteps. Today, mainstream… […]

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… […]

Zencity Tech Brings Power to the Locals

What do the people want? This is the question that city management company Zencity, answers for any local authorities wanting to listen. While the saying goes that the revolution will not be televised, they never said anything about social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Perhaps that’s just where the people’s revolution begins. The… […]

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… […]

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… […]

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… […]

From Mindless Consumption to Mindful Consumerism

It was a rough day in Tel Aviv. I missed the bus, spent too long at the bank, forgot to eat, and cried on four street corners for no apparent reason. The craving had kicked in and I knew just what I needed. I ducked into a shop, scoured the shelves, picked something up and… […]

Torn Down Building Turned Art Project

Even the buildings waiting for demolition can be useful in the present. An initiative led by Tel Aviv City Council, real estate agencies and artists is taking the dilapidated buildings across Tel Aviv to flip them, if only briefly, into cultural centers. With a construction craze endlessly sweeping through Tel Aviv, there are numerous plots… […]

Female Politicians on the Rise in Israel

History was made in the nationwide Israeli municipal elections, as expected for the year of 2018. Just a little more of the glass ceiling is being shattered, as a record-breaking number of female politicians ran for positions and were voted into victory. The elections were held in 251 cities across Israel, with a few major… […]

Israeli Trauma Team Flies to Pittsburgh

In the worst antisemitic tragedy of recent, 11 people were killed in cold blood during Saturday morning prayers at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A far-right activist and online troll, Robert Bowers, 46, stormed the synagogue during the weekly Sabbath services with an assault rifle, shooting 11 community members dead, including a… […]

Two Gold Medals and a Dash of Hope

Just one year ago, at a major judo tournament in the United Arab Emirates, Israelis were unable to compete under their national symbols. When Tal Flicker won the gold medal, the organizers refused to honor him with the national anthem and raising the flag – as is standard in regard to any sports win. This… […]

E-commerce is Changing with Container Sharing

Imagine all the people being able to shop online for different things, from different shops, all to be packed in one container and shipped to Israel. If you’ve ever dealt with international shipping costs, this might sound like a dream. Especially to Israelis, as importing items into Israel is typically a nightmare thanks to high… […]