The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Market

Author: Ira Riklis  |  Category: Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Stock Exchange MarketThe Tel Aviv Stock Market Exchange (TASE) is the only public market in Israel where people can trade stocks. You will find many products here including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and more. This is a highly regulated by the Securities Law of 1968 and monitored by the Israel Securities Authority. There are a few things you should know about TASE.

History Of The Stock Exchange Market

While it was founded in 1953 though the foundations go all the way back to 1935 with the Exchange Bureau for Securities. In 1999 the exchange switched to a completely computerized system. Then in 2006 TASE bought all remaining shares of TASE stock from holders making it a fully owned subsidiary. Even though TASE may have had modest beginnings, today there are 600 companies on the exchange. Of these companies 60 of them represent stock exchanges from other countries.

How is it Doing Now?

As with any market it will fluctuate. There will be some days where it will be down and other days where it will soar. This is why it is important to look at the market over a longer period of time. On the website you can see the graphs over the last three months as well as the year. The market is not at the highest point it has been over the last three months, but it is close. Also, it is significantly higher than it was a year ago. This is a good sign that this market is stable and on the rise, even if it does have the occasional low day.

History of the Tel Aviv White City

Author: Ira Riklis  |  Category: Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv White CityConstructed by Jewish-German architects immigrating to the British Mandate of Palestine following the takeover of Germany by the Nazis in the 1930s, the White City is composed of 4000+ buildings and occupies a portion of Tel Aviv. Employing the International, or Bauhaus style, of architecture in creating the buildings, these innovative architects were preceded by the development of the concept for the White City by Patrick Geddes, a Scottish city planner commissioned by the first mayor of Tel Aviv, Meir Dizengoff.

Architectural Style Of The Buildings

While Geddes arranged the street layout and determine block sizes, he did not decide the architectural style of the buildings. By the middle 1930s, many Jewish architects favoring the Bauhaus school had already fled to the BMP, partly to escape the growing threat of Nazism and partly due to the closing of Berlin’s Bauhaus school. Consequently, the White City’s public and residential buildings were fashioned by these displaced architects because they lived nearby and because an absence of traditional architectural conventions existed at the time they were living near Tel Aviv.

In addition to incorporating features of the Bauhaus movement, the architects also adapted buildings to deal with the extreme desert/Mediterranean climate. The use of light colors, mostly white, to reflect sunlight and rising heat gave credence to why it is called the White City. Incorporating large areas made of glass (a common component of the Bauhaus style) was replaced by recessed windows that were smaller and helped limit the glare and heat. Balconies in the White City are narrow, long and shaded by overhead balconies so that residents can enjoy breezes coming from the sea. Roofs were built to be slanted instead of flat to provide a place for people to congregate during the cool of dusk.

Recognition As A Cultural Heritage

In 2003, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) named the White City as a World Cultural Heritage Site, stating that the city was an “outstanding example of new town planning and architecture in the early 20th century”.

Although many of the White City’s buildings suffered neglect and ruin over the years, some have been renovated and 1500 of them are slated for restoration and preservation after passing of legislation in 2009 by the Tel Aviv municipal government.

Tel Aviv artist spotlight Nelly Agassi

Author: Ira Riklis  |  Category: Tel Aviv

Spotlighting Nelly AgassiArt is in the eye of the beholder. The beauty of Tel Aviv artist Nelly Agassi’s work is that there is something for everyone. Nelly has been termed a performance artist; a multi-disciplinary artist that works in multiple mediums. Her art transcends time and space. The Jerusalem Center for Visual Arts website describes one of her shows in which she knits a dress around her body. During the performance, Nelly transforms the dress into a large “voluminous object” that she later sheds, as if to invoke the image of shedding an empty skin. Her artwork is edgy, unique and subject to interpretation. She uses various mediums such as knitting, fabrics, photography and much more. Her work can be seen in Tel Aviv, Chicago, New York and London. If you are seeking a unique cultural experience in Tel Aviv, check out the work of Nelly Agassi

Background & Collaborations

Nelly was born in Israel in 1973. She received the Master’s of Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, and her Bachelor’s of Fine Art from Central Saint Martins in London. Additionally, she has taken courses in her native Israel. Nelly divides her time between Tel Aviv and Chicago.

Nelly works with artist Claudia Hill. Hill’s website states that she and Nelly collaborate via email, telepathy and in person. Both believe that the resulting artwork transcends their respective cultures and backgrounds to form something unique.


The Dvir Gallery credits Nelly with the following awards and prizes. Each is a testament to the artist’s unique flair.
2011 Ministry of Culture and Sport Prize
2008 Award for artistic encouragement, Israel ministry of Science, Culture and Sport
2003 Nathan Gottesdiener Foundation for Israeli Art Prize, Tel Aviv Museum of Art
2000-01 America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship

2000 Young Artist Prize

1999 America-Israel Cultural Foundation Scholarship

The Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center

Author: Ira Riklis  |  Category: Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Performing Arts CenterThe Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, which is located in Tel Aviv’s cultural complex, was designed by Israeli architect, Yaakov Rechter, whose father was also an architect. The Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center was first opened to the public in 1994. It is located at Shaul Hamelech Blvd, between Weizmann St and Leonardo da Vinci St.

Construction Of The Arts Center

Constructing the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center within the cultural complex was likely perceived as an ingenious plan, as it opened many doors to performances that had not previously been performed on such a stage in Israel. It is a beautifully constructed modern complex. With its state-of-the art facilities, it is the ideal location for the Israeli Opera as well as the Israeli Ballet, both of which consider the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center their home.

Even the foyer itself is an architectural masterpiece, designed by architect-designer Ron Arad. The foyer features a small amphitheater where performances are enjoyed, along with temporary art exhibits. A café allows guests to enjoy the architectural beauty of the Foyer and the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center itself.

Productions & Presentations for Everyone

The New Israeli Opera presents six productions each season, according to the Tel Aviv Guide. Patrons can also attend a short lecture prior to the performance to learn about the evening performance. Backstage tours are also available, at which time patrons can enjoy even more aspects of the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center. Children’s performances are held periodically and children are given access to Israeli Opera through ongoing education programs.

The Israeli Ballet also performs throughout the year at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center, featuring such prestigious performances as Madame Butterfly. Guest companies from around the world present a variety of dance and musical performances on occasion.

International festivals and unique exhibits held at the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center helps to maintain the festive atmosphere and to keep it an attraction that residents and visitors from around the world enjoy. More than one million visitors enter into the Tel Aviv Performing Arts Center on an annual basis to enjoy the performances, cultural events and architectural beauty of the TAPAC.