Great Synagogue Of Tel Aviv

Author: Ira Riklis  |  Category: Tel Aviv

Great Synagogue Of Tel AvivTel Aviv is an ancient synagogue in Israel. Yehuda Magidovitch designed it in the year 1922, and it took him four years to complete. This construction got the name from the city known as Tel Aviv, and it is known to be an orthodox synagogue. The synagogue lies east of the Shalom Tower, 110 Allenby Street in Tel Aviv. It served as a Jewish worship center during the olden days. The building took an extended period to construct due to insufficient funds. It was later renovated in 1970 with new arches. Its unique features include a huge dome and magnificent stained glass work. During the British reign, they found several weapons in the basement of this church that led to the arrest of its caretaker at the time.

Who Built It?

In 1924 the committee involved in the construction of this synagogue conducted a competition for planning it. Richard Michael, an architect, won this contest, and this helped in the advancement of the programme of the synagogue. Due to the onset of World War 1 Michael was forced to leave the country hence he did not complete this building. Alexander Baerward later replaced him but did not complete the construction due to insufficient funding, hence, in the year 1925 Samuel Nathan Wilson completed the construction of the building.

An engineer known as Arpad Geuthe planned the dome of this great synagogue. This building underwent several renovations to bring it into its modern style. An architect Aryeh Elhanani added cement to support the building. And also lighting and furniture was improved in the building.

The planning of the buildings periphery was crafted by an architect known as Ze’ev Rechter at the end of the year 1930. He planned an Italian-style plaza to wrap around the eastern and northern side of the building. That was meant to create enough space for commercial shops around the building and also to create sufficient space for construction of other buildings like offices.

Attempts To Revive The Building

This building became dormant for a long period and in the year 2009, it was rebounded and since then it has thrived under the indefatigable leadership of Rabbi Ariel and Rabbanit Cheryl. The great synagogue has over the years received little attention and care than it deserves despite being better than other synagogues within the location. People have made many attempts to revive and renovate it with the latest being in 2014. The Tel Aviv synagogue currently lies within a business and a financial center that cropped up majorly due to tourism.

The current managers of this synagogue do not receive any salary or support from the government; the TAIS community seeks donations from well-wishers for the continuation of the building. To date, the synagogue is used for hosting traditional Israeli wedding ceremonies to its congregation. Additionally it serves as a tourist attraction as any people around the world have flocked to this one of a kind warm and welcoming community of Tel Aviv.

History of the Yitzhak Rabin Center

Author: Ira Riklis  |  Category: Tel Aviv

Yitzhak Rabin Center Tel AvivYitzhak Rabin Center which is in Tel Aviv weaves the history of Israel through a life story of one of the most devoted sons. It is a memorial which is dedicated to the monumental man.

The Center Set Up

Yitzhak Rabin was born in 1922 and he grew up in the state of Israel. The museum is a clear indication that both the state and Rabin had their good times and downs and the moments of glory and their fair share of the problems. This is where one of the newest museums in in Israel was founded and brought together history and modern technology. It does so by integrating the sensor-activated audio guides.

The center has three sections which include the inner corridor, the outer corridor and audio guide. In the outer corridor, you will be able to access the story of Yitzhak Rabin’s life. You will be able to know who he was, the major positions he held and the problems he faced, and the common decisions he made. The pathways to the inner corridor appear to be leading you through the amazing story of Israel at that same time in time.

The Outer Corridor Highlights

The outer corridor explains the important news snippets from around the world. When you are there, the audio guide’s sensors will activate the music, news broadcast and speeches that compliment the entire visual exhibit. Unlike other museums, where the audio guide may be extra enhancement at the best and afterthought the worst, the presence of the audio guide at Yitzhak Rabin Center is an important part of how these compelling stories are brought to life. The outcome of this is rich content that gives full understanding of where Yitzhak Rabin spent most of his time, and the key major events that took place in Israel and the entire globe. When you are through with the visit, you will be able to enjoy the view of Tel Aviv from the balcony.

The museum may not be large but you will spend at least three hours exploring the place. You will spend most of your time reading about the events that took place a long time ago in the world, listen to contemporary music, and see the documentary footage of everything ranging from idyllic early kibbutzim to the dark scenes of war.

Everything You Need to Know About the Palmach Museum

Author: Ira Riklis  |  Category: Tel Aviv

Palmach Museum The Palmach Museum opened in 2000, after a decade long process of design and construction. The Palmach in Tel Aviv, Israel is an innovative personal experience museum dedicated to The Palmach strike force of the Haganah. This pre-state underground defense organization started during World War II to defend Israel against possible invasion by German forces. The Palmach became part of the Israel Defense Forces after 1948. Even though it existed for only seven years, the value systems it put in play have become an integral part of history and the Israeli people.

A Tribute To The Fallen

In tribute to the fallen, this museum recreates this period in time for the visitor and not only visually recreates the experience, but also places visitors in a realistic reenactment of the battles. The tour begins with a touching display in memory of those who fought so valiantly on behalf of the Israeli people. The main exhibit however, takes place underground.

Next, the tour leads to a scaled version of Tel Aviv’s Herzl Street in 1941, with a projector portraying vivid images of the war in Europe. It is here that the formation of the Palmach is recreated to fend off the German army and attacks by the Arabs on the Jews.

In the next chamber, a eucalyptus grove at night sets the scene introducing visitors to a seven member unit of the Palmach undergoing training. The rest of the tour follows these seven as they fight for the protection and unification of Israel. The tour begins and ends in the same place, the remembrance hall, for the 1162 fallen members of the Palmach.

An Impactful Tour

The impact of this tour is far greater than any other museum in and around the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. The realistic nature, sets, sounds, and action (including moving rooms), of the tour include the visitor and make them a part of this amazing experience. A part of the museum has yet to be developed, but will include a 450-seat auditorium, a library, more exhibits, and more will be added as funding permits.

  • When visiting this museum, tours need to be arranged prior to visiting and a tour consists of 25 people.
  • No one under the age of six is allowed to take the tour.
  • The tour is 90 minutes in length.
  • The tour is presented in Hebrew. English speakers will be provided with a translation through headphones.
  • Entrance fee: 25 NIS for adults. 15 NIS for school children and pensioners (payment is by cash or check only, no credit or debit cards).


A Tour Of Basel Street

Author: Ira Riklis  |  Category: Tel Aviv

Basel Street Tel AvivBasel street is where the yuppies of Tel Aviv go to get their espressos, mothers stroll with their mates, and where model women come to get their designer and alternative clothing. This is one of the cleanest streets in the region and the locals really love it.

How Do I Get There?

This street is found in Birmingham, and it is known to be one of the best tourists’ destinations in the region. This street is actually six hundred and fifty meters long which connects Ibn Gabirol to Dizengoff situated in the heart of the old north. The tourists’ attractions are situated in this street hence it makes the street so popular among the tourists and the tourism industry at large. One good thing about this tourist attraction is that everything you actually need to see is situated within just one kilometer from wherever you will be standing, hence visiting this place will give you the exact worth of your money and time spent there. Hanging out, and shopping are the major activities that make this place so popular, and it is because of them that most tourists opt to visit this place.

The Origins Of The Street Name

This street is named after a Swiss city, where Jews held their first Zionists Congress more than a century ago. Thus, in addition to the above activities attracting more tourists, this place has a lot of history for Jews. Among the major attractions to tourists on this street include street markets where those who love shopping can do their magic at the elegantly planned street shops. The different museums found in the region are not left out of the main reasons as to why this place is the epicenter of most tourists visiting this vicinity. Of course, there is the experience which most travelers like- the ride to and from this street is a thing to brag about. The street is long and complex enough to call cruising around it a marvelous cruise.

During your visit to Israel, making this place even the second on the list of must visit places, will be considered a crime as you cannot afford to miss visiting Basel street.

Introduction to Old North Tel Aviv

Author: Ira Riklis  |  Category: Tel Aviv

Introduction To Old North Tel AvivThe Old North is a neighborhood in Tel Aviv, Israel. The locality is surrounded by Arlozorov Street to the south, the Yarkon River to the north, the Mediterranean Sea to the west and Ibn Gabirol Street to the east. Currently, Old North is not as it used to be; it is part of the Tel Aviv’s center.

Highlights Of Old North Tel Aviv

The Old North is the home to Tel Aviv’s largest highlights. At the Old North, you will find the Bauhaus design structures on Ben Gurion Boulevard and Tel Aviv’s political heart in Kikar Rabin. This is the place where previous Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was killed. In this same area you can sit in a Ben Yehuda bistro before going down to the shoreline or rather shop in one of Dizengoff’s best gems stores.

Near Frishman and Gordon, you’ll see some real estate offices, food stalls, youngsters staying nearby, and disintegrating structures and walkways. Once you get to Ben Gurion, Orlozorov, and afterward Nordau and Yirmiyahu, the boulevards and streets get to be more extensive; there are more pathways for cyclists and dog walkers. Here everything appears to ‘neater’,with boutique restaurants and bistros, rather than food stalls.

Who Lives In The Old North?

In casual Hebrew, the saying “northerner” is a derogatory characteristic for Israelis of European origin living in these areas, who are perceived as fortunate and privileged. Currently, this area is made up of an eclectic bunch, but unlike center of Tel Aviv or the south it is less poor and transient laborers are not a typical sight. What you see here are the more seasoned people who have relentlessly stood ground, young families with the financial capacity to lease or purchase here, and the consistent post-military service youths that are discovered in almost any place in the city. Nowadays, the expression “northerner” now to references occupants of the “new North”, those of Ramat Aviv and Bavli.

Touring Park Ha’Yarkon

Author: Ira Riklis  |  Category: Tel Aviv

Tour Of Park Ha'Yarkon When in Tel Aviv be sure to get some ‘green space’. Park Ha ‘Yarkon should be the best place for you to visit. This park is found in Tel Aviv, and it is well known for its green lawns, bicycle trails, little-flowing river and wide range of family activities. It is one of Tel Aviv’s green sanctuaries in the midst of the busy big city. It attracts families, joggers, youngsters, and any other person who feels that breathing fresh air is important to him or her. Visiting this park will not leave you bored and idle because there are quite a number of activities you can indulge in. The following are some of the activities  associated with this park:

Park Ha’Yarkon Tour Of Activities

Sports and games- In the north of park ha’yarkon you can find children, adults and even teenagers engaging in different sports ranging from football, basketball to more sophisticated ones like tennis. Other facilities used to play special games like skating are available as ramps are readily installed in this park.

Boat riding is also another activity closely associated with park ha’yarkon. You can rent a boat cheaply and enjoy the breeze with your lover or family and come out of it at the end of the day feeling as if it was the best day of your life.

If you are looking for something tantalizing for the kids, then on the eastern side of this park is found the Zapari. Good news to every active kid, there are also several playgrounds for children throughout the park hence visiting as a whole family will accommodate everybody, and this is one of those places you can visit with the whole family and still get a chance to be alone with your spouse and enjoy your quality time comfortably as kids get busy with the number of activities available in the park.

Enjoy A Green Day

Finally, when the weather permits and it’s neither too hot nor too cold, you can enjoy what is called a green day in this park. A green day is when many families sit on the green grass sharing great moments together hence the name green day. This happens when the temperatures are conducive to be with family and friends on the green grass. Visiting this park is an experience in and of its own and you should not miss going there when you are in Tel Aviv.

Rise of Electronic Music in Tel Aviv

Author: Ira Riklis  |  Category: Tel Aviv

Electronic Music In Tel AvivElectronic music has taken Tel Aviv by storm. For three whole days, Israel’s biggest electronic music event to ever be hosted is coming to the capital city, starting January 14th and ending on the 17th. Full of music from the ever popular music genre which bases its entire sound on electronic synthesis, the event, called Tel Aviv Volume, will involve twenty of the city’s finest night clubs and will feature 100 of the biggest names in the world of DJing.

Tel Aviv Nightlife & Nightclubs

Tel Aviv is ripe with amazing night life and the fun runs 24/7, 365 days a year and counting. Well known around the world for their love and use of electronic music to sop up their daily troubles, Tel Avivians will be the first to admit that if it were not for the life of the night time, they would not know how to handle the reality that is within Israel’s invisible walls, cutting its inhabitants from the adventure and discovery of the world that surrounds them.

With underground night clubs such as The Breakfast Club and Milk Bar and The Cat and Dog, Israel’s second largest city really makes it hard for any sleep to be had, and for good reason. No sensible night-life lover will want to sleep with all the loud electronic music grinding out from the many speakers of the many other underground nightclubs that are within walking distance from each other. Check out the full list of electronic nightclubs here.

Play That Funky Music

Electronic music is also known as psychedelic trance and is extremely popular in not only Tel Aviv, but in all of Israel. This genre of music has produced international stardom for more than one Israeli DJ and music producers. Among these talented musical geniuses are Alien Project and Offer Nissim. Ari Linker calls Tel Aviv home and has been the music producer behind Alien Project since 1994. Offer Nissim is a world renown and appreciated electronic music DJ, mixer and producer of incredibly unique and eclectic music pieces. Madonna has been known to use Offer Nissim and his musical talents for the success of her concerts in the past.

With Tel Aviv’s concentration of bustling party-goers and the many venues to satisfy the crowds that gather every night, the psychedelic trance electronic music is continuously beat out and into the ears of the more than welcoming receivers. Tel Aviv, Israel has always been a hub of musical talent and genre varieties and, no doubt, electronic music will be there for the long run.

A Taste Of Tel Aviv: Where To Eat

Author: Ira Riklis  |  Category: Tel Aviv

Taste Of Tel Aviv: SabichRestaurants dot Tel Aviv’s streets frоm north tо south, wіth а large concentration аrоund Rothschild Boulevard, Ibn Gvirol Street аnd thе bustling, thоugh off-the-beaten-track, area оf Ramat HaChayal. Маnу оf thе places аrе moderately priced аnd mоst restaurants offer а fixed lunch menu. Unlіkе оthеr locations іn thе country – lіkе Jerusalem – thе majority оf thе restaurants аrе nоt kosher, аnd thеrеfоrе аrе open thrоughоut thе weekend, including Saturday.

Tel Aviv restaurants аrе mаnу аnd varied, аnd tastes аrе оf course subjective. Вut уоu’ll bе hard pressed tо hаvе а bad meal аt аnу оf thе listed places. Тhе best wау tо enjoy Tel Aviv dining іs bу reserving а table іn advance. Оn weekends еsресіаllу, tables аt thеsе restaurants tend tо fill uр fast.

Taste And Enjoy & Dine In Tel Aviv

Abraxas Tzafon, North Abraxas

Visit  Abras Tzafon for аn intro tо Νеw Israeli cooking.  Learn and taste dishes made by Chef Eyal Shani’s featuring beautiful organic offerings like wild caught fish, local vegetables, and locally-sourced meat. To whet your appetite be prepared to try some calamari pasta with tomatoes аnd parsley, curried cauliflower and butter-sauteed red cabbage.

Montenegro Cooking

What’s Montenegro cooking you ask? Well Montenegro-style cooking, is influenced by Greece  which is close tо Israel. Yоu will sее mаnу unique aspects оf Greek culture іn Montenegro. Don’t be surprised to find meze оn thе menu, with tzatziki, cauliflower and taramasalata wіth capers аnd anchovy oil. You’ll also find koshari rice, which is а rice side dish made wіth green lentils, fried noodles аnd fried onions, meant to be eaten with  еіthеr fresh whоlе fish оr grilled skewers.

Unique Foods іn Tel Aviv

Hummus: Тhіs earthy, creamy blend оf chickpeas, lemon аnd tahini іs реrhарs thе king оf classic Israeli foods. Originally frоm Arab lands whеrе іt іs eaten аs а breakfast food, hummus consumption іs vеrу popular wіth mаnу locals.

Sabich: Brought tо Israel bу Iraqi immigrants, іs thе Sabich. Аll wrapped іn pita іs salad, egg, eggplant, tahini, hummus, vаrіоus greens аnd аn array оf spices tо tempt thе palate.

Falafel: The king оf Israeli fast food, falafel аrе balls mаdе оf mashed chickpeas, fried аnd usuаllу eaten іn а pita wіth salad аnd sauce. Аlmоst еvеrу corner іn thе city hаs а small kiosk claiming tо prepare thе best falafel іn town, offering аll kinds оf sides аnd salads included іn thе reasonable price.

Shakshuka: Resembling huevos rancheros аnd eaten wіth bread, Shakshuka іs а simple but tasty concoction оf poached eggs wіth tomatoes, cooked іn а medley оf onions, peppers, аnd spices.

Jachnun: Yemenite Jews brought wіth thеm jachnun, а rolled, thin, sweet pastry slowly cooked fоr 10 hours аnd eaten wіth hard-boiled eggs, grated tomato аnd hot sauce. Воth jachnun аnd іts pancake-like cousin malawach аrе beloved bу Israelis

4 Tel Aviv Hotels You Should Know

Author: Ira Riklis  |  Category: Tel Aviv

Artplus Hotel In Tel AvivThere are some Tel Aviv  hotels that are worth knowing. Most of the people visiting the place sometimes find it very difficult to settle just because they are not aware of the hotels in Tel Aviv. It is therefore very important for you to understand the basic hotels in the area and know the specific benefits you are going to enjoy. This will give you a chance to choose the best hotels and you will enjoy your stay in Tel Aviv. Here are some of the key hotels in the region:

Top 4 Boutique Hotels

Brown TLV Urban Hotel

This hotel is located in Downtown Tel Aviv. It is in Shalom Meir Tower, Carmel Market, and Hatachana Compound. There are some features you will enjoy such as a 24-hour front desk, coffee/tea in lobby, complementary newspapers in lobby, concierge services, an elevator/lift services and dry cleaning services. There is also free Wi-Fi and a refrigerator.

Artplus Hotel

This is one of the best hotels for tourists who like relaxing on the beach. Each floor in the hotel and the wall, features specific artwork. You can sign up to stay in the hotel or even sign up to visit and tour the gallery. In fact on the weekends, there is a breakfast included once you have signed up. Read more about the hotel here.

Brown Hotel

This is one of the Israeli’s design hotels. The hotel is well designed from the top to the bottom and you are sure to feel great and satisfied. It is spacious and with a lot of key features like free Wi-Fi, special services and a conference room. If you are interested in getting the best services, this is the best hotel for you.

Alma Hotel

Lastly, but not least,  there is the Alma hotel. This is one of the most luxurious hotels in the region. It has only 15 rooms that are smaller and they are fit for single individuals. It is conducive for those people who are after privacy. It is the best place to be when you have a lot of money.

A Guide to Tel Aviv Architecture

Author: Ira Riklis  |  Category: Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv Architecture StylesTel Aviv is a wonderful city with a rich variety of architectural styles. While the city is most well known for its collection of international style buildings the city also has many other amazing architectural styles on display throughout the city. These styles include Eclectic, Brutalist, and Contemporary.

Popular Architecture Styles

One of the best examples of eclectic architecture in Tel Aviv is the Pagoda House. The eclectic style gets its name from the mixture of different styles that it uses. The Pagoda house is a wonderful example of this. This house utilizes elements from a wide variety of styles that represent a huge number of different regions. The house includes Islamic Arches and Greek Columns. The house is also inspired by the Chinese Pagoda. There are almost 800 Eclectic style structures that stand in Tel Aviv today. This style perfectly represents the city as a place where the lands of the East meet the lands of the West. The style is one of the trademarks of the city and you are sure to find it wherever you look in Tel Aviv.

The International Style is extremely popular in Tel Aviv. The international style features white structures. This style was extremely popular from the thirties to fifties and you are sure to find international style buildings wherever you look in Tel Aviv. There are more than 4,000 international style buildings in Tel Aviv, which earned the city the title of “the White City“. These buildings have made Tel Aviv a World Heritage Site.

Brutalism was an extremely popular movement in the 1960’s. These buildings are known for their exposed concrete and geometric repetition. One great feature of the brutalist buildings is that they are typically tall and give impressive views of the Israeli coast. You are sure to see several brutalist buildings throughout the city of Tel Aviv. Go here for a guide to brutalist architecture.

Nineties & Today’s Styles

The nineties brought on a new architectural movement that has changed the way Tel Aviv looks. This movement is known as the contemporary movement. The movement has included vast skyscrapers as well as smaller buildings that incorporate sharp angles. These buildings look truly unique and they stand out among the other buildings in the city.

Today Tel Aviv contains a truly diverse set of architecture. This architecture is mixed together creating a wonderful juxtaposition. You may see an international style building next to a contemporary style building or a brutalist building next to an eclectic style building. This mixture of styles has made Tel Aviv a truly unique city to visit and to live in. You are sure to spot something interesting when you take a look at the buildings in Tel Aviv.