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Issue 262

Issue 262 | September 2022

Discover the Sea of Galilee 14 P. Beautiful beaches, water sports, top-notch food and spectacular views. A guide to lakeside family fun in the heart of the Galilee

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Editor-in-Chief Nava Marton Production Manager Liat Mofaz Milchan English Translator and Copy Editor Gallia Bronowski Art Director Amram Pikarsky / Studio Liat Rosenzwieg Design Shiri Atzmon Cover Photo and Images ASAP Creative VP of Marketing, Trade and Sales Yaniv Ofir Business Development Manager Alon Fox Senior Sales Manager Ofer Stessel

Editor’s Letter As the weather starts to cool down and the High Holidays approach, September is the perfect time to explore the land. The Sea of Galilee, crowded in the summertime, becomes a haven of gorgeous views and family experiences. Read all about it, in the insider’s guide we’ve prepared for you this month. A trip to the Sea of Galilee holds within it the promise of beautiful beaches, hiking trails, historical sites, and of course, exquisite food. The advent of Rosh Hashanah at the end of the month is also the perfect occasion to visit some of Israel’s ancient synagogues. The archeological wonders they encase are simply breathtaking, and you will instantly be transported into High-Holiday mode. We’ve also fixed you up with a guide to some of Israel’s best rooftop restaurants: cooler temperatures

are even cooler from up above, and even more enjoyable when accompanied with a plate of top-notch food. This month, EL AL is partnering with the Idan Raichel Project to celebrate its 20 th anniversary. As one of the nation’s most successful artists, Raichel has become one of its most beloved cultural ambassadors. To mark this major step in his career, we sat down with him for a long interview and a special “Idan Raichel Project” category has also been added to the EL AL inflight entertainment system with hours of music to listen to onboard. Also in this issue: our selection of local events and happenings, Rosh Hashanah gift ideas, tips for starting the year fully motivated, inspiration for the perfect classic look, and more. Wishing you a pleasant read, a safe flight, and a happy new Jewish year! Nava Marton

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Atmosphere Magazine is published monthly by RGE and LDI. Materials in this publication may not be reproduced in any form without permission. The opinions expressed in this magazine reflect those of the writers only, and not EL AL Airlines. The publisher and / or EL AL are not responsible for advertising content. For information regarding advertising opportunities Please contact Mr. Ofer Stessel at Tel: 052-8000618 Ofer_s@rge.co.il

Traveler’s Prayer May it be Thy will, Lord of Heaven and Earth, to lead us to peace and safety, to fly us in peace and safety to our desired destination, to find life, joy, and peace. Guard and watch us, we who fly the air pathways, cross the seas, and travel overland routes. Make firm the hands that guide the steering and sustain their spirit, so that they may lead us in peace and safety. For in You alone is our shelter from now unto eternity. The Lord bless thee, keep thee, the Lord make His face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee, the Lord turns His face unto thee, and gives thee peace. Amen.



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47 48 News 51 In-flight Entertainment 52 New Movies 54 Top 6 55 Editor’s Pick 56 Meet the Crew 57 In-flight Internet Access 58 Destinations Map 61 Fleet

Lifestyle 30 Food Israel’s best rooftop restaurants 34 Inspiration 5 ways to get motivated this year! 36 Fashion Classic since forever 38 Shopping Gifts for everyone Business 42 Personal Development Mentor Alon Ulman’s code for success 44 Technology Exciting new gadgets

Check-in 6 What’s on our Radar this Month Local Events 8 Travel Guide 5 tips on how to get over travel FOMO 10 Check list Flight Essentials 12 Passport Control Israel Atias

See the Sights 14 Discover The magic of the Sea of Galilee 18 Explore Israel’s most beautiful ancient synagogues Magazine 24 Idan Raichel Marking 20 years of musical creation



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What’s On Our Radar This Month

Culture | The Israel Festival Jerusalem The 61 st edition of the Israel Festival will be held this month in Jerusalem just before the start of the High Holidays. Contemporary dance performances, live music, a historical satire on climate change, and many more events will be staged in the Jerusalem Theatre and locations nearby. The festival’s main attraction this year is its opening show, “Sun & Sea”. This international operatic production about climate change, Golden Lion winner at the 2019 Venice Biennale, opens with a scene of swimsuited carefree holidaymakers by the sea, that break into song to warn of coming ecological disasters. The audience beholds the scene from balconies suspended 4m above the stage, which adds to the uniqueness of this opera experience. Performances are free of charge and open to all. September 15 th to 22 nd , israel-festival.org

Photo: Gabrielius Jauniškis

Art | The Manofim Contemporary Arts Festival Jerusalem

This year, the Manofim Festival will be held over five days and nights, during which festivalgoers will be able to delight in original artworks exhibited in numerous venues across Jerusalem. Rooftops and intimate artists’ studios, garrets and art galleries, will welcome visitors into the small hours of the night. Live music, art installations, the Jerusalem Art Conference, a bilingual art club, and dozens of exhibition openings await art lovers of all ages, in a celebration of contemporary art and the 10-year-anniversary of Harama Magazine. September 13 th to 17 th ,manofim.org

Photo: Zvi Tolkovsky



Music | The “Witches?” Festival Jerusalem and Tel Aviv Most will be familiar with the names Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, or Georg F. Händel, three famous baroque composers. But what of female baroque musicians? The “Witches?” Festival, organized by the Jerusalem Baroque Orchestra, comes as an answer to that very question. Entirely dedicated to baroque female composers, it aims to introduce the audience to yet unknown pearls of the baroque repertoire. Six concerts of both orchestral and chamber music pieces, all written by women, will be held in several locations across Exhibition | Alber Elbaz-The Dream Factory The Design Museum of Holon Haute-couture designer Alber Elbaz grew up in Holon, before later emigrating to New York, conquering Paris and leaving his unique mark on the fashion world. A year after his untimely death due to Covid-19, the Design Museum of Holon is celebrating his life and work in a major multimedia retrospective. Curated by fashion historian Yaara Keydar, the exhibition presents rare archival materials as well as tribute pieces designed by such iconic fashion houses as Dior, Gucci and Balenciaga. September 15 th till March 2023, dmh.org.il

Theater | (R)evolution – a guide to survival in the 21 st century Gesher Theatre, Jaffa Photo: Giovanni Giannoni Photo: Isaiah Fainberg Written by Yael Ronen and Dimitrij Schaad and inspired by Yuval Noah Harari’s bestseller, this futuristic satire takes place in the year 2040 and dissects the many long-term challenges currently facing humanity. Directed by Ilan Ronen, the play conjures up a world where machines rule the land, babies are “upgraded” and “optimized”, and artificial intelligence has taken over our consciousness. The play’s dark humor, served by a brilliant cast, offers a chilling glimpse into what a digital dictatorship could look like in the not-too-distant future. September 29 th -30 th (more dates to come), gesher-theatre.co.il

Music | The Magic of Sanremo Across Israel This Sanremo Festival will take you right back to those classic old love songs of times past – think “Parole Parole”, “Volare” or “Che Sarà”. Renowned Italian singers, accompanied by the Israel Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Dan Rapaport, will delight audiences across the country with covers of the most beloved Sanremo classics. September 3 rd to 11 th , for tickets and information: itt.co.il

Jerusalem, (and one in Tel Aviv). September 10 th to 14 th , jbo.co.il

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You’re about to set off on the trip of your lifetime, you’ve made a million plans but you’re afraid some might fall through? Here are five tips on how to cope with your Fear of Missing out \ By Ariel Kars How to get over travel FOMO?

Accept FOMO as an inherent part of life 01 The sooner you realize that travel FOMO is inevitable, the sooner you’ll be able to relax. Accept that you’ll never be entirely rid of this so-called fear of missing out but stay focused on what you do manage to experience and enjoy it. If you allow your FOMO to get the better of you, your trip will be stressful and exhausting instead of fun and enriching. Focus on one region 02 In order to fully experience a foreign land, the secret is to concentrate on one region alone, and explore everything it has to offer. You’ll be surprised by how much you discover and the hidden beauty you can’t find in a travel guide but is just

around the corner if you take the time to uncover it. to enjoy yourself 03 A quick dip into travel psychology: holidays are an opportunity to take a break from our stressful routine of studying-working-taking -care-of-things. It therefore makes no sense to run around trying to tick absolutely each box on your holiday bucket list. Allow yourself to relax, in the full sense of the word. Sleep in, treat yourself to long multiple-course breakfasts, take long carefree walks. Don’t skimp on holiday fun 04 An odd piece of advice, say you? Sometimes what we most desire to experience when we’re on holiday, can be quite Don’t forget you’ve come

costly. Here’s an example: I was in England, visiting the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, and had the opportunity to take a half-hour flying lesson aboard a vintage airplane but I told myself it was too expensive. I ended up passing up what has been until now, the opportunity of a lifetime. Holidays are for having fun. If there’s something you really want to do, do it. You won’t regret it. It’s not a competition 05 We’re programmed to want to control situations, reach goals and accumulate achievements. We often tend to forget to enjoy the process along the way. Holidays abroad aren’t about winning points or proving something to someone. Aim to simply relax and enjoy the ride.





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When’s the last time you were abroad? “My wife Naomi and I visited Venice and Milan last July to celebrate her 30 th birthday”. What’s your favorite kind of vacation? “It varies. I love beach vacations, visiting historical sites, organizing trips around sports events, like football matches and F1 races. We picked Venice because we wanted to go somewhere relaxing, and it was great. When it’s nights out I’m looking for, Ibiza is where I’ll head to”. What are your travel must-haves? “Perfume, deodorant, mouthwash and a good book - preferably one that is a light read, but inspiring, humorous and heartwarming”. What’s the first thing you do when you arrive at your hotel? “I put the suitcases down and head out. I like being spontaneous and just wandering around, taking in the surroundings”. What would you never do abroad? “I avoid cable cars - they scare me”. Do you have a particularly notable memory from a past holiday? “We were in LA once, and our flight got canceled when we’d already checked out of our hotel. Reluctantly, we spent the night in a motel, waiting for the next plane home. At 3 a.m., we heard gun shots. I woke up, looked at Naomi, and we decided it must have been fireworks. We went back to sleep and a minute later, there were police and ambulance sirens at full blast. We realized our motel was located in a rough neighborhood, but for us at least, it ended well”. Where do you dream of traveling to? “Space”. A personal recommendation to our readers? “Barcelona. I’ve already been three times and I love going back. I love the culture, the people, the sports scene, everything. I would also recommend visiting Universal Studios in LA, and SeaWorld in San Diego - both are amazing”.

What does he always pack in his suitcase, what would he never do abroad, and where does he dream of traveling to? The actor and model Israel Atias shows us his passport \ By Miri Ben-David Livi “I’ve already been to Barcelona three times, and I love going back”

Israel Atias (35) is a television, film, and theater actor (“Shababniks”, “Zaguri Empire”). He also gives lectures on building bridges between secular and religious communities, and lives with his wife Naomi and one-year-old son Ray Haim.

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The magic of the Sea of Galilee The ideal family holiday

Beautiful beaches, water sports, top-notch food and spectacular views – the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee is bursting with things to do and family activities to enjoy. Ein Gev is the perfect September destination, as temperatures cool down and the High Holidays begin. Here’s our guide to lakeside family fun in the Galilee \ By Nira Dishi


Where to go and what to do Hukok Beach

Any trip to the Sea of Galilee, also called the Kinneret, begins with exploring its beaches. There are fifteen in total, and they are all family-friendly and freely accessible to pedestrians, though there are parking charges for those arriving by car. Many Kinneret beaches have camping sites, and numerous water sports activities can be practiced on the lake. Hukok beach is located in the northern part of the Sea of Galilee, and it offers shaded lawns to relax on as well as a camping site with showers (though without hot water), toilets, and a sink for washing plates. There are tents for rent, as well as mattresses and chairs and camping equipment can be purchased at the nearby convenience store. Hukok is labeled a “green beach”, i.e., neither barbecue lighting nor playing music are allowed. This shouldn’t hinder you from enjoying the many activities on offer, such as rafting, kayaking, SUP surfing, waterskiing (mostly in the summertime), though the absolute highlight has to be the family sailing trips available all year round, weather permitting. Groups of up to 11 people sail off to explore the Kinneret. Hukok is wheelchair accessible (toilets and parking lot included) through a pathway leading to the beach and picnic area, and water-resistant beach wheelchairs are at the disposal of those with restricted mobility. kineret.org.il Wakeboarding and wakesurfing In the port of Ein Gev, the “Wake Up!” school for water sports, led by Lior Eliyahu, former coach of the Israeli national waterski team and waterski champion himself, is the

Hukok Beach | Photo: Tali Bar

Sea RZR | Photo: Yaniv Gal

Wake Up! | Photo: Lior Eliyahu

kids’ play center | Photo: Amir Buhnik Port of Ein Gev | Photo: Ashley Pearson

ideal place to learn how to water ski or practice any other water sports activity. Kids aged 8 and above learn how to wakesurf aboard professional Malibu boats and cutting-edge simulator boats allow pupils to practice safely. The school also offers SUP boards and 2-place

kayaks for rent, as well as rafts for up to 24 people and motorboats. wakeboard.co.il RZR trails for extra thrills and chills RZR expert Yaniv Gal from Kibbutz Ein Gev offers special RZR family experiences in the south of the



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Golan. Founder of the RZR school “Sea RZR”, he takes groups and families on exciting RZR trails, on which participants discover the beautiful Galilean landscapes in a whole new way. There are trails to Mount Susita that overlooks the Sea of Galilee and the gorgeous Golan pastures where cattle herds graze, and the region’s impressive banana plantations. Other trails involving stopping for a swim or cooking an outdoor lunch are also available. Don’t be alarmed by the amount of dust you’ll come back with after the trail, it’s all par for the course! experience-group.co.il Ein Gev port: a picturesque promenade and a kids’ play center Ein Gev port is especially pleasant in the evening and late afternoon when the air is cooler. The port is accessible via the kibbutz and has a delightful boardwalk promenade with fishing boats and restaurants dotted along the way, including a falafel eatery and a fish burger joint. A kids’ play center, with two stories of games, slides and climbing walls, offers oceans of fun to children of all ages. There are sea-themed creative activities, painting stations, and a cafeteria overlooking the Kinneret. Make sure to check opening hours before arriving at the play center. baitbanamal.co.il Historical sites and spectacular landscapes Families who enjoy nature walks will delight in the many hiking trails that surround the Kinneret, particularly the one encircling 85% of the Sea of Galilee (known as the “Shvil Sovev Kinneret”), from which all the beaches are easily accessible. Fruit plantations (no picking allowed!), historical sites, including churches and an ancient synagogue, are all

The Ein Gev holiday resort | Photo: Aya Ben-Ezri

The church of the 12 apostles at Kefar Nahum | Photo: Daniel Vaknin

dotted across the hiking trail and fascinating to explore. The trail is divided into difficulty levels so that families may adapt and choose the one best suited to them. kineret.org.il Where to eat Fresh fish served in an enchanting atmosphere There are two fantastic fish and seafood restaurants in Ein Gev port, each open on different days of the week. Both are helmed by Chef Manor Zeituni Amon. During the week, Mifgash Ha’dayagim (in English: The Fishermen’s Corner), a kosher

fish and seafood restaurant, serves wonderful fish dishes with fries and ice-cold beer in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. The décor is sea-themed, and the outdoor seating area looks out onto the beautiful Kinneret. The menu includes kids’ meals with fish fingers, a slew of first courses to choose from (fish cigars, focaccias, eggplant carpaccio, etc.), and delicious desserts (coconut sushi, nougat cremino, crème brûlée, and more). Open Sunday to Wednesday from 12 pm. Misedet Ha’dayagim (in English: The Fishermen’s Restaurant), opens its doors on the weekend and operates Thursdays to Saturdays. Situated


Where to stay The Ein Gev Holiday Resort Situated on the Kinneret shore itself, the Ein Gev Holiday Resort has recently been refurbished. 59 new family bungalows have been erected, each with its own balcony and access to the beach, as well as a master bedroom and kids’ bedroom (sleeping up to three children), a smart TV and fully equipped bathroom and kitchen. The resort offers many kids’ activities (a weekly timetable is available at reception upon request). Breakfast is served every morning in a communal dining area and billiard and ping pong tables are available for use by all guests. The resort also has its very own deli, selling basic food items made locally, and very soon, after the High Holidays, a new wine tasting room will open as well. eingev.com

The lookout at Kefar Nahum | Photo: Avi Arish

Marinado restaurant | Photo: PR

Fish Restaurant | Photo: PR

it too in Ein Gev port, it serves dishes of fresh fish, hamburgers, roasted cauliflower, salads, and kids’ meals (including pasta dishes). The desserts are superb, particularly the chocolate and oreo sushi and lemon and pistachio pie. Open Thursday to Saturday, from 12 pm. eingev.co.il/en/homepage/ Marinado is a meat eater’s delight The eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee is peppered with herds of cattle grazing the beautiful Golan pastures. In 2003, two local cattle farmers, Roi Tavor and Itamar Kendlik, decided to open a butcher’s shop, Marinado, to sell the quality

beef they produce. They went on to open a restaurant as well, Marinado Restaurant, which serves choice cuts of lamb, veal, prime rib, lamb T-bone steak, lamb kebab and the list goes on. The menu also includes chicken dishes and salads as well as vegan options and dishes for kids. The restaurant is situated at the entrance of Ein Gev Kibbutz, as well as the adjacent Marinado delicatessen, where visitors can purchase wine, olive oil, condiments, sauces, olives, kitchen utensils and picnic accessories. The restaurant is open all week, from 1pm and on Fridays and Saturdays, from 12 pm. marinado.co.il ■

Photos: Aya Ben-Ezri



See the Sights I Ancient Synagogues

Ornate Torah arks, basalt stone chairs for community dignitaries, dazzling mosaic floors – Rosh Hashanah and the High Holidays are the perfect opportunity to explore some of Israel’s most beautiful ancient synagogues. Here are 6 to choose from, north to south \ By Ya’akov Shkolnik Temples of Antiquity: where time stands still


Rosh Hashanah marks the start of the Jewish New Year, and just as importantly, the beginning of the High Holidays - a time when many choose to visit synagogues across the country. The High Holidays are a great opportunity to visit some of Israel’s ancient synagogues, remnants of the thriving Jewish communities of Antiquity. Many historic synagogue artifacts dating back to the 3 rd century BC have been found in Egypt, and to the 1 st century AD, in Israel, and other countries. Synagogues were initially built to serve social purposes and were attributed a religious function only later. What better opportunity than Rosh Hashanah to set off on an exploration of some of the country’s most fascinating ancient synagogues. Baram National Park | Beautiful stone-carved doorways Baram National Park lies in the Upper Galilee. Its ancient synagogue is an impressive hewn stone structure that attests to the prosperity and vitality of early Jewish communities. The building’s façade, almost entirely intact to this day, is composed of three beautiful stone-carved arches that look towards Jerusalem. Beneath the central arch, there’s an inscription in Aramaic, probably the name of the man who funded the construction of the synagogue. There is a second synagogue in the village, smaller, and of which almost nothing remains, apart from the doorframe, today on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. parks.org.il

Baram National Park



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Ein Keshatot, Golan Heights

Ein Keshatot | A unique Torah ark adorned with Jewish symbols

with history and culture, as visitors discover in the video presentation they are met with, before exploring the ruins of the ancient village and of course, the synagogue. The site is easily accessible. einkeshatot.org.il Tzipori National Park | A dazzling mosaic representing the Wheel of Fortune Tzipori was the capital of the Galilee in the Roman and Byzantine eras. It was the seat of the Sanhedrin and the place where the Mishna was completed. In recent years, archeological excavations have unearthed fascinating remnants of those times, including a synagogue built in the 5 th century AD. Its floor

is an extraordinary piece of art: a mosaic divided into seven strips, each representing a different biblical scene. The center of the mosaic depicts the Wheel of Fortune, with the name of each Hebrew month inscribed aside that of its corresponding astrological sign, while the sun rides above in a blazing carriage. parks.org.il Korazim National Park | An impressive basalt stone chair Korazim National Park lies on the Korazim Plateau, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. During the Second Temple period, the village of Korazim was known for the quality of its wheat. Mentioned

This superb synagogue, located in the heart of the Golan, was built in the 6 th century AD. Destroyed in the earthquake that shook the land in the year 748, the heap of rubble that was left of it remained intact through the centuries. In recent years, a stone-by-stone reconstruction has been underway, amounting to an impressive historic and architectural feat. Unmissable is the synagogue’s Torah ark, as its intricate decorations are a true testament to early craftsmanship excellence. Ein Keshatot (.a.k.a Um el-Kanatir) has been recognized as a National Heritage Site. It is rich


Photo: Yaakov Shkolnik

Photo: Yaakov Shkolnik Photo: Yaakov Shkolnik

Masada National Park

Tzipori National Park

Korazim National Park

Maon – Kibbutz Nirim

Masada National Park | Palaces and a bath house Herod the Great built a large fortress with two palaces on top of an isolated rock plateau as a refuge for himself in the event of a revolt. When the Great Revolt did come (66-73 AD), Jewish rebels took over the fortress, and a brutal 3-month- long Roman siege began. The Jews turned a stable into a synagogue and built statues out of construction waste. Over the course of extensive archeological excavations in Masada, sections of the Bible in Hebrew were unearthed, as well as numerous artifacts, a bath house, a vast water cistern, and more. A truly fascinating site to explore. parks.co.il ■

in the Book of Matthew, it is also an important place of pilgrimage for Christians. The Korazim synagogue was built in the final years of the 4 th century AD. It is a richly adorned basalt stone edifice with hewn decorations depicting botanical motifs, animals, and grape-stomping silhouettes. Its impressive basalt stone chair, with an Aramaic inscription, was undoubtedly intended to seat the village dignitaries. parks.org.il

and Nirim in the Negev. During the Byzantine and Roman eras, Maon was close to the southern border of the empire, known in Latin as the “limes Palestina”. In Byzantine times, most of the village’s inhabitants were Christian, but in recent years, the mosaic floor of a synagogue was discovered by chance by roadworkers, attesting to the existence of a prosperous ancient Jewish community. The Israel Antiquities Authority undertook the restoration of the mosaic and in 2009, it was placed back in its original spot. It includes 55 vignettes, each depicting a different scene: vine workers, animals, wine amphoras, and Jewish motifs such as menorahs as well.

Maon – Kibbutz Nirim | A magnificent mosaic floor

This ancient synagogue is situated at the Maon-Kissifum intersection, next to the Kibbutzim of Nir Oz



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Dear passengers, In recent years, there’s been a lot of talk about preventative medicine. Experts across the world emphasized the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle to insure a long and functional life. Though this may be true, something is missing: the fact that the most efficient preventative medicine of all involves taking our genes into account as well. If we all got genetically tested, we would know much more about the diseases we are most at risk of developing. In consequence, hereditary issues could be foreseen and delt with, and we’d hear much less horror stories of healthy, young people unexpectedly dying without warning. The good news: while genetic testing used to be complex and expensive, Covid-19 research has led to the revolutionary improvement of DNA sequencing technology. Costs have been reduced, and such tests are now accessible to all of us. At our own Genetics Institute here at Ichilov Hospital, DNA sequencing is available to all, be it before, during or after a pregnancy, and in cases of hereditary cardiological, neurological or geriatric issues. I warmly welcome you to come in for your genetic test, and in the meantime, I wish you a lovely vacation and Happy Holidays. Ronni Health Above all Prof. Ronni Gamzu

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I feel like my work has contributed to bring Israel to the world and the world to Israel This month, Idan Raichel will be gracing the central stage of one of Israel’s most important music festivals, the Rishon Lezion “Live Festival”. As he gets ready for this celebration of art, music, and gastronomy, the Israeli musician, who this year will be marking 20 years of musical creation, tells us all about his connection with his fans, how music can bridge people together, and the challenges of being a father of four with a busy schedule \ By Maya Cohen

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Idan Raichel will be helming a unique artistic experience this month at Rishon Lezion’s “Live Festival”. For four nights (September 5 th , 8 th , 9 th and 10 th ), the singer will be performing to crowds, while Chef Shaul Ben Aderet, one of Israel’s most lauded restaurateurs and owner of eateries “The Blue Rooster” and “Kimmel in the Gilboa”, cooks up delicious bites, and festivalgoers are invited to walk through art and photography exhibitions (notably performances are programmed to intertwine with Raichel’s show as well. “Nowadays, lots of music shows involve gimmicks and pyrotechnics, but in my new show, the focus is on the music and on the connection with the fans. The deep mutual understanding I have developed with my band makes it possible for us to create a musical experience that suffices to itself. Our goal is to create a show that is so powerful that if all the lights and screens were to go out, the audience would still connect with the songs and stories behind the lyrics”, explains Raichel. A new way of making music Over the course of his 20-year career, Idan Raichel (45), has become one of Israel’s most significant musicians, both at home and around the world. His 2002 album, “The Idan Raichel Project”, achieved quadruple-platinum status, the first of many successes to unfold over the years. Raichel of artists Bartzi Goldblatt and Nevo Afek). Other world music

creates music that meshes lyrics written in many different languages – Arabic, German, Spanish, Amharic, Hebrew, French – and by doing so, has gained legions of fans in all four corners of the world. Raichel is also the recipient of some of Israel’s highest cultural and musical honors, as well as of international awards obtained for his social activism, notably the “Unsung Hero Award” in memory of Martin Luther King, from the hands of MLK’s son himself, received for his support of the Israeli Ethiopian community. You’ve received many prizes and awards over the years. Which one do you consider to be the most significant? “Every award is an opportunity to thank the incredible people I work with, and most importantly, the fans without whom nothing of what we do would be possible. Performing in front of former US President Barack Obama and lighting one of the torches at Israel’s Torch-Lighting Ceremony on Independence Day are two deeply significant moments for me, as was performing in front of wounded Israeli soldiers, or at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony”, says Raichel.

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Our quick questionnaire What’s your daily routine? “I only began having a daily routine once my kids were born. Like any regular family, our days are punctuated by

school runs, after-school activities, mealtimes, etc.”.

What do you do in your spare time? “I swim every day. It’s important for me to stay fit so that I can keep giving my all on stage. Anything I do is ultimately connected to music. If I read a book, I always look for how it can inspire me in my work”. What’s your favorite family activity? “What I enjoy most is having conversations with my kids. I find their fresh and innocent outlook on life inspiring and full of insight”. What might people not know about you? “I have a paralyzing fear of cockroaches. If I see a cockroach on stage, I won’t go up until he’s been removed. And if one appears at home, my wife or daughter take care of getting rid of it”. What would you be doing had you not become a musician? “I would have liked to learn how to cook and work in an itinerant restaurant, one that stays open in one country for a certain time period, before moving on to the next”.

The passion for musical creation

Raichel is not one to rest on his laurels. Alongside his work with his band, he has several ongoing solo and collaborative projects and has no intention of slowing down. “Though it may seem difficult to

"Nowadays, lots of music shows involve gimmicks and pyrotechnics, but in my new show, the focus is on the music and on the connection with the fans"



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manage several projects at a time, it’s actually what makes it easier for me to create”, he says with a smile. “Without it I feel trapped. It’s essential to create out of a sense of passion. Collaborating with other artists, such as India.Arie in the US or Vieux Farka Touré in Mali, with whom I produced two albums under the name “The Touré-Raichel Collective”, is precisely what allows me to feel inspired to continue working with my band. To me, being a husband and a father - (Raichel has four children with his wife Damaris: Philippa Helena (8), Salomé (6), and twins Camillo and Emilio (1,5), M.C.) - is the biggest challenge of them all ”, Raichel adds. Building cultural bridges between communities You’ve performed in front of Barack

“Though it may seem difficult to manage several projects at a time, it’s actually what makes it easier for me to create. It’s essential to create out of a sense of passion"

Obama and shared the stage with Alicia Keys. Is there another major artist or personality you dream of performing with or for? “It’s true. I have performed in front of some of the world’s highest-ranking individuals. But the highlight of those experiences was getting to see the behind the scenes - seeing Barack Obama take a selfie for his daughter, witnessing Alicia Keys’ humility, treating me like her musical equal despite her megastar status, was special. Raichel is considered a world music pioneer in Israel, and his artistic

involvement with the Israeli Ethiopian community has built bridges between cultures and communities. In response to my question about whether he feels it’s his mission to do so, he says: “I love seeing artists from diverse backgrounds express who they are through music. 20 years ago, Israeli pop and rock music was mostly influenced by American pop, and songs in Amharic weren’t played on the radio. That has all changed, and I feel like my work has contributed to bring Israel to the world and the world to Israel”.

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“Though my work with the band is often described as world music, to my mind, our music is Israeli in its essence. What is the definition of world music? To me, it’s music that is connected to the artist’s place of birth or upbringing. One of the biggest compliments anyone can pay me is to describe my music as world music from Israel. Nowadays, world music is much more widespread than it used to be, all thanks to the fans and radio djs who pushed us forward and understood the need to broaden the horizons of our musical landscape”, he says. What’s your next big challenge? “My next big challenge has been underway for a few years now – being the best dad I can be to my kids. Building a home and doing so while embarking upon musical

projects can be stressful. The challenge never ceases and is the work of a lifetime”, he explains. We are currently living through turbulent times and Israeli society is divided. Do you believe music can play a role in reversing the situation? “These are definitely unnerving times. I think that this very interview, in a magazine that is read by Israelis and tourists alike, can serve as a bridge between Israel and the world. It’s important to remember that in the past, standing united is what allowed us to overcome adversity. This land is our home, and we are all brothers and sisters, members of the same tribe. Music festivals are wonderful opportunities to get together and spend time singing, dreaming, and coexisting”, he concludes. ■

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abroad (L.A., New York, Shanghai, and Honk Kong), and of course, her new jewelry brand, “Ifat Oved”. Her decades of experience in the diamond trade and her deep love of

gemstones are the driving force behind every piece of jewelry she creates – sometimes it’s one particular stone that inspires a new design. Inner wealth, creativity and a craftsmanship honed over the course of many years, are Oved’s “working tools”. “I have an instinctive feeling for what type of jewel will suit each individual woman. A customer can come in with a fixed idea of what she wants but if I realize that what would work best for her is a different color or size of stone, we’ll discuss it and work on the design together so that the end jewel will be the most suited to that particular customer”, she explains. The brand’s flagship store in Kikar HaMedina attracts a clientele of all ages and standing, and Oved makes a point of designing jewelry for all women and not just for the top percentile. “My own path as a woman has been long and arduous, and I haven’t forgotten where I came from. When I see sparkles in a customer’s eyes as they put on my jewelry, I can’t help but feel just as emotional. Creating beautiful things for women is my calling, and I’m so glad the family-business and new brand allow me to do just that”, she says with a smile. 70 th H. Bayer st. Kikar Hamedina, Tel Aviv ifatoved_official

After working in her family’s diamond company for years, Ifat Oved has now branched out on her own, creating elegant bespoke jewelry that combines the latest fashion trends with her signature style: “when I see sparkles in a customer’s eyes as they put on my jewelry, I can’t help but feel just as emotional” / By Sharon Ben-David Diamonds are forever

Jewelery designer and businesswoman Ifat Oved recently inaugurated her new showroom in Tel Aviv’s Kikar HaMedina. Her dazzling first jewelry collection was presented during Tel Aviv Fashion Week, in the fashion

company “Novell Collection”, over fifty years ago. It blossomed into an international, family-run enterprise in which Ifat’s brothers Eyal and Oz Mashiah, as well as her husband Shay Oved are closely involved.

show steered by producer Motty Reif and attended by some of Israel’s most notable fashion figures - models Titi

She herself is the company’s manager, but in recent years, she felt the need for an outlet to her creativity. “I have been

Aynaw, Ronit Yudkevitz, and Yael Shelbia to name but a few. According to Oved, “this is not one more jewelry store, this is a treasure trove of deep rooted culture and heritage”. Diamonds and gemstones have always been part of her life. Oved’s father, a founding figure of the Israeli diamond industry, created his

designing jewelry since I was a kid, and it felt right for me to venture into my own business”, she explains. Inner wealth, creativity, and craftsmanship Today, Oved (56), divides her time between her five children, the offices of the family-business in Israel and

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