EL AL | Atmosphere

August 2023

Issue 273 | August 2023

Coastline escapades Ashdod, Herzliya, and Netanya have some of Israel's most beautiful beaches and plenty of fun attractions – from watersports to museums, archeological sites, gourmet food, and cultural events. Head coastwards to enjoy the perfect Israeli summer by the beach

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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

The Promeneda in Ashdod

Editor’s Letter

Israel’s Mediterranean coastline spreads across 196 kilometers (the longest shoreline in Israel), with 17 km of bathing beaches that dozens of millions of people enjoy every year. The beaches of Tel Aviv are the most well-known, but there are gorgeous beaches along the coastline that are well-worth discovering. What better occasion than the summer to visit the coastal cities of Ashdod, Herzliya, and Netanya that not only have fantastic beaches, but fascinating visitors’ centers, watersports clubs, archeological sites, monuments and museums, great food, fairs and festivals. We’ve prepared a selection of the best spots to visit in each of these great beachside cities. Summer in Israel is synonymous with festivals and cultural events. In this

issue, you’ll find everything you need to know about the season’s cultural goings-on, including the Israel Festival, one of the most important annual festivals, opening on August 1 st under the dual theme of “Art and Battle” for ten days of fascinating, thought provoking dance, music, and theatre performances by major local and international artists. Also this month: a glimpse into the exciting world of design workshops, an overview of Israel’s booming wine bar scene, and as always, fashion, travel, gastronomy, and events guides, recommendations, and more. Wishing you all a pleasant read, a peaceful flight, and a wonderful summer, Nava Marton

Head of Inflight Entertainment & Connectivity Tal Kalderon Talkal@elal.co.il

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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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45 46 News 48 In-flight Entertainment 50 New Movies 52 Top 6 53 Editor’s Pick 54 In-flight Internet Access

55 Meet the Crew 56 Destination Map 59 Fleet

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See the Sights 18 Explore Summertime activities by the sea in Netanya, Herzliya and Ashdod 24 Discover 3 suggestions for a fun, refreshing summer’s day Magazine 26 When art and reality collide A selection of some of the top events at this year’s Israel Festival

Lifestyle 30 Food 6 wine bars to discover this summer 34 Design 5 creative workshops for a DYI design experience 38 Fashion Our favorite items for a summer vacation by the beach

Travel News August highlights 10 What’s on Our Radar This Month Local events 12 Checklist Flight essentials 14 Our Guide

5 tips for coping with long flights 16 Wellness

Business 42 Thecnology The tech novelties of the month

5 reasons why summer holidays are for spending time by the water



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August Highlights

Consider this Why are plane windows round?

Masada National Park has inaugurated a new challenge trail called the Masada Challenge. It’s a challenging 40-minute hike along the Masada cliff-side that offers new viewpoints onto the spectacular beauty of the archeological remains. The hiking trail, built by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority on the side of the cliff, has ladders handholds. Hikers are required to wear a harness and helmet and are secured to a cable throughout the entire hike. The challenge trail offers amazing views onto the 2,000-year-old Roman remains and passes through King Herod’s wall that seems as though it emerges from the mountain, a Byzantine A new challenge trail in Masada

It wasn’t always the case. The first

Photo: Avishag Ayalon, Israel Nature and Parks Authority

airplanes had square shaped windows and it was still possible to open them, but when planes could fly much higher, it became clear it was necessary to seal the passenger compartment to maintain air pressure. Apparently, the corners of the square-shaped windows were the weakest points in the effort to seal the cabin and tended to crack. So round, cornerless windows were deemed more suitable – for the exact same reason they are considered so on ships and boats. Nowadays, all planes have round shaped windows without corners, so that the danger of cracks appearing are practically nil.

cave where Byzantine monks lived 1,500 years ago, and more breathtaking sites and lookout points onto the Judean desert and the Dead Sea.

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A brand-new hotel in Kibbutz Ayelet HaShahar The Ayala Resort has just opened in Kibbutz Ayelet HaShahar in the north of Israel. The resort comprises 150 rooms and spreads across 25 dunams of land. NIS 150 million were invested into the project which has three different sections, including a business meeting area with seven conference rooms. There are two restaurants – the gourmet restaurant “Thelma” and the hotel restaurant “Noga” that caters for hotel guests, a health center with a spa that offers 9 treatment rooms, a Turkish hammam, two saunas, an indoor pool, a Jacuzzi, a gym, and for the first time in Israel, a hotel mikveh.

The biggest cruise ship in the world is almost ready The biggest cruise ship in the world has made its first foray into open water for sea trials. During her first set of sea trials, Icon of the Seas traveled hundreds of miles, during which the main engines, hull, brake systems, steering, noise, and vibration levels were all tested. When it sets sail on Caribbean waters in January 2024, it will comfortably hold some 7,600 passengers and 2,805 rooms. The boat’s piece-de-resistance will be the world’s largest waterpark at sea. Named Category 6, it’ll feature six record-breaking water slides, seven pools, nine whirlpools. The ship will count 15 restaurants, and dozens of cafés and bars.

Vienna has been named best city to live in Vienna has once again been named “world’s most liveable city” for the ninth consecutive year according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Index which includes factors such as political situation, health system, social security, quality of infrastructure, etc. Other European cities like Stockholm, Rotterdam, and London who used to have a high rating lost points this year, whereas cities in Asia and the Mediterranean scored more points than in past years. Danish capital city Copenhagen is once again runner up, and the Australian cities of Melbourne and Sidney, respectively take third and fourth place.



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By the Seaside: The Best Place for Aliyah A new concept of luxurious living for over 60s: Oranim Club Sixty Five offers New Olim facilities and residential services of the highest level including a warm, active Members Club

A bedroom in a type M apartment I Photo by Eran Turgeman

Moving to Israel - living by the beach, reuniting with family, becoming part of an active community - is a dream come true. Sunny skies, a vibrant culture, and delicious food, not to mention watching grandchildren growing up, make the country a magnet for Jews from all over the world. It’s especially attractive as a retirement destination. However, moving halfway across the world is not without its challenges: emotional, bureaucratic, and logistic. Now Israeli real estate development company Oranim Group ensures a smooth and hassle-free transition with the launch of Oranim Club Sixty Five, a beachfront luxury resort and Members Club. “We realized that moving countries is especially difficult without a supportive social structure, so we created Oranim Club Sixty Five with its warm, embracing community in an elegant seafront home,” says Shira Oren Nahmias, deputy CEO of Oranim Group and seafront real estate expert with 30 years of experience. The club offers all the amenities of a world-class resort: concierge

and laundry services, extensive spa facilities, gorgeous swimming pools for friends and family, banquet halls, a bridge club, art studio, cultural events, a synagogue, and round-the-clock activities, all with the sea as backdrop. From Retirees to Entrepreneurs June 2024 heralds the launch of the flagship location on Rishon Letzion’s seafront, a mere 5 km from Tel Aviv, 20 minutes from Ben-Gurion Airport, and 45 minutes from Jerusalem. Oren Nahmias emphasizes that Oranim Club Sixty Five provides something for everyone with its stylish offices, business centers, elegant lounges and fabulous networking opportunities.

“Culture is at the heart of Oranim Club Sixty Five,” Oren Nahmias adds. “Lectures, shows, music, and performances are constantly taking place. Our cafes and restaurants offer delicious dishes made with fresh, seasonal, local, healthy produce. We even take care of Aliyah bureaucracy and can also arrange Hebrew lessons.” Oranim Club Sixty Five covers all the basics of wellness and wellbeing, with sandy white beaches only steps away. A state-of-the-art gym, daily exercise classes and sports activities are available, together with a wet and dry sauna, Jacuzzi, and spa facilities. Oranim Club Sixty Five combines a warm, active community with an attractive economic model. A fully refundable deposit means membership can be cancelled at any time, enabling an opportunity to try Aliya with no commitments. The requisite deposit for club membership starts at 3 million NIS. Monthly maintenance fees apply. www.club65.co.il Tel: +972-3-5555666

Shira Oren Nahmias, deputy CEO of Oranim Group I Photo by Eyal Toueg, THEMARKER


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Check-in I Local events I August 2023 I Shiri Brook-Sagie

What’s On Our Radar This Month

Music Festival | The Jerusalem East West Festival Jerusalem

For two nights , Jerusalem’s East West orchestra will perform in the Sultan’s Pool, thanks to a Jerusalem Town Hall and Ariel Solaniot VeSolanim initiative. The first evening will be dedicated to Greek, Israeli, and Turkish music, and the second will include guest appearances by major artists such as Tamir Greenberg, Noga Erez, and Assaf Avidan. August 27 th and 28 th . 2207.kupat.co.il

Photo: Tal Shachar

Dance | Karmiel Festival Karmiel

The Karmiel Festival is Israel’s biggest dance festival. Dancers and festivalgoers from Israel and the world have been coming here for 36 years now to take part and enjoy dozens of shows and workshops. The opening show, “Hora 100”, celebrates one hundred years of hora dancing in Israel, telling the story of this typical Israeli dance which became popular in the 1920’s. Many Israeli singers, artists and dance companies will be performing throughout the festival. The closing show will include a performance by Idan Raichel. August 1 st – 3 rd . karmielfestival.co.il

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Tomorrow We Fly, installation view at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art I Photo: Dor Kedmi

Exhibition | Ilya & Emilia Kabakov: Tomorrow We Fly Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov worked together as an artist duo in their Long Island home-studio from the late 1980s until Ilya’s passing in May 2023. They are best known for their ambitious total installations—autonomous “sets” installed in museum halls, comprising architectural elements and paintings. Surrounding their visitors with visual and auditory stimuli, they furnish them with a direct, unmediated experience with another reality, largely drawn from everyday life in the post-Stalinist Soviet Union (Curator: Shahar Molcho). Until January 20 th , 2024, tamuseum.org.il

Photo: Gil Dror


Photo: Dor Pazuelo

Photo: Stuart Glover

Musical | We will rock you

The Israeli Opera, Tel Aviv After sold-out shows in London and New York, the hit musical based on the songs of British band Queen is coming to Israel. The story takes place in the future, when a corporation called Globalsoft controls the world via algorithms, and everyone dresses the same way and listens to the same computerized music. But that changes when two friends go on a journey to bring back rock’n’roll and freedom of expression.

Art fair | The International Festival of Outdoor Arts “Hutzot Hayotzer” Jerusalem

The Hutzot Hayotzer festival is Jerusalem’s yearly celebration of art, music, gastronomy, dance, theatre, and more, with dozens of family friendly shows and events. At the foot of the Old City Walls in the Sultan’s Pool, 150 artists, including

painters, print designers, ceramicists, jewelers, textile designers, dancers, stage artists and more, will offer festivalgoers 12 evenings of live shows, concerts, attractions, pop-up exhibitions, games, magic shows, etc. August 7 th – 19 th . artfair-jer.com

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Is your dream destination a 12-hour flight away? Are you asking yourself how you'll survive the long flight and cope with such an extended period of sitting? Well, fasten your seatbelt! Here are some tips on what to do on long flights to ensure that you'll arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and full of energy / Itai Yom Tov

01 Wear comfortable clothing. This is a very important point that many travelers tend to forget (or avoid), especially in today’s “Insta generation” where the focus is on perfect vacation pictures - even during 13-hour flights. Warm, comfortable clothing allows your body to relax during the flight and doesn’t put pressure on sensitive areas, like your thighs, chest and underarms. Equally important is to wear comfortable, breathable shoes to ensure the well-being of your feet. 02 Take breaks during the flight. On very long flights it’s important to regularly stand up, leave your seat, and walk the aisles (when possible and allowed). Doing so gets the blood flowing more freely throughout your body and your leg muscles working a bit. This helps prevent cramping and enables good blood circulation. A good ratio to aim for is getting up from your seat for 5-7 minutes every hour. (If this isn’t possible, longer intervals of standing will also work). 03 Stimulate your body. Did you wake up from a nap during the flight? If so, this is the time to follow the previous tip and take a break. Doing so will stimulate your body by improving your blood flow and moving your muscles - exactly like when you wake up at home and

start your day. 04 Stretch your muscles after landing. Congratulations! You’ve safely arrived at your destination and are now eager to grab your suitcase and head to your hotel in a cab or other mode of transportation. However, you’ll soon find yourself sitting for an extended period of time again, ranging from anywhere between a half hour to several hours. Before you start unpacking your luggage at your hotel, set aside some time for a light stretching session. This can involve stretching your arms and legs, rotating your pelvis, bending and placing your hands on the floor to stretch out your back muscles and

hamstrings, or any other stretches you prefer. You might hear a click or knock. Don’t worry! It’s just your body saying, “Thanks!” 05 Drink water. Even if you feel refreshed, fully recovered from the flight and ready to start the day exploring your destination, fill up a bottle of water and drink to your heart’s content. This way, you’ll prevent getting dehydrated right from the start of your vacation. (Many people tend to get dehydrated because they don’t drink enough water during the flight.) Now, you can begin your dream vacation. Enjoy! The author is the manager of “Space” Gym, a personal trainer, and a sports therapist with an MS in Sports Science.


Ilya & Emilia Kabakov Tomorrow We Fly

New Exhibition Tel Aviv Museum of Art

At the Studio #1 , 2018, Oil on canvas, Courtesy of the artists ©Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Photo: Igoris Markovas Design: Ayal Zakin

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5 reasons why summer holidays are for spending time by the water / By Shiri Brook-Sagie Walking on Water

Improves fitness Is it too hot to work out at the gym or go for a run? Opt for a water activity instead, and working out will actually become a fun experience you’ll enjoy. Swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, or rowing, are perfect for improving fitness levels while enjoying the water. These activities are great for boosting the heart rate, muscle strengthening, and general wellbeing. Eases the healing and rehabilitation process Spending time near water sources is extremely beneficial to the healing and rehabilitation process. A study published in 2022 in science journal Environment and Behavior, found that spending time at the beach for instance, will contribute to a quicker recovery from mental distress and burnouts. So, if you feel your batteries need recharging, head to the water source of your choice and let it take care of you, body and soul.

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Relieves stress You know that relaxing

Mood boosting Studies have shown that beyond the calming effects of the sea or any other water source on the mind and the body, it’s also highly mood-boosting. A study published in science journal Environmental Science & Technology in 2021, found that people who live close to the ocean, a lake, or a river, report higher levels of mental wellbeing and lower levels of psychological distress. Time spent close to water sources isn’t merely good for the mood in general, it also improves cognitive function.

feeling you get when you walk along a sandy beach? Well apparently there’s a scientific explanation for feeling it. Research keeps confirming the soothing effects of spending time by water sources on the mind and body, which in turn decreases stress levels. One study, published in the scientific journal Health Promotion Perspectives in 2020, revealed that spending time by water sources such as the sea or a lake, significantly leads

Do you happen to spend most of the year in an office and the summer indoors with the AC on? Make sure you get some much needed vitamin D this summer. Moderate exposure to sunlight is good for the bones, the smooth functioning of the immune system, and for general wellbeing. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in 2020 highlighted the importance of sunlight exposure for maintaining healthy levels of vitamin D and reaping many other precious health benefits.

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Ashdod, Herzliya, and Netanya have some of Israel’s most beautiful beaches and so much more to offer, from watersports to museums, archeological sites, gourmet food, and cultural events – they’re a window on the Mediterranean / By Ariela Aflalo Coastline escapades: recommendations for summertime activities by the sea

Arsuf Cliff, Netanya


Netanya Kikar Ha’Atzma’ut I The city’s main square is its beating heart. After recently undergoing a bit of a facelift, the old square has been decidedly renewed. It has a new interactive fountain with its 70 water jets and a LED screen statue that alternates between projecting sound games, video art, music shows, and light projections. At nighttime, everything is beautiful and illuminated. The square is lined with cafés and restaurants, has plenty of shaded seating areas, a fishpond, and a kids’ area. The Red Army Victory monument I Located at the very end of the beach promenade, this monument commemorates the victory of the Red Army over Nazi Germany in World War II. The memorial is designed as a maze, in which key tragic events in the history of the Jewish people during the Holocaust are depicted in reliefs. When coming out of the maze, visitors are met with two 7-meter high wing-like elements that symbolize the transition from darkness to light and the watersports activities to choose from here, from speed boat rides, to jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, surfing, kite surfing, etc. Netanya also has a skatepark and bike trails, but one of the most original and interesting ways to discover the city is paragliding; with aspiration to freedom and peace. Watersports I There are so many

Paragliding over Netanya Beach

The fountain in Kikar Ha’Atzma’ut, Netanya

the help of an instructor, you can glide above the city and admire the great open sea from above. (paraglidingil.com) Food I Netanya is bursting with restaurants and the “Marée” is one of the best. Situated on the 15 th floor of the Vert Lagoon hotel, the Marée is both a Kosher gourmet restaurant and a nightlife venue. The design of

Photo: Ariela Aflalo

The Red Army Victory monument, Netanya

the restaurant is inspired by the sea and corals and rocks cover the walls (maree. co.il). Another great spot is the Jorno Bakery, a local patisserie located by the sea and open on Saturdays. There’s an endless choice of croissants, tartes, and cakes, as well as salads and sandwiches ( @jornobakery).

The Marée restaurant I Photos: Amir Menachem



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The Herzliya marina I Photo: Ido Meirovich

Apollonia National Park I Photo: PR

Nammos retaurant, Herzliya Photo: Liya Geldman

Herzliya beach I Photo: Hagay Timsit

Herzliya The Apollonia National Park I the Phoenicians founded the city of Arsuf, known in Israeli archeology as Tel Arshaf, in the 6 th century BC. After the Phoenicians came the Greeks, who renamed the city Apollonia. After the Greeks, the Hasmonaeans arrived, and then the Byzantines, the Crusaders and the Mamluks, etc. There are remains of each period in this extraordinary site. Informative signage lets you know about the history as you walk along. The most impressive element is the “hanging” balcony that seems

The Herzliya marina I apart from the many fun activities to enjoy here, there’s a mall, a kids’ area, restaurants, bars, and of course, yacht and surf clubs, and experiential boat ride clubs. (herzliya-marina.co.il) Food: If good vibes, food platters, alcohol, and open views of the Mediterranean is what you’re after, Nammos is the just the place for you. Its name derives from the Greek word for “view”, as well as the well-known beach in Mykonos, and its location is as good as its food. Smack-bang on the shoreline, it

as though it is hanging above the sea at 30-meters above ground. (parks.org.il) Beach fun I Herzliya’s beaches are particularly beautiful. Wide and spacious, two of them have a user friendly deck that leads down to the water and there’s also a beach open to dogs. Sidney Ali beach, named after the mosque built atop the cliff here in the 11 th century, is one of the most frequented. Unlike the other beaches, Sidney Ali is narrower and has a kurkar stone ridge with little nooks and caves carved inside.


offers cocktails and sushi platters galore. The terrace views are breathtaking, but even if you sit inside, there are huge windows that look out to the sea. Though Greek by name, the restaurant’s menu is Japanese in spirit, with lots of sushi, sashimi, and nigiri, as well as oysters, lobster, smoked steaks, and more. (nammos.co.il). Another top recommendation is the Ale & Lager in the marina. It’s part of a British pub chain and includes all the typical British pub décor features. It’s a self service bar serving a wide range of beers – there are over 20 beer taps and 100 different kinds of bottled beer from Israel and the world. The food menu includes corned beef, sausages, schnitzel, burgers and fries, and more, and prices are friendly. (lagerandale.co.il) Ashdod The Ashdod Yam Fortress I the impressive remains of the ancient fortress tell the story of the port city of Ashdod as far back as to the times of prehistoric man. After years of being closed off, the fortress is now open to the public, and a lookout point has been constructed so visitors can delight in the breathtaking open sea views. At sunset, the fortress is even more beautiful, and at nighttime, a fascinating light and sound

Ashdod Marina I Photo: Ariela Aflalo

The Ashdod Yam fortress at night I Photo: Avi Shafir

Ashdod Port I the port’s visitors’ center is one of the biggest, most developed in Israel. Its purpose is to show the public how important and strategic the port has been to local economic life from its creation in the 1960’s till today. There are

presentation is screened onto the stone walls telling the story of the site through the ages. Guided tours are regularly organized, as well as experiential games and activities for

kids and adults alike (visit.ashdod.muni.il).



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Ashdod Yam Park I Photo: Tomer Marzuk

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The Promeneda in Ashdod

fascinating historic audiovisual documents, interactive games and activities and a bus tour of the port itself. Entrance is free upon prior appointment (ashdodport.co.il). Watersports I the Ashdod marina offers a range of watersports, including waterskiing, tornado boat tours, kayaking, yacht tours, and more. (visit.ashdod.muni.il) Food I it’s impossible to talk about the Ashdod food scene without immediately mentioning Pescado. This kosher fish restaurant is helmed by Yechiel Zino, himself born to family of fishmongers and fishermen. Pescado is all about quality ingredients, simple preparation, and bold flavors. A special mention to one of the most unusual dishes you’ll ever see on a menu: the fish wing, i.e., the front flipper of a yellowtail fried in green tabasco (pescado.co.il). Another great Ashdod eatery is Petra, a fine restaurant located on the shoreline serving Georgian food including baked goods, stews, and salads, but the menu is a true melting pot of cuisines and also includes hummus, pizza, pasta, fish and seafood dishes, steaks, etc.(petrarest.co.il). ˆ

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Summer vacation is already here, and a variety of water activities and attractions around the country – from north to south – are waiting for you. Here are three that will keep you refreshed this summer / Nava Marton August Heat: 3 Suggestions for a Fun, Refreshing Summer’s Day

02 LAKE TLV, Tel Aviv Located at the heart of Tel Aviv, LAKE TLV is the center for cable wakeboarding and waterskiing. The type of cable waterskiing practiced here is the only one of its kind in Israel. Unlike regular waterskiing, this technique uses a unique apparatus, and skiers are not pulled behind a boat. For beginners, it will take time to get the hang of it, but don’t worry, fun is guaranteed – even if you fall into the water (and chances are you will). Recently, LAKE TLV underwent extensive renovations, including the installation of a new apparatus that incorporates the most advanced technology in the field. Cable waterskiing is suitable for everyone, including children (from age nine, provided they can swim) to extreme sports enthusiasts. Additionally, the site offers tubing activities for children aged six and above (accompanied by an adult). For more info go to: laketlv.co.il

Photo by Guy SIdi

01 Shefayim Water Park This well-known water park opens the season with a refreshing addition – a musical slide. The park, spread over 50 dunams, features a variety of slides and water attractions for all ages - a large, colorful, slide complex, featuring rainbow slides, with no fewer than 14 sliding paths, several tube slides, including tubing for two in the dark and Crazy Runs, a wave pool, a complete water world for toddlers aged two and older, and more water surprises. Throughout the park, expansive, shaded seating areas are available. This year, there are also food courts serving coffee, pastries, sandwiches, snacks and complete meals with decadent desserts, throughout the day. Food can be easily and quickly ordered online using a barcode, and it can be picked up when ready without waiting in line. Entrance tickets can be pre-ordered for dates on which the park is open to the general public. For more info go to: waterpark.co.il

03 Kfar Blum Kayaks Boating season is already underway, making it the perfect time for a kayaking experience. The sailing adventure at Kfar Blum Kayaks starts at Beit Hillel and flows for about four kilometers until you reach the waterfall at the journey’s end (look right and flash a big smile, because they will be taking your picture). For families with children aged 5 and above, there’s a suitable family route that takes you along the stream while passing several charming spots. The water is clear and refreshing and offers an enjoyable experience for families, groups of friends, and couples. Additionally, the site also features a ropes course called “TopRope,” which reaches 10 meters in height and includes an omega that takes you to the sparkling water of the Jordan River. There is also a glamping complex, Blum Village, which offers accommodation in air-conditioned tents. For more info go to: kayaks.co.il

Photo: Yossi Aloni

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LEVANT CUISINE by Chef Nimrod Hadas

Manara is a Levantine-Israeli cuisine restaurant, facing the spectacular view of Tel-Aviv beaches and completing the Levantine experience that characterizes the restaurant’s kitchen, an Interpretation of the local Israeli culinary culture, and broad Mediterranean influences. Manara’s seasonal menu includes carefully selected fresh local ingredients, fresh fish from the Mediterranean sea, organic vegetables, hand-made pastas, a variety of oven-baked breads,

quality cheeses and desserts made daily in front of the diners, led by Chef Nimrod Hadas and his staff.

For reservations: www.manaratlv.com 03. 6702220 Hayarkon 115 St. Tel-Aviv


Magazine I The 2023 Israel Festival

This year’s Israel Festival is a fascinating exploration of the two opposing concepts of art and battle. Get ready for a deluge of concerts, plays, dance shows, and even podcasts, by some of Israel’s and the world’s leading artists and creators / By Anat Zecharia When art and reality collide

LAVAGEM by Alice Ripoll I Photo: Renato Mangolin

Fuck Me by Marina Otero I Photo: Diego Astarita

YAMA by Neta Weiner I Photo: Ella Barak

Minefield by Lola Arias I Photo: Carlos Furman

Music | the love and groove special

The 62 nd Israel Festival launches in Jerusalem on August 1 st . Ten days of cultural frenzy are set to light up Israel’s capital city, under the uniting theme of “Art | Battle”. According to the festival’s artistic directors Itay Mautner and Michal Vaknin, the “winds of reality” are the ones to have dictated the theme: “it may first seem as though a world of differences separate the so very opposite notions of art and battle; but in actuality, they form a deep-rooted relationship that is fascinating to explore”.

“Concepts such as contemplation, devotion, sacrifice, practice, and transmutation bridge the gaps between them, and innovative thinking, intense observation, and unconventional ideas are their driving forces”, they say. Big names and rising stars from Israel and the world are set to perform across three different locations – Ha’Atzma’ut Park, the Jerusalem Theatre, and the Jerusalem Arts Campus. Here’s an overview of the festival’s most noteworthy events.

The two music shows to open the festival will take place in Ha’Atzmaut Park. The first, “About Love”, is a Tu Be’Av celebration with kamancheh virtuoso Mark Eliyahu and many guest performers, including Rita Omar and Shai Tsabari. The following night, the park will beat to the sounds of New Orleans ensemble “Meshuleshet”, singer Tarriona Ball, aka Tank, Bangas, and performers Jasmin Moallem and Echo.


Theatre | Falklands War memories Argentinian artist Lola Arias reunites former foes to explore what is left of their rivalry and their recollections of war in her fascinating show “Minefeld”. Forty-one years after the British victory over the junta’s armies in the Malvinas/Falklands War, the memories and experiences of those who took part in the battles face the test of time, collectively linked in a layered, human story. Performing Arts | between fantasy and reality Brazilian artist and choreographer Alice Ripoll is in Israel with two fascinating pieces. One is “Lavagem” (“wash” in Portuguese), which deals with what we designate as dirty. Cleaning’s familiar movements are transformed into a poetic-political dance that expresses the absurdity of trying to live in a clean, unsullied world. “Lavagem” presents an ancestral past filled with struggles, but also with secrets about joy and cheerfulness, widening the cracks that separate the clean from the dirty. Another noteworthy dance show is “Fuck Me”, by choreographer and dancer Marina Otero. It moves back and forth between documentary and fiction, dance and performance. With an injured body that has forced her to yield center stage, Otero uses the sidelines to instruct her dancers with her fantasies and whims that end up revealing her life story. (The show contains nudity). Podcasting | an evening with Ira Glass and Etgar Keret Podcast guru Ira Glass and world renowned writer Etgar Keret combine their skills for this evening of powerful and funny stories.

Celebrating Israeli artistic creation

Alongside the huge productions showcased in the festival, a spotlight is being shone on local artists as well. This initiative called “Ofek” (“horizon” in Hebrew), includes three Israeli creations, namely: “Yama”, “Love me Tender’, and “Short Term”. Yama combines martial arts, spoken word, theatre and beat, so as to carve out a story that is part guided tour, part Krav Maga and part ritual prayer. Rooted in the city of Jaffa’s rich and glorious past, the story unfolds between Hebrew, Arabic and Yiddish, dreams and reality. Love Me Tender is former judoka Corinne Kitzis’ first full length theatrical work. In it, she lays out her life’ battles on a giant judo mat. The battles on stage become a coming-of age journey during which Kitzis searches for where to direct her power, how and where to unload it. Through this process, she breaks life down into its universal elements: love, family, identity, and freedom. Short Term deals with the fragility of life. It tells the story of a boy who loses his mother far too early, of a father who is losing his memory, and of the passing of time. Semyon Alexandrovsky is a bold and unique voice in contemporary theatre. His works invite the audience to take an active part in the performance, encouraged to come on stage, walk around, rummage through drawers and cabinets, take a seat, and attempt to answer the question of what time eventually does to each and every one of us.

Mark Eliyahu I Photo: Carlos yanez

Etgar Keret I Photo: LielleSand

Ira Glass I Photo: Sandy Honig

Glass will also be giving a podcast masterclass on a separate night in which he weaves together audio, video and music, bringing alive the mechanism by which he crafts compelling, memorable stories. ˆ Israel Festival, Jerusalem, August 1 st – 11 th . For more information about the shows and events: israel-festival.org/en/



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The Elkonin Hotel: French chic in the heart of Tel Aviv However hectic Tel Aviv may get, the picturesque neighborhood of Neve Tzedek always seems to maintain its inherent calm and chic. Nestled among its narrow streets and romantic Bauhaus buildings, the newly restored Elkonin Hotel is where Parisian elegance meets White City cool / By Sharon Ben-David

Wellness: prestigious beauty brand Clarins’ first spa in Israel The Elkonin spa operates in collaboration with French luxury beauty brand Clarins, the first such initiative in Israel. Its hues of gold and white musk inspire quiet, calm, and intimate relaxation. There are five treatment rooms equipped with the most advanced treatment tables and accessories. The rooms offer background music and ideal dimmable lighting. There's an abundance of treatments to choose from and all include Clarins products, though special mention is reserved to the Elkonin signature treatment, the spa's personalized mixology facecare treatment that is adaptable to all skin types. Michelin-star level gastronomy, L’Epoque by Robuchon The jewel in the Elkonin crown has got to be its restaurant, L’Epoque by Robuchon. This is the first Robuchon eatery in Israel and it is nothing less than an absolute sensation. The Robuchon group holds 31 Michelin stars to date, with restaurants across the globe and a team of chefs helmed by David Alves, Joël Robuchon's right-hand-man for over 20 years. The Elkonin chef, Eugene Koval, in collaboration with David Alves, has created a menu composed of a selection of Robuchon favorites from the three-starred "L'Atelier" restaurant in Paris, including its world-famous, legendary potato purée. Elkonin Tel Aviv – Mgallery, 9 Lilienblum st., elkonintelaviv.com

The Elkonin Hotel stands on the foundations of what once was the White City’s first ever hotel, erected in 1913 by Malka and Menahem Elkonin. The beautiful edifice which once welcomed such illustrious guests as David Ben Gurion, artists and royalty, has been reopened by the MGallery brand part of the Accor Hotel Group, after years of meticulous restoration by Israeli architect Bar Orion and French Designer Iconique Studio. The new hotel’s design is by interior designer Adriana Shor who has succeeded in bringing to life the bold vision of hotel owner and investor Dominique Romano. The resulting new structure is a breathtaking blend of vintage elegance and modern glamour. Photos: Amit Geron, Anatoly Michaello, Sivan Askayo

Parisian style and fine attention to detail

The minute you set foot inside the Elkonin hotel, you get the feeling of having been transported to Paris – the grand staircase, the plush carpets, the beautiful Provence infused decorations, all reveal the meticulous precision with which the restoration work and design have been undertaken. The 44 rooms, including suites, have been decorated in delicate tones of pastel pinks and sky blues that hark back to pastoral Provence, while the pampering bathrooms are brimming with indulgent toiletries by prestigious French brand Clarins.

Lifestyle I Food & Drink

Israel’s wine bar scene is in full bloom, with new venues popping up in every city. Here are 6 top recommendations for where to sip on a glass of quality wine and let the summer while away / By Sharon Ben-David 6 wine bars to discover this summer

The Terrace | Jerusalem The Terrace I Photos: Daniel Lailah

The Waldorf Astoria is Jerusalem’s tourism jewel in the crown. Elegant design, exceptional service, extreme care to detail, all contribute to making it, year in year out, one of Israel’s most remarkable hotels, as tourists from everywhere in the world come to soak in the unique Jerusalem atmosphere in this one-of-a-kind establishment. Its summer bar, “the Terrace”, is located on the hotel roof, perfect

for enjoying the cool Jerusalem evening air. Its wooden deck, covered in olive trees, greenery, and plants, is beautifully designed, enhancing the stupendous open views of the city. The central open kitchen allows diners to look into its fascinating goings on, adding to the culinary experience. The menu is decidedly Mediterranean full of gorgeous fish dishes, fantastic meat dishes, including entrecôte steak à

la plancha, and more. The beverage menu is as rich as the food one, with an impressive selection of cocktails devised together with well-known Jerusalem distillery “the Thinkers”, and cigar aficionados will love the exclusive cigar selection included in the menu. For details and reservations - Email: jrswa.terrace@waldorfastoria.com I Order link: tabitisrael.co.il/site/wa terrace/


Contento I Photos: David Moyal

Contento | Tel Aviv

This new summer bar recently opened its doors atop the Carlton hotel, smack-bang on the shoreline. Here, Masterchef graduate Chef Lior Ohayon serves up rich platters of challah and dips, refreshing salads and delicious fish dishes. The drinks menu includes a wide variety of great cocktails and beverages that perfectly match the food menu. Live music, parties, and special events take place here to the delight of

hotel guests and non-guests alike, and at sunset, the Contento Sunset Club comes to life, ushering in the fun night to come, with happy young people flocking by the droves to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere. For reservations: ontopo.co.il

Rumiyah | Tel Aviv If the Carmel market is Tel Aviv’s favorite market, then “Panda” is the Carmel market’s favorite street food stall. Foodies from everywhere in the world line up day in day out to get a taste of the Panda pita. Idan Feinburg, the man behind the panda, has been looking to open a fully-fledged eatery for years now, until finally finding the perfect spot, a magical hidden backyard in the pastoral nearby Kerem HaTeymanim neighborhood. Under the White City’s starry night sky, Rumiyah invites winers and diners to enjoy delicious food perfectly paired with the wine

and cocktails. rumiyah.co.il

Rumiyah I Photos: Ariel Efron



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