EL AL | Atmosphere

February 2024

Issue 278 | February 2024

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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 Guy Kusi & Yariv Fein Images ASAP Creative VP of Marketing, Trade and Sales Yaniv Ofir Business Development Manager Alon Fox Senior Sales Manager Sivan Himelfarb

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Editor’s Letter

In Israel, February is the month where everything is in full bloom - fields of red anemones, white and pink almond blossoms, irises and cyclamen, exploding with color across the country. And during these tough times, they’re a glorious symbol of hope and renewal. Almost four months have passed since the attacks of October 7 th, and the country is doing its best to get back to normal, welcoming with open arms those coming to volunteer, explore the country, or visit friends and family. This is one of the most delightful times of the year in Israel, with everything in bloom and the weather neither too hot nor too cold. It’s such a great time for daytrips in the country, to take in the winter sun, catch some peace and quiet, or discover a new museum or trek trail. In this issue you’ll find 14 ideas for relaxing winter activities, both indoors and outdoors – including the Darom Adom festival in the Negev, that will be taking place this year despite the situation. (Do note, that event

times and specifications may potentially be modified in accordance with security instructions, so make sure to consult event schedules online from time to time). These troubled times have prompted many heartwarming initiatives. We’ve chosen to showcase initiatives from the world of Israeli design, that are all about solidarity, human connection, and hope. We also sat down for a chat with the president of the Negev region’s Sapir Academic College, with thirty of its members having been murdered and killed since October 7 th . Though the academic year started late and is taking place remotely, it is clear to everyone - faculty members, staff, and students alike, that it’s just a matter of time before they return to their beautiful campus, to live, study, volunteer, and work, in their beloved northwestern Negev. As we hope for better days, I wish you a pleasant read and a peaceful flight. Nava Marton

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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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27 28 In-flight Entertainment 30 New Movies 32 Editor’s Pick 33 Top 6 34 In-flight Internet Access 36 Destination Map 38 Fleet

6 EL AL Keeps Israel Connected to the World EL AL is committed to participating in the war effort while still enhancing its services and passenger experience 12 See the Sights Take a breath: 14 ideas for fun and relaxing winter activities with added value Standing Together

20 Creating hope 5 design initiatives prompted by the tragedy of October 7 th 22 Academia in wartime The story of Sapir College in the western Negev



EL AL Keeps Israel Connected to the World

EL AL continues to connect Israel with the world



Since October 7 th , EL AL has been committed to playing its part in the war effort, and in 2024, this commitment has intensified to ensure the ongoing connection of Israel with the world during these challenging times. EL AL continues to enhance its service and passenger experience

Photos: courtesy of EL AL



EL AL Keeps Israel Connected to the World

EL AL and Delta Air Lines sign a codeshare agreement that includes advantages for frequent flyers

Last month, EL AL and Delta Air Lines launched a long-term codeshare agreement that allows passengers flying between Israel and the Americas to benefit from connecting flights. The agreement includes mutual advantages for both companies’ respective frequent flyers club members, such as accumulating and using up Delta Skymiles or EL AL frequent flyer club points. Delta passengers will be able to fly from North America to Tel Aviv on direct EL AL flights from JFK New York, Newark, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, and Fort Lauderdale. The EL AL code (LY) will be added to Delta flights from Tel Aviv to the US, as well as to about 280 connecting flights via Delta’s main US airports. These include JFK New York, Atlanta, Boston, and Los

Angeles and cover a wide range of destinations such as Washington, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Seattle, Dallas, and Toronto.

This codeshare agreement will enhance the value proposition for EL AL customers flying from Israel to various destinations across the Americas. The partnership with Delta Air Lines, coupled with the U.S. Visa Waiver Program, gives way to many diverse and convenient options for Israeli passengers. This codeshare agreement will also enable Delta Air Lines to offer passengers even more flight options between Israel and North America. Since January 15 th , the two companies have begun offering their respective frequent flyers club members mutual benefits such as preferred seating, priority check-in, extra checked baggage, and access to the airport lounge when available.



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Greetings everyone, Chef Assaf Granit here,

I wanted to connect with you because there are some exciting updates I’m eager to share. If you recall, last September we introduced a new menu that I crafted exclusively for you. This menu was an opportunity for me to share my personal story, my roots, and the profound connection to the Land of Israel, which influences the flavors that define us. As we strive to keep things interesting and diverse for you, I’m thrilled to announce that we will be updating the entire menu on flights departing from Tel Aviv this month. You can look forward to savoring new dishes that tell new stories. Moreover, I’m delighted to share that we will gradually introduce the new menu to incoming flights bound for Israel. The first kitchen where I worked was in New York, where our new menu will now be served on all incoming flights. The fresh menu will narrate our Israeli story - where home-cooked food holds immense significance, acting as a unifying force that brings everyone and their homes together simultaneously. This menu bridges Israel and the world, fusing local ingredients with that distinct Israeli twist that makes us unique. Excitingly, we are embarking on crafting menus from kitchens around the world, and, just between us, our next destination is... Miami! I sincerely hope you relish the flavors of our new dishes, and I wish you a delightful - and delicious - flight.

We’ve recently noticed that more and more Israelis are going on short visits abroad to recuperate from the stress brought on by the war. In order to allow customers to purchase tickets ahead of time while still taking into account the uncertainty in people’s lives right now, the tickets can be canceled free of charge and substituted with future-use vouchers of the same value of the canceled ticket. Tickets can be canceled up to 24 hours prior to boarding. Canceled tickets for flights scheduled in February and until April 30 th 2024 (all ticket types included, except for LITE tickets, bonus tickets and group tickets), are replaced with vouchers of an equivalent value to the ticket that was canceled without any

cancelation fee required. The voucher also covers ancillary services such as extra checked baggage and preferred seating. What’s more, EL AL and Sun d’Or vouchers are not personalized and can be passed onto someone else. This offer gives passengers the option to be covered by “EL AL Protect” which gives EL AL and Sun d’Or customers the possibility to cancel flights and receive future use vouchers of the same value as the canceled flight. “EL AL Protect” will be available for purchase as of May 1 st. In light of the current climate and the reality of uncertainty, this service offers the option to buy tickets ahead of time with the possibility of canceling them free of charge at the last minute if need be.



EL AL Keeps Israel Connected to the World

EL AL is renewing its Phuket line, as well as seat supply to Bangkok

EL AL affiliate Sun d’Or has increased its flights to Warsaw with a total of 5 weekly flights and added 2 weekly flights to Tbilisi for the winter season

This winter, Israelis have been eager for a break from the stressful climate back home. EL AL affiliate Sun d’Or has thus increased its weekly flights to certain seasonal favorites such as Warsaw, adding an extra flight to the Polish capital each Wednesday until the end of winter, reaching a total of five weekly flights to Warsaw, as well as two weekly flights to Krakow. EL AL is expanding its Tokyo route in order to respond to Israeli demand for more flights to Japan both for tourism and business purposes. The route’s flight schedule until December 2024 is available for purchase, with the first flight scheduled for March 6 th . The new year-round format will include four more flights a week from Tel Aviv to Tokyo. Furthermore, connecting flights to a variety of destinations will also be available as part of EL AL’s codeshare agreement with Japanese airline company ANA.

This month, Sun d’Or is adding two weekly flights to Tbilisi, reaching nine weekly flights to the Georgian capital in total. All in all, Sun d’Or operates flights to five European destinations, including Larnaca, Cyprus with nine weekly flights, and Kishinev, Moldova with three weekly flights. Tickets are purchasable via the EL AL website and at travel agencies.

With more and more Israelis taking holiday breaks, demand for flights to Thailand has increased accordingly. In light of this, EL AL has reopened its line of direct flights to Phuket and increased seat supply to Bangkok. As of this month, EL AL will operate three weekly flights to Phuket on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and return flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturday evenings. EL AL is currently operating flights to 35 destinations around the world, steadfast in its commitment to remain a bridge between Israel and the world.

4 more flights each week: EL AL’s Tokyo route is going from seasonal to year-round


EL AL remains committed to the release of the hostages

Since October 7 th , EL AL has been actively participating in the war effort, particularly in advocating for the release of hostages still held in Gaza. To date, EL AL has flown hundreds of family members of hostages to various diplomatic missions worldwide, fully funding these flights. On January 14 th , which marked 100 days since the hostages’ captivity, EL AL demonstrated solidarity through various tributes. An hourglass exhibit symbolizing the diminishing time for the hostages was flown to the UN headquarters in New York. This exhibit, created by the “Ramat Hashna’im” association, originally showcased in Tel Aviv’s HaBima square, weighed over 300kg and stood at 3.5 meters high, making its transportation to New York through JFK airport a significant logistical challenge. Additionally, on January 14 th , the flagship EL AL flight “LY001,” departing from Tel Aviv at 01:00 Hersh Goldberg-Polin was supposed to board an EL AL flight to India on December 27 th and start his big trip around the world. But on October 7 th , Hersh was captured by Hamas and taken hostage to Gaza, as he was partying at the Nova festival. As a tribute to Hersh, and with the hope to raise awareness about the plight of the hostages, EL AL flight captains Gil Shimoni and Erez Dor spoke to Hersh’s parents John and Rachel through the EL AL control system as they were flying above India on their way to Bangkok. “Hersh was supposed to be flying to India with EL AL today, and together with To Hersh, with love

for JFK airport, was renamed flight LY100 in honor of the hostages’ 100 days in captivity. This flight was operated aboard the “Jerusalem of Gold” aircraft, carrying the message “Stand with Israel” since the onset of the war. The EL AL website background has been modified to commemorate the hostages’ 100 days in captivity, and each flight features a special address narrating

the story of the 136 hostages still held by Hamas in Gaza. EL AL expresses unwavering support for the hostages’ families and remains dedicated to raising awareness in Israel and internationally. The airline is committed to doing everything possible to bring each and every hostage back home to their families.

(from the right) Captains Gil Shimon and Erez Dor I Photo: courtesy of EL AL

the whole country, we would like to take this opportunity to say that we are thinking of him and that we hope he will be back home with you as soon as possible, making plans for his next trip” said the captains

to Rachel and John. “We hope he’ll be able to go on his big trip around the world, the one he was dreaming to take for so long. We’re grateful to EL AL for this tribute to our son Hersh”, John replied.



Standing together | See the Sights

14 ideas for fun and relaxing winter activities with added value Take a breath


Experience | 101 activities, 0 shekels, 1 Eilat The city that opened its doors to tens of thousands of displaced families after October 7 th , is back with its successful initiative “101 activities, 0 shekels, 1 Eilat” operated by the Eilat tourism corporation. The initiative activities have been modified this year to suit the current climate, so as to offer maximum relaxation. Among the activities, there are yoga classes by the beach, sundown Pilates, guided tours in the desert, workshops with local artists and creators, glass bottomed-boat rides in the Red Sea, guided e-bike rides across the Eilat mountains, SUP sessions, city food tours, and more – and all entirely for free. Until end of March, traveltoeilat.co.il

Illustration: Zeev Engelmeyer

01 Exhibition |

Now! Light Boxes Gallery, Jaffa

This exhibition showcases a series of works made by a variety of artists using numerous mediums and techniques, all created in the wake of the October 7 attacks. The works on show were made out of the need to bear witness and document the horrors that took place, the terror and pain caused to families and communities, and the wave of support and affection that Israelis showed their wounded and bereaved compatriots in these darkest of times.

Some of the works include the “Guernica” referencing

painting by Zoya Cherkassky, the “daily postcard” series by Zeev Engelmeyer with its faux-naïve colorful illustrations, (curators: Portfolio magazine editors Hagit Peleg Rotem, Limor Margolyes, Yuval Saar). The exhibition includes several photographs from the “Local testimony 2023” exhibition. Until March 3 rd , Light Boxes Gallery, Mazal Dagim alley and Mazal Arie alley, Old Jaffa, free entrance, 24/7

Photo: Studio Eilat



Nature | To blossom again - Darom Adom

Before the attacks of October 7 th , the Darom Adom Festival, was a joyful February celebration of nature as the red anemones of the Negev were in bloom. But this year, though the anemones may be blooming anew, the word “festival” has been set aside, and the event logo includes the invocation: “to blossom again”. Indeed, this year’s Darom Adom events all celebrate the notion of hope and rebirth, notably the KKL JNF march in honor of Ofir Libstein z”l, the head of the Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council who was killed on October 7 th as he was defending his home in kibbutz Kfar Aza. Invitees only will be taking part in the march, but Israelis and communities around the world are warmly invited to wear red shirts and organize their own march of solidarity, via the dedicated app. The yearly Darom Adom anemones race will take place in the Nahal Grar-Sharsheret Park in collaboration with the Hostages and Missing Families Forum as a mark of solidarity with those still held captive by Hamas. There shall also be KKL JNF guided tours of the surrounding forests and sites. Important note: “Darom Adom” will take place in accordance with security guidelines. Changes to the program may occur and some of the events may require pre-registration and prior arrangement. For further information: habsor.co.il

Photo: Rafi Babayan

03 Outdoor fun | HaNadiv Park

Ramat HaNadiv lies between Zikhron Ya’akov and Binyamina and spreads across over a thousand acres of land. An oasis of green expanses and wild nature, it was first established in honor of Baron Edmond de Rothschild. HaNadiv Park, nicknamed “the Versailles gardens of the Carmel region”, possesses a multitude of paths and trails across five different sections including a rose garden, a

waterfall garden, a palm tree garden, a herb garden, and an rare iris garden that is awe-strikingly beautiful in February and March when the flowers are in bloom. The park is also home to the mausoleum erected in memory of the Baron de Rothschild and his wife. There’s also a games’ park, a wishing well, and the remains

of an ancient Byzantine villa. Info: ramat-hanadiv.org.il/en/

Photo: Tal Gluck



Standing together | See the Sights


Music | The Red Sea Jazz Festival The winter version of the Red Sea Jazz Festival offers a dazzling selection of shows and performances including interesting pairings of well-known artists and unmissable concerts with some of the most exciting international musicians. The Red Sea Jazz Festival’s winter version was originally created by the late Dubi Lenz z”l who was the festival’s artistic director from 2011 to June 2023 when he passed away. The festival’s opening show, “Boundless love”, pays tribute to Lenz’s passion for music and will comprise performances by Eli Dejibri, Joca Perpignan, Marcelo Nami, Yasmin Levi, Rona Kenan, and more. Other shows include: David Broza, Rami Kleinstein hosting Jane Bordeaux, Brazilian harmonica player Gabriel Grossi and his trio, and more. And as always, there’ll be plenty of jam sessions to enjoy, as well as accommodation options and deals with the Isrotel hotel chain (the festival’s official partner). February 22 nd - 24 th , Eilat, tickets via ticketmaster *9964, tmisrael.co.il For more information: redseajazz.co.il

The Red Sea Jazz Festival I David Broza I Photo: Lorenz Schmidle

Balance café at kibbutz Hanaton I Photo: courtesy of coffeetrail.co.il

05 Fields of green, natural springs, and breathtaking trek trails are what make the Jezreel Valley one of Israel’s most beautiful regions. According to the Home Front Command it is also one of its safest. Among the region’s most visited sites is the Beit She’arim national park that boasts several mesmerizing natural caves. The region’s museum, located in Kibbutz Yifat, showcases a variety of agricultural tools and tractors from different historical periods, and a look into life on the

Day trip | Exploring the Jezreel Valley

kibbutz across the decades. The scenic promenade of the Tzippori river crosses the blue segment of Israel’s National Trail and ends at the Tzippori national park where you can explore the remains of a Roman amphitheatre, an ancient Jewish quarter, and a Crusader’s fortress. Don’t forget to stop by the Balance café at kibbutz Hanaton. It is located right beside a relaxing area of beautiful greenery filled with trees, hammocks, a bookcase full of books, and peace and quiet all around.


07 Exhibition |

Israeli art 23 exhbition I Painting by Raphael Perez, Kibbutz Be'eri 2003

Israeli art 23

This year marks the 23 rd edition of the Bank Hapoalim-backed Israeli art exhibition. The exhibition showcases young Israeli artists and creators, and this year, its focus is on the subject of mental health, trauma and mental disabilities brought on by the experience of war. All proceeds will go to the

Amutat Enosh association, an Israeli mental health association. More than 600 art works are presented this year, by artists from across Israel, including artists from the western Negev region who have had to leave their homes in the wake of the October 7 attacks. Visitors will also be able to enjoy

the museum shop and purchase items such as those made by Amutat Enosh’s very own brand “R U OK?” (t-shirts, hats, keyholders, bracelets, etc.), as well as posters made by Studio Knafaim. Feb 3 rd : 19:00-22:00, Feb 4 th and 5 th : 17:00-20:00, Bank Hapoalim, Yehuda HaLevi st 63, Tel Aviv, artpoalim.co.il


Nature | The Vickar birdwatching observation deck

This observation deck at the Mishmar HaSharon reservoir is one of the best places in Israel to watch the multitude of birds flying through the skies. Pelicans are particularly easy to spot here, some merely stopping on their way south, while others remain for the whole winter season, knowing fish is abundant here. Waterfowl, seagulls, and herons are also common sightings. Entrance is free and note that the nearby Alexander River-Italy Park is a great spot for a picnic. Open 24/7. Info: kkl.org.il/travel

The Vickar birdwatcing deck I Photo: Ariela Aflalo



Standing together | See the Sights


Museum | ANU – The Museum of the Jewish People

The ANU Museum of the Jewish People is dedicated to Jewish history, heritage, and culture across the ages and the world. Its exhibitions are always fascinatingly multilayered, and presented in such a way that visitors of all ages are drawn into the exhibits and

installations, via interactive games, touchscreens, and animated movies that tell the stories of trailblazing members of the Jewish People, such as scientist Albert Einstein, Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz, or spy Eli Cohen. Info: anumuseum.org.il

Photo: PR

10 Film |

The Spirit film festival, Tel Aviv Cinematheque

The Tel Aviv Cinematheque’s 17 th Spirit film festival will take place over four days with dozens of film projections, lectures, talks, and debates on spirituality and mind-expanding themes. The Spirit festival is regarded as one of the most important international cinema events in the world of self-enlightenment and spirituality. Among the fascinating subjects discussed at the festival this year: the story of a Chilean journalist who fought to bring the crimes of Pinochet to light and suffered from Alzheimer’s in later life, the journey of 20 thousand nuns across the Tibetan mountains, a documentary exploring the most recent discoveries in human consciousness, etc. This year, the festival will also, for the first time, hold its own Israeli short film competition (up to 30 minutes). The festival’s opening movie is “The Monk and the Gun” by Pawo Choyning Dorji, (“Lunana: a yak in the classroom”), a beautiful and deeply moving film shot in Bhutan and the Himalayan mountains. February 28 th – March 2 nd , spiritcinema.co.il

ANU Museum I Photo: Roni Cnaani

11 Nature | Almond trees in bloom

As almond trees start to blossom across the country, they seem to herald the coming of spring as they cover parks, trails, valleys, and neighborhoods, in exquisite tones of pink and white. They are a joy to behold and offer a great opportunity to take the family on a weekend getaway. Info: kkl.org.il


Standing together | See the Sights


Urban day trip | A day of fun at Tel Aviv’s Park HaMesila

Now the greenest spot in the south of Tel Aviv, this used to be where the old Ottoman train passed through on its way from Jaffa to Jerusalem and back. The new park is situated between the Neve Tzedek and Florentin neighborhoods, and is a great spot to enjoy a picnic, let the kids play, ride a bike and have a coffee. This is also where the new Elifelet tram station is located, which makes it an accessible gem in the heart of the city. Where: Between Nahalat Binyamin (near its junction with Yehuda Halevy st.) and the Old Station complex

Park Hamesila I Photo: Ariela Aflalo

13 Food | Asif

Hanoch Daum’s “Hug a reservist” initiative - supporting the businesses of Israeli reservists 14

Asif is an experiential and cultural hub centered around the research, documentation, and celebration of Israeli cuisine – located in Tel Aviv. Established by the Jewish Food Society and Israeli tech company Start-Up Nation Central, the center operates a first-rate restaurant and café that places great emphasis on local produce and offers a menu composed of typically Israeli dishes. There’s also a deli, a gallery, and a unique collection of cookery books. The institute also boasts a wonderful rooftop garden filled with plants and herbs, some cultivated using innovative AgriTech technologies. The garden is a cornucopia of heirloom plants and new varieties of fruit, vegetables, and fresh herbs. On Fridays, between 10:00 and 12:00, there are guided tours of the gallery, library, garden, and kitchen, where participants are invited to taste some of the delicious dishes served here. Info: asif.org

Israeli writer, comedian, and journalist Hanoch Daum has launched his “Hug a reservist” initiative to support

the businesses of Israeli army reservists. According to Daum, he began receiving messages from reservists two weeks after the start of the war telling him of the financial strife their businesses were in since they’d been called to the frontlines. Daum immediately raised the issue on social media, pushing people to support the businesses and establishments of reservists. The response from the public was incredible and the “Hug a reservist” initiative was officially born, with Daum’s wife Efrat managing it all. The initiative now counts hundreds of businesses, so if you’re in need of a gift, a place to eat, or a nearby carwash, make sure to check the “Hug a reservist” list via the “ easy ” app and show your support. http://go.easy.co.il/Hanoch

Asif I Photo: Dan Peretz, Styling: Nurit Kariv


Standing together | Design initiatives

The world of Israeli design has it too been deeply shaken by the events of October 7 th . Here are 5 of the heartwarming and eye-catching design initiatives prompted by the tragedy / By Adi Fogel Hollander Creating hope

The yellow ribbon You’ve probably seen this yellow ribbon attached to the lapels of TV presenters, politicians, social activists, demonstrators, and people around the world. It was created by Israeli designer Shaul Cohen who printed it in his studio in Tel Aviv on his 3D printer. Cohen initially printed out 300 ribbons and distributed them to his Instagram followers who he invited to come to his studio and get them for free. The initiative went viral, so much so that 30,000 ribbons have been printed to date, reaching even the Golden Globes in Beverly Hills and the ICJ in the Hague. shaulcohen.com, @shaul2nd

The materials of love Tel Aviv ceramicists Adi Tal and Shay Gerassy create objects inspired by the history and use of earthenware in Israel across the ages. After the tragedy of October 7 th , they launched a special project, asking friends, army reservists, farmers, and regular citizens, to send them earth from the kibbutzim and towns hit by the attacks. With it, they created 239 mugs to represent the 239 hostages captured and taken to Gaza on October 7 th . Each mug is unique and encapsulates within it the earth and soil of the kibbutzim of the Gaza Envelope. The project lasted eight weeks, during which only part of the hostages were released. All 239 mugs were purchased, and all proceeds went to the Hostages and Missing Families Forum. materialgirlz.online @materialgirlz_ceramics

Photos: courtesy of materialgirlz

Photos: courtesy of the designer


Illustration by Amit Trainin

Wrapping memory The unbearable images that flooded news channels and social media after the attacks of October 7 th led Amit Trainin, head of illustration at the Bezalel Academy of Arts’ department of visual communication, to launch an initiative that would bring respite to the eye and celebrate the beauty of Israel’s southwestern Gaza Envelope region, before it was hit by tragedy, with the hope to raise money for families that have been displaced and bereaved. Together with fellow Bezalel teachers, Bezalel students, and former students, and in collaboration with the Keren Shoresh association, Be’eri printing house, and Israeli company Wix, a website was launched with more than 60 illustrations to raise money for the displaced. All the illustrations have been created especially for the project and the funds raised are redistributed by the Keren Shoresh association that takes care of families in need. wrappingmemory.bezalel.ac.il @bezalel_academy

Design by Doron Artsi

Posters of hope Israeli design store Asufa has launched a poster project born out of the deep desire for hope, optimism, and unity, after the tragedy of October 7 th . Dozens of Israeli designers were invited to take part in creating a poster inspired by an Israeli song they love. The posters are all 70cmx50cm and printed in the Be’eri printing house. The project has been widely hailed as a success, with many of its posters enthusiastically plastered across Tel Aviv. The posters are purchasable online for NIS 50, with all proceeds going to the Hostages and Missing Families Forum. asufadesign.co.il @asufadesign

Photo by Sharon Stern

The freedom bird In order to express his deep solidarity with the families of the hostages, Israeli designer Shalom Blechman of design company PITARO Furniture, designed the “freedom bird”. The bird symbolizes freedom and the cry for the release of the men, women, and children still held in captivity in Gaza. The birds are all handmade at the PITARO workshop, each one entirely unique and different from the other, just as each hostage is a unique and entire universe unto him/herself. All proceeds from the sale of the 1,000 birds designed by Blechman went to the Hostages and Missing Families Forum. pitaro.co.il/product/freedom-bird/ @pitaro.il



Standing together | Academia in wartime

On October 7 th , Hamas terrorists arrived at the gates of Sapir College in the Western Negev. Thankfully they were locked, and the college remained intact, but the Sapir community was deeply shaken. The academic year at Sapir started late, with remote classes held via Zoom and in various locations across the country. Professor Nir Kedar, president of Sapir College, tells us about the challenges he’s dealt with and his commitment to make sure Sapir College stays on the path of academic excellence even in times of war / By Nava Marton “Sapir College will be a game changer in the recovery of the area” Sapir Academic College I Drone photo: Nir Hoffman, PR of Sapir Academic College

Sapir College is situated near the city of Sderot, about three and a half kilometers from the Gaza border. It is Israel’s biggest public college and a major driver of growth in the Negev region. Almost 7,000 students attend Sapir College and its adjacent Sapir Technological College of Practical Engineering, and it is the

region’s biggest employer, with 1,300 employees on its payroll. On October 7 th and to date Sapir has lost 30 members of its community and the partner of one of the college’s employees was kidnapped and taken to Gaza. Since the terror attacks, Professor Nir Kedar, president of Sapir College,

has been working relentlessly, together with the college faculty and staff, to make sure their community gets through these dark times so that Sapir College continues to be a major regional growth engine. What challenges have you been dealing with? “After the attack, our first challenge


Drone photo: Nir Hoffman

“We hope to be back on our beloved campus by the start of the second semester”. Sapir Academic College in happier times I Photos: PR

was to make sure all the members of our community were ok. We contacted all the students, all the members of faculty, all the employees, to find out who was hurt, who needed help finding somewhere safe to stay, who needed psychological support, financial help, etc. We opened a support group that has helped hundreds of people, and an emergency fund for basic needs and mental health support was created to help students and faculty members. Our community is very strong, but its members are scattered across the country, staying in hotels or temporary housing, dealing with extreme uncertainty and trauma. The next challenge was making sure the college continued to operate and that employees were still getting paid, even though most of the staff had been displaced, including our salary calculator who is living in a hotel room with her entire family – a human and logistics challenge of truly immense proportions. The third challenge we had was to encourage our students to get back to their studies. We demanded and obtained full tuition scholarships from the state, for each Sapir student, and I thank my fellow members of the Council for Higher Education who made that possible. I’m proud to say that despite the war,

the number of students at Sapir has even increased”. What does the current academic year look like? “We came back with a lot of desire to teach and meet the students. Classes are remote – either taking place via Zoom or in various locations across the country. Our film school for instance is holding classes in Ashdod, in four different locations in Tel Aviv, and in Bar Ilan. The challenge here is two-fold: we both need to take into account the needs

of our displaced students and faculty members, still living in hotel rooms or staying with family, and still need to maintain standards of academic excellence. We hope to be back on our beloved campus by the start of the second semester”. What kind of support does the college need right now? “Our current focus is getting our students back to living, studying, working, and volunteering here in the Western Negev. Before the war, our students were active local residents, part of the growing population here, contributing the region’s success and economy. We’ve launched a fundraising campaign for living stipends and rent support for those coming back to live here. Being the powerful social and educational hub that we are, it’s our job to attract young people to come here to study, and live and revive the region. Sapir will be a game changer in the recovery of the area. We have no right not to maintain classes at Sapir College”, concludes Professor Kedar, “our college isn’t merely a center of higher education. It is a symbol and one of the country’s main strategic assets, and we’ll continue to be a social and financial engine in the region and beyond”. For donations: www.sapir.ac.il/en/ node/4807

Photo: Adva-Odaya Ogen

Professor Nir Kedar, president of Sapir College: “Our current focus is getting our students back to living, studying, working, and volunteering here in the Western Negev”



ICHILOV medical center presents the guide

Medical Tourism in Tlv The Tel Aviv Sourasky (Ichilov) Medical Center is a public-sector healthcare facility and treats patients from all over the world

I'm Semen Smirnov, 34 years old. On the October,8 2022 the MRI with contrast of the kidney detected a kidney tumor. I decided to avoid any risk of unsuccessful treatment and contacted the International Department of Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center. On 24 October I started the examination, just after 3 days of examination doctor Avi Bary consultation took place. Doctor explained me all the details of my situation with various ways of treatment and I chose to have the surgery of the partial nephrectomy by DaVinci ISR: +972-3-6973511 RUS: 8-800-100-9616 UKR: 0-800-501933 my experience plan. This will help avoid repeated testing upon arrival, saving you precious time and money. A cost estimate will be provided in advance to give you an approximation of the expected treatment costs. We have Russian-speaking and English speaking designated coordinators who will accompany you every step of the way, from arrival to discharge. At the end of your stay at our hospital, you will receive all of your test results, in English or in Russian, at no extra charge. Your treatment coordinator and our medical staff will be happy to answer your questions regarding further recovery and follow-up. For more information visi t https://ichilov-clinic.gov.il/ or email us at medtour@tlvmc.gov.il

The Tel Aviv Sourasky (Ichilov) Medical Center is a public-sector healthcare facility and treats patients from all over the world Why choose Ichilov? Israel’s healthcare is world-renowned for its personalized approach to every patient. The Tel Aviv Sourasky (Ichilov) Medical Center is a public-sector healthcare facility and treats patients from all over the world, providing highly professional medical care and consultation to thousands of patients, adults and pediatric on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. We are constantly upgrading our facilities to make sure they feature state-of-the-art technologies, from cutting-edge diagnostic tests to the most prospective patients send us the results of diagnostic tests done at home so that our doctors can review them and make a personalized examination and treatment advanced laboratory methods. Before arriving, we request that

robot. The operation was scheduled for 4 November. All the time during my stay in Tel Aviv the major consultant of the International Department has been extremely helpful to me in all issues. I'm extremely grateful to Dr. Avi Bary, the operating room team for their professionalism and attention. Honestly, I've never experienced such kind treatment in Russia. On the 5th day after the surgery, I could fly home. The kidney function has been fully preserved, no special diet is needed, and only limitation of physical activity for 1 month.

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Ichilov Medical Center offers a series of medical tests aimed at prevention and early detection of cancer. Treatment strategy is selected according to the cancer type and severity, presence or absence of metastases, and the unique characteristics of each patient. Our world-class specialists are expert in treating many different types of cancer in adult and pediatric patients, including: breast cancer, brain

Ichilov Hospital uses cutting-edge

At Ichilov, we use the Da Vinci System – a robotic surgical system. The system uses a minimally invasive surgical approach, helping to avoid large cuts and minimizing side effects. Our surgeons closely collaborate with every other department of the hospital, to create a personalized diagnostics and treatment plan for each individual patient.

tumors, lung cancer, gastric cancer, head and neck cancer, esophageal cancer, orthopedic oncology, skin cancer, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, vaginal cancer, uterine cancer, cervical cancer, testicular cancer, ovarian cancer, blood cancer and more. Our unique experience in treating children with various forms of cancer allows us to work wonders in curing our young patients.

surgical technologies for a wide variety of surgical interventions in adult and pediatric patients, including complex cancer surgeries, cardiovascular surgery, chest and heart surgery, brain and cranial base surgery, urinary tract surgery, head and neck surgery, spinal surgery and organ transplantations.


In-flight Entertainment

The entertainment system at the back of your seat Welcome to EL AL

+200 +200 +300 movies hours of TV series & shows music albums, channels & podcasts +70 +60 hours of children's content hours of Jewish content

There are touchscreens at the back of each seat on our Boeing 787 aircraft and Boeing 777 upgraded aircraft for maximum comfort and easy access to our content-rich entertainment system

Shortcut to the content you liked Once you’ve gained access to our entertainment system, you’ll see different images alternating on the screen. They each represent an item from our content selection. Something caught your eye? Touch the image on the screen and the content you chose will open.

Parental control To limit your children's viewing, enter the system settings > parental control > select the desired viewing classification. Desired viewing classification:

Pick a movie To navigate our TV show and movie selection, use our genre sidebar by tapping the arrow at the bottom of the screen.

Content suitable for all ages Parental supervision recommended Parental supervision recommended for children under age 13 Recommended for adults over the age of 17




SimpliFly beating the fear of flying

The full "Fly without Fear" course by EL AL captain Alon Pereg is available on the 787 aircraft fleet entertainment system. To Watch go to: Television > Simplify To Listen go to: Listen > Audiobooks > Simplify

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In-flight Entertainment

Golda Drama, Biography | 100 min

Oppenheimer Biography, Drama | 180 min



Director: Guy Nattiv Cast: Helen Mirren, Henry Goodman, Claudette Williams Synopsis: During turbulent times in the late 20th century, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir must navigate overwhelming odds, a sceptical cabinet and a complex relationship with U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger as millions of lives hang in the balance.

Director: Christopher Nolan Cast: Cillian Murphy, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Florence Pugh Synopsis: Experience the breathtaking phenomenon that has captivated audiences around the world. Oppenheimer thrusts audiences into the mind of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, whose landmark work on the Manhattan Project created the first atomic bomb.


PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie Animation, Action | 87 min

Scooby-Doo! and Krypto Too! Adventure, Animation | 78 min



Director: Cal Brunker Cast: Kristen Bell, Taraji P. Henson, James Marsden, Kim Kardashian, Chris Rock Synopsis: When a magical meteor crash lands in Adventure City, it gives the PAW Patrol pups superpowers. But things take a turn for the worse when archrival Humdinger teams up with Victoria Vance to steal the superpowers and turn themselves into supervillains.

Director: Cecilia Aranovich Cast: Frank Welker, Grey Griffin, Matthew Lillard, Kate Micucci Synopsis: When the Justice League goes missing and villains overrun Metropolis, there’s only one team that can solve this mystery: Scooby-Doo and the gang! But wait, there’s a new dog in town – Krypto – Superman’s Superdog with Super Powers.


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Reality Drama | 83 min

Puppy Love Comedy, Romance | 106 min

Barbie Comedy| 114 min




Director: Tina Satter Cast: Sydney Sweeney, Josh Hamilton, Marchant Davis Synopsis: A former American intelligence specialist was given the longest sentence for the unauthorized release of government information to the media about Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections via an email operation.

Director: Richard Alan Reid, Nick Fabiano Cast: Lucy Hale, Grant Gustin, Jane Seymour Synopsis: After matching on a dating app, Max, Nicole and their dogs meet at a dog park for a disastrous first date. They vow to lose each other’s numbers until they find that their dogs have gotten along too well, resulting in an upcoming litter of puppies.

Director: Greta Gerwig Cast: Margot Robbie, Ryan Gosling, America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, Will Ferrell Synopsis: To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken.

Batman: The Doom That Came To Gotham Action, Animation | 90 min Director: Chris Berkeley, Sam Liu Cast: Christopher Gorham, Jeffrey Combs, John DiMaggio, Jason Marsden Synopsis: Returning from a decade long voyage of discovery, Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City. Bruce has taken on an international trio of orphaned street kids on his journey.

Meg 2: The Trench Action | 115 min

Blackberry Drama | 119 min




Director: Ben Wheatley Cast: Jason Statham, Wu Jing, Sophia Cai, Page Kennedy, Skyler Samuels Synopsis: Dive into uncharted waters with Jason Statham and action icon Wu Jing. Pitted against colossal Megs and relentless environmental plunderers, our heroes must outrun, outsmart and outswim their merciless predators in a pulse-pounding race against time.

Director : Matt Johnson Cast: Jay Baruchel, Glenn Howerton Synopsis: Mike Lazaridis and Douglas Fregin are on the edge of creating the world’s first smartphone. Unfortunately, they are less business savvy than they are tech. Everything changes when cunning businessman, Jim Balsillie, agrees to join the company.



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Most watched movies

Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning


Past Lives

The Accountant


Fast X

Most watched TV shows


Hanan Ben Ari Live

The 90s


The Big Bang

The West Wing

Most played music channels

Moshe Peretz Greatest Hits

Ravid Plotnik

Tzav Hashaa

Ishay Ribo

The Best of Odeya

Raviv Kaner

Most played podcasts

Inspirational True Stories

One Song

Mindfulness training

2 Flying Boys

The school of good karma



In-flight Entertainment

Editor's Pick

On your way to your destination? Here are three binge-worthy tv shows available on our entertainment system that’ll make time happily fly by

Mom - season 7 If you liked “Two and a half men”, you’re going to love “Mom”. This family sitcom follows Christy (Anna Faris), single mother who, after battling alcoholism and drug abuse, decides to restart her life in Napa, California, working as a waitress and attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Her mother, Bonnie, (Allison Janney) is also a recovering addict. Christy eventually returns to school and pursues her dream of becoming a lawyer, while Bonnie develops a romantic relationship with a retired stuntman whom she eventually marries. Through it all, Christy and Bonnie rely on their support system from AA. The chemistry between Faris and Janney is a joy to watch, and the dialogues are priceless. “Mom” is a fun, provocative piece of television that covers difficult subjects in a light, heartwarming, comedic tone.

The Closer – season 7 If you’re a fan of “Law & Order”, this is the show for you. “The Closer” is one the best American tv crime dramas on our entertainment system. Kyra Sedgwick plays an LA police department deputy chief who time and again proves that women (as always) are better at solving cases and extracting information from crime lords. Though her all-male team doesn’t always see eye to eye with her, she continuously manages to expertly solve her cases, being smarter and more insightful than everybody else. Sedgwyck’s brilliance is truly what makes this show so great to watch. Make sure you give it a chance – you won’t regret it.

The Middle – season 8 I started watching this now relatively old show without too many expectations, but became rapidly hooked. It follows the daily life of a lower middle-class American family in Indiana, and it is as amusing as it thoughtful. The cast are all fantastic and if like me you weren’t a fan of Patricia Heaton in “Everybody loves Raymond” because you found her character annoying, in “The Middle”, she’s warm and sweet and easy to get attached to. Or maybe, like me, you’ll adore Eden Sher, authentic and charming in her depiction of the teenage daughter. Sure, this may not be the pinnacle of television, but it definitely makes for a great airplane binge.

Wishing you a pleasant flight, Tal Kalderon Head of Inflight Entertainment & Connectivity Customer & Service Division talkal@elal.co.il

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