- Written by Sima Lahat
Sarona grows and flourishes in the heart of Tel Aviv.
In the past – a Templar settlement, and today – a center of shopping and entertainment.
Ambassadors and their spouses arrived (despite of the hot weather) to a festive visit, to get a taste of the past, and experience the present of Sarona.
The event was organized by Israel's Diplomatic Portal (www.diplomacy.co.il), directed by Ms. Silvia Golan, in association with Sarona's Management Company under the chairmanship of General Manager Iris Rar-Berz.
We met in the “Tasting Room” to taste Israeli wines.
We continued with Ms. Paul Kedem-Racover - certified and experienced tour guide, specialized in guided tours in Tel Aviv.
We toured between the picturesque balconies, lawns and parks, the pool with water flowers, the stores, and sport facilities.
Ms. Kedem-Racover started by presenting the history of the place; she told us about Sarona, which was the fourth settlement that the German Templers built in Israel in 1871, by the west bank of the Ayalon river.
The Templers were members of the "Temple Society"- a German Protestant sect, with roots in the religious movement of the Lutheran Church Protestant, originated in the middle of the 19th century. The founder of this movement, Christoph Hoffmann, intended to promote spiritual cooperation to advance the rebuilding of the Temple in the Holy land - Palestine at that time - believing that this foundation will promote the second coming of Christ.
When the Nazi regime took power in Germany, members of the Templar community in Israel started to be involved in Nazi political activities. The British mandate government put them in confined camps, and considered them as enemies (spies) and deported many of them to Australia. The British also liberated some of them in exchange to Jewish people with Israeli citizenship that were held in concentration camps in Europe. The Templers' possessions, including the high-valued real estate of their settlements, were transferred to the management of the trustee of absentees' properties.
In 1948 the Hagana forces conquered the Waldheim and Galilean Bethlehem, and the last Templar’s settlers were deported from Israel.
The process of transfer of compensations to the Templers lasted about ten years. Up to 1962, the Israeli government paid 54 million German marks to the Templers and their successors - about 13 million dollars, as compensations for their lands and possessions.
We completed our tour with a lunch picnic in the Sarona lawns, under the auspices of the Little Italy restaurant. We enjoyed the pizzas and Italian pasta, and excellent champagne.
Who needs more than all this to learn from Ms. Kedem-Racover about the past, and enjoy Sarona in the present?
The ambassadors thanked the tour organizers, and expressed their pleasure for the enrichment of their knowledge about the Templar period and the delicious culinary.
Link to the original article in Hebrew, written by Sima Lahat:
Photos Silvia Golan
- Written by The Ambassador's Club
“I’ve learned a lot about Israel during this trip and I’ve been most impressed by the scenery and the people.”
Diplomats from a variety of different countries who belong to the Ambassadors’ Club of Israel took a day off to tour the north with KKL-JNF and visit the In the Paths of Wine Festival. The day out included an excursion to Hagit Forest, to which KKL-JNF is transplanting old trees from other sites in the north, bird-watching at Lake Hula and a festive evening event at the wine fair in Rosh Pina.
“We’re making this trip so that the diplomatic community can see something of KKL-JNF’s impressive activities for themselves,” explained Ambassador Yitzhak Eldan, President of the Ambassadors’ Club. “It’s important to show how KKL-JNF contributes to Israel’s environment and development for the benefit of all its citizens. KKL-JNF’s willingness to place its knowledge at the disposal of the rest of the world greatly helps Israel’s foreign relations.”
Deputy Ambassador of Guatemala Jose Ortiz Cicnado and Thailand’s Ambassador to Israel Angsana Sihapitak. Photo: Yoav Devir
Yitzhak Eldan. Photo: Yoav Devir
- Written by Silvia G Golan
The Marina Tel-Aviv non-smoking hotel is perfectly located on the shore line, right in the heart of the city’s seaside boardwalk and the marina. Its unique location provides a relaxing experience with great accessibility to the city’s business leisure and cultural center.
Throughout the hotel the guest find a variety of artwork by well-known Israeli and International artists that are part of the Dubi Shiff Collection, which includes more than 300 paintings and drawings. The paintings are exhibited in all the hotel public areas and rooms.
The Marina Business center and amenities is especially tailored for our corporate guests.
The lounge offers meeting areas in a peaceful atmosphere, dynamic business surrounding with computers, wireless internet access, copying machine, fax, office services and daily newspapers and magazines.
Light snacks as well as hot and cold beverages are served.
The roof top swimming pool is surrounded by a magnificent view of the blue Mediterranean Sea, the marina and the sky line of Tel Aviv, decorated with wooden decks for sun tan and relaxation. It is perfect also for different events.
Exclusive bar serving snacks and light refreshments.
The pool opens during summer months only.
Lobby bar with direct access to the Tel Aviv promenade beach and the marina. A place to gather with friends and enjoy light dairy meals, hot and cold drinks and alcohol beverages.
Parking is available at an additional charge.
For observant guests we have Synagogue, Sefer Tora and Shabbat Elevator.
From intimate gatherings to grand occasions, seven multi-purpose modern meeting rooms, from 15-200 participants, offering flexibility in capacity and configuration.
For business or pleasure, Marina's experienced team will happily coordinate the meeting or event to ensure ultimate success.
Choice from 86 Club Rooms, 9 Club Family Rooms, 44 Superior Rooms, 2 Superior Rooms for the disabled, 8 Superior Family Rooms, 6 Suites and one Presidential Suite.
Address: 167 Hayarkon st., Tel Aviv 61032
Tel: 03- 5211777
Fax: 03- 5211772
Photos Silvia Golan
- Written by Tel Aviv Municipality
'Tel Aviv Loves all Genders' Asia's Largest Gay Parade (12.6) Expected to Draw Record 180,000 Participants from Israel and Around the World
This Year's Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade to focus on supporting the Transgender Community. 2014 Eurovision star Conchita Wurst to arrive in Tel Aviv to participate. Events include parade along the city's world-famous beach, LGBT culture festival, film festival, conferences, ongoing chill-out beach and Tel Aviv's largest ever Gay Party (to host 7,000 party-goers at the City's football stadium).
The "Nonstop City's" 17th Annual Pride Festival will be taking place between June 7-12, with its highlight being the City's largest ever gay parade, with an expected all-time record 180,000 participants (2014 saw 130,000 participants in the parade) – making it Asia's largest ever gay pride event. This year's events will focus on supporting the Transgender Community, a fact that made Eurovision Star Conchita Wurst (Austrian Winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest) decide to come to Tel Aviv to perform in the parade.
Tel Aviv has, in recent years, become one of the world's leading and most famous gay tourist destinations, thanks to its tolerant atmosphere, warm weather (300 days of sun a year), famous culinary scene and world-leading nightlife scene. GayCities.com ranked Tel Aviv as the "World's Best Gay Tourism Destination", Lonely Planet considers Tel Aviv one of the world's Top 10 hedonistic city breaks and CNN ranked the city as 'one of the 10 best gay honeymoon hotspots'. The estimated 30,000 international visitors to the parade are expected to spend 40% more than general tourists, staying an average of 3.5 nights in the city.
Hila Oren, CEO of Tel Aviv Global:
"The Nonstop City is proud to host LGBT visitors from around the world for this year's Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade. In Tel Aviv, there is a place for everyone, regardless of gender, religion, lifestyle or sexual orientation. In Tel Aviv we celebrate our differences - and we believe that the people are what makes our city - whoever you are - there's a place for you in Tel Aviv."
Yaniv Weizman, Member of Tel Aviv City Council (Portfolio of the Gay Community):
"We are pleased to see the vision we have cultivated this year - pride events reflecting the diversity of the LGBT community, and bringing the transgender community to the forefront - become a reality. Tel Aviv celebrates all those who help make it, every day, the city that loves all genders."
Youtube 1 : On Thursday, June 7, 2013 U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro marched in Tel Aviv's gay pride parade. Speaking to a crowd of thousands of marchers, he acknowledged the achievements of the Israeli LGBT community for gaining equal rights and emphasized the work of the U.S. government to raise awareness of LGBT rights around the world. After the speech, Ambassador Shapiro marched with Embassy personnel for the full parade route to Tel Aviv's Gordon Beach.
Youtube 2 Gay Pride 2014 Tel-Aviv (Israel)
- Written by Hungary Embassy
Gastronomical and cultural event will take place in Ha-Tachana (Tel-Aviv) on 15-16 May 2015.
Program of the Hungarian Days HaTachana, Tel-Aviv – 15-16 May 2015
15 May 2015 (Friday)
11.00 – Opening ceremony of the Hungarian Days:
Speakers: Mayor Ron Huldai and H.E. Andor Nagy, Ambassador of Hungary
11.00 – Rubik’s Cube competition at balcony
11.15 – Palóc folk dance group’s performance from Szécsény/Hungary
12.00 – Farkas Zsolt Trio Jazz Band’s concert
13.00 –Palóc folk dance group’s performanc from Szécsény/Hungary
15.00 – Final Rubik’s cube competition – on stage
15.45 – Award ceremony – on stage
16.00 – End of event
16 May 2015 (Shabbat)
11.00 – Yotam performance for children
12.00 - Palóc folk dance group’s performance from Szécsény/Hungary
12.30 – Yotam performance for children
13.30 - Farkas Zsolt Trio Jazz Band’s concert
14.30 – Palóc folk dance group’s performance from Szécsény/Hungary
15.00 The Barcza Gergő folk music band’s performance
(Moldovan and Balkanian folk music)
15.45 – Lottery ceremony – on stage
(prize are WizzAir tickets and Budapest Cards)
16.00 – End of Event
There will be two tables offering you the flavours of the most famous Hungarian dishes some of them prepared there : Goulash, Kürtős-kalács (sweet hungarian pastry) Palacsinta (Hungarian pancake) Lángos (deep fried flat bread), goose liver (not kosher) Pick-szalámi (hungarian special salami - not kosher)
Photo Hungary Embassy