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Like the Suzanne Dellal Center with which it shares a plaza, Bellini has been a fixture in the heart of quaint Neve Tzedek for two decades. Its rustic decor gives it a homey feel, while the presence of long tables makes it conducive to family-style dining. At the same time, the al fresco seating area, with tables for two amid evergreen citrus trees, is an ideal setting for a romantic dinner.

The best way to embark on your culinary experience at Bellini is with the restaurant’s eponymous signature cocktail, which in the summertime combines white rum, prosecco and red wine with homemade peach sorbet -- white peach sorbet, in fact, during the short season that this variant of the fruit is available. You will be tempted to drink more than one, so it pays to remember that as refreshing as this smoothie cocktail is, it is also alcoholic.

The Israel chapter of the Italian Academy of Cuisine (Accademia Italiana della Cucina) hosted its bi-monthly dinner and symposium last week at the Tel Aviv restaurant La Repubblica di Ronimotti. The dinner for 29 guests was organized by Dr. Cinzia Klein, Delegate of the Academy in Israel; Ms. Sabrina G. Fadlun, Vice Delegate of the Academy in Israel; and Mr. Massimo Lomonaco, bureau chief of Ansa, the Italian Press Agency, also a member of the  Academy.

On the eve of the Shavuot holiday, the Society for the Promotion of Tourism in Herzliya, in conjunction with the Grape Man, is hosting the White Summer White Wine Festival at the Herzliya Marina. The largest white wine festival in Israel will take place on the plaza of the marina on Wednesday and Thursday, May 24-25, 2017.

A fundamentally agricultural holiday, Shavuot commemorates the custom of bringing offerings to the Holy Temple from the first fruits of the harvest and the first animals born to the flocks.

Shavuot, the Holiday of Weeks, is one of the three pilgrimage holidays, along with Pesach and Sukkot. These are the holidays on which the whole Jewish people would come to Jerusalem​ in ancient times, when the Holy Temple was there, and would offer animal and grain sacrifices.

Passover will take place in Israel this year between sunset on Monday 10 April, and sunset on Monday 17 April. The first and last days of Passover – Tuesday 11 April and Monday 17 April – are legal holidays in Israel. Passover marks the exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt, from slavery to freedom. Jews are commanded to tell the story as if it had happened to them personally and not as a mere historical event, in order to emphasize the importance of our hard-won and precious freedom.