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Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is a vibrant modern city that is best known for its sun-drenched beaches, pumping nightclubs, designer shopping, crowded street markets and high culture. What it lacks in antiquities, Tel Aviv makes up for in commerce. One third of Israel's population has made the bustling metropolis home. At weekends residents from nearby towns head to Tel Aviv looking for entertainment and relaxation and city slickers spill out onto the city's beaches to soak up the Mediterranean sun along a six-mile (10km) stretch of golden sand. The diversity of the population is reflected in the architectural variations and influences such as the Yemenite Quarter and the Vodka cafes of Allenby Street. Tel Aviv also provides an ideal base from which to explore other parts of Israel including Jaffa, the Galilee and Caesarea.


The unique Bauhaus building style of Tel Aviv has earned it the "white city" title and from 2003, a world heritage site by Eunesko.Enrich yourself with the building culture and historical assets of the first Hebrew city. The story of Tel Aviv is interwoven with the marvelous revival of modern Israel itself.


But Tel Aviv is not just history. Present day Tel Aviv is one of the liveliest cities you will come across. Enjoy a very rich night life scene. Whether you are into clubbing, restaurants, coffee shops, or smoke-filled bars, Tel aviv has something for you.


You will find a spicy and delicious, fast growing food culture in Tel Aviv. The ambiance of Middle Eastern cuisine with traditional Jewish cooking from four corners of the world has definitely created a unique gastronomical landscape.


Places to visit:
Nahum Goldman Diaspora Museum - Located on the University campus. The museum tells the unique story of the Jewish People dispersed from its homeland and shows its history, traditions and heritage. A unique existence in different parts of the world for more than 2,500 years, receives an extraordinary visual and vocal expression in murals and three-dimensional reconstructions, documentary films, audio-visual shows and other up-to-date media. The daily life of the Jewish People is shown in the permanent exhibit, which covers three floors.


The Eretz Israel Museum - focuses on the history and culture of the Land of Israel through an array of extensive permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibits in archaeology, ethnography, folklore, Judaica, cultural history and local identity, traditional crafts and practical arts. The pavilions dot an expansive garden surrounding Tel Qasile, an ancient mound rich in archaeological treasures found in the heart of the museum complex.
On display at the museum are reconstructed and working manufacturing installations, including wine and oil presses, a flour mill, and a “craft arcade,” where one can see the traditional working tools common to the Land of Israel and the region.


Tel Aviv Museum of Art - showing permanent and changing exhibitions and in the Helena Rubenstein Pavilion, adjacent to the Mann Auditorium. Among the permanent collections, it is possible to find the best of Israeli painting and sculpture, beginning from creations from the twenties to modern works, European art from the 16 - 19th centuries, impressionism and post-impressionism and European and American art of the 20th century.


Yitzhak Rabin Memorial - Situated at Yitzhak Rabin Square, a memorial to his memory, created by the sculptress Yael Ben-Artzi, was dedicated at the exact spot where he fell. The memorial is built of 16 basalt rocks from the Golan Heights, sunk in the ground and signifying Rabin’s roots and his links to the land, with an iron chain around them. The stones are not placed at a common height, but at different heights, so that they appear to the observer to be the result of an earthquake. This design suggests the comparison of the murder to a brutal political and social earthquake. In spite of this, it signifies the need to try to preserve the thread connecting between the opposing sections of the nation, stressing the unity of the nation in spite of the difficult discords. Some of the graffiti, written on the night of the murder and after, are displayed at the site.


Neve Tzedek Neighborhood - was the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside of Jaffa at the beginning of 1887, 22 years before the establishment of the City of Tel Aviv. With the passing of the years, Neve Tzedek has become a center of taste, culture and lifestyle and a desirable area to live in. Many intellectuals and artists chose to live and to work there.
A tour of the narrow lanes and winding streets of the neighborhood is a fabulous experience. The area has been renovated and each corner is a gem. Amongst others, you can find here the house of the Hebrew Nobel Literature prizewinning author, Shai Agnon, who lived here from 1909 to 1912. At the corner of Pines and Lilienblum Streets is a building colored pink and yellow, which served as the first cinema in Tel Aviv. This is the "Eden" cinema, which began in 1914 by screening the silent film, "The Last Days of Pompeii".
One of the most interesting spots in Neve Tzedek is the Suzanne Dellal center, which was built in 1908 as a girls' school and became one of the most important of Tel Aviv's theatrical and cultural centers. The Bat Sheva Dance Company also has their home there.

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