JERUSALEM OPENS THE DOORS TO ITS MOST EXCLUSIVE, UNIQUE SPACES
Inspired by the successful Open House London and Open House New York City events, Open House Jerusalem will open the doors to some of its most exclusive and unique spaces from October 22 - 24, 2015. Designer lofts, urban villas, unique synagogues, architectural marvels, curious construction sites and private gardens are among the spaces that will be open to the public free of charge.
JERRY SEINFELD TO PERFORM STAND-UP IN ISRAEL FOR THE
Comic legend Jerry Seinfeld will perform in Tel Aviv's Menora Mivtachim Arena on December 19 and 20 as part of his world tour. Although Seinfeld has been to Israel several times, this will be his professional debut in the country as a stand-up comedian. Originally scheduled to perform one show, which sold out within hours, Seinfeld agreed to add additional shows. The demand was so great that Seinfeld will now perform four shows in total, two a day on December 19 and 20.
From November 5 - 7, 2015, the Arava Desert will welcome the sixth annual Yoga Arava Festival, the biggest yoga event in Israel. Throughout the weekend, the villages of the Arava will host yoga workshops with the best teachers in Israel and special guest teachers from abroad. The main event, the Night of Unity, takes place on the Friday night with a sunset yoga practice at the foot of Solomon's Pillars in the Timna National Park, an experience accompanied by live music and followed by a communal dinner. Among the types of yoga that will be practiced are Iyengar, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Vijnana, Shivananda, Dharma Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and a special workshop for Yoga teachers.
EILAT DESERT INTERNATIONAL MARATHON: NOVEMBER 27, 2015
The warm winter sun in Eilat along the Red Sea allows athletes to kick off the international marathon circuit with the Eilat Desert International Marathon on November 27, 2015. Eilat is a major destination for athletes to take advantage of the warm winter weather, the varied desert landscapes, and a host of professional and amateur sporting events. Participants can choose between a full marathon, half-marathon, 10k or 5k distance courses. The marathon begins at the Sun Bay, and takes runners up along Roded creek, past the remains of an ancient gold mine in the Tuchin valley and then continues upwards towards the Shechoret mountain to experience some truly breathtaking scenery. Registration ends on November 1, 2015.
The new Sarona leisure complex is now offering free guided tours in English every Friday at 11:00AM, courtesy of the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality. The tours, which last up to two hours, explore the history and heritage of the restored German Templar colony in the center of the city, which today includes a range of cafes, restaurants, shops and galleries. Sarona combines a unique architectural history with a dynamic urban experience, inviting the public to enjoy this renewed Templar colony. Visitors can also explore the recently opened Sarona Market, Israel's largest indoor culinary market boasting 91 different shops.
TEL AVIV HOTEL ROLLS OUT THE RED CARPET FOR ROCK LEGEND
JON BON JOVI
American Grammy Award-winning singer Jon Bon Jovi arrived in Tel Aviv on Friday, where he was welcomed to the Dan Tel Aviv's Presidential Suite for his weekend stay. Bon Jovi was in Tel Aviv for his first-ever concert in Israel, which drew a crowd of more than 50,000 fans to Hayarkon Park. Before leaving on Sunday morning, Bon Jovi autographed the Dan Tel Aviv's guest book (which has previously been signed by Mick Jagger, Madonna, Bono and many others) with a promise to return.
Jon Bon Jovi and Etai Eliaz, General Manager of the Dan Tel Aviv, in the hotel's Presidential Suite
TOP CHEFS FROM THE USA AND EUROPE JOIN ISRAELI CHEFS FOR EXCLUSIVE EVENT
From November 1 - 25, 2015, acclaimed chefs from top restaurants around the world will meet in Israel for American Express' Round Tables event. During this event, chefs from New York, London, Barcelona, Rome, Berlin, Amsterdam and Athens will take over the kitchens of Tel Aviv's best restaurants. Each of the selected Tel Aviv restaurants will welcome an international chef for a week, who will prepare a full tasting menu, incorporating some of the country's local flavors. Representing the U.S. will be the chefs behind The Fat Radish in New York, who will be taking over The Blue Rooster in Tel Aviv, and fromOsteria Mozza in Los Angeles, who will take over Cafe Italia in Tel Aviv, from November 1 - 7, 2015.
Tel Aviv's Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar was voted among the world's top 20 bars at the World's 50 Best Bar Awards earlier this month. The trendy nightlife destination came in at number 17 in the rankings, earning it the distinction of being the highest new entry on the top-50 list. The winners are chosen by more than 400 of the spirits industry's international experts, and the resulting list is considered the ultimate guide to the top bars around the globe. Cocktails at the Imperial Craft include: the Spicy India, made with grated bittersweet chocolate, green cardamom, orange liqueur and an egg yolk; Flip of a Coin, made with Cognac, sherry, spices and a Guinness reduction; and Colonel Mustard, made with gin, Campari, orange liqueur, fresh grapefruit and a mustard-cinnamon syrup.
On October 11, 2015, 150 members of the Georgia-based Choral and Instrumental group performed within the ancient walls of the citadel at the Tower of David Museum, situated at the Jaffa Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. The concert, aiming to bring a sense of hope and joy to the community, brought a moving 80-minute choral and orchestral program to a packed audience.
Hotels in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv have been at nearly full capacity for the month of October as international conferences, conventions and exhibitions have continued to attract visitors from all over the globe. From October 12 - 16, the International Astronautical Congress has taken place, bringing in Buzz Aldrin as a guest speaker, along with 2,000 other participants from abroad to discuss "Space - The Gateway for Mankind's Future" at Jerusalem's International Convention Center.TIMBER Israel, Israel's only woodworking and furniture industry fair, starts October 26, attracting representatives from 18 different countries. WATEC, the Water Technology and Environment Control Exhibition & Conference, took place from October 13 - 15 at the Tel Aviv Conference Center, bringing in more than 2,500 people. From October 20 - 22, the 36th World Zionist Congress will be filling hotel rooms with over 1,000 participants from 35 countries also at the Israel Convention Center in Jerusalem.
MANOFIM FESTIVAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART LAUNCHES
The Manofim Festival of Contemporary Art celebrates its eighth year from October 15 - 22 in Jerusalem. The festival celebrates the rich and diverse artistic creation that takes place in the city throughout the entire year. Manofim is made possible thanks to the rare collaboration between dozens of Jerusalemite galleries and art institutes, independent artist groups, and hundreds of artists who take part in the exhibitions. The festival includes 30 exhibitions within 20 galleries, showing a wide range of perspectives and pieces. This year's theme is "voices," exploring those voices that do not always get heard in the regular noise of Jerusalem.