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In celebration of international women’s day, the Ambassador’s Club of Israel (ACI) hosted an event on March 3, in which Women of Valor Awards were given to two unique women. At the reception, held at the ZOA house in Tel Aviv, ambassadors and other diplomats and distinguished guests had time to exchange ideas and network.


The formal ceremony began with a few speeches. The opening remarks wer by the president of the Ambassador’s Club, Ambassador Yitzhak Eldan. Mr. Eldan opened the event by reminding us of the theme - think equal. Build smart, innovate for change. After Mr. Eldan, Oshra Friedman, the Deputy Director of the Authority for the Advancement of the Status of Women for the state of Israel, spoke about gender equality. She highlighted the fact, that although women and gender equality have a come a long way, there is still a long way to go. Women’s day, as she sees it, is a call to action for everyone.



Following Oshra Friedman, the Ambassador of Slovenia to Israel, H.E. Ms. Barbara Sušnik, addressed the audience. Ambassador Sušnik discussed gender equality in the aspect of action. In Slovenia, she explained, gender equality is a priority, and she sees that being true in Israel too.



Yudit Sidikman, the founder and CEO of El Halev, was the final speaker. Sidikman explained that El Halev is about taking action against sexual harassment. El Halev teaches children and adults, of all ages and gender, empowerment through self-defense. Yudit, who is a survivor of sexual harassment, told her inspiring story of a survivor to activist. She encouraged everyone in the room, women and men alike, to take action and call for change, to make our communities and safer place.


At last, after all the speeches, the Women of Valor Awards were awarded. The first was given to the Ambassador of Slovenia, H.E. Ms. Barbara Sušnik, for women’s empowerment and prevention of violence against women. The second award was given to Yehudit Sidikman, in recognition of promoting self-defense and empowerment.


International Women’s Day is held annually on March 8th, but in many countries, including Israel, there are events held during the entire week surrounding this date. Among the many distinguished guests who attended the Ambassador’s Club International Women’s Day celebration was the Ambassador of Guatemala, the Ambassador of Slovenia, the Ambassador of Sri Lanka, the Ambassador of Nepal and the Ambassador of Kazakhstan, along with many other diplomats.


Photos Credit: Itzik Kamilian

Ariella Rose  &  Ella Justus Segal are members of  DebateforPeace


As The Fair Enters Its Second Decade, Fresh Paint 11 Launches With A New Format!


Fresh Paint 11, the largest and most influential annual art and design event in Israel, will take place between May 30th and June 3rd, 2019.


The fair will be launched with a fresh, new format:  Fair and Gallery Weekend

In addition to the celebration of art and culture at Expo Tel Aviv,

a program of events and exhibitions will take place throughout Tel Aviv-Yafo,

providing a second platform to the annual art event.


The fair is supported by UBS, the world's largest wealth manager, and takes place in collaboration with the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and Expo Tel Aviv.

The Fair – the Main Event:

From Thursday, May 30th to Monday, June 3rd2019, Fresh Paint returns once again to Expo Tel Aviv, presenting the fair’s well-loved sections alongside exciting additions, including the Independent Artists’ Greenhouse, Fresh Design, Mifal HaPais Design Greenhouse, a video and new media section, a thematic installation exhibition and projects for the community. This year will also see the launch of Fresh Paint Live – every day throughout the fair, between 17:00-20:00, Fresh Paint comes to life at several simultaneous locations, offering visitors extraordinary and exciting one-off experiences of live events and performances.


Gallery Weekend in Tel Aviv-Yafo - the Satellite Event:

From Friday, May 31st to Sunday, June 2nd, 2019, clusters of exhibitions and projects will be presented by leading galleries in Tel Aviv, in collaboration with museums, alternative venues, hotels, boutiques, and restaurants, opening their doors for a weekend in celebration of art and design in Tel Aviv-Yafo.



Fresh Paint, Tel Aviv, established by Yifat Gurion and Sharon Tillinger in collaboration with the content and creative production company Faza, is the largest and most influential annual art event in Israel. The fair is a meeting place for art lovers, the general public, artists, designers, and art professionals, and provides an opportunity to purchase artworks by the finest contemporary artists.

Every year, Fresh Paint offers a snapshot of the dynamic art and design scenes in Israel.


The fair is supported by UBS, the world's largest wealth manager, and takes place in collaboration with the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality and Expo Tel Aviv.


Further to being Partner of Fresh Paint since 2013, UBS has been actively collecting contemporary art for more than sixty years, has one of the largest corporate art collections, and is one of the foremost sponsors of cultural organizations in the global contemporary art area, in accordance with the company’s long-held belief that the art of today provides inspiration and encourages innovative thinking.


Photos: Eyal Gaziel





Marathon Winner: Demi Samuel Getachew

Winning Time: 2:14:30

The Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon took place on February 22, 2019. 40,000 runners participated in Israel’s biggest sporting event of the year. 2,500 international participants from China, Germany, Poland, Russia, US, UK, Italy, France and more hit the city to take part in the Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon, including a large delegation of elite international runners attempting to break the marathon record and potentially win a prize of $40,000. The standing record was set in 2015 by William Kiprono Yagon from Kenya at a time of 2:10:30.

This year, the Tel Aviv Marathon took participants on a stunning 42km route winding its way through the beating heart of the city. Runners started at the Tel Aviv Expo in northern Tel Aviv and then followed the route through many of the city’s most celebrated neighborhoods, including Sarona Market, Rabin Square and Old Jaffa - one of the most ancient port cities of the world. The route also took runners along the white sandy beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.

The Tel Aviv Samsung Marathon continued this year to support social and community engagement, and encouraged marathon runners to take advantage of their participation to raise funds for charity. This year- Samsung pledged to match each calorie burnt by the runners with a similar calorie-rich food product it will donate to families in need. The calories were calculated on screens throughout the track. For example, if 500,000 calories were burned in total, these will be converted into thousands of food products that together contain 500,000 calories.

Ron Huldai, The Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo: "The Marathon, currently celebrating its 11th year, has become an acclaimed International event, standing in line with the great marathons in the world. We welcome the 2,500 runners who joined us from abroad to participate in the unique experience that we create annually in the city."

The marathon heats:

  • Marathon – 42.195 km
  • Semi-Marathon- 21 km
  • 10 km race
  • 5 km race
  • Hand-cycle race

Mini-Marathon for kids- 500m and 1km

*Marathon Photo Credit: Ronen Topelberg, Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality)






Master Mentalist Lior Suchard  Special Guest Star at the Eurovision Final

Lior Suchard, the world’s top mentalist will perform a brilliant new act at the Eurovision Song Contest’s live final and Green Room. The act was created especially for Eurovision 2019 which this year will be hosted in Tel Aviv and broadcast by KAN, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation.   

Lior Suchard is considered to be the world’s top Mentalist. His mind-blowing performances of thought influence, miraculous prediction, and startling mind reading have made him the most sought-after mentalist on the planet. He entertains audiences all over the world, which have brought him a list of fans stretching from A-list Hollywood celebrities to heads of state and illustrious businessmen.

Leaving live audiences in awe all around the globe, Lior Suchard performs at the professional conventions of top Fortune 500 companies and has featured on primetime television on numerous occasions. Among his other projects, Lior has become a mainstay on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, makes special appearances on The Late Late Show with James Corden and collaborated with singer Barbra Streisand during her latest tour.

On March 4th, Lior Suchard will have his third appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, creating a special musical mind-reading act in acknowledgment of his arrival to the Eurovision Stage in his home country – Israel.


Keep updated on KAN’s Eurovision Twitter account (English): https://twitter.com/kaneurovision?lang=en

Lior Suchard’s official Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/liorsuchard/?hl=en


Eurovision’s international online platforms:







Eurovision 2019 will be broadcast by KAN, the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation, on 14, 16 and 18 May. The Eurovision Song Contest will be held for the 64th time and for the first time in Tel Aviv with the participation of 42 countries under the slogan 'Dare To Dream'.

 Photo  Gabriel Baharlia








The Israel chapter of the Italian Academy of Cuisine (l’Accademia Italiana della Cucina) held its first meal of the year in the picturesque old port of Jaffa, on February 20, 2019, at the restaurant Sicilia.  

The event was organized by Academy Delegate Cinzia Klein and Vice Delegate Sabrina Fadlun, with the collaboration of Ms. Jenny Innocenti. The dinner was prepared by Chef Udi Meiri; and during the course of the evening, Chef Emanuela Panke entertained the guests with an interesting quiz on Sicilian food.  

The dinner menu comprised four courses, beginning with antipasti consisting of beef tartare bruschette, arancini al peperone and pizza margherita. These were followed by two pasta dishes served as primi: mushroom risotto, and linguine in a pesto sauce.


The secondi, or main courses, were two kinds of steak -- entrecôte and sirloin -- as well as fish: grilled sea bream. There were also two desserts: lemon cheesecake and tiramisu.  

The red and white wines accompanying the meal were both from the Tomassi winery in the Piedmont region of Italy: Pinot Grigio, 2017, and Rompicollo di Poggio al Tufo.  



Attending the dinner was a large delegation from the Embassy of Italy in Israel, including H.E. Ambassador Gianluigi de Benedetti and his wife Sabina; First Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission Gianmarco Macchia;, First Secretary for Press and Political Affairs Francesco De Angelis; Mr. Francesco  Meucci, head of the Office of Economic and Commercial Affairs; Mr. Marco Graziosi, the deputy head of the Consular Chancery; Defense Attaché Guido Cerioni and his wife Sarah; and Mr. Fabio Ruggirello, director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Tel Aviv

Additional distinguished guests in attendance were author Dr. Nessia Laniado, and food industry consultant Giordana Di Castro.


Photos by Silvia Golan