- Written by Jonathan Danilowitz
It’s a Tel Aviv tradition for the city’s travel industry professionals: comes the first signs of autumn and the delightful Sheraton Hotel arranges a roof-top party to host their friends and supporters. Beautiful weather, the beautiful swimming pool, beautiful music, and beautiful people. All the ingredients for a beautiful evening.
And we haven’t even mentioned the entertainment, the generous buffet dinner, and the open bar. Classic Sheraton hospitality.
Guests gathered last night to celebrate the end of a wonderful summer tourist season. The whos who of the travel industry, VIPs, diplomats, business people, travelers, and friends met for a celebratory evening. Good food and drinks and much friendship. Enjoying the atmosphere around the scintillating pool, with a cool breeze wafting by – it was a real pleasure.
There was also a special twist to add pleasure for the guests: trained masseurs, with all their equipment, to relieve tension and give the added feeling of relaxation and enjoyment. Listening to relaxing music while a professional worked on your back and neck .... aaaahhhh.
Sheraton took the opportunity to show off their newly designed and redecorated rooms; guests were invited to view two showrooms. Word pictures don’t do justice to the fabulous marble bathrooms, the lovely parquet floors, the draperies, carpets and bed linens – not to mention the stunning sea views.
Israel in general, and Tel Aviv, in particular, have a fine reputation with tourists from all over the world. Tourism professionals try hard and it seems to be working. Tourist numbers climb month after month. We have no doubt that the Tel Aviv Sheraton has a played its part in helping achieve Tel Aviv’s friendly hosting reputation.
The management and staff of www.diplomacy.co.il have the pleasure of congratulating the hosts on the wonderful party. Thank you!
Photos by Silvia G. Golan
- Written by Silvia G Golan
3rd Annual Bridge the Food Gap at Leket Israel Welcomes the British Ambassador
--Leket Israel Third Annual British Volunteering Event – Bridge the Food Gap Welcomes Special Guests British Ambassador David Quarrey and Military Attaché Colonel Westerman --
Thursday, August 9, 2018: Leket Israel hosted its third annual Bridge the Food Gap event at its Logistics Center in Ra’anana for tourists and ex-pats from the UK. Over 100 volunteers turned up for the two hour event where they had the opportunity to sort and pack fresh rescued produce to be distributed to needy Israelis. In addition, Leket Israel was pleased to host members of the British Embassy in Israel, including Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador to the State of Israel, David Quarrey and UK Military Attaché Colonel Westerman. In addition to the Ambassador and Colonel Westerman, 20 representatives from the embassy rolled up their sleeves to volunteer as well.
Guests were greeted by Gidi Kroch, CEO of Leket Israel, who welcomed the UK visitors to Leket and thanked them for volunteering. “We know that many of you are in Israel on holiday and it takes a special type of person to spend some of that time giving back to those in need” said Kroch. “Hunger doesn’t take a vacation and neither do the hardworking volunteers of Leket Israel.”
Kroch then introduced British Ambassador David Quarrey and thanked him for coming. “We are honored to welcome our friend and partner Ambassador Quarrey to volunteer at Leket. Your support and cooperation goes a long way in rescuing fresh nutritious food. We appreciate you coming and getting your hands dirty and we hope that other representatives will follow your lead.”
The Ambassador then thanked everyone for coming and Leket Israel for inviting him. “Thank you Leket for inviting me and the British Embassy staff to experience the important work that you do. It has been a privilege to make a small contribution and to see the impact that Leket has on so many people and communities across Israel. It was also another reminder of the huge contribution that British olim and visitors make to local communities here.”
Many of the volunteers were British citizens who moved to Israel and live in nearby cities. “No matter how long you’ve been in Israel you still always have that connection to your home country” says Zara Provisor, UK Development Coordinator at Leket Israel. “It’s nice to have an opportunity to get together with other Brits and do something good.”
Altogether the volunteers sorted and packed 5 tons of beets, peppers, cabbages, and onions which will go to feed 1000 needy Israeli families.
About Leket Israel: Serving as the country's National Food Bank and largest food rescue network, Leket Israel (www.leket.org/en) works to alleviate the problem of nutritional insecurity among Israel's poor. With the help of over 46,000 annual volunteers, Leket Israel rescues and delivers more than 2.3 million hot meals, 31.8 million lbs. of produce and perishable goods to underprivileged children, families and the elderly. This food, that would have otherwise gone to waste, is redistributed to Leket’s 200 nonprofit partner organizations caring for the needy, reaching 175,000+ people weekly.
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Photos by Silvia G. Golan
- Written by Talma Gotteiner
Dear friends, I am happy to share a post, written by my friend Talma Gotteiner from https://www.israel-best-trips.com/. Best, Silvia
I am happy to share with you my impressions from a new sports center called ‘New Star’, that was opened in the new C-Center complex in Caesarea by Trimax.
Trimax, is a well-known company that has been training sports teams for ‘Triathlon’ and ‘Iron Man’ competitions over the past 8 years. The new sports center ‘New Star’, that has recently been opened, was established in addition to the online store that already operates and offers innovative equipment in the areas of running, swimming and cycling - for professionals and enthusiasts.
Meet the Team
From left to right: Orna Shahaf owner, her sister, Trimax Manager, Meir Kaner - CEO Hoka Israel, Erika Greenspan - Miss Fitness Israel 2015. In the next photo I am standing with owner Maxim Shahaf.
The owners of Trimax, Maxim and Orna Shahaf, have committed themselves to ensuring personalization for each customer in terms of sports equipment. "As professionals and professional athletes, we have learned a great deal about the different types of equipment, what worked for us and what less, what the advantages and disadvantages of each product are, who it is suitable for and how important it is to learn from trial. The personal touch also takes into consideration the trainee’s present and foreseen future needs.”
The highlight of the products in the new sports center is the French ‘Hoka’ brand - one of the world's leading professional running shoes.
‘Hoka shoes are suitable for all types of runners and running courses - from a light run in the park to a full-length marathon. As Meir explained, the shoe is lightweight, relieves muscle tension and is also suitable for runners who are recovering from injuries.
Also, in the ‘New Star’ center, you can find unique brands that are not sold in the major chains. For example: LUPOP - a young Israeli brand of quality running pants and SILKY FIT - an Israeli brand specializing in modest swimwear for various uses, such as swimming, rowing and various beach activities.
Maxim and Orna explained: “Our love for innovation and emerging technologies as well as the importance of functionality, materials and style - has made us connect people to the right equipment. We share out love of sports and aim to keep the trainee safe by finding the right equipment for him/her." During my visit, Erika Greenspan, demonstrated how a person is examined during walking and running in order to determine the shoe requirements.
The location of the store was the perfect choice. The concept store in Caesarea provides a response to all athletes. Almost all who live in the region are involved in sports as a hobby. Tourists, who are attracted by the sea-sports in the area can complete their equipment on the way to the beach and due to their ongoing involvement in competitions, professional athletes who are involved in the world of running and triathlon can find a solution to their needs.
Address: New Star – Sport & More, 1 Ha’Rakiya St., C-Center, Cesarea
Open: Sun-Thurs 10:00-20:00, Fri 9:00-15:00
- Written by Buzzy Gordon
The Society for the Promotion of Tourism in Herzliya, in conjunction with the Grape Man, the Center for the Promotion of Wine and Alcohol Culture, and the bartending school “Real Time,” will be hosting the fourth annual Cocktails festival next week. The festival will take place on the plaza of the Herzliya Marina on Wednesday and Thursday, July 18-19, 2018, between the hours of 18.00 and 23.00.
Visitors to the festival will be able to taste cocktails created especially for the event, observe mixologists at work, and take home the glasses in which their cocktails were served.
Festival organizers expect that more than 12,000 cocktails will be served over the course of the two-evening festival. The plaza will be decorated with a barbershop theme, and free haircuts will be offered.
Leading global brands of alcohol will be represented at Cocktails, including Jack Daniels, which will unveil three specialty cocktails; Martell, which is sponsoring a female mixologists’ competition; and Martini, which (like Jack Daniels) will be supplying glasses emblazoned with the company logo. During the festival, new brands of gin and sake will be introduced, and the Schweppes line of mixers will be featured.
Admission to Cocktails is NIS 99 (NIS 89 if purchased in advance, NIS 59 for Herzliya residents with ID) and includes vouchers for three cocktails. Additional cocktail vouchers may be purchased at the price of NIS 35 for one, or NIS 65 for two.
Tel. (03) 518-0533
Photo credit: Tom Gantz
- Written by Buzzy Gordon
The Israel chapter of the Italian Academy of Cuisine (l’Accademia Italiana della Cucina) congregated at the Hod Hasharon restaurant Nono for dinner on May 9, 2018. The evening’s symposiarchs were Delegate Cinzia Klein, Vice Delegate Sabrina Fadlun, and Francesca Torrini.
Nono is a large Italian restaurant whose centerpiece is a wood-fired oven imported from Italy. The popular family-owned restaurant has a pleasant rear garden al fresco area, where Nono hosted the Accademia.
The special menu prepared for the evening comprised four traditional courses, beginning with focaccia and no fewer than three antipasti: sea fish carpaccio with grilled artichokes, and two vegetable salads, insalata cuscinetto and insalata del contadino. Also accompanying the antipasti was Nono’s signature white pizza, with mushrooms and a hint of truffle.
There were three pasta dishes served as primi: spinach gnocchi in a Gorgonzola sauce; a vegetarian cannelloni roll; and linguine napoletane. The latter two dishes were both served in tomato sauce.
For secondi, diners had a choice of one of three main courses: a whole sea bass; slow-cooked shoulder of beef; or baked chicken. All three were accompanied by baked potato.
The dessert course featured a particular specialty of Nono: a reverse cassata, consisting of mascarpone gelato, tuile, and butterscotch biscotto. In addition, the restaurant served an assortment of four flavors of gelato and two of sorbetti, all handcrafted on the premises.
Unusually for an Accademia function, the red and white wines accompanying the meal were not imported from Italy; rather, they were from the winery of the restaurant owners’ family: Lewinsohn, with the private label Garage de Papa.
At the conclusion of the meal, the Tel Aviv chapter of the Accademia presented with the owner of the restaurant with the gift of a book on the role of cheese in traditional Italian cuisine. It also awarded Nono a score of three stars, which ties the establishment for the highest rating it has awarded any Israeli restaurant.
Among the distinguished guests attending the event were H.E. Mr. Gianluigi Benedetti, the ambassador of Italy to Israel and his wife Sabina, along with other embassy officials, including First Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Gianmarco Macchia; First Secretary for Press and Political Affairs Mr. Francesco De Angelis; First Secretary for Political and Consular Affairs Mr. Niccolò Maniello and his wife Elmina Vincenti; and Mr. Francesco Meucci, chief of the Bureau of Economic and Commercial Affairs.
Other notable guests included H.E. Mr. Oded Ben-Hur, former ambassador to the Holy See, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia and his wife Edna; Mr. Ottavio Viglione, branch manager, Edison Israel; Judge Emeritus Uri Goren and Mrs. Orna Galazane Goren, Esq.
Photos by Silvia Golan