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An Evening to Remember - Yaron Minkowski at Gindi TLV Fashion Week

The glamour surrounding the Israeli Fashion week was an integral part of last Tuesday’s event where a very unique experience awaited the guests. It was a twofold one.

The first was the line by top Israeli fashion designer, Yaron Minkowski. In the midst of strife, suffering and pain which has been an inseparable part of life in the middle east for Arabs and Israelis, Yaron was able to inject a ray of sunshine, a ray of Hope.
Yaron’s talent and vision joined hands to craft and forge a cemented alliance through the breath of art via the convergence of the ultimate defining symbols of garb, The Kaffiya, the traditional fabric worn by Arabs and his ingenious craftsmanship.

Minkowski envisioned an alternative solution to the current raging conflict. By fusing fashion with the prospects of collaboration between the feuding sides, Minkowski paved the way to Peace on the catwalk.


The models wore the colorful Kaffiya fabric design as glam dresses. The fabrics originated in Hebron and East Jerusalem and were hand delivered to Minkowski's studio in Tel Aviv by the Palestinian manufacturer himself.


The second was the unfolding for the first time of a new line by the youngest fashion designer in the world. Her identity should not come as a surprise. She is the daughter of Yaron Minkowski. Her name is Ori.



Ori launched her own fashion collection (OM) during her Bat-Mitzvah celebration when she was a mere 12 year old girl.

Now, at the age of 14 she has got her own line and was invited to present her own innocent designs at the Israeli fashion show. She was awarded with the honor to open the premiere scene.


It is noteworthy to mention that it is a prestigious opportunity for any Israeli designer to partake in such an event, let alone a girl Ori’s age who started sketching for her own pleasure at the tender age of 5 and later had them translated into fabrics. Her childhood dream was realized through the models who were wearing what once used to be an experiment of her infancy


 Photos by Silvia Golan







Tel-Aviv Florentin neighborhood second most hip in world


In a city already known for its Bauhaus-style architecture, inspired street art, and 24-hour nightlife, Florentin is the go-to spot for artists, musicians, and people who dress like artists and musicians.


Thrillist recently posted the ten most hipster neighborhoods on earth, stating that although the neighborhood of Williamsburg, NY takes the number one spot, the USA certainly does not have the only say on "hip" as “from Singapore to Stockholm, whole neighborhoods have been overrun with raw denim, ironic sunglasses, and a deep appreciation of the superiority of vinyl records."


The Israeli neighborhood of Florentin in south Tel Aviv came in second place. Thrillist noted that "it's the blend of traditional culture and contemporary style that ultimately drew the hipster crowd there. In a city already known for its Bauhaus-style architecture, inspired street art, and 24-hour nightlife, Florentin is the go-to spot for artists, musicians, and people who dress like artists and musicians."


Florentin attracts many tourists and visitors to Tel Aviv, with its bohemian and eccentric mix of bars, cafes, restaurants and nightlife. Levinsky Street, with its profusion of spice stores and foodie shops, is also a great tourist attraction.


The other eight most hipster neighborhoods according to Thrillist are: Kreuzberg - Berlin, Germany; Malasaña - Madrid, Spain; Tiong Bahru - Singapore; Shoreditch - London, UK; Södermalm - Stockholm, Sweden; Fitzroy - Melbourne, Australia; Vesterbro - Copenhagen, Denmark; Amsterdam-Noord - Amsterdam, Netherlands.


Photo Tel-Aviv's hip Florentin neighborhood

Copyright: Israel Ministry of Tourism









Experience in the 2nd Vineyard Extravaganza


The second Vineyard Extravaganza Festival at the Gezer Regional County will take place on September 3-5 2015.


Thursday September 3rd

The opening event will be at the BARKAN WINERY on Thursday evening September 3rd at 19:30.

A celebration of Israeli wineries, offering tastings of wines from our local region and also food stands will be available.

The opening session will be held in the beautiful Gardens of the Barkan Winery with live music during the evening,




Friday September 4th

Art Visits- Different local artists will open their houses and studios, providing art lovers the chance to browse and buy original artworks direct from the artist. With a focus on quality and value for money, the Artists Open Houses aim to bring a dynamic mix of arts and crafts to the widest possible audience, providing visitors and viewers with engaging and inspiring experiences.

Visitors can expect to see a wide range of art including jewelry, ceramics and textiles, paintings, sculpture, printmaking, photography and many other media whilst also having the opportunity to chat directly with the artists. The Artists Open Houses is free for visitors and open to everyone.


Saturday September 5th
The closing event will take place at Hulda Forest, families are sure to find something that everyone will enjoy. These events offer a time to have fun together, a place for kids to be kids.




The Festival is open to the public   &  free of charge!


More info :    050-6569296   /  08-9576450




 Photos Silvia Golan









Ambassador Shapiro and Ms. Julie Fisher Celebrate Sukkot with Special Olympics Israel Athletes


Guests and athletes also treated to a dance workshop courtesy of BODYTRAFFIC


HERZLIYA PITUACH– U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and Ms. Julie Fisher hosted a Sukkot reception at their home on Tuesday, September 29, to honor the extraordinary athletes, coaches, and families of the Special Olympics Israel team. The 40-member team competed and medaled in events ranging from basketball to table tennis at the Special Olympic World Games in Los Angeles last month.


Celebrating with the athletes was a diverse group of advocates from the public and private sectors, and civil society, who actively hire, work with, and advocate for those with disabilities in Israel.


“I may be the only one bearing the official title of Ambassador today,” Ambassador Shapiro said, “But each and every one of you is an Ambassador, truly representing the best of the human spirit.”


The event also featured a performance and workshop by dancers from BODYTRAFFIC, a Los Angeles-based dance troupe that is performing throughout Israel for a diverse group of audiences.


“These athletes are such an inspiration,” said Julie Fisher. “It was an absolute honor to be able to mark Sukkot with them, and others who are already doing so much for those in Israel’s disabled community.”


The night was capped by a fierce match between Ambassador Shapiro and Lin Kornhauser, Israel’s competitor in Ping-Pong. For video of the match, click here.


About the Special Olympics

Special Olympics is an international organization that promotes the profession of sports among people with intellectual disabilities, through the organization of sporting events and competitions in various sports, for ages 8 and up. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games featured 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region.



Founded in 2007, BODYTRAFFIC has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world, and was named “the company of the future” by the Joyce Theater Foundation. The company is conducting U.S. Embassy-sponsored workshops throughout Israel until October 11, working with incredibly diverse audiences – from professional dancers to mixed religious communities to those with autism.


Photo : Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv








Sweden, Ikea, Eurovision – a Winning Combination.


The Swedish Ambassador to Israel, His Excellency Carl Magnus Nesser and his charming wife Maria hosted an unusual party at their Herzlia residence last night, with a double celebration: first, to honor the winner of the 2015 Eurovision concert, Swedish singer, entertainer and TV host, Måns Zelmerlöw, who was visiting Israel, and secondly to announce the launch of the 2016 Ikea catalog. Ikea, in case you are unaware, is an international Swedish company with a major presence in Israel with three huge store locations. The catalog launch was perfectly timed to match the launch worldwide (no less than 213,000,000 copies) with about 1,700,000 copies in Israel alone (in Hebrew of course, perfectly attuned to international and local markets.)



The guest list was long – and interesting. In his brief welcoming address to the assembly, the Ambassador mentioned that the “Swedish Embassy had never been as popular as this evening”, and that many people who asked for invitations had to be turned away. Shuki Koblenz, CEO of Ikea Israel and co-host of the event also addressed the guests. “Ikea is one of the most powerful Swedish brands in Israel”, he said. He gave a brief overview of Ikea and the services and locations in Israel, referring to the new 326-page catalog as a guide.


Among the guests: Itzhak Aberkohen, CEO of the giant Supersol (“Shufrasal”) supermarket chain; David Castel, Consul General of Sweden in Haifa; Doron Sapir, CEO of CAL – Israel Credit Cards Ltd.; Nira Awad, Israeli finalist in the 2009 Eurovision contest; Svika Pick, who in 1998 wrote the song “Diva”, performed by Dana International, who won the Eurovision Song Contest that year; and many other VIPs of Israeli industry, the media and entertainment. (It is interesting to note that Pick was also asked to write songs for contestants from other countries, including the Ukraine, Belarus and Georgia.) Guests mingled inside and outside the elegant residence, enjoying a delicious buffet and a selection of beverages.



Sweden has won the Eurovision contest seven times, a record matched by only one other country – Ireland. Sweden’s first and perhaps most famous winners were the “ABBA” (ᗅᗺᗷᗅ) group in 1974. However, Måns Zelmerlöw’s popularity seems destined to match. His performance of five hits last night, including the winning Eurovision song “Heroes”, was met with an astonishing audience response. No doubt his charming personality (in fluent, unaccented English) added to his appeal.



Tiny Israel has not been unappreciated at the Eurovision contest, with three winning songs and many other results in the top echelons. The event has been hosted twice in Jerusalem (for several reasons Israel was unable to host the event after the 3rd win.)



The Ikea concept of hosting the Swedish winner as a parallel to the other Swedish winner – Ikea – seems to have paid off. Both are popular and successful Swedish icons. What better reason to multiply success than to use both? It is a powerful recognition of Israel’s importance that on the occasion of the Ikea magazine 2016 launch, the much-in-demand Swedish performer appeared in Israel, of all countries.



 Photos  : Silvia G. Golan