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Sarona grows and flourishes in the heart of Tel Aviv.


In the past – a Templar settlement, and today – a center of shopping and entertainment.


Ambassadors and their spouses arrived (despite of the hot weather) to a festive visit, to get a taste of the past, and experience the present of Sarona.


The event was organized by Israel's Diplomatic Portal (www.diplomacy.co.il), directed by Ms. Silvia Golan, in association with Sarona's Management Company under the chairmanship of General Manager Iris Rar-Berz.


We met in the “Tasting Room” to taste Israeli wines.


We continued with Ms. Paul Kedem-Racover - certified and experienced tour guide, specialized in guided tours in Tel Aviv.


We toured between the picturesque balconies, lawns and parks, the pool with water flowers, the stores, and sport facilities.


Ms. Kedem-Racover started by presenting the history of the place; she told us about Sarona, which was the fourth settlement that the German Templers built in Israel in 1871, by the west bank of the Ayalon river.


The Templers were members of the "Temple Society"- a German Protestant sect, with roots in the religious movement of the Lutheran Church Protestant, originated in the middle of the 19th century. The founder of this movement, Christoph Hoffmann, intended to promote spiritual cooperation to advance the rebuilding of the Temple in the Holy land - Palestine at that time - believing that this foundation will promote the second coming of Christ.


When the Nazi regime took power in Germany, members of the Templar community in Israel started to be involved in Nazi political activities. The British mandate government put them in confined camps, and considered them as enemies (spies) and deported many of them to Australia. The British also liberated some of them in exchange to Jewish people with Israeli citizenship that were held in concentration camps in Europe. The Templers' possessions, including the high-valued real estate of their settlements, were transferred to the management of the trustee of absentees' properties.


In 1948 the Hagana forces conquered the Waldheim and Galilean Bethlehem, and the last Templar’s settlers were deported from Israel.


The process of transfer of compensations to the Templers lasted about ten years. Up to 1962, the Israeli government paid 54 million German marks to the Templers and their successors - about 13 million dollars, as compensations for their lands and possessions.


And finally…

We completed our tour with a lunch picnic in the Sarona lawns, under the auspices of the Little Italy restaurant. We enjoyed the pizzas and Italian pasta, and excellent champagne.


Who needs more than all this to learn from Ms. Kedem-Racover about the past, and enjoy Sarona in the present?


The ambassadors thanked the tour organizers, and expressed their pleasure for the enrichment of their knowledge about the Templar period and the delicious culinary.


Link to the original article in Hebrew, written by Sima Lahat:





Photos Silvia Golan












“I’ve learned a lot about Israel during this trip and I’ve been most impressed by the scenery and the people.”

Diplomats from a variety of different countries who belong to the Ambassadors’ Club of Israel took a day off to tour the north with KKL-JNF and visit the In the Paths of Wine Festival. The day out included an excursion to Hagit Forest, to which KKL-JNF is transplanting old trees from other sites in the north, bird-watching at Lake Hula and a festive evening event at the wine fair in Rosh Pina.



“We’re making this trip so that the diplomatic community can see something of KKL-JNF’s impressive activities for themselves,” explained Ambassador Yitzhak Eldan, President of the Ambassadors’ Club. “It’s important to show how KKL-JNF contributes to Israel’s environment and development for the benefit of all its citizens. KKL-JNF’s willingness to place its knowledge at the disposal of the rest of the world greatly helps Israel’s foreign relations.”


More :   http://www.kkl.org.il/eng/about-kkl-jnf/green-israel-news/may-2015/ambassadors-club-israel-galilee/



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Deputy Ambassador of Guatemala Jose Ortiz Cicnado and Thailand’s Ambassador to Israel Angsana Sihapitak. Photo: Yoav Devir


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Yitzhak Eldan. Photo: Yoav Devir



















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 Photos Silvia Golan













'Tel Aviv Loves all Genders'    Asia's Largest Gay Parade (12.6) Expected to Draw  Record 180,000 Participants from Israel and Around the World


This Year's Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade to focus on supporting the Transgender Community. 2014 Eurovision star Conchita Wurst to arrive in Tel Aviv to participate. Events include parade along the city's world-famous beach, LGBT culture festival, film festival, conferences, ongoing chill-out beach and Tel Aviv's largest ever Gay Party (to host 7,000 party-goers at the City's football stadium).


The "Nonstop City's" 17th Annual Pride Festival will be taking place between June 7-12, with its highlight being the City's largest ever gay parade, with an expected all-time record 180,000 participants (2014 saw 130,000 participants in the parade) – making it Asia's largest ever gay pride event. This year's events will focus on supporting the Transgender Community, a fact that made Eurovision Star Conchita Wurst (Austrian Winner of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest) decide to come to Tel Aviv to perform in the parade.


Tel Aviv has, in recent years, become one of the world's leading and most famous gay tourist destinations, thanks to its tolerant atmosphere, warm weather (300 days of sun a year), famous culinary scene and world-leading nightlife scene. GayCities.com ranked Tel Aviv as the "World's Best Gay Tourism Destination", Lonely Planet considers Tel Aviv one of the world's Top 10 hedonistic city breaks and CNN ranked the city as 'one of the 10 best gay honeymoon hotspots'. The estimated 30,000 international visitors to the parade are expected to spend 40% more than general tourists, staying an average of 3.5 nights in the city.


Hila Oren, CEO of Tel Aviv Global:
"The Nonstop City is proud to host LGBT visitors from around the world for this year's Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade. In Tel Aviv, there is a place for everyone, regardless of gender, religion, lifestyle or sexual orientation. In Tel Aviv we celebrate our differences - and we believe that the people are what makes our city - whoever you are - there's a place for you in Tel Aviv."


Yaniv Weizman, Member of Tel Aviv City Council (Portfolio of the Gay Community):
"We are pleased to see the vision we have cultivated this year - pride events reflecting the diversity of the LGBT community, and bringing the transgender community to the forefront - become a reality. Tel Aviv celebrates all those who help make it, every day, the city that loves all genders."



Youtube 1  : On Thursday, June 7, 2013  U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro marched in Tel Aviv's gay pride parade. Speaking to a crowd of thousands of marchers, he acknowledged the achievements of the Israeli LGBT community for gaining equal rights and emphasized the work of the U.S. government to raise awareness of LGBT rights around the world. After the speech, Ambassador Shapiro marched with Embassy personnel for the full parade route to Tel Aviv's Gordon Beach.





Youtube 2   Gay Pride 2014 Tel-Aviv (Israel)






L’Chaim! Tel Aviv’s “Salute 2015” Wine Festival Coming to HaTachana


Against the backdrop of the beautiful beachfront promenade, the much anticipated “Salute 2015” wine festival, featuring many of Israel’s award-winning wineries will take place in "HaTachana", one of Tel Aviv’s trendiest cultural settings, on Wednesday, May 13 and Thursday, May 14 (18:30-23:00).

The “Salute 2015” event is being sponsored by the Municipality of Tel Aviv’s cultural department in cooperation with the E & M Production Company.

Participants in the festive “Salute 2015” happening will also be treated a various music interludes including vocal jazz bands, Latin music and other live performances. The unique lighting, decor, wine, fragrances and music, will accentuate the unique atmosphere surrounding the "Salute 2015" Wine Festival.

The festival itself has garnered a reputable image amongst Israeli wineries, winemakers, and wine enthusiasts. Tel Aviv’s “Salute 2015” Wine Festival is part of a series of wine festivals, which place on an annual basis across Israeli cities including, Haifa, Ashdod, Ra'anana and Jerusalem.

“Salute 2015” will introduce revelers to nearly 50 different wineries (which will be located in pavilions within the facility), including large and well-known wineries, as well as high quality boutique wineries.

Visitors will be able to purchase a special wine glass (cost 75 NIS / NIS 55 for holders of Tel Aviv resident Digital Card) and sample a delicious variety of 150 different types of wines. The wine festival attracts a wide array of people from the metro Tel Aviv region including business people, hotel, restaurant food and beverage professionals, as well as local citizens who enjoy sampling the country’s most exciting wines.


Sagi Epstein, the owner E & M Productions added, "We see that the exposure of quality Israeli wines in the mass media, as well as the increasing consumption by Israelis of local wines as an important development. Thus, we are working to promote this festival for the benefit of all wine lovers, where they can sample great products amidst a cheerful atmosphere and enrich their knowledge about Israel’s emerging wine culture."

Wineries who will partake in “Salute 2015” include:

Carmel Winery, DaltonWinery, Tishbi Winery, Barkan Winery, Segal Winery, Recanati Winery, Teperberg Winery 1870, Har Bracha Winery, Hasdera Winery, Kishor Winery, Tanya Winery, Tishbi Winery, Kinor David Winery, Stern Winery, Jerusalem Wineries, Arza Winery, Passionfruit Man Winery, Aligoté Winery, Or Haganuz Winery, Lavie Winery, Psagot Wines, Dalton Winery, Ella Valley Wineries, Talmey Shadai Winery, Galai Winery, Shamayim Winery, ‏Raman Winery. Agencies and importers who will also be featured at the event include: Aswine Path (NativYain), Tzor, BiBoViNo,


What would a wine festival be without cheese and other delicacies? Booths of artisan cheeses, pastries and delicacies (prepared by "Man Haadama") will also be available to visitors for tastings and purchases.



The Salute Festival was first held in Beersheva (2007) and then spread to other cities. It is now an integral part of annual cultural activities held in cities such as Tel Aviv, Haifa, Ashdod and Ra'anana.

The E & M Production Company under the direction of Sagi Epstein has produced the series of wine festivals for the past 7 years, as part of an on-going effort to foment Israel’s wine culture. With each passing year the numbers of participants has grown, with nearly 5,000+ expected to partake in the Tel Aviv event. The next wine festival event will take place in Ra’anana (Area Park, June 24 & 25).