Madboojah Project & The Incredible Rajasthan Gypsies playing live at the Barby


Two mesmerizing live shows in one night

 Madboojah Project, arguably the most popular ethno – electric band in Israel and globally acclaimed  Shye Ben Tzur and The Rajasthan Gypsies, currently in Israel on a sell out concert tour,  have teamed up to offer music fans a ‘one show only’ mega performance at the Barby Wednesday 10th November.  

Celebrating the release of their second album, Madboojah Project, enjoy a huge following both locally and abroad. They  combine styles and gain inspiration from Eastern Europe, Jamaica and Ireland & infuse phat beats to create a powerful uplifitng electronic party vibe. Couple that with Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajastani Gypsies  mesmerizing fusion of magical melodies and exotic sounds from different traditions and cultures, this event will be nothing short of spectacular.

Its a privledge to see these two amazing groups perform under the same roof, in one show. Go  join the party, go be inspired, go  let your hair down, go and enjoy an night of absolute quality entertainment.

When:  Wednesday 10th November

Where:  The Barby Tel Aviv, Kibutz Galuyot

Doors Open:  20: 00 pm  Show Starts: 21.00 pm

Cost:  Pre -Sale 100 nis          On the door: 120 nis

For Bookings OR More Information:  052- 3499 565   OR  054-4280 370

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Tel Aviv Hosts Indian Music Extravaganza


Shye Ben-Tzur & The Incredible Rajasthan Gypsies Tour Israel With Their

‘RAJASTHAN MAGICAL TOUR’

 ‘Rajasthan Magical Tour’  It’s the name on the lips of music lovers across the nation at the moment. Absolutely everyone is talking about it.  Or at least it seems that way.  No matter where I go in Tel Aviv, I hear people excitedly talking about the upcoming Oct- Nov concerts. On the bus, the train, a cafe, a yoga class, honestly, its like the buzz word in the city right now.

After a hugely successful sell out concert on their last visit to the holyland,  Israels’ music fans are beside themselves with excitement at having the opportunity once again to be mesmerised by this truly enchanting  ensemble of musical talent. 

Shye Ben-Tzur, a talented Israeli composer, producer and musician living in India, creates his music by combining traditional Sufi sounds, Rajasthani beats and Western elements.  The mix of genres, languages and beats totally captivates and entrances all who have the privledge to listen.  ‘It is a thrilling experience to attend one of these performances, its incredibly moving ‘ is one womans explanation of  her last Shye Ben-Tzur concert experience. 

Both local and global music critics enthusiastically agree without doubt, that Shye is one of the most original and exciting cross-cultural artists working today. ‘He leads the exceptional musicians from India and Israel with talent and charm, in performances that leave you spellbound, wanting more’  said one critic.

In Tel Aviv, Shye Ben-Tzur & The Incredible Rajasthan Gypsies are performing at  Zappa  on Saturday, October 30th as part of the Tel Aviv Music Festival.  doors open 9.00pm  concert starts 10pm.  

By popular demand, thankfully, there’s more than one concert in Israel this time. Performances will be held at a number of venues around the nation. And much to the delight of  local musicians,  there’s also an opportunity to attend an intimate hands-on vocal/beat workshop & encounter with Shye Ben-Tzur and the Rajasthani musicians beforeone of  the concerts.   

So do get on and book your tickets pronto, word on the street is, this is one concert you dont want to miss.

You can purchase tickets all their concerts in Israel through Mister Ticket  or by calling the venues direct.  Concert venues, dates and ticket booking information are listed below.

Tour Dates, Locations  & Booking Information

Saturday Oct 30th 

 Zappa   Tel Aviv   (standing concert)
Doors Open 21:00   Concert begins 22:00

99NIS in advance, 119NIS at entrance
03-7626666
www.zappa-club.co.il

Thursday Nov 4th 

Pitriya  Kibbutz Dan  (standing concert)
Doors open 22:00   Concert Begins 23:00

65NIS in advance (student), 70NIS in advance, 80NIS at entrance

050-7305398
www.pitriya.co.il

Saturday Nov 6th   

Berale    Lehavot Haviva Kibbutz  (standing concert)
Doors open 20:00   Concert Begins 22:00  

89NIS in advance, 109NIS at entrance

04-6369993
www.beraleberale.co.il

Tuesday Nov 9th   

Baroque  Be’er Sheva  (standing concert)
Doors Open 21:00   Concert begins 22:00

59NIS in advance (first 100tks), 69NIS in advance, 89NIS at entrance

08-6281548
www.baroque7.com

Friday Nov 12th     

 Hemdat Yamim – near Moshav Sheffer on the way to Zefat

(intimate acoustic concert at sundown in one of  most beautiful places in Israel)

Doors open 16:00   Concert Begins 17:00  
Hemdat Yamim 80NIS in advance (70NIS for students/soldiers), 90NIS at entrance

*Vocal/beat workshop & encounter with Shye Ben-Tzur and the Rajasthani musicians – unique opportunity for an intimate hands-on workshop before the concert     Meeting @ 13:00  Start 14:00

Workshop for concert ticket-holders 40NIS
Workshop alone 80NIS
04-6989423
www.hemdatyamim.com

Tickets for all concerts may also be purchased  at MisterTicket

For more Information or bookings also call  052-7782712

Osho Israel ‘Passion For Meditation’ Workshop


NOV 20-22 'Passion for Meditation' workshop

NOV 20-22 Passion for Meditation workshop

 If you already meditate but yearn to go deeper in your practise or are curious about how meditation can enrich your life then this wonderful weekend workshop may be exactly what you are looking for.

Osho events are always fun, heart opening opportunities. Lovely people, warm energy great music and a gentle peaceful space to immerse oneself in the world of inner exploration.  The ‘Passion For Meditation’ workshops are held throughout the year all over Europe and Asia and are led by Shunyo a truly divine and special soul.

Sharing a weekend in the presense of this exceptional woman offers a delightful treat for the soul. Sensitive, softly spoken and filled with a humbleness I have rarely encountered, Shunyo emanates the unconditional love and joyful acceptance of life we all aspire to develop on our personal journeys.

Accompanying her and playing a heavenly mix of light playful sounds to support meditators on their journey within is Marco, an immensely talented musician who has been playing live music in Osho communes around the globe since 1979.   

Shunyo & Marco

Shunyo & Marco

Passion For Meditation weekend workshop will be held in the Om Centre at Kibutz -Bet Oren located 10 mintues from Haifa or approximately an hours drive  north of Tel Aviv.   The Om centre is a peaceful mountain hideaway offering modern facilities, comfortable accommodation, magnificent views and clean fresh mountain air. 

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PASSION FOR MEDITATION – Weekend Meditation Workshop

When:  November 20 -22    

Start:  Thurs 5pm – Sat 6pm

Where:  Beit Oren

Cost:  1350 nis  includes accommodation & meals for the 3 days

Bookings & information:  Call Kohra 052-8883040 

INFORMATION EVENING: Nov 17th 8pm No Mind Centre  (Menachem Begin Road 55 7th Floor) 40 nis

 

Osho Celebrations Meditations & learning..

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Tel Aviv Street Party – Celebrating Simcha Torah 2008


A large crowd singing, clapping and celebrating in the street below, broke the silence in our usually quiet tel aviv city centre neighbourhood.  As the procession was heading out onto Ben Gurion Boulevard towards Ben Yehuda Street we didnt get much of a look, but the happy festive atmosphere had certainly intrigued us.

Grabbing a jacket and my camera we hit the streets to join the party. Walking onto Ben Gurion we were astounded. There in the middle of the intersection was the Alnon Street Synagogue celebrating Simcha Torah 2008 in traditional style and the residents of Tel Aviv were loving it.

The music was pumping and the crowd, growing larger by the second was a sea of smiles, dancing singing and celebrating.  Young couples, families, soldiers, pensioners, tourists, people walking their dogs, folks on bikes, carers pushing oldies in wheelchairs,  you know…  a true tel aviv melting pot, all sharing in the celebrations.

From Ben Gurion Boulevard down to Rabin Square the party atmosphere continued and the crowd now enormous, delighted in dancing and singng in the middle of dizengoff and Ben Gurion Streets. The police were fabulous and patiently controlled the traffic while celebrations blocked the streets.  Oh Tel Aviv, you have a coat of so many different colours.. you are amazing !!!

The city where secular and religion exist in harmony

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Salon Mazal -Tel Aviv’s information centre for social environmental and political change.


 

Interested in the local social-environmental perspective on israel?  Then a visit to Salon Mazal should definately be on your ‘what to see and do’ list while in Tel Aviv. 

litarature in both english and hebrew is available

salon mazal library - literature in both english and hebrew is available

Salon Mazal located at 50 salame steet tel aviv (03 6297734) is a non profit registered charity that serves as an information distribution center for social, environmental and political change.  Established in Tel Aviv in 2001 by a group of social-environmental  activists, Salon Mazal functions as a store with books & magazines in both english and hebrew, a selection of fair-trade products, a lending library, artist gallery, vegetarian bar and community center where movie screenings, lectures, workshops and meetings take place.

The centres’ atmosphere is friendly and offers a wonderful opportunity to integrate with the local activist community through their various evenings and events. Whether you just pop in for a fair trade coffee and a browse through the vast and interesting information available in english or decide to join one of their many events or even to volunteer some of your time, your visit to the centre is sure to  be a fun and interesting one.

 Salon Mazal  – Monthly Events list 

6th Oct 19:30  – Community work in south tel-aviv

In Kiryat shalom and Shapira neighborhoods lives a group of young people, working to enhance the local community and build a more sharing and cooperative way of life.

The two will talk about the experience of the group in building and developing a community and about the success and the diverse activities, about the challenges and difficulties and about the connection between living a communal and sharing way, and working for social justice.

7th Oct 19:00   –  “Globalization” by Dov Hanan

Come and meet member of Knesset, Dov Hanin, candidate for Mayor of Tel-Aviv-Yafo, who is coming to Salon Mazal  to present and tell about his book “Globalization”.  
 
Sun 19th Oct 19:30 –  Welcome Night 

There is a group gathering and members of the salon will tell you about the secrets of how the center works and invite you to take part in it. Vegan snacks! 
 

Weds 22nd Oct 19:30 – lecture/discussion on situation of  work   immigrants & their children in Israel

discussions on the future plans of israel authorities to perform a mass deportation plan. Come to give your opinion about what can be done about this situation.   
 
Thurs  23rd Oct 19:00 – How to deal with social & cultural  structuring of body images

Most of us are not happy with our body. We don’t believe that we are beautiful. Its hard for us to look in the mirror. Most of us try to do something about it – diets, body shaping, muscle work, hair removal, makeup and more.

At the workshop we will try to think together – what are the messages that society is giving us about our body? What is political about them? And how can we fight the suppression and learn how to love ourselves?    
 

Mon 27th Oct 20:00 – An evening of social & political  animation   

Screening of a number of short animation movies and “Stop Motion”, dealing with subjects like Ecology, food, organic products, alternative sex and the separation wall around the occupied territories. The screening will be accompanied by some explanations. 

Tues 28th Oct 19:30 – A meeting to join a group forming against deportation of refugees & work immigrants                                        

The authorities plan in the near future is to execute a mass operation that will lead to the deportation of thousands of refugees, many with children.  Come and meet a joint group of Israelis, refugees and work immigrants to hear and think together what we can do.  
 

Weds 29th Oct 19:30 – The struggle against house  demolition in kfar Shalem & Jaffa.                                    

A binational forum about two population groups that are struggling against the authorities and the Real Estate sharks for the right to have a roof over their heads. A meeting with a representative of the people’s council of Ajame and a representative from the citizens’ council of Kfar Shalem.  

Thurs 30th Oct 19:00 – Mini Benefit a tasty night of homemade  vegan cakes & hot  beverages.                                                               

Every participant is asked to bring 30 NIS for the costs and to help Salon Mazal  maintain itself and its activities

 

Until next time loving tel aviv

Jerusalem – A perfect time to visit the old city


Jerusalem Night Spectacular Show

Jerusalem Night Spectacular Show

As an addict of Tel Aviv, getting me out of the city is usually no easy feat. There is so much going on in ‘the city that never sleeps’ that I see very little need to go further than my number 4 bus in search of adventure.

Last night however, I ventured up to Jerusalem for the evening.  Its easy to get there, the bus is less than an hour and I have to admit I had a truly wonderful time.  In fact I have quitely made this my new years resolution .. to spread my wings just that little bit further in the holyland in the year ahead.  

Our visit to the old city in Jerusalem was to watch a show being presented at the Tower Of David  called ‘The Night Spectacular’. Seeing the tower Of David lit up at night is a magnificent sight in itself, but the light show just took our breath away, it was absolutely brilliant!!

Based on the history of Jerusalem, the story is very simple with no scholarly aspect to it, but the visual display offered is breathtakingly beautiful. The talents involved in creating this spectacular show  deserves nothing less than 10 out of 10. 

Tower Of David Light Show

Tower Of David Light Show

And with Yom Kipur, the most important day in the jewish calendar just around the corner, there is no better time to take a visit to Jerusalem. The old city  is alive and bustling with both local and international folk coming to the Koitel( western wall) to pray. The atmosphere is quite divine and a real sense of humbleness fills the air.  It was a great pleasure to walk the cobbled streets of the old city, visit the markets and   absorb the unique and special atmosphere.   

Many Cafes and Restaraunts are promoting fabulous deals for evening meals.We ate at Black,  a popular hamburger restaurant with a deal of a 220gm burger and fries for 35 nis. Taxis are plentiful so getting back to the bus station for the ride home is easy.

The Night spectacular show runs until the 19th October. Tickets are 50 nis and can be ordered either by phoning 02 6265333 (english speaking)  or online at  http://towerofdavid.org.il/eng/upload/events/new.html

A highly reccommended evening out and great way to experience Jerusalem.

Gmar hatima tova

unitl next time

loving tel aviv

Tel Aviv Community Meditates together for Gilad Shalit in Rabin Square 1st September


 

A special meditation is being held in Rabin Square at 8.30pm MONDAY 1st September. The meditation is in honour of Gilad Shalit, a young Israeli soldier who was kidnapped and is still being held by Hamas. Gilad turned 21 on August 28th.

communities coming together

Tel Aviv Community coming together

 

Whether you are residents of Tel Aviv or are visitors to the city,  you are sincerely invited and encouraged to join a special event being held in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv tonight MONDAY 1st September.

Gilad was a young soldier kidnapped in 2006. August 28th was Gilad’s 21st birthday and he has still not been released and returned to the safety of his family and friends. The purpose of tonights meditation is to, as a community group, focus our intention on his safe return.

What does group meditation do?   

Group meditations are a very beautiful concept.  When alot of people gather together to meditate, the energy of the group vibrates at a much higher level than usual.  When this heightened energy is focussed towards a particular cause/reason/ idea  it can often have very powerful positive results.

Group meditations are held all over the world for different causes and purposes. They are a very personal way for communities to come together and ‘pool their energy’ for a cause close to their hearts. There is a very real sense that you are ‘doing something’ about a problem that you would like to see resolved. You are in a very pure way, being part of the solution, it is a truly special experience. 

 What is a guided meditation?

Guided meditation is very  easy. You are not required to simply focus on your breath, but are instead asked to listen to the words of the meditation leader who will guide you to visualise a story, to create images in your mind to match the story they are speaking of.  Usually, the story will be the postive outcome of the cause/idea/reason everyone has gathered together. 

For example: For world peace one would perhaps visualise conflicting countries coming together and finding solutions. You may be asked to visualise leaders shaking hands on join decisions, to visualise genuine friendship, smiling faces and people signing peace documents.  You may be asked to visualise schools where the conflicting countries children are studying together and having fun in the playgrounds together and you may be asked to visualise people living side by side in harmony and so on and so on.

Young Israeli Soldier Gilad Shalit

Gilad Shalit

 

 

 where:                Rabin Square  Tel Aviv

 When:                 8.30pm

 What to bring:  An open heart

 Cost:              FREE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Until next time

loving tel aviv