Learn Hebrew in the sassy beach side city of Tel Aviv


Studying Hebrew is Israel is an opportunity to immerse in a new and interesting culture and to meet new friends

Ulpan offers an opportunity to make great friends

Ulpan offers an opportunity to make great friends

Contrary to what the global media would have you believe, Israel is a brilliant country and living in Tel Aviv, the nations flamboyant Mediterranean beach side city, is one experience I recommend to all who enjoy a action packed, fun-filled city life. Tel Aviv rocks 24/7. Regardless of your social preferences, the city offers everything your heart desires.

From international dance and theatre performances to lively outdoor trance music parties , big name International DJ playing in clubs filled to the brim with gorgeous boys and girls to music festivals and performances. Tel Aviv  offers a social life packed with culturally stimulating events and is one of the most alive cities Ive had the fortune to reside in. 

The more religious among us will find Tel Aviv just as delightful. Tel Aviv offers an environment where  religious and secular families of all faiths live in harmony, enjoying the great energies of city life. Gorgeous old churches and mosques holding regular services in Jaffa and beautiful, quaint neighbourhood synagogues by the bakers dozens around the city… and for the holiday season, especially Jewish holidays, tel aviv is amazing!

Whether in Israel for a month or a year, here on business, simply coming to enjoy an adventure in the holy land or deciding whether to make Israel home, joining a class at Ulpan is a fantastic way to begin learning Hebrew, Israel’s national language.  

But more than that, its a wonderful way to begin integrating into the community and making friends. Like Israel, classes at Ulpan are made up of a dynamic cross section of people from around the globe. Its a  real melting pot of characters making it a truly fun and interesting experience. 

Each student has their own story of what brought them to Israel. Some for work, for study, for holidays, to simply have an adventure, to connect with their Jewish roots , to be with a lover, to find a lover, to visit a friend and sometimes to try a ‘living in Israel ‘ experience to decide if they could make it their home… the reasons are infinite  and so too in a sense, are the ages of the students.  In my class ages ranged from 18 – 65. It was a blast.

The fact that everyone is relatively new to Israel and new to the language of Hebrew, bonds created are genuine and more often than not open up opportunities to develop friendships that often become life long connections.

Ulpan Gordon on Le Salle Street in Tel Aviv is a fabulous school.  Located in heart of Tel Aviv , a stones throw from the beach, in a quiet street off Ben Yehuda, the school offers a variety  of classes.  Classes are are held at different times throughout the day and evening, some more intense than others. 

Ulpangordon.com  is a very helpful user-friendly website, providing up to date information on all the classes and courses on offer in the school.  Set up by a previous student, an American girl (aka americanbabble. com) who,  after serving in the US army in Iraq, visited Israel and attended the school.

Finding the official govt website for Ulpan studies in Israel to be outdated and not really providing easily accessible and easy to understand information, she created Ulpangordon.com to assist potential students  with tips ideas and general information on signing up for Hebrew lessons in Tel Aviv. 

Being able to speak Hebrew, even if its only the basics, can dramatically enhance your Israel experience, transforming it from great  to absolutely brilliant, so seriously consider starting the learning process, its a superb adventure! 

For those whom just the thought of being in a classroom environment makes you nervous, know that you wont be the only one feeling that way in an Ulpan classroom. There are many people who haven’t studied for many years there to learn.  

If you are still not convinced, or don’t feel you can commit to a regular class, then try the fun and affordable option of  Ulpanet.  This is a fun and easy online Hebrew class, where you can learn at your own pace for about $1 hour with  your membership valid for 12 months.  Its like having your own private Hebrew teacher on call whenever you fancy putting some time to learning.  Its a great option for busy people who cant commit to a specific time each week to attend a class or who feel a little shy to begin Ulpan classes.  Ulpanet was my first Hebrew class and I was very happy with how easily I learnt the basics of the language.  

Ulpan, Ulpanet, visiting Israel, life in Tel Aviv, making friends, learning Hebrew…

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Kobi Israel’s Superb Homoerotic Art


Talented homoerotic photographer - Kobi Israel

Talented homoerotic photographer - Kobi Israel

Israel is overflowing with artists of every genre and all have helped shape and develop my unquestionable love of this magnificent nation. 

From Kibbutz Gaaton in the Western Galilee, home of internationally renowned  Kibbutz Dance Company  to the cities of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa and the delightful villages of Abu Gosh and Safed, musicians actors and writers, poets, artists, moviemakers and dancers creatively express their unique perspectives on life.

Few in the field of photography however, have caught my eye and held me spellbound as the immensely talented and creative Kobi Israel.  Born in Tel Aviv, Israel’s fast flambuoyant and fiesty seaside city, Kobi began his‘exploration of photography’  in 1994 whilst employed as a flight attendant.

Now living in London, Kobi’s work in homoerocitc art is breath taking. His albums ‘Fragments of Life’ and ‘Love Stories’ are divine and are well worth discovering for yourselves.  He has also published a  book Kobi Israel Views

Tel Aviv’s over flowing with talented Artists, Musicians, Dancers and Moviemakers..

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Fancy yourself as a bit of a Frank Sinatra..looking for fame?


 

Audition for a new musical. 

 

Star in a musical

Star in a musical

Auditions are being held for ‘1776’  The Musical

Director – Batsheva Garnett

Musical Director – Asaf Finkelstein

Casting – Rivkah Asoulin

Producer–  Yisrael Lutnick

 

Where:       Emunah – 6 Arlozorov Street  Jerusalem   No Appointment necessary

When:        7pm Reccommended Group warm up – Auditions to follow.   9.30pm last sign in.  

Come With:  16 bars of two contrasting songs (broadway musicals preferred)  Head Shot & Resume appreciated

For More Info:  www.israel-theatre.com

Realise your dreams..become the star you know you are

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Tel Aviv Hosts West African Groove Concert


Tel Aviv Get Ready To Shake Your Booty. 

 Sidiki Camara * Palm Tree Dancers * DJ Idan K

PERFORMING  LIVE FOR ONE SHOW ONLY 

This weekend Tel Avivians have an opportunity to be tantalised mesmerized and absolutely thrilled by performances of some of West Africa’s most talented artists.

Tam Tam is proudly hosting a concert by internationally acclaimed artist Sidiki Camara, one of Mali’s leading contemporary percussionists.  Also performing is the outstanding Israeli directed & choreographed Ghana Dance troupe ‘the Palm Tree Dancers’ 

Held in the very popular club Comfort 13,  the evening  promises to be an incredibly upbeat, vibrant and colourful West Africa celebration. Sidiki a master percussionist is famous for seducing the crowd with his upbeat style of Modern Manding Music and the Palm Tree Dance Troupe, a musical/dance ensemble will absolutely thrill you with their outrageously high energy performance.

 

 

In the grand finale’ of the celebration, the audience will find themselves shaking their toots with the stars as the musicians and dancers, under the direction of DJ Idan K will move down from the stage for an interactive party with the audience.  This is sure to be an amazing event’ says Joseph a long time West African music fan,  ‘the energy of an authentic west african celebration stays with you long long after the event is over’ 

Sidiki Camara & The Palm Tree Dance Theatre  (one show only)

When:  Saturday 29th Nov

Time:   8.30pm

Where:   Comfort 13   13 Comfort Street  Florentine   South Tel Aviv 

Cost:  60 NIS 

Tickets: Tam Tam   03-7511951   OR   052-8088898  Email   info@tamtam.co.il

 

What/Who is Tam Tam:   Tam Tam is the largest organization for West-African culture in Israel.  The brainchild of Pierre Chaillan, “ole hadash” from France who is the spiritual son of the most famous west-African drummer, the great master Mamady Keita.   Located in Ramat-Gan, TamTam provides drum lessons, workshops with several drumming/ dancing masters and African drum sales and repairs. The centre also organises drumming/dancing workshops in Africa as well as acting as booking agent for African bands preforming in Israel festivals, concerts and numerous national cultural events.

Sidiki Camara: Is regarded as one of the leading contemporary percussionists of Mali. He is also considered one of the founders of the modern current of Manding music.  He has traveled the world performing as featured percussionist with the National Ballet of Mali and has also performed and recorded many famous artists including Bill Frisell, Habib Koite, Mamady Keita, and the Israeli percussionist Zohar Fresco.

Palm Tree Dance Theatre:  Directed and choreographed by an Israeli, the internationally acclaimed Palm Tree Dance Theatre is a Musical/Dance/Theatre ensemble, combining African Traditional Ritual dance and music forms with modern Dub, Afrobeat, electronic, classical, world trance and various other artist collaborations.

Join the celebration.. shake that gorgeous tail feather

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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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Barack Obama The Worlds New Superhero


barak obama super hero

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Never one to follow politics, the fact that I stayed up all night with eyes glued to the screen, watching my first American Presidential election is credit to Barak Obama’s goal to unite and instill hope in the people that change can happen. 

His message went far beyond his nations borders. Regardless of the thousands of miles and many oceans that separate me from the United States Of America, I was there beside you wanting the change. 

Today I am filled with hope for a better world. It was an amazing election, one I feel honoured to have witnessed. John Mc Cains final speech accepting his defeat deserves great credit. It was one of the most honourable and gracious ive seen of any losing apponent in any arena.  A fine example of integrity.

However, this most historic of days was Barak Obama’s. Today, not only in America but around the entire globe, we witnessed, Barak Obama and his team of supporters , bring people out of their homes to stand united for change.  He and everyone who voted proved that if we let our voices be heard, if we shout loud and strong through the ballot box, there is hope for a better world.  We can make a difference, but Its up to us to speak.  Democracy works!

All nations need leaders of this calibre and citizens around the world need to come together to support quality leaders to get to the decision making chair. There is much to do in the years ahead to make our world a place we can proudly pass onto our children. There are many changes that need to be made and sacrafices we need to be prepared to accept if we are to create a reality where peace and prosperity is available for all.  

There is a long way to go, but todays result was one giant step on the road to potential global change and one we can all look to and remember whenever the going gets tough and hope begins fading from our hearts.

Thank you Barak Obama and more importantly Thank You America.  Be very proud. I am.  You won me today, I have become America’s newest fan.

Congratulations ! 

Peace and love.. are we capable of it

  

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Tel Aviv THE must visit city!! Awesome video clip


They say a picture speaks a thousand words. This great video clip on Tel aviv does just that!!!  

Highlighting the fabulous-ness of Tel Aviv. the clip gives a magnificent overview of what to expect when you come to visit this amazing city !!  Dont take my word for it though, watch the video yourself and listen to the comments by visitors interviewed.  

If you are into adventure, goodtimesgreat food, beachesmarkets, history and discovering fantastic travel destinations Tel Aviv is  definately the place to visit.  The people are warm, friendly and open minded.  Whether gay, straight, women travelling solo, newly weds, families or party goers, you will be warmly welcomed and will, I promise love it here!!

The city that never sleeps.. You’ll Love It

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