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Tel Aviv to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

​The 64th Eurovision event marks the first time the competition will take place in Tel Aviv, the third time the competition takes place in Israel and the fourth times that Israel won the competition.


The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality announced  that the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Tel Aviv. It is the first time ever that Tel Aviv is hosting the show, which last year attracted 186 million viewers. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation (KAN) selected Tel Aviv as the most suitable host city for this upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Tel Aviv is Israel's financial and cultural center; an international hub of art and creativity, of commerce and trade, of media and academia. It is a city that celebrates pluralism and tolerance, warmly embracing the many communities that compose its unique human mosaic.

The decision was made after an extensive inspection and evaluation of the city’s amenities and facilities. As agreed upon, The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality will finance the venue: Pavilions 1 and 2 at EXPO Tel Aviv International Convention Center, where the three main events will take place, including: two semifinals and the final event broadcasted live to millions of viewers around the world.

Israel won the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in two decades on May 12 this year when Netta Barzilai snagged first place with her anthem “Toy”. The 64th Eurovision event marks the first time the competition will take place in Tel Aviv, the third time the competition takes place in Israel and the fourth times that Israel won the competition. According to data gathered from previous host cities; around 20,000 tourists are expected to arrive in Tel Aviv and the city will gain an estimated of NIS 100 million in direct revenues.

Over the last few years, the City of Tel Aviv has invested vast resources in developing its facilities and infrastructure in order to become a prime destination for major international conferences and events. These efforts included the recent establishment of the Tel Aviv International Convention Bureau as well as the building of the new pavilion which will host the Eurovision finals and semifinals. This year the Tel Aviv was one of the proud host cities of the 2018 Giro d’Italia Big Start as well as the 2018 European Judo Championships. Tel Aviv offers an abundance of venue options for these global events and conferences, and up-to-date facilities are located within the city's central hubs of activity.

The Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Ron Huldai: “The City of Tel Aviv- Yafo is delighted to host the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest. The Eurovision is perfect fit for our city, which has been internationally acclaimed for its vibrant energy, creative spirit, its lively cultural scene and its celebration of freedom. We are looking forward to host a joyful and Nonstop event, in the spirit of Tel Aviv-Yafo! We are convinced that in collaboration with “KAN” we will produce one of the most incredible Eurovision competitions ever.”

Gidi Schmerling, Project Director of the 2019 Eurovision on behalf of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality: ”The city will be exposed to the world through the eyes of the 1500 journalists and thousands of tourists that will descend upon the city for the Eurovision events. The competition will take place in various iconic locations and attractions throughout the city: The Old Town Hall, The modern Tel Aviv Museum of Art, The Charles Clore Park located on the City’s shore and of course EXPO Tel Aviv, the International Convention Center. Dozens of events will take place throughout the city on top of the main events, turning the city into one big Eurovision celebration.”

Eytan Schwartz, CEO, Tel Aviv Global & Tourism: "Tel Aviv is eager and ready as ever to host large events, and the Eurovision Song Contest is a fantastic opportunity to expose our Non-Stop city. The contest will take place at the Tel Aviv Expo - Israel's largest and most sophisticated venue - and the other events will show the unparalleled variety of cool, fun, energetic and unique locations that make our city the perfect destination for all purposes. Let the countdown begin!”
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Terrorists attack in Tel Aviv

Two terrorists opened fire in "Sarona" center killing four and wounding five

Two Palestinian terrorists opened fire on diners and shoppers Wednesday night at a marketplace center near the Israeli Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv, killing four people and wounding five.
Israeli police called the incident a terrorist attack and said the gunmen used automatic weapons.
Israeli police had both terrorists in custody; one was hospitalized after being shot. The terrorists were identified as two cousins from the West Bank town of Hebron.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after a meeting with his security chiefs that this was a "savage crime."
"We are going to take the necessary steps to attack the attackers and to defend those that need to be defended," he said.
The U.S. State Department condemned "in the strongest possible terms" what it called a horrific and cowardly terrorist attack against innocent civilians.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also condemned the attacks, saying in a statement that he was "shocked that the leaders of Hammas have chosen to welcome this attack and some have chosen to celebrate it."
Hammas has not officially claimed responsibility for the shootings, but a Hammas official, Mushir al-Masri, called the terror attack a "heroic operation", and the group later released a statement warning "Zionists" of more "surprises" during the holy month of Ramadan.
Wednesday's shootings were carried out at the Sarona marketplace in central Tel Aviv, a popular gathering place for shopping and dining. Security footage broadcast on Israeli television showed frantic diners scrambling for safety between tables and overturned chairs.
The terrorists, well-dressed in coats and ties, shot some of their victims at point-blank range.
Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said there had been no attacks on Israeli civilians and police in Tel Aviv in months and no concrete intelligence that a terror strike was in the works.
He said police would investigate how the terrorist were able to slip into the area, including reports that they were disguised as ultra-Orthodox Jews.

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A Terror attack in central Tel Aviv: 2 dead and 7 wounded

Two people died and four were injured in a terrorist attack outside a pub "Hasimta" on Friday at around 14:45. The condition of four injured are in serious and three others were seriously injured.

Arab-Israeli terrorist opened fire at the pub "Hasimta" on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv
Two people were killed, Alon Bekele (26) and Simon saturated (30), seven others injured.
Shin Bet and police forces in the hunt for the shooter and searched from house to house
A police source, "Koran was found in the bag of the terrorist"

The terrorist is an Israeli-Arab citizen served time in prison for abduction of IDF soldier's weapon. The terrorist's father recognized him in videos distributed and made report to the authorities. Large forces of police have not yet located him since he fled from the scene, but there is an extensive police activity.

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Tel Aviv Make-A-Thon to Design Affordable Aids for People with Disabilities

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Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM):TLV, March 17-19, Tel Aviv Port and Tel Aviv Hilton


TEL AVIV,  Dozens of innovators and makers will gather in Tel Aviv this month for TOM:TLV, a three-day technology marathon where participants will build models and prototypes of aids for people with disabilities. The organizers hope and intend to develop these products further and make them available for widespread use in the near future.

TOM:TLV, starting March 17 at the Tel Aviv Port and culminating March 19 at the Tel Aviv Hilton, will bring together technologists, designers, therapists, and people with disabilities who will develop ideas and products that address challenges of people living with disabilities, their family members, and health-care professionals.

TOM:TLV is the latest in a series of events created by TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers), an initiative of the Reut Institute and ROI Community. TOM is a movement of makers, technology developers, and innovators who seek to solve unmet social challenges in disadvantaged communities and nations, fulfilling the traditional Jewish value of Tikkun Olam – repairing the world.

The Ruderman Family Foundation, who is spearheading innovative efforts to include people with disabilities throughout the global Jewish community, has joined TOM:TLV as a strategic partner, with the hope of producing affordable and cutting-edge products that will significantly improve the lives of people living with disabilities.

The make-a-thon will take place in a specially designed workspace at the port’s Hangar 11 and will feature advanced technology including 3D printers, laser-cutting machines, and CNC machines (computer-operated milling devices). During a pre-event at the new Israeli development center of the global firm Autodesk, teams participating in TOM:TLV received the disability projects they will be working on.

A closing event will take place in conjunction with the Jewish Funders Network Conference at the Tel Aviv Hilton, when TOM:TLV participants will showcase their prototypes to investors and representatives of philanthropic and social organizations.

The first TOM event took place last summer in Nazareth, where teams of volunteers developed a robotic arm for a nine-year-old child, accessories aiding paralyzed limbs, and a hat that alerts the blind to physical obstacles. The upcoming event will focus on product development teams to help people with disabilities be more independent and get more involved in their communities.

“Shared prosperity is the challenge of all developed nations", said Reut Institute President Gidi Grinstein. "We, at Reut, are committed to improving the lives of millions of people by deploying the explosive combination of cutting-edge technologies and new opportunities to collaborate globally toward creating extremely affordable products that will help many people remain employable, productive and happy. This is our service to the value and mission of Tikkun Olam”.

“The Ruderman Family Foundation attaches great importance to strategic collaborations, especially with colleagues such as the Shusterman Foundation and the Reut institute,” said Shira Ruderman, Israel Director of the Ruderman Family Foundation. “We believe that the full inclusion of people with disabilities into society can be achieved through the development of accessible technology and therefore we feel it is important to be a partner in the TOM:TLV initiative. It is our hope that one day these technologies will be developed independently and not based on funding from foundations and other donors."

“TOM brings together young entrepreneurs to explore creative ways to leverage cutting-edge technology for humanitarian impact,” said Justin Korda, executive director of ROI Community.“ This partnership between ROI, the Ruderman Family Foundation and Reut is truly a model where each bring its unique skill set to the table and the results have infinite potential to improve the lives of people living with disabilities worldwide.”
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Terrorist attack in Tel Aviv: A soldier was stabbed near a train station

The soldier was evacuated to Tel Hashomer hospital when in a critical condition. Police and civilians took over the terrorist, 18-year-old resident of Nablus, and he was arrested. Large police forces instead. "Pool of blood fell from him".

A soldier was stabbed today (Monday) Levinsky Street in Tel Aviv, near the train station defense. Paramedics and Magen David Adom paramedics gave him medical treatment on the spot and took him into hospital resuscitation Sheba when he was in critical condition, where he was taken into surgery.

A police investigation revealed that the suspect in the stabbing is staying illegally in Nablus, 18, no criminal record. Palestinian media reported that this Nur al-Din Alh'ashih.

The terrorist came to the railway station and the entrance to the station he stabbed the soldier several times. Two bystanders came to the aid of the soldier and managed to fight off the perpetrator of it. At this time the suspect tried to escape onto nearby Lavenda. Three civilians, including one carrying an ax, chased him. Riot police forces joined the chase, and in an abandoned building they were able to control him and he was arrested. The knife was found in his possession was used to stab. During the chase was slightly wounded by a man in his 50s. He was taken to Ichilov Hospital in the city, along with the woman was treated for shock.

Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonvitch, and Tel Aviv District Police Commander, Commander Benzi Sau, arrived at the scene. District Commander instructed the Police prepare for riots in the southern neighborhoods of the city - Hope, Florentine and others. The main concern is the events of the "price tag." Even in the West Bank, the IDF increased vigilance in order to prevent the outflow of illegal aliens.

"The terrorist escaped a distance of 200 meters and tried to hide in a five-story building. He was caught after a chase fourth floor thanks to the rapid response of the police force," said Commander Sao. He called on citizens to report any suspicious behavior. "This is part of the Guide obvious these days. I urge everyone not to take the law into their own hands - we live in a state of law, the police should have to maintain order, it is our job as we do."


 
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Israeli President Rivlin Greets Full Jumbo Flight of 338 New Olim from N. America

Among the Olim are 108 young men and women planning to serve in the IDF


Tel Aviv, Despite tensions surrounding the war in Gaza, 338 new Olim (immigrants) from the United States and Canada arrived in Israel this morning on an Aliyah charter flight to Israel. The special Nefesh B’Nefesh flight was organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption and Keren Kayemeth Le’Israel, The Jewish Agency for Israel, JNF - USA and Tzofim Garin Tzabar.

Included in the group of Olim were 108 inspiring young men and women who made Aliyah and will be serving in the Israel Defense Forces.

The large group of Olim included 37 families with 107 children. The passenger list was also comprised of 65 Olim moving to Israel’s periphery as part of the Nefesh B’Nefesh and Keren Kayemeth L’Israel Go North and Go South programs. Altogether, the Olim will be settling in every part of Israel, from Ma’alot in the North to Eilat in the South.

The Olim hail from 27 states and three Canadian provinces, from Arizona to Quebec, and range in age from a six-week-old baby to a 93-year-old great-grandparent in a family of four generations making Aliyah together.

As the new immigrants made their first steps on Israeli soil upon arrival, KKL-JNF presented each of them with a personalized certificate announcing that KKL-JNF will plant a “first tree in the homeland of Israel” in their honor, encouraging the development of the Southern communities (attached please find a sample of these certificates).

Said KKL-JNF World Chairman Efi Stenzler: “The fighting spirit which has enabled the Jewish people to survive for thousands of years is not only found among IDF soldiers, but also among the immigrants who chose to come to Israel alone, without their families, at this particular period of time, and join the elite combatant units of the Israel Defense Forces.”

Stenzler added: “As a central partner in this important project, KKL-JNF is proud of the new immigrants and assures them with its support and promise to accompany them throughout their absorption in the Negev and Galilee, in favor of strengthening the Israeli society.”

Minister of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, Sofa Landver said “it is heartwarming to see young men and women, who despite these challenging times, are leaving their comfortable lives in the Diaspora to make Aliyah and serve and defend the State of Israel." She added that “the Olim who are continuing to move to Israel are strengthening us all, especially these determined young people who will be joining the IDF in combative and significant roles. You are the symbol of Zionism and the future of the State of Israel.”

“I find it profoundly inspiring that we have a 747 jumbo jet filled to capacity with people from the North American Jewish community making Aliyah, especially at such a challenging time,” said Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nefesh B’Nefesh Yehoshua Fass. “To see that Jews everywhere, young and old, religious and secular, are determined to fulfill the dream of helping to build the Jewish State is truly amazing.” he said.

Chair of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky said: “That so many Jews from the West are joining us of their own free will is the best answer to those who still try to destroy us. This flight is yet another step in the ingathering of the exiles, and we look forward to welcoming these new Israelis home.”

Among those present at the festive arrival ceremony at Ben Gurion Airport, were: President of Israel, Reuven (Rubi) Rivlin; Minister of Interior, Gideon Saar; Director-General of the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigration Absorption, Mr. Oded Feuer; Chairman of the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Israel, Natan Sharansky; Chairman of the Board of Directors of KKL-JNF, Effie Stenzler; CEO, Jewish National Fund, Russell Robinson; Chairman of the Israel Scouts Tzofim, Mr. Eli Ben-Yosef and Co-Founders of Nefesh B'Nefesh, Rabbi Yehoshua Fass & Tony Gelbart.

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Israel Ministry of Tourism Tourist Information Centers

Ben Gurion Airport
Entrance Hall
Telephone: 03-9754260
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Opening hours: All the time (24/7)

Jerusalem
Address: Jaffa Gate, Omar Ibn Katab Square in the Old City
Telephone: 02-6280403 ; 02-6271422 ; 02-6260576
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Opening hours: Sat-Thu : 8:30am-5:00pm; Fri: 8:30am-1:00pm

Nazareth
Address: 58 Casanova st.
Telephone: 04-6750555
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Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30am-5:00pm ; Sat. 9:00am-1:00pm

Eilat
Address: 8 Beit Hagesher st.
Telephone: 08-6309111
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Opening hours: Sun-Thu : 8:30am-5:00pm ; Sat. 8:00am-1:00pm

Upper Galilee

Address: 70 Tel Hai Blvd. Kiryat Shemona
Telephone: 04-6817152
Internet site: www.galiland.co.il
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 9:00am-4:00pm
Closed Friday Saturday.


Tiberias
Address: Habanim st. Archaeological Park
Telephone: 04-6725666
Fax: 04-6724489
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Internet site: http://www.tiberias.muni.il/
Opening hours: Sun-Thu : 8:00 -15:45


Nazareth
Address: Han Al Basha Building
Telephone: 04-6106611
Internet site: www.nazarethinfo.org
Opening hours: Mon-Thu: 8:30-17:00
Fri : 8:30-17:00 Sat: 8:30-14:00 Sun: Closed


Jordan Valley
Jordan Valley Regional Council
Address: Comercial Center, Zemah Junction
Telephone: 04-6752727
Fax: 04-6709454
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Internet site: www.ekinneret.co.il
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 8:00am-4:00pm : Fri: 10:00- 12:00 Sat & Holidays: 10:00am-3:00pm


Haifa
Haifa Tourist Association
Address: 48 Ben Gurion st., The German Colony
Telephone: 1-800-305090, 04-8535606
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Internet site: http://tour-haifa.co.il/
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 9:00am-5:00pm : Fri: 09:00am-1:00pm ; Sat: 10:00am-3:00pm


Carmelim
Carmel Beach Regional Council
Kibbutz Ein Carmel
Tel. 04-8136239
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Internet site: www.carmelim.org.il
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 9:00am-4:00pm
Closed Friday Saturday



Carmelim
Address: The Cave Strean Nature Reserve
Telephone: 04-9841750/ *3639
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Internet site: www.parks.org.il
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 8:00am-3:00pm : Fri: 08:00am-3:00pm ; Sat: 8:00am-2:00pm



Netanya
Address: 12 Ha'atzmaut Square, Netanya
Telephone: 1-700-709292 ; 09-8827286
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Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 8:00am-4:00pm


Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv Tourism Association
Address: Tel Aviv Promanade, 46 Herbert Samuel st.
Telephone: 03-5166188
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Internet site: www.visit-tlv.co.il
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 10:00am-5:30pm Fri: 10:00am-2:00pm


Beer Sheva
Address: Abraham Well, 1 Hevron Rd. Beer Sheva
Telephone: 08-6464900
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Internet site: www.beer-sheva.muni.il
Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 8:00am-4:00pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00am-2:00pm


Dead Sea
Tamar Regional Council
Address: Public Solarium, Ein Bokek
Telephone: 08-9975010
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Internet site: www.deadsea.co.il
Opening hours: Sun- Thu: 9:00am-4:00pm Fri: 9:00am- 3:00pm
Sat : Closed


Arad
Address: "Paz" gas station, Industrial erea, Arad
Telephone: 08-9954160
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Internet site: www.deadsea.co.il
Opening hours: Thursday-Saturday, 09:00am-04:00pm


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