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Tel Aviv University

Tel Aviv University

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A short visit to Tel Aviv University in Ramat Aviv, a neighborhood in the north of Tel Aviv, can be a fun experience, thanks to the lively campus atmosphere and some of the interesting buildings scattered around.

Tel Aviv University is the biggest university in Israel and the biggest Jewish center for academic studies in the world. One of the main attractions here is the Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, a.k.a as Beth Hatefutsoth. It tells the story of 2,500 years of Jewish history since the expulsion from the land of Israel until the present day. The Jewish existence in different parts of the world is expressed in 3D reconstructions, documentary films, audio-visual shows and other forms of media. The permanent exhibition covers three floors and shows the daily life of Jewish people in the Diaspora. Telling this special story, Beth Hatefutsoth has evolved into far more than a museum – it touches the lives of Jews throughout the world, and as such is truly worthy of the “Museum of the Jewish People” title.

Another interesting building is the Cymbalista Synagogue and Jewish Heritage Center. This unique building is marked by twin columns, containing an orthodox synagogue and an auditorium. These columns symbolize the attempt to bridge the secular and religious streams in current Israeli society.

Tel-Aviv University runs a guided campus tour every Monday. The tour reviews Israeli architecture as demonstrated throughout the campus, including styles, international influences, stories of buildings and architects and landscape design.

Outside the campus Territory of Tel Aviv University there is another attraction – since a part of the university was built on a hill, the eastern entrance offers visitors some great panoramic views of the northern end of the city. It is definitely a nice spot to end this part of your tour.

Description: A journey to Tel Aviv university campus offers the Jewish Diaspora museum, the Cymbalista Synagogue and a nice panoramic view of the northern end of the city.

Gan Hahashmal one of the coolest neighborhoods in Tel Aviv

Gan Hahashmal one of the coolest neighborhoods in Tel Aviv

Gan Hahashmal (Electricity Garden) is one of the coolest neighborhoods in Tel Aviv. Once the location of Tel Aviv's central power plant, followed by few dark years, in which this small park surrounded by elegant, late-Ottoman-era houses hosted some of the city's alternative activities, it now houses some Tel Aviv’s indie-fashion crowd who chose to live, work, create and party there. The Collective 6940 is a group of designers who settled into the Gan HaHashmal area with their design studios and stores that inhabit the few blocks around the central garden. The group is also responsible for several cultural events throughout the year, offering live music, dancing, group yoga, art exhibitions and - shopping. The Gan Hahashmal miniature quarter, spreading between the streets of Allenby, Yehuda Halevy, Barzilay & Hahashmal, boasts of cutting-edge boutiques, studios of apparel and accessory designers, restaurants, cafes and nighttime entertainment options. Some of the most recommended are: Bar & Music: Levontin 7 is the name (and address) of one of the coolest bars-music venue in Tel Aviv. Now in its 2nd year, it hosts a wide selection of eclectic music performances of local and foreign Rock, Jazz and Indie musicians and bands. To find our more, you can go to - http://www.myspace.com/levontine7 (Tel: 972-3-5605084). Shopping: Uzbek-born Helena Blaunstein designs an eclectic women’s clothing line for her store Frau Blau (8 HaHashmal St.; 972-3-5601735; www.fraublau.com). With their vibrant colors, patchwork patterns, and fitted, feminine shapes, her clothes have a vintage edge paired with a decidedly 21st-century playfulness.

The Magnificent Great Synagogue of Tel Aviv: A Must-See for Visitors and Locals

The Magnificent Great Synagogue of Tel Aviv: A Must-See for Visitors and Locals

Tel Aviv, one of the most vibrant cities in the Middle East, is home to many architectural wonders, including the Great Synagogue. Situated in the heart of Tel Aviv, this synagogue is a must-see for anyone interested in Jewish history, architecture, and culture. The Great Synagogue of Tel Aviv, the building was designed by Yehuda Magidovitch in 1922 and completed in 1926, just a few years after the establishment of Tel Aviv as a city. It was designed by Yehuda Magidovitch, a Russian-born architect who studied in Moscow and worked in Europe before immigrating to Palestine. Magidovitch was known for his eclectic style, combining elements of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and neo-classical architecture. His design for the Great Synagogue reflects this style, with its elegant facade, soaring dome, and intricate details. As one approaches the Great Synagogue, the first thing that strikes the eye is the grandiose entrance. The entrance, with its towering columns and ornate decorations, is a nod to the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. Above the entrance, there is a large round window that lets in light and gives the synagogue an airy feel. Once inside the synagogue, visitors are greeted with a grand hall that is both spacious and intimate. The hall is filled with light from the large windows and the magnificent chandelier that hangs from the ceiling. The walls are decorated with murals and mosaics that depict scenes from Jewish history and tradition. The focal point of the Great Synagogue is the Aron Kodesh, the holy ark that contains the Torah scrolls. The Aron Kodesh is located in the center of the eastern wall and is adorned with beautiful carvings and decorations. Above the Aron Kodesh, there is a large dome that is supported by pillars and decorated with intricate patterns. The Great Synagogue of Tel Aviv is not only a place of worship but also a center of Jewish culture and community. It hosts concerts, lectures, and other events that celebrate Jewish heritage and traditions. The synagogue is also home to the Tel Aviv Museum of Jewish Art, which has a collection of Judaica and Jewish-themed art from around the world. In conclusion, the Great Synagogue of Tel Aviv is a magnificent example of Jewish architecture and culture. Its elegant facade, grand hall, and intricate details make it a must-see for anyone interested in Jewish history and culture. Whether you are a visitor to Tel Aviv or a local resident, a visit to the Great Synagogue is sure to be a memorable experience.

Shenkin Street - one of the most popular Tel Aviv streets

Shenkin Street - one of the most popular Tel Aviv streets

Shenkin (Sheinkin) St. has been considered a local attraction for over 20 years, and one of the most popular Tel Aviv tourist attractions. The street that epitomized the "Tel Aviv Spirit" and from which the most exciting mainstream and alternative music, theater and dance groups emerged during the 80s, has become more conservative in recent years, but still offers some of the best Tel Aviv stores and coffee shops. A proof of its lasting popularity can be found in its recent portrayal as the background (if not an actual character) in the successful Eytan Fox & Gal Uchovsky feature film – The Bubble (2006). Not ready to give up its mythic status in the Tel Aviv consciousness, and since very little of the culture center's fame has actually remained in the street, a massive amount of great stores and cafes have managed to keep that ever stimulating street alive. If it is clothes shopping you're looking for, you've come to the right place. Some of the leading Israeli designers chose Shenkin for their stores: Ronen Chen (49 Sheinkin St.), Naama Bezalel and Banot – Lulu Liam (40 Sheinkin St.) are just few examples. For accessories and jewelry don't miss the world famous jewelry designer Michal Negrin (37 Sheinkin St.) or Daniella Lehavi (35 Sheinkin St.), who's famous for her leather bags and shoes. Not quite ready to give up on culture? Pay a visit to Krembo, the ever-trendy music shop on 18 Shenkin St. The Western part of Shenkin, closer to the Carmel Market and Allenby, features many shoe stores, among which you'll find some global brands as well (Camper, Aldo & Adidas, to name a few) but with all the original Israeli offerings, why bother? By now you probably need to sit down and calm down a bit. A nice place to catch your breath is Ginat Shenkin, the tiny park located half way thru the street. Another option is one of the many coffee shops, starting from one of the Tel Aviv cultural landmarks – Café Tamar (57 Sheinkin St.) that has been serving stale coffee to a mix of Israel's top politicians, journalists and artists for over 40 years. Sus Etz (20 Sheinkin St.) and Aroma (30 Sheinkin St.) are other options for a nice coffee break. But if you're slightly hungrier than that, don't miss Orna and Ella, without a doubt the best restaurant on the street. Virtual tour of Shenkin Street >>

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