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Florentine – a hip neighborhood in the southern part of Tel Aviv
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Florentine – a hip neighborhood in the southern part of Tel Aviv

Florentine – a hip neighborhood in the southern part of Tel Aviv

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Florentine is a very hip neighborhood in the southern part of Tel Aviv. It has lively nightlife and a wide selection of bars, cafes and nightclubs, which attract young as well as more mature crowd. Florentine is located between Neve Tzedek and Jaffa, and is named after David Florentine, a Zionist leader from Greece, and the founding father of the neighborhood, back in 1927.

Metushelach Restaurant in Florentine

Florentine has been attracting many young residents for the last decade. First they used to come there because it was simply cheaper than the center of the city, but nowadays Florentine is considered to be a center for young artists and musicians, who create a village-like atmosphere. At the same time, some of the old traditional spirit of Florentine remains and many small synagogues can be spotted, as a symbol for the mixture of old and new this neighborhood possess.

Florentine is a lively quarter which offers selection of long-established small family restaurants.  Elimelech (43 Ha’aliya St.) has been known since 1936 for its traditional Jewish food, and other small restaurants are all around the place. Another culinary must in Florentine is the small bakeries scattered throughout the area, which serve delicious Borekas (filled pastries) and other traditional snacks.

In the morning Florentine acts as a busy commercial center, but at sunset the worn out streets turn into a nightlife center. Some of the best nightclubs and bars of the city are located in Florentine. “Haoman 17” nightclub (88 Abarbanel St.) hosts some of the best dance Djs in the world every weekend. Other options include live rock bands at the “BarbY” (52 Kibbutz Galuyot St.), live Reggae acts at the “Slow Moshe” (4 Hamechoga St.) and many more. Finding bars in Florentine is quite an easy task. You can visit “Bugsy” (26 Florentine St.), which serves great breakfasts at daytime, “Lenny’s” (7 Vital St.), which is the residents’ favorite, or what seems to be the last “Rockers” bar in Tel Aviv, “Satchmo” (6 Vital St.)

The closest hotels to Florentine are Dan Panorama and David Intercontinental, located next to the beach, just minutes away from this hip artistic nightlife center.

The Spot Hostel - Celebrate Tel Aviv!

The Spot Hostel - Celebrate Tel Aviv!

People who come to celebrate the city will especially enjoy the Spot Hotel. Even when you don't feel like hitting the town, the Spot's common spaces are great places to stay. The atmosphere in the space you will find here is urban and friendly, sit down over a beer or coffee and connect. If there is no kitchen and no one cooks and shares food, what is the point of staying in a hostel? This is certainly the case with THE SPOT. With amazing produce available (also nearby - at the permanent port market, the port market, as well as the weekly farmers' market), you can't go wrong with an Israeli salad, shakshuka or watermelon with Bulgarian feta cheese. COWORKING work space The spot offers you to work in the common work space, equipped with desks, chairs, strong coffee, plenty of WiFi and an ideal atmosphere for doing work. The space is open to both guests and locals, so it's a great place to network and find new partners. bar In an atmosphere that feels authentic Tel Aviv, you can enjoy good drinks (and non-alcoholic snacks). The spot bar is the perfect place to start or end your night. The Lobby From our helpful staff to information sheets and information on display and other travelers, THE SPOT's lobby is packed with comfortable sofas and special corners so you can pick up tips for Tel Aviv and trips around Israel. Share stories, plan trips and excursions, or just relax with a drink and a good book. Watch a dance performance or a stand-up show, listen to Israeli artists and local bands playing originals or covers, exercise your mind with an important lecture or workshop and much more. With exciting events held at THE SPOT and throughout Tel Aviv, our programming covers the whole spectrum. Screening room You can enjoy a special screening of a popular TV show or a high-intensity sports event while watching the latest Israeli or international movie. Every day, the screenings change depending on what's going on, so you can learn more about a new culture or cheer on your favorite team. Address: Port of Tel Aviv, 3 Ha'Mosha Street, Tel Aviv

The Scots Hotel Tiberias story

The Scots Hotel Tiberias story

The story about the Scots Hotel St. Andrew's -a famous hotel in Tiberias The Scots Hotel St. Andrew's is a hotel in Tiberias, Israel that is owned and managed by the Church of Scotland. The hotel was founded in 1885 by David Watt Torrance, a 23 year old surgeon from Airdrie, Scotland, in order to set up the Scottish "Mission of the Jews" in the Holy Land. The hotel is open to all regardless of race, creed, class or color. The David Building was a hospital that was opened on 1st January 1894. Present at the opening ceremony were the local Chief Rabbi, the Governor, the Muslim Mufti, the Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox priests, the local Chief Judge and many others from the local communities. The song a hymn in Arabic and a prayer was said. The governor and Mrs. Torrance performed the opening ceremony. initially, the hospital offered general care, and later became a maternity Hospital. in 1959, with the opening of a new state-run hospital it was no longer needed. it was closed down and re-opened two years later as a hospice for pilgrims, which later developed into a guest house. The policy of welcoming everybody regardless of race, creed or color initiated by Torrance is still in force. Local people have stayed and eaten breakfast in the room in which they first sow the light of day when it was the delivery room. in the summer, Torrance would travel amongst the nomadic peoples and in the cooler months they would travel to Tiberias. On one occasion, a huge Bedouin warrior was seen crawling on his hands and knees up the stairs to the wards because he had never seen a two-story buildings before The port of the upstairs lounge area was once an operating theatre with huge windows providing good light. The Ceilidh Bar and other rooms either side of it at the head of the stairs were the wards, female on the left, male on the right, Muslim in the middle. There were eight beds in each ward and six cots distributed as required. Torrance held weekly services in Arabic and English. They were received sometimes with silence, sometimes with abuse and sometimes with response and debate. Torrance believed however, that real communication of the Gospel came in the unconditional acceptance of the sick. From the roof terrace, one can see the mixed nature of old Tiberias with the Great Mosque, St.Peter's Roman Catholic Church and several Synagogues. The modern high-rise hotels show that Tiberias has become a town built on tourism. Rev. Andrew Bonar who was in the original exploratory team of 1839 predicted, "Tiberias will one day become one of the most important winter resorts in the world". Tiberias now has over 6000 hotel beds with more being added. The Scots Hotel contributes 140 beds to the total, and through the ethos of the place provides Christian hospitality to all people regardless of race. The old church building is a place of worship that has been the central focus of the spiritual life of the mission since about 1930. The building was originally a school, but was turned into a church sanctuary in the 1890s. The church is named after St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland. David Torrance was a doctor who moved to Tiberias to help the people there. He was very successful and helped a lot of people, even though it was difficult. He had a lot of children, some of whom became doctors too. David Torrance was a missionary who served in the Tiberias Mission. He was ordained a missionary minister by Glasgow Presbytery in 1895. His main tasks were in educational work, both formal and religious. John Soutar was also a missionary who served in the Tiberias Mission. He is buried in the same graveyard as David Torrance. The Beach Tower is part of the old city wall that was first laid on this site by the Crusaders. Donna Gracia, a Portuguese Jew, rebuilt the walls with the help of her nephew. In the 18th century, the Bedouin leader Daher Al Omar rebuilt the walls again. Part of the original Roman city wall can still be seen over by the hot springs. By the time Dr. Torrance arrived, the city was squashed into the 34 acres that the Crusaders had walled in after the earthquake of 1034. The city was under Turkish control and administered by a local Arab Governor. Because of this structure, the locals thought that Torrance would never be allowed to own land or build a hospital. The Turkish authorities were suspicious of anything that missionaries did. Torrance obtained all the land he wanted by means of regular conversations with the owner who was a Mufti, a local Muslim leader. Torrance never expressed an interest in the land but was finally offered it for 60 British Pounds. He immediately built two residences, one for the minister in 1891 and one for himself a year later. For a hospital building, a special deed of permission (a firman) was needed. The book is about a doctor named Torrance who goes to Constantinople to help people. He is able to do this because he is a very determined person and because he has the support of the local officials. He is seen as a very compassionate person and is one of the first healers to work in that area in a long time. He attributes his skills to his faith in Christ. The Manse is a house that was built in 1890. It is a big house with many rooms. It became a hospital for women and children in 1921. A Turkish man bought the land for the hospital, but he decided it was too hot in Tiberias so he sold it cheaply to Torrance. The Present It is unthinkable that any church would voluntarily abandon work on the shore of the Lake that saw so much of Jesus' ministry. The potential for the site to be used for the furtherance of the Kingdom is so huge that the response needed to be one of great vision. in 1999 the General Assembly of the church of Scotland overwhelmingly caught the vision. We are now at the beginning of fulfilling that vision. By erecting a new building and refurbishing and upgrading the existing ones, we are now in a position to offer Christian hospitality to all - pilgrims from overseas and groups and individuals from Israel who seek rest and opportunity for reflection in conditions of unsurpassed comfort and service. The gardens have been landscaped and replanted with a variety of flowers and trees. The views from almost everywhere on the premises are wonderful, whether they be of the Lake and the Golan Heights beyond (on clear winter days even snow covered Mount Hermon looking like a long low cloud is visible) or of Bereniki and the Swiss Forest above the town. Situated as it is, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, the Scots Hotel is ideally positioned for exploration of the north of Israel whether it be holy sites associated with the birth of Christianity, ancient sites that speak of the history of this land and region or the wonders of creation in the spring flowers and migrating birds. The Church of Scotland is a branch of Christianity that started in Scotland. It is also known as "The Kirk" and people in it are called Presbyterians. The Church of Scotland believe in democracy and that everyone is equal in the eyes of God.

Haifa, Israel: A Cultural, Historic, and Natural Gem in the North

Haifa, Israel: A Cultural, Historic, and Natural Gem in the North

Haifa, the third-largest city in Israel, is a beautiful destination for travelers looking for a mix of culture, history, and stunning landscapes. Located in the northern part of the country, Haifa is known for its picturesque beaches, stunning mountain views, and a diverse population that creates a unique blend of cultures. Botanica Haifa Resort is one of many hotels in the city. One of the most popular attractions in Haifa is the Baha'i Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features a series of terraced gardens with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. The gardens are a must-visit for any traveler to Haifa, as they offer a peaceful and serene atmosphere that is perfect for relaxation and contemplation. Another top attraction in Haifa is the Stella Maris Monastery, located on the slopes of Mount Carmel. This historic site dates back to the 12th century and is considered one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Holy Land. Visitors can explore the monastery and take in the breathtaking views of the city and the sea from the top of the mountain. For history buffs, a visit to the National Maritime Museum is a must. This museum is located in the restored 18th-century mansion of the governor of the city and showcases the history of the Mediterranean Sea, with a focus on the history of the port of Haifa. Visitors can explore the museum's extensive collection of artifacts and exhibits, including ship models, paintings, and navigational instruments. If you're looking for a more cultural experience, the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art is a unique attraction in Haifa. This museum is the only one of its kind in the Middle East and features a collection of over 7,000 Japanese art pieces, including paintings, ceramics, and textiles. The museum is located in a beautiful historic building that was once a private residence, and visitors can also enjoy the peaceful garden and tea room. Finally, no trip to Haifa would be complete without a visit to the city's bustling downtown area. This vibrant neighborhood is full of shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions, including the Haifa Museum of Art, which features a diverse collection of contemporary art from both Israeli and international artists. Visitors can also explore the bustling Carmel Market, where vendors sell fresh produce, spices, and other local goods. In conclusion, Haifa is a unique travel destination that offers a blend of history, culture, and stunning natural beauty. Whether you're interested in exploring the city's historic sites or soaking up the sun on the beach, Haifa has something for everyone. The Baha'i Gardens, Stella Maris Monastery, National Maritime Museum, Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art, and downtown area are all must-visit spots for any traveler to Haifa.

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