Yesterday, Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot reported that key business leaders are scoping out locations for a brand new Olympic-sized hockey arena in Israel. The announcement follows up the great work a Canadian philanthropist, Sidney Greenberg, has already undertaken in funding a Jewish-Arab hockey school in northern Israel.
Up for consideration are Bat Yam, Rishon Lezion, and Netanya – all locations inside Israel’s heavily-populated central region. For Israeli hockey players (many of whom were born and raised in Canada), the current drive to Metulla in the northern Galilee (site of the Canada Centre – Israel’s only full-sized hockey rink) proves a challenge.
A second arena would not only cut short the commute for players – it would help expand the growing Israel Ice Hockey Federation, which currently has ten senior-level teams throughout Israel. Check out the video below, and see for yourself how Israelis are quickly picking up the sport Canadians have known and loved for generations.
About 20 of Tel Aviv’s best restaurants offered generous samples of their fare to some 300,000 people during the four-day Taam Ha’ir, or Taste of the City, an annual gourmet food festival. Another 50 booths sold drinks and ingredients for home cooking, and there were children’s workshops and charity sales.
The 15-year-old festival was held last year in Haifa, but it returned to Tel Aviv’s Yehoshua Park for four tasty evenings in June.
We took a bite of some of the cuisine available, starting with beef over home fries in coffee sauce made by the chefs of Poike, and ending at El Babur, located outside the Arab-Israeli city of Nazareth and renowned for its gourmet Arab dishes such as ground lamb skewered on a long cinnamon stick.
More than 150 artists from Israel, worldwide to showcase their work at Sultan’s Pool this month
The 36th annual Jerusalem International Arts and Crafts Fair will showcase works by more than 150 artists from Israeland around the world at Sultan’s Pool in the Old City on August 15-27.
Known as “Khutzot Hayotzer” in Hebrew and named after the small arts and crafts lane open year-round at the foot of the Old City Walls, the festival will feature two main artist stalls: The Israeli Pavilion, housing works including paintings, ceramics, metalwork, jewelry, textiles and weaving by more than 150 of Israel’s finest artists; and the International Pavilion, including works by artists from North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as a special aboriginal art exhibition from Australia.
The festival will also include an international food fair serving exotic dishes from various countries around the Middle East, as well as various theater, dance and musical performances, including Gidi Gov (August 15), Hadag Nachash (August 21), Mosh Ben Ari (August 22) and Ivri Lider (August 27), among others, at the main stage at Sultan’s Pool beginning at 9:30 pm.
“The International Arts and Crafts Fair is one of Jerusalem’s most popular festivals,” says Haim Gutin, Israel commissioner for Tourism, North and South America. “And in its 36th year, the festival has helped put Jerusalem on the map as one of the world’s leading destinations for art and culture.”
The festival’s Bezalel Compound will include an animation and indie-film presentation alongside artistic works of design, painting, sculpture, pottery, glass, metal, photography and fashion from the famous Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design.
For more information, visit http://artfair.jerusalem.muni.il