by Canadian Ginger (AKA D’Vora Charness)
ISRAEL NEEDS SUNDAYS! I love my life here, don’t get me wrong, but there isn’t enough ‘down time’ in this country. I am a very active person and I like to get involved in many things at the same time. I have always been like that. Always active on campus and within the community, but at least in Montreal I had a real weekend to sit back and relax with friends and NAP! Oh how I miss napping!
This year I am graduating from the IDC in Communications, working part time as an English tutor (because let’s face it, I need money!), working as a Research Assistant for my professor, I was accepted to two Fellowship programs (Stand With us Fellowships and Link Israel Fellowships) which takes up a lot of time between meetings and projects and trips, and of course writing for SDM! I love everything that I do, and I cannot imagine dropping anything from my list. BUT A GIRL NEEDS A BREAK! And let’s face it, the weekends here aren’t really a break because they start Thursday night, which here is considered like Saturday night. So it’s party night! Meaning I am out until 5 in the morning, after having been in school and work all day, sleep in Friday if I can, and hopefully don’t wake up hung over. Cook and clean for Shabbat. Everything here closes early, so buses stop running and malls and shops close a couple of hours before the Sabbath comes in, meaning everything is always rushed! Dinner with friends is then at 7 and goes on until all kinds of crazy hours of the morning! Saturdays are meant for getting schoolwork done or lying on the beach. Half the time we will go out Saturday nights, the other half is spent just hanging around until 3am. Go to sleep, and then wake up early Sunday to start my hectic week of meetings, projects, work, hanging out, presentations and if I can manage to fit it in, shopping, all over again! I am in desperate need of a Sunday here! One day off just isn’t enough!
Arisa- If you’re planning on visiting Tel-Aviv soon, make sure that ARISA party is going on.
The first oriental gay party takes place once a month, generally at the Comfort 13 club, attracts gays from all-over the country and hosts a different oriental artist each party. Lately, they have started combining a colorful ceremony taken from the Israeli’s wedding culture- The Henna- which makes this night totally unforgettable.
FFF – Shirazi’s eternal line usually happens every second Friday at Haoman 17, and plays house music till the sun rises. The FFF is being named as Tel-Aviv’s best gay party almost every year – with magnificent decoration, breath-taking performances and muscular guys and it just keeps getting better. No wonder it owns the throne.
Dreck- Great electro-pop music and gorgeous guys are the reason why Tel-Aviv’s weekend starts on Wednesday night. The party-line became the city-talk almost overnight hosting different DJ’s who makes the dance floor moves.
Forever Tel-Aviv – 6 years had passed since “Forever Tel-Aviv”’s first party, and its still considered as one of Tel-Aviv’s finest parties. “Forever Tel-Aviv” hosts the well-known Israeli DJ, DJ Offer Nissim, who produces house music in mostly tribal, hard and progressive styles, and who had remixed a large repertoire of artists. These parties’ productions are always shiny; combining local artists and talents and makes the night larger than life.
PAG – This electro-house music party line started his way 8 years ago, and moved between 5 different clubs, till today, when it’s finally located at the ZIZI club. The party line usually happens every second Friday. The party owners always put all their efforts to turn every party to a night-to-remember; Different DJ’s from all over the world , spectacular and unique production in each party, and sleazy-underground feeling that words definitely cannot tell makes the PAG a must try, even if you’re straight.
Written by Liron Levy, travel agent at “Gayway”- gay Tel Aviv travel agency
Who is Eilad Cohen ?
Eliad Cohen (born May 11, 1988) is an Israeli producer, actor, model, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Gay-ville. He is best known for his role as presenter of the Arisa party line and also for being chosen as the cover of the Spartacus International Gay Guide for the 2011-2012 issue. Eliad was born on May 11, 1988 in Akko, Israel. After completing high school, Eliad served in the Israel Defense Forces in an elite combat unit for three years. After completing his army service, Eliad moved to Tel Aviv where he began his modeling career. Eliad is openly gay
You describe yourself as a Producer, Actor, Model and Entrepreneur. Which one is your favourite ?
My favourite role is being an Entrepreneur. It’s exciting. It’s constantly changing and your achievements are based on how much effort you have put in.
Each day is totally different from the other. I learn a lot, and I see my future as a busisnessman.
My business partners and I created something from scratch, and it gives me great fullfillment to see it grow.
Do you feel it’s important to promote Israel abroad? If so, why ?
I feel it is very important to show the world how Israel is a very liberal and modern country.
Many tourists who come here for the first time are totally shocked with what they see, in comparison to what they expect.
Tel Aviv is one of the gayest cities in the world. Two guys walking hand in hand is not something out of the ordinary. When I travel around the world, I get a lot of positive feedbacks from people who have visited Tel Aviv, and frompeople who heard about it from their friends.
On the other hand, there are still people who see Israel only in the media and all they see are negative reviews. Some of them think that instead of taxis you ride on camels.
What was your reaction when you were chosen to be on the cover of Sparacus ?
When spartacus approached me I was new in Tel Aviv and I did not know who they were. Once someone explained to me that they are most popular gay guide in the world, I got very excited. I was proud that the chai symbol, which I have on my necklace and is a Jewish symbol, was on the cover of an international gay guide. I got many supportive messages from people around the world.
You have many videos promoting a party called “Arisa” tell us about it
Arisa is the first oriental music party for gay people. We made the first video on January 2011, and it was a huge success all over the world.
After we understood that the video is popular, we made other videos with more actors, dancers and with famous Israeli singers.
I think the success of the Arisa videos is that they are short, funny and sexy.
The Arisa Party line travelled to Brazil… what was the reaction of the crowd?
At the first show in Sao paulo, we did not know what to expect from the Brazilian crowd. How would thye react to the oriental music? We were amazed to see 1500 brazilians at the party singing our songs together with us. Click here to watch
You’ve recently started a website called “Gay-Ville.com” What exactly is it ?
Gay-ville is a website which helps gay traveler, by renting their own apartments to other gay people when they’re out of town.
My friends and I travel all the time, and we were always trying to figure out how we could travel even more. We also noticed that many of our friends were looking for the same things when they travel. We all go to large gay-friendly cities around the world — Berlin, Madrid, Tel Aviv, NY, Rio — and in these cities we want to stay in the gay neighborhood. We want to feel free to do what we like — we want a gay-friendly environment where we can be ourselves. We want to meet lots of people, have a great time and share our travel experience together. We don’t need to spend $500 a night on a fancy hotel to have a good time. What for? Many times we travel in groups of friends and if we can share an apartment for half the price and stay twice as long it’s much better. So, whenever we travel we are always looking for a local to show us around and tell us about the hot spots.
What we realized is that everyone wanted the same thing. And, that that there was no other site dedicated to providing this service.
So we came up with Gay-ville. On our site you can plan start your whole gay travel experience. We’ll tell you what’s happening in each city, find an apartment or room in a gay area, allow you to rent out your own apartment while you are away to subsidize your trip (so your apartment pays your trip – this way you can travel more!) and give you a safe and friendly way to connect to locals and other travelers just like you.
And of course, does Size Matter ? (In relation to Israel size of course)
I don’t think so…