Day 7: Culture

Just like Israeli food and music, the Israeli culture (TV, movies and arts) is the essence of the melting pot. With influences from east and west, Israel is a multi-cultural place.

Lots of people tend to associate Jewish culture with Israeli culture (how many of you are imagining Israelis dance to the music of “hava nagila” when you see the words Israeli culture?). Judaism (or lack of it) is a major influence in this huge melting pot, but it’s only one ingredient. I encourage you to find out more ingredients and I’ll try to give you different point of view of the Israeli culture today. Check out my top 5 lists below.


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TV series “Homeland” is based on an Israeli TV series named “Hatufim” (lit. kidnapped). As well as the TV shows “In treatment”, “traffic lights” and “the Ex list”.


Soldiers from Zero Motivation

1. Gett (2014) - In Israel,only rabbis can legitimate a divorce, but must have full consent from the husband.One woman has been applying for divorce for three years, but her husband Elisha will not agree.
2. Zero Motivation (2014) – A unit of female Israeli soldiers at a remote desert base bide their time as they count down the minutes until they can return to civilian life.
3. Betlechem (2013) - The story of the complex relationship between an Israeli Secret Service officer and his teenage Palestinian informant.
4. Footnote (2011) - A father and his son are rival professors in Talmudic Studies. When both men learn that only one will be lauded for his work, their complicated relationship reaches a new peak.
5. Sweet mud (2006) - Set in mid-70's,12-year old Dvir Avni navigates between the equality values of his home-born Kibbutz and the relationship with his mother, whom the Kibbutz members denounce.


Gay Parade in Tel Aviv

Holiday of Holidays in Tel Aviv


1. Gay Parade in Tel Aviv- The biggest gay parade in Israel and even in all Asia!  With tens and even hundreds thousands of people participating- you don’t want to miss this happening that celebrates pride and equality to everyone.
2. International film festival in Haifa- Each year on Sukkot, Haifa hosts one of the important film festivals in Israel. Movie screenings, workshops and lectures from screenwriters and even music concerts!
3. Nekudat Maga in The Israel Museum in Jerusalem- nekudat maga in Hebrew means point of contact. Once a year on a fool moon night, the museum opens its gates at night. You can walk around the different exhibitions, listen to lectures by local artists and just absorb the culture that surrounds you.
4. inDnegev – festival of indie (independent) music and arts in the Negev (hence the name). The festivals held annually in October, near Kibbutz G’vulut. 
5. The holiday of the holidays in Haifa- in the city of Haifa Jews, Muslims and Christians are living together, side by side and on December we mention three holidays of three different religions: Hanukkah, Christmas and the month of  Ramadan (although the Ramadan falls on a different month each year).  


Farmer's Market in Tel Aviv promenade

1. Mamila mall in Jerusalem- Located between the old city and the city center. An open mall with spectacular view of the old city.
2. Shook  Machne Yehuda – The perfect Israeli  market experience! You can find there food stands, deli,  and even jewelry. 
3. Shook  Nachalat Binyamin- The market is open only Tuesdays and Fridays and it’s an artist’s market- don’t miss it!
4. Farmers market in Tel Aviv’s promenade - When you think of Israel, you think of the freshness of the vegetables and fruit and you can definitely find it in Tel Aviv’s farmers market. 
5. Flea markets all across Israel - Jaffa, on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv, Ashdod, Haifa, Ramle, Karmiel- all amazing markets who sell vintage clothing, furniture and lots more! 

  • Angela Krozy - Masada

  • Neal Green - Dead Sea

  • Robert Hurwitz - Maccabi Games

  • Matt Kaplan - Masada

  • Lynn Green - Tel Aviv

  • Gerson Kaplan - Ba'had

  • Janet and Richard Schreibstein - Jerusalem

  • Emily Kader - Kinneret

Purchase Olive Oil Made in Israel

Maryland importer Israeli Harvest imports organic olive oil from Makura Farm located in the Carmel region close to the home of the Howard County Federation's Israel Shlicha, Carmel Nitsani. Israeli Harvest will deliver olive oil orders to the Federation office when the oil arrives in April and will contribute 15% of proceeds to the federation. Order online here.


This project was compiled by Carmel Nitsani,

Jewish Federation of Howard County 2014-15 Shlicha