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02.09.14
Tel Aviv
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Tel Aviv Culture

There are many exciting and interesting places in Tel Aviv. Depending on your mood and style, you will always have plenty to do and see.

The history of Israel has been short and eventful, whilst the history of the Jewish people, long and complex. With the creation of the State of Israel, the history of the Jewish people is connected with that of the State, seamlessly intertwining moments in time which are old and new, tragic and hopeful.

 

Ben-Gurion House

Rabin Memorial
Begin your day tour in this modest house, home of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, perhaps the most important figure in Israeli Politics. Paula Ben-Gurion donated the Ben-Gurion house to the Municipality of Tel Aviv.
    
 Breakfast

You may enjoy an Israeli Breakfast nearby, or simply have a coffee on your way to your next stop on the Israeli culture tour.

 
Rabin Square

Continue to Rabin Square, named after assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Rabin was the first politician to take the leap into the Palestinian peace process, while public opinion was still uncertain about the move. He introduced the Oslo Agreement, which has since been the basis on which Israeli and Palestinian dialogue may develop. His assassination was one of Israel's greatest social traumas, raising many questions regarding the limits of propaganda in politics and the face of Israeli society.

 
The Hall of Independence
 After leaving Rabin Square, step into the past, to the very first moment in the history of the modern State of Israel. The Independence Hall, a modest large room on Rothschild Blvd is where Israel’s independence was declared.

Stand in the untouched room, left just the way it was, in the moment when, in 1948, when the Jews were finally granted a state of their own.

 
Time for Lunch

After a moving morning, having explored various moments of Jewish and Israeli history, it is time to partake in one of the most popular Jewish traditions – eating! Jewish culture has always made food one of its main elements, whether for comfort when facing a difficult path or for strength and joy. It is now time for lunch!

Your next stop is the Diaspora Museum in Ramat Aviv, so you'll be heading north. You may as well catch a bus or a taxi to Dizengoff Street where you will find many great cafes and restaurants.
If you prefer to pass on the museum, continue south to Florentine, where you can enjoy a more alternative, hip and trendy lunch.


The Jewish Diaspora Museum

Located near Tel Aviv University, the Diaspora Museum is the world’s largest museum focusing on research of the history of the Jewish people. Enjoy intriguing exhibitions and their many events.

If you still have the energy, continue to the nearby Eretz Israel Museum, or see the current exhibitions in the different little museums on the premises.

Another alternative would be to stop at the Ramat Aviv Shopping Center where you can break for coffee and spend a little money on presents for your family and yourself.


Teatime

If you have had enough touring for the day, head back to the center and enjoy tea and a classic Israeli pastry in one Tel Aviv’s many cafes or bakeries.  Rogalach, a miniature chocolate croissant, or a Gviniya, a miniature cheese pastry, are popular and tasty Israeli baked goods.

Israeli’s often eat a meat meal at lunch and then enjoy a lighter dinner. Visit The Carlton’s Red & Green Pepper Restaurant for a light evening meal of omelet, salad and cheeses - a classic Israeli dinner.