Tel Aviv neighborhood ranked 15th coolest worldwide

Kerem Hateimanim and Shuk HaCarmel in Tel Aviv ranked 15th overall in Time Out magazine’s rankings of the world’s coolest neighborhoods.

“Kerem Hateimanim is a progressive hotbed of sun-chapped surfers, strolling Filipino caretakers, hungry foodies, global nomadic types and ageless Yemenites hawking home-cooked deliciousness straight out of their ground-floor kitchens,” the magazine wrote.

“A smattering of the quaint one-storey buildings have been swapped out for sleek apartment complexes, but the Kerem’s authenticity has remained, flanked on one side by a glittering stretch of Mediterranean Sea and on the other by the sprawling Shuk HaCarmel: Tel Aviv’s best known market and the neighbourhood’s coolest hangout,” it continued.

Israelis increasingly vacationing

in Sinai

More than 1 million Israelis have crossed the Taba border between Eilat and Egypt in 2019 — a 30% increase — as vacationing in the Sinai has become more popular, Globesreported.

The Israel Airports Authority said it expects about 150,000 tourists to visit the peninsula during the upcoming Jewish holidays, even though the Egyptian army is fighting multiple terrorist groups there, including the Islamic State. That will include about 35,000 visitors between Sept. 25 and Oct. 1 around Rosh Hashanah and 20,000 before around Yom Kippur.

Tourism to Egypt is impacting domestic tourism, according to an Authority report.

Armenia to open embassy in

Tel Aviv

Armenia said on Sept. 19 that it plans to open an embassy in Tel Aviv — the 90th overall in Israel — by the start of 2020, a sign of improving relations between the country and Israel, The Jerusalem Postreported.

“Israel is an important player in the Middle East,” Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanian said in a cabinet meeting. “The opening of the embassy will contribute to the deepening of bilateral relations and protection of Armenia’s interests in the region.”

The move is seen as strengthening the Armenian Apostolic Church’s presence in Israel.

A reciprocal move by Israel to open an embassy in Yerevan was welcomed, Mnatsakanian said.

Foreign Minister Israel Katz said Armenia’s announcement was a “significant step in the development of bilateral relations” between the two states.

Formal diplomatic relations were established between Israel and Armenia in 1992, but Armenia’s ties with Iran and Israel’s relationship with Armenia’s foe Azerbaijan have put a damper on things. In recent years, the relationship warmed, with officials from each country visiting each other.

Celeb chef raps for sandwich money

With a goal of raising money to provide sandwiches for financially challenged Israeli schoolchildren, celebrity Israeli chef Eyal Shani rapped in a YouTube video, JTA reported.

“There are some things that, for them, I am ready to sing,” he says at the start of the video.

Shani was rapping on behalf of NEVET: Sandwich For Every Child. NEVET, which means sprout, is an organization that provides sandwiches each day for thousands of children. It was founded by Leket Israel, a food rescue group.

Shani, who was a judge on Israel’s Master Chef, is known for his restaurant chain Miznon, with branches in New York, Paris, Vienna and Melbourne. In 2019, he opened a branch of his HaSalon restaurant in New York City. JN

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