Wildlife returns

There are no Israelis or tourists on the beaches of Eilat because of the coronavirus pandemic.  A herd of wild mountain goats took advantage of their absence to have a look around. And (see facebook) an unusual family of flyers took advantage of the reduction in air traffic at Ben Gurion Airport.

More on-line culture

Israel’s NoCamels recommends some more virtual websites for cultural activities during the coronavirus lockdown.  They include the Tower of David Museum in Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv Art Studio (Facebook videos), On-line classes at the Tel Aviv University, and Travel Trailer Israel.

Keeping fit on-line

This article summarizes six Israel-based startups offering online workout tools that can help prevent your transition from fitness fanatic to couch potato. They are Fitness22 , EyeClick ,  WizeCare BlazePod, FitMyTime,and MoonRun. The last 3 appear here for the first time.

A marathon in his own living room

Israeli marathon runner Gazcho Fanta decided to continue his training regime while under lockdown. Fanta, who holds the Israeli record for the 50km, ran 5,349 laps of his living room to complete the marathon distance in 3hrs 50mins.

Things to do while stuck in quarantine

Israel21c has produced a summary of the opportunities that self-isolation provides for you to indulge in all those things you never have time for.  VeryGoodNewsIsrael recommends the Virtual tour around Israel. And COVID-19 hasn’t stopped the Hula Valley bird migration.

Fun things for kids (and adults) in isolation

Ideas include (Israeli) board games, virtual art, yoga, cooking, virtual museum tours (e.g.Tel Aviv ), weird science (e.g.Weizmann Institute’s channel) and virtual theaters and (e.g.) concerts.

The Jerusalem Street Orchestra goes virtual

The Jerusalem Street Orchestra serenades Israel and the world from their homes bringing joy, hope and comfort in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Idan Raichel livestreams to 400,000

More than 400,000 people from around the world tuned in to watch renowned Israeli musician Idan Raichel’s livestreamed 22nd Mar concert from his Tel Aviv living room. He performed some of his most popular and uplifting songs, while sending a message of hope and togetherness.

Take a virtual tour of Israeli museums

Israel’s museums are going online, providing virtual guided tours of new exhibits and fun activities for visitors of all ages. The museums include the Israel museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art and Ben Gurion’s Desert Home.

On-line cycling with top cyclists

Israel’s only professional cycling team, Israel Start-Up Nation (ISN), is leading a virtual online team ride. Fans with ‘Smart’ trainer-devices can join German legend Andre Greipel, Israel’s Guy Sagiv, and Britain’s Alex Dowsett through their phones, TVs or iPads.