Things to do in Israel in January

This month’s events include The Batsheva Dance Company performing Ohad Nahrin’s “Venezuela” in Tel Aviv; the Eilat Chamber Music festival and the Israman Triathlon.

Eilat festivals

Eilat is the warm winter venue for several music festivals. Isrotel Classi-Cameri (Jan 1 – 4); Electronic Music festival (Jan 9 – 11); the Eilat Chamber Music Festival (Jan 22 – 25); Red Sea Guitar Festival (Feb 13 – 15); and Red Sea Winter Jazz Festival (Feb 20 – 22).  Eilat hosts 35 festivals from Jan to May 2020.

Eurovision Israel was the best of the decade

In an official post, the European Broadcasting Union announced that the 2019 Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv has been voted as the best song contest of the decade.  Via social media, viewers were asked to judge the stage, songs, voting sequence and overall production value.

Jesse Underhill performs in Israel

Jewish-American teen sensation Jesse Underhill is one of the biggest performers on the Tik Tok application with six million people following his uploads. On Dec 29th he made his first stage performances in Tel Aviv and Beersheba.

Jamie Oliver praises great Israeli breakfast

Famed UK chef Jamie Oliver visited Israel this summer, and one of his breakfasts, eaten at Jerusalem’s café Kalo, recently hit prime time on Israel’s Food Channel.  “This blows most breakfasts around the world out of the water,” Jamie said.

Caesarea is the top Middle East tourist spot for 2020

Caesarea Port and National Park ranked 12th among 50 most recommended tourism sites in the world for 2020 by Travel + Leisure magazine. It ranked highest and most recommended of all Middle East tourist destinations. Its new visitor center opened in June

Studio of Her Own

The new women’s art center “Studio of Her Own” at the former Jerusalem home of the artist Pinchas Litvinovsky, was the venue for an exhibition on the 3rd night of Chanukah. Initially featuring works of professional Jewish women, it plans to encompass those of Israeli women of all religions.

International TV Series of the Decade

The NY Times has named Israeli TV series “Prisoners of War” the Top International TV series of the Decade. The Keshet network series was remade in the US as Homeland in 2011. Screenwriter, director and producer Gideon Raft also produced The Spy and Red Sea Diving Resort.

Tel Aviv is one of the best cities to visit

Forbes magazine lists Tel Aviv among its 20 best cities in the world to visit in 2020. It highlights White City Center museum, opened for the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus architecture movement. Tel Aviv is home to more than 4,000 Bauhaus-style buildings – the most in the world.

IDF amputee is World marathon champion

Eitan Hermon, 45, lost his leg while a reservist in the Second Lebanon War. He was determined to not only walk again, but also to run marathons. After over 35 marathons, Hermon set a world record at the Vienna Marathon and was top in his category at the New York marathon.