Cultural Information Israel

Official Travel Website

www.goisrael.com

Culture Gram

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Federal Travel Website

travel.state.gov

Common Cuisine

  • Falafel
  • Shawarma
  • Shakshuka
  • Malabi
  • Sahlab

Music

  • Rita
  • Noa
  • Harel Skaat
  • Muki
  • Sarit Hadad
  • Borgore

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Television and Films

  • Zaguri
  • Ramzor
  • The Arbitrator
  • Big Bad Wolves
  • The Congress (2013)
  • Brave Miss World

Recommended Readings

  • The End of the Land by David Grossman, Jessica Cohen (Translator)
  • My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit
  • Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef, E59( -3F JH3A, Ron Brackin
  • Second Person Singular by Sayed Kashua, Mitch Ginsburg (Translator)
  • The Unmaking of Israel by Gershom Gorenberg

Who's Who?

Ada E. Yonath is an Israeli crystallographer best known for her pioneering work on the structure of the ribosome. She is the current director of the Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly of the Weizmann Institute of Science. In 2009, she received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry along with Venkatraman Ramakrishnan and Thomas A. Steitz for her studies on the structure and function of the ribosome, becoming the first Israeli woman to win the Nobel Prize out of ten Israeli Nobel laureates, the first woman from the Middle East to win a Nobel prize in the sciences, and the first woman in 45 years to win the Nobel Prize for Chemistry. However, she said herself that there was nothing special about a woman winning the Prize.

Ami James is an Israeli-born tattoo artist. He is the co-owner (with Chris Núñez) of the Miami Beach, Florida tattoo parlor Love Hate Tattoos, the subject of the TLC reality television program, Miami Ink. James also co-owns the DeVille clothing company with Núñez and Jesse Fleet, and the Miami nightclub Love Hate Lounge, with Núñez and two other close friends. He has also created designs for Motorola's RAZR V3 mobile phones. James also co-founded Tattoodo, an online platform for getting a custom tattoo design, which launched on the 9th of May, 2013.

Hillel Slovak was an Israeli-American musician best known as the original guitarist and founding member of the Los Angeles rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Prior to his death of a heroin overdose in 1988, Slovak recorded two albums with the band, Freaky Styley (1985) and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987). His guitar work was primarily rooted in funk and hard rock, although he often experimented with other genres including reggae and speed metal. He is considered to have been a major influence on the Red Hot Chili Peppers' early sound.

Avi Arad is an Israeli-American businessman. He became the CEO of the company Toy Biz in the 1990s, and soon afterward became the chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment, a Marvel director, and the chairman, CEO, and founder of Marvel Studios

Politics

Shimon Peres is a Polish-born Israeli statesman. He is the ninth and current President of the State of Israel. Peres served twice as the Prime Minister of Israel and twice as Interim Prime Minister, and has been a member of 12 cabinets in a political career spanning over 66 years. Peres was elected to the Knesset in November 1959 and, except for a three-month-long hiatus in early 2006, served continuously until 2007, when he became President. He held several diplomatic and military positions during and directly after Israel's War of Independence. Peres won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize together with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat for the peace talks that he participated in as Israeli Foreign Minister, producing the Oslo Accords. He is the first former Prime Minister to be elected President of Israel. In 2008, Peres was honorarily appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St Michael and St George. At the age of 90, Peres is currently the world's oldest head of state.

Reuven "Ruby" Rivlin is an Israeli politician and lawyer and the President-elect of Israel. He was a member of the Likud party. Rivlin was Minister of Communications from 2001 to 2003 and subsequently served as Speaker of the Knesset from 2003 to 2006 and again from 2009 to 2013. On 10 June 2014, he was elected as the tenth President of Israel. Rivlin is a strong supporter of minority rights, particularly those of the Arab citizens of Israel and opposed to the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is an Israeli politician and the current Prime Minister of Israel. He also currently serves as a member of the Knesset, the Chairman of the Likud party and Minister of Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs. Netanyahu is the first Israeli prime minister born in Israel after the establishment of the state. In 2005, Netanyahu was voted the 18th-greatest Israeli of all time, in a poll by the Israeli news website Ynet to determine whom the general public considered the 200 Greatest Israelis. In 2012, Netanyahu was listed 23rd on the Forbes magazine's list of "The World's Most Powerful People." In 2013, he was ranked third on the list of the "Most Influential Jews in the World" by The Jerusalem Post. He had been ranked first on the list in 2012 and 2010.

Cultural Activities

  • Enjoy a show at Nalagaat Center in Tel Aviv
  • Walk through the Baha'i Gardens and Golden Dome in Haifa
  •  Explore the Old City Of Jerusalem in Jerusalem
  • Take a small hike through the Red Canyon in Eilat

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