210 posts Posts by Yonete Gottfried


Amazing time for Nature Hikes – near Netanya, Hurvat-melah (near the industrial zone of Or Akiva)

It’s winter in Israel now, but from the beginning of November to mid-February daffodils bloom in our country. Heavy rains are good for them and now whole carpets of beautiful flowers can be seen in different nature reserves.

Before you go to admire the daffodils, remember that in Israel it is forbidden by law to pick them. But you can get close, look at and smell their wonderful fragrance – as much as you like.
The nearest place to Netanya, where daffodils are now blooming, is Hurvat-melah. It is located near the city of Or Akiva. In ancient times, there was a quarry of King Herod, but now what is most interesting are the flowers.

Hurvat-melah is located near the industrial zone of Or Akiva. Having entered from highway 4, turn right on the first square into Ilan street and go all the way. Stop and walk along the sandy path to the hill on the right and you have arrived! Here they are – magic daffodils in the midst of Israeli winter.

In addition to daffodils, here you can see the flowering of Palestinian irises and anemones, also very beautiful.

Admission to Hurvat Melah is free.


“SOHO” in Netanya – opening of art exhibition Friday, January 24, 11 a.m.

A collaboration between the Cultural Center Association, the management of the Center for Home Design – SOHO, and the Netanya Artists’ Association will introduce cultural and artistic activities to the commercial center.

Art is an integral part of home and office design. Cultural-artistic activity will enrich the shopping experience at the center, adding to it movement, emotion and color.

Netanya Artists Association is pleased to open a pop-up exhibition as is customary in Tel Aviv. The former “Shefa Teva” store will become a temporary gallery where paintings, photography, sculpture and more will be displayed.

A festive opening of the exhibition will be held on Friday, January 24,  11 a.m.

The public is welcome!

The Soho complex is located in the southern industrial area of Netanya (“Sapir”), adjacent to Ikea to the north.
The gallery is opposite the “Tiv-Taam” parking complex, across the road.


Israeli Space Week 2020 at Planetanya

You are invited to a one-time experience to meet the future in Space 2024, to tour the moon, try out the astronauts’ tasks, meet the scientists of the future, and fly to the moon and to Mars at the Planetarium .

Sunday January 26, Wednesday January 29, 4:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. The activities are rotated. Entrance is free .

Conditional on advance registration at www.planetanya.org.il  The event is for ages 7+


Yom Hazikaron – Memorial Day 7-8 May 2019

Yom Hazikaron is Israel’s Official Memorial Day for her fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism. Falling either in late April or early May every year, Yom Hazikaron is an especially solemn time and marked by ceremonies and silences across the country.

It starts at sundown on May 7 2019 and is marked until sundown May 8 2019, from May 7-8, and is followed immediately by Yom HaAtzmaut, Israeli Independence Day.

Yom Hazikaron begins at sundown (8.00pm) when a siren is sounded across the country for one minute. Everybody stops what they are doing, including cars driving on the highway, and observes the silence to show their respect and remember the fallen. That evening, the official State Ceremony to mark the start of Yom Hazikaron takes place at the Western Wall (the Kotel) in Jerusalem. Unlike in many other countries, Israel’s wars have taken place at home and being a small country, almost everybody knows somebody who died in the country’s wars making Yom Hazikaron an incredibly personal time of remembrance.

The following day, a siren sounds for two minutes, at 11.00 am and again the country stops to remember. Following this, memorial ceremonies take place across the country – either public or private, to remember the country’s fallen. That evening, between 7 and 8.00 pm, another state ceremony takes place, this one at Mount Herzl, Israel’s National Military Ceremony. This ceremony marks the end of Yom Hazikaron, and the beginning of Yom Haaztmaut, Israel’s Independence Day, a day which contrasts dramatically to what preceded it and a strong reminder of the price Israel has paid, and continues to pay for her independence.

There are many ceremonies you can join for Yom Hazikaron, at the Western Wall there is an annual ceremony for the Memorial Day opening where the the flag is lowered to half-mast.

 


Yom Haatzmaut Fly Over Air Show 2019

Every Yom Haatzmaut, the Israeli Air Force arrange a special air show and fly-over which passes over much of the country. The show features a range of aircraft from the IAF fleet including acrobatic planes, and lasts around 45 minutes. The aircraft pass over most major towns and cities in the country. A series of flyovers head from Beer Sheva to Jerusalem, through the Jordan Valley, over the major towns and cities of the Galilee, and then back down the Mediterranean Coast, passing Tel Aviv and passing over the cities of the Negev. Other fly-overs cover the southern Negev, and center of the country.

For a hebrew timetable of the flyover and events at Airforce bases click here.

The flyover will begin in Netanya on 9 May at 11:33 am – make your way to the beach or to the Iris reserve for a great view of the action.


Yom Haatzmaut: Israeli Independence Day. May 8-9, 2019

Yom Haatzmaut is Israeli Independence Day, a day of great celebration held every year in late April or early May – on the day (in the Hebrew calendar) which, in 1948, Israel declared its independence.  Across Israel, events and celebrations take place to mark Independence – both on a national scale and on a more local scale, with almost every city, town, and village, having some sort of celebration. In 2019, Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) falls from sundown on May 8, to sundown on May 9.

Yom Haatzmaut takes place on the eve of Yom Haatzmaut at Mount Herzl, Israel’s National Ceremony in Jerusalem. This event marks the end of Yom Hazikaron (Israel’s memorial day, which falls immediately before), and the beginning of the celebration for Yom Haatzmaut. The ceremony involves performances, speeches, and a ceremonial lighting of twelve torches which symbolizes the Twelve Tribes of Israel by twelve citizens who have made a great impact on the country.  At the same time, towns and cities across the country have parties and firework displays.

The following day, parades and events take place across Israel including military fly-pasts (see the schedule for the Independence Day Fly Over), parades, a famous International Bible Competition, and the ceremony for the Israel Prize which is Israel’s highest award and honor. The Israel Prize is given each year to about 10-15 people in the presence of the presence of the President, Prime Minister, the Knesset chairperson, and the Supreme Court president.

Yom Haatzmaut is a real family day, and Israelis flock to Israel’s National Parks, hiking trails, and beauty spots, for barbecues and picnics.

 

For a fantastic list of things to do on Yom Haazmaut,including free entry to 71 Heritage sites, click here to see the list compiled by Love Love Israel.


Siren Test – Tuesday 2 April 2019

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at 10:05 AM, the Home Front Command will carry out an test alarm in the following areas: Netanya, Even Yehuda, Kfar Yona, Taibe, Tira, Zemer, Hof Hasharon Regional Council , Emek Hefer Regional Council, Lev HaSharon Regional Council.
In addition, a warning will be issued in the Home Front Command application and a “hacking” system will be activated for broadcasting on the radio stations.
If a real alarm is activated, another alarm will sound.
For further information, please contact the Home Front Command at the Information Center at 104 or by email to 052-9104104 and Facebook.
Residents are requested to report to the Municipal Hotline 106 (or via Whatsapp +972 52-633-3106) if the siren is not heard in their area of residence. Thank you for your cooperation
Complete list of localities (according to alphabetical order):
Even Yehuda, Avihayil, Eyal, Ilanot, Udim, Ahituv, Elyachin, Elyashiv, Amatz, Arsuf, Be’erotayim, Bahan, Borgeta, Beit HaLevi, Beit Herut, Beit Hazon, Beit Yehoshua, Beit Yanai, , Ganim, Hadar, Hadasim, HaMa’apil, Haogen, Zemer, Bat-Chen, Bat Hefer, Bat Hefer, Geulim, Geula Yemen, Givat Hayim Ihud, Givat Haim Meuhad, Havatzelet HaSharon, Hagla, Hibat Zion, Hof HaSharon, Hofit, Haniel, Harav Leat, Harutzim, Herut, Taibe, Tira, Yad Hanna, Yanuv, Yaaf, Yakum, Kokhav Yair, Kfar Hess, Kfar Haroeh, Kfar Vitkin, Haim, Kfar Yedidya, Kfar Yona, Kfar Yavetz, Kfar Monash, Kfar Netter, Lev HaSharon, Mevo Ein Hahoresh, Ein Vered, Ein Sarid, Emek Hefer, Emek Hefer Industrial Park, Porat, Emek Hefer, Emek Hefer, Zeran, Kalansua, Kiryat Shlomo, Ramat Hakovesh, Rishpon, Shoshana Amakim, Shaar Efraim, Shefayim, Tel Yitzhak, Tel Mond, Tnuvot

International Space Week lands in Israel and arrives at Planetanya

Hebrew lectures, on the subject – Space Unites the World

Wednesday, 10/10/18 at 20:00

TED style inspirational lectures by
Ran Livne, Director General of the Ramon Foundation
Dr. Igal Fattal Astronomer
Dr. Marcus Hilsenert Astrophysicist
Victor Bar Director of Asteroid Day in Israel

Lectures at 21:30, 21:45, 22:00

Star Show – A journey through the night sky of Space Week – Hosted by Nadav Rotenberg, Chairman of the Israel Astronomy Society

Participation in the event is by pre-registration on the website, free of charge, the number of places is limited.  The event is for adults, astronomy enthusiasts and space lovers

The event was organized by the Ramon Foundation, the Horizon Educators’ Association and the Israel AstronomySociety


New bus route from Ramat Poleg/Ir Yamim to Tel Aviv Central Bus Station

Finally a bus line from Ir Yamim and Ramat Poleg to the Tel Aviv Central Bus Station.

The photos shows the scheduled route of the 623 out of Ir Yamim and Ramat Poleg and the timetable.

The route out is: Lilach, Savidor, Amnon v’Tamar, Berman (soon), Uzi Hitman, Ehud Manor, Zalman Shazar, Udim and Tel Aviv

On the way back – the same track – Udim, Zalman Shazar, Lilach, Savidor, Amnon V’Tamar, Berman (soon), Uzi Hitman, Ehud Manor, Shosh Atari.

Apparently new routes to follow from additional neighbourhoods to follow. We await details and will let you know


The end of the bathing season at Netanya’s beaches

PSA. End of swimming season in Netanya

Dear Netanya Residents,
We have completed the swimming season this year.  Some of Netanya’s beaches, and lifeguard stations, will be phased out as follows:

On 8th October 2018 these stations will close:
• Sanz Beach Station #2.
• Poleg North Beach Station #10.

The rest of the beaches will be closed for bathing on October 14th, 2018
• Bluebay Beach Station #1.
• Seasons Beach (Onot) Station #3.
• Contiki Coast Amphitheater Station #4.
• Sironit Beach A, Station #6.
• Argaman (Lagoon) Beach Station #9.

On October 15, all beaches will be closed due to lifeguards debriefing day due to the end of the swimming season.

The following “Winter” life guard stations will operate from 16th October until 31st October 2018:

• Herzl Beach Station #5.
• Poleg South Beach Station #11.