Netanya celebrates Sukkot 2018 (5779)

Netanya Municipality is host to a multitude of events during Chol Hamoed Sukkot: Guitar Gems with artists and ensembles from around the world, an exhibition of menorahs designed specially by artists and celebrities, observations of the planets and science workshops at the Planetanya Center for Science, Space and Culture – Ushpizin in Netanya with a variety of activities for the entire family

For detailed information of all events, please click here    http://www.netanya.muni.il


Sixteenth Annual Netanya Triathlon – Road Closures


The 16th Netanya Triathlon – Friday 21 September 2018

This exciting event will take place at the Lagoon (Argaman) Beach on Friday 21 September – commencing at 06.30am

The course comprises swimming, cycling and running – and is a test of endurance, strength and determination.  All are welcome to come to watch and cheer the participants.

For further information and registration: click herehttp://www.netanya.muni.il

Road closures :  please note, the following are the streets that will be closed to traffic from 5:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Ben Gurion Blvd. northbound: from Zalman Shneur St. to Simcha Ehrlich St.
Southbound: from Kehilat Tzefat St. to Simcha Ehrlich St.
Ben Ami Blvd.: In both directions- from Bnei Binyamin St. to Kikar Matalon
Simcha Ehrlich St.: In both directions- from Ben Gurion Blvd. to Ben Ami Blvd.
* Controlled exits from Galei Yam southbound will be possible.
Shalom Aleichem St.: In both directions- from Havatzelet Hahof St. to Ben Gurion Blvd.
Havatzelet Hahof St.: In both directions- from Kikar Hashoter (Irus Ha’argaman/Rotem) to Ben Gurion Blvd.
Tzahala St.: In both directions- from Gilo St. to Oved Ben Ami Blvd.

*To the residents of Galei Yam: It will only be possible to exit towards Ben Gurion Blvd.
*To the residents of Ha’Irusim: It will only be possible to exit to Ben Zvi Blvd., according to the directions provided by the traffic officers and the signs.

The streets will be completely blocked off and no vehicles at all will be allowed in, including cars belonging to residents of these streets and work vehicles.

The public is kindly requested to take alternate routes and follow the instructions of the police officers and personnel on site.


Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel. May 14-18, 2019

The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel in May 14-18, 2019. This will be the first time that the Eurovision Song Contest has been hosted in Israel for 20 years, and the location has been confirmed as Tel Aviv Exhibition Ground. Eurovision in Israel will be a memorable event. So don’t miss it!

Eurovision 2019 in Israel – Dates

The contest’s first Semi Final will take place on May 14, while the second Semi Final on May 16. The Grand Final is scheduled for May 18, 2019.

How to get to 2019 Eurovision Song Contest?

Tel Aviv is the cultural and business centre of Israel, located 45 minutes by road from Israel’s main international airport, Ben Gurion. The list of airlines flying to Tel Aviv is extensive and includes leading low-cost companies such as easyJet, Wizz, and Ryanair who provide great connections from most European cities.

Where should I base myself ?

The weather in mid-May should be perfect for the beach, strolling the boulevards, and enjoying Israel. Basing yourself directly in the host city of Tel Aviv is likely to be the most popular option for Eurovision fans heading to Israel in 2019.

Whilst Tel Aviv is the host city of Eurovision, Netanya located just 25 minutes drive from Tel Aviv is a great option for you to find somewhere to stay for your Eurovision trip to Israel. Centrally located for travelling around Israel, with its beautiful beaches, promenade, and many entertainment centres, IPC Vacation Rentals has many great options available to suit all budgets.  Search here for availability and contact us today.

Tickets for Eurovision in Israel

Ticket information for Eurovision in Tel Aviv will be updated closer to the event date.

 


Information about Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the holiday that marks the beginning of the Jewish year, is in the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which coincides with late September and early October. This year Rosh Hashana begins on the evening of 9th September 2018.

Unlike the other holidays, which have one holy day on which businesses are closed, Rosh Hashanah is a two-day holiday, and businesses are closed on both days. The holiday is two days according to tradition started in the Diaspora when the onset of the new moon – which traditionally was decreed by the High Court in Jerusalem – was not known.

According to Jewish tradition, Rosh Hashanah commemorates the culmination of the creation of the universe and acceptance of God’s sovereignty over the world. These are also the days on which God judges people’s deeds throughout the year and decides their future for the coming year – death for the sinners, life for the pious and a repentance period until Yom Kippur for people whose status is uncertain.

The period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is called “The Ten Days of Repentance,” during which people have the opportunity to atone for their sins.

Rosh Hashanah traditions and Customs

Prayer – Religious Jews attend lengthy synagogue services, and recite special prayers and liturgical songs written over the centuries. The versions of the prayers and liturgical songs vary slightly from one ethnic group to another.

Selichot (special penitential prayers) – During the week (or month, depending on the ethnic group) prior to Rosh Hashanah there are special “Selichot” prayers, requesting forgiveness and expressing remorse and repentance.
The blowing of the shofar (ram’s horn) – On Rosh Hashanah, 100 (or 101, depending on the ethnic tradition) shofar blasts are sounded in the synagogue, in single, triple and nine-blast groupings.
The shofar blasts are intended to symbolize God’s sovereignty over the world, to remind Jews of the giving of the commandments on Mt. Sinai, of Abraham and Isaac’s devotion to God, to arouse people to repentance and to herald the Day of Judgment and the coming of the Messiah. When the first day of Rosh Hashanah is on Shabbat, the shofar is sounded only on the second day.
Apple and honey – At the evening meal on Rosh Hashanah it is customary to eat an apple dipped in honey and other sweet foods to symbolize a sweet new year.
Tashlich – On Rosh Hashanah afternoon it is customary to walk to a river, lakeshore or other open body of water, to shake out one’s pockets and symbolically cast one’s sins into the water. If you come to Israel during this period, it is worth going to see religious Jews performing this custom. When the first day of Rosh Hashanah is on Shabbat, Tashlich is performed on the second day.
New year greetings – Until a few years ago Jews in Israel (and around the world) used to send “Shana Tova” greeting cards to their friends and relatives wishing them health, happiness and prosperity for the new year. Today this custom has all but disappeared, as most Israelis prefer to use the telephone or e-mail. One way or the other, it is customary for Jews to wish everyone they meet during this New Year period a “Shana Tova” – a good new year.
Holiday meal – Even secular Jews who do not go to synagogue services usually have a holiday meal on the Rosh Hashanah evening, with fine wine, apple dipped in honey and other sweet dishes. It is customary to eat pomegranate, as a symbol of a plentiful year, the head of a fish, symbolizing the desire to keep ahead, and other symbolic foods.

Like on Shabbat and other Holidays, kosher bars and restaurants are closed and there is no public transportation.



Night of Scientists at Planetanya

On Thursday, September 6, 2018, 6:30 p.m.


Innovation in space – exhibit at the planetarium
Scientific demonstrations
The Brain and the Senses – Dr. Marcos Hilsenrat
An evening of technological innovation and more.

Tickets for only NIS 10, age 8 and up.

Telephone: 09-7485760
Planetanya www.planetanya.org.il


Festikali in Netanya – 28-30 August 2018

The second Festikali in Netanya – Netanya salutes Israeli music.

Tuesday-Thursday, August 28-30, 2018 

at the Arik Einstein Cultural Center, 6 Benny Berman St., Ir Yamim .

Entrance is free – everybody’s invited!

Also click here    http://www.netanya.muni.il/Eng    for information of the many musical events though the ‘winter’ months connected with this event