Celebrate 70 years of the State of Israel here in Israel

The 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, which will take place in April, will last for 70 hours and will include a variety of mass events, including a nationwide fireworks show, beach parties, a host of shows and marches. The festivities will begin with the torch-lighting ceremony on the eve of Independence Day on Wednesday, April 18, and will last until Friday – at a mass Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony.

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National Siren Drill 13.3.18

On Tuesday, March 13th 2018, sirens will be sounded across the country at 11:05 am and 7:05 pm as part of the National Home Front Drill. Additionally, alerts will be activated via the television, radio, internet websites, the Home Front application and beepers for the hard-of-hearing. Practice entering your shelter and ensure that you are prepared.

In the case of a real alarm, an additional siren will be sounded after the first siren.

For more information call the Home Front Command Information Center (104), send a message to 052-910-4104 or send a message to their Facebook page.

Jerusalem Marathon – Friday 9 March 2018


Being held during the 50th Anniversary of the re-unification of Jerusalem, the Jerusalem Marathon is spectacular, and is one which challenges the runners while exposing them to magnificent views and Jerusalem’s unique culture.  The marathon courses were especially selected to recount Jerusalem’s 3000-year historical narrative since the beginning of its existence.  The runners will experience comfortable weather and a low level of humidity at this time of year.  An expected 30,000 participants will compete (or run for fun)  in either the full (42.2km) or half (21.1km) marathons, 10k and 5km runs, a 1.7km family race and an 800 m community race.  Between them they will be supporting 17 different Israeli charities.

There will be many road closures from Thursday night until the conclusion of the race on Friday – for details CLICK HERE



Netanya celebrates International Women’s Day – March 6-15 2018

The event is running throughout the coming week, with lectures by women about women on a variety of topics.  The lectures are held at private venues – for more information, please see the Netanya Municipality website at  www.netanya.muni.il/Eng/.    Tickets are available at the Hechal HaTarbut box office – Tel.No. 09-8308811

Events are also happening in Tel Aviv see :    www.secrettelaviv.com – and search for International Women’s Day.



Purim 2018 – music, parties and fancy dress in Netanya

Wednesday evening 28 February and Thursday 1 March 2018

Purim in Netanya – get your costumes ready

The colorful parade (Adloyada – ‘ad she lo yoda’ –  reference to the custom of drinking on Purim until you cannot tell the difference between right and wrong) returns to the city and for the first time in Israel representatives will march to a height of 21 meters! 
Thousands of participants, children, dancers, jugglers, clowns and performers will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of Netanya and 70 years of the State of Israel  in a variety of events that will last two days.

Thursday 1 March 2018  From 11.00 am along Shalom Aleichem Street (corner of Ben Zvi Boulevard) to Winter Park (Ben Gurion Blvd.). From 12.00am – Celebration in the Winter Park (Agamim) 
Friday 2 March 2018 – Starting at 11.00am – Happening and performances at the new Independence Square.

Purim is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in Israel. Purim here is embraced by the whole country, from kids to adults, by both religious and secular Jews, it is a time of fancy dress, festivity and is celebrated far beyond its original religious roots. Purim is celebrated across Israel, with street parties with carnival atmospheres taking place in almost every city, town and village in the country. Special foods for Purim are eaten, including Hamantaschen (Oznei Haman) – sweet pastry typically filled with sweet poppy seed, but also with jam, chocolate, dates or nuts.

Purim is also one of the biggest nights of the year at clubs up and down the country. With so much going on, and so much color in the amazing costumes that can be seen, Purim in Israel is a fascinating time to be in the country.

Blankets of red Anemones ‘down south’

Highly recommend by our friends at Love Love Israel : loveloveisrael.com

Throughout February 2018 the northern area of the Negev has a plethora of stunning red Anemone flowers and is therefore aptly named ‘Darom Adom – Red South’.  The whole area is wonderful for hiking, picnic-ing and of course, admiring the beautiful Anemones –  also known as Calaniot – the national flower of Israel.

There are many free activities, and special emphasis this year will be on Israel’s 70th Birthday with historical tours in the area.  For more information visit their website –  www.habsor.co.il

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The Irises are starting to bloom

The Iris reserve is south of the city, close to the beach, and is one of only two places in Israel where you can still see the colorful bloom of rare and impressive flowers that grow in Israel. The irises bloom in February – March and attract visitors from around the country who come to see them in bloom. The area has mainly sandy paths and one can see not only the irises (which are deep purple in colour) but also occasional red Calaniot – the national flower of Israel.

The reserve can be accessed from Ben Gurion Boulevard, or the pedestrian bridge near to the Winter Park.

Netanya Municipality works hard to preserve and enhance this reserve to ensure the survival of one of the rare flowers that grow in Israel.