City Notes: Celebrate Shavuot at Galilee jubilee

A round up of news from around the nation.

Revelers at Tel Aviv’s 2016 LBGTQ Pride Parade (photo credit: GUY YECHIELI)
Revelers at Tel Aviv’s 2016 LBGTQ Pride Parade
(photo credit: GUY YECHIELI)
Tucked away in the scenic hills of the Galilee, the events venue Ohel Yael on May 30 is hosting a jubilee of music and traditional first fruits in celebration of Shavuot.
The event in the Misgav Regional Council, in the Western Galilee, will feature traditional Shavuot foods and a musical lineup of performing artists ranging from DJs to electronic and Mediterranean-themed tunes.
Musical events include opening acts by DJ Tal Koren, fusion guitarist Ofer Mizrahi and cellist Mayu Shviro, followed by a central act by Ravid Kahalani and the Yemen Blues. The evening will continue into the night with belly-dance performances by Yafit Barisisi and the troupe Belly Sense. DJ Yoav Saban will wrap up the festive night with high-energy dance music.
Tickets cost NIS 85; purchase them at: or 052-2847676.
Anchors aweigh for Ivy Leaguers in Herzliya yacht race
From the Ivy League to the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, alumni of the most prestigious schools in the West set sail from the Herzliya Marina in the 10th annual Penn Israel Regatta Yacht Race on June 22.
Up to 10 graduates from each participating educational institution will man a sailboat along with a professional skipper. The flotilla is due to include alumni from Harvard University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School, Columbia University, Cornell University, University of Oxford and MIT/ Sloan School of Business.
The nautical event includes two hours at sea followed by a sunset swim off the boats, before anchoring for a beach party and award ceremony at the port’s nearby Bell Beach.
Registration closes on June 1, and alumni from schools that do not fill vessels to capacity can join the crew of another school.
Tel Aviv to host world’s largest bisexuality-themed parade
The theme of bisexuality is at the forefront of Tel Aviv’s famed LBGTQ Pride Parade, celebrated this year on June 9.
Some 200,000 people are due to descend upon the city for the largest pride parade in Asia and the Middle East. An estimated 35,000 tourists are among those expected to come to Tel Aviv for the colorful parade promoting the city’s vibrant LGBT community.
The LGBTQ community chose this year’s theme to reaffirm its support for the diverse and inclusive atmosphere that has led to Tel Aviv being dubbed “the world’s gayest city.” According to the Tel Aviv Municipality, the event will be the first large-scale pride parade in the world to ever celebrate the theme of bisexuality.
“Both in Israel and around the world, many bisexual people feel that they are an invisible group within the LGBTQ community,” said Efrat Tolkowsky, the city council member in charge of LGBTQ affairs. “Here in Tel Aviv, we are committed to celebrating each and every LGBTQ person equally, so that we can all be out and proud together.”
Serving as the grand finale of the city’s Pride Week, the parade is due to set out at noon from central Tel Aviv’s Meir Park, which houses the municipality’s LGBTQ Community Center, and continue through the central thoroughfares of Bograshov Street and Ben-Yehuda Street, before culminating in a massive party at Gordon Beach.
EMS group to unveil 180 ambucycles in Tel Aviv
United Hatzalah is due to hold what it says is the single largest ambucycle dedication in Israel today (May 26) in Tel Aviv.
Some 180 ambucycles are due to be dedicated at Hangar 11 at Tel Aviv Port. The vehicles are to be distributed among the organization’s volunteer emergency medical technicians in the Jewish, Arab and Druse sectors.
Recently arrived US Ambassador David Friedman and Tel Aviv Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau are among dignitaries expected to attend the ceremony.
The ceremony will culminate in a parade of the ambucycles through the streets of Tel Aviv.
Beer festival in Beersheba
For the ninth year running, Beersheba is hosting its annual Beer Festival, featuring nine breweries and more than 30 different selections of brews.
The Negev-based brew houses taking part in the event, taking place in the Old City, include Excuse, Hippopotamus, Shita and Basha-Flom.
All attendees will receive a special festival glass that can be used for tastings that cost NIS 5 each (per 100 ml.) and NIS 15 per onethird liter cup.
3 Hehalutz Street, Beersheba, May 26, noon to 5 p.m.
NIS 25. Info