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Tel Aviv
Tel-Aviv coastline The city of Tel-Aviv The ancient city of Jaffa


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About the city

Tel Aviv (Hebrew: תֵּל־אָבִיב-יָפוֹ, Arabic: تَلْ أَبِيبْ يَافَا) is the second largest city in Israel after Jerusalem. It is located on the Mediterranean coast, about 60 km north-west of Jerusalem and some 100 km south of Haifa. The official name is Tel Aviv-Yafo, as the city also includes the ancient port city of Yafo (Jaffa).

Tel Aviv is ranked 3rd in the Lonely's Planet Top 10 cities in the world for 2011!

The White City of Tel Aviv was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003 UNESCO's description of Tel-Aviv

Tel Aviv's booming population, energy, edginess and 24-hour life give the city a cosmopolitan flair comparable to few other cities in this part of the world. Today it is considered as the economic and cultural capital of Israel and has become a Metropolis with a few satellite cities which are all considered part of the same area (Goosh-Dan) among these cities are Petah-Tiqva, Bat-Yam, Holon, Ramat Gan and Givaataim.

Must See's

Tel Aviv is a big place, and these listings are just some highlights of things that you really should see if you can during your visit.

Free Tours

Are available in English in Tel-Aviv and are VERY recommended. some are operated by the city municipality, and there is also a daily tour operating spring & summer by Sandmen's New europe tours, they are also free, and you are welcome to tip if you enjoy them. check the websites for tour times.

Sight Seeing

  • Old Jaffa - located in Jaffa is a must see for any visitor to Tel Aviv. This is the reputed point where Jonah boarded a ship and was later swallowed by a whale. Alexander the Great, Saladin, and Napoleon all left their mark here. The cobblestone lanes lead you past ancient catacombs, the Church of St. Peter, restored Turkish-period houses, artists' studios, and you'll see the wave-battered mythological Andromeda's Rock. It is also likely one of the oldest ports in the world.
Jaffa's old city
Jaffa's old city
  • Rabin Square. The biggest public square in Israel and site of PM Rabin's assassination in 1995 is located in Central Tel Aviv. Buses 55,56,66 directly to Rabin Square
  • Azriely Lookout - The Azrieli center are 3 of the highest buildings in Tel Aviv. The first three levels of each tower construct one of the biggest malls in Tel Aviv. Don't miss watching the entire city Tel Aviv area from 200 meters high from the towers. Buses 66,63,51,55 - to the central train station ("Rakevet Merkaz") and then a short walk up Jabotinsky road to Azrielli center (can be seen from the distance)
Azrieli mall and observatory
Azrieli mall and observatory
  • The Beach: One of the great pleasures of Tel Aviv are the free beaches and a beautiful Promenade that runs alongside most of the strand, from the Sheraton Tel Aviv Hotel to Jaffa. The stone breakwaters keep the waves at bay, making for easy bathing. Buses - 66, 63, 139, 39, 239.
  • Tel Aviv's Central Park: Tranquil on weekdays, a bit crowded on Saturday, HaYarkon Park, at the northern edge of Tel Aviv, is heaven for beleaguered city slickers. The park has miles of rolling green lawns shaded by lovely trees. Wooden bridges cross the water here and there, giving access to either side. It's pleasant to bring a book to read under a tree, or visit the Rock Garden.
  • Tel Aviv port - This trendy place will fill your day - the best shops, restaurant bars and partys in Tel Aviv are found in this area. Buses - 4, 104, 204 (from Allenby street in Tel Aviv or the central bus station).
  • Bauhaus Tel Aviv: Did you know that Tel Aviv has the largest concentration of Bauhaus buildings in the world? Brought to Tel Aviv by European immigrant architects in the 1930s stroll Rothschild Blvd and the near streets at your pleasure. Free tours are available daily.
The White City
The White City
  • Tel Aviv's renovated old train station ("Ha-Tachana") - The newly renovated old train station of Tel Aviv is now a hip and chic place. The station, once the bustling business center of Tel Aviv is now considered one of the highly appreciated sites in the city. "Ha-Tachana" website

Museums

Performing Arts

Tel Aviv has the widest selection of performing arts in Israel.

  • Fans of classical music might enjoy Israel's Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Israel Opera
  • The Barby and the Goldstar Zappa present Israeli (and sometimes foreign) rock daily.
  • For more alternative and indie music with occasional jazz shows and electronic parties, head to Levontin 7 named after its street address or Brazilay Club.
  • Tmuna Theater alternates between local acts, both famous and unknown, and fringe theater productions in Hebrew.
  • Theater is mostly performed in Hebrew, naturally, but English interpretation is available is some of the shows for extra-fees in Habima National Theater and HaCameri Municipal Theater.
  • Dance can be enjoyed in Suzanne Dellal Center in Neve Tzedek.

Sports

  • Football- The most popular sport in Israel. Tel Aviv has 3 major football clubs that are usually in the Top Division: Maccabi Tel Aviv, Hapoel Tel Aviv, Bnei Yehuda Tel Aviv. Tickets can be bought at the stadium, games are usually on Saturdays.
  • Basketball- While not as famous Basketball is a much more successful sport in Israel in European caliber. Maccabi Tel Aviv - The most successful club in Israel and one of the best in Europe, dominating the Israeli basketball league with over 40 championship seasons and 5 European titles has games every week. International games are usually held on Thursday and buying tickets in advance is recommended.
  • The Tel Aviv Sportec at Hayarkon Park is a great place to practice some sports or rock climb.

Festivals

Tel Aviv hosts many festivals and happenings. Something is going on almost every weekend so make sure you're updated!

  • White Night Festival. This annual event, usually taking place late June or early July, is a celebration of Tel Aviv's White City's proclamation as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site and organized by Tel Aviv's municipality. During the "White Night", cultural institutions, as well as commercial ones, are open to the public all night long, and many special event take place.
  • Taste of Tel Aviv (Ta'am Ha'ir). Annual event in May. Located in the Yarkon Park, Ta'am Ha'ir is a huge culinary festival in which hundreds of the city's top restaurants serve specially priced dishes. The festival is free and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors yearly for over a decade.
  • Tel Aviv Fashion Market- A highly recommended biannual event (Winter/Summer) where Tel Aviv's top clothing designers show and sell their stuff. Focused on urban clothing.
  • Night Flea- Every August, Jaffa's burgeoning flea market is active all through the night on weekends, with special events, shows and exhibitions taking place.
  • Docaviv, The Tel Aviv Cinematheque. Tel Aviv's International Documentary Film Festival. Every year in May, Docaviv presents the most innovative, provocative and important documentary films of the year from around the world.
  • The Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival, The Tel Aviv Cinematheque. Lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender film festival. Celebrating gender diversity. Happening in June.
  • The Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival, The Tel Aviv Cinematheque. One of the world's most important student film festivals. Happening in late May. edit

Markets & Shopping

Tel Aviv's markets are the best show in town, and they're bustling all day long. A Middle Eastern mélange of tastes, scents, sounds, colors – and lots of people.

Markets
  • The Carmel Market- Tel Aviv’s biggest and busiest marketplace is filled with colorful stalls and shouting vendors selling a variety of goods, from dried fruits and exotic spices to clothing and footwear, It is a must to visit!
    Tel Aviv's Ha'Carmel Market
    Tel Aviv's Ha'Carmel Market
  • The Flea Market - Tradition has it that you can get the best buys here early Sunday morning. You can weave your way through a mixed array of treasures and junk. Merchandise varies, but copper, brass, old Persian tiles, and jewelry are always to be found, as well as Judaica items, old family photo albums, and tons of used jeans and mildewed clothing from India. Bargaining is the order of the day; feel free to indulge in lengthy haggling. Even if there is a little language problem, you can get a lot understood with your hands. It's great fun even if you don't buy anything. The flea market is open Sunday to Thursday from 10am to 6pm and on Friday from 10am to 2pm.
    The Flee Market in Jaffo
    The Flee Market in Jaffo
  • Nahalat Binyamin Pedestratian Streey- Held on a street parallel to the Carmel market, twice a week - Tuesday & Friday only, and very mich recommended for hand made souvenirs and gifts.
  • Levinsky Market near Florentin — the best place in Tel Aviv to buy spices, dried fruits, and eat special home made cuisines. This small market is stretched along Levinsky Street in southern Tel Aviv, near Ha-Aliya street, ten minutes of walking from the Central Bus Station.
  • Hatikva Market in HaTiqva neighborhood — a good place for Jewish-Iraqi cuisine, and buying groceries in the south-eastern "Hatikva" neighborhood.


Malls
  • Azriely Center - situated at the feet of the Azriely Towers and connected to HaShalom Train Station. This is the largest mall in the city and is often over crowded. Visitors can climb to the top of the mall for a nice view of the city, or get to the observatory at the top of the Circular Tower. There are many stores in the mall, along with a large movie theater.
  • Dizengoff Center in Central Tel Aviv - The first mall in Israel, on the corner of Dizengoff and King George streets, this large mall has, in addition to the usual selection, some specialty shops, such as musical instruments, stamps, hand-held devices, hobby etc. Dizengoff Center is a local favorite due to its down-to-earth urban vibe and its unique interaction with the area around it. Make sure to check out the food market and designer cloths market taking place each Friday.
  • Ramat Aviv mall in Ramat Aviv - Within walking distance from Tel Aviv University, this is slightly more upmarket than your usual mall, featuring, in addition to the usual brand selection, some designer shops.
  • Gan Ha'ir mall in Central Tel Aviv - just off Rabin square, this is also an up-market oriented mini-mall.
  • Central Bus Station- huge number of shops on six(!) floors, mostly familiar brands and bargain stores. This is a unique spot since it is the favorite place for Tel Aviv's large migrant workers community. It is by no means an "upscale" shopping mall, as it resembles more of an indoor market.
Shopping Streets
  • Kikar Hamedina - The most chic & expensive shopping area in Tel Aviv with many major designers from Israel and abroad having big prestige shops.
  • Shenkin St. - A very trendy and much more lively street that has mainly clothing shops of smaller less known designers along with known brands. Also contains many coffee shops and restaurants. During Friday this street is as crowded on the sidewalk as most of Tel Aviv is on the road.
  • Dizengoff - mostly north of Dizengoff is spread with many small Israeli designer shops.
  • Gan Ha'Chashmal - A new center for young and hip designers that can't afford to open shops on the main streets.
  • If you're lucky enough to be in Tel Aviv in February or August, you can find the city's most talented designers gathered together in one place with the best of their collections on display – and for sale. Twice a year, for three days each time, a giant fashion fair called City Designers' Market is held in Tel Aviv. Whatever you do, don't miss this colorful carnival of cutting-edge fashion!
  • Gordon Street is famous for its art galleries. Ben-Yehuda Street has several Judaica\Jewelery\souvenirs shops.

Eating

Tel Aviv has an enormous amount of restaurants offering any cuisine you can imagine. From local Israeli food - Falafel, Hummus and Shawarma which can be found at many stands on almost any street to Italian, French, American, Asian and Jewish cuisines. Don't miss out on one of the many local typical restaurants offering Persian, Tripoloitan, Yeminise, Turkish and Moroccan food in southern Tel Aviv. You can check out Time Out Tel-Aviv's list of the best restaurants.

But still we will give you our local's favorite:

  • Best Hummus - Abu Hassan considered by many the best in Tel-Aviv-Jaffa this places makes the hummus fresh every day, and closes when it runs out- around 14pm so come early and hungry. around 20 shekels for a meal.
  • Best Falafel - there are so many good places! a nice one is near Dizengoff Center Mall called ["Hakosem". Falafel costs around 16 shekels
    Falafel
    Falafel
  • Best Asian style - Head over to Giraffe for the best noodle plates in Tel-Aviv. around 45 shekels per dish.
  • Favorite coffee shop - There are so many great coffee shops, some of the best are located in Rotschild Bvd, Neve Tzedek old neighborhood, and Florentin. but our favorite is just a 5 min walk from the top of the Carmel market named Sonia Getzel Shapira, come for breakfast or a relaxed afternoon.
  • Best Hamburger - Located on the corner of Nahalat Binyamin & Lilinblum just off Rotschild, Wolfnights is the best hamburger in Tel-Aviv. Full meal cost around 50 shekels
  • Best Croissant - For the best croissant outside of France head over to La Gaterie, and try the Choclate-Mascrapone version or one of the salty options. 16-35 shekels for a croissant.

Night life in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv is the place to go for nightlife in Israel. Nicknamed "the city that never stops", this is the city for drinking, partying, and having a good time. There are literally tons of clubs, bars, and restaurants that are open until the sun rises. A good way to kick start the night is by heading to a cafe or restaurant. You can sit and relax at these places. Afterward, you can head to a bar for some drinks and entertainment. Many of the clubs and bars will have live entertainment and musicians. There are also a good amount of dance clubs located throughout the city.

A Tel Aviv beach bar
A Tel Aviv beach bar

A very popular choice with tourists is checking out some of the restaurants and bars located right on the beach and promenade of Tel Aviv.

If you are looking for the more authentic experience - try one of the many bars on Dizingoff street. The best area is around the corner of Dizingoff and Frishman street.

A young option is to check out some of the more neighborhood bars in Florentin neighborhood in south Tel Aviv, The busiest street's name is Vitaly. For a little more partying check out Lilienblum street or one of the bars in Ben-Yehuda street. The clubs tend to change names every season so ask around for recomendations. Some of the more popular are "Clara beach club", Galina, Sublet, Gazoz and Ya-Ya.

One of the best places to spend a night out is the area around Rotschild's boulevard in the center of Tel Aviv. This is one of the most beautiful spots in the city both in day and night. Buzzing with cafes, restaurants and bars - it is definitely a place you would like to return to for at least a couple of nights. Our recommendations - have coffee on the boulevard in one of the cafes or stands and then head out to one of the bars for a night out (the bars start from the corner of Allenby street). After finishing up - enjoy some delicious sushi at the Japanika sushi stand on the corner of Rotschild boulevard and Allenby street, or enjoy a frozen yogurt at Yogo at the corner of Rotschild and Nahalat-Binyamin street.

Tel Aviv's Nightlife
A Tel Aviv nightclub Rotschild Boulevard Florentin - the student quarter of Tel Aviv

Local transportation

  • Bus - Tel Aviv has a modern, regular and widespread bus network run mostly by a company called Dan. Bus services start at 05:00 and stop at midnight, though some of the lines stop earlier, so do check. In this website you can enter your departure & destination point and see how to get there by bus. Single tickets within the city and the close suburbs cost 6.40 NIS, around $2US.

How to get a 20% discount on the bus? Recently a new smart card, called Rav-Kav was introduced. The card can be charged with pay as you go credit and with special fare cards like a daily or monthly pass or multi-ride ticket. The monthly passes are only worth while if you plan to travel 2 times and more each day. It can be obtained at The central station and also at Arlozerov/Savidor Central Train station. It will be issued free of charge (provided you charge it with credit). The card can be charged at any service point or by the bus driver, there is a 20% discount for each charge (by adding 20% to the amount of money that was charged). For now, the card must be charged separately for each company so a service point or a driver of one company cannot charge the card for another company. - You have to make sure you buy the card from the company that you plan to travel with. Dan-Tel Aviv, Egged-Across the country. You can get the card registered with a photo (bring a passport) or unregistered (anonymous). Registered card will ensure you from theft. The card does not provide free transfers between different lines.

Please note: buses do not operate on Shabbat (from Friday afternoon to Saturday Evening)

Tickets can be purchased either at the driver of any bus line, or at the New Central Bus Station. The most popular bus route in the city is bus route number 5, which connects the Central Bus Station (departure from 4th floor, westernmost platform) in the south - with the Central Train Station. It goes through Rotschild Boulevards, Dizengoff Street (Including the Dizengoff Center Mall), Nordau Boulevard, Pinkas/Yehuda Maccabi Street and Weizman Street or Namir Road.
  • Taxi - You can hail a taxi ("mo-NIT") in the street or call one. Taxis are obliged to give you a metered ride unless you settle for a price, so insist on the driver using the meter ("mo-NEH"), unless you are sure what the price to your destination should be. A local ride without meter should be 20-30NIS in the downtown core, and up to 70 or 80 to the immediate suburbs. Hakastel taxi service, phone +972-3-6993322, or Shekem +972-3-5270404.
Sherut taxi
Sherut taxi
  • Sherut - In addition to normal taxis, there are 6-12 person van-sized taxis that supplement some bus routes ("Sheh-ROOT"). This alternative is often faster, and more frequent than taking a bus, and they operate 7 days a week. If requested, the driver will stop outside the designated bus stops. Such service is available on bus routes no. 4, 5 ,16, 51, 66 and also on some intercity routes. Just hail a Sherut taxi with your hand and it will stop for you if it has a spot available (you do not have to wait at a designated station for them).
  • Train - Israel Railways operate train services within Israel. Train services connect Tel Aviv to Haifa and Beer-Sheva, as well as numerous smaller towns whilst a direct train line connects Tel Aviv to Ben-Gurion airport. Tel Aviv has four train stations, all along the Ayalon highway. For best access to the city center, use either "Tel Aviv Merkaz" (a.k.a. "Arlozorov" and officially named "Savidor"), or "Hashalom". "Tel Aviv Ha-Hagana" Station is close to the New Central Bus Station.
  • Bicycle - Tel Aviv now offers bicycles for rent (the "Tel-O-Fun" project) on a daily or weekly basis. The price for a weekly subscription is around 60NIS. You can find the bicycles around the city in various stations (the green bicycles). Please note that currently only some of the stations offer the daily / weekly subscription with hopefully more added in the future.

The hospitals

The hospitals in Tel-Aviv area are located in Tel-Aviv or in one of the Tel-Aviv metropolin satelites cities - Petah Tikva, Ramat Gan, Kfar Saba, Rishon Le'tzion. Please see the map for details.

location of our hospitals in Tel-Aviv area
location of our hospitals in Tel-Aviv area
  • Rabin - The Rabin Medical Center is a medical center in Petah Tikva, Israel, in the Tel-Aviv metropolis area. It is currently the second largest medical center in Israel. It consists of two main hospitals (campuses): The Beilinson Hospital and the Golda-HaSharon Hospital, and the name commonly used is still Beilinson Hospital.
The medical center has 1,383 beds, 4,500 staff members, 9,000 annual births, 37 operating rooms, and 34,000 annual operations. In 2007, 8,519 babies were born in the Beilinson and Golda-HaSharon hospitals, of them 4,400 boys and 4,119 girls, including 254 pairs of twins and 5 instances of triplets. 165,005 patients went through the emergency ward in the same year.
Beilinson Hospital- The Beilison Hospital was founded in 1936. In 1938, the first blood bank in Israel was founded in Beilinson, and in 1968, the first heart transplant in Israel was performed there. Beilinson Hospital was the first in Israel to have a dermatology department, a nephrology institute, and a dialysis unit. The first implantation of an artificial heart in Israel was performed at Beilinson in 1995.
Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel - On October 29, 1991, the Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel was founded on the Beilnson's hospital grounds - by far the largest such facility in Israel. It was opened to the public in April 1992. It spans an area of 35,000 sq. meters. In 2007, over 52,000 children were treated at the emergency ward of the center, over 15,000 staying for prolonged treatment. 21 children underwent organ transplants, including a heart transplant. 8,360 children underwent miscellaneous operations, of which 450 were heart and blood system operations.
Golda-HaSharon - Hasharon Hospital boasts a familial atmosphere coupled with a highly skilled team of medical staff creating a sense of professionalism, humane care and community outreach. In addition to expert departments of internal medicine, surgery, ophthalmology, cardiology and more, areas of excellence include its specialized ambulatory services: Sports Medicine Clinic, Cardiac Rehabilitation Clinic , Laser Clinic, Urology Department & Internal Medicine Consultation Clinic.
The Dina School of Nursing Dorms - Just Across Beilinson hospital. Students doing the exchange in Beilinson & Schneider (walking distance), Hasharon (short bus or 20 min walk), and sometimes other hospitals (bus) will stay in these dorms. In each room there are 2 beds, each floor has a kitchenette with refrigerator, stove-top burners and filtered hot and cold water dispensers. Washing machines and dryers are available for a small fee, and internet is available in the computer room. Soft drink, candy and food vending machines are also on site. It's a short walking distance from a big shopping mall, ATMs and easy access to transportation for Tel-Aviv center.
  • Ichilov - The Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center is the main hospital serving Tel Aviv, Israel, and its metropolitan area. It is the third-largest hospital complex in the country. It has the major task of serving the 360,000 inhabitants of Tel Aviv, in addition to the more than one million people who enter the city every day for work and pleasure. The general admission hospital in the center is named Ichilov and the whole center is commonly referred to in Israel simply as "Ichilov Hospital" rather than "Sourasky Medical Center".
Founded in 1963, The Tel Aviv Medical Center is now spread-out over an area of 150,000 square meters and incorporates three hospitals: the Ichilov General Hospital and Ida Sourasky Rehabilitation Center, the Lis Maternity Hospital, and the Dana Children's Hospital. The center also serves as an instructional and research center affiliated with the Sackler Medical School and the Sheinborn Nursing School of Tel Aviv University. On November 4, 1995 after being shot, Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin was driven to Ichilov Hospital where he later died on the operating table.
The Medical Center has 1100 hospital beds, approximately 60 departments and institutes, and approximately 150 outpatient clinics. The Tel Aviv Medical Center functions as the hospital for the city of Tel Aviv, however, it is also the national referral center for various specialties. These include trauma, adult neurosurgery, pediatric neurosurgery, orthopedic oncology, surgical oncology, kidney-pancreas transplants and liver transplants, and microsurgery on the nervous system.
In recent years, the Medical Center has been expanding and modernizing its medical services and in-house hospitalization facilities. Its goal is to offer the most sophisticated medical care available, to the ever expanding population of the greater Tel Aviv area. With the completion of the new Arison Medical Tower, that goal is being reached. The Arison Medical Tower was built to meet the standards and requirements of the 21st century, and it houses the Center's surgical specialties. The Tower comprises 13 floors which contain all of the surgical and oncological services, on top of which rests the new helicopter pad that enables the speedy and life-saving reception of patients.
  • Tel Hashomer - The Chaim Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer often referred to as Tel HaShomer Hospital, is the largest hospital in Israel, world renowned for its medical services, research, and patient care. Located in Ramat Gan, established in 1948 along with the fledgling State of Israel to treat the wounded of Israel's War of Independence, the Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer has grown into Israel's national medical center—the largest and most comprehensive medical center in the Middle East.
Recognized for its compassionate care and leading-edge medicine, Sheba is also a major medical-scientific research powerhouse that collaborates internationally with the bio-tech and pharmaceutical industries to develop new drugs, treatments and technologies, and is a foremost global center for medical education. Situated on a 150-acre (0.61 km2) campus on the outskirts of Tel Aviv, Sheba today comprises 120 departments and clinics and 1,700 beds, employing more than 1,300 physicians, 2,400 nurses and 3,300 other healthcare workers and scientists.
The medical center uniquely combines a major Acute Care Hospital with a Rehabilitation Hospital[3], Women's Hospital, Children's Hospital[4], Laboratory Division, Outpatient Division, and an Academic Campus. It handles more than one million patient visits a year, including 200,000 emergency visits annually, and conducts more than two million medical tests of all types each year, on a $320 million (approximate) annual budget.
Sheba is also home to the Israel National Center for Health Policy and Epidemiology Research, the internationally-acclaimed Israel National Center for Medical Simulation (MSR) [5], the Israel National Blood Bank and Cord Blood Bank, and the Safra International Congenital Heart Center.
The Sheba Medical Center also is a medical research powerhouse. At least 25 percent of all Israeli medical clinical research is conducted at Sheba. It is the main clinical trial venue for human health scientific studies conducted by the Weizmann Institute of Science, and Tel Aviv and Bar-Ilan universities; and it is a key partner with industry as an initiator, catalyst and testing center for Israeli medical technology and new drugs.
Sheba provides services to patients from across the Middle East, including many patients (especially children) from the Palestinian Authority. Other major centers at Sheba include the Sheba Cancer Treatment and Research Centers, the Sheba Heart Center, and the Tel Hashomer Medical Research, Infrastructure and Services Co. Ltd., which provides global consulting and training services.
  • The Wolfson Medical Center opened in 1980 at the point where south Tel-Aviv meets Holon. The Medical Center has since grown from 342 beds to over 650 beds in 2007 with an additional 30 outpatients beds. Over 60 wards and departments serve the public in most areas of modern medicine. Recently growth and development has been spurred by demand, with 120,000 patients being catered for annually and up to 450 patients cared for daily in the casualty ward. The hospital includes a full range of facilities found in the most advanced medical centers in Israel
The Medical Center is strategically situated in a vicinity abounded by a population of nearly half a million inhabitants. Recently the Medical Center recruited from the influx of USSR and Ethiopian immigrants who settled in Holon and Bat-Yam, hundreds of nurses, doctors and paramedics. Over 100 doctors employed by The Wolfson Medical Center also hold posts at the Tel Aviv Medical University, ranging from instructors to professors. Most departments at the Medical Center are affiliated with the University and tutor students during their housemanship years. The students include foreign students from United States, China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ecuador, Bulgaria, Honduras & Georgia. To watch the hospital's video press here, and for more information on the hospital's departments check the hospital's web page.


  • Assaf Harofeh - Assaf Harofeh Medical Center is one of the largest hospitals in Israel with 826 beds and a versatile medical treatment. The Center is located 15 km S.E. of Tel Aviv and Ben-Gurion International Airport, and occupies a 60-acre campus. Before the establishment of the State of Israel the hospital functioned as medical military hospital of the British Army. Since then, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center had become one of the largest national and educational institutions, and it has a very important part in supplying medical services for the nation’s population.
The Center uses a wide range of modern medical technologies for an effective and high quality medical treatment. The hospital campus works in collaboration with The Sackler Faculty of Medicine of Tel Aviv University. The Israeli Medical Association’s Academic council for specialists training accredits all of the hospital’s departments.


  • Meir The Meir Medical Center is the central medical center of the Sharon and Shomron area, serving a population of some 600,000 residents. Some 15 minutes from Tel-Aviv, a number of large cities are included in this area: Ramat Hasharon, Hod Hasharon, Kfar Saba, Herzliya, Raanana, and Natanya, as well as a large number of villages and cities. The capabilities of the Meir Medical Center and the technological advancements it offers in the field of medicine and research has made it a foundation stone amongst the population of the Sharon and Shomron area.
In the past the hospital, with its staff of 2500, has provided professional and immediate treatment for the injured of terrorist attacks. The hospital is a highway junction for the meeting of the Arab and Jewish populations due to its unique capabilities, and as such serves as a local symbol of Arab-Jewish co-existence in the State of Israel.
The Meir Medical Center has 704 beds, and is the main medical center for the Sharon region. The hospital has some 100 departments and units. There are many doctors with academic appointments. The laboratories of the center are affiliated with Bar Ilan University.
The Meir Medical Center has chosen sports medicine as one of its fields of focus during the last few years, assisted by the staff of specialists in sports medicine within its authority. For five years, Meir Medical Center has been defined as “The Olympic Hospital” since it serves as the medical center that treats the athletes of the Olympic team.

Local weather

Tel Aviv is a mediterranean city, with hot summers and mild winters. The average daytime temperature in summer is 85°F (29°C) and in winter, 57°F (14°C). Humidity tends to be high all year round and November to April is the wet season, however you will still get some nice days of sun.

The Beach in Tel-Aviv
The Beach in Tel-Aviv

Social program

For Incoming in July & August we have a great national social program! In other months we will do our best to take you out to have fun in the city.

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