Shalom Tel Aviv! “Tonight we commemorate, tomorrow we celebrate”. This is a special time of the year in Israel, and for me the next two days especially signify everything beautiful about this country. Tonight the big Yom HaZikaron tekes (ceremony) is at Kikar Rabin; there are also several English ceremonies going on around town. And tomorrow, just as day turns to night, the parties begin across the city! Secret Tel Aviv HQ thanks all the soldiers who keep us safe, and wishes everyone a special few days!


Yom Hazikaron 1   Waiting

Yom Haatzmaut 1    Clothes exchange

Tonight and Tomorrow Day: Yom HaZikaron 

The main ceremony is at Kikar Rabin tonight. A reminder that all shops and restaurants are closed tonight but open tomorrow, and there is a siren at 8pm this evening and 11am tomorrow morning.

– Tuesday eve – Official ceremony @ Kikar Rabin – live music performances and speeches by the families of fallen soldiers and victims of terror.

– Tuesday eve – Yom Hazikaron Alternative Ceremony by the Combatants for Peace – Memorial day ceremony commemorating all the lives of all lost in Israeli-Palestinian wars.

– Tuesday eve – The Stage Presents: Rising in Memory – Hebrew & English ceremony to commemorate the lives of fallen Olim Soldiers.

Wednesday Night and Thursday: Yom HaAtzmaut!
Wednesday night – there is a Huge International Loft Party at Yad Harutsim Street. Tickets 80 NIS in advance, 100 NIS on the door.

Thursday day – World-famous DJ Carl Cox and Israeli superstars Balkan Beat Box perform at Gnei Hatarucha (Park Hayarkon). There are still a few tickets left at 189 NIS.

For more Yom HaAtmzmaut Parties check out the Secret Tel Aviv Guide to Best Yom HaAtzmaut Parties!


Durable Fabric Clothes Swap Fair @ Hamashbir 22 – bring your old clothes and exchange for something ‘new’.
Give and Take Exchange Market – the Give and Take crew return to Kuli Alma – everything is free, everything left over will be donated to charity.
– OneDay Social Volunteering Beach Cleaning in Tel Aviv, followed by a picnic.
E-Boded Desert Weekender – the E-Boded Crew are heading to the desert for two days of partying.

Friday Evening
Special Kabalat Shabbat service at the Nemal.
Carlebach Kabalat Shabbat – join hundreds of Olim and Israelis at the Tel Aviv International Synagogue.



Special screening of ‘Waiting’ – you are invited to a screening of ‘Waiting’, a documentary film created by Michal Kesten Keidar six years ago. Michal is the widow of Lieutenant Colonel Dolev Keidar who was killed during Operation Protective Edge. Followed by Q&A in English.
No To Deportation Protest – huge protest against the forced deportation of refugees, starts @ Cinematheque.
Guns n Roses Tribute Show @ Tachles Bar – 40 NIS entry.

Rest of the Week
SundayMYQuiz Tel Aviv – English Pub Quiz @ Saloona – teams of up to  six, 30 NIS each person.
MondayBrasil for All @ Ozen Bar – traditional Brazilian music plus Forro dance lesson before – entrance 65 NIS.
MondayCelebrate Dutch King’s Day @ Casa Veranda – dress code Orange!
MondayCongo Beat the Drum Screening @ Kuli Alma – documentary about two Israelis who visit Jamaica to record an album with forgotten reggae artists from the past.
MondayEcoMotion Unconference about Smart Transportation.
TuesdayThink And Drink Different Panel on Feminism @ Nanuchka (in Hebrew)