Last updated July 24th 2019
Did you know there are loads of great English-speaking (and non-English speaking) groups in Tel Aviv where you can meet people with your same interests? Joining groups of this kind are a great way to meet new people while learning a new skill! Scroll down for our favorite Places to Meet New People in Tel Aviv.
Acting, Public Speaking and Amateur Dramatics
(Photo credits: The Stage)
The StageTLV – Community Theater in Tel Aviv
The Stage is an English- speaking performing arts community in Tel Aviv. Every year they aim to run 3 productions, plus they host regular dramatics workshops and events.
Tel Aviv Improv Workshop – Improvisation Group
The Tel-Aviv Improv Workshop is a drop-in, low-pressure, recreational improvisational-theater workshop, that has been running weekly for the past 5 years. You don’t have to go every week — go whenever you feel like it.
Toast Tel Aviv – Public-Speaking Practice
Get over your fear of public speaking with this awesome community, they meet regularly at Maze 9 and have many events where you can practice your public speaking skills.
Kesem Storytelling Collective – Storytelling and workshops
Israel Writers Studio – A home for creative writers in English
Israel Writers Studio is a group that offers ongoing classes, one-day workshops, one-on-one mentoring and a writers community. Some of their classes and workshops are: Creative Writing at The Museum of the Jewish People at Beit Hatfutsot. Finding Inspiration in Writer’s Block. Israel Writers Studio in Raanana. And Just Write.
BookSurfing – Free Speech Gatherings
A social initiative bringing strangers together through texts, held in hundreds of homes, bars, cafes, parks and other hosting spaces all around the world. Surfs are offered to the general public free of charge, and have no political or religious agenda. The only moving force behind BookSurfing is curiosity and the ability to listen to others.
Tel Aviv Folk Club – Musical Gatherings
The Tel Aviv Folk Club is a musical gathering which has been meeting regularly, twice each month since 1987. In an evening, they present four gigs of live folk music. They are comprised of musicians and audience – people who love folk music. They make up a very close-knit, warm and friendly community.
(Photo credits: Tel Aviv Pioneers)
Tel Aviv Co-Ed Football and Beer Club – Looking to meet cool new people? Every Saturday this cool club meet for a kick about on Charles Clore Park (also Tuesday and Thursdays at Maze 11). They’re always looking for new players.
Inter Aliyah Club – Inter Aliyah Football Club was created to serve as a continuous bond between the diaspora community and the State of Israel. The Club will also provide a unified identity to the Olim residing within Haaretz. Aliyah Club is envisioned to give an opportunity to those athletes in the diaspora that would like to come to Israel and play professional sports. Currently at Liga Gimel (5th division) of the Israeli football league.
Ghetton 5-a-side soccer league – A sport network with 1000 players in Italy and Israel.
Tel Aviv REAL football – Facebook group where matches are organized by members.
Tel Aviv Amazons – Women Rugby. A competitive, fun loving team looking to recruit players of all shapes and sizes. No one is too small, too big, too thin, too fat or too anything to play rugby! Training is twice a week (Sun & Wed, 19:00-21:00) at the TAU sports center.
Rugby Social Club – Rugby Social Club is a club for urban professionals in Tel Aviv – Yafo area to come work-out in a fun outdoors environment and meet new people. The training session consists of fitness exercises, exercises that aim to develop various skills of tag rugby and playing time. Tag rugby is a non-contact form of rugby, which makes it much safer and available to all genders to play together. One of the core values of rugby is inclusiveness. This game is indeed for everyone; any age, gender, body shape, level of athleticism, etc. It’s also a perfect ratio of olim hadashim and sabras. The sessions are instructed by licensed fitness coaches, Michal Taraboulos and Debi Mesri, who are also Team Israel national players.
Tel Aviv Pioneers – The Pioneers are a full-tackle American football team playing in the IFL (Israeli Football League). They often organize cool events for the general public.
Other Ball Games
Israel Field Hockey – An intramural co-ed indoor field hockey team. We are a group of Israelis and internationals who come together to play hockey usually on Saturday evenings and compete in outdoor field hockey in the Maccabiah Games every 4 years! All levels of experience are welcome and don’t be shy even if you haven’t touched a stick in years or are a first time player!
Baseball and Beer – Here’s the deal. Every other weekend, we’ll be having a mini-baseball tournament at Park Hayarkon. It’ll be soft toss, overhand, from behind a pitching screen.
Basketball Tel Aviv – People looking for Basketball games and players.
Tel Aviv Netball – A Netball group for everyone who wants to play, whether you are a great player, an ex-player (the last time you thought about netball was sometime around primary school!) or someone who wants to learn a new sport.
Israeli Baseball Association – A network of coaches and players throughout Israel to: Teach and coach baseball; run teams in 5 leagues from ages 6 to adults.
Tel Aviv Beach Volleyball and Picnic – This group is used to organize and schedule beach volleyball games usually at Gordon Beach, Tel-Aviv. They also have picnics once in a while, everyone is welcome!
Aussie Rules football – People looking to play AFL footy in Israel, everyone is welcome!
South Tel Aviv Dragons Aussie Rules Football Club – Tel Aviv’s newest Aussie Rules football club. Come down for a kick and join the fun!
Tennispro Tel Aviv – A group for finding Tennis partners in the Tel Aviv area, schedule matches and even participate in tournaments!
Chess on the Boulevard (Yehudit!) – We are an open group, initially helped by the Angels of Rothschild Chess group (they meet on Tuesdays on Rothschild)- to enable chess on Sderot Yehudit for free from 7pm until late. Anyone can come- just turn up with a smile – All levels.
Play Me TLV – Boards Game Group – For those who like or miss Pictionary, or Risk, Connect 4, Monopoly or any other game and want to chill with other like minded dweebs.
Hi-Tech and Entrepreneurs
(Photo credits: Startup Grind)
Garage Geeks – GarargeGeeks is an Israeli based not-profit physical and virtual space for innovative and creative people to introduce, network, expose, create, brainstorm, innovate and build.
Startup Grind – Startup Grind Tel Aviv is part of the global Startup Grind Community, a global entrepreneurship community inspiring, educating, and connecting in 98 countries, 200 cities, and 1 million entrepreneurs.
Wine Wednesday – An excuse to drink good Israeli wine with friends (both old and soon-to-be) while raising money and awareness for important grassroots projects in Israel.
Women in Digital – Women in Digital Israel is a professional organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting Women in their digital careers through networking, lectures, workshops, courses, mentoring and employment opportunities.
Lesbians Who Tech – Lesbians Who Tech is a gathering of women in the queer community in and around tech, chatting over drinks.
She Codes – A group for programmers, future programmers, entrepreneurs, engineers, students and other curious women who have a common interest in programming, technology and entrepreneurship. They have regular events to meet people and learn about programing.
Fuckup Nights – Regular meetups where people from different industries and backgrounds talk about their failures and what they learned from them.
For more hi-tech meetups and events, check out our Events Calendar
(Photo credits: Arik Ninio)
Tel Aviv Derby Girls – Roller Derby Israel – A roller derby league from Tel Aviv, Israel, calling everyone to come and join them!
The Longboard Girls Crew Israel – A diverse group of riders from different corners of the globe who want to build a community and encourage girls of all levels to grab a board.
School of Shine – School of Shine is a women’s community dedicated to inspiring happiness from within. School of Shine hosts unique events and offers proven tools to help women infuse more positive habits into their daily lives. Events include walking groups, Coffee, Kegels and Conversation meetups, and more.
Tel Aviv Ladies Social Club – This is a group for the girls of Tel Aviv and surrounding areas to socialise, meet each other and exchange ideas of fun activities.
Ladies of Tel Aviv Date Nights – A group for the beautiful and wonderful women of Israel! A place where we can talk, meet friends and set up dates for ladies night!
Best of the rest
Pele – A gathering space for anyone who wishes to open up, connect and love. A place to meet and create. They regularly host workshops, movies, conferences, parties, shows and other events that aims to promote love through patience and giving.
Tel Aviv Rollers – You must have seen them hurtling down the streets every Tuesday night.
The Israel Climbers Club – A non-profit organization whose goal is to promote climbing sport in Israel.
Ultimate Frisbee – Group of Ultimate Frisbee players that play every Saturday in Tel Aviv at HaYarkon park, next to the rock wall.
Critical Mass Tel Aviv – Critical Mass is a monthly cyclist meetup that happens at over 300 cities around the world. It started as a mass protest in San Francisco in 1992, and spread from there.
Other great places to meet new people…
Most of the Olim in our community met some of their closest friends in Ulpan, plus if you are moving to Israel it comes very handy to learn some Hebrew. We’ve dedicated a whole section on our website to the best Ulpans in Tel Aviv, check them out in our Guide to the Best Places to Learn Hebrew in Tel Aviv!
Art and Crafts Classes
We have a whole separate blog post on this called Art and Craft Classes in Tel Aviv.
Love dancing? We have a whole separate blog post on this called Dance Classes in Tel Aviv.
There are loads of awesome cooking schools around Tel Aviv! Check our Guide to Cooking Classes in Tel Aviv.
We have a whole separate blog post on this called Volunteering in Israel.
Olim Friendly Synagogues in Tel Aviv
We have a whole separate blog post on this called Olim Friendly Synagogues in Tel Aviv.
Live Music Venues
We have a whole blog post on the Best Places to See Live Music in Tel Aviv!