Fri 22 June 2018 | 10:45 am - 2:00 pm
Alenby 60 - Alenby 60, Tel Aviv, FREE


“I’d been living in London when my world turned upside down and I’d had to come home. By the time my plane landed back in Sydney, all I had left was a carry on bag full of clothes and a world of troubles. No one to welcome me back, no place to call home. I was a tourist in my hometown.

Standing there in the arrivals terminal, watching other passengers meeting their waiting friends and family, with open arms and smiling faces, hugging and laughing together, I wanted someone out there to be waiting for me. To be happy to see me. To smile at me. To hug me.

So I got some cardboard and a marker and made a sign. I found the busiest pedestrian intersection in the city and held that sign aloft, with the words “Free Hugs” on both sides.


In 2004 Juan Mann, a gorgeous Australian man of Egyptian origin, came to Sydney, Australia, straight from London,
He went out into the street and offered free hugs to anyone he wanted. And he hugged a lot of people.
“free hug” movement was established and since then it has been a worldwide phenomenon, their goal is to spread love.

A band called sick-puppies wrote him a song, made an exciting clip and uploaded it to YouTube, where he became a hit with 78 million views.

You can bring a guitar, an cool hat, happy clothes and most importantly your smile:)
We will make signs and you are welcome to make too, you can be creative in colors, or for example in Russian and Arabic.

Let’s go for one of the most beautiful phenomenas that ever grown in the last years.

And for 15 minutes, people just stared right through me. The first person who stopped, tapped me on the shoulder and told me how her dog had just died that morning. How that morning had been the one year anniversary of her only daughter dying in a car accident. How what she needed now, when she felt most alone in the world, was a hug. I got down on one knee, we put our arms around each other and when we parted, she was smiling.

Everyone has problems and for sure mine haven’t compared. But to see someone who was once frowning, smile even for a moment, is worth it every time.”


About the ‘pele’:
An island of sanity and love in the heart of Tel Aviv.
“Pele” is powered by a wonderful group of devoted volunteers whose faith is love. Is financed entirely by the contributions of those who come to its gates.
A meeting place and a vegan gathering for all that his heart wishes to open, to connect and to love. Space for creativity, workshops, conferences, concerts, movies and events aimed at promoting love through tolerance and giving. A place to open the heart and head and to find other partners to build a better world.
You are invited to come, experience, intensify, empower, be excited and just be.

The “pelle” is on rival 25 street.

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