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Forty Free Sites to visit on Pesach – 2015 Edition

Bank HaPoalim has once again sponsored the free entrance to a multitude of attractions throughout Israel.

There is a very cute Hebrew site which has all of the information including opening hours and how to get there by public transportation.

Here is a list in English of the free sites:

Free Museums in the North

  • Ghetto Fighters Museum
  • International Stone Sculpture Symposium Galilee
  • Deer Forest
  • Antiques Museum of the Golan
  • Katzrin Park
  • Umm Al Fahm Museum
  • Wilfrid Museum
  • Probot- Agricultural Adventure
  • Ein Harod Art Center
  • HaChan Museum, Hadera

Free Museums in Haifa

Free Museums in the Center

Free Museums in the Jerusalem area

  • Yad LeShiryon – Armored Corps Museum
  • Bible Lands Museum
  • City of David- Archeological Adventure Emek Tzurim
  • City of David- Armon HaNatziv
  • Jerusalem Botanical Gardens
  • Old Yishuv Court Museum
  • Begin Heritage Center
  • Yad Ytzhak Ben Tzvi
  • Shai Agnon House
  • Israel Museum Jerusalem (not part of the Bank Hapoalim promotion) will be open free for children throughout chol hamoed and is free for everyone on April 9 )

Free Museums in the South of Israel

Tel Aviv supermarkets must close on Shabbat

Large and small supermarkets all across Tel Aviv were handed notices telling them that they must close on Shabbat.  The notifications are based on a recent ruling in court demanding that the city of Tel Aviv enforce its local ordinance closing food stores on Shabbat.  Who brought the case to court?  Not religious leaders but small makolet-type stores, who were unable to keep up with the competition and work seven days a week.

In response, the supermarket chains “Tiv Taam” and “am:pm” have announced that they will continue to be open on Shabbat.

שבת מנוחה



Ending soon: Half price voucher for Cafe Greg

Shaveh is offering a half price deal for Cafe Greg in the Gan HaIr mall in Tel Aviv- 71 Ibn Givriol Street.

Pay 5 shekels to Shaveh and 44 shekels to Cafe Greg for a voucher worth 89 shekels.

The voucher includes a glass of beer and either fish and chips or noodles.

The voucher is good for 60 days.

To purchase, go to the Shaveh web site.


Fresh Kitchen offers free dessert until 30 Jan 2014

Fresh Kitchen has opened their first kosher branch in Tel Aviv on 30 Ibn Givriol Street (London Minister):

In celebration, they are offering a free dessert with the purchase of any meal (business lunch not included).  Valid only at this branch.

For more information or to see their menu, go to their web site.

The Cofix revolution marches on

In case you have been living under a rock (or just started reading my posts), you know about the Cofix revolution- everything in the store is 5 shekels- coffee, sandwiches, fresh-squeezed orange juice, yogurt with granola, focaccia…you get the picture.  In response to the huge amount of business Cofix has generated for itself, some stores have introduced a 5 shekel menu and some stores sent undercover workers and reported that Cofix’s sandwiches are not fresh.  Cofix vehemently denies this claim, stating that their inventory does not last that long in the store.  Some reviewers love their products, some hate them, but the people on the street seem to love them because the lines are long and Cofix has announced the opening of 5 new stores; Ha’arbaa Street and Herzl/Halevy Street in Tel Aviv, Givatayim, Netanya and Rishon L’Zion.  The Ha’arbaa Street one opened this week.  It is right across the street from the Cinematheque.  I tried it out today- I bought fresh squeezed orange juice (I watched them squeeze it) and a focaccia bread with roasted vegetables.  The food was fresh and delicious and the prices are at least half that of the other stores in the area.  The chayalim in the area flocked to the store and grabbed the chairs outside.  All in all, I can’t see a reason to go elsewhere.

List of store branches



What are you doing at 4pm in Tel Aviv?

I stumbled across a really nice Facebook group which lists everything that is going on in Tel Aviv after 4pm- that is, from when the kids are home from school until dinner time.

‎מה עושים היום ב-4?‎

Here is a sample of today’s schedule:

As you can see, it lists the time, place, phone number, appropriate ages and price.

This is a great resource for anyone in Tel Aviv-enjoy!

Recycle with Rakevet Yisrael for a fun Chanukah outing

What to do:

  1. Sign up on the Israel Railways web site and print your voucher.
  2. Go to Tel Aviv Savidor train station on Thursday, November 28, 2013 one hour before the train leaves at either 8:53 or 10:53 with your children.
  3. Pay for each child’s ticket (ages 5-17) with three plastic bottles for recycling (six to add a return trip).
  4. Take a train ride to Jerusalem.
  5. Enjoy the Biblical Zoo (50% off child ticket), the Israel Museum (free)  and the Science Museum (10 shekels off child ticket).

The fine print:

  1. Space is limited.  A seat is not guaranteed (you may be standing).
  2. You can register up to two adults and six children.
  3. Children under five are free; adults pay full price.
  4. The museum deals are valid that day even if you don’t ride the train if you bring 3 bottles for recycling

This sounds like a lot of fun- hope to see you there!


מיחזורית אקספרס



The Cofix effect- Aroma lowers coffee prices (but not their deals)

After the grand opening of Cofix and its 5 shekel deals, other shops are starting to feel pressure to lower prices. Aroma announced that they are lowering the price of their small cafe hafuch from 11 shekels to 8 shekels and their large drops from 13 shekels to 12.  The price of the “cafe v’ma’afa” will stay the same, however, at 19 shekels.

The Aroma at the airport and Hatzeva will be selling their small coffee for 10 shekels, according to the mancal, because they have higher expenditures than the other stores.

The second Cofix has just opened on 47 King George Street in Tel Aviv.

Source: Ynet

Candy store closed for selling fake Viagra

A “Pitzutziah” (candy store) on 35 Allenby Street in Tel Aviv was caught selling fake Viagra pills among other things.  Due to the possibility that youths may buy these products for their own personal use, it was decided to close the store permanently.

Source: Misrad HaBriut web site

Free “Eema” Festival Chol HaMoed Sukkot in Tel Aviv 23-24 Sept 2013

The Eema group which gives out all those coupons you see me post is having a free festival for mothers, children, and babies with lots of fun activities and shopping for all.  Included in the festivities are shows and arts & crafts for the children, lectures for the mothers, a “gymboree”, lots of free samples to give away, a spa center for the mothers and lots more!

The festival will take place in “HaTachana” in Tel Aviv from 4-8pm.

For more information, go to HaTachana’s web site (Hebrew).


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