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17 Reasons Tel Aviv is the Perfect City for You

Matkot (beach tennis) players on the beach in ...

Matkot (beach tennis) players on the beach in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tel Aviv Mosque

Tel Aviv Mosque (Photo credit: almasudi)

17 Reasons Tel Aviv is the Perfect City for You

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1. Tel Aviv was recently named one of the best cities for startups.


2. National Geographic Traveler named Tel Aviv one of the top 10 beach cities in the world.


3. Tel Aviv gets 10 months of sunshine, which means beach time almost all year long.


4. The world’s top celebrities come to Tel Aviv to perform on their world tours.

5. Every summer, Israelis from around the country go to Tel Aviv to celebrate its Annual Water Party.

6. Tel Aviv’s annual White Night party brings the city to life.


7. Even the BBC acknowledged that Tel Aviv is the best place for Matkot, Israel’s ‘Faster, Harder and Noisier’ Version of Paddle Ball.

8. Want to go back to school?  Tel Aviv has one of the top universities in the world.


9. If you’re looking for a job in Tel Aviv, you could be lucky enough to work for Google in one of the most amazing offices in the world.


10. Israel is home to some of the most incredible exhibits including the “Must-See” LEGO Exhibit.


11. Tel Aviv is one of the biggest parade capitals of the world and hosts a famous annual Pride Parade.

12. Need to get online? You’ll soon be in luck wherever you are – Tel Aviv is going wireless.


13. Tel Aviv is and always will be the city that never sleeps.


14. As an Olim Hadashim, you will be always surrounded by a group of single Israelis.


15. Tel Aviv is one of the most active cities and there is always something to get involved in.


16. Parking is tight and you will become an expert at parallel parking your car in a two meter space.

17. Once you become a Telavivian, you will know there is no better city in the world.


16 Signs You’ve Become a resident of the White City Tel Aviv.


16 Signs You’ve Become a Real Telavivian

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1. You’ve started to go out every night.


2. You know every single person on your street and their pets’ names.

 3. You’ve gotten so used to noise that you don’t even hear the sound of the garbage trucks at 5 a.m. anymore.

4. When you leave the city, the quiet makes you feel like you’re in a museum.

5. You wear summer clothes almost all year long.


6. You go to the Macolet in your pajamas.

7. Your local bartender has become your best friend and shrink.


8. Dinner at midnight has become a normal occurrence.

9. Any dreams of having savings in your bank are long gone.


10. You know how to spot the Ole Chadash – they are always surrounded by a group of single Israelis of the opposite sex.

11. Your social life centers around your sports activities.

12. You’ve become an expert parallel parking your car in a two meter space.

13. You meet the same friends at the same time every night at the same coffee shop.

14. You’ve become an expert in mixing languages – English, Russian and Hebrew – in the same sentence without knowing what you’re saying.


15. You’ve started to date your friend’s friend, and his friend, and his friends as well.

16. When you leave Tel Aviv, you can’t wait to return!

10 Places You Don’t Want to Stay When Visiting Israel

American Colony Hotel is located in Jerusalem

American Colony Hotel is located in Jerusalem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem - fron...

English: David Citadel Hotel, Jerusalem – front entrance (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Back view of David Citadel hotel, Jer...

English: Back view of David Citadel hotel, Jerusalem (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(29) Close up of YuYuan Gardens  and old city

(29) Close up of YuYuan Gardens and old city (Photo credit: China Encounters)

10 Places You Don’t Want to Stay When Visiting Israel

When visiting Israel, it’s very important to know where you shouldn’t be staying. Here are a few examples:
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  1. Any place that includes “running water” in its list of amenities
  2. Any inn with a suspicious acronym, like… Hebron American MotelsAnd Suites
  3. A hotel whose website boasts “Complimentary Daily Exterminator Visits”
  4. A motel where the name of the guy at the reception desk is “Lurch”
  1. The Hotel California, Israeli Branch
  2. Motel Seven-And-Three Quarters.
  3. An inn with the motto “King Saul Slept Here … And We Haven’t Changed the Sheets Since”.
  4. Weight-Loss Lodges boasting “34 floors and no elevator” and “enjoy the great outdoors by chopping your own firewood”
  5. Clever sound-alike facilities like “David’s … Dungeon”
  6. Any hotel offering “Five Prayer Services Daily”

Convinced? Great! Now read on for our “take” on three Jerusalem hotels you actually might want to try:

David Citadel Hotel (5 Star – $$$$)

David CitadelNo hotel in Jerusalem quite compares to the luxurious David Citadel Hotel. Located on King David Street in the heart of Jerusalem, the David Citadel’s unique, clever U-shaped structure means more rooms with a great Old City View. The David Citadel is a short walk to both the Old City and the New. It is right across the street from Mamilla Mall – a pedestrian-only mall with a wide selection of shops, galleries, and restaurants, so you can shop till you drop, and not be too far from home when you do!

According to many of our VIP GoInspire groups, the service at the David Citadel is superb. The polite and quick employees are a big part of the hotel’s five star appeal. The hotel offers delightful little touches, like a welcoming snack in your room and a chocolate laid beside your bed during turndown service (and who could turn that down?) So, if you are a discerning traveler who doesn’t like to slide into bed like a letter into an envelope, the David Citadel might be just the place for you.

King Solomon (4 Star – $$$)

King Solomon 4The King Solomon Hotel, also located on King David Street in Jerusalem, offers a location that provides an authentic Israeli experience that is ideal for families, couples, and tour groups. One of its best features is its location: it is only a ten minute walk from Yaffo Gate (one of the entrances to the Old City) and is close to the city’s main historical and cultural attractions.

The hotel rooms are comfortable and clean, and many of the balconies offer panoramic views of the Old City, which is especially beautiful at night. The King Solomon hotel overlooks the most important historical sites of Jerusalem, including the Old City walls, the Tower of David, and the Montefiore Windmill.

Hint from GoInspire: Try to request rooms on the highest available floor facing the Old City, as these rooms will afford you the most magnificent views. (If none are available, don’t fret. Most of the rooms feature beautiful views, including a great one of the Liberty Park.)

King SolomonKing Solomon is just a short distance from the busy downtown area of New Jerusalem, which offers entertainment, many of the best restaurants, fascinating museums, and shopping to your heart’s content. Also close by is the not-so-well known Chutzot Hayotzer, or “Artists Lane”, where art lovers can purchase jewelry, crafts, and works of art directly from the artists themselves. (A little taste of Tzfat…)

Guests at the King Solomon can walk to the Great Synagogue to enjoy this majestic sight and even join in the uplifting prayers of Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday nights. Many of the GoInspire groups stay at this hotel, including the women of JWRP, because of its 3 great pluses: Location, Location, and Location!

Lev Yerushalayim (3 Star – $$)

Lev YerushalayimThe Lev Yerushalayim, located on King George Street in the center of Jerusalem, is perfect for families traveling with kids, for students, or for anyone who’s on a budget and wants great value for their money. Many of our GoInspire student groups stay at this apartment-hotel for its location and easy accessibility. The rooms are all mini-suite style and function as apartments, making them great for groups. Each includes a living room, a small kitchen, bedrooms and a bathroom, and is simply furnished with useful amenities.

Located near Ben Yehuda Street and Rechov Yafo, the Lev Yerushalayim is in a lively and fun area, full of cafes, restaurants, and shops of all kinds. Sometimes you can even catch street performers doing their thing for an appreciative audience. Lev Yerushalayim is walking distance to the historical sites within the Old City, and the Western Wall, as well as the famous Jerusalem shuk, Machane Yehuda.

This apartment-hotel is also convenient to almost every type of transportation. A cab stand and bus stops are just a few steps away from the entrance, and the New Light Rail is just down the street, to help you find your way to important sites like the City of David, Yad Vashem, and the Israeli Museum. (Thank you, Mrs. Mindy Bloom, for your comment on our previous blog about the newly renovated Israeli Museum!)

The Lev Yerushalayim is perhaps most aptly summed up by one reviewer who writes: “This is a 3 star hotel, with a 5 star location and money value.”

What’s your favorite hotel in Jerusalem, or anywhere in Israel? We look forward to your comments! And, remember, hotel reservations are just another travel service that we offer!

The Shakshuka System


The Shakshuka System

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The Shakshuka System
שיטת השקשוקה
Directed by Ilan Abudi
Produced by Sharon Carney
Gili Dickerman
Written by Ilan Abudi
Uri Weasberod
Cinematography Ilan Abudi
Editing by Martha Wieseltier
Release date(s) 2008
Running time 93 minutes
Country Israel
Language Hebrew

The Shakshuka System (Hebrew: שיטת השקשוקה‎) is a 2008 Israeli documentary filmcreated by the Israeli investigative journalist Mickey Rosenthal and the Israeli director Ilan Abudi. The film focuses on the connection between private capital and government in Israel and suggests that a system exists whereby the State of Israel sells its limited resources, cheaply, to a handful of wealthy families. The film shows this by specifically focusing on the business relationship between the political leadership in Israel and one of the wealthiest families in the Israeli economy – the Ofer family.

The film won the Ophir Award for Best Documentary film in 2009.

While the film was being produced, the Ofer Brothers Group filed a lawsuit against the creators of the film and no Israeli TV channel would show it. Initially the film was screened in Cinematheques, different events, and in the Knesset. A year after the premiere, it was broadcast on Channel 1, followed by a film produced by the Ofer Brothers in response. In February 2010 the lawsuit was dismissed.


The film explores the sale of state assets, such as the Dead Sea WorksZim and the Oil Refineries Ltd, to the Ofer Brothers Group. Government officials who carried out these transactions on behalf of the State of Israel became senior employees of the Ofer group after retiring from the public sector. The film tracks the interaction between seniors in the public sector, the media and the Ofer group, claiming the Ofer Brothers managed to avoid scrutiny due to their ties with key people in the media such as Rafi Ginat.

A central part of the film deals with a donation attempt by Sammy Ofer to the Tel Aviv Museum of Art in exchange for the renaming of the museum after him and his wife, and for provisions which would entitle him, according to the film, to ownership rights to the structure of the museum.

The film presents a report of the Ministry of Environment which claims that the factories of the Ofer Brothers Group, such as the Oil Refineries, are polluting the environment and shows the negative effects which their pollution causes. In the film Mickey Rosenthal also confronted a senior in the Israeli Cancer Association after the association gave a certificate to Sammy Ofer for his contribution.

The film’s name is a culinary metaphor which refers to the alleged deal made which resulted in Ofer Brothers Group acquisition of Zim, the national shipping company, for a seemingly very low price. The metaphor made during the film by the Israeli lawyer Ram Caspi, whom represented the Israel Corporation (controlled by the Ofer Brothers Group) in the negotiations over the acquisition of the government shares in Zim. In the film Caspi claims that the Ofer Brothers Group, which were the only company to participate in the auction over Zim’s shares, closed the deal after the sides agreed on a final price which was much lower than the real worth of the shipping company. According to the film, a few months after the sale, Zim was appraised at three or maybe four times the price at which the state sold its interest.[1]


While the film was being made, a libel lawsuit was filed against Rosenthal and his wife by Ariel Shemer, the lawyer of the Ofer family.[2]Rosenthal also received several death threats. Rosenthal was not deterred but the Yes company, which helped finance the film, later withdrew its finance backing and refused to broadcast it. According to Yes, this decision was made because of scenes relating to people suffering from Cancer as a result of pollution, which Rosenthal added to the film contrary to the agreement the company made with him. According to the filmmakers, they agreed to cut out several parts from the film so that Yes would approve the broadcasting of the film, yet it was eventually decided that the film would not be broadcast.[3]

The banning of the film created a public uproar. Among others, a number of filmmakers unions organized and held a press conference about the censorship made due to pressure from the wealthiest people in Israel’s economy. Eventually the film was approved for screening at the Cinematheque in Tel Aviv, despite cease and desist letters sent by the lawyers of the Ofer family. Later on the film was screened at the Jerusalem Cinematheque.

Channel 10 and Channel 1 expressed interest in the film, but were also pressured not to broadcast it. As a result, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel contacted the management of the Israel Broadcasting Authority claiming concern for the freedom of expression and democracy in Israel. Channel 1 announced that the film would be broadcast with a few corrections but decided to show it in full, followed by a response movie produced by the Ofer family.[4] In July 2009, both films were shown on Channel 1 in a special broadcast hosted by Oded Shachar.

A compromise agreement was reached in September 2009 between Rosenthal and the Ofer family, in which the family agreed to pay Rosenthal NIS 40,000 for court costs.


The attempts to prevent the screening of the film led to a substantial media interest. “This is the film that nobody wants you to see. Now everyone should see it” wrote Yaron Ten-Brink, a television critic of Yediot Aharonot. “Drop everything and go see this movie. You would get a more detailed accurate explanation of how the state steals from us and transfers the gains to the Ofer brothers,” wrote the Israeli journalist Guy Meroz in Maariv. Haredi journalist Koby Arieli urged readers to “Go see The Shakshouka System. Do not miss it.”[5][dead link]


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Mind your Social Manners : Facebook Friend Etiquette


Similar to Facebook commenting, your primary objective when adding new Facebook friends should be to avoid looking creepy.

That’s right; it’s not about making sure you’ve added all your cousins or looking up your long lost college roommate.facebook_friends

Listen to us on this one.

Turning down the creep factor, however, is easier said than done. Certain Facebookers believe that their friend count is a reflection of their real-life popularity. (We all KNOW that no one has 2,452 friends, yet I suppose there’s something to the perception that if a person has 2,452 Facebook friends, they probably have a rockin’ real-world social life.)

Gauging your popularity through your number of acquired Facebook friends, however, can lead to some unwise, impulsive friend-making decisions. Suddenly that guy you met at a party, or your friend’s friend’s boyfriend, becomes fair game. This is further magnified by the fact that you’ve probably already added most, if not all, of your ACTUAL family and friends, leaving mostly, um, “randoms,” as I call ‘em.

((Sidenote: Personally speaking, I tend to gauge Facebook popularity not by number of friends but by engagement. Anyone can start friending randoms and get a good number of them to accept. But these same high-friend-count peeps can have low engagement on their posts. On the other hand, people with the Facebook average of 245 friends can get heavy engagement.  It all comes down to the quality of your friends and the information you post.))

Facebook friending raises some other issues too:

First, Facebook is absolutely a window into your life: your photos, your status updates, your likes, your information. To think that stranger-friends won’t root through your profile is naïve. The “looser” your friending policy, the more strangers have access to these things. Of course, you can finagle your settings so that they see limited personal information, but isn’t that kind of a pain and defeating of the purpose of Facebook?

Keep in mind, too, that anyone you friend has the ability to somewhat affect your image, by either leaving comments, writing on your wall, and friending your friends. (We’ve probably all had that person we wish we hadn’t friended.)

Friending has also made the dating scene more tricky. Say you’ve been on a couple of dates with a person, and you like ‘em but still have lots to discover about each other. Then a friend request appears, and suddenly this person will have access to all 481 of your photos. Your family, your friends, your trip to Cancun are all right there, before you’ve had the chance to tell your story your way. It can result in a weird, unnatural acceleration of the normal “getting to know you” process.

Can TKGenius help you navigate these things perfectly? No, but we can at least save you from looking like a creeper, and maybe provide an idea or two on making good Facebook friending calls:

  • Don’t friend strangers. Whether it’s someone you’ve only met once who probably doesn’t remember you to trolling your friends’ friends for more friends, you don’t want the invitee to go, “Who?! Ew!”
  • Don’t friend the guy/gal you never talked to in high school. If you didn’t speak in high school, you probably won’t find much value in friending them now, and it comes off as bizarre behavior. Even more bizarre than you were in high school.
  • Don’t friend the guy/gal you met at a party for 10 minutes. Creepy! You’re asking someone you know almost nothing about to open up a huge chunk of their lives for you. If it’s someone you’d like to ask out for a date, opt for a Facebook message instead.
  • Don’t friend someone if there’s a chance they’re going to respond, “Huh?” Similar to friending a stranger, ask yourself if you’re confident this person will know who you are before sending a friend request.
  • Don’t friend someone if there’s a chance they’re going to respond, “Why?” The last thing you want is to send a request to someone, only to have that person text a friend, “ZOMG! You won’t believe who just friended me!!!!”
  • Don’t friend someone who reports to you at work. It puts that person in an incredibly awkward position.
  • Don’t friend your superiors unless you’re 100% comfortable with them having that much access to your life. There may be pics of your infamous keg stands from 2009….just sayin’.
  • Don’t friend a coworker unless you’re pretty darn sure it’s cool with them. Even with coworkers of equal standing, tread lightly.
  • Don’t friend someone you just started dating. Your “Facebook life” is huge, and potentially a huge can of worms.Don’t add the extra pressure of a friend request.

Once again, we’re pros at telling you what not to do. :)

So, what SHOULD you do? Our rather simple advice is to approach Facebook friendships with the same etiquette that you do your offline personal and professional friendships. Just because it’s online doesn’t mean certain behaviors can be off-putting. Use common sense, follow our list of don’ts, and you’ll be the least creepy “friend-er” on Facebook.

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Top 100 Crowdfunded Companies (and a few new resources)


Top 100 Crowdfunded Companies (and a few new resources)

Crowdfunding is more than just the latest trend — it’s an increasingly effective way to jumpstart a business with much needed cash. For Entrepreneur’s first-ever Top 100 Crowdfunded Companies listing, we partnered with the Crowdfunding Academy, a crowdfunding-support service, and Babson College to compile the companies whose campaigns raised the most money in the last year.

Check out the full listing below.

No. Name of Company Category Product Funded Amount Funding Platform Founder
and/or CEO
1 Ouya Video Games Open-source game console $8.6 million Kickstarter Julie Uhrman
2 inXile entertainment Video Games Torment: Tides of Numenera, computer game $4.19 million Kickstarter Brian Fargo
3 Obsidian Entertainment Video Games Project Eternity, computer game $3.99 million Kickstarter Feargus Urquhart
4 Reaper Miniatures Games Bones gaming miniatures $3.43 million Kickstarter Ed Pugh
5 Formlabs Technology Form 1, 3-D printer $2.95 million Kickstarter Maxim Lobovsky, David Cranor, Natan Linder
6 Tile Technology Lost-and-found location device $2.68 million Selfstarter Nick Evans, Mike Farley
7 MS Paint Adventures Video Games Homestuck, online game $2.49 million Kickstarter Andrew Hussie
8 Oculus VR Technology Oculus Rift, virtual-reality headset $2.44 million Kickstarter Palmer Luckey, Brendan Iribe
9 WobbleWorks Hardware 3Doodler, 3-D printing pen $2.34 million Kickstarter Peter Dilworth, Maxwell Bogue
10 Apigy Technology Lockitron, keyless-entry app $2.28 million Selfstarter Cameron Robertson, Paul Gerhardt
11 Cryptozoic Entertainment Video Games Hex, trading-card and online game $2.28 million Kickstarter John Nee, Cory Jones
12 CoolMiniOrNot Tabletop Games Zombicide: Season 2, board game $2.26 million Kickstarter Chern Ann Ng, David Doust
13 City State Entertainment Video Games Camelot Unchained, online game $2.23 million Kickstarter Mark Jacobs, Andrew Meggs
14 Uber Entertainment Video Games Planetary Annihilation, video game $2.23 million Kickstarter Jon Mavor, Bob Berry
15 Cloud Imperium Games Video Games Star Citizen, video game $2.13 million Kickstarter Chris Roberts
16 Kingdom Death Tabletop Games Kingdom Death: Monster, board game $2.05 million Kickstarter Adam Poots
17 Portalarium Video Games Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues, video game $1.92 million Kickstarter Richard Garriott, Dallas Snell
18 Dwarven Forge Tabletop Games Game Tiles miniature terrain $1.91 million Kickstarter Stefan Pokorny
19 Palladium Books Tabletop Games Robotech RPG Tactics, battle game $1.44 million Kickstarter Kevin Siembieda
20 Pirate3D Hardware The Buccaneer, 3-D printer $1.44 million Kickstarter Roger Chang
21 Lifx Labs Technology Lifx, Wi-Fi-enabled LED light bulb $1.31 million Kickstarter Phil Bosua
22 Dekko Internet Technology Augmented-reality startup $1.3 million MicroVentures Matt Miesnieks
23 DecisionDesk Technology Application tracking system $1.25 million Fundable John Knific, Marc Plotkin, Eric Neuman
24 Double Fine and 2 Player Productions Video Games Massive Chalice, computer game $1.23 million Kickstarter Tim Schafer (Double Fine); Paul Owens, Paul Levering, Asif Siddiky (2 Player Productions)
25 Mantic Entertainment Tabletop Games Deadzone, sci-fi tabletop miniatures game $1.22 million Kickstarter Ronnie Renton

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