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IDF chief runs for his life in Tel Aviv night run

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October 29, 2014
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25,000 people turn out for run, the biggest in Israel’s history; but not everyone was happy with gridlock caused by race.

Some 25,000 people pounded the streets of Tel Aviv on Tuesday night, in the biggest race in Israel’s history. Among them was IDF Chief of Staff Benny Gantz, who completed the 10 kilometer run with his wife, Revital.

The race, through the heart of the city, saw massive traffic jams as streets were closed during rush hour in preparation for the run.

But not everyone in the city was excited for Tel Aviv to host the marathon, which caused some commuters no small amount of inconvenience.

“My road was closed as were all the access roads to it,” said Meital, a Tel Aviv resident. “I had to leave my car and go by cab. A journey that usually takes 10 minutes took almost an hour. I don’t understand why they have to do it in Tel Aviv.”

The run began at Rabin Square, continued along Ibn Gvirol Street, Rothschild Boulevard and Dizengoff Street, ending at Ganei Yehoshua in Yarkon Park.

The fastest runner overall was Noam Ne’eman, who completed the course in 30 minutes and 51 seconds. In scond place overall was Ramzi Abdul-Jaber, who ran the 10km in 31 minutes and 55 seconds.

:: YNet

Tel Aviv named one of the world’s top culinary cities

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October 28, 2014
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Tel Aviv-Jaffa, the cultural capital of Israel, has now been declared an international culinary capital in Saveur Magazine’s annual rankings of the world’s best food destinations.

The prestigious American food and lifestyle magazine rated Tel Aviv “Outstanding” along with Florence, Italy, and the French city of Lyon in the category of Best Culinary Destination, Small International, which refers to cities with a population of under 800,000. It also rated Tel Aviv “Outstanding” in the category for Best Markets and Shops, International, where it appeared alongside culinary powerhouses Paris and Barcelona.

Tel Aviv-Jaffa is home to 4,536 eating establishments and three open fresh-food markets. Locals weren’t surprised at the ranking. Rafi Mizrahi, a merchant at the Carmel Market, told Israel Hayom that “this is the number-one tourist market in the country. It has authenticity, special colors and smells—the entire Mediterranean in one market.”

:: JNS.org


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October 28, 2014
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Turned on by #Israel ? Size Doesn’t Matter (SDM) wants U!

SDM is launching a call for the second year of #project972! We are looking for students in Canada who love everything Tel Aviv and everything #Israel. If you are a #fashionista, #foodie, #music junkie, or inspired by the #innovation and #inclusivity, or just love the #beaches of #TLV, we want you to apply!

We are looking to recruit 8 students from campuses across the country where you will be given the support and resources to host two events during the school year. Last year’s roster of all-star interns had SDM sponsored study recharge booths in the library during exams, a music jam session for peace, film screenings, Israeli wine and Canadian cheese events, and more!


  • Participation in 2 webinars on networking, event planning and to share ideas and connect with your fellow interns from across the country
  • Plan and execute two events

This is a paid internship – you will get a stipend upon completion of the two events.

If you’re interested please send your CV to Sarina@sizedoesntmatter.com


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Meet our #Project972 Intern team from last year:

After many applicants, interviews and some pondering, we picked a SICK group of students from across the country to help us spread the LOVE.


Baden Russell-Petigrow – Carleton University


My name is Baden and I’m a journalism major at Carleton University. I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario. I love traveling, exploring, and meeting new people.

Marzouk Ahmed – St. Mary University


I am Full time students at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, studying political science and religious studies. I am originally from Bangladesh and spent my early years in the Saudi Arabia. I am a classical liberal and very passionate about my work with Dalhousie IOC. I love exploring various cuisines and love to know more about those ones through firsthand experience.

Zoë Freedman – Dalhousie University


I’m Zoë, a city-slickin’ Montreal native currently living in beautiful Halifax. A first-year student at Dalhousie University studying International Development and Gender and Women’s Studies, I love traveling, darkroom photography, and dancing around in my underwear to Beyoncé. I’m beyond stoked to be joining the Project972 team and can’t wait to share my love for the Holy Land with everyone around me.

Iakov Abramov – York University


I was born in Moscow Russia, and was raised in Brooklyn New York by my grandmother. I have a great interest in medicine, finance and the corporate world. On spare time I enjoy breakdancing and the Latin 5. Would love to travel to Brazil and Morocco one day.

Lia Lands – University of Victoria

Lia Lands

Hey! My name is Lia. I’m 21 and in my fourth year of my Political Science major at the University of Victoria. I was born and raised on the West Coast, in a small town northwest of Vancouver. Aside from politics, I love being outdoors, traveling, and cycling; and of course, I am passionate about sharing the beauty of Israel with everyone!

Erin Dessau – McMaster University

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I am one short semester away from completing my B.A. in Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University. Although I love spending time with family and friends at home in Thornhill, Ontario, I am a self-proclaimed travel guru who is always looking for my next adventure abroad. I am excited to work with Size Doesn’t Matter this term and spread my love of Israel!

Tanya Werger – University of Guelph


My name is Tanya. I am originally from Toronto but I am currently attending school in Guelph studying Criminal Justice and Public Policy. When I am not busy with school I love fashion, beauty, travelling, reading and Israel, of course. Im also a bit addicted to social media so you can find me on twitter where I tweet about such things as my detest for winter and why there is no unicorn emoji! I am so excited for what the future holds for me with Size Doesn’t Matter and life!

Stephanie Bourassa – University of Ottawa

Stephanie Bourassa

My name is Stephanie, I’m from a tiny town in northern Alberta. I currently live in Ottawa, ON and am taking International Studies and Modern Languages at uOttawa. I love adventures, new places, happy people and hammocks. I’m really looking forward to this term, and the opportunity to team up with SDM.

David Jones – University of Alberta


I’m currently in my fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts, studying Economics and Political Science, at the University of Alberta. I love to travel and spend time in the mountains, this has included a number of backpacking trips through the Rockies and a recent trip to Israel. When I’m not studying, I can usually be found enjoying an espresso or some live music.

Jordan Devon – McGill University

Jordan Devon

I’m a first year student from Toronto majoring in International Development at McGill University. I’m very excited to be working with the Size Doesn’t Matter team to introduce my favourite aspects of Israeli culture to my fellow students on campus.

Air Supply brings the love to Tel Aviv

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October 27, 2014
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They’re the band that critics and peers love to mock, and they may hold the distinction of being the songwriting duo who used the word love in more songs than any other duo. Now it’s official: Eighties soft rock band Air Supply is coming to Israel.

Tickets went on sale Sunday morning for the December 12 and December 14 Tel Aviv performances of the Aussie eighties band. The performances will be produced by Udi Appelboim and will take place at Tel Aviv’s Charles Bronfman Auditorium.

Read more at Times of Israel.

Oktoberfest in Tel Aviv

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October 27, 2014
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Oktoberfest, created to celebrate a royal wedding and actually celebrated in September, is one of the biggest festivals in the world. Overtime, the festivities began to reach cities world wide, and this year the celebrations will be felt in Israel’s White City – Tel Aviv.

5 Ways to Celebrate Octoberfest in Tel Aviv:

 1. Paulaner Beer Garden, Sarona Market


There is no more appropriate place to get the beer flowing than in the heart of the newly restored Templar colony known as Sarona. With a charming interior design, you can enjoy a variety of Paulaner beers alongside a pretzel or hot dog with a collection of spicy mustards.

2. Porter and Sons


This Tel Aviv beer hall will be serving classic Bavarian dishes with a large selection of German beers and Bavarian style Israeli boutique beers for all of October. Try one of the specials offered on the menu this month including beer stewed cabbage.

3. Beer Garden

The newly opened beer garden near Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff square has long wooden benches, taps and kegs that will make you feel as though you escaped to Europe. On the menu: a variety of sauces, meats and hotdogs. Don’t miss the live music performances and sports screens.

Read more at YNet.





Jerusalem’s Spin on ‘Cofix’

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October 24, 2014
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By now, we’ve all heard of Tel Aviv’s Cofix: “Imagine a world where everything only costs 5 shek. Amazing, right? Well, now you can have your cake and eat it too for only 5 shek at The Cofix Cafe. The Cofix Cafe chain is based in Tel Aviv where it  is a one-stop shop for Israelis to get cheap food and drink… isn’t that a stereotype.”

Now, Jerusalem’s putting their own spin on the cheap eatery… Enter Cofizz where “Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels,” says JNS.

The main difference between these two cafes is Cofizz keeps strictly kosher: “‘It worked there, so we thought, why not here?’ says [Dani Mizrahi, co-owner of Cofizz] ‘But here in Jerusalem being kosher is a very important thing.'”

Click here to read more about this amazing cafe.