Tel-Aviv, Israel
Ori, 37
Father, Actor, Screenwriter
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a bit about Ori

What are you working on these days?

I’m writing a script and acting in plays.

What drives you mad these days?

Leaders who have a God-complex.

What makes you happy?

To watch my children devouring an ice-cream as it gets smeared all over their face.

When was the last time you cried?

I recently heard the song “Hope There’s Someone” by Antony and the Johnsons on the radio – it’s one of the most honest and moving songs in the world and I cry whenever I hear it.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

Mr. Gaga, about the choreographer Ohad Naharin, which really inspired me.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

I love the shop Story. If I don’t feel like spending too much, I go to Zara.

What’s your go-to café in Tel Aviv – to meet a friend or use as your base for all your meetings?

Bakery or Tolaat Sefarim.

Where’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander in Tel Aviv, the street or neighborhood that you won’t mind taking a detour for, just to walk through it?

I’m always happy to pass through Dobnov Park, to enjoy the sounds of the children playing and soak up the relaxing vibes of the yogis practicing.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Tel Aviv but never actually do?

Every summer I swear that I’ll go to the beach at least once a week, but unfortunately it doesn’t happen that often.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

I don’t have heroes. I prefer humans.

What would make a perfect day in the sun for you?

Strolling along Ben Gurion Blvd., stopping at Tamara’s for a refreshing fruit shake and then continuing on to the beach.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying at home – where would you go?

I’d go warm up with a matzo ball soup at Lilush and then go to the movies. What’s that place in Tel Aviv that you feel like only you know about? Where’s your secret spot and what make it special for you? Rosh Tsipor (bird’s head) in the northern area of HaYarkon Park. It’s a magical area in the heart of a bustling city. Every time I go there I feel like I’m the only person who knows about this wonderful place.

If tomorrow was your last day in Tel Aviv before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

I’d start the day with breakfast at Gerald, then watch a film or two and tie off the morning with lunch at the Brasserie. Toward evening, I’d walk down Ben Gurion Blvd. and watch the sunset at the beach before catching a show at Tmuna or Tsavta.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Neve Tzedek. It’s beautiful and peaceful and romantic and it was recently renewed. The meeting between old and new makes for an interesting mix of people.

What’s the place in Tel Aviv (or places) you’ll never be caught dead in?

In Tel Aviv’s night clubs. Or crowded malls on a Friday afternoon.

You’ve just got the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

I have a sweet tooth, so I’d eat some sweet goodies in some of my favorite bakeries.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

I love to drink a glass of wine with my partner at Shual. The vibe is always great there and it puts me in a good mood.

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