Tel-Aviv, Israel
Yuval, 31
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What are you working on?

In between finishing my BA in Philosophy at Tel-Aviv University and finding the most important – yet less discussed – angles and interviewees for the TV show I work for, I try to have as much fun as I can.

What drives you mad these days?

I just can’t understand the cruelty and the hatred filling the hearts of the people who live right next to me, walk through the streets around me and breath the same air I’m breathing. How can they not see that we are all human? That there is no such thing as “owning the land”? That this century long bloodbath is a crime against humanity we are all a part of, Israelis and Palestinians, consciously or not. Why are people so willing to lose their lives? And for what – a piece of land? This must stop.

What makes you happy?

DANCING is the one thing that will always, always put a giant smile on my face! I dance in the streets, at clubs, in the shower… I even dance in my sleep.

When was the last time you cried?

On September 25th 2015, I got the shocking and terrible news: Moti Kirschenbaum, one of the two anchors of the TV show I’ve been working for in the last three and a half years, passed away. That day, the tears just kept running down on their own. Moti was a good man – a great one. He was one of the founders of the Israeli news broadcast back in the late 60’s; he was one of the best satirists in Israel; he was a talented documentarist; but above all, Moti Kirschenbaum was a kind man, a generous one and he will be missed by all of us who knew him. I miss him.

What is playing in your earphones nowadays?

“Hey Mama” by David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj.

What was the last movie you went to?

One of my Israeli Facebook friends lives in Paris, and he just so happens to be the movies critique for “Walla!” (an Israeli news website). Every once in a while he gets free movie tickets. So he was the one who gave me his free tickets for the last movie I saw: “Mustang” by Deniz Gamze Ergüven. It was really good by the way.

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

I love wearing clothes that no one else has, so when I need, or should I say, want to go shopping, I have my three go-to options: 1. Vintage stores: oh the selection of vintage stores TLV has to offer… my personal favorite is “FlashBack” in Dizengoff Center. 2. The “cheap fashion” stores: it might not be expensive, but as a big spender with a small income I love rummaging around a pile of clothes in a superstore and find hidden treasures that are both flattering and versatile. These are always the items I get the most compliments on! 3. And of course, my favorite option to get myself a clothing piece that is only mine – the tailor-made option: nothing like the feeling of buying some quality fabrics on Nahalat Benyamin and taking them to Olga. Tim Gunn would be proud.

Where’s your favourite street or neighbourhood to wander in Tel Aviv?

It’s hard to pick only one neighborhood in town that I love to wander in. Each one has its own charm, but since I have to choose, I pick the few blocks between Pines street, Yehuda Halevy street, Nahakat Benyamin street and Rothschild boulevard. The small streets with their big old (semi-deserted) townhouses always make me wonder what the area was like when they were brand new.

What do you LOVE to do in the city but never actually do?

Speaking of wandering around town… the best time to do it is on a Friday late-afternoon. Sometime between 4 and 6:30 there are precious moments of silence, making room for all the big and tiring thoughts I’d had all week, which then flow into the empty air of Sabbath eve. Sadly, I usually work during that magnificent hour.

What’s your go-to café in Tel Aviv?

There are 2 cafés in TLV that I can always count on at least one of my friends to be at: Bacio and Nehama VaHetzi – both serve great coffee and a nice selection of good food. But my favorite café is a less well-known one: Betzalel Café on Tshernichovski St. they have the best breakfast in town!

Who’s your hero and where would you take them out to eat or drink in Tel Aviv?

I never thought of anyone as my hero, but I would definitely take her to Hotel Montefiore, where you always feel like royalty.

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

Wake up at 9:30, get dressed and get on my bicycle to meet a friend (or my mom) for brunch at Betzalel café or at Delicatessen, wander around the small streets on the way to the beach, hang out in the sun (not without sunblock… I’m a redhead after all), take a shower and a good quick nap, then head out again for a movie with another friend, then coffee with more friends, and then, when the time is right, go out to party and dance. Can I do it again please?

It’s raining for days and you’re sick of staying at home – where would you go?

Since I “like piña colada and getting caught in the rain”, it is not likely I would be in that position to begin with. But when I want to hide away from the noise of the city, I go to the movie theater, where I can really forget that anything else actually exists outside that place.

What’s a place in Tel Aviv you feel like only you know about?

I’m not the kind to “kiss and tell”. But here’s a clue: there’s a secret passageway that leads to this place, right behind one of the 24\7 places in town.

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

I’d go to the beach, go to all of my favorite cafés with a different friend each time, go to say goodbye to my grandparents who are maybe more Tel Avivians than me, and of course – go dance at the Tahat club or the Radio Bar until the break of dawn.

If you were given a choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Can I be the mayor of the roads of the city? I know it’s not exactly a neighborhood, but as a heavy cyclist I feel like it’s my second home, and it certainly needs a renovation. When I’m mayor of the roads all bicycles would be treated as kings and queens, and every car driver to honk his horn would be banned from driving for at east a month!

What’s the place in Tel Aviv you’ll never be caught dead in?

Probably the city’s “back door”.

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

It might sound crazy, but I have a thing with the blue street name signs that are hanging on every corner house. Checking them out is my way of getting to know my beloved city even better. Ah, the weird things I found out by reading those signs. And did I mention dancing?

When you feel like going on a night out, what’s the first place you usually consider going to?

When I go out I usually start my night at two of my regular go-to bars: Har-Sinai and Rokoko. I call it “the grand-synagogue circuit”. In these places I’ve met most of the friends I made in the city, and I know for sure that almost every time I go there I’m going to meet at least one or two of them. We’d hang out, have fun, have a beer, maybe dance a little. I go there so often it almost feels like meeting a friend at my living room.

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

Tair, Adi, Rachel, Shalev and Uri would probably be the first to hear about the great news (right after my parents), and we would probably go to grab drinks at the Peacock bar or Har-Sinai.

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