Published on : Monday, April 22, 2019
The Tel Aviv-Jaffa Municipality declared that it collaborated with EatWith, an Israeli-founded initiative now available in 130 countries, to provide tourists in Israel for the Eurovision competition in May, an exclusive experience of an Israeli-style, at-home Shabbat meal with Tel Aviv families.
The Eurovision events will start from May 14th and will conclude with the finale on May 18th, a Saturday night. Thousands of tourists of all backgrounds are anticipated in Israel during the week, including for Shabbat which starts at sundown on May 17.
The Shabbat Dinner project, the Tel Aviv Municipality said, will match tourists of any religion and cultural background with local host families and communities “for a meaningful night around a Shabbat dinner table.”
“Tourists from around the world will take part in a unique immersive experience and will enjoy a home cooked meal while learning about Jewish traditions that have been observed for centuries. This project aligns with the growing travel trend of experiential tourism, where tourists seek to be immersed in the local culture and are on the lookout for authentic experiences,” the municipality said.
Tourists keen on experiencing can choose from three options: a Shabbat dinner with a family that can accommodate up to six guests, a proud Shabbat dinner arranged via Eatwith and the Tel Aviv Municipal LGBTQ Center, and a communal Shabbat dinner – a potluck – hosted at community centers around the city.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said the Shabbat Dinners Project “is one of the many ways to connect the thousands of tourists to Tel Aviv families and introduce them to the wonderful Jewish tradition of Shabbat in Israel. By the way, I already told Yael, my wife, to not make plans on the Friday before the Eurovision final, because we will be cooking!”