75 years of
Over the last 75 years, Israelis have developed a unique culture that reflects the diversity of its citizens. Israeli cuisine fuses the culinary traditions of Jewish communities from across the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and beyond, to create new and imaginative dishes. Film schools, music conservatories, dance companies, and art and design academies are found throughout the country, supporting Israel’s flourishing arts scene. Israeli film stars such as Gal Gadot, and TV series such as Tehran and Fauda, have captured the imaginations of people around the world.
Popular TV Series
Fauda is the first Israeli TV series to become a worldwide success, becoming one of the most-watched Netflix series in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Turkey, Morocco, Jordan, and Lebanon. It was followed by other popular series such as Tehran on Apple TV+ and Shtisel on Netflix.
Sabich is a popular Israeli street food featuring fried eggplant, eggs, amba, pickles, and a variety of sauces and condiments inside of a pita. It was created in Israel in the 1950s by Jews who had fled oppression and violence in Iraq. They traditionally ate a version of the dish on Shabbat, when no cooking is allowed, and saw an opportunity to turn it into a quick lunch for blue-collar workers in Israel. Photo by Nicky Kelvin/Flash 90
Israeli Chefs Score Michelin Stars
Israeli Chef Asaf Granit’s successful Paris-based restaurant Shabbour scored a Michelin star in January, 2021. Moshilk Roth, another popular Israeli Chef, has 2 Michelin stars for &Moshik in Amsterdam, awarded in 2006 and 2009. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90