Tel Aviv is seeking residents interested in hosting tourists, visiting Israel for the Eurovision song contest, in their homes for a Shabbat dinner experience.
The Shabbat dinners are scheduled to take place May 17, the night before the Eurovision final. Registration will be carried out via the social dining platform, Eatwith and will cost NIS 50, to be collected by the host, who can have up to six tourists each.
The project hopes to bring together some of the thousands of tourists, expected to visit Israel for the festivities, with residents of the city. The meals will expose the visitors to Israeli culture, expressed differently in each home.
The hosts will cook a meal according to their liking, but in order to have a semblance of uniformity, hosts are being asked that the meal include challah bread and wine — traditional Shabbat staples.
Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai said that the city is preparing non-stop for the Eurovision event in order to create a quality experiencer for fans, local and international.
""The Welcoming Shabbat initiative is one method to connect the thousands of tourists to Tel Aviv families and expose them to the festive atmosphere of Shabbat eve in Israel," said Huldai. "By the way, I told my wife to save the date so that we can cook then as well."
Several famous personalities, including comedians, chefs, artists, musicians and journalists will also be participating in the initiative.
The project will consist of three tracks: Individuals hosting between two and six guests; members of the LGBT community hosting visitors in their home; and communal Shabbat eve dinners that will be held in various locations around the city.