Tel Aviv's "High Life" Makes Young Europeans Feel at Home

Tourists can enjoy a joint there fairly easily, as abroad, but as for the locals, a new survey shows that Israelis are much less likely to have tried smoking grass than Europeans and Americans.

A number of popular bars and restaurants have opened in recent years in the area abutting the parking lot of Tel Aviv's Great Synagogue, of all places, and they have also become popular with young hip tourists from abroad.

For example, on one steamy August evening, those enjoying a night out in the complex had an experience that would allow them to tell their friends back home that they had seen the "real" Israel: Four Torah scrolls had been donated to the synagogue in honor of its 90th anniversary, and at the dedication ceremony were participants including Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai and MK Ofir Akunis (Likund). Between the speeches, which were...

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