My Special Place

Hey everyone, I’m Yael Wolf, Hillel of Metro Detroit’s new Israel Program Associate. Welcome to my blog, where I’ll share some interesting facts and stories from my life as an Israeli.

For my first blog I would like to tell you about one special place that is very close to my heart called Florentin.


Florentin is a neighborhood in south Tel-Aviv, located between the central station to Jaffa.

The neighborhood was established in 1927 and for many years was populated with small manufactures.










Photograph: Nir Brainin


In the 90’s, the neighborhood was starting to get a younger character, especially thanks to a TV series called Florentin (how original) that captured the life of the young people who lived there.


FYI- the song intro was (and maybe still is) one of the most popular songs in Israel, played by a band called “Monica Sex”.


In the past few years, more and more young people are moving to Florentin, especially hipsters, artists and students who are trying to escape Tel-Aviv’s high rental prices.

In the neighborhood you can still find small manufacturers, coffee houses, pubs and cool graffiti paintings, and most importantly, you’ll find the apartment I was living in in the past two years.








Photograph: Nir Brainin








Photograph: Nir Brainin









Photograph: Nir Brainin
















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One of the thing that made living in Florentin so special is that whether you like it or not, you’ll have to get to know your neighbors, since they are soooo close to you.










(as you can see from the pictures taken from my balcony)

So if you find yourself in Florentin, make sure you’ll give me a call ☺