Lying to the north of Tel Aviv, this is where David and Tsvia have been based since arriving in Israel in 1975 when the population was about 25,000. Since then the local population has more than tripled.
It’s clearly a very cultural place.
The park is open early and closes at 2am. It boasts a huge play-centre for kids including a cork-board ground for health and safety. There is also an animal petting area, tennis and basketball courts, a bar and snack area and a large boating pool with swans and even a speaker system that plays “Swan Lake”. Classic! The replica of the Sydney Opera House tops it off nicely.
With its own concert auditorium, the Ra’anana Symphonette Orchestra under the young but highly accomplished musical director – Omer M. Wellber, performs on the last Sunday of every month. The standard is very high and the programmes varied. I get an opportunity to witness first hand Mozart’s divertimento in D major and flute and harp concerto, Mendelssohn’s symphony No. 4 in A Major and the surprisingly quality Copland’s clarinet concerto.
There are plenty of coffee-shops and restaurants. My personal fave is the Falafel Shop for cheap quality Middle Eastern snacks.