Welcome to State of Tel Aviv, 2023
We pick up where the headlines stop.
STLV is a weekly newsletter featuring analysis and long-form reportage reflecting a range of political opinion. Heterodox. Incisive. Bottom line.
Our beat is Israel, the middle east and Jewish life. We delve deeply into the complex realities of modern Israel, focusing on politics, business, security, tech and innovation, religion and state. And culture.
STLV writers live here and speak the languages, imbuing their work with nuance and depth. Many are leaders in their fields - influencers and household names in Israel - but unknown elsewhere. That’s due primarily to the language barrier. So, we translate. A lot. We have curated a superb, diverse roster of Israel-based talent that you will not find elsewhere.
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I arrived in Israel in January, 2014, to begin my service as the Canadian Ambassador, and never left. Aside from the climate, superb foodie scene, street culture, high art and everything in between, year-round outdoor sport, I was drawn by the energy and creativity of the place. Unceasing and intoxicating.
The economy of the start-up nation was maturing and presenting previously unimaginable opportunities. And the politics. It was a never-ending feast for a political junkie like me. When you’re immersed in Israel, living the intensity like a local, it tends to either seduce or repel.
I was hooked and in no hurry to return to Toronto or my previous life as a lawyer. So, I turned to independent business consulting and writing, contributing regular columns on `Israeli politics, security issues and culture to the National Post, Jerusalem Post and Commentary magazine, among others.
But I was frustrated by the fact that there were so many compelling and important stories meriting longer treatment that remained unpublished. There was no appropriate platform.
So, I founded State of Tel Aviv - to chase a dream and reinvent the quality of media that prevailed in the 70s and 80s: that which supported thoughtful, longer form writing and reporting that was short on partisanship and memorable for being finely-crafted and intellectually fearless.
In the coming weeks we will also be launching the State of Tel Aviv, and Beyond podcast. It’ll be a hybrid of in-studio conversations and gritty, longer-form field reporting. The pace will vary. We have some superb episodes planned and look forward to your feedback.
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Vivian Bercovici, aka TelaVivian
It was great meeting you at the Pancers Deli on Bathurst the other day. I look forward to continuing to enjoy your elucidating & informative copy. I’m sure the pod casts will be the equal of your writing.
How could they have been anything but great. Toby & I were in the Pletzel in Paris once & there is a Pancers there as well. Cousins of the Toronto clan. Also good food.