Currency Exchange-There are a number of internationally connected ATMs in the hotel district along Ha-Yarkon and Ben-Yehuda streets,as well as scattered elsewhere in the city. Check with your hotel desk about which is the closest. In addition, you can use the currency exchange offices along Ha-Yarkon and Ben-Yehuda streets. They usually have exchange rates comparable to the banks. Avoid shady people offering to change money on the streets no matter what rate they quote.
Doctors & Dentists-You can get a list of English-speaking doctors and dentists from your embassy and often from your hotel’s front desk. For First Aid SOS Doctors, call tel. 800/225-5005. There is an Emergency Dental Treatment Center at 18 Reines St. (tel. 03/523-9241); or call Dental First Aid (tel. 800/773-773), which operates 24 hours a day.
Drugstores-[“]The Jerusalem Post” lists under “General Assistance” the names and addresses of duty pharmacies that stay open nights and on Shabbat for the current week.
Emergencies-For police, dial tel. 100. In medical emergencies, dial tel. 101 for Magen David Adom (Red Shield of David), Israel’s emergency first-aid service and ambulance. For fire, dial tel. 102.
Hospitals-Ichilov Hospital (tel. 03/697-4444) has an emergency room, dental clinic, and Malam Traveler’s Clinic for immunizations. SOS Doctors medical emergency center is at tel. 1-800/225-5005.
Newspapers & Magazines-See the special Tel Aviv events supplement published on Friday in “The Jerusalem Post” (available only in the Tel Aviv region); “Haaretz” (“The New York Times” of Israel) is published each day in English inside “The International Herald Tribune.” It has a great listing of events in its Friday edition. The English-language editions of “Time Out Tel Aviv” and “Time Out Israel” are available for free, bimonthly at most major hotels.
Post Office-Tel Aviv’s Central Post Office is at 132 Allenby Rd. General hours for all services are Sunday to Thursday from 7am to 7pm, though limited services (telephone and telegraph) are open nights and on Shabbat. Telegrams can be sent at all post offices or by phoning tel. 171. Check with your hotel for the closest neighborhood branch.
Safety-Israel’s largest metropolitan area has less crime than most cities its size, but there is still enough that you must observe the normal precautions. Don’t walk in deserted areas, especially the beaches, after dark. Terrorism is always a concern. Get away from and report any unattended bags or packages.