Where Did the Waiters Go: Panel – How to Get Out of It?

  • Discussion
  • 14 March, 14:00 — 15:00
  • Virtual
  • Free
Illustration of waiters in aprons and waistcoats

Where have all the waiters gone? And, what can we do to bring them back? Or, should we prepare to say goodbye? Join us for a special event with Mazeh 9 and Asif led by documentarian and salon host Dana Frank, where we’ll take a close look at the state of wait staff in Tel Aviv.

For decades, moving to Tel Aviv and working in the restaurant industry was a rite of passage for people in their 20s, a way to pay the bills — and a path to self discovery. But, that’s changed. The cost of living in Tel Aviv has surged, while wages have stayed the same, breaking a delicate balance. COVID has only made matters worse. The result: Restaurants across the city are desperate for waiters. What can be done?

Part 1 / How To Get Out of This Mess (Live on Zoom)

In the panel, we’ll look at the current problems and what led to them, but mostly we’ll focus on possible solutions to the wait staff shortage in Tel Aviv. Hear from Tomer Mor, CEO of the Restaurateurs Stronger Together Association, Alon-Lee Green, one of the leaders in the waiters’ struggle, and Naama Lazimi, a Labor Party MK and member of the Finance Committee.

This event will be held virtually (and in Hebrew) at 07am EST / 14:00 in Israel.

About the hosts

Dana Frank

Content Creator

tells curious stories, trying to decipher the Israeli reality through various platforms like documentary films, articles, and podcasts. She was one of the founders and presenters of the acclaimed “Pocket Animals” podcast, and writes for the Haaretz weekend edition and other platforms. She also leads monthly debates at the House of Solidarity.

Mazeh 9

The Youth Center of The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality

The youth center of the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, works to improve the lives of young people, encourage social entrepreneurship in the city and promote policies that benefit young people. The organization provides a range of services in an “open source” configuration, allowing residents to create their own events and programs.

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