A Short Overview of his life
Perez, translated to English by Barry
the first king of the Israeli nightlife, was important to the development
of the Tel Aviv night culture during the 80s and the 90s. He created
places of entertainment that catered to every sector of the population
and according to their individual needs. He created hip places to be
seen for gays, punks, reggae enthusiasts, Northern and Southern Israelis,
youth, older persons, etc.
Avnery was born in 1963 in Tel Aviv. He spent his childhood in the moshav
(collective village) Talmei Menashe.
During his army service he was in the airforce stationed in Eilat. Upon
finishing his service he began to live in Tel Aviv.
At age 27, he married with Raya Levine. Today, he is the father of a
His initial gay sexual experiences began with his relationship with
the major players in the life night of Tel Aviv.
Important Power Player in Club Culture
(all listed below are now closed)
(the theater) -- Mendelli Street 7, Tel Aviv, opened in 1981, catered
to a different crowd everyday.
on Yehuda HaLevy 43, Tel Aviv, opened in 1983. This club featured rock
and alternative music. This club was where many famous Israeli musicians
got their start including: Rami Portim, Barry Sacharof, Sai Haimon,
Kolnoah Dan (Dan Movie Theater) on Hayarkon Street 61, opened
on Frishman Street 6, opened in 1988. It featured Reggae and music popular
for African Americans.
on Hillel HaZakan Street 7, opened in 1988. It was the first "Gays-only"
night club in Israel.
Touchdown, located on Daon
in Herzaliyyah, was opened in 1987 as a youth club.
58, opened in 1989, had big party for different population sectors
including Gay Israelis.
located on Yehuda HaLevy 43, opened in 1991. (In place of "The
Teatron"). It was only for the Gay community.
Names, located on Achat Ha'am Street 22, opened in 1995. It was
a small club that was fashioned for different population sectors.
located in the port of Tel Aviv, was opened in 1998. It catered to the
Secret of Success
of success in perfecting Israel's night life and its hustle and bustle
over the years was a result of his staff, personal relations and his
With his creative production tallents, he was an expert in, as to phrase
it, "killling two birds with one stone". He resurrected ideas,
made decisions on the interior design of the club, and correct marketing
that impacted the future of the night life of Tel Aviv.
Ofer Nissim, former
boyfriend to 1998 Eurovision Winner and International dance music superstar,
Dana International, was the resident D.J. for all of Avneri's clubs
and was responsible for the sound, the purchase of the music, arranging
the musical tracks and certainly served as the foundation for the creation
of Israeli Dance Club music.
Shimon Shirazi, a major mover and shaker in the creation of Israeli
Club parties, as the nation knows it today, was responsible for the
design of the invitations, club interior design, performances, the linking
of ideas to make a continuity of entertainment from club to club and
nowadays is considered one of the mac-daddies of the Israeli club industry.
He has done and today does parties ranging from major nights at Haoman
17, Jerusalem's world-famous dance club, to the Dome and TLV, in Tel
relative to Shimon, was the major player in the formation of parties
for women-only which included "Sisters", "Play Girl",
and Green Room".
Benny Kavody was one of the major and tough "selectors"
in Tel Aviv night life. He created the job of designing audiences for
Israeli parites, how they are to dress, what ages should they be, how
beautiful they are, etc.