A ‘Scandal’-ous Encounter in Israel
Stars of Prime-Time TV Hits “Scandal” & “Once Upon A Time” Experience Israel

Anna Harwood, special to The Jewish Week

A contingent of stars, touring Israel for the first time, from the hit ABC-TV series ‘Scandal’ and ‘Once Upon a Time’ were treated to a whistle-stop tour of the countrywhile meeting with influential figures from Israel’s cultural, food, medical, organizational,religious and political spheres.

The stars, guests of America’s Voices in Israel (a division of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations), was partially sponsored by El Al Israel Airlines and Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Visiting Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa the celebrities were treated to a wide range of cutting edge innovations,  as well the hospital’s underground parking lot which transforms into a fortified, underground, emergency hospital in just 48 hours.

Guillermo Diaz (Huck on ‘Scandal’), was  impressed with PillCam, a futuristic device developed at Rambam, which is swallowed by a patient like a pill and then transmits images of the small intestine to gastroenterologists.

Guillermo Diaz, a native of Washington Heights, examines a PillCam at Rambam Hospital.
Guillermo Diaz, a native of
Washington Heights, examines a
PillCam at Rambam Hospital.
The stars also visited the hospital’s laboratories, where they were introduced to Professor Lior Gepstein, who showed the stars beating heart cells, which he had developed with advanced stem cell technology.

After a visit to an Israeli air force base in Northern Israel and wandering around the mystical town of Safed, the stars’ packed day ended with a visit to the Galil Mountain Winery, located in Kibbutz Yiron,
near the Lebanese border.

Professor, Dr. Rafi Beyar, Director of Rambam Hospital briefs the stars about innovative medical technology.

Greeted by CEO, Uri Tyroler who fielded questions about Israeli wine, the stars toured the visitors center which offers access to the wine making facilities via a raised platform. They tasted a range of wines from the winery and were impressed by the quality and uniqueness of the wines presented.

Galil Mountain Winery,
Galil Mountain Winery
visitors center
“When I think of Israel, I would never have thought of wine,” said Lana Parilla. “I had no idea that the wine we would be tasting, would be as delicious and rich as it is. I absolutely loved the wine.”  The group was given a history of how the Israeli wine industry has developed in recent times and then tasted wines from the Golan Heights Winery. Commenting on her experience Katie Lowes (above) and her husband, actor Adam Shapiro, loved the wnes tasted and thought the Israeli wine industry was incredibly exciting.”

For these thespians, this was a unique opportunity to relax, meet and get to know real Israelis, while sampling Israeli wines, visiting heaLthcare facilities, touring historical site and enjoying their total experience.