I found a new coffee house to add to my favorites list. It is called Cafe Hillel which means cafe praise. Cafe Hillel is a chain here in Israel. http://www.cafe-hillel.co.il/ There are currently 14 coffee house chains in Israel and at least 2 of those chains have now opened cafe's in at least 6 other countries.
Israeli's will tell you they can detect an American immediately in a coffee shop because they are the ones chewing on a pencil while poring over a stack of papers and textbooks. To the Israeli a coffee house is a place to come and relax with a friend after the homework is done. To the American the coffee house is the ideal environment to study in. It is quiet with out the temptation to fall asleep like at home with an endless supply of sugary, caffeinated beverages. Plus it resembles their beloved Starbucks which they left at home. So today I was again poring over my Hebrew homework in Cafe Hillel pretending not to notice the curious glances of the other coffee house patrons. Once a woman came over to my table and after examining my papers asked me (in Hebrew) if I was an English teacher!